Flights from Manado, Indonesia to Davao City are back after a 12 year hiatus. The last time the route was flown was May 2007. Utilizing an ATR 72-600 turboprop, flight GA7401 took off around 10:00am from Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC) and landed at Davao City International Airport (DVO) at around 12:00pm. GA7402 took off from DVO at around 12:45pm based on Flightradar24.
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.
AirAsia Berhad subsidiary AirAsia X is eyeing to fly to the United States west coast as it builds on its Honolulu Hawaii route. The airline is looking to fly to California, either at Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, utilizing its Airbus A330-900NEO. In a report from The Points Guy, an AirAsia X official said that the airline looks to begin US mainland flights from Japan.
Manchester and Scandinavia-based Thomas Cook Airlines has gone bankrupt as of 2:15am London time of September 23, 2019 which resulted to the airline ceasing all operations and ticket sales. Thomas Cook in a statement said that stakeholders and potential investors have not reached an agreement leaving the board with no recourse but to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is keen on pressing for the upgrade of regional airports around the Philippines even without the participation of the private sector. These are airports which received unsolicited proposals from private corporations. Should they back-out, the government will be taking over the upgrading of these airports.
Philippine Airlines subsidiary PAL Express was recognized as one of the top 100 employers in Asia by the Employer Banking Institute of India at the 10th Asia's Best Employer Awards held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore. These awards recognize top performing companies based on Employer branding, Talent acquisition, talent management and innovation.
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.
Hong Kong Airlines is cutting around 7 percent of their passengers flights as continued protests in Hong Kong take a toll on their major carriers. Reduced demand has amounted to financial losses. Hong Kong Airlines will be shrinking its business in an attempt to limit losses brought by passengers cancelling their flights. The protests has caused the number of tourists to drop sharply.
It is now a greenlight for the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan. Yesterday, San Miguel Corporation's (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the concession agreement for San Miguel Aerocity Inc to finance, build, operate, and maintain the envisioned NMIA at Taliptip, Bulacan.
AirAsia's very first Airbus A321NEO will be a special one as it will be wearing a special colorful and funky livery. The Malaysia-based low cost airline and world's number 1 low cost carrier by Skytrax is set to receive the largest member of the Airbus A320 family in the next coming weeks. The aircraft is out of the paint shop and still awaiting its engines for a number testing hours before delivery.