Aviation International News » January 2012

January 1, 2012 - 1:30am

Lao Airlines, the national airline of Laos, expects to take delivery of its first Avic “Modern Ark” MA600 turboprop “sometime after February,” marking the 56-seat turboprop’s entry into revenue service outside China. The only other two existing MA600s, delivered in December 2010 and September 2011, respectively, operate in China with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (Cafuc) for training purposes.

January 1, 2012 - 1:10am
MSB galley inserts

MSB, a Montreal-based company specializing in high-end aircraft cabin monuments, has a new software application it claims will eliminate the need to send such items as crystal, china and flatware (CCF) to its interior cabinetry shop to design galley storage inserts.

January 1, 2012 - 12:25am

A strong sales year in 2011 on the part of the world’s two major airliner manufacturers might portend a positive outlook for the air transport sector over the long term, but confidence in the profitability of the airline industry for this year continues to sag, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In fact, the group expects profitability to decline by some $2 billion in 2012, and margins to settle at just 0.8 percent.

December 15, 2011 - 5:36pm

You would think that by now JetBlue would have learned its lesson from the February snowstorm of 2007. After all, how many airlines have the distinction of prompting a rulemaking barring them from holding passengers hostage for more than three hours or face fines up to $27,500 per passenger?