First ANA A380 completes maiden flight

The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies today, completing a maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France to the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is now being prepared for cabin installation and painting in the airline’s special A380 livery. ANA placed a firm order for three…

ALERT Russia’s MOD claims that the missile that shot down #MH17 had been produced in 1986 and was owned by Ukrainian authorities

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed on Monday that the missile that shot down flight MH17 in June 2014, killing 298 people on board, had been produced in 1986 and was owned by Ukrainian authorities. Russia said they were able to track down the Buk missile’s paper trail using two serial numbers found on fragments of the…

ALERT Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles targeting Damascus Airport where thousands were partying at “Damascus international fair” (video)

Reports confirmed that Syrian air defenses intercepted several Israeli missiles, which targeted the Damascus International Airport, on Saturday night. The Syrian SANA news agency reported that a military source confirmed the Israeli attack on Damascus International Airport. The military source said “Our air defenses responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus International Airport and…

ALERT Cathay Pacific cancels all flights in/out of Hong Kong for more than 24h, starting early Sunday morning, as Super Typhoon Mangkuat approaches

Airlines across the region canceled more than 100 flights on Saturday as Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines and was set to disrupt travel from Hong Kong to Japan. Cathay Pacific said in a statement it’s canceling all flights in and out of Hong Kong on Sunday beginning at 2:30 a.m., and wouldn’t resume…