ANALYSIS: Cathay Pacific put to the test

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Published: August 26, 2016

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PICTURE: American parks 20 MD-80s as type exits fleet

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Published: August 25, 2016

American Airlines removed 20 Boeing MD-80s from its fleet in a single day, as it works to retire the type that was once the mainstay of its fleet. The Fort Worth-based carrier flew 20 aircraft to Roswell, New Mexico, on 23 August. They will be stored there until they are either sold or scrapped. […]

Qantas crew praised for response to smoke incident

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Published: August 25, 2016

The cabin crew of a Qantas Airbus A380 have been praised for their handling of an in-flight smoke incident that occurred after a mobile phone was crushed in a seat. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says in its final investigation report that the incident occurred on an A380 registered VH-OQD on 16 May, […]

MH370 search likely to wrap up in December

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Published: August 24, 2016

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau expects the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that operated flight MH370 to wrap up towards the end of the year. In its latest update on the ongoing search efforts, the Bureau says it anticipates completing the search on the 120,000 square kilometre area in the […]

OPINION: Training must account for somatogravic illusion risk

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Published: August 22, 2016

One of the canniest innovations in flight simulation has been the harnessing of the brain’s ability to misinterpret movement in order to generate a sense of cockpit realism. Pilots advancing the thrust levers for take-off in a full-motion simulator experience an extraordinary ­sensation of acceleration capable of overturning the awareness that the machine is […]

Aeroflot to take another 10 Superjets

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Published: August 19, 2016

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has committed to acquiring an additional batch of 10 Sukhoi Superjet regional airliners from the leasing arm of state-owned Sberbank. The airline’s freshly signed agreement with Sberbank has been outlined via the Zakupki public procurement website. It shows that the 10 aircraft will be taken under 12-year financial leases. The […]

Qatar closes A350 sale-and-leaseback with GECAS

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Published: August 18, 2016

Qatar Airways has closed a sale-and-leaseback for five Airbus A350-900s with GECAS. The deal covers A350s with MSNs 021, 025, 036, 047 and 076, a spokesman for the Connecticut-based lessor says. Qatar took delivery of MSNs 021 and 025 in July and August and is scheduled to take 036, 047 and 076 before year-end, […]

S7 profit rises sharply in first half

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Published: August 18, 2016

Russia’s S7 Airlines has generated a half-year pre-tax profit of Rb491 million ($ 7.6 million), an increase of more than 60%. The carrier disclosed the figures in a second-quarter financial statement. Federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia statistics show S7’s passenger traffic over the first six months of the year rose by 17%. Passenger load […]

​Thai pays down $31 million for A350 pair

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Published: August 18, 2016

Thai Airways has paid roughly Bt1.07 billion ($ 31 million) in pre-delivery payments for its first two Airbus A350-900 jets, the carrier disclosed as it released its second-quarter results. The aircraft – two of 12 A350-900s Thai has on order – are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter. At current list prices, two […]

Botched go-around led to extraordinary 737 overrun

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Published: August 18, 2016

Investigators have detailed how a bungled go-around resulted in a Boeing 737-300’s striking the runway as its gear retracted, causing substantial damage before the jet became airborne again. The Avia Traffic aircraft had been descending towards the Kyrgyz city of Osh in poor visibility – below minimum conditions for a Category I instrument approach […]

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