• AIR ASTANA EMBRAER E190-E2 WITH A HAND PAINTED SNOW LEOPARD ON ITS NOSE
    Aviation

    Like the snow leopard, Air Astana is a rarity

    Our plane, a Boeing B767-300ER, passed over the Karakoram mountain range in mid-afternoon as it headed towards Tajikistan, en route to Almaty. The map on the screen in front indicated that K2, the world’s second highest peak, was somewhere below us. Taking in spectacular views of snow capped mountains and vast steppes is but one of the many highlights when flying on Air Astana , the relatively young (it made its maiden flight in May 2002) flag carrier of Kazakhstan. In an industry littered by airlines that struggle to excite and enthral, let alone make money, it’s always nice to meet a company that’s doing something different, something daring and make a…

  • FLIGHT INFORMATION REGIONS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (GRAPHIC COURTESY OF THE STRAITS TIMES)
    Aviation

    Flight Information Regions: what the Malaysian transport minister needs to know

    The day before he is to chair the first national aviation council meeting in Putrajaya on Wednesday morning (Dec 5), transport minister Anthony Loke saw it fit to announce Malaysia’s plans to take back control of airspace that Singapore has managed since 1994. The main contention for this move, according to Loke, was because Singapore had decided to use a new instrument landing system (ILS) at Seletar Airport in January 2019. Malaysia said this would violate its sovereignty. Singapore responded swiftly and categorically to the transport minister’s remarks. Read it here. This latest spat comes amidst recent reports that Malaysian low-cost carrier Firefly, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, had to suspend flights from Seletar…