Saudi Arabia Resumes Flights At Southern Airports

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Published: March 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia gradually resumed flights at its southern airports one day after suspending all traffic as it launched air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen. International and domestic flights to and from five airports in the south including Jizan and Wadi al-Dawaser had resumed at dawn on Friday, the official Saudi press agency said quoting […]

JetBlue Sued By Ex-Pilot Who Had Midair Meltdown

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Published: March 28, 2015

A former JetBlue Airways pilot whose midair meltdown forced an emergency landing of a 2012 flight has sued the carrier for USD$ 14.9 million, saying it should have grounded him because it knew he was incapable of flying. Clayton Osbon, 52, filed his lawsuit in Manhattan federal court three days after the crash of a […]

Lufthansa Backs Down On Two-Crew Cockpit Rule

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Published: March 28, 2015

Lufthansa will introduce new rules requiring two crew members in cockpits at all times, a swift reversal after its chief executive said such a change was not needed despite the crash at its Germanwings subsidiary. The European Union said it would now advise all EU airlines to require two crew members on the flight deck, […]

Torn-up Sick Notes Show Lubitz Should Have Been Grounded

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Published: March 28, 2015

German authorities on Friday said they had found torn-up sick notes showing that Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. French prosecutors believe Lubitz locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into […]

IndiGo Heads For Up To USD$400 Million IPO

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Published: March 28, 2015

IndiGo is preparing a draft prospectus for a stock listing to raise USD$ 300 million to USD$ 400 million, aiming to cash in on a boom in budget air travel. While the draft prospectus is due in the next two months, the timing of the initial public offering has not been set, a person with […]

Power Restored At Schiphol Airport After Outage

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Published: March 27, 2015

A major power outage hit large parts of Amsterdam and the surrounding province of North Holland on Friday, prompting the cancellation of all flights to and from the city’s Schiphol airport. An hour and a half after the outage hit, Dutch grid operator TenneT said power had been restored to some parts of the densely […]

EU Safety Agency May Advise Two Person Cockpit Rule

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Published: March 27, 2015

European Union air safety regulator EASA may advise airlines to ensure that two crew members are in the cockpit of passenger planes at all times, in the wake of the suspected suicide crash of Germanwings flight 9525. “It is one option currently being evaluated. If it happens it won’t be a compulsory rule, but a […]

Investigators Find Evidence Germanwings Pilot Hid Illness

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Published: March 27, 2015

German state prosecutors said they had found evidence that Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who is suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps, had hidden an unspecified medical condition from his employers. “Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors,” said the […]

Air China Posts 14 Pct Rise In Net Profit

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Published: March 27, 2015

Air China has reported a 14 percent rise in 2014 net profit, helped by lower oil prices and rising passenger numbers. Profit rose to CNY3.78 billion yuan (USD$ 609 million) from CNY3.32 billion while revenue rose 7.4 percent. The airline did not provide guidance for 2015 but warned that competitive pressures were rising from Middle […]

Airlines Introduce Two-Person Cockpit Rules

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Published: March 27, 2015

Airlines are changing rules to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who locked himself himself in the cockpit of the Germanwings plane had crashed it on purpose. The United States already requires two crew members to be in the cabin at all times, […]

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