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.
The Philippines's biggest low-cost airline Cebu Pacific is set to be the biggest airline operating in and out of Clark by December. In a report, CEB President and CEO Lance Y. Gokongwei said that the airline will opening its Puerto Princessa route on top of the Bacolod and Iloilo flights from Clark by December. CEB will be flying to seven domestic and four international destination from Clark which amounts to about flights per week.
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".