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Cathay Pacific spells its name wrong on its own plane

The plane had ‘Cathay Paciic’ written on it

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September 21, 2018


Pakistan aims to sell national airline before election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will try to privatize its national airline before general elections due this year, privatization minister Daniyal Aziz said, as the ruling party seeks to restart sales of state-run businesses, reported Reuters. Pakistan International Airlines (PIAa.KA)(PIA), hemorrhaging money and losing market share to Gulf-based rivals such as Etihad and Emirates, has been hit by…

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January 16, 2018


Indian pilots grounded after ‘mid-air row’

NEWS DESK: An Indian airline said Thursday it had grounded two pilots over allegations they had a fight and both briefly stormed out of the cockpit during a New Year’s Day flight from London to Mumbai, reported AFP. Jet Airways is investigating claims that a male pilot slapped his female colleague during a heated argument…

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January 4, 2018


Brazil airline tycoon sentenced to 16 years for murder

BRASMLIA: A Brazilian airline tycoon was sentenced Friday to 16 years and six months in prison for his part in a 2001 murder, but could avoid jail time because he is 85.  Nene Constantino, whose family controls Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas, was convicted along with three others in the murder of Marcio Leonardo de Sousa…

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May 13, 2017


Twitter reacts to the United Airlines fiasco

Social media anger ignited by a footage of United Airlines forcibly removing a passenger from an overbooked flight on Tuesday, with calls for a boycott of the US carrier. The videos taken on the plane and posted to Twitter showed the man, reportedly identified by another passenger as ethnically Chinese, being forcibly pulled screaming from…

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April 12, 2017


Indian airline bars Hindu nationalist lawmaker after shoe attack

An Indian airline said Friday it had cancelled a booking by a Hindu nationalist lawmaker who repeatedly hit an Air India steward with his sandal in a row over which seat to take. Ravindra Gaikwad has admitted to hitting the 60-year-old employee of the national carrier 25 times because he was denied a business class…

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March 24, 2017


US to ban airline passengers from carrying electronics

Passengers on some U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once U.S. authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The new rule is expected to be announced Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials…

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March 21, 2017


Air India to reserve seats for women

NEW DELHI: National carrier Air India has decided to reserve six economy class seats in the front row for women passengers preferably those travelling alone, for their safety, for which it would not charge an additional money. The decision, the first of its kind being taken by any carrier globally, Air India would implement this…

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January 12, 2017


PIA to operate two Islamabad-Faisalabad flights a week

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has announced on Thursday to operate two flights between Islamabad and Faisalabad per week. According to the airline, it is also starting third weekly flight to Jeddah from Faisalabad from 20th November. –SAMAA

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November 10, 2016


‘Air Sial to be operational by end of 2016’

SIALKOT: Chairman Executive Board Air Sial Fazal Jillani has said that the project of Air Sial airline has met with great success and it is moving ahead successfully towards its goal of excellence. He stated this while addressing a meeting of directors and investors of Air Sial held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry…

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June 9, 2016


Wreckage of crashed EgyptAir plane found at sea

CAIRO: Wreckage from an EgyptAir plane carrying 66 people that crashed Thursday in the Mediterranean has been found, the airline said, as investigators probed whether it was downed by a bomb. Egypt’s aviation minister said that while it was too soon to say why the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo had vanished, “a…

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May 20, 2016


EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

CAIRO: An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 69 people on board has vanished from radar, the airline said on its verified Twitter feed Thursday. A tweet on the airline’s official account said flight MS804 left Paris at 23:09 pm local time (2109 GMT), “heading to Cairo (and) has disappeared from radar”. An informed…

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May 19, 2016


Spotify partners with Virgin America for in-air streaming

NEW YORK: Music streaming leader Spotify said Tuesday it would put its entire catalog on Virgin America flights in its first US airline partnership. Virgin America, which is partially owned by British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and markets itself as a fashionable carrier, said that Spotify’s catalog of more than 30 million songs would…

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October 21, 2015


21 flights cancelled as PIA-PALPA dispute deepens

KARACHI: Passengers had to bear brunt as dispute between Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and PIA Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) triggered cancellation of at least 21 scheduled flights, Samaa reported. According to sources, the dispute started when the airline revoked licences of two pilots, prompting the PALPA to announce noncooperation with PIA authorities. The dispute has…

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October 1, 2015


Private airline irritates Hajj pilgrims

Watch this report on how Saudi-bound private airline irritates Hajj pilgrims with undue delay in departure from Karachi airport.

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August 21, 2015


Low-cost airline Germanwings had clean safety record

FRANKFURT: Germanwings, the low-cost airline owned by German flag carrier Lufthansa, said that none of its aircraft has ever been involved in a crash prior to Tuesday's loss of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps. “We've never had a total loss of aircraft in the company's history until now,” a company spokeswoman told AFP….

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March 24, 2015


WHO sets up Ebola task force with global airline and travel sector

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Monday that it had set up a task force with the global airline and tourism industry in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. The UN agency said it was working hand in hand with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism Organization, Airports Council International (ACI),…

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August 18, 2014


India probes $155 mln bank loan to troubled Kingfisher airline

NEW DELHI: India's top crime fighting body is investigating a $155 million loan by a state-run bank to debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, a police official said Sunday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was conducting an initial probe into why the 9.5 billion rupee ($155 million) loan from the IDBI bank was approved given Kingfisher's levels…

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August 10, 2014


Troubled Malaysia Airline taken over

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's state investment fund will pay 1.4 billion ringgit ($435.73 million) to take troubled Malaysian Airline System (MAS) private, the airline said on Friday, paving the way for a “complete overhaul” of its loss-making operations following two devastating jetliner disasters this year. Khazanah Nasional will offer 27 sen for each share in the…

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August 8, 2014


Airline group vows action after black week for aviation

KUALA LUMPUR: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Friday it will “leave nothing unturned” to boost global aviation safety after a black week for the industry that has claimed over 460 lives in three separate crashes. “With three tragedies in such quick succession, many people will, understandably, be asking questions about aviation safety,” Tony…

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July 25, 2014


Malaysian airline crash: Boeing 777 had strong safety record

HONG KONG: The Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing Saturday on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was a Boeing 777, a model which up to now has seen only one fatal crash. The popular family of long-range, wide body, twin-engined planes have a solid safety record and have been among the world's most…

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March 8, 2014