Global citizens expect assurances on air safety

Despite criticisms of its environmental effects, the comfort levels endured by the economy passenger, and the financial sustainability of the airline industry, travelling by air remains a memorable experience and a key mode of transport for the global citizen.

Thursday, 11 November, 2010, 12:00am

Boeing delay to affect Cathay cargo operation

Cathay Pacific Airways will be forced to operate a smaller freighter fleet for several months next year because of delays in the delivery and the need to transfer four aircraft to a new cargo joint venture in Shanghai.

The carrier will seek compensation from the manufacturer and talks will be held at an appropriate time, a Cathay spokesman said.

5 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Helicopter crash pilot misjudged wind: report

The pilot of a helicopter which crashed into a parked tour bus in Kowloon City last year misinterpreted the wind conditions and took the wrong course of action, a report on the accident said.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Air China shifts to bigger Dreamliner

Air China, which is facing a shortage of long-haul aircraft, is continuing to back the troubled Boeing 787 but is changing its order to a different model of the Dreamliner.

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

HK$150m bill for accommodating A380s

More than HK$150 million will be spent on passenger air bridges and other facilities to accommodate up to five Airbus A380s at Chek Lap Kok, even though only one of the aircraft a day currently uses the airport.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

North Korean warplane crash in Liaoning embarrasses Beijing

A North Korean fighter jet that ploughed into a makeshift house just 27 kilometres from Shenyang , the capital of northeast China's Liaoning province, on Tuesday has sparked fevered speculation and is an embarrassment for Beijing, military and diplomatic analysts said.

19 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Bird strike could be to blame for helicopter's harbour plunge

A bird strike might be one issue investigators will look into when they investigate the emergency landing of a Macau-bound helicopter in Victoria Harbour on Saturday.

And the Civil Aviation Department said the operator of the helicopter service had provided sufficient life jackets for those on board, after claims there were not enough.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Freight giant scans horizon after challenging year

Internet and finance companies are among those setting up headquarters in Luxembourg, ensuring the economy more than makes up for the decline in steelmaking.

But it is Luxembourg's geographical position which has ensured its logistics industry has also gathered strength.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

At arm's length

The recent remarks by Admiral Robert Willard, the head of the US Pacific Command, that China may have its first aircraft carrier operational in two years' time, contain some interesting wrinkles. First, there is the nagging issue of military transparency.

6 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

China to sell fighter jets to Pakistan in critical deal for regional politics

China has agreed to sell its most advanced jet fighter, the J-10, to Pakistan in what is set to be a landmark deal for the nation's defence industry and the region's geopolitical balance, both sides have confirmed.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Service centre aims for 3b yuan revenue a year

A new engine-servicing joint venture in Shanghai between China Eastern Airlines Corp and Pratt & Whitney is looking at annual revenue of three billion yuan (HK$3.4 billion) in three years as it cashes in on the country's fast-growing fleet of aircraft.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

China must get it right on aerospace

China's industrial ambitions would seem to know no bounds. Low-tech production created the economic miracle, but the authorities realise that truly sustainable development lies in high-end ventures. The automobile and aerospace sectors are the natural choices, and the former has been quickly conquered; in little more than a decade, the nation has become a major global player.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Airbus and Boeing fly different routes to cutting costs and greater comfort

It is easy to forget that the Airbus A380 started as a co-operative development between Airbus and Boeing.

Both companies believed that the future of commercial aviation lay in transporting ever-larger volumes of passengers, up to 800 at a time, from one giant dispersal hub to another.

8 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Private jet travel set to take off on revised rules

Private jet travel on the mainland is set to boom following an overhaul of the country's cumbersome flight plan system that meant it was often quicker to travel by train than on a US$40 million Gulfstream.

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Aviation show to have 33pc fewer exhibitors

The region's biggest showcase of civil aviation is about to open in Hong Kong with about one-third fewer exhibitors and fewer visitors as the airline industry struggles to emerge from the global downturn.

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am