LIVE Hong Kong grounds all flights as protest paralyzes the airport

Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all departures on Monday, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied and caused disruption.

Passengers have been told not to travel to the airport, which is one of the world’s busiest transport hubs.

Today saw the fourth and largest day of airport sit-ins by anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, thousands of whom thronged both terminals at the city’s international airport. Nearly 200 flights coming in and out of the city were canceled, and the normally calm and orderly airport descended into chaos.

Ryanair passenger said he was injured by Police after he was accused of punching an air hostess before take-off from Faro Airport

A Ryanair passenger claimed he was injured by Portuguese police when he was hauled off a flight in Faro after a row with the cabin crew.

Rafik Boutiche said he was accused of punching an air hostess, which he denies, and dragged off the London-bound plane before take-off in front of fellow passengers.

The 20-year-old from London said the flight attendant had refused to let him move to a free seat and claimed he was left with an injured hand, neck and ankle.

Brand new Boeing 777X conducted a round of taxi tests at the Everett factory

Boeing’s newest widebody 777X jet conducted a fresh round of taxi tests this week at the Everett factory.

The 777X test aircraft underwent a series of ground tests, including several rounds of low speed passes down the runway as teams of Boeing workers verified the operation of integrated airplane systems and software.

British Airlines Pilots Association to strike for UK-based Ryanair pilots during August and September


The British Airlines Pilots Association (BALPA) has announced strike dates for UK-based Ryanair pilots during August and September.

The pilots are set to walk out for a total of five days, as follows:

  • From 0001 on August 22 until 2359 on August 23
  • From 0001 on September 2 until 2359 September 4

The planned industrial action follows a ballot of members, with 80 per cent voting in favour of strikes, on a turnout of 72 per cent.

BREAKING Incandescent metal fragments fell from a Norwegian Boeing 787 close to Rome Fiumicino airport


Norwegian Boeing 787 engine debris fell to the ground at Rome from about 400 meters.

Shortly after take-off, Norwegian flight #DY7115 to Los Angeles suffered an engine failure, declared an emergency and returned back to the Rome Fiumicino airport after having dumped fuel.

Falling debris from the incident caused damage to 25 cars and 12 houses in the area of Isola Sacra according to the Mayor of Fiumicino.


The fragments – about 5-10 centimeters in size – landed north of the road Ernesto Cabruna. Some residents collected them in the street and on the balconies of the houses.

The Boeing 787-8 (reg. LN-LND) leased from AerCap is a 5.5 year-old with Trent 1000s engines.

China’s aviation regulator orders Cathay Pacific to suspend personnel who have engaged in protests

China’s aviation regulator on Friday demanded Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways suspend personnel who have engaged in illegal protests in the city from staffing flights into its airspace from August 10.

Hong Kong has been embroiled in increasingly violent anti-government street protests for the past two months, which a top Chinese official described this week as the greatest crisis since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Last week, a Cathay pilot was among over 40 people charged with rioting for allegedly taking part in violent clashes with the police near Beijing’s main representative office in the city.

On Friday night, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that Cathay crew who have engaged in the protests pose a threat to aviation safety in mainland China, according to a statement on its website.

The aviation authority ordered Cathay to provide identification information for its crew on mainland-bound flights.

Crew members that have not gained the authority’s approval will not be allowed into its airspace, including on flights bound for other destinations.

Drunk Air Wisconsin flight attendant arrested and fired

A flight attendant was arrested and fired after passengers said she was drunk and barely able to stand or speak during a brief trip from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana, officials said.

Passengers on the morning flight quickly realized that something was not right with a flight attendant, who was part of an Air Wisconsin crew working a United Express flight, according to the report.

She did consent to a portable breath test at the jail which resulted in a reading of .204,” according to a criminal complaint. She consumed two vodka shooters before going to work that morning, prosecutors said.

She’s been charged with misdemeanor public intoxication.

The flight attendant “involved in this incident is no longer employed by Air Wisconsin,” according to a statement by the regional outfit that’s affiliated with United Airlines and United Express.

Cathay Pacific pilot suspended following anti-government protests in Hong Kong

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Saturday it had suspended a pilot arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong and that “overly radical” staff would be barred from crewing flights to the mainland.

The move followed China’s aviation regulator demanding the airline prevent staff involved in some of the protests in Hong Kong from operating flights to China, describing it as a safety issue.

The broadside poses a major commercial challenge to Cathay, which already reported tumbling bookings last week as a result of the anti-government protests gripping Hong Kong.

The airline said on Saturday in response to customer queries that the pilot had been removed from duties on July 30 “in line with our standard process” and had not flown since July 15.

The Cathay pilot, whom the company did not name, was among over 40 people charged with rioting, during clashes with police near Beijing’s main representative office in the city.

INCIDENT S7 Airlines Boeing 737-800 performed a very late rotation at Moscow Domodedovo Airport, clipping lighting structures


A Boeing 737-800 flown by Russia’s S7 carrier almost ran out of runway during takeoff from a Moscow airport.

The jet (reg. VQ-BKV) performing flight #S7263 raised a cloud of dust and destroyed lighting units beside the strip but was still able to get into the air.

The incident, which could have ended in a tragedy for the more than 150 people on board, occurred early on Monday and was caught on CCTV cameras at Domodedovo airport, some 22 kms south-east of the capital.

The carrier confirmed the emergency situation, adding that it didn’t prevent the jet from completing its flight and safely landing at Simferopol airport in Crimea.

Five lighting units were destroyed during the botched takeoff, with broken glass scattered all around, but operations at Domodedovo airport were unhindered.

Emirates reveals photos of its first Boeing 777-9 assembled

Emirates has released photos of its first Boeing 777-9 jet assembled at Boeing’s Everett factory.

Emirates published on its Twitter account several photos of its upcoming Boeing 777X painted with UAE colors. We’re proud to see the UAE flag for the first time on the Emirates Boeing 777X.

Boeing’s 777Xs will be powered by General Electrics’ GE9X engines, which are also the largest engines of the world.

The 777-8 can carry up to 365 passengers and fly 8,690 nautical miles (16,090 km). The 777-9 is able to accommodate 414 passengers and fly over 7,525 nautical miles (13,936 km).