Lufthansa chief eyes up to 78 Air Berlin planes

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Top priority is 'stabilizing' the status of some 38 aircraft Lufthansa already 'wet-leases' – including their crews – from the smaller firm

The logos of German airlines Air Berlin (R) and Lufthansa (L) are pictured on aircrafts on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Insolvent Air Berlin scraps flights over 'ill' pilots

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Air Berlin filed for insolvency in mid August after its main shareholder Gulf carrier Etihad pulled the plug on its cash lifeline

BARELY SURVIVING. An Air Berlin plane is pictured on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Japan Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM

JAL: It seems that a bird got sucked into the left engine during take off

In this file photo, the landmark Tokyo Skytree tower is seen with the city skyline as a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777 takes off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on August 2, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Troubled Cathay Pacific loses HK$2.05B in first half 2017

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The results pave the way for the first ever back to back annual losses in the airline s 70 year history

ON THE GROUND. Cathay Pacific (C) passenger planes are seen on the tarmac at Hong Kong's international airport on August 16, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site – Australia

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Two new studies say photos taken by French military satellites two weeks after the plane s disappearance but not released to the public showed at least 70 identifiable objects floating close to the so called northern area

MH370 SEARCH. In this photo taken from a Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion aircraft, co-pilot and Squadron Leader Brett McKenzie helps to look for objects during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, off Perth, Australia, April 13, 2014. Greg Wood/Pool/AFP

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways – ICAO

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:27 AM

ICAO: Some existing air route availability has been assured and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed

FLAG CARRIER. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Cebu Pacific plane overshoots runway, other flights diverted

Aug 04, 2017 - 9:30 PM

3rd UPDATE A replacement flight will ferry the passengers of Flight 5J570 from Cebu to Manila early Saturday morning August 5

Airport security loophole fears after Australia plane plot

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Major security gaps persist at Australian airports despite authorities efforts to tighten screenings after thwarting an alleged terror plot to blow up a plane the pilots union warns

AIRPORT SECURITY. Police help screen passengers at Sydney Airport on July 30, 2017. William West/AFP

Cagayan airport to launch international flights in August

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:39 PM

The airport in Lal lo town will initially cater to two flights to and from Macau and China on a daily basis

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. The Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA) is set to launch its maiden international flight on August 23. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

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Jul 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

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2 dead in strong Leyte earthquake

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:40 PM

4th UPDATE A woman dies after being hit by falling debris in Ormoc City A body is also retrieved after a building collapsed in the municipality of Kananga

Qatar Airways says flights now exempt from U.S. laptop ban

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:57 PM

It is the latest carrier to meet new rules imposed by Washington in March for direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey the Middle East and North Africa

A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Emirates, Turkish Airlines win exemption from U.S. laptop ban

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

They are the latest carriers after Abu Dhabi s Etihad to win a reprieve after Washington imposed new rules in March on direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey the Middle East and North Africa

An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

AirAsia jet returns to Australia after suspected bird strike

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:38 AM

The flight from Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew was diverted to Brisbane airport just north of the eastern city and landed safely

INSPECTION. This picture taken by Calvin Boon on July 4, 2017 and released to AFP shows fire rescue personnel beside the starboard engine of an AirAsia Airbus A330, after the aircraft on flight D7207 made an emergency landing at the Brisbane International Airport. Calvin Boon/AFP

U.S. lifts laptop ban for Etihad flights

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:32 AM

The decision to lift the ban on US bound Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi comes after the airline implemented enhanced security measures

TOUCHDOWN. In this file photo, an Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederick J Brown/AFP

U.S. to toughen airline security; no laptop ban expansion

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly says evolving terror threats makes it imperative to raise overall security standards rather than take a piecemeal approach on personal electronics

AIRPORT SECURITY. This file photo taken on January 27, 2014, shows a traveler walking past a newly-opened TSA Pre-check application center at Terminal C of the LaGuardia Airport in New York City. John Moore / Getty Images North America / AFP

Japan airline forces wheelchair-bound man to crawl onto plane

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:53 PM

A passenger paralyzed from waist down was forced to crawl up the stairs of a Vanilla Air plane using only his arms

