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New pings give cautious certainty in search for #MH370

Map of ping locations found by Australian ship Ocean Shield and Chinese ship Hai Xun 01. Malaysia Airlines #MH370

In his daily briefing earlier today, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading Australia’s search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a telling statement “I’m now optimistic. We’ll find the aircraft or what’s left of the aircraft in the not too distant future.” His optimism in over a month of uncertainty was based on the fresh signals …

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Photos: First flight of Skymark Airlines’ first A380

First Airbus A380 for Skymark Airlines Japan takes off on first flight

The first A380 of Skymark Airlines, which will also be the first Japanese carrier of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, successfully made its first flight, when it departed Toulouse for Hamburg. After completing the airframe assembly and system tests at Toulouse, the aircraft will now undergo cabin installation and painting at Hamburg, prior to delivery later this year. Skymark, which …

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Photos: Airbus reveals A350 XWB cabin interiors

European airframer Airbus has unveiled proposed cabin interiors for its latest aircraft, the A350 XWB. This cabin interior is installed on board ‘MSN002’ (manufacturer’s serial number) the flight-test aircraft which made its first flight on February 26, earlier this year In a counter to the 17 inch economy class seat widths offered in the 10 abreast seating on many Boeing …

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Kenya Airways takes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner

Kenya Airways has taken delivery of their first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane registered 5Y-KZA departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) non-stop flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at Nairobi, the hub of the airline. The airline has an additional eight 787 Dreamliners on order. Kenya Airways is undertaking “Project Mawingu” which focuses on increasing …

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Singapore Airlines first to start A380 service to India

Singapore Airlines has confirmed it will be the first airline to commence scheduled services of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, to India. The surprise announcement beats out Dubai-based Emirates airline, the largest foreign carrier in India, and coincidentally, the world’s largest A380 operator, which was widely expected to be the first to commence the super-jumbo’s flights to …

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Boeing deliveries for first quarter 2014

US aerospace major, Boeing has reported its deliveries for the first quarter of 2014 Major Programs 1st Qtr
2014 Year-to-Date
2014 Commercial airplanes 737 Next Generation 115 115 747 4 4 767 – – 777 24 24 787 18 18 Total commercial airplanes 161 161 Defense, Space & Security AEW&C 1 1 Apache (New Builds) 10 10 Chinook (New Builds) 17 17 …

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Photo: Boeing-Ryanair special hybrid livery 737-800

Ryanair_Boeing 737-800WL in special hybrid livery.

Boeing showed its gratitude for one of its longest and largest 737 customers, Ireland’s Ryanair, with a special, new, co-branded livery on the airline’s most recently delivered Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane features the distinctive blue Boeing livery on most of the fuselage, with the airframer’s name near the front. The distinctive Ryanair golden harp logo is on the tail, as …

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Search for Malaysia Airlines #MH370 continues in seas off western Australia

Malaysia Airlines MH370 cumulative searched areas till April 3, 2014. Picture courtesy AMSA.

The Australian authorities coordinating the search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing March 8th, informed that up to 10 military planes, four civil jets and nine ships will assist in today’s search. The search will focus on three areas in the search area of 217,000 square kilometres, 1,700 north-west of the city of Perth as …

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Photos: Asiana Airline’s first Airbus A380 super-jumbo and deployment schedule

Asiana Airlines first Airbus A380 HL7625. Photo copyright Airbus S.A.S.

Airbus has rolled out Korea based Asiana Airline’s first A380 super jumbo from the paint-shop. Cabin configuration Asiana will become the 11th carrier to operate the double-decker aircraft and the second in Korea. The aircraft will have a three cabin configuration as detailed below. Category First Suite Business Smartium Travel Class Seats 12 seats 66 seats 417 seats Seat pitch …

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Delta introduces new sleep amenity kits for international economy class

Delta Air Lines international economy class amenity sleep kit and water bottle

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has introduced new sleep amenity kits for its economy class passengers on international long-haul flights. The new kits include eye-shades and earplugs to aid passengers in sleeping and resting when travelling on over-night red-eye intercontinental flights. In addition to the kits, economy class passengers on all Europe bound trans-Atlantic flights of 3,850 miles or less, will …

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TAM Airlines and US Airways join oneworld alliance. Srilankan Airlines next in line.

TAM Airlines A320 in special oneworld livery

In its biggest expansion since its launch 15 years ago, the oneworld alliance sat the joining of TAM Airlines and US Airways on March 31. Its a double whammy, since both the airlines were leading members of the Star alliance till the switched over. US Airways’ regional affiliates, operating as US Airways Express, also transitioned to oneworld, following US Airways’ …

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Jet Airways and Air India achieve good on-time performance at London Heathrow for 2013

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Both the Indian carriers operating to London Heathrow airport, Jet Airways and Air India, have impressive on-time performance, analysis of the British civil aviation authority punctuality records for the year 2013 reveal. Jet Airways was ranked eighth overall with an average delay of 9.72 minutes for the year, while national carrier Air India was at rank 26 with an average …

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