Aerospace & Defence

Straits Herald January 13, 2020

Airbus recorded one of their best years yet, with delivery and order-taking for 2019 surpassing previous years. The European conglomerate delivered 863 commercial aircraft to 99 customers in 2019, outpacing its previous output record set in 2018 by eight percent. In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, Airbus progressed on the transition to all NEO variants and by […]

Straits Herald January 10, 2020

by Dave Chan Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday “multiple” intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner after it took off from Tehran, killing all 176 on board, including 63 Canadians. Trudeau’s comments came as images posted on social media increasingly pointed to a catastrophic mistake by Tehran’s air defense batteries […]

Straits Herald December 24, 2019

by John Biers Boeing on Monday pushed out its embattled chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, as it attempts to pivot from a protracted crisis surrounding the grounding of its top-selling 737 MAX after two deadly crashes. More than nine months after the MAX was grounded and a week after halting production of the aircraft, Boeing named […]

Straits Herald October 26, 2019

by Peter BRIEGER A design flaw, inadequate pilot training and poor flight crew performance contributed to a Boeing jet crashing in Indonesia last year, killing all 189 people on board, investigators said Friday, in what one aviation analyst called a “damning” report. The Lion Air disaster was followed months later by a second crash — […]

Straits Herald October 23, 2019

by Martin Abbugao A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore’s waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian cities. The 18 propeller vehicle, developed by German firm Volocopter and with a pilot onboard during the test flight, took off from a promontory and flew for about […]

Straits Herald October 21, 2019

by Holly ROBERTSON A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend. In the first of three “ultra long-haul” test flights planned by Australia’s national flag carrier this year, […]

Straits Herald September 29, 2019

by Jean-Baptiste OUBRIER / AFP “Most of us in Peterborough know somebody who works for Thomas Cook,” said Phil Dobbs, a human resources manager who works in the city, home to the collapsed travel firm. Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, eastern England, has rushed this week to help the 1,000 staff who lost their jobs early Monday […]

Straits Herald September 26, 2019

by John BIERS / AFP Boeing has reached settlements with 11 families of victims from October’s Lion Air crash, the first agreements following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people, a plaintiffs attorney said Wednesday. The Wisner Law Firm, which specializes in aviation cases, is also “optimistic” about reaching settlements on its remaining six cases […]

Straits Herald September 23, 2019

Indonesian authorities have cited failures in the Boeing 737 MAX design and oversight as contributing to the 2018 Lion Air plane crash, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The report into the crash, which will be formally released in early November, also blames pilot error and maintenance issues for the crash that killed 189 […]

Straits Herald September 21, 2019

Authorities are probing a customer data leak at Lion Air, Indonesia’s communications ministry said Friday, in a breach that reportedly affected millions of the carrier’s customers. Two of the airline’s subsidiaries, Malaysia-based Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air, acknowledged passenger data may have been stolen from remote servers operated by Amazon. “Thai Lion Air has […]

Straits Herald August 31, 2019

Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia X has ordered 42 Airbus aircraft worth a total catalogue price of five billion dollars, Airbus said Friday. The Malaysian carrier has placed a firm order for 12 long-range A330neo planes and 30 medium-range A321XLR models, the European aircraft manufacturer said in a statement. Major purchases are often finalised at a […]

Straits Herald August 24, 2019

Qantas on Thursday said it will run “ultra long-haul” test flights in the coming months from New York and London to Sydney in order to assess the health of pilots and passengers, as it eyes commercial services on the marathon routes. Three flights aboard Boeing 787-9 aircraft will take place from October, with up to […]

Straits Herald August 20, 2019

An Airbus A220-300 flight test aircraft will visit six Asian destinations as part of a demonstration tour across the region. After a stopover at Seoul’s Incheon Airport the aircraft heads to Yangon (Myanmar), the first location of the demonstration tour. The aircraft will then visit Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) before heading north to […]

Straits Herald August 17, 2019

AirAsia announced a leadership reorganisation in support of its transformation into a travel and financial platform company and to build into a lifestyle brand. AirAsia Group Berhad CEO Tony Fernandes appointed as CEO of AirAsia Group Berhad Deputy CEO (Airlines) Bo Lingam will continue to lead the airline business as AirAsia Group Berhad […]