Archive for December 2014

Flight 8501 Disaster Highlights Asia’s Aviation Challenges

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The crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 is the third aviation disaster this year to strike a region where air traffic has grown spectacularly to become the world’s biggest market, posing new challenges to safety regulators, airlines and governments. The Airbus A320, which vanished from radar early Sunday in storm clouds en route to Singapore from…

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AirAsia Plane Debris and Bodies Are Found in Search

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Indonesian rescue teams said Tuesday that they had found bodies and what appeared to be debris from the AirAsia plane that vanished less than an hour after taking off from the airport here on Sunday. Djoko Murjatmodjo, a senior official with Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry, confirmed that the debris was from Flight 8501, which was carrying…

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Indonesia to Get U.S. Help in Search For Missing AirAsia airliner

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The search for a missing AirAsia airliner with 162 people aboard will expand Tuesday, the Indonesian government announced. Four additional areas will be searched, the national search-and-rescue agency said. Seven zones were patrolled Monday, the second day of working to find AirAsia Flight QZ8501. So far, the search has been fruitless. “Our early conjecture is…

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AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

Missing AirAsia grieving relatives

Relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 comfort each other at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations…

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Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific, After Pilots Request Course Change

AirAsia Airbus A320

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, shortly after the pilots requested to change the flightplan because of weather, the airline said today. The Airbus A320-200, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement…

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Santa’s Sleigh Nearly Collides With Airliner Over Australia

Shortly after Australian aviation authorities announced that Santa Claus was given clearance to bring his sleigh and team of reindeer into the nation’s airspace, the fat, bearded man was spotted flying his sleigh within spitting distance of a commercial airliner. Watch this video provided by 9News Australia. You can also track Santa’s whereabouts using the…

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Search for Missing Malaysian Flight 370 Trickles to Single Ship

Malaysian flight search team

A single ship continued a lonely search last week across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared nearly 10 months ago — no longer listening for “pings” from the black box or subject to around-the-clock coverage by CNN or accompanied by a massive flotilla that once included…

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AirTran Brand Set to Disappear Sunday

AirTran Boeing 737

Southwest Airlines will officially complete its integration of AirTran Airways – four years since announcing plans to acquire AirTran – on Sunday, December 28. After AirTran flight 1 lands in Tampa just before midnight Sunday, AirTran will officially cease operations. For many, Sunday is bittersweet; many employees are excited to complete the integration, but some…

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Competition from Boeing forced Airbus to rethink wide-body jets


Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, which received its first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a “ superefficient” jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings, thanks to a carbon-composite design. In Toulouse, some Airbus engineers, riding high after overtaking Boeing…

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Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50 personal jet completes successful maiden flight

Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50

Cirrus Aircraft announced today the successful maiden flight of the third and final conforming flight test aircraft, ‘C-Two’ (C2), in their Vision SF50 personal jet program. The initial flight of C2 marks the latest significant milestone for the Vision™ jet program as C2 now joins C0 and C1 in FAA flight testing and certification activities.…

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Emirates Airlines, The World’s Largest Airline Has The Largest Wide-body Jet Fleet


Following two consecutive years of record deliveries and capacity increases, 2014 saw Emirates adding 27 aircraft – 13 Airbus A380s, 12 Boeing 777-300ERs two Boeing 777 freighters – to its fleet. These included its 50th A380 and its 100th 777-300ER aircraft, strengthening Emirates’ position as the world’s largest operator of both the A380 and 777.…

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Introducing The New Dassault Falcon 8X

Falcon 8x

Last week, Dassault unveiled the Falcon 8X ultra-long-range business jet, keeping the program on time for a first flight in the first quarter, probably in February. The event took place in an assembly hall at the Bordeaux Mérignac factory, gathering customers, operators, industrial partners and representatives of certification authorities in an atmosphere that mixed “prestige,…

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