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  1. Business - Companies - AVIATION

    Virgin's Branson issues warning over state support for rival Qantas

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Branson issues warning over help for Qantas British tycoon Richard Branson sounded a warning in full-page newspaper advertisements yesterday about possible Australian government help for national carrier Qantas Airways, urging business to "think twice" about investing in the country. Branson, whose Virgin Australia carrier is in direct ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1429237/virgins-branson-issues-warning-over-state-support-rival-qantas
  2. News - Hong Kong - AVIATION

    Dozens of Hong Kong-based Virgin Atlantic cabin crew to lose jobs

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 04:04am by Charlotte So

    ... in Hong Kong would be laid off. Virgin, controlled by British businessman Richard Branson, said rising costs and a challenging economic environment meant the Sydney route was no longer profitable, ... and British Airways. "The strong are getting stronger and Virgin lacks scale," said Will Horton, senior analyst at Capa, a Sydney-based aviation consultant. "Virgin itself is changing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1421011/dozens-hong-kong-based-virgin-atlantic-cabin-crew-lose-jobs
  3. News - World - AVIATION

    Rolls-Royce accused of sacking jet engineer for whistle-blowing over safety concerns

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 08:49pm by GDN

    ... Kurt-Elli, a senior design engineer, claimed at a British employment tribunal on Tuesday that he was dismissed after raising safety concerns with the chief executive, John Rishton. The company said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1457916/rolls-royce-accused-sacking-jet-engineer-whistle-blowing-over-safety
  4. Business - China Business - AVIATION

    Weak passenger revenues could offset fuel cost savings at Big Three airlines

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 10:47am by Charlotte So

    ... analysts said. Traffic on those routes slumped more than 40 per cent in 2012 owing to a conflict between the two countries over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Still, the drop in fuel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1453832/weak-passenger-revenues-could-offset-fuel-cost-savings-big
  5. Business - Economy - AVIATION

    Dubai nudging Hong Kong out as transit hub between Asia-Pacific and Europe

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 11:15am by Charlotte So

    ... is scheduled to add four more weekly flights to six Australian cities next month, Virgin Atlantic's decision to suspend its Hong Kong-Sydney route from May will reduce traffic from Down Under. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1426990/dubai-nudging-hong-kong-out-transit-hub-between-asia-pacific-and
  6. Business - Companies - AVIATION

    Qantas chief resets plan to make airline profitable as losses build

    Posted Mar 01st 2014, 01:14am by BLOOM

    ... Abbott's government as three foreign airlines help boost finances at Virgin Australia Holdings. "The overall strategy of retreating from the international market is not a viable long-term ... with their feet." Virgin Australia yesterday posted a first-half net loss of A$84 million, compared with the A$235 million loss reported on Thursday by Qantas for the same period. Revenue at the smaller ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1437536/qantas-chief-resets-plan-make-airline-profitable-losses-build
  7. News - Asia - AVIATION

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: The unanswered questions

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 09:33pm

    ... is technically possible. In January 2008, a British Airways Boeing 777 crashed 300 metres short of a runway at London’s Heathrow Airport. Ice accumulation in the aircraft’s fuel system had caused ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1445563/unanswered-questions-behind-disappearance-malaysia-airlines-flight-370
  8. News - Asia - AVIATION

    Land search for Malaysia Airlines plane begins as firm reveals aircraft had no 'issues with health'

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 06:05am by STAFF AND WIRES

    ... Staff Reporters in Beijing and Agencies in Kuala Lumpur and Phu Quoc Island Crew of Cathay Pacific Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur bound flight reports large amount of debris was spotted off the coast of southeast Vietnam, says Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department Investigators refusing to rule out foul play The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was widened in scope ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1444784/china-urges-malaysia-step-search-missing-passenger-plane-families-grow
  9. News - Asia - AVIATION

    Experts say flights in cruise phase rarely experience problems

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 06:02am by Lana Lam, DANNY LEE

    ... Evans, who has worked in search and rescue for 27 years with experience in Britain, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, said that the most dangerous times of a flight are during take-off ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1443955/experts-say-flights-cruise-phase-rarely-experience-problems
  10. News - Asia - AVIATION

    Boeing 777 at centre of Malaysia Airlines disappearance had clocked up 'normal' 20,000 hours' flying time

    Posted Mar 08th 2014, 02:09pm by DANNY LEE, Lana Lam, AGENCIES

    ... be well-maintained. Before last year’s crash, the 1,000 777 jets in service worldwide had been involved in only one major incident. The came in January 2008, when a British Airways jet landed about 300 metres ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1443524/lost-malaysia-airlines-plane-had-clocked-normal-20000-hours-flying-time

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