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During the peak period of China-France passenger flights, 33 flights will be implemented on the same day!

On April 7, the People's Republic of China and the French Republic issued a joint statement. Among them, Article 21, China and France support the airlines of the two countries in a coordinated manner between the civil aviation departments of the two countries to resume the implementation of the "Air Traffic Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the French Republic" signed on June 1, 1966 and Relevant aviation rights arrangements are the goal, and air connectivity will be restored to pre-epidemic levels as soon as possible. Airlines of the two countries should enjoy fair and equal opportunities when operating flights between China and France.  The two countries support deepening people and economic exchanges, including visa facilitation for private sector personnel and business people from both countries. According to the data of Fei Changzhun, the peak period of passenger flights between China and France is September

Kazakhstan's competition protection agency considers breaking up major airlines to promote market competition

According to the Kazakhstan News Agency, Rustam Akhmetov, deputy director of the Kazakhstan Competition Protection and Development Agency, revealed on the 30th that the agency is considering splitting up major domestic airlines in order to reduce the concentration of the domestic air transport market. level and increase competition. According to him, the share of state participation in the operations of Air Astana is as high as 76%, resulting in the limitation of regulatory information on the "open skies" model. In addition, there is a lack of competition among jet fuel sellers, resulting in shortages and persistently high prices. To address these issues, the agency is considering several measures. First, it is planned to reduce the state's participation in the airline asset privatization market and designate flagship airlines in order to reduce the concentration of the air transport market and improve the competition mechanism.  Second, extend the period of the "ope

FAA awards Verizon $2.4 billion telecom network infrastructure contract

According to Reuters news, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on the 30th that it awarded a 15-year contract worth up to $2.4 billion to Verizon Communications' business network unit, and the agency hopes to modernize its systems. . Verizon will design, build and operate the FAA's new next-generation communications platform. The telecommunications company said it will "build a dynamic, highly available and secure enterprise network for the FAA to support all of the agency's mission-critical applications in the National Airspace System." Verizon said the new infrastructure will support all of the agency's mission-critical applications in the National Airspace System, which includes air traffic management for more than 45,000 daily flights and 2.9 million airline passengers across the airspace that makes up the nation's airspace of the 29 million square miles system. Verizon CEO Kyle Malady said the project will help lead the FAA through a &qu

What will the explosive ChatGPT bring to airlines?

According to FlightGlobal, Air Baltic, Finnair and other industry leaders discussed how ChatGPT will have a positive impact on the aviation business. On March 29, Finnair CEO Topi Manner said at the European Airlines Summit that Finnair is evaluating the potential of ChatGPT "from multiple perspectives". "In its current form, this technology is not suitable for safety-critical areas, but its capabilities are still far beyond normal digitization." "Now that we are in a world of automation in many areas, artificial intelligence can be used to create concrete, short-term business benefits." Manner cited several areas where technology has the potential to make a difference, from customer-facing service functions to boardroom decision-making. In the latter area, ChatGPT can play a role in data-driven decision-making at the strategic level of airlines. In customer service functions, hiring to "low-cost countries" could be reversed, according to Manner.

At least 60,000! Complaints against American Airlines continue

According to US media reports, according to a report by the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the number of complaints sent by passengers to third-party booking sites such as the US Department of Transportation, Expedia, and Priceline has grown from 15,342 in 2019 to at least 60,732 in 2022. rise. Passengers complain about flight cancellations and delays more than any other issue, according to U.S. consumer advocacy groups. Theresa Murray, PIRG's consumer watchdog, told CBSMoneyWatch that the number of complaints in 2022 will be the second-highest since the Department of Transportation began recording complaints in 1997. The year with the most complaints was 2020, with 102,550 complaints. Murray noted that the 2022 figure does not include complaints filed by riders in December because DOT officials have not yet released the figures. Murray also noted that the 2022 total does not include complaints that passengers may have sent directly to the airline. Airlines for America s