Flight delayed after Chinese grandma throws coins into plane's engine

Jun 28, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The 80 year old threw 9 coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac

AT THE TARMAC. China Southern Airlines and Eastern Airlines planes park at the tarmac of the Beijing Capital International airport in Beijing on November 28, 2008. Stringer/AFP

AirAsia plane 'shaking like washing machine' returns to Australia

Jun 25, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experiences problems about 90 minutes into the journey

HOME BASE. This photo taken on January 10, 2015 shows AirAsia passenger planes parked on the tarmac at the low-cost carrier Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

New San Vicente airport in Palawan to boost local tourism industry

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:24 PM

The airport can accommodate only private planes for now but Mayor Maria Carmela Alvarez says it will operate commercially by the last quarter of this year or early next year

REGIONAL AIRPORT. The San Vicente Airport's terminal building. Photo courtesy of San Vicente Info Section

Airbus, Boeing eye lucrative maintenance market

Jun 22, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Airbus and Boeing are targeting the service and maintenance market as a means of boosting business with the global fleet of planes on course to double by 2036

AIRBUS AND BOEING FACE-OFF. Visitors walk on the tarmac at Le Bourget on June 21, 2017, during the International Paris Air Show. Eric Piermont/AFP

Philippine Airlines orders 7 planes for $235 million

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

PAL will buy 7 Q400 turboprops from Canada s Bombardier as it aims to increase its fleet serving smaller islands in the Philippines

File photo from PAL

Boeing, Airbus to battle it out at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:12 PM

The biennial Paris Airshow which runs to June 25 is expected to attract 150 000 industry professionals from 2 370 companies

BIG BIRDS. Jetliners stand on the tarmac on June 16, 2017 in le Bourget near Paris prior to the opening of the International Paris Air Show on June 19. Eric Piermont/AFP

Gulf air embargo only applies to Qatar companies – UAE

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED The ban does not apply to aviation companies and aircraft not registered in Qatar and the 3 neighboring countries and which wish to cross their airspace to and from Qatar they say

ARRIVAL. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Gulf crisis threatens Qatar Airways transit business – experts

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Qatar Airways has made Doha a global hub in just a few years but barring it from Gulf states airspace threatens its position as a major transcontinental carrier

LAX LANDING. This file photo taken on March 21, 2017 shows a Qatar Airways aircraft, flight 739 from Doha, coming in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Huge hole in engine forces China Eastern plane to make emergency landing

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:56 AM

UPDATED A China Eastern Airlines passenger plane suffered a serious fault that tore a huge hole in one of its engine casings and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Sydney

GROUNDED. A China Eastern Airbus A330 passenger aircraft, which suffered a serious engine fault following take-off, sits on the tarmac at Sydney Airport on June 12, 2017. William West/AFP

No explosives found on London-bound plane diverted to Germany

Jun 11, 2017 - 4:19 PM

UPDATED 3 British men who were on board the plane are taken into police custody for questioning

In this file photo, an Airbus A321 of English low-cost passenger carrier easyJet is pictured on November 24, 2016 at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Pascal Pavani/AFP

Relatives wait as bodies retrieved from Myanmar plane wreck

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:14 PM

UPDATED The commander in chief s office says 10 corpses including 5 children had been retrieved from the sea since a navy boat discovered wreckage from the plane early Thursday off the coastline near Dawei town

Cebu Pacific to buy 7 Airbus jets for $812 million

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Cebu Pacific best known for its budget flights says the new planes will start arriving next March

Debris found in sea after Myanmar military plane goes missing

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED Most of those on board are thought to be women and children who were traveling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon

WORKHORSE. This file photo taken on August 5, 2015 shows a Myanmar Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft being unloaded at Sittwe airport in Rakhine state, similar to the aircraft carrying over 100 people that went missing between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon on June 7, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Qatar flight ban begins, first efforts seen to resolve crisis

Jun 06, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Doha s Hamad International Airport was virtually deserted early on Tuesday June 6 More than 30 flights were shown cancelled on airport television screens and the departures hall was eerily quiet

