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New York (AirGuide - Regional News Asia / Pacific) Nov 27, 2011

Malaysian palm oil could fuel flights. The aviation industry could turn to palm oil as a source for biofuel, according to a forum held recently in Malaysia. The country could double its output of palm oil to 18 million tons to help meet the needs of the aviation industry, columnist Yusof Basiron writes. Nov 17, 2011

Nearly $2 million worth of vehicles were wrecked in a 14-car crash in Japan The pileup involved eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, three Mercedes-Benzes and two Toyotas. The fancy car convoy was headed from Kyushu to Hiroshima when the driver of a red Ferrari skidded while switching from the right lane to the left on the rain-soaked expressway. "It was a gathering of narcissists," Mitsuyoshi Isejima of Yamaguchi Prefecture's expressway-traffic police unit said of the drivers. Cars were the only casualties in the crash--among the wrecked vehicles was a Ferrari F360 that costs more that $231,000. No fatalities were reported; 10 people had minor injuries. Nov 14, 2011

Shelby 427 Street Cobra prototype will be up for auction Shelby American's original 1965 Shelby 427 Street Cobra prototype will be up for auction at the 2012 Russo and Steele auction on Jan. 18-22, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to the auction house, this 427 Cobra--chassis No. CSX 3127--was the fourth of the 260 original 427 Street Cobras created by Shelby. The car was built by Britain's Auto Carriers Ltd., like all Cobras, but it was the only one delivered to Shelby American by air; the rest were delivered by boat. CSX 3127 arrived first, in bare aluminum ready for Shelby to install a Ford 427 V8 engine. Check out the fascinating history of CSX 3127 at Russo and Steele's Web site, and start saving your pennies. Nov 14, 2011

AAR, Kawasaki, ShinMaywa AAR to Build Cargo Systems for Kawasaki's C-2 Military Transport Aircraft. AAR announced today that it was selected by the team of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and ShinMaywa Industries to manufacture cargo handling systems for the Kawasaki C-2, formerly the C-X aircraft. The C-2 is Japan 's next-generation military transport aircraft slated to replace its aging C-1 fleet. AAR is manufacturing systems for two initial production aircraft, with delivery expected to be completed in calendar year 2013. The overall program requirements are expected to run for ten years. AAR worked with Sojitz Aerospace, international distributor for the C-2 program, and has been working with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and ShinMaywa Industries since it was selected to design and develop the aircraft's cargo system in 2004. The systems are being produced at AAR's Cargo Systems Division at its Goldsboro, North Carolina manufacturing facility. "We are very proud of our role in the development and production of this new cargo aircraft designed to support the Japanese Ministry of Defence transport requirements," said Terry Stinson , Group Vice President for AAR's Structures and Systems segment. "The order further strengthens AAR's position as a leading cargo systems provider to the global aerospace market and we are pleased to extend our close working relationship with Kawasaki and ShinMaywa Industries." AAR plans to expand its cargo systems business with the acquisition of Telair International GmbH and Nordisk Aviation Products, known for their leadership position in the commercial cargo market. The acquisition is expected to close during the first week of December. AAR Cargo Systems specializes in the design and manufacture of in-aircraft cargo handling systems for military and commercial applications. AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services. Nov 16, 2011

Air China, GoGo Airline. Beijing-based Air China launched its first live trial of GogoOs inflight entertainment system and intra-cabin connection service on a Boeing 737-800 Beijing-Chengdu route Tuesday, becoming the first Chinese airline to provide passengers with free inflight entertainment. CA said it would continue the trial flights through Dec. 31 and plans to promote this service on its Airbus A321 Beijing-Shanghai route soon. CA also teamed with state-run telecom carrier China Telecom to explore the possibility of allowing use cell phones and Internet service on its aircraft. The companyOs goal is to provide broadband Internet access on all flights, which is expected to take place early next year. Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines also plan to provide Internet service on domestic flights but have not yet received CAAC approval, citing safety concerns. Nov 18, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Launches Daily San Diego-Honolulu Flights. Alaska Airlines today launched its second Hawaii market from San Diego with a new daily nonstop flight to Honolulu , on the island of Oahu. The service complements the airline's existing daily nonstop flight between San Diego and Kahului, Maui, which started in October 2010. Hawaii flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. Inflight service includes Hawaii -themed meals for purchase in the main cabin, complimentary meal service in first class and Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features. Nov 17, 2011

Amansara Luxury spots are sprouting in Cambodia. Affluent travelers can have a taste of luxury in Cambodia, as a number of establishments have sprung up to combine the country's rustic appeal with a touch of elegance. The Amansara resort-hotel offers various upscale amenities and guided tours of the ancient temples at nearby Siem Reap. Phnom Penh, the country's capital, provides a more urban setting with a variety of restaurants and lively bars. Nov 17, 2011

American Airlines, Japan Airlines American Airlines and Japan Airlines Co-Locate to Offer First Joint Lounge at Honolulu International Airport. American Airlines and Japan Airlines today announced the joint operation of JAL's Sakura Lounge at Honolulu International Airport. The shared lounge is the airlines' first...

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