According to Sayacinta Airpost:
Myanmar National Airlines, celebrating its first anniversary of flight operations to Singapore from Yangon at Changi Airport on 17 August 2016, confirms that it is launching its first international direct flight from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Mandalay on 31 August 2016.
Myanmar National Airlines will fly direct to Mandalay from Suvarnabhumi on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays. However, the outbound flight from Mandalay to Suvarnabhumi continues to stop over in Yangon.
On 31 August 2016, flight UB020 departs from Suvarnabhumi for Mandalay at 9.20 am and arrives in Mandalay at 10.35 am. Flight is operated by its B737-800 aircraft.
To celebrate the new route, Myanmar National Airlines offers the cheapest one-way fare starting from 96 US Dollars and it is available for sale on the airline's web-site www.flymna.com.
Myanmar National Airlines will make its exhibition debut at ITB Asia in Singapore from 19 to 21 October 2016 where it may announce other new route plans.
Source: Sayacinta Airpost
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0402h UTC Aug 28, 2016
Regional Express (Rex) today described the decision by the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to accept the resignation of its CEO as a further step towards reforming the aviation regulatory body.
Rex Chief Operating Officer Mr Neville Howell said that the CASA Board had commissioned a survey late last year that identified the need for further substantial improvement within the authority. Mr Howell commended the CASA Board for this initiative and stated that it was a clear sign that the board was determined to drive change and to deliver better outcomes. "CASA's own survey of the stakeholders' perception of CASA (whose results were released this week), showed that CASA received a devastating rating of between 3 and 4 (out of 10 as the most favourable) for a whole range of Key Performance Indicators."
"One of the areas identified in the survey in need of improvement is the frequent long delays in the issuing of permits and approvals which has placed industry at risk of having to ground their operations. These delays have the potential to be fatal to small operators in particular."
"The industry has full confidence in the newly installed Board, which for the first time comprises professionals with in-depth knowledge of the industry, as well as in the new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon. Darren Chester, who has demonstrated his willingness to listen to industry and make bold decisions."
"Reforming a bureaucracy such as CASA is a mammoth task. Rex calls on the Board to select a new CEO who has both an intimate knowledge of CASA so that he or she can hit the ground running as well as entrepreneurial industry experience to understand the repercussions of the decisions made by the regulator. Rex also hopes the selection process can be completed within three months as the industry cannot afford to be in limbo for much longer. There was virtually nothing substantial achieved in the last two years in the implementation of the much-needed Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) recommendations (as directed in the Minister's Statement of Expectations to CASA) and the industry critically needs an effective CEO urgently to fast track this much-delayed implementation."
Source: Regional Express
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0401h UTC Aug 28, 2016
Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) needs a going concern government guarantee in order to finalise its Annual Financial Statements (AFS). The matter has been brought to the attention of the shareholder representative (National Treasury) and there are extensive, on-going engagements on the matter with the aim of finding a resolution and to provide certainty to all concerned. This does not mean the company is facing liquidation as no such decision has been communicated by the South African government as the sole shareholder of the airline.
Similarly, SAA does not need to be placed under business rescue as the airline is able to and continues to pay its debts as and when they become due and payable. The airline has neither defaulted nor been unable to meet its obligations to service its debts - a key determining factor to justify placing a company under business rescue. Those advocating for business rescue are making an absurd misdiagnosis.
The proponents of these claims appear to be gravely oblivious of the effects these statements have not only on the airline but on the country as well.
It is highly unlikely that there will be service interruptions in September and/or October anywhere on our route network, including Hong Kong, due to the grounding of our aircraft. Where concerns are raised by the relevant regulatory authorities, we continue to engage with them to ensure that we remain compliant and continue to operate.
We would like to assure all our customers that as part of our compliance and business continuity processes, we constantly ensure that we meet the compliance requirements in all jurisdictions and markets where we operate.
The Board continues to do everything in its power to ensure that SAA gets government guarantees. We have also engaged with the shareholder on the licensing issue which also relies on shareholder financial assurances for its renewal by the end of September.
Whilst it is true that the airline's balance sheet needs to be strengthened, it is important to understand that its funding requirements, whether in the form of guarantees by the shareholder or a cash injection (which the airline has not received for more than a decade), are intended for future and not current or immediate obligations.
SAA has a sound professional relationship with its shareholder representative, Finance Ministry and the National Treasury. We have never understood the relationship to be personal in any way between ourselves to a point where it is characterised as a rift between the Minister and the Board chairperson at SAA, Ms Dudu Myeni. SAA reject such averments as they have no basis in fact. They appear to be driven by those with an agenda aimed at driving a wedge between the Minister and Ms Myeni. They must not be allowed to succeed.
The airline would also like to reiterate that SAA Board members do not appoint themselves. Board members serve at the invitation of the shareholder representative. It follows that any Board rotations and/or new appointments to serve, is a prerogative of the shareholder representative.
The airline is resilient and has overcome challenges in the past - consequently, we remain confident that resolutions on these matters will soon be found.
Source: South African Airways
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0448h UTC Aug 27, 2016
Zurich, Switzerland: SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, is pleased to announce the successful completion of cabin modifications for Edelweiss' Airbus A320 fleet of six aircraft.
The cabin modifications involved reconfiguring the aircraft cabin layout and replacing seats, galleys and lavatories. The new layout allowed an additional seat row to be added to each plane, thus increasing Edelweiss' per-flight capacity. In conjunction with the cabin modifications, the carrier also asked SR Technics to add a wireless Panasonic In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system to all of the A320s in order to enhance passengers' in-flight experience.
Since several of the aircraft were due for heavy maintenance visits, SR Technics coordinated the work to coincide with these inspections in order to keep ground time to a minimum. The work on all six planes was done at SR Technics' Center of Excellence in Zurich, and delivered on schedule.
"We work in close partnership with our customers to incorporate their special needs. Together with Edelweiss, we designed a cabin which is optimized for leisure flights with additional seat capacity and upgraded in-flight experience. Our engineering and maintenance teams worked in parallel to ensure the each aircraft was delivered on time," says Michael Sattler, Head of Aircraft Services at SR Technics.
"We would like to thank SR Technics and the whole crew that worked on this project. They were essential to keeping downtimes to a minimum and getting the planes back into the air as scheduled," explains Lorenz Thöni, Chief Technical Officer from Edelweiss. "This proves that we selected the right MRO for the project."
SR Technics offers a full range of support services for aircraft maintenance and cabin modifications, which include design modification, certification, embodiment and engineering parts 21J and 21G services.
Source: SR Technics
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0933h UTC Aug 26, 2016