Aircraft of the week and short review of expanding Asian aviation industry:

Registered as C-GPBR for Winnipeg-based airline Calm Air International, this ATR 72-202 is different from later ATR 72 versions, as it is powered by 2 2522 eshp (shaft horsepower) Pratt & Whitney PW124B turboprops, and uses a 4-bladed Hamilton Standard propellor. Later versions of the ATR 72 mainly use more powerful PW127F and Ms (repectively […]

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New Dutch cargo airline: Aerotranscargo Netherlands

Moldovan cargo airline Aerotranscargo (headquartered in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE, and operating 6 Boeing 747-400Fs) has announced that it is to create a Dutch subsidiary, Aerotranscargo Netherlands, which will begin operations this summer. The start-up plans to operate cargo flights to China, Hong Kong and the USA using 2 Boeing 747-400s leased from its […]

Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft 2-BHXG hasn’t had a very long history, but is a good example of the typical lifespan and operator history of an Airbus A340. Delivered to Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific in February 1998 after being assembled in Toulouse, France, under the registration number B-HXG (it is an Airbus A340-300), it was amongst Cathay Pacific’s […]

New Colombian Cargo Airline to start operations

New, exciting news has just come out! Panamericana Airlines, a Colombian cargo airline founded in northern Colombian city Baranquilla by Thomas Friese, will start operations in the 2nd half of this month! The airline has planned its maiden flight for the 17th of August. Ronald Pena, Panamericana’s Expansion Manager, has said that Baranquilla is a […]

Canada’s 2nd start-up of the year: OWG

The 2nd Canadian start-up of the year, OWG, will soon start operations. The Quebec-based start-up, a subsidiary of Nolinor Air, will offer flights to the Caribbean using Boeing 737-400s. Nolinor Airlines decided to create OWG to enter the tourist market (wrong time to do it), as it literally only flies in Canada’s Far North. Nolinor […]

ATR to cut production by 50%

ATR, a French-Italian airplane manufacturer, has announced that it is going to cut its regional airliner production by 50%. On top of this, ATR has also decided to get rid of 204 employees. This does not come as a surprise, because it only delivered 67 planes last year. Airbus and Boeing have also suffered from […]

TAP Portugal will be re-nationalised

TAP Portugal will be taken over by the Portugese government to stop it from going bankrupt. Although the government already owns 50% of the airline, it will invest a total of €55 million in the company, which will permit it to increase its stake to 72.5%. The economic consequences of this crisis on the aviation […]

Bain Capital takes Virgin Australia

Bain Capital has won the bid to buy Virgin Australia. Earlier today, Cyrus Capital Partners withdrew from the bidding process, declaring that Virgin Australia’s administrators “lacked engagement”. I thought that Cyrus Capital Partners would have won, as they have more experience in the aviation industry than Bain. But, there are several big reasons why Bain […]

Why was 2017 a BIG year for start-ups ?

If you look back a bit, you will notice that 2017 was a big year for start-ups. Start-ups in 2017 weren’t just doing the same thing and weren’t all located on the same continent. African start-ups like Fastjet Mozambique, Indian commuter airlines like Air Deccan, IAG subsidiary LEVEL and Chilean success story JetSmart: you name […]

The Cessna 408 Sky Courier has completed its 1st flight

The Cessna 408 Sky Courier, a utility aircraft produced by Textron Aviation, completed its 1st flight yesterday morning. Textron Aviation is an aerospace manufacturing company created in March 2014 following the acquisition of Beechcraft and Hawker Aircraft. Cessna was also merged into Textron Aviation in the same month. The 408 Sky Courier is mainly made […]

How do rich people travel?

Many people ask themselves how rich people get around. Do they travel on commercial jets with other people? Do they travel by train because it’s more ecological? Well, the truth is, is that they fly on private jets. It may seem like a dumb subject to write about, but it isn’t. It is VERY important […]

The aviation industry has slightly recovered

This week, we have seen the aviation industry slightly recover from its recent suffering. The coronavirus period has been hard for many airlines, but as restrictions and measures get lifted, flights will slowly recommence and more and more passengers will start to travel again. Although the current situation is beginning to ameliorate itself in certain […]