Boeing: "Soon" to increase 737MAX production to more than 31 per month

According to Reuters news, Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said on the 30th that the company will "soon" increase the production rate of the 737MAX to a level higher than the current level of 31 jets per month.  The company is also making progress on the new 737 MAX7 model and is finalizing its submission to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for certification. Last week, Boeing Chief Financial Officer Brian West reiterated Boeing's expectation that the 737MAX7 will complete certification this year, which also paves the way for the first delivery this year.  In addition, Boeing continues to grapple with supply chain headaches as it tries to ramp up production of its best-selling 737MAX narrow-body jet and its wide-body 787 Dreamliner. It is reported that Boeing plans to increase the monthly production of the 737 MAX to 50 per month by the end of 2026, while increasing the production of the 787 to 10 per month.  In the near term, the company also

Colombian airline Ultra Air ceases operations!

Colombian airline Ultra Air has ceased operations due to ongoing financial difficulties, becoming the second Colombian airline to go bankrupt within a month, according to Simpleflying. A few weeks ago, Viva Air also announced it was ceasing operations. Rumors have swirled for weeks about Ultra Air's finances, with the airline's fleet now grounded and little hope of resuming flying.

Airlines:Salary increase for all staff!

 According to Simpleflying, as Air India expands its business, there is a greater demand for airline staff, especially pilots and cabin crew. Latest reports suggest that Air India is ready for a pay hike for its employees. Air India may announce salary hikes across divisions as competition among airlines to recruit the best talent in the industry heats up. According to Mint, Air India will start with pilots first and may increase by around 8-10%. “The first round of salary increases will likely be made in the next few months. Pilots will be the first to get a salary increase, and cabin crew and other employees’ salaries will also be adjusted,” said a person familiar with the matter. An Air India executive said the main reason behind this was a shortage of pilots, which "caused the airline to readjust its strategy". If airlines want to avoid experienced employees jumping to other airlines, they need to further consider the compensation structure. United Airlines According to R

Air India CEO: This is how the wind blows when the flight flew over Russian airspace

 According to The Telegraph, Air India CEO Campbell Wilson was asked in an interview why he still let passenger planes bound for the United Kingdom and the United States fly over Russian airspace. He replied: "If the wind direction is like this, it will be the most economical." Wilson also compared Air India's decision to continue flying over Russia to the UK's purchase of Russian fossil fuels. Also, banning certain airlines from flying over certain places won't stop people from moving, according to Wilson. "It just changes where the planes go. Is that the right thing to do? That would just backfire."

The 32-year-old passenger plane made an emergency return due to mechanical failure! A pilot witnessed the incident!

 According to CBS News, on the evening of the 28th local time, United Airlines flight UA129 from Houston to Rio de Janeiro made an emergency landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston due to a mechanical failure. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement that the crew reported a possible fire in the left engine at around 9:20 p.m. local time on the 28th. United said it was an "engine problem" and the flight returned safely to Houston shortly after takeoff. It is reported that the flight is operated by Boeing 767-300ER (registration number: N641UA), which is 32 years old. According to an air traffic control recording, a Skywest pilot can be heard reporting to the control tower that "the flight taking off ahead of us has flames" and judges that the left engine of the aircraft is on fire. The dispatched flight made an emergency return. The flight originally departed Houston Airport at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday and returned to its departur

The woman who witnessed the death of a passenger on the plane said she was mentally traumatized and demanded compensation from the airline!

British Airways (British Airways) had a dispute a few days ago. When a British woman was flying with her family on British Airways, she witnessed the death of a passenger in the back seat, which caused her and her family to experience trauma. The woman posted on the Facebook group "British Airways Complaints Advice" (British Airways Complaints Advice) that on December 21 last year, she and her pregnant sister took five children with British Airways, but the flight was severely delayed for three hours. Everyone waited until they were hungry and tired, and finally boarded the plane, only to find the seats dirty, which made them quite helpless. The woman said that shortly after the plane took off, a passenger sitting in the back two rows died due to ineffective first aid. "I have never witnessed anyone being shocked or receiving CPR, and I never thought it would happen on my flight home." However, the airline did not apologize to the passengers afterwards, nor did it c

