Archive for April, 2012


[Business StandardJapan Airlines (JAL) will become the first carrier to bring a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to India when it lands the aircraft in New Delhi from Tokyo tomorrow.

The first Dreamliner service will be launched in India from tomorrow

The first Dreamliner service will be launched in India from tomorrow: Photo - Aviationnews.eu

“With the launch of the Dreamliner, India will become the second country in JAL’s operations to get this special high-end aircraft. This reiterates our commitment to the Indian market. The first Dreamliner service will be launched in India from tomorrow,” said country manager Yasushi Isomura.

Japan Airlines runs Boeing 777 service five days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Dreamliners will operate for four days, excluding Thursday, when the airline will operate Boeing 777.

With the operations of the Dreamliners, the airline will bring down its capacity on offer by 25 per cent. A Dreamliner has 186 seats compared to 215 in a Boeing 777. Delhi is the second international destination for JAL where it has launched a Boeing 787. Earlier this month, it launched its first Dreamliner service to Boston in the US. Isomura said India was one of the most profitable……

Rad the full story at India’s Business Standard…..


BS Reporter / New Delhi May 01, 2012, 00:31 IST



[The Economist] THE world’s busiest train route, and one of the busiest air routes, is between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s two biggest metropolitan areas. On that corridor, the shinkansen, as Japan’s bullet trains are known, were born in 1964. They whizz 120,000 passengers a day smoothly from one place to another, on trains that leave every ten minutes.

Bullet Trains whizz 120,000 passengers a day smoothly from one place to another, on trains that leave every ten minutes

Bullet Trains whizz 120,000 passengers a day smoothly from one place to another, on trains that leave every ten minutes

Although humans, not robots, are at the controls, the average delay is a miraculous 36 seconds. To take all those passengers by air would require 667 aircraft, each with 180 seats, or five times Japan’s fleet of Boeing 737s, estimates Macquarie, an investment bank.

Undeterred, between March and August three low-cost airlines will have started operations in Japan. It would be a miracle if they could help hammer down train and plane fares in Japan, which are excruciating. For example, a one-way shinkansen ticket from Tokyo to Osaka costs ¥14,000 ($170), and there are no discounts for return fares or for booking early. But compared with Europe and other parts of Asia, where budget airlines have quickly gained market share, in Japan the low-cost model is expected to take time to take off.

There are three main reasons for that, analysts say. First, all three newcomers have established parents. Peach, which started flying in March, and Air Asia Japan, which starts in August, are part-owned by ANA, one of Japan’s two main carriers. Jetstar Japan, which launches operations in July, is one-third owned by Japan Airlines (JAL). Such ties have usually hobbled low-cost airlines elsewhere: incumbents hate to cannibalise their…..

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Apr 28th 2012 | TOKYO | from the print edition



[Express & Star] Birmingham Airport is calling on the Government to  endorse its national  status as chief executive Paul Kehoe revealed talks with  Far Eastern  airlines about launching new flights from the site in the  future.

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

Mr Kehoe has returned from a trip promoting links between the West Midlands  and China.

And he has dismissed claims from airports group BAA that Heathrow Airport is  the only answer to forging new air links with the country.

He has been talking with a string of Far Eastern airlines during a three-day  visit to the Chinese city of Chengdu for the Routes Asia conference. Mr Kehoe  said feedback from the airlines was positive, with many now considering  Birmingham as a new destination once the runway extension is completed in  2014.

He said: “We hear so much from BAA about the UK losing lucrative new routes  because of the capacity constraints at Heathrow but the South East isn’t the  only solution.

“Our runway extension will allow aircraft to fly direct from China, bringing  investment to the region, and giving airlines and passengers an alternative to  battling with London’s congestion problems. We now need the UK Government to  endorse Birmingham Airport, when it releases its Aviation Policy Review later  this year, as a national airport that can offer a rapid and cost effective  solution to the aviation gap.”

Mr Kehoe and his team had the largest airport stand at the Routes Asia event,  aiming to demonstrate the strong trading links with China by showing a film  about the partnership between the airport and MG Motors, a company owned by Shanghai  Automotive.

William Wang, managing director of Longbridge-based MG Motors has said there  is serious need for direct flights between Birmingham and Shanghai for business passengers, the  region’s large Chinese community  and the thousands of students that come  to Birmingham each year.

Since 2003, after London, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment  projects than…..

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Express & Star
Monday 30th April 2012



[Belfast TelegraphHeathrow airport has been ordered by the Border Force to stop handing out  leaflets to passengers acknowledging the “very long delays” at immigration.

