Expanding carriers seek more space over Chinese skies

Air China will take delivery of 113 new aircraft over the next three years, putting further pressure on the tight allocation of airspace.Photo: AP

China's skies do not have enough space. The country's air force controls airspace and allots only 20 per cent to civil aviation. With the mainland's three biggest airlines planning to add at least 273 planes in the next three years, traffic congestion that already delays 25 per cent of flights is set to worsen.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 3:09am

France backs Lauvergeon for “major” EADS role

France is lining up behind Anne Lauvergeon, former boss of nuclear power group Areva, where she earned the nickname “Atomic Anne”, who has been nominated to chair EADS. Photo: AFP

France has stepped up support for Anne Lauvergeon as the potential new chairwoman of EADS , injecting fresh uncertainty into efforts to free the European aerospace group’s top management from state interference.

29 Jan 2013 - 10:24am

Japan eased safety standards ahead of Boeing 787 rollout

Boeing has deep commercial ties with its Japanese suppliers, with Japanese companies now accounting for 35 per cent of the Boeing 787, or Dreamliner, up from less than a fifth for the Boeing 767. Photo: AFP

Japan’s government stepped in to give Boeing’s now-grounded 787 Dreamliner and its made-in-Japan technology a boost in 2008 by easing safety regulations, fast-tracking the rollout of the groundbreaking jet for Japan’s biggest airlines, according to records and participants in the process.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:14pm 1 comment

Boeing, engineers union suspend negotiations until next year

A Boeing 787 plane lands at Tokyo’s international airport. Boeing and its engineers unions have shelved talks for the rest of the year. Photo: AP

Boeing and its engineers union, at odds over a new contract, suspended talks for the remainder of this year at the request of federal mediators.

6 Dec 2012 - 1:33pm

China’s aerospace giant AVIC taps capital markets for growth

A concept helicopter model made by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), which aims to quadruple its sales to 1 trillion yuan (US$157.7 billion) by 2020 from 2011. It will display more than 150 products during the six-day-long Zhuhai airshow. Photo: Xinhua

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country’s dominant aerospace and defence contractor, plans to raise more money in the mainland and Hong Kong stock markets to bankroll future growth and develop its first top-of-the-line jet engine.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:24pm

China plans Shenzhou-10 manned space launch for June

Liu Yang, China's first woman astronaut, waves as she leaves the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in western China's Gansu province. Photo: AP

China is aiming to launch its next manned space mission as early as June next year, state media reported on Saturday, as the country steps up its ambitious exploration programme.

10 Nov 2012 - 7:50pm

Lockheed sees US$1.1b liability if F-35 deal delayed

Lockheed sees US$1.1b liability if F-35 deal delayed

US weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp said it faced a potential termination liability of us$1.1 billion on the F-35 fighter program unless it received additional funding for production of a sixth batch of airplanes by year end.

26 Oct 2012 - 11:50am

EADS, BAE call off world's biggest arms merger

  The deadline for BAE Systems and EADS to confirm a merger is just hours away. Photo: AFP

EADS and BAE Systems will not extend their merger talks later on Wednesday, calling an end to a plan to create the world’s largest defence group.

10 Oct 2012 - 8:17pm

BAE, EADS due to say if they seek to merge

  The deadline for BAE Systems and EADS to confirm a merger is just hours away. Photo: AFP

Leading European aerospace and defence companies EADS and BAE Systems are to ask Wednesday for a delay from British regulators to a deadline on announcing if they will pursue a tie-up that would create a global giant bigger than US rival Boeing, a source close to the matter said.\

10 Oct 2012 - 10:45am

EADS-BAE merger talks enter critical phase

Photo: AFP

Political wrangling between Germany, France and Britain has entered a critical phase ahead of an imminent deadline for a merger of EADS and BAE to create the world’s top aerospace and arms group.

8 Oct 2012 - 11:21am

Fujian man charged in NY carbon fibre sting

A Chinese national was charged on Wednesday in US court with trying to broker an illegal deal for large quantities of a restricted high-tech material for military purposes, but prosecutors refused to say where and when he was arrested.

The silence gave an air of mystery to a case arising from rarely publicised efforts by the United States to curtail the black market in carbon fibre.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

AT A GLANCE: Peugeot 308

What drives it? A 1,598cc, 140bhp turbo-charged engine linked to four-speed box.

How fast is it? The 308 sprints to 100km/h in 10.2 seconds and tops at 202km/h.

3 May 2008 - 12:00am

Wen outlines sky-high vision to build competitive aircraft

Premier Wen Jiabao said the mainland should build 'big aircraft' that are competitive around the world, adding credence to the mainland's ambition in the area of aviation manufacturing.

31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Education in the sky

The Aviation Discovery Centre at the new terminal in Chek Lap Kok Airport has launched an education programme aimed at strengthening students' knowledge of the air transport industry.

15 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

At a glance: Volkswagen Golf GT

What drives it? A 1,390cc, 170-brake-horsepowered, four-cylinder, petrol engine with turbocharger and supercharger with electronic direct fuel injection; and a six-speed, double-clutch direct shift gearbox.

How fast is it? Hits 100km/h in 7.7 seconds and tops out at 219km/h, with 240Nm of torque at 1,750-4,500rpm, the dealer says.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am