Aircraft sneak into Iran

May 12, 2015 by  
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TEHRAN, 12 May 2015: Iranian airlines have obtained 15 used planes since February as part of efforts to renovate the country’s ageing fleet which remains subject to US sanctions, the transport minister said Sunday.

An embargo dating from 1995 prevents Western manufacturers from selling equipment and spare parts to Iranian companies.

The restrictions, which have been blamed for crippling the industry, were partially lifted by an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme that came into force in January 2014.

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Extra passenger arrives inflight

May 12, 2015 by  
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TOKYO,12 May 2015: A Canadian woman gave birth aboard a plane to Tokyo after going into labour over the Pacific Ocean, a spokesman for Air Canada said Monday, an event the baby’s father described as “completely unexpected”.

The 23-year-old woman delivered a baby girl mid-air with the help of a doctor who volunteered after crew asked passengers for medical help.

The plane was given priority to land at Narita Airport, just outside the Japanese capital, but by the time it taxied to a halt, it had one more passenger than it had started with.

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Drunk reverses flight

May 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 March 2015: A Malaysia Airlines flight to Colombo had to turn back to Kuala Lumpur due to a drunk passenger, the national carrier said on Sunday.

Flight MH179 had taken off from Kuala Lumpur late on Saturday.

“The intoxicated passenger started harassing Malaysia Airlines’ crew shortly after the flight was airborne,” the company said in a statement.

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TAP faces financial crisis

May 11, 2015 by  
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LISBON, 11 March 2015: A 10-day strike by pilots at TAP Portugal, a plunge into losses and sky-high debt have steered the airline, and the government’s plans to sell it to private investors, into turbulence.

With investors required to submit offers last Friday, even Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho recognised that the strike — the longest at the airline in four decades — threatens to derail his government’s second attempt in three years to privatise the airline.

“If the privatisation doesn’t take place, the alternative is a restructuring that will certainly include job cuts and a reduction in routes served,” he said this past week, in a thinly-veiled warning to the striking pilots.

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MH faces tough path

May 11, 2015 by  
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KUALA LUMPUR, 11 March 2015: The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines has told its employees that the troubled carrier faces a more dire outlook than previously thought and warned of coming job cuts, saying the company does not “have enough work for you.”

The gloomy outlook from Christoph Mueller was contained in a memo to the stricken airline’s employees dated 5 and obtained by AFP on Friday.

“The financial situation of MAS in 2015 is more challenging than we all thought and it is a call for swift action,” wrote Mueller, who took his new position 1 May.

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Cambodia faces ICAO audit

PHNOM PENH, 8 May 2015: The International Civil Aviation Organisation is planning an audit of Cambodia’s aviation authority this November.

Phnom Penh Post reported that the pending review comes just months after an industry report warned that Cambodia’s lax regulations could lead to ICAO blacklisting the country. Thailand was blacklisted earlier this year.

Cambodia fared poorly during its last full audit by the ICAO in 2007, with its rankings substantially below international standards. Navigation services and accident investigations scored below average ratings.

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Fire disrupts Rome airport

May 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

ROME, 8 May 2015: Dozens of flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers had their travel plans wrecked Thursday after a fierce fire partially destroyed a terminal at the city’s Fiumicino airport.

The city’s main airport was closed to passengers for several hours after a blaze triggered by an electrical fault in a bar broke out in terminal three, which is used for international flights.

Three airport employees were treated for smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries.

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Task force on cockpit safety

May 8, 2015 by  
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BRUSSELS, 8 May 2015: The European Commission announced, Thursday, it had set up a special task force to review cockpit safety rules after the co-pilot deliberately crashed a Gemanwings flight in March, killing all 150 on board.

The Commission, the executive of the 28-nation EU, said it had asked the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to follow up on a preliminary French report published Wednesday.

“There is a whole series of rules in place but the task force is going to look at them and see what more might be needed,” Commission spokesman Jakub Adamowicz told a news conference, adding its first meeting would take place Thursday in Brussels.

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Emirates’ profits grow

May 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 8 May 2015: Dubai’s Emirates Airline said Thursday annual profits have surged 40% to USD1.2 billion as revenues increased and fuel costs dropped.

The Middle East’s largest carrier said revenues rose 7% USD24.2 billion with passenger numbers up 11% to 49.3 million in the financial year 2014 to 2015.

Emirates chief executive officer, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, said the profit was achieved “despite a tough market and stiff competition.”

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AirAsia mobilises to aid Nepal

May 7, 2015 by  
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KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2015: AirAsia Foundation announced Wednesday, its second fund-raising drive this year to join global efforts to support Nepal after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake of 25 April.

The campaign, which will run until 22 May, will provide donation boxes on board AirAsia flights and at hub airports, in addition to on-going flight sponsorships for medical and relief aid workers.

Other than on-board collections, the public will also be able to donate via a dedicated donations website on airasiafoundation.com/relieffund.

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