Airline Seat Squeeze Raises Health And Safety Concerns

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Published: April 17, 2015

Airbus A350 economy cabin. Airlines are packing ever more seats into economy class to protect profit margins from falling ticket prices, prompting concerns over health and safety from passengers and crew. Slim-line designs, extra emergency exits and creative placing of galleys and toilets are all playing their part in the great seat squeeze, say industry […]

Emirates Picks Rolls-Royce For A380s

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Published: April 17, 2015

Emirates has selected Rolls-Royce to supply engines for 50 of the 140 A380s it has on order with Airbus, according to media reports. It is the first time the Gulf carrier has ordered Rolls-Royce engines for its A380 fleet, the rest of which is powered by Engine Alliance. Airbus and Emirates declined to comment on […]

Dutch Shift MH17 Focus To Investigating Culprits

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Published: April 17, 2015

The Dutch government said that, with nearly all of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 identified, efforts had shifted to finding those responsible for shooting the plane down as it crossed Ukraine last July. Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said, after meeting counterparts from Malaysia, Ukraine and Australia on the sidelines of a cyber-security conference […]

MH370 Search Area To Double If Plane Not Found

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Published: April 16, 2015

Government ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia said they would double the search area for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 if wreckage is not found in the current target area. No trace has been found of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 passengers and crew in what has become one of […]

Airbus Plans Share Buyback, New Legal Status

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Published: April 16, 2015

Airbus Group will ask shareholders to approve an exceptional share buyback of up to 10 percent of its capital at its annual meeting on May 27. The move is designed to allow the Airbus board the flexibility to distribute part of the proceeds from divestments, it said in a statement. The exceptional buyback comes on […]

South Korea Orders Inspection Of Asiana A320 Pilots

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Published: April 16, 2015

South Korean authorities are planning an “urgent competence inspection” of Asiana Airlines pilots flying Airbus A320s, the day after one of the planes skidded off a runway in Japan. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the measures would affect 489 pilots, 370 of them with Asiana and the remainder with its low-cost subsidiary, Air Busan. […]

Delta Triples First Quarter Profit

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Published: April 16, 2015

Delta Air Lines reported first-quarter profit of USD$ 746 million, three times the same period a year ago, and announced plans to reduce international capacity in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta-based airline’s three-month profit was up from USD$ 213 million the previous year. It earned USD$ 372 million on an adjusted basis. Sales increased to […]

US Airline Response To Gulf Open Skies Firming

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Published: April 16, 2015

Potential changes to US Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates could involve new rules on price-lowering and capacity-dumping, Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson said. The remarks during a conference call on the company’s earnings represented one of the clearest statements yet by US airlines on what they hope talks […]

MH17 Team Get Access, Hope To Find Last Two Victims

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Published: April 16, 2015

Nine months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, investigators have gained access to the area where the last unexamined wreckage lies and hope to recover remains of the last two victims. Heavy fighting has stopped the Dutch-led team collecting evidence from a field of debris in the north-west of the crash site […]

Panasonic Eyes Doubling Of Airline Wi-Fi Installations

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Published: April 15, 2015

Panasonic Avionics says it will need to double the rate at which it installs Wi-Fi systems on aircraft to catch up with high demand from airlines to keep passengers connected. Airlines see Wi-Fi as not only an opportunity to meet demands from customers to be always connected, but also to make the most of advertising […]

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