China halts 10 more Airbus orders

March 16, 2012 by Victor

China raising the stakes in a potentially damaging trade row over European Union airline emissions charges


China has so far directed its threatened retaliation at wide-body aircraft capable of reaching Europe from China, not A320 short-haul jets assembled in China for the local market.

In all, 55 aircraft have been swept up in the dispute, equivalent to about 10 percent of the aircraft ever delivered to China by Airbus, which claims 47 percent of the Chinese market.

While the A380 purchase is a firm order, meaning it cannot be cancelled without losing a deposit, the threatened A330 deals are still in the pipeline -- either being negotiated or waiting for the required official approval from the Chinese government.  >>More..




DirectAir halts flights nationwide

March 14, 2012 by The Gossiper

Airline owes LVIA $93,000, and airport officials have been unable to reach the company

Direct Air

Apparently buried in debt and unable to pay its fuel bills, DirectAir on Tuesday abruptly halted its flights in airports across the nation, including Lehigh Valley International.

The stoppage by the South Carolina-based discount airline means passengers booked for its twice weekly flights out of LVIA must make other arrangements. It also means airport officials may have a hard time collecting on the more than $93,000 running tab the airline left for fuel, landing, passenger fees.  >>More..

Direct Air suspends flights till May 15

March 14, 2012 by Victor

Direct Air canceled all flights Monday night

Direct Air

South Carolina-based airline Direct Air, which canceled all flights Monday night, said Tuesday it is halting operations through May 15.

The two-month shutdown will allow the carrier, which flies to two Central Florida airports, to "address operational matters" and explore "strategic alternatives," the public charter airline said on its website.  >>More..


US Airways seeking support for its bid for AA

March 14, 2012 by Victor

"We can't do it alone"

Kingfisher Airlines to curtail overseas operations

March 14, 2012 by The Gossiper

More trouble at the Indian carrier

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin expansion finished in UK!

March 10, 2012 by The Gossiper

Heathrow decision was 'purely political and incredibly damaging'


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