SYDNEY, 13 May 2016: Two more pieces of debris were all but confirmed, Thursday, to be from flight MH370, adding fresh clues to the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines plane which is presumed to have crashed at sea.
The fragments washed up on beaches in South Africa and Mauritius in March and brought to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s laboratories for testing.
After an expert examination they were found to have “almost certainly” come from the fated Boeing 777 aircraft, which vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board. Read more
LOS ANGELES, 13 May 2016: The Solar Impulse 2 resumed its record-breaking quest, Thursday, to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, with a flight from Arizona to Oklahoma.
The experimental sun-powered plane, piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, took off from Phoenix at 3:00 am (1000 GMT).
“After sustained efforts from the entire team, at the Mission Control Centre and on the ground, we have found a clear weather window that gives way for a 17 hour and 50 minute flight to complete the flight to reach the heart of the United States,” the Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) team said in a statement. Read more
SIHANOUKVILLE, 12 May 2016: Cambodia Angkor Air will inaugurate flights between Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam 17 June.
The new five weekly flights will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday using a 70-seat ATR-72 aircraft.
Flights will depart from Sihanoukville at 1240 and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 1340. The return flight will depart Ho Chi Minh City at 1450 and arrive in Sihanoukville at 1550. All times are local. The flight time is one hour. Read more
ISTANBUL, 12 May 2016: Turkish flag carrier Turkish Airlines, earlier this week, posted a massive loss as concerns over security in Turkey and the region took their toll on the ambitious airline.
Turkish Airlines said its net loss in the first quarter amounted to USD421 million, compared with a net profit of USD153 million in the same period last year.
Sales were USD2.188 billion, down 1.4% from the first quarter last year, it added. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 May 2016: Amadeus is partnering with Plusgrade that allows passengers to bid for ancillary on-board services.
Plusgrade provides technology to airlines so that passengers can bid to move to a higher class, or have that much-prized free seat next to them on a busy flight. After buying their ticket, passengers place their bids for these services online. They find out if their offer is accepted between 24 to 72 hours before the flight takes off, adding a surprise element to the trip.
Passengers make an offer for a premium service at a price they are comfortable with – depending on availability. Read more
LUTON, 11 May 2016: British no-frills airline EasyJet on Tuesday said it had fallen into a loss during the first half of its financial year in the wake of the Brussels attacks.
Its earnings statement added that future revenues would be impacted also by recent events in the Belgian capital.
Net losses stood at UKP20 million (USD29 million, 25 million euros) in the six months to the end of March, compared with a profit after tax of UKP5.0 million during the equivalent period in 2014/15. Read more
DUBAI, 11 May 2016: A strong US dollar and the “double-edged sword” of low oil prices have hit the revenues of Emirates, but net profit still surged 56% as passengers increased and fuel bills dropped, the airline said Tuesday.
Dubai’s carrier said its profit hit USD1.9 billion in the financial year 2015 to 2016.
Emirates said however that its revenues dropped 4% to USD23.2 billion, mainly as a result of a strong US dollar against currencies in most of its markets. Read more
HANOI, 10 May 2016: Passengers boarding domestic flights in Vietnam are now allowed to take on board liquids, aerosols and gels in their cabin baggage.
Tuoi Tre News channel said aviation authorities lifted the ban, 1 May, to ease restrictions for passengers on domestic flights.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the rule on liquids still applies for international flights. Read more
DUBAI, 10 May 2016: Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia said Monday its net profit surged 34% on year to USD31.06 million in the first three months of 2016, thanks to rising passenger numbers.
The Middle East’s first and largest low-cost airline said its net profit in the first quarter hit 114 million dirhams (USD31.06 million), compared to 85 million dirhams in the corresponding period last year.
Revenues were 7% up in the same period to 946 million dirhams, while passenger numbers rose 17% from last year to 2.1 million, said the carrier. Read more
YANGON, 9 May 2016: Myanmar’s aviation sector stands at the crossroads following the installation of a democratic government, which took office at the end of March.
It is likely to lead to a rethink of policies and possibly force airlines to revisit their ambitious plans.
According to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s recent analysis, both the domestic and international markets are oversupplied and this has impacted on load factors and profitability. Read more