NEWS FAA will allow the A350 to fly up to 5 hours from the nearest airport on one engine

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Airbus A350-900 for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This approval means that when the first FAA-affiliated operators start to take delivery of their A350s in 2017 they will be able to serve new direct non-limiting routings, compared with a standard…

NEWS Emirates Launches Taipei & Prague

Emirates has today (1st May 2016) expanded the network of destinations served by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new scheduled A380 services to Taipei and Prague, becoming the first and only airline to operate an A380 into these two cities.  The A380 service from Dubai to Taipei landed at 16:50 local time…

NEWS Brussels airport hall partially reopens

The departure hall at Brussels international airport has partially reopened nearly six weeks after it was damaged during terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital.   More than 30 people died in the March 22 terrorist attacks, in which suicide bombers blew themselves up in the airport departure hall and at the city’s Maelbeek underground railway…

NEWS Former United CEO Gets Out Rich

The former CEO of United Airlines Jeff Smisek has received a $36.8 million severance package, following his resignation due to a federal corruption probe into United’s relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Smirk’s pay included the $4.9 million severance, a $1.7 million reward as part of United’s annual incentive program…

BREAKING British Airways #BA108 from Dubai to LHR was intercepted by Hungarian Air Force today

Two Hungarian Air Force JAS-39C Gripens were scrambled when a British Airways flight from Dubai failed to contact Hungary’s civil air traffic control before entering the airspace. The highest level alert was ordered, the defence ministry said. The Gripens took off at 12.55pm to intercept and identify the aircraft upon entering Hungary’s airspace and secure its safe passage.…