OPINION: ​The risk of complacency over Brexit

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Published: September 30, 2016

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PICTURE: InterJet takes first A321

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Published: September 29, 2016

Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321, an aircraft the carrier says will allow it to optimise Mexico City slots. The aircraft (registration XA-JPB and MSN 7311) is leased from BOC Aviation and is the first of three A321s that Interjet will take delivery of this year, according to […]

OPINION: Russian response to MH17 treats public like idiots

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Published: September 29, 2016

You can only imagine investigators’ exasperation at Russia’s schoolyard-level protesting at the probe into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The governmental instinct to mitigate the political fall-out from such an event is understandable. But Russia’s ham-fisted attempts to distance itself from MH17 have left its administration looking as pathetic as a […]

MH17: Flight Safety Foundation backs independent probe

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Published: September 29, 2016

Representatives of the US-based Flight Safety Foundation are urging the creation of an independent international panel to investigate the attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The foundation argues that such a move would address Russian claims of unfair bias by the five-nation joint investigation team probing the Boeing 777’s destruction. These five nations – […]

Drone blamed for Dubai airport closure

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Published: September 28, 2016

Dubai International airport’s operator is blaming a drone intrusion for an hour-long interruption to services including closure of its airspace for about 30min. The airport, which is the base for Emirates, closed between 08:08 and 08:35 on 28 September. Dubai would typically record around 30 departures in this morning time interval. The operator, Dubai […]

MH17: Joint investigation pinpoints firing site of missile

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Published: September 28, 2016

Investigators have concluded that a surface-to-air missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was fired from eastern Ukrainian territory held by rebels. The destruction of the Boeing 777-200ER on 17 July 2014 had previously been attributed to the launch of a Buk weapon following an inquiry by the Dutch Safety Board. But while […]

Inquiry links 100 individuals to attack on MH17

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Published: September 28, 2016

Investigators probing the missile attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are to concentrate on narrowing the list of suspects, having determined the launch site for the weapon. The joint investigation team, during a briefing on the criminal inquiry, says it has identified around 100 individuals which “can be linked” to the Boeing 777’s destruction […]

​Data error led to wrong-configuration Cobham 717 take-off

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Published: September 28, 2016

An incorrect flex temperature setting in a Cobham-operated Boeing 717 flight management system (FMS) caused the aircraft to take off in an incorrect configuration. Prior to the operation of a QantasLink flight between Canberra and Sydney, the captain prepared the cockpit, entering 40C as the flex temperature, says the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) […]

​ANALYSIS: Cathay’s 747s enter their twilight hour

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Published: September 28, 2016

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ROUTES: Finavia to close and sell more airports

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Published: September 28, 2016

Finavia is likely to close one or two of its regional airports and privatise another two in the near future as it strives to make its network of gateways more profitable, its senior vice president Joni Sundelin discloses. Speaking to FlightGlobal during the World Routes conference in Chengdu, Sundelin says the Finnish airport operator, […]

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