Dec 14, 2008
Air New Zealand, Boeing
Air New Zealand will conduct the world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel on Dec. 30. The flight was scheduled for Dec. 3 but was postponed after the loss of one of the airline's A320s during a "return from lease acceptance test flight" in France. The 2-hr. biofuel test flight will operate from Auckland, with the jatropha blend powering one of the 747-400's Rolls-Royce RB211 engines. Dec 11, 2008
China Southern Airlines, Panasonic Avionics, Airbus
China Southern Airlines, the 9th largest airline in the world and the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, has signed an agreement with the Panasonic Avionics Corporation to supply eX2 on five A380-800 aircraft with the first deliveries slated to begin in 2009. With market leading capabilities and industry proven record, China Southern Airlines selected Panasonic eX2 to provide a flexible and scalable in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to deliver a personalized inflight experience featuring Audio and Video on Demand (AVOD), and interactive entertainment options that help differentiate the airline brand, enhance revenue, and improve the long-haul passenger experience. Dec 8, 2008
Hard on the heels of its Bombay-London service, Kingfisher will add four routes next month. These will cover flights between India and Colombo, Hong Kong and Singapore. Although Kingfisher has yet to make an official announcement in London the new flights can now be booked on its website. The new schedules will allow Kingfisher to provide London-originating passengers with through flights to Colombo via Bangalore. www.flykingfisher.com Dec 10, 2008
Kingfisher Airlines will launch daily Mumbai-London Heathrow service on Jan. 5 aboard a new A330-200. It began serving LHR from Bangalore in September. It said it was granted approval to operate Mumbai-Hong Kong, Mumbai-Singapore, Chennai-Colombo, Bangalore-Colombo, Kolkata-Dhaka, Kolkata-Chittagong, Bangalore-Bangkok and...