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Ethiopian Airlines denies it tampered with flight records after crash

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Ethiopian Airlines says that directly after the crash 'all relevant hard copy maintenance records of the aircraft involved in the accident' were sealed, stored in a secure place, and delivered to investigators

TRAGEDY. Rescue teams collect bodies at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

Ukraine court releases MH17 'suspect' pending trial

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:33 PM

European lawmakers have described Vladimir Tsemakh as a 'key suspect' and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe

RELEASED. Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, is about to leave a dock of Kiev court of appeal after the court verdict in Kiev on September 5, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Meanwhile, the government is expected to launch a national campaign in mid-September through 3 phases – an awareness drive, the collection of single-use plastics, and its recycling

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3 Filipino elderly sisters reported missing in China 'now returning to PH'

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:50 PM

A relative says the 3 sisters, who should have been back in the Philippines on August 10, have been found

MISSING. Three Filipino elderly sisters who were scheduled to return home from the US were reported 'missing' in China by their relatives. Photo from John Florencio Guce

Cebu Pacific to begin Cebu-Busuanga flights in October 2019

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Cebu Pacific's subsidiary Cebgo will fly twice daily between the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Francisco B. Reyes Airport

NEW ROUTE. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

LOOK: Cebu Pacific's first full cargo aircraft

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Cebu Pacific says its new plane will allow it to bring cargo in and out of destinations served by airports with short runways

Air France-KLM profits climb in 'challenging' market

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) Air France-KLM's operating profits reach 400 million euros ($446 million) in the 2nd quarter of 2019, up 15.6% from the same period last year

STRIKE. File photo of Air France plane is parked at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, north of Paris. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Former PLDT exec Ricky Isla is new AirAsia Philippines CEO

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Ricky Isla takes the lead as AirAsia Philippines plans to go public in 2019

Air France-KLM orders 60 new Airbus planes, plans A380 phaseout

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Air France-KLM says Airbus A220s would be cheaper to fly while also 'significantly reducing CO2 and noise emissions'

Image from Airbus

Philippine Airlines names Gilbert Santa Maria as new president

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

BPO industry leader Gilbert Santa Maria is a personal choice of Philippine Airlines chairman Lucio Tan to head the flag carrier

NEW PRESIDENT. BPO industry leader Gilbert Santa Maria (L) is a personal choice of Philippine Airlines Chairman Lucio Tan (R) to head the country's flag carrier. Photo from PAL


Aspiring pilot? AirAsia launches cadet program

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:25 PM

AirAsia will cover training costs and subsidies for cadet pilots, with the cadets to reimburse the costs after completion of the program

'Justice for the dead' sought 5 years after MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The remembrance services in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur come less than a month after international investigators charged 3 Russians and a Ukrainian with the murder of the 298 people who died

COMMEMORATION. Relatives of passengers who perished aboard flight Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine five years ago, listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Nepal airport closed after plane skids off runway

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500, arriving into Kathmandu from southern Nepal with 66 passengers, skids about 15 meters into the grass

American Airlines says Boeing 737 MAX grounding hit Q2 profits by $185M

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:21 PM

American Airlines, which has 24 of the MAX planes in its portfolio, have previously estimated that the grounding will hit 2019 earnings by $350 million

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trader's error causes Cebu Pacific shares to fall 38%

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

From around P90 apiece, Cebu Pacific's stock price plummets to P58 on Tuesday, July 9


Saudi carrier Flyadeal ditches grounded Boeing MAX for Airbus

Jul 07, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) Flyadeal will operate an all-Airbus A320 fleet instead of purchasing Boeing's grounded 737 MAX jets

Photo from flyadeal's Facebook page

Boeing to give $100 million to 737 MAX crash victims' families, communities

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:14 AM

Boeing says it will work with local governments and non-profit organizations to provide 'hardship and living expenses' and boost economic development in regions affected by the two crashes

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

Airlines halt Hormuz flights amid U.S.-Iran crisis

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The suspensions come after the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States issued a Notice to Airmen 'prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman'

STRAIT OF HORMUZ. A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

Flight MH17 crash probe set to name suspects

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The Dutch-led probe says it will first inform families, and then hold a press conference to unveil 'developments in the criminal investigation' into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Russia's defence ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov (R) and the Chief of the Main Rocket and Artillery Department Lt. Gen. Nikolai Parshin attend a press briefing dedicated to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane operating flight MH17 in Moscow on September 17, 2018. All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when a Russian-made Buk missile slammed into the plane over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Cebu Pacific orders 31 Airbus planes at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The planes that Cebu Pacific ordered, worth $6.8 billion, will allow the airline to 'continue offering the lowest fares' due to improved passenger capacity

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Lucio Tan's daughter Vivienne in charge of PAL as Bautista retires

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Vivienne Tan's appointment as Philippine Airlines officer-in-charge comes as the flag carrier accepts the retirement of Jaime Bautista as president and chief operating officer

IN CHARGE. Lucio Tan heiress Vivienne Tan takes charge of Philippine Airlines. File photo from Tan's Facebook page

Ethiopian Airlines rejects 'pilot error' claim in U.S.

