Weeping relatives await news of the Air Asia missing plane at Juanda Airport, Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Indonesia has halted the search for a missing AirAsia plane as darkness fell on Sunday and will resume the operation in the morning, the national sear(...)

Alan Dukes: “We’ve had a fantastic response in Dublin, in Tokyo and here. All the Asian ambassadors have been solidly behind it and the Irish agencies have been extremely good.”

The independent think tank Asia Matters, chaired by former minister for finance Alan Dukes, has been in Japan and China this month running its EU Asia(...)

If a patent application filed by Airbus takes off, future passengers could disembark from today’s sleek cylinders and fasten their seat belts in cabins shaped like giant doughnuts.

It may be the final step in taking the romance out of air travel. If a patent application filed by Airbus takes off, future passengers could disemb(...)

An Airbus A380 aircraft on display during the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai this week. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Airbus posted stronger-than-expected nine-month earnings yesterday, muted by a resurgence of potentially costly delays for Europe’s A400M troop carrie(...)

Virgin America president David Cush in the New York Stock Exchange yesterday before the company’s shares’ first day of trading. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

European stocks were little changed as slides in healthcare and commodity stocks offset gains in media companies.Eurostat, the EU’s official number c(...)

Virgin America will use the proceeds from the IPO to pay down debt, manage the airline and pay for capital expenditures associated with the 10 Airbus Group NV A320 aircraft due for delivery in 2015 and 2016. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Virgin America, the airline backed by billionaire Richard Branson, jumped more than 20 per cent in its trading debut after raising $307 million (€246 (...)

 Fly Leasing CEO and director Colm Barrington: “The demand for aircraft remains strong as worldwide air traffic continues to increase”

Fly Leasing, the Irish-based aircraft financier led by Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington, plans to spend about €480 million on expanding its busines(...)

 Profits at Fly Leasing, the Irish-based aircraft financier, topped €12 million in the three months ended September 30th. Photo: Bloomberg

Profits at Fly Leasing, the Irish-based aircraft financier led by Aer Lingus chairman, Colm Barrington, topped €12 million in the three months ended S(...)

Avolon chief executive Domhnall Slattery. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Avolon, an Irish aircraft lease company eyeing a flotation in New York, had profits of almost €82 million in the first nine months of the year(...)

An Airbus A380 superjumbo prepares to land at Mumbai airport. Airbus delivered 54 aircraft during September, including four A380s. Photograph: Arko Datta/Reuters

European planemaker Airbus sold 76 aircraft in September, but ended the first nine months of the year behind its US rival Boeing in the number of airc(...)