Singapore Airlines plans wide-ranging cost cuts to offset stiff competition

By Jamie Freed SINGAPORE, Oct 6 : Singapore Airlines Ltd is pursuing more than 50 cost-cutting initiatives including reducing fuel burn and reviewing its relationship with key suppliers as part of a three-year plan to make the airline more competitive, a newsletter to staff shows. Both Singapore Airlines and Hong Kong-based rival Cathay Pacific Airways […]

France to lead investigation into A380 engine explosion

By Tim Hepher PARIS, Oct 4 : France’s air accident investigation agency said on Tuesday it would lead the probe into an engine explosion that prompted the emergency landing of an Air France A380 superjumbo in Canada with over 500 people on board on Saturday. Reuters reported on Monday that Canada, France and the United […]

Monarch boss “absolutely devastated” after airline’s sudden collapse

By Alistair Smout LONDON, Oct 3 : The boss of Monarch Airlines said he was “absolutely devastated” by the failure of Britain’s fifth largest carrier which wrecked the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of tourists and left most of its staff out of work. The collapse of the airline was a result of higher […]

Report on MH370 finds ‘initially similar’ route on pilot’s flight simulator

By Tom Westbrook and Jamie Freed SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Oct 3 : The captain of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that vanished somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board had flown a route on his home flight simulator six weeks earlier that was “initially similar” to the one actually taken, Australian authorities said on […]

China’s COMAC says C919 jet completes 2nd test flight

By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI, Sept 28 : China’s domestically developed C919 passenger jet completed its second test flight on Thursday, the jet’s maker said, but there were questions about its duration and on the near five-month gap between the two test flights. The narrow-body aircraft, which will compete with Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus A320, […]

Bombardier would not pick up tab for duties on CSeries jet -sources

By Tim Hepher and Allison Lampert LONDON/MONTREAL, Sept 27 : Canada’s Bombardier Inc is unwilling to swallow the extra cost for airlines if the United States slaps duties on its CSeries jet and is keen to press ahead with the deal that provoked a North American trade spat, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. […]