Low cost carrier Philippines Air Asia eyes flights to Guam and Saipan after it seeks permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to the United States. The budget carrier has filed a petition from a designation and entitlement allocations before the board while requesting to revoke the designation of Air Philippines (PAL Express) as Philippine carrier to the United States.
Royal Air Philippines recently launched flights last Sunday between the Northern part of Cagayan province to Macau utilizing its BAe Avro RJ1000 jet. The airline will initially operate commercial flights Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA), Lal-lo to Macau and vice versa twice a week. Domestic flights to Lal-lo from Clark is also scheduled twice a week.
Royal Air Philippines took delivery of another Airbus A319 last Saturday. This is the second A319 to be delivered to the airline. These aircraft were owned by Lanmei Airlines and sold to Royal Air. They will be used to compliment the existing fleet of BAe Avro RJ100 and shall be used for international destinations. Royal Air's current international destinations are Macau and Jeiyang.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) has turned over the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the Clark International Airport to the Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation last August 16, 2019. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon led the turnover ceremony with LIPAD Corp President and CEO Bi Yong Chungunco.
Philippine-based budget airline Cebu Pacific looks to launching flights to India and Russia from Manila. They are also looking to launch flights to more cities and places in Australia and China from Cebu using the Airbus A321NEO-XLR when they start taking delivery of the aircraft in 2024. "India is not right at the forefront of our mind at the minute but come 2024, I think it will be interesting for us," Szücs said on CAPA TV.
An Ural Airlines Airbus A321 crash-landed in a cornfield after striking a flock of birds yesterday. Flight U6178 was flying from Moscow to Simferopol when the incident happened. The aircraft was carrying 226 passengers and 7 crew members. Around 74 people suffered injuries caused by the incident. Russian media has dubbed the landing the "miracle over Ramensk".
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.
Capt. Bryan Knight of Southwest Airlines was just 5 years old when he last saw his father, Col. Roy Knight Jr., alive for the last time at Dallas Love Field Airport in 1967. Col. Knight was an Air Force pilot who fought in the Vietnam War. He was shot down over Laos later that year. He was declared killed in action in 1974 after search efforts failed to find him.
Budget airline AirAsia took delivery of its brand new and very first Airbus A330-900NEO. The aircraft will be operated by AirAsia X Thailand which is leased from Avolon. It will be based at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand. AirAsia ordered 100 of this new generation aircraft. Another is to be delivered within the year.