Ryanair: Whether 100 Boeing new orders can be achieved depends on the price

According to Reuters news, the head of Ryanair said on the 29th that it had confirmed negotiations with Boeing for a new order, possibly ordering at least 100 new planes, but insisted that a successful deal will depend on price. 18 months ago, in order to reach a new order for Boeing 737, the negotiations between the two parties broke down due to price differences. Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said any new Boeing orders would depend on price, with both the 737MAX 8200 and 737MAX 10 being considered. Michael O'Leary expects the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify Boeing's smallest model, the 737 MAX 7, in the first half of 2023, while the MAX 10 will receive approval from U.S. regulators by the end of the year.

United to raise wages for 30,000 ground staff

According to Reuters news, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said on the 29th that the airline has reached an agreement with unions on a new contract, which includes raising wages for nearly 30,000 ground staff. Detailed terms of the two-year contract were not disclosed, but the International Union of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) said United offered "best in the industry" wage rates, better job security and other benefits. The agreements cover seven different job categories at United, and United is also negotiating a new contract with the pilots individually.

HK Express's first A321neo aircraft arrives in Hong Kong to embrace the full recovery of the tourism market

 Hong Kong's low-cost airline HK Express (HK Express) today announced the arrival of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, further expanding its fleet. In order to meet the rapidly growing tourism demand in the Asian market, HK Express has confirmed that it will receive 16 Airbus A321neo passenger planes in the next two years, and this is the first passenger plane of this type to fly to Hong Kong. This expansion plan coincides with the full operation of the Hong Kong International Airport's three-runway system by the end of 2024, which will help to strengthen the Hong Kong International Airport's status as an international aviation hub. Ng Kit Man, Chief Executive Officer of HK Express, said: "The demand for international travel remains strong. We are very pleased to introduce the advanced A321neo passenger aircraft to our fleet at this critical moment, marking another milestone in the company's development history.  We will continue to expand Asian routes At the same

Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong Express receives first Airbus A321neo

According to Zhitong Financial Network, on March 29, Hong Kong Express, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, announced the arrival of its first Airbus A321neo passenger aircraft. It will fly to Bangkok, Thailand for the first time on Sunday, and will serve different destinations with the existing fleet.  The Airbus A321neo is the longest fuselage model in the Airbus A320 fleet. Lin Shaobo, chairman of Hong Kong Express, said that in the next two years, a total of 16 passenger planes of the same model will be received.  The appearance of the new aircraft is painted with a new design, and there are new logos of Hong Kong Express on the wings and tail. Compared with the old model A321, there are 6 more seats. It can carry 236 passengers, and the average fuel consumption per seat will be reduced by 20%. A carbon offset plan for passengers will be launched within this year. With the strong tourism recovery trend in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and other Asian markets, the number of Ho

Hong Kong media: The surge in flight bookings sends a positive signal

According to the South China Morning Post, flight bookings in several major Chinese cities have returned to pre-epidemic levels, and more flights for international travel are expected to be scheduled in the coming months, suggesting that economic activity has improved and is back on track. In the first three weeks of March, flight bookings in several Chinese cities, including Sanya, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, have surpassed levels for the same period in 2019, according to data from online travel booking agency Air travel in cities such as Nanjing, Beijing, Wuhan and Dalian has also recovered to more than 90% of 2019 levels. Aviation, tourism and hospitality are among the industries hardest hit by the outbreak. According to the report, in December last year, China optimized the epidemic prevention and control measures, paving the way for the rapid recovery of commercial activities in the city, and tourist attractions became noisy again. In the first three weeks of March

FAA: Zero tolerance for safety hazards!

 The acting head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on the 28th that the aviation industry must work to eliminate recent near misses that have raised safety concerns. "Going forward, '0' is the only acceptable number in aviation accidents," said FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen. A security summit was held earlier this month. Billy Noren told an industry conference: "Air travel is recovering substantially since the pandemic. But due to the prolonged layoffs, combined with the technicality of the system, some professionals may have lost some muscle memory." The FAA said last week that the agency is taking steps to improve its air traffic operations. Tim Arrel, chief operating officer of the FAA's air traffic organization, said: "There is no doubt that we have seen too many near misses." On the 29th, the FAA issued a safety alert to airlines, pilots and others on the grounds that "need to Continue to maintain vigilance

The right main tire of the flydubai airliner blew out when it landed, and the runway was closed for 3.5 hours!

