NEW DELHI, 18 August 2014: India’s civil aviation regulator said late last week it had ordered Jet Airways to suspend two pilots after a flight to Brussels dived 5,000 feet, forcing air traffic controllers to issue an emergency warning.
The Times of India said the captain was on a scheduled rest break when the plane dropped almost 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) over Turkey, putting it at an altitude assigned to another aircraft.
Air traffic controllers in Ankara had to issue an emergency warning to the co-pilot on duty, who the paper said “did not notice that the aircraft had lost altitude” because she was using her tablet computer at the time.
DENPASAR, 15 August 2014: A Thai Airways plane en route from Sydney to Bangkok made an emergency landing on the Indonesian island of Bali after a crack was discovered in the cockpit window, officials said Wednesday.
The Boeing 747, carrying 273 passengers and 21 crew, was six hours into the journey Tuesday when the captain found the defect and decided to land on Bali, the airline said in a statement.
A spokesman for the island’s airport described the landing at around 17:00 (0900 GMT) as a “minor disruption”.
HELSINKI, 15 August 2014: Finnair said on Wednesday that the Airbus A350 could skirt Russia in its Europe-Asia routes if Moscow carries out a threat to close its airspace to European flights.
All of Finnair’s Asia-bound flights cross Russian air space from its Helsinki hub. It gives the airline one of the shortest routes between west Europe and Asia.
“The additional freight capacity of this airplane makes me think that it has the reach, that it’s technically possible,” Finnair chief executive Pekka Vauramo said at a press conference in Helsinki.
HONG KONG, 15 August 2014: Cathay Pacific said Wednesday its first-half net profit soared to HKD347 million (USD44.77 million) on higher passenger demand, but the Hong Kong flag carrier warned of a “challenging” outlook as surging competition held down fares.
The figure for the six months ending 30 June compared with a net profit of HKD24 million in the same period last year. Revenue in the reported period jumped 4.6% to HKD50.84 billion.
But despite its upbeat performance, the blue-chip airline faces several challenges including persistently high jet fuel prices, said group chairman John Slosar.
HO CHI MINH CITY, 15 August 2014: VietJetAir will increase flights to twice daily from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok effective 12 September.
It will give the airline 5,000 seats a week to sell on the sector.
VietJet flights will depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 1105 and 1405. The return flights will depart from Bangkok at 1350 and 1635. .
BANGKOK, 15 August 2014: Airlines are cutting fares by around 20% during the 15th Thai International Travel Fair at Queen Sirikit Convention Centre that closes this Sunday.
Nok Air sells a one-way fare, inclusive of airport taxes and surcharges, departing Bangkok at THB800 to Phitsanulok, Lampang, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Krabi.
A THB949 fare is on offer to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Hat Yai, Phuket, Nakhon Si THammrat, Trang, Surat Thani including the Chiang Mai-Udon Thani route.
YANGON, 14 August 2014: MJETS Business Aviation Centre recently introduced its services at Yangon International Airport, focusing on private jet flights that are often chartered by company CEOs visiting the country for investment surveys.
It is a joint venture between a Myanmar family trading firm and MJets founder, William Heinecke and business partners. Mjets is a Bangkok-based private jet firm that owns fleet of executive jets that it charters out to companies throughout Asia.
The Yangon centre hopes to capitalise on the growing demand for private jets flying to Myanmar. They are often used for emergency evacuation purposes when people are too sick to go by land or by commercial aircraft. The evacuation flights usually go to the nearest destination with internationally recognised hospitals. Bangkok is one of the destinations.
NEW YORK, 14 August 2014: Despite the airline industry’s efforts to encourage brand loyalty and to convince passengers that paying for checked bags is logical, most Americans disagree and are not showing much loyalty to any particular airline brand.
These were some of conclusions from a new poll, conducted for TheStreet by GfK1 that looked at consumer preferences when it comes to flying.
The survey suggested that 63% of Americans do not have an airline they prefer to fly and only 5% consider getting frequent flier miles to be the most important consideration when selecting a flight.
NEW DELHI, 14 August 2014: India’s newest airline announced, earlier this week, flights could begin in October, saying it was “bullish” about the future even as a rival carrier reported a big loss.
The new airline, to be called Vistara — a Sanskrit word meaning “limitless expanse” — is 49% owned by Singapore Airlines, while the Mumbai-based Tata conglomerate controls 51%.
The airline will offer both business and economy class, new chief executive Phee Teik Yeoh told reporters in New Delhi, and hoped to start flying passengers “sometime in October”, subject to approval by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 August 2014: Influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday criticised the takeover of crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines by the country’s sovereign wealth fund as a recipe for more losses by the carrier.
Sovereign fund Khazanah Nasional, which has controlled the airline for years via a 70% ownership stake, said last Friday it plans to buy all remaining shares, de-list the stock, and take the carrier private before undertaking a “complete overhaul”.
The fund acted after the double tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 pushed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) — which had already been losing money for years — to the financial brink.