Airbus delivered the fourth and final Airbus A400M military transport aircraft to the Royal Malaysian Air Force on Thursday 9 March. The delivery comes exactly two years after delivery of the first A400M to Malaysia.
A Malaysian delegation formally accepted the fourth A400M at the Airbus production facility in Seville, Spain. The aircraft will soon head to Malaysia for participation in the LIMA airshow in Langkawi in Malaysia, which kicks off on 21 March.
Meanwhile, A Royal Air Force A400M this week visited Indonesia during a round the world trip. Indonesia is said to be a potential customer for the A400M.
Bombardier and newcoming airline FlyMojo announced on Tuesday 17 March that a Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed for the sale and purchase of 20 CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional 20 CS100 aircraft. The announcement was made during the LIMA 2015 airshow at Langkawi, in parallel with the Government of Malaysia’s announcement on a new airline FlyMojo.
FlyMojo is expected to become the first customer and operator of the CS100 aircraft in the region. Based on the list price, a firm order would be valued at approximately 1.47 billion USD, and could increase to 2.94 billion USS, should flymojo exercise all its options.
FlyMojo will transform Senai into a key regional aviation and logistics hub. “The announcement of a new airline in Malaysia is an exciting way to kick off LIMA 2015″, said Malaysian Deputy Minister of Transport, Aziz Kaprawi. “With FlyMojo’s primary hub at Senai International Airport, Johor and secondary hub in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the airline’s fleet of CS100 aircraft will play a key role in improving connectivity between the Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak, as well as other parts of the region.”
“FlyMojo is an ideal match for the all-new CS100 jetliner,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries family of aircraft will enable new airlines such as FlyMojo to cover markets efficiently thanks to its economics, operational flexibility and widebody comfort, coupled with an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.”
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeries airliners. It’s latest version, the CS300, first took to the skies late February.
Featured image: The Bombardier CSeries in FlyMojo livery (Image © Bombardier)
Two KT-1B Wongbees of Indonesian Air Force team Jupiter collided on Sunday 15 March during a rehearsal for the LIMA 2015 airshow at Langkawi, Malaysia. At least two pilots were seen to eject using their parachutes. The airshow organizers report ‘four pilots’ are safe and under observation in Langkawi Hospital.
The crash happened as two aircraft collided during a cross over manoeuvre. One aircraft crashed in a wooded area, while the other one came down near houses, setting fire to one. No casualties are reported on the ground.
The Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1B Wongbee is a turboprop trainer aircraft in service in South Korea, Turkey and Indonesia. Peru has also ordered the type. The Indonesian Air Force took delivery of 17 aircraft, of which was one was already lost in a crash in 2010. Team Jupiter has been flying six KT-1s since 2008.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) will form a joint team to investigate the cause of the accident.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Team Jupiter. (Image © TNI-AU / Twitter)