  According to AvHerald, a Boeing 737-9MAX (registration number A6-FNC) of Dubai Air was flying FZ1569 from Dubai to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. While landing on runway 36, the right main tire burst. Fortunately no passengers were injured. The airport runway was closed for about 3.5 hours because the plane was stuck on the runway and could not leave.

How much will the number of private jets in China decrease in 2022?

【2022 Asia Pacific Business Jet Fleet Report Summary】 1 China remains the largest market for business jets in the region, despite an 11.2% decline in the fleet (-62 aircraft). 2 Australia had the highest net fleet growth with 14 aircraft. 3 The most popular model is the G650ER long-range business jet, with 91 total. 4 The most popular business jet manufacturer is Textron with 323. Data source: Asian Sky Group

China Southern Airlines has lost more than 55.6 billion yuan in three years and plans to spin off China Southern Airlines Logistics and go public

Financial Associated Press, March 29 (Reporter Lu Tingting) In 2022, the domestic civil aviation industry will lose more than the sum of the past two years. Compared with the data for the same period in 2021, China Southern Airlines (600029.SH) further expanded its losses last year. The latest annual report disclosed by China Southern Airlines shows that last year, the company achieved revenue of 87.059 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 14.35%; the net profit loss was 32.682 billion yuan, and the losses in 2020 and 2021 were 10.842 billion yuan and 12.103 billion yuan respectively. Previously, China Eastern Airlines (600115.SH), Air China (601111.SH), China Airlines (002928.SZ), *ST Shandong Airlines B (200152), Juneyao Airlines (603885.SH), Spring Airlines (601021.SH) , HNA Holdings (600221.SH) and other listed airlines also released announcements on pre-loss performance for the 2022 annual performance. In the past year, the civil aviation industry faced severe challenges and f

Qatar Airways makes successful debut flight to Beijing Daxing International Airport

Qatar Airways (hereinafter referred to as "Qatar Airways" or "Qatair") has become the first Middle East airline to open direct flights to Beijing Daxing International Airport, the "new gate". As the world's best airline, Qatar Airways' first flight from Doha to Beijing Daxing landed at Beijing Daxing Airport on the afternoon of March 26, 2023, which also marked the first recovery between Qatar's capital Doha and China's capital Beijing since the epidemic Passenger flight service. Qatar Airways' daily flights between Doha and Beijing Daxing Airport will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. This new route will provide Chinese passengers with more choices for international travel. With the official opening of the new route, passengers in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei metropolitan area can seamlessly fly to more than 150 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas through Qatar Airways' advanced hub airport - Hamad

Over 1000 airport employees on strike! Hundreds of flights cancelled

 British Airways will cancel more than 300 flights due to a planned strike by staff at London Heathrow Airport over the Easter holiday weekend, Reuters reported. Earlier, the BBC reported that British Airways plans to cancel 32 daily flights to and from Heathrow Airport from March 31. More than 1,400 security guards at Heathrow are planning to begin a 10-day strike at the start of the Easter holiday. A British Airways spokesperson said: "Heathrow has asked us to reduce passenger numbers during the staff strike and unfortunately we have had to make a small adjustment to our plans. Our team will continue to work closely with Heathrow to ensure that passengers' journeys run smoothly." A spokesperson for Heathrow said:- "We will not let these unnecessary strikes affect passengers' hard-earned holidays. Our contingency plans will keep the airport running as normal at all times. We will be deploying an extra 1,000 colleagues and the entire management team who will be a

Sealed, scrapped, under repair... ...What is the status of the A380 recovery?