Marc Owen, director of UKBA told BAA that leaflets are "inappropriate" and that ministers would take "a very dim view".

Amid increasing anger at the length of queues for travellers arriving at  border control, airport operator BAA has tried to defuse tensions with a leaflet  apologising for the problems.

It said people arriving in the country “deserved a warmer welcome” and  explained how to complain to the Home Office.

But Marc Owen, director of UK Border Agency operations at Heathrow, has told  BAA that the leaflets are “inappropriate” and that ministers would take “a very  dim view”.

In an email obtained by The Daily Telegraph, he said: “The leaflet… is both inflammatory and likely to increase tensions in arrivals halls especially in the current atmosphere. It is inappropriate in that it is not for you to display how to complain on our behalf.

“Please refrain from handing out (the leaflets) or I will escalate (the  matter) with ministers who are likely to take a very dim view. I know there are copies in the hall and your troops are ready with them.”

Mr Owen also told BAA to prevent passengers taking pictures in the arrivals  hall. Pictures of lengthy queues have been posted on……

Read the full story at The Belfast Telegraph…..


Belfast Telegraph
28th April 2012



[BBC News] An Aberdeen-based consortium is closing in on a deal to buy the regional division of BMI, following the takeover of the larger BMI airline by British Airways owner IAG.

IAG has indicated it has no plans to keep operating BMI Regional and BMI Baby

Granite Aviation is in advanced talks with IAG over the sale of the division for about £20m.

Aberdeen-based BMI Regional employs more than 300 people and operates 19 aircraft between smaller city airports.

An announcement on a possible deal is expected in the next two weeks.

If the regional deal goes ahead, Granite Aviation could take on the BMI brand when IAG stops using it on BMI’s mainstream services.

IAG has said it has no plans to keep operating……

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BBC news
27 April 2012



[The HK Standard] Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group (CKI) has been shortlisted to buy a 50 percent stake in Manchester Airports Group, the Sunday Times reported.

MAN Airport group plans to choose a preferred bidder within the next month

MAN Airport group plans to choose a preferred bidder within the next month

Controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, the utilities and roads arm of Cheung Kong Holdings is competing against Australia’s Industry Funds Management and a joint venture between 3i Infrastructure and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for the asset.

The winner – expected to be revealed next month – is likely to pay around £1 billion, for the airports group.

The funds will help finance the group’s attempted acquisition of London’s Stansted facility – the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. The group currently owns three other airports, at East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside.

Last year, they generated a pre- tax profit 80 million on revenue of 350 million. Passenger throughput at the three facilities was 23 million last year…..

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Karen Ha
Monday, April 30, 2012



[The Indian Express] Amid great fanfare, Boeing has rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner aircraft produced at its brand new plant in South Carolina and built for Air India to be delivered in mid-2012.

"This is a proud moment for Boeing as we roll out an airplane from our third final assembly site," Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer,

"This is a proud moment for Boeing as we roll out an airplane from our third final assembly site," Jim Albaugh, president & CEO: Picture thanks to Eric Prado via Flickr

The airplane’s rollout marks the first time that a Boeing commercial airplane has been produced in the Southeastern United States, the US aerospace giant said.

“This is a proud moment for Boeing as we roll out an airplane from our third final assembly site,” Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Commercial Airplanes said yesterday at the function held in North Charleston.

The 787 airplane built for Air India next goes to the flight line, where it will go through systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight.

The airplane remains on schedule for delivery to Air India in mid-2012, Boeing said in a statement.

While Air India has ordered 27 of these new planes, Jet Airways has placed orders for ten. The national carrier is expected to get at least three of these air-planes this year.

The long-haul aircraft made of composite materials like carbon fibre, is portrayed as fuel-efficient aircraft which would help slash flying costs significantly.

“We’ll celebrate today, and tomorrow we begin the process of getting the airplane ready for delivery to our Air India customer,” said Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager.

