Security officers fired after United probe

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 19 October 2017: The city of Chicago revealed, Tuesday, that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year.

Video of the April incident went viral online, showing airport officers dragging a bloodied David Dao off a full plane to make room for airline crew needing to be repositioned for future flights.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who heads the mid-west US city’s watchdog office, had been pursuing an internal probe of the officers’ actions. Read more

Plane rides: Uber of the sky

October 19, 2017 by  
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LAGUNA BEACH, USA, 19 October 2017: Eviation Aircraft chief executive Omer Bar-Yohay pictures a day not too far away when summoning a bargain plane ride with a smartphone will be as easy as hailing Uber.

The Israel-based start-up working on a self-piloting, electric aircraft was at the WSJD Live conference here Tuesday with a vision of “Uber meeting Tesla in the sky.”

Bar-Yohay spoke of a future in which people could take Uber to a regional airport, then use another smartphone application to summon an Eviation electric plane to whisk them inexpensively to destinations hundreds of miles away. Read more

CEO quits Malaysia Airlines

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 October 207: Malaysia Airlines CEO quit Tuesday to take a job at Ryanair, a fresh blow to the troubled Malaysian carrier which is still struggling to recover from twin disasters in 2014.

Peter Bellew has been appointed chief operations officer at the Irish airline, where he used to work, following a recent crisis that led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

He was the third chief executive of Malaysia Airlines since 2014, when the company was plunged into crisis by the disappearance of flight MH370 and the downing of MH17 over Ukraine. Read more

UK flies holiday-makers home

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 18 October 2017: UK authorities on Monday said they had completed a programme to fly back to Britain tens of thousands of passengers stranded following the collapse of Monarch Airlines a fortnight ago.

“This has been a phenomenal challenge and one that has required the cooperation and support of many businesses, government departments and individuals,” Andrew Haines, chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority regulator, said in a statement.

The CAA said it had flown back to Britain a total of 83,875 passengers. Read more

Buyers will strip Alitalia assets

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

ROME, 18 October 2017: British budget airline easyJet and German carrier Lufthansa both said Monday they have submitted offers for parts of Italy’s ailing Alitalia.

The stricken carrier said that it had received seven binding offers in all, without providing details.

The easyJet and Lufthansa proposals will spark disappointment in Italy, which wants to sell Alitalia in one package to avoid mass job losses. Read more

Companies line up to resume MH370 search

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR 18 October 2017: Three companies have offered to resume the search for flight MH370, but no decision has been reached on whether to take up any of the proposals, a Malaysian minister said Tuesday.

US seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, Dutch company Fugro — which was involved in the original hunt — and a Malaysian company have made offers, Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, told AFP.

He did not disclose the name of the Malaysian company. Read more

Bribery probes at Airbus unfold

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 17 October 2017: Airbus CEO, Tom Enders, told a German newspaper he was prepared to step down if he was “no longer part of the solution”, as the aircraft manufacturer fights off a widening corruption scandal.

“I’m not glued to my job,” Enders told the Handelsblatt financial daily in an interview to be published Monday, but insisted he currently saw no reason to step down.

The comments come as the embattled company faces bribery and graft probes in several European countries. Read more

Virgin jumps in Hyperloop

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced last week it is investing in Hyperloop One in a strategic partnership aimed at establishing new passenger and cargo transport services for the superfast rail concept.

As part of the deal, Branson will join the board of the California startup, which will be renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in the coming months, according to a joint statement.

No financial details were immediately available. Read more

First flight to St Helena

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, UK, 16 October 2017: The first scheduled commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Around 100 islanders came out to the airport to watch the historic landing of the Embraer 190 jet, which came from Johannesburg.

On the tarmac, some 60 incoming passengers were welcomed by the island’s smiling governor, Lisa Phillips. Read more

Vietnam to boost flights to Europe

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 12 October 2017: Vietnam Airlines and Air France signed a joint venture, Tuesday, to increase routes between Europe and Vietnam, as they try to capitalise on a fast-growing appetite for travel to and from Southeast Asia.

The deal, to take effect 1 November, could see destinations in Vietnam increase to 20 from three today, and destinations in France and the rest of Europe soar to around 70 from the current 14, according to Patrick Roux, senior vice president of Air France-KLM.

The stronger cooperation, which will include coordinated flight schedules, will give the French carrier a foothold in a region already well-served by other large airlines. Read more

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