Since first entering commercial service, the A380 superjumbo jet has graced airports around the world, according to Simpleflying. Although the Airbus A380 has been in a 'slump' due to the epidemic, carriers have been gradually bringing the A380 back into service in recent months, but there are still 124 A380s undergoing maintenance, in storage or already scrapped. Many carriers, with the exception of Emirates, have recommissioned the aircraft. Emirates, the famous Airbus A380 operator, currently has 15 of its aircraft grounded in Dubai. Qatar Airways also maintains one at Doha Hamad International Airport, registered A7-APG, and the Airbus A380 last flew from Frankfurt to Doha on 18 February. Etihad Airways has one Airbus A380 under maintenance at its base in the UAE, registered A6-APG, which arrived on 18 March from Tel Aviv via Lourdes, France. In addition, three of Qantas' A380s are undergoing maintenance at Abu Dhabi International Airport and several of Qantas' A380s

A plane returned to Hong Kong with a suspected fault and has now landed

 According to CNN, Hong Kong media reported that at around 6:59am today (28th), Hong Kong Airport Fire Services issued a "partial alert" for a Cathay Pacific CX178 flight from Melbourne (MEL) to Hong Kong (HKG), which was known to be south of Hong Kong. The aircraft is suspected to have a hydraulic system failure and must be put on emergency alert. According to the Flight Tracker website, the flight landed at Hong Kong Airport at 7.30am today.

Swiss LX8: Emergency return of a passenger aircraft after a hydraulic system failure after take-off

 On 27 March, Swiss flight LX8 was scheduled to fly from Zurich to Chicago at 1.20pm local time, according to a general report. According to 20Minuten, the airliner suffered a green hydraulic system failure during the climb off the ground and the airliner had to return and land in Zurich. The flight was reportedly operated by an Airbus A340.   In order to reduce the weight of the aircraft to facilitate the return landing, the crew flew the aircraft at an altitude of 17,000 feet, burning fuel for almost 90 minutes.

Two airliners in near-miss collision, three employees suspended for investigation

 AFP reports that an Air India passenger plane and a Nepalese airliner nearly collided while waiting to land at Kathmandu International Airport on 24 April.   Nepalese officials said authorities had suspended three air traffic controllers and launched an investigation after the two planes nearly collided in the air last week.   Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority, said a special committee had been set up to investigate the accident.   He said the Air India plane was hovering at 5,800 metres while waiting for a sudden descent due to traffic congestion at Kathmandu airport and narrowly missed hitting a Nepalese airliner flying at 4,600 metres.   We have set up a committee to investigate the cause of the accident, which has raised our concerns about the security risks," said Nirula. The three traffic control officers who were on duty at the time have been suspended from duty until further notice."   "Similarly, we have written to the Indian

Israel affected by strike! Grounding of flights!

 The Israeli public has protested against the government's judicial reforms and the largest union representing hundreds of thousands of workers has launched a general strike, according to a comprehensive report. The Israel Airports Authority said flights from the country's main international airport have been grounded following the strike call.

Beechcraft 400A private jet in good condition for just $1.15 million

[Aircraft Sales] The Beechcraft 400A business jet delivered in 1999 has flown for 6637 hours, 4784 takeoffs and landings, 7 cabins + 1 bathroom seat (as shown in Figure 9, according to the operating requirements of the aircraft manual, the aircraft can carry up to 8 Passengers, that is to say, when it is full, there must be one passenger sitting on the toilet, hereby explain). The aircraft was previously used for charter operations for a period of time, and it was inspected and maintained on time. It is in good condition and has no WIFI. The price is US$1.15 million.

Boeing 787 delivery delay American Airlines to suspend an international route

Boeing's delay in delivering the 787 Dreamliner has again hit American Airlines Group's flight schedule. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier said Friday it would suspend its Philadelphia-Madrid route for several weeks in May and early June, citing delays in deliveries of the plane. American Airlines said it is cutting flights now to ensure it can help customers with different travel plans. "We remain committed to our customers and team members and to mitigating the impact of 787 delivery delays while continuing to provide a robust international network this summer," an American Airlines spokesperson said. A Boeing spokesman said the planemaker remains focused on the stability of production systems as it works with suppliers.

