After engine failure, IndiGo flight makes emergency landing at Nagpur6th Jun 2012
Nagpur: A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight with 114 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Nagpur airport today due to some technical snag.
In a statement issued by IndiGo airlines, it said the flight, 6E308 from Hyderabad to Delhi, was diverted to Nagpur this morning after the pilot received an engine vibration indication in the cockpit.
Owing to this indication, the pilot decided to land the plane at the Nagpur airport for an immediate inspection, it said adding the aircraft made a precautionary landing.
All the passengers are safe and were deplaned from the aircraft.
The checks showed that there was no discrepancy in the engine, the airline said.
However, the airline has made all necessary arrangements to accommodate passengers in another flight.
China Southern set for capital injection5th Jun 2012
China Southern has suspended trading of its shares in Hong Kong ahead of an expected capital injection by the Chinese Government.
China Southern Air Holding said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it is, "currently considering to inject capital including state-owned capital operation budget allocation to the Company to reduce the asset-to-debt ratio of the Company, and the Company is currently considering to conduct a non public issue of new shares to CSAHC."
China Southern says: "The above matters will be subject to further policy consultation with and proposal review by the relevant government authorities from the date of this announcement, therefore there are uncertainties over the relevant issues."
Trading of shares is expected to resume within five days.
Tiger takes SEAir stake5th Jun 2012
Tiger Airways Holdings has taken a 40% stake in Philippine carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) as it seeks to build its Asian network.
The investment will be held through Tiger’s wholly owned subsidiary, Roar Aviation II and is being purchased from existing foreign shareholders at US$7 million, less liabilities to be confirmed in a due diligence review.
“We are pleased to welcome a new Cub to our family and look forward to nurturing its growth with our Filipino business partners. The investment in SEAir is in-line with our strategy to develop the business into a pan-Asian one, one that will enable us to leverage on the strength of our Singapore base and scale up the size of our business across the region,” said Tiger's chief executive officer, Chin Yau Seng.
The move follows Tiger's acquisition of a 33% stake in Mandala Airlines in Indonesia in January this year. “We will continue to seek opportunities to extend the Tiger reach in Asia Pacific. Asia is one of the fastest growing areas in air travel and we intend to play a major role in driving that growth,” said Chin.
SEAir currently operates two Airbus A319 aircraft leased from Tiger under the Tiger Partner Airline programme. In addition, there are plans to expand the fleet to five aircraft within this financial year with the addition of three A320 aircraft.
TAECO gets Las Vegas deal5th Jun 2012
Chinese MRO operator TAECO has signed a contract to perform VIP cabin reconfiguration on the Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Boeing 737-300s.
TAECO’s Completion Centre will perform work including Conceptual design and renderings; Cabin interior parts and monument fabricatio; and Reconfiguration and installation.
The conceptual design, parts fabrication, and installation will all be carried out at TAECO’s facility in Xiamen, Fujian province in southern China.
The first Boeing 737 will arrive in TAECO at the end of May and will be the first VIP reconfiguration that TAECO has carried out. TAECO has been performing heavy maintenance for Las Vegas Sands Corp. since 2009 and says the new deal is a "natural extension" of the relationship.
TAECO says it is Asia’s first and only Airbus approved and Boeing licensed VIP completion centre.
747-8I enters commercial service5th Jun 2012
The first commercial service for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental was flown by Lufthansa on the first day of June, with a flight from Frankfurt to Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport.
“The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is an exceptional aircraft,” said Christoph Franz, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “With its addition to our fleet, Lufthansa has created a product that is not only in line with our company’s commitment to innovation, technology and efficiency, but that also offers qualities and features that are sure to maximize our passengers’ in-flight experience."
Korean air has five 747-8 Intercontinentals on order, while its cargo division has ordered seven freighter variants. ANA (14) and Cathay Pacific (10) have both ordered freighter versions.
Air Astana gets 4-star rating5th Jun 2012
Air Astana has become the first carrier from Russia /CIS /Eastern Europe to be awarded a 4-Star rating in the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012.
Kazakhstan’s international flag carrier now ranks alongside other 4-Star rated airlines including British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qantas and Thai Airways. Air Astana first won a Skytrax 3-Star rating in 2009 and was also ranked second amongst carriers for the “Best Airline: Eastern Europe” award in 2011.
“Air Astana proudly marked its 10th anniversary with a major network expansion last month and this prestigious 4-Star rating from Skytrax serves to further demonstrate the remarkable progress the carrier has made over the past decade. Award winning passenger service, new aircraft and an exciting new range of destinations are turning 2012 into a remarkable anniversary year for Air Astana,” said Peter Foster, president of Air Astana. “Congratulations to all our dedicated and enthusiastic service delivery staff for their outstanding achievement.”
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