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In late 2017, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released its "final" report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It was clear that the ATSB considered the issue unresolved but closed. A private enterprise search, with a contingency fee, subsequently ran for several weeks but turned up no further information. In the past few days, Malaysia's Safety Inspection Team 13 operating under the auspices of Malaysia's Ministry of Transport published what is called it's final report - but the transport minister says that, while searches have concluded and semi-final conclusions reached from the evidence gathered over...

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There's history: Malaysia Airlines's fleet used to be almost entirely Boeing. Because there were almost no components common to more than one Boeing model, stocks of parts were enormous and that translated to vast amounts of capital tied up in warehouses. AirAsia, however, like many low-cost airlines, capitalised on the fact that there are many common parts across the Airbus A300 series which means that stock costs (and the space to keep them) can be significantly smaller. Malaysia Airlines began to restructure its fleet. Then, at the height of the 1MDB scandal, the government-linked flag carrier announced it was going to buy Boeing...

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Almost every couple of weeks, we hear that Airbus is not achieving orders, that its order book is depleted, that if it doesn't get orders soon it's going to crash and burn. The biggest comments are directed at the biggest aircraft: the A380 with "no new orders, A380 is a failure" being the general drift.

But here's the thing: Airbus has orders in abundance: indeed, it could not satisfy its existing orders within a year if it tried.

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Having failed to buy a stake in American Airlines (did anyone understand that proposal?) Qatar Airways has signed a deal to purchase just shy of 10% of Cathay Pacific Airways - but there is still a fraction under 75% in Swire Group hands.

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UK Airline Monarch announced at 4am UK time (3 am GMT) that it had ceased trading and all of its flights were cancelled.

This is an unprecedented situation and because there are up to 110,000 passengers abroad, the UK Government has asked the CAA to coordinate flights back to the UK for all Monarch customers currently overseas. These new flights will be at no extra cost to you.

-- CAA

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A passenger who built his own mobile phone charger has been released by police in India. It had been identified by airport scanners as a possible bomb.

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A travel company much favoured by our own team in Asia has closed its doors. It's a shame: we'll miss them.

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A Sri Lankan man, legally in Australia, released from a psychiatric hospital yesterday morning was under arrest within hours for making threats aboard a Malaysia Airlines aircraft that had just left Melbourne. The aircraft turned back after passengers overpowered him. Australian police are in wonder at the bravery of the passengers and their resilience at the disruption of their travel.

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As the world expressed outrage at the widely distributed video of United Airlines staff physically abusing a man who refused to surrender his properly paid for and allocated seat because the airline decided to bounce four people so that it could move its own staff from Chicago to Louisville, the company's CEO, Oscar MUNOZ issued a statement. Then he tried again. And then, as the company's share price began to fall, again. It was only in the third statement that he came close to an apology for the brutality.

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It takes a special kind of stupid to let a passenger board an aircraft, take his seat - and then tell him to get off because the flight is over-booked. But that is nothing compared to sending three large "security" officers to physically drag him, kicking and screaming, off the plane.

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