The ceremony was attended by nearly 7,000 Boeing employees and invited guests. The festival-like atmosphere, featuring aerial displays, music and entertainment, was a fitting celebration to commemorate assembly completion of the first 787 built at the North Charleston, facility, the company said……

… story continues at The Indian Express……


The Indian Express Group
Sun Apr 29 2012



[Daily Mail] The police have been forced to step in as angry travellers, frustrated with long queues at Britain’s airports, have started rushing through passport control without showing their documents as passengers are regularly forced to wait 90 minutes

Police forced to step in as airport delay row worsens: Angry travellers are now storming through security without showing their passports: Flickr 'ukhomeoffice'

Police forced to step in as airport delay row worsens: Angry travellers are now storming through security without showing their passports: Flickr 'ukhomeoffice'

There have been a number of incidents in recent weeks, including a Spanish man who had to be restrained by counter-terrorism officers at Heathrow on Wednesday after bursting through security.The news follows reports passengers are forced to wait up to 90 minutes to clear passport control at Heathrow and increases pressure on Immigration Minister Damian Green to step in and address the problem.

Last month 20 passengers stormed through security at Birmingham Airport, angry  after waiting for two hours and police were deployed at Heathrow on Thursday after a group of fuming Americans began shouting at border staff.

A UK Border Agency source told the Sunday Times: ‘I have never before had so many complaints from passengers in one shift or faced such a hostile immigration control environment.’

Home secretary Theresa May is also underfire for reducing the manpower at borders.

She plans to cut the number of officers from…..

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By Christopher Leake and Ian Garland
PUBLISHED: 29 April 2012



[Business Mirror – Philipines] CEBU Air Inc., operator of Cebu Pacific, has applied for additional seat entitlements for flights bound to South Korea, an official said last week.

CEBU official said 'additional seats are equivalent to 21 flights a week or an additional three daily flights'.

CEBU official said 'additional seats are equivalent to 21 flights a week or an additional three daily flights'

“We asked for almost 4,000 seats, following the successful air talks held by the air panels of South Korea and the Philippines early this month,” said the airline’s vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog in an interview.

At present, the budget carrier operates the Manila-Incheon route twice daily; daily flights for Cebu-Incheon, four weekly flights for Manila-Busan route and another four-weekly flight for Cebu-Busan route. “The total flights for our South Korea destinations are 29 times weekly,” added Iyog.

The airline official said the additional seats are equivalent to 21 flights a week or an additional three daily flights.

Early this month, the Philippines and South Korea agreed to amend their existing air pact by expanding the number of entitlements of designated carriers of each country by half or an additional 9,500-weekly seats.

From 19,000 weekly seat entitlements being utilized by carriers on both sides this was increased by half for a total of 28,500 seats per week for each country, said Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla.

“Now both sides can mount as much as 28,500 seats per week. These seats can be used at any points in the country and the CAB will allot [these] depending on the requirement of an airline who files an application with us because we are the sole authority that grants entitlements,” said Arcilla.

The CAB is part of the Philippine air panel which negotiates for traffic rights with other countries. The other panel members include the departments of Transportation and Communications, Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Trade and Industry, as well as representatives from airline companies.

“Tourists from South Korea are our biggest market. Last year, we had about 925,000 Korean arrivals in the country and we see that increasing to 1 million this year,” he said.

The airline’s net income last year dropped by 47.6 percent to P3.62 billion mainly due to an increase in operating expenses brought about by higher fuel costs.

Expenses in 2011 grew by 34.3 percent to…….

Read the full story at BusinessMirror.co.ph


Sunday, 29 April 2012
Lenie Lectura / Reporter



[Telegraph] Etihad is to open a European headquarters in Man­chester, which could lead to the creation of up 300 new jobs in the city.

Etihad has chosen Manchester because of the opportunity to tap into a well-educated pool of graduates with extensive language skills

Etihad has chosen Manchester because of the opportunity to tap into a well-educated pool of graduates with extensive language skills

According to sources at the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, the airline will first set up a major call centre, which will provide around 160 posts.

As well as serving Europe, the centre will provide out-of-hours service for other parts of the world.

Eventually it is anticipated that back-office jobs will also be moved to Manchester, along with engineering jobs. It is understood Etihad has chosen Manchester because of the opportunity to tap into a well-educated pool of graduates with extensive language skills.

Currently, the airline operates two daily services in and out of Manchester, with many of the passengers flying further afield than Abu Dhabi to destinations such as Australia and Far East. Its operation enables passengers from the north to make long-haul flights without having to change planes at Heathrow.

The company currently operates call centres in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Dublin, as well as Manchester.

Etihad has already made its presence felt by sponsoring Premiership-chasing Manchester City, in a deal which along with the financial backing of Sheikh Mansour has seen the club able to afford some of the highest profile footballers in the world.

The club’s stadium is known as the Etihad and the airline is also creating a £100m state-of-the-art football campus on the 80-acre site.

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By David Millward 
Telegraph