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The men who fall to Earth

Felix Baumgartner's balloon rises during the second test flight in Roswell, New Mexico, in the United States, on July 25. Photo: AFP

The quest to jump from ever-higher altitudes has gripped skydivers for generations, with varying results.  Craig Williams weighs the latest attempt against those of the 'supermen' of the 1960s.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:53pm

Airlines step up their game in fight for Asia's jet set

Asia's premium airlines are investing hundreds of millions of dollars on luxury services in a bet on a rebound in business from the wealthy, even as low-cost carriers fly high with the booming middle class. Photo: Reuters

With limousine pick-ups and on-board chefs, Asia’s premium airlines are investing hundreds of millions of dollars on luxury services in a bet on a rebound in business from the wealthy, even as low-cost carriers fly high with the booming middle class.

5 Jul 2013 - 1:47am

Gun-toting passengers on the rise, says Transportation Security Administration

At airports across the US, passengers have tried to walk through security with loaded guns in their carry-on bags, purses or pockets, even in a boot. And - nearly a dozen years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks - it is happening a lot more often.

4 Jul 2013 - 4:25am

US state passes bill saying pilot Gustave Whitehead beat Wright brothers to first flight

Gustave Whitehead

Connecticut's leading role in aviation has never been disputed, but legislators have now passed a bill insisting that an aviator from the US state flew two years before the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, in the state of North Carolina.

The measure is the latest twist in an effort to credit the first successful aircraft flight to German-born aviator Gustave Whitehead.

11 Jun 2013 - 9:23pm

Check-in revolution awaits fliers

Japan Airlines has been a pioneer in rolling out self check-in terminals for domestic flights at airports across its home market. Photo: AFP

Airport operations across the globe are set to be transformed over the next two years thanks to new technologies that aim to make journeys user-friendly rather than frustrating.

11 Jun 2013 - 3:25am

Jetstar Hong Kong hopes Shun Tak deal will secure licence

Jetstar Hong Kong's long wait to receive an operating licence may be coming to an end.

The low-cost carrier (LCC) joint venture between China Eastern Airlines and Qantas' Jetstar Group is now more confident that with a local shareholder the government will recognise it as a Hong Kong-designated carrier and give it a licence.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Stanley Ho's Shun Tak buys 33pc stake in Jetstar Hong Kong

(From left) Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and China Eastern Airlines chairman Liu Shaoyong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Shun Tak Holdings is paying US$66 million for a third of the shares of Jetstar Hong Kong, the low-cost carrier awaiting regulatory clearance. The announcement came two days after the Hong Kong government said it had stopped processing applications of new airlines.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Expedition may have found Amelia Earhart's plane off South Pacific island

Amelia Earhart. Photo: AP

Earhart and her navigator vanished on July 2, 1937, after they took off from Papua New Guinea in a twin-engined Electra headed for Howland Island. They were more than halfway through an unprecedented bid to circle the globe along the equator.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

3-D printers help China jet development take off

Illustration: Martin Megino

Creating a miniature plastic aeroplane using a household computer and a 3-D printer is no longer just a dream for aircraft enthusiasts. But what about printing out a real plane?

29 May 2013 - 6:02am

Anger after fire alarm causes Cathay flight to be aborted

A passenger's picture of the scene after the Boeing 777 made an emergency landing. Photo: Red Door News

A Cathay Pacific plane with more than 200 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok after a fire alarm in its cargo hold went off minutes after it took off for Hong Kong.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 11 comments

British police arrest two men on diverted Pakistan flight

Police officers leave a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft on the tarmac at Stansted Airport, England. Photo: Reuters

Britain scrambled fighter jets on Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two passengers on suspicion of endangering the aircraft.

25 May 2013 - 2:04am

Escaping the city heat on the cheap

Jetstar is already offering discount flights from Hong Kong.

If it is just a short neighbouring city escape, try a budget airline. We all know about Malaysian-based Air Asia, but recently, Jetstar announced it would open its first no-frills airline based in Hong Kong. It will not officially launch until later this year, but discount Jetstar flights have already started from Hong Kong.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

Expanding carriers seek more space over Chinese skies

Air China will take delivery of 113 new aircraft over the next three years, putting further pressure on the tight allocation of airspace.Photo: AP

China's skies do not have enough space. The country's air force controls airspace and allots only 20 per cent to civil aviation. With the mainland's three biggest airlines planning to add at least 273 planes in the next three years, traffic congestion that already delays 25 per cent of flights is set to worsen.

18 May 2013 - 3:09am

Man arrested after terror threats ground five Shenzhen-bound flights

This Juneyao Airlines plane made an emergency landing following terror threats. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese police say they have detained a man suspected of making fake bomb threats this week against five Shenzhen-bound flights.

16 May 2013 - 11:07am

Debate rages over passenger electronics affecting aircraft systems

An American Airlines ticketing counter at Miami International Airport. Photo: AP

The regional airliner was climbing past 2,700 metres when its compasses went haywire, leading pilots several kilometres off course until a flight attendant persuaded a passenger in the ninth row to switch off an iPhone.

16 May 2013 - 2:42am