Passengers escape through emergency hatch on Delta flight

According to CNN reports, at around 10:40 am local time on the 25th, a Boeing 737 of Delta Air Lines planned to fly flight 1714 from Los Angeles to Seattle. Passengers left the plane after activating the emergency exit slides. the It is reported that when the plane left the gate, the man asked the flight attendant: "What should I do now?" Then the flight attendant asked him to sit down.  Suddenly, the man opened the emergency hatch, activated the emergency exit slide, and slipped down the slide. +The passenger was initially detained by Delta staff and then arrested by local law enforcement. "Passengers will be rescheduled on another flight and we apologize for the inconvenience and delay to travel plans," the FAA said.  According to, the flight was delayed by 3 due to the incident. Hours. The FAA said it is currently investigating the incident.

Slowly following behind, the airport staff and the King of Spain "steal the spotlight"

Recently, an airport employee became popular on overseas social platforms. On March 24 local time, King Felipe VI of Spain went to Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, to attend the 28th Ibero-American Summit. When the special plane arrived, an airport staff member forgot the rules of work, followed closely behind Felipe VI, and slowly got off the plane.

ANA X Pokémon Linkage Again! A new painted plane is about to take off!

 ANA, in partnership with the Pokémon Company, launched a new member of the "Pokémon" aircraft family, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named "Pikachu Jet NH", painted in a special "Pokémon" livery. The aircraft, which will make its first flight on June 4, 2023, will be mainly used for international flights from Tokyo to Asia. For a long time, the All Nippon Airways fleet has many special-color aircraft with high color and image effects. ANA stated: "All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the Pokémon Company have jointly launched their specially painted Pikachu Jet NH under the 'Pokémon Air Adventures' project. The cooperation will include a series of products and services, such as peripheral goods and in-flight entertainment."

High-end luxury private jet:Amphibious private jet with full parachute, plus petrol

The ICON A5 is an all carbon fibre light sport aircraft manufactured by ICON Aircraft Inc. in the USA. It has applied for and holds a total of 91 patents worldwide and has won the Red Dot Design Award. It is an amphibious aircraft that is safe, cool and easy to operate. It changes the concept of the traditional small aircraft and makes flying skills easier to master, allowing more people to realise their dream of flying, changing it from a tool for professional pilots to a high-end consumer product that can be practiced by all flying enthusiasts. The ICON A5 is also the world's first LSA (Light Sports Aircraft) to be fully compliant with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Part 23 Airworthiness Regulations for contrails. The amphibious hull design achieves integrated aerodynamic, hydrodynamic and structural integration. In order to overturn the perception of traditional aircraft operating systems as complex and cumbersome, the ICON A5 has a sports car-style instrument p

Indonesia's transport ministry to sanction airlines for breaching cap fares

 In a press release on 25 March, MariaKristiEndahMurni, Director General of the Directorate General of Air Transport at the Indonesian Ministry of Transport, said that the ministry will take administrative sanctions against airlines that violate the ceiling fare (TBA), as several airlines were found to be non-compliant with the ceiling fare during the monitoring exercise, according to Indonesia Business Daily.   Kolisti also said that the Ministry of Transport will take administrative sanctions against airlines that violate the regulations, in accordance with the Transport Ministerial Decree No. 27 of 2021 on the supervision procedure of administrative sanctions. The airlines of general short-haul aviation have been given administrative sanctions by the Ministry of Transport for violations of the cap fares and fuel surcharges from July to December 2022, and warning letters are valid for 14 days.   By the end of the warning letter, the airline must adjust its policy on cap fare violatio

After three years, this airline has resumed flights!

