Aircraft of the week and the history of TNT Airways:

This British Aerospace 146-300 (BAe 146-300), registered as 5X-AAZ for its future operator, Ugandan air cargo company Zone Four, is powered by 4 Lycoming ALF-502 turbofans and can seat between 97 and 112 passengers. It has had an interesting history, having not being taken up twice and being one of the few BAe 146s to […]

China’s Tianfu Airport completes first test flights

Tianfu Airport, an international airport under construction in the central Chinese province of Sichuan, has completed its first test flights. Major Chinese airlines Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, Chengdu Airlines and Sichuan Airlines all brought their signature aircraft to test out at the new airport. Air China flew its Boeing 747-8, China […]

Korean Air to absorb Asiana Airlines

Korean flag carrier Korean Air announced during board meetings with its parent company, Hanjin KAL (a South Korean conglomerate that is focused on South Korean shipping and aviation), on Monday, that it is to absorb Asiana Airlines, the 2nd largest airline in South Korea and the 25th largest airline in Asia. The acquisition will create […]

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 […]

Airlink to restart 3 routes to Mozambique

South African regional airline Airlink (based at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport) is to restart 3 routes from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (in South Africa) to the cities of Pemba, Beira and Vilanculos in Mozambique (a country in southeastern Africa) following the lifting of restrictions that didn’t allow travel between the 2 countries. Airlink also […]

Aircraft of the week:

A Boeing 737-400 or 737-400F (the Boeing 737 Classic generation is powered by 2 CFM56s), aircraft 9G-AGL for Air Ghana has been on 4 different continents with a total of 5 different airlines. Delivered to Solomon Airlines (the flag carrier of the Solomon Islands) in April 1992 with registration number H4-SOL (SOL probably signifying Solomon […]

AirAsia Japan Ceases Operations

AirAsia Japan ceased operations yesterday, following the decision from its parent company, AirAsia Group, to shut it down due to the impact on air traffic created by the coronavirus. The airline was the smallest subsidiary of the AirAsia airline group (the largest only low-cost airline group in Asia), which also operates in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, […]

Airbus A220-300 to enter in Delta’s fleet in November

Delta has announced that it is to add the Airbus A220-300 to its fleet in November this year. Since the Airbus A220-100’s (the shorter version of the A220-300) entry in service with Delta in early 2019 (Delta was the 4th global airline to operate the A220), the airline already operates 31 Airbus A220-100s, and has […]

Ryanair sells $1 billion bond

On Tuesday of last week, Ryanair sold a $1 billion bond (€850 million), its 1st in 3 years, after the price of bonds soared, showing some recovery from the negative financial effects of this pandemic. The bond received orders of $5.22 billion (€4.4 billion) from investors, more than 5 times the amount that Ryanair was […]

TrueNoord lessor buys 2 Embraers from Azul

TrueNoord (a regional aircraft lessor headquartered in Amsterdam), has bought 2 Embraer E195s which were on lease from Azul Brazilian Airlines (a Brazilian airline) to Portugalia (a Portugese regional carrier that is a subsidiary of TAP Portugal). The acquisition of the aircraft was financed by some very impressive companies, including Soc Gen and the Royal […]

Qantas to store its Boeing 787s

Qantas has announced that it will be moving its Boeing 787s to storage in Victorville, California, where they will join the airline’s Airbus A380s and hundreds of aircraft from other carriers. The move will take place in September. Qantas predicts a significant decrease in travel demand that will last for an extended period, which is […]

Lauda to cease operations and be renamed

Ryanair Group’s Vienna-based subsidiary Lauda will cease operations at the end of this year, making way for a new Maltese AOC that will be be called Lauda Europe. The airline’s headquarters will therefore move from Vienna to Malta. The coronavirus has been an influential factor in Ryanair’s decision, but there is also an interesting song […]

Taiwan approves law to change China Airlines’ name

Taiwan’s parliament has approved a law asking the Taiwanese Transport Ministry to change the name of the Taiwanese flag carrier, China Airlines, to avoid confusion with the flag carrier of the PRC, Air China. In February, a petition was created by US-based Taiwanese to change the airline’s name, which, as of today, has gained over […]