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FAA Downgrades Malaysia's Safety Rating to Category 2, Only AirAsia X Potentially Affected

FAA Downgrades Malaysia’s Safety Rating, Potentially Affects AirAsia X’s Plans

On November 11, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced that it has downgraded Malaysia’s safety rating from Category 1 to Category 2. With that, airlines from Malaysia cannot expand their service to the United States at this point. Malaysia Reassessed as a Category 2 Country by the FAA The FAA classifies countries into two …

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Rosaviatsia Grants New Russia - Japan Traffic Rights, S7 Airlines to Move Vladivostok to Haneda

S7 Airlines to Move Vladivostok to Haneda and Other New Russia – Japan Traffic Rights

On November 8, 2019, the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia, Rosaviatsia, published a list of newly awarded air traffic rights. Included among those are numerous routes to Japan including a route that will utilize one of the two new daily slot pairs between Russia and Tokyo Haneda available to Russian airlines. Newly Awarded Russia …

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AirAsia X Launches Kuala Lumpur - Singapore, Enters into Profit Sharing Agreement with AirAsia

AirAsia X Launches Kuala Lumpur – Singapore, Shares Profit with AirAsia

On November 10, 2019, AirAsia X launched double daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. These flights operate, as revealed in AirAsia Group’s filing with Bursa Malaysia today, as part of a profit sharing agreement between AirAsia and AirAsia X. AirAsia X’s Profit Sharing Agreement with AirAsia AirAsia X’s newest – and, at just one …

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Haneda Airport International Terminal

Haneda’s Operator, Japan Airport Terminal Co., Releases H1 FY2019 Financial Results

At the end of last week, Japan Airport Terminal Co., the operator of Tokyo Haneda’s terminals released its financial results for the first half of fiscal year 2019. Besides a minor decrease in total revenue, the company also recorded a considerably year-over-year drop in operating and ordinary profit. Japan Airport Terminal Co. H1 FY2019 Financial …

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HK Express to Receive 16 Airbus A321neos Originally Ordered for Cathay Dragon

HK Express to Receive 16 Airbus A321neos Originally Ordered for Cathay Dragon

On Friday, November 8, Cathay Pacific announced that 16 of the 32 Airbus A321neos that the group currently has on order will be delivered to HK Express instead of Cathay Dragon. This marks the first major development for the Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier since its acquisition by Cathay Pacific earlier this year. Cathay Pacific Group’s …

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Review: VietJet A321 Exit Row Seat from Da Nang to Seoul Incheon

VietJet is a Vietnamese low-cost airline that commenced operations in 2011. Since then, it has grown to operate a fleet of almost 70 aircraft – with many more on order – on flights to and from more than a dozen airports in the country. Besides an extensive domestic network, it also connects cities like Hanoi, …

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ETOPS: The Regulation That Allowed Twinjets to Fly Transatlantic and Even Further

ETOPS: The Regulation That Allowed Twinjets to Fly Transatlantic and Even Further

While it may seem like an aircraft can simply fly “as the crow flies” – i.e. take the shortest path between its origin and destination – that’s not always the case. That’s because at any given point in flight, an aircraft is required to fly within a certain distance from an airport where it could …

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5 Starhansa? Lufthansa's Upcoming Service Cuts in Long-Haul Economy and Premium Economy

5 Starhansa? Lufthansa’s Upcoming Service Cuts in Long-Haul Economy and Premium Economy

As part of its economy and premium economy class service overhaul, Lufthansa will be downgrading its meals, switching headphones, and adding a “water service.” The changes were first reported on Vielflieger, a German aviation forum, and are expected to come into effect on November 28, 2019. Lufthansa’s New, Downgraded Economy Class Service Lufthansa’s service is, …

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Overview of the cabin while cruising towards Da Nang.

Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Business Class from Hong Kong to Da Nang

Besides A330s and A320s which form the backbone of its fleet, Cathay Pacific also operates a fleet of eight Airbus A321 aircraft. Originally both my flights to and from Da Nang were scheduled to be operated by the A320. Luckily, though, the return flight was later changed to an A321 giving me a chance to …

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