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam says criticisms of his crew's actions are 'seriously misinformed,' and that US politician Sam Graves does not 'have the facts in his hands'

DEBRIS. In this file photo, forensics workers comb through the debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019, 4 days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Cebu Pacific to begin Manila-Shenzhen flights on July 1

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Cebu Pacific's Manila-Shenzhen route will have flights 4 times a week, beginning July 1

BAGGAGE POLICY. Cebu Pacific will be implementing a new check-in baggage policy starting January 15, 2019. Photo from Cebu Pacific

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Workers reject 'weak' anti-endo bill

May 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) Labor groups argue that some 'strong' provisions in the House version of the anti-contractualization bill should have made it to the measure's final version

ENDING ENDO. Workers from various companies stage a rally calling for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the Seante on August 7, 2018. Fle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China's big 3 airlines seek 737 MAX payouts from Boeing – reports

May 22, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The reports in various state-run media that China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China would seek payouts from the American aerospace giant come against the backdrop of an escalating US-China trade war

DOTr to Cebu Pacific: Submit plan to prevent mass flight cancellations

May 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Cebu Pacific canceled around 14 flights a day from April 28 to May 10, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board

CANCELLED. Over 400 daily domestic flights have been cancelled by Cebu Pacific from April 28 to May 10. Photo from Cebu Pacific

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

May 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

All 89 people on board, including 7 crew members, are safe

Canceled Cebu Pacific flights for May 2019

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Operational woes continue to hound Cebu Pacific. More flight cancellations are set for May 2019.

Cebu Pacific: no credit card info accessed in GetGo breach

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Cebu Pacific adds GetGo member points remain secure, albeit locked, until the GetGo application server is fixed

Cebu Pacific's GetGo server breached

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) Hackers' group Pinoy LulzSec claims responsibility for the breach

UNAVAIBLE. Cebu Pacific's GetGo website is currently unavailable. Screengrab from GetGo website

Boeing puts cost of 737 MAX crisis at $1 billion

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The results are the first since the company entered crisis mode with the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which along with an October Lion Air crash claimed 346 lives

Cebu Pacific resumes Clark flights evening of April 24

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:05 PM

These include flights to and from Hong Kong, Macau, and Cebu

FIXED. The collapsed ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport is fixed as of 6 am, April 24, 2019. Photo from BCDA Group

Philippine Airlines to resume Clark flights on April 25

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Philippine Airlines says its flights to and from Clark for April 24 will remain canceled though airport operations are expected to resume within the day

FIXED. The collapsed ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport has been fixed as of 6 am, April 24, 2019. Photo from Clark International Airport

Review flights as gov't regulates Boracay tourists, airlines told

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'Only tourists with confirmed bookings with accredited hotels and establishments are allowed to cross the island,' the Civil Aeronautics Board reminds airlines

WHITE BEACH. Tourists enjoy the fine sand at White Beach in Boracay Island. Fle photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

American Airlines' fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is grounded until August 19

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 a Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines passes by the Lockheed Martin building as it takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. - American Airlines announced April 14, 2019, it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19. America's leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 -- the second deadly crash involving the aircraft in five months.The global fleet of 737 MAX planes has been barred from flying since mid-March. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

Air strike halts Tripoli flights as thousands flee Libya clashes

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A security source at Mitiga airport says no side has yet claimed responsibility for the air raid, which hit a runway without causing casualties

CONFLICT. Forces loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Ethiopian crew followed procedure, but unable to control jet – report

Apr 04, 2019 - 5:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,' says Ethiopian transport minister Dagmawit Moges

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES. In this file photo taken on November 28, 2017,an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-700 aircraft takes off from Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ethiopian 737 pilots followed Boeing guidelines before crash – WSJ

Apr 03, 2019 - 3:48 PM

A Wall Street Journal report says the pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed last month initially took the emergency steps outlined by the manufacturer but still could not regain control

CRASH. In this file photo taken on November 28, 2017, an Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737-700 aircraft takes off from Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan. - An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10, 2019, en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as Ethiopia's prime minister offered condolences to passengers' families. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

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

Ethiopian Airlines crash report due this week – transport ministry

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman Nebiat Getachew initially said the report would be released Monday, April 1, but the transport ministry, which is in charge of investigations, later says it would still be some days

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES CRASH. Forensics workers comb through the debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019, 4 days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

ADVISORY: Some PAL flights moved to NAIA Terminal 1

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Philippine Airlines says 'these operational adjustments are being carried out to help minimize passenger congestion'

Boeing anti-stall system is activated in Ethiopia crash – source

Mar 29, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) The findings are based on flight recorder data and represent the strongest indication yet that the system, known as MCAS, malfunctioned in both the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash in Indonesia

MIKE SINNETT OF BOEING. Mike Sinnett, Boeing Vice President of Product Strategy, makes opening remarks during a press conference in Renton, Washington on March 27, 2019. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Cathay Pacific to buy budget airline HK Express for $628 million

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:10 PM

With the acquisition, Cathay Pacific would be in control of 3 of the 4 airlines in Hong Kong

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 13, 2019, a Hong Kong Express passenger plane takes off from Hong Kong's international airport. - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific announced on March 27, 2019 it will buy budget airline HK Express for 628.15 million USD. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Anti-stall system likely activated in crash – Ethiopian Airlines CEO

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:10 AM

Tewolde GebreMariam says an automatic anti-stalling system specific to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft was 'to the best of our knowledge' activated on the fatal March 10 crash of Flight ET 302

MOURNING. Mourners of victims of the crashed accident of Ethiopian Airlines react during the mass funeral at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 17, 2019. Photo by AFP

Boeing 787 diverted to New Caledonia with smoke from cockpit – official

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The aircraft flying 256 passengers from Melbourne, Australia, to Los Angeles, touches down safely at La Tontouta airport in New Caledonia's capital Noumea

BOEING 787. A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxis to a gate at O'Hare International Airport after taking off from Houston with United CEO Jeff Smisek, Boeing Company CEO Jim McNerney and more than 250 other passengers on board May 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Ethiopian Airlines crash: What is the MCAS system on the Boeing 737 Max 8?

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max 8 designed to prevent the plane from entering into a stall, or losing lift

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