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Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:36 PM

This error 'initiated a hazard chain' that saw further errors committed in the minutes before the plane was accidentally shot down in January, says a report by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization

WRECKAGE. In this file photo, people stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Africa airline industry lost $55 billion from virus shutdowns

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The African Union says 'there are airlines that may not survive COVID-19'

CRUCIAL CARGO. A consignment of masks, testing kits, and protective gear, a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, are unloaded from an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane on March 24, 2020, after it arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

U.S. regulators complete test flights on Boeing 737 MAX

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Besides evaluating data from the test flights, regulators still must develop pilot training protocols for the Boeing 737 MAX and inspect newly manufactured aircraft

TEST FLIGHT. A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, on June 29, 2020. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association fears 'the worst may be yet to come' in the European aviation industry, with millions of jobs at risk

A passenger waits at the boarding gate at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on June 15, 2020 as Brussels Airport reopens for travels within Europe and the Schengen zone, after a months-long closure aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Pakistan Int'l Airlines suspended in Europe over fake pilot license scandal

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency tells Pakistan International Airlines 'they have lost their confidence' in the carrier

PLANE. A man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Boeing 737 MAX takes to skies for long-awaited test flight

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Though the certification flights are a critical phase, the US Federal Aviation Administration stresses that 'a number of key tasks remain' before the Boeing 737 MAX can return to service

A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on June 29, 2020. - US regulators conducted the first a test flight of the Boeing 737 MAX on Monday, a key step in recertifying the jet that has been grounded for more than a year following two fatal crashes. A MAX aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 1655 GMT, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Face masks, health checks, and long check-ins: The future of flying

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:00 PM

As the aviation industry attempts to find a way forward, experts warn the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be far-reaching

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 29, 2020 shows a flight attendant wearing a facemask (L) as she checks the body temperature of boarding passengers next to the door of the plane at Tianhe Airport in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. - Cabin crew in protective suits, health certification for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times. Welcome to the new reality of mass air travel. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-aviation,FOCUS by Martin Abbugao and Haeril Halim

France pledges 15 billion euros for stricken aviation firms

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) The French government says it is taking action to save around 100,000 jobs in the country's aviation industry

AIR FRANCE. A plane of the French airline parked at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

Cathay Pacific unveils US$5-billion bailout plan

Jun 09, 2020 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong's government will take a small stake in Cathay Pacific as part of a bailout plan worth HK$39 billion (US$5 billion)

CATHAY PACIFIC. An 777-300ER aircraft. Photo from Cathay Pacific website

U.N. agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:30 AM

From aircraft disinfection to passengers traveling light, here are the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization

AVIATION. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

Crashed Pakistani jet's cockpit voice recorder found

May 29, 2020 - 12:18 AM

Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan says a French-led investigation team will analyze the Airbus A320's recorders

INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

DOTr wants more int'l flights landing in regional airports starting June 1

May 29, 2020 - 12:09 AM

The plan will be a big help to overseas Filipino workers returning to hometowns in the Visayas and Mindanao

Outgoing passengers, mostly in personal protectie suits, check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on May 22, 2020, for at least three hours before their flight schedule. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

40 bodies recovered, dozens more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

May 22, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Pakistan International Airlines plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground

AFTERMATH. Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Aviation needs confidence to take off again – industry chief

May 20, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association says airlines are working on developing procedures that would be safe and permit economically viable operations

GRIM INDUSTRY. Commercial planes of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[OPINION] The era of cheap flights is over

May 13, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'When the dust settles, whether by reason of conscience, aversion to novel pathogens, or dislike of higher prices, many will put off from taking to the sky'

Virus-ravaged UK aviation sector faces quarantine woe

May 12, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Operators of United Kingdom airlines and airports express alarm over the British government's plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on inbound travelers

Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, react as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. - The MS Braemar had more than 1,000 people aboard including five confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 50 people in isolation due to showing flu-like symptoms. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

May 09, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Manila's international airport will maintain its limit of 400 passengers daily

ARRIVALS. Passengers from international flights arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 29, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Airport rental holiday extended to May 15

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Landing and take-off, and parking fees for domestic and international flights in CAAP airports are also deferred for a year, until March 2021

AIRPORTS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Virus could mean 1.2 billion fewer airline passengers

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:30 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organization says the 'most substantial reduction in passenger numbers' is expected to be in Europe

DEPARTURE. Mask-clad passengers bound for Frankfurt walk past check-in counters at Dubai International Airport on April 6, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

CAAP grounds Lionair fleet after deadly plane crash

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Lionair's entire fleet cannot operate while the probe into the crash is ongoing. Investigators already have the plane's cockpit voice recorder.

GROUNDED. A Lion Air (West Wind 24) aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with eight passengers on board caught fire while about to take off from runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Aifrport in Paranaque City on Sunday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EU aviation agency tells airlines to disinfect planes

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:15 AM

The European Aviation Safety Agency says airlines on all routes must 'step up the frequency of cleaning'

DISINFECTING. A crew member of an evacuation flight of French citizens from Wuhan gives passengers disinfectant during the flight to France on February 1, 2020, as they are repatriated from the coronavirus hot zone. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into 2

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:00 AM

It is not known how many people have been injured, but officials say no one died

Toyota investing $400 million in flying car company

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The investment in Joby Aviation comes as Toyota looks to expand into new sectors as the industry rapidly transforms

AKIO TOYODA. Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks on January 6, 2020 at the Toyota press conference at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

NAIA targets partial operations on January 13

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:55 PM

NAIA is no longer experiencing ashfall. Departure flights will be prioritized on Monday, January 13, to free up aircraft parking slots.

