The United States (US) is imposing a 10% customs levy on airplanes made within the European Union (EU) beginning October 18. This may greatly affect airlines in the US that have ordered Airbus aircraft worth billions in dollars. In the list of affected products subject to import duties, its says, "New airplanes and other aircraft (other than military airplanes or other military aircraft) of an unladen weight exceeding 30,000kg.”
Beijing's newest airport, Daxing International Airport (PKX) has finally opened its doors to airlines and passengers last Wednesday by China President Xi Jinping. Beijing's newest airport spans 700,000 square meters which is basically as large as 98 football fields. At full operating capacity, the airport is expected to handle 170M passengers. Presently, Beijing International Airport (PEK) is the world's 2nd busiest airport.
A French aeronautics engineer has conceived a design that would transform an aircraft's cargo hold into a place for more passengers. Florian Barjot conceptualized a design that would replace the cargo door with a an aluminum and titanium frame holding rows of windows. This project is named EarthBay. Positioned to be at the forward cargo bay, this would transform the section into a light-filled cabin which airlines can customize to their preference.
The world's largest operator of the Airbus A380, Emirates, has announced that it will begin retiring them from the fleet slowly. Its plan is to have around 90-100 A380s by mid-2020. Presently, the airline operates 112 A380 jets, which makes it the biggest in the world. Emirates previously ordered 162 superjumbos but decided to cut them to 123 in the wake of Airbus ending its production.
As the Asia-Pacific region continues to drive growth in the aviation industry, it is predicted that 17,000 aircraft and 816,000 airline personnel like pilots, cabin crew, technicians, and ground crew will be needed in the next 20 years. In a report by Chicago-based American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, they predict that 44,000 airplanes will be needed worldwide with 17,000 or 39% delivered to the Asia-Pacific region.
Long haul subsidiary of AirAsia Behrad, AirAsia X, has placed in an order for 42 Airbus aircraft consisting of 30 A321XLR and additional 12 A330-900NEO last August 30. This places the total order of Airbus A330-900NEO to 78. AirAsia X presently holds the biggest order of the A330NEO. Both the Airbus A321XLR and A330NEO have been a favorite combination of many airlines, including Philippine-based low cost carrier, Cebu Pacific.
An Air China Airbus A330-300 caught fire while boarding passengers at Beijing International Airport yesterday. Passengers and crew were immediately evacuated while emergency vehicles were scrambled towards the aircraft. The aircraft finished operating as flight 976 from Singapore and was set to fly to Tokyo as flight 183. No one suffered injuries during the incident and all were accounted for.
A Saudia cabin crew shuttle van service carrying cabin crew and cabin service assistants (CSA) crashed into a truck last night at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which resulted to the death of one cabin crew and a number injured. The fatality is Khawla Zemzari, a Tunisian. The cause of the crash is still unclear as of this moment. It is reported that five of the crew members are Filipinas.
A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR had to cut its flight from Doha to Auckland short after a hole on its engine cowling appeared after take-off. In a report from Simple Flying, flight QR920 had to return back to Doha after dumping fuel. QR920 is actually the 2nd longest flight in the world, right after Singapore to Newark of Singapore Airlines.
Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok International Airport, one of the world's busiest, was brought down to a halt yesterday as thousand of pro-democracy protesters stormed the main terminal. Over 150 flights in and out the airport were cancelled as a result of the protest while thousand of passengers were stranded.