German Police Search House Of Germanwings Pilot

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Published: March 26, 2015

The young German co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 locked himself in the cockpit and set the plane on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, prosecutors said. French prosecutors offered no motive for why 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz apparently took the controls of the Airbus A320, locked the […]

Hainan Airlines To Buy 30 Boeing 787-9s

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Published: March 26, 2015

Hainan Airlines plans to order 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as it seeks to expand international routes to tap into growing demand for overseas travel from China. The order would be the biggest this year for the jet, worth USD$ 7.7 billion at list prices. It would boost Boeing’s 787 backlog to 855 planes. China’s airline […]

Co-pilot Appears To Have Crashed Plane Deliberately

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Published: March 26, 2015

The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the plane down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said. German Andreas Lubitz, 28, left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after the captain left the cockpit, refused to re-open the door and operated a […]

Etihad May Sell Aer Lingus Stake – Report

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Published: March 26, 2015

Etihad Airways’ chief executive James Hogan has indicated that the airline would be willing to sell its stake in Aer Lingus if the Irish government backs the offer made by IAG, the Financial Times reported. Hogan said the company’s investment in Aer Lingus would earn a great return if Dublin would approve the EUR€1.35 billion […]

American, US Air Expect FAA Approval Next Month

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Published: March 26, 2015

American Airlines and US Airways expect to receive a single operating certificate from the FAA on April 8, marking a milestone since their December 2013 merger. While the company still has to combine the carriers’ reservation systems, a single certificate will mean the Federal Aviation Administration recognizes the airlines as one, and that the majority […]

Cockpit Recording Hoped To Unravel Germanwings Crash Riddle

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Published: March 26, 2015

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from the Germanwings plane that crashed into the Alps and expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days. The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy visited the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the […]

El Al Q4 Loss Widens After Gaza War

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Published: March 25, 2015

El Al’s net loss widened in the fourth quarter after the summer conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza hurt incoming tourism. Israel’s flag carrier said on Wednesday its net loss in the quarter was USD$ 14.8 million from USD$ 3.7 million a year ago. Revenue fell 1.2 percent to USD$ 493 million as revenue from […]

Search Begins For Clues To Germanwings Crash

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Published: March 25, 2015

French investigators will sift through wreckage on Wednesday for clues into why Germanwings flight 4U 9525 crashed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain. The Airbus A320 was obliterated when it went down in a rugged area of ravines on Tuesday while […]

ICAO Mulls Advising Countries On Drone Rules

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Published: March 25, 2015

The ICAO is considering whether to take the unusual step of helping countries draft domestic rules for integrating drones into their airspace. ICAO is already working on new safety standards for 2018 on larger unmanned aircraft that can fly across borders. The UN agency is expected to decide by the end of a symposium that […]

Amazon Blasts FAA For Slow Drone Regulation

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Published: March 25, 2015

Amazon has blasted the FAA for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the FAA gave Amazon the green light to test a delivery drone outdoors, the company said the prototype had […]

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