 On the 26th, Estar Air said that flight ZE205 from Gimpo to Jeju took off at 6:50 a.m. on the same day, thus resuming flights after a three-year hiatus.   As of that morning, 20 tickets for flights from Gimpo to Jeju, including flight ZE205, were sold out. The management of Estar Air thanked passengers and presented them with souvenirs at the gate of Gimpo Airport on the same day.   Estar Air will operate 10 daily flights from Gimpo to Jeju from 26 to 28, increasing to 12 daily flights from 29 onwards (168 flights a week).   Due to operational difficulties and the Shinkwan epidemic, Esta Air suspended operations in March 2020 and its airline license lapsed. In June 2021, the real estate company Star Jung acquired the airline and applied to the Ministry of Land to renew the airline's operating licence, but the Ministry refused on the grounds that it did not have sufficient capital for safe operations. In February, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it had compl

Under fire! Joe Biden's pick for FAA chief withdraws nomination

Phil Washington, who was nominated by US President Joe Biden to head the Federal Aviation Administration, has withdrawn his nomination, Reuters reports. Washington made the decision after Republicans criticised him as unqualified to lead the top US aviation regulator. Reuters said the US government would nominate a new director as soon as possible.   Washington is the chief executive of Denver International Airport. Biden nominated Washington to head the Federal Aviation Administration in July last year, but was opposed by Republicans, so no nomination hearings were held. In January, Biden renominated Washington for the post and the Senate held a nomination hearing earlier this month.   Senator Ted Cruz, the senior Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, said Saturday night: "Mr. Washington lacks the aviation experience needed to run the FAA ...... The Biden administration must now quickly appoint someone to lead the FAA who has a broad aviation background, can garner broad b

Air Canada passenger complaints triple year-on-year, backlog tops 42,000

 The number of complaints filed by air passengers with Canada's transportation regulator is soaring, more than tripling to 42,000 in the past year. The growing backlog of cases means each case now takes more than a year and a half to process, prompting advocacy groups and politicians to question the entire process. NDP transport critic Taylor Bachrach plans to introduce a private bill today aimed at closing loopholes, increasing fines and making compensation automatic for passengers whose flights are delayed or canceled. Taylor Bachrach and John Lawford, director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said passenger rights reforms promised by the federal government this spring would require automatic compensation in the event of major delays or temporary cancellations. Last week, Canada's transport minister, Omar Alghabra, pledged $76 million over three years to tackle the backlog by hiring 200 more workers, and vowed to block airlines from denying compensation claims for flig

Cathay Pacific: Passenger volume in February increased by 3467% year-on-year, and cargo volume increased by 59.6%

Cathay Pacific releases passenger and cargo data for February 2023. About 1.1147 million passengers were carried in February, an increase of 3467% compared with the same month in 2022. Revenue passenger kilometers increased by 4720% year-on-year. Carrying about 100,000 metric tons of cargo, an increase of 59.6% over the same month last year. In February, 103,900 metric tons of cargo were carried, an increase of 59.6% compared with the same month last year. Due to the strict quarantine measures for crew members at that time, the cargo capacity dropped sharply. In the first two months of 2023, the cargo volume increased by 42.8% compared to the same period last year, the transport capacity increased by 201.3%, and the cargo revenue tonne kilometers increased by 147.4%.

Negotiations restarted! Ryanair and Boeing may agree to multi-billion dollar order

According to the Financial Times, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said that Ryanair and Boeing have resumed negotiations and he is optimistic that the two sides will reach an important order for new aircraft, a new sign of recovery in the airline industry. Michael O'Leary noted that Ryanair and Boeing were in the early stages of negotiations, which broke down 18 months ago over price disagreements to secure a new order for the Boeing 737, and revealed that the new multi-billion dollar order could be for the Boeing 737 Max 10 or the smaller 737 MAX 8200. Michael O'Leary revealed to Financial Times, "We are talking to Boeing and I think that suggests some changes in pricing ........ This will require further agreement."

TAAG Angola Airlines flight DT652 encountered severe turbulence on its way to Lisbon, breaking the leg of a crew member!