NAIA flights 'on hold' due to Taal Volcano ash eruption

Jan 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ash reaches NAIA's runways and ramps. The suspension of flights will remain in effect 'until further notice.'

Passenger planes are parked while others taxi at the departure building of Manila international airport on December 3, 2019, hours before the deadline of the closure of the airport due to Typhoon Kamurri. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Ukraine in national mourning after deadly airliner crash

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Ukraine's priority is to establish the causes of the catastrophe. We are undoubtedly going to get to the truth,' says Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky

NATIONAL MOURNING DAY. A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Iran says Ukrainian plane turned back before crashing

Jan 09, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Both Canada and the United States call for a full investigation to determine the cause of the crash

CRASH DEBRIS. Rescue teams recover debris from a field after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8, 2020, killing everyone on board. Photo by AFP

Airlines avoid Iran and Iraq airspace

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Shortly after the missile attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration says it is banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines gives updates on 7 airports affected by Typhoon Ursula

AFTERMATH. CAAP Deputy Director General for Operations Captain Donaldo Mendoza inspects the damages at Kalibo International Airport today, 26 December 2019. Photo from CAAP

U.S. aviation chief says Boeing 737 MAX won't be recertified until 2020

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:05 PM

The MAX has been grounded since March following the second of two crashes that killed a total of 346 people

Entertainment City firms slam DOTr order to transfer flights

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

City of Dreams Manila, Solaire, and Resorts World representatives say transferring flights to Sangley Airport will inconvenience their VIP guests

TRANSFERRING FLIGHTS? Entertainment City firms said that transferring their charter flights from NAIA to Sangley Airport would be 'unreasonable'. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

Passenger arrested for bomb joke at Davao airport

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The incident also delays the departure of a Davao-Cebu flight on Sunday, November 3

Photo from Shutterstock

Ex-CAAP official guilty of using agency funds for own gas expenses

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

In a plea deal, former CAAP chief financial officer Abner Bondoc admits guilt to a lesser offense and vows to refund the agency, instead of going through a graft trial

Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 7 dead as World War II plane crashes in the U.S. – reports

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The Boeing B-17 aircraft, which the US Air Force deployed against Germany and Japan, crashes at Bradley International Airport while trying to land

B-17. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2013, a World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress flies over the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2013 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A B-17 bomber with 13 people on board crashed on October 2, 2019, at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, reportedly causing several deaths and serious injuries, according to local police and media. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/AFP

End of Boeing 737 MAX grounding up to individual countries – U.S. FAA

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

This statement points to a lack of consensus among regulators on when to clear the Boeing 737 MAX for service

CRISIS. Boeing 737 airplanes are pictured on the company's production line on March 27, 2019, in Renton, Washington. File photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

Cockpit voice recorder of crashed plane in Laguna retrieved, to be decoded

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The aircraft wreckage also undergoes reconstruction

RETRIEVED RECORDER. A third-party Australian firm will be decoding the recorder's contents in aid of the probe into what caused the crash. Photo courtesy of CAAP Media - FOI

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

Boeing reports $2.9 billion loss in Q2, biggest quarterly loss ever

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The loss follows an earlier announcement that Boeing will set aside $4.9 billion after taxes to compensate airlines for canceled flights and the delay in plane deliveries

BOEING. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019, the Boeing Company logo is seen on a building in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pakistanis angered by new airport baggage-wrapping policy

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:50 PM

One commenter calls Pakistan's mandatory baggage wrapping a 'corrupt profit-making endeavor,' while some argue it would be harmful to the environment

Pakistani people wait in queue to get boarding pass at an international counter during a rehearsal by the airport officials at the newly built Islamabad International Airport ahead of its official opening on the outskirts of Islamabad on April 26, 2018. - The newly built airport is expected to officially operational in the next week of May. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)

CAAP declares 'no-fly zone' over Batasan for SONA 2019

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines prohibits airmen from flying up to 10 kilometers near Plaridel, Bulacan, where aviation schools are located, ahead of the 2019 State of the Nation Address

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Planes landing in Israel see GPS signals disrupted

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:52 PM

It has baffled authorities who have failed to find the source and forced airports to change some landing procedures

GPS. This file photo shows the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. File photo from Wikipedia

Free LRT 2, MRT, PNR rides for students starting July 1

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Students need only to show their school IDs to get free rides during specific hours on weekdays, except holidays

FREE RIDES. Students up to college level may now enjoy free rides at railways and free terminal fees at airports and seaports. MRT photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, LRT photo by Sky Author/Wikepedia, PNR by Jose Del/Rappler, NAIA by Jay Directo/AFP

Wreckage of trainer aircraft found off Mindoro Strait

May 20, 2019 - 5:30 PM

But the Filipino pilot and the Saudi Arabian student pilot remain missing

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov tells Russian media the craft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode 'because of lightning' on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk

ACCIDENT. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows destroyed fuselage at a site of a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:49 AM

CEO Dennis Muilenberg also says test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for its planes' anti-stall system

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

India's debt-stricken Jet Airways suspends all operations

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The airline was once India's second-biggest by market share but is on the brink of collapse with debts of more than $1 billion

Boeing must do more work on proposed 737 fix – U.S. regulator

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Additional work is needed 'to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues,' says a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman

BOEING 737. Boeing 737 airplanes are pictured on the company's production line, on March 27, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFPÂ

Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flights

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) The closure of WOW Air, which transports more than a third of those traveling to Iceland, comes after buyout talks with rival Icelandair collapsed earlier this week

WOW AIR. This photograph taken on August 6, 2018, shows the tailfins of Wow (Icelandic low-cost company) Airbus A321-200 aircraft on the tarmac at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP