First ground video from site of Germanwings plane crash

First ground video from site of Germanwings plane crash

French authorities have released the first close-up ground footage of the crash scene in the French Alps. 

Friday, 27 March, 2015, 9:30am

China airlines in deadlock over A380s

Air China has been looking to lease two A380s from China Southern for its Beijing-Paris route and they will jointly operate the segment once it is up and running. Photo: AFP

Talks between two state-owned carriers, Air China and China Southern Airlines, over operating Airbus A380s from Beijing seem to have reached a deadlock.

28 Mar 2013 - 6:31am

Airline profits to rise amid recovery of cargo sector

IATA says airlines are on course for net profits of US$10.6 billion this year, up from December's forecast of US$8.4 billion. Photo: Bloomberg

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 240 airlines comprising 84 per cent of global air traffic, said airlines are on course to post total net profits of US$10.6 billion this year, up from December's forecast of US$8.4 billion. Total revenues are projected to climb by US$12 billion to US$671 billion this year.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:30am

Passenger numbers rise for Asia-Pacific region's air carriers

This year is likely to see further growth in passenger traffic in the region. Photo: Bloomberg

Some 207 million international passengers were flown by the carriers in the region last year, up 7 per cent year on year, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Strategies for cheap air travel

A good purchasing strategy and some savvy web techniques can result in much better deals on flights. Photo: EPA

The post-Christmas lull has kicked in and you desperately need another holiday. Lunar New Year is just around the corner, but you haven't booked your flights yet. You scour the internet, but everything seems to be too expensive.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:19am

Electronic turbulence: airlines and social media

Cathay cabin crew threats to withhold food or even smiles on a recent flight elicited Twitter comment. Photo: EPA

Disruptions to airline schedules can now be instantly relayed through social media sites, confronting carriers with real-time feedback that could either harm or burnish their image depending on how they respond.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Business jet services stalled by state firms

Aviation firm Metrojet expects the mainland will take delivery of at least 700 corporate jets over the next five years. Photo: SCMP

Investing in aviation infrastructure for corporate jets on the mainland is often complicated by competition from the government-backed companies that run the airports.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Asian-Pacific airlines better performers amid global storm

Airline profits are seen better than expected this year, but industry executives say the market will remain tough. Photo: Bloomberg

Strong passenger demand has led Asian-Pacific airlines to weather the global turbulence that has engulfed the industry better than other carriers despite economic woes and volatile oil prices, the head of the industry body said.

2 Oct 2012 - 3:38am

Japanese airline, carmakers hit by Diaoyus fallout with China

Salesmen at a Toyota dealership in Beijing. Toyota and Nissan are both cutting production in China to reflect demand. Photo: AFP

All Nippon Airways announced tens of thousands seat cancellations yesterday and several major Japanese car companies suspended production - further evidence of the economic fallout from an intense dispute over islands in the East China Sea.

27 Sep 2012 - 9:25am

Lai See

Cathay Pacific's reservation system has let the airline's staff down

We have had several complaints about Cathay Pacific's booking system recently. However, a reader writes with a story that shows the booking system is, fortunately, not all there is to the airline.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Big three fly into headwinds

All three big mainland airlines had to brace for headwinds in the first half - from high oil prices, yuan depreciation and slowing traffic.

But there are also hopeful signs for the rest of the year, with domestic passenger numbers starting to pick up towards the end of last month.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Stanley Ho relative sues airline over HK$9m debt

A relative of Macau gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun is suing Hong Kong Express Airways, an airline Ho partly owns, over a HK$9.8 million debt.

In a writ filed with the High Court, Chan Ung Iok, sister of Ho's third wife, Ina Chan Un Chan, says the airline failed to repay the debt since last year despite her repeated requests.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dragonair pilots eye work to rule

Holiday flights into and out of Hong Kong could face disruption this summer as Dragonair pilots consider a work-to-rule over what they claim is the airline's discriminatory treatment of its locally recruited cockpit crew.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Asian carriers scout for pilots

The aviation sector, particularly the group of carriers plying the Asian routes, was seriously affected by the 2003 Sars outbreak, but has now almost fully recovered. This is reflected in the fact that many airlines are increasing headcounts. One major airline in Hong Kong has said it will be hiring 300 pilots worldwide - double the number last year. Eighty of these jobs will be in Hong Kong.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Europe's Carriers may lose US$1.1b

Losses at European airlines will hit US$1.1 billion this year - almost double the US$600 million estimate made just three months ago, as the euro-zone crisis continues to worsen, the International Air Traffic Association (IATA) has warned.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am