 According to Simpleflying, TAAG Angola Airlines' flight DT652 encountered severe turbulence on its way to Lisbon, injuring several passengers and crew on board. The flight was operated by Hi Fly's Airbus A333 and the aircraft received emergency treatment upon arrival in Lisbon.   TAAG flight DT652 was flying from Luanda Airport (LAD) to Lisbon Airport (LIS) on 23 March local time when it encountered severe turbulence while passing over Africa. In the ensuing chaos, eight passengers and two crew members were injured. One crew member reportedly suffered a broken leg.   The passengers were having a meal when the plane encountered turbulence. Videos and pictures posted on social media show the extent of the chaos of the incident, including a plastic tray stuck in the overhead luggage and food and liquids attached to the roof. twitter@airplusnews The aircraft involved was an Airbus A330-300 (registration number: 9H-HFA) operated by wet lease provider Hi Fly, with a capacity of 249

Brazil carried more than 18 million passengers in January and February

According to the latest figures released by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), Brazil received 18.3 million passengers in the first two months of the year, with the domestic sector being particularly prominent, according to Simpleflying. Led by LATAM Airlines, Brazil has recovered 88.4% of its passenger traffic levels for 2019. Compared to 2021, LATAM Airlines, GOL Linhas Aéreas and Azul Linhas Aéreas are all performing strongly. LATAM Brasil has received 5.7 million passengers so far this year and has a 31.19% market share. In the domestic segment, LATAM Brasil has received 14.9 million passengers. Both LATAM and Azul have fully recovered their pre-epidemic passenger numbers, while GOL is still below that level (5.1 million in 2023 and 5.9 million in 2019).

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport's first outbound flight departs!

According to Cambodian Airlines news  (http://https//,  Cambodian Airlines flight KR961/962 Phnom Penh=Chengdu was successfully transferred to Chengdu Tianfu International Airport!  KR961 Phnom Penh-Chengdu has the honour to be the first international inbound and outbound flight from Chengdu Tianfu International Airport!

US Senators: raise mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots

 A group of seven U.S. senators proposed legislation on the 21st to raise the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots from 65 to 67 in a bid to address the aviation industry's staffing problems, according to Reuters. Last year Senator Lindsey Graham and others required pilots over the age of 65 to pass a rigorous medical examination every six months after many regional carriers complained of a pilot shortage.   Lindsey Graham said that about 5,000 pilots would be forced to retire in the next two years. He noted that hundreds of flights had been cancelled due to a shortage of available pilots and crews.   The American Regional Airline Association (RAA) applauded the proposal, saying that 324 airports had lost an average of one-third of their airline services, including 14 smaller airports that had lost all services, and that more than 400 aircraft had been grounded due to a lack of pilots.   The American Airlines Pilots Association (ALPA) is opposed to the proposed extension

Air India expansion sparks flight rights tensions for carriers

 Air India's plan to transform itself into a carrier with hundreds of new aircraft has sent ripples throughout the airline industry, with foreign airlines clamouring for more access to the market, according to Reuters.   The massive Air India overhaul, which includes an order for 470 aircraft - the world's largest ever - drew widespread attention at a New Delhi aviation conference on Tuesday (21).   Dubai's Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Kuwait's Jazeera Airways have all called for a significant increase in rights to and from India to meet demand. Vietnam and Indonesia also want more flights, an Indian official said.   Turkish Airlines chief executive Bilal Eksi told the CAPA India conference : "We are not getting enough share in this market." Dubai has asked for an additional 50,000 seats per week on the India route.   Indian Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, "I think it's time for operators to focus more on the international market

Reuters: China's tourism industry rebounds as investors turn their attention from airlines to airports

 After nearly three years of epidemic, investors banking on profits from China's booming tourism industry are turning their attention to airports, hotels and duty-free operators rather than airlines, which are suffering from volatile fuel prices and fierce competition, according to Reuters. But with global carriers slow to increase capacity between China and the US and Europe, and Chinese travellers preferring to travel closer to home, a new investment windfall is expected to pay off.   Thailand has re-emerged as a favourite destination for Chinese travellers and investors alike, and Elaine Tse, portfolio manager at Allspring Global Investments, said, "We were active earlier in domestic travel, accommodation and airports, and we're doing quite well in those areas." Elaine Tse said the company has now locked in some profits from these bets. "We are optimistic about the rebound in regional and international tourism and will continue to gain through airports and air

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