QATAR FLIGHTS. In this file photo, passengers walk at a terminal upon their arrival at the new Hamad International Airport on April 30, 2014 in Doha. File photo by Al-Watan Doha/Karim Jaafar/AFP

Laptop ban hot topic as airlines meet in Cancun

Jun 05, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The computer bans are looming large over the agenda as the International Air Transport Association IATA holds its annual meeting in the Mexican resort city

BONE OF CONTENTION. In this file photo, a Syrian passenger traveling to the United States through Amman types on his laptop before entering Beirut international airport's departure lounge on March 22, 2017. Anwar Amro/AFP

COA: Illegal settlers' farming led to more bird strikes at Clark airport

Jun 04, 2017 - 8:51 PM

From just 3 in 2010 the number of bird strike incidents drastically increased to 50 in 2016 alone

Taiwan acquits 2 over deadly 2014 TransAsia crash

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The main cause of the accident was because the flight crew did not follow the standard landing procedures the Penghu district court says in a statement

OVER 2 YEARS AFTER. In thisl file photo, a local resident walks past the tail section of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 as rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage the morning after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Will it ever open? Berliners laugh, cry over long delayed airport

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The BER airport remains unfinished shuttered and a byword for fiasco in a country usually better known for its engineering prowess and obsession with punctuality

STILL GROUNDED. An aerial view shows the unfinished BER Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport in Schoenefeld, eastern Germany, on May 19, 2017. Ralf Hirschberger / dpa / AFP

Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after 'bomb threat'

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED Malaysia transport official: It is not a hijack One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane s cockpit

In this file photo, Malaysia Airlines ground staff walk past Malaysia Airlines aircraft parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on June 20, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Taiwan backlash over Emirates flag ban

May 31, 2017 - 3:35 PM

A leaked internal email apparently from an Emirates manager and circulated by local media ordered Taiwanese airline staff to replace the island s flag pin worn on their waistcoats with a Chinese pin

UP IN THE AIR. In this file photo, Emirates Airlines flight attendants serve passengers during a demonstration flight of the Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft in Dubai, 07 September 2007.  Karim Sahib/AFP

Plane overshoots runway in eastern Indonesia

May 31, 2017 - 12:14 PM

No one was hurt after the Boeing aircraft operated by domestic carrier Sriwijaya Air overshot the wet runway at the airport in Manokwari city

New Russian jet takes to air in bid to rival Airbus, Boeing

May 29, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The MC 21 manufactured by Irkut Corporation can carry up to 211 passengers and fly up to 6 000 kilometers

U.S. weighs banning laptop computers on international flights

May 29, 2017 - 1:00 AM

The United States current laptop ban only covers flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa

LAX ARRIVAL. An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

BA hopes to resume most flights from London after weekend chaos

May 28, 2017 - 3:24 PM

BA cancelled all its flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday May 27 after the IT failure which shut down all of the carrier s check in and operational systems

NOT GOING ANYWHERE. Travelers wait stranded at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 after British Airways flights where cancelled at Heathrow Airport in west London on May 27, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Business aviation could push growth for PH businesses – expert

May 20, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Philjets founder and managing director Thierry Tea says business aviation opens a country and its businesses to opportunities both locally and globally

GROWTH. Business aviation could unlock a level of potential growth for Philippine businesses.

Rappler Talk: Thierry Tea on the business of private helicopters, jets

May 18, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Thierry Tea founder and managing director of Philjets explains that the Philippines growing business aviation market could help open local businesses to new international deals and the greater global economy

Family says booted off Delta flight over child's seat

May 05, 2017 - 10:55 AM

This is a federal offense and then you and your wife will be in jail and your kids will be in foster care a crew member is overheard telling Brian Schear when he first refuses to disembark

BOOTED OFF? Brian Schear posts a video of the April 23 confrontation on YouTube. Screenshot from YouTube

LOOK: Puerto Princesa International Airport's new terminal

May 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED The P4 5 billion terminal has a 2 600 meter runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft

Photo from Cebu Pacific

Made-in-China passenger jet set to take wing

May 03, 2017 - 2:42 PM

China s home grown passenger jet is built to meet soaring domestic travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus

FLYING SOON. A mock-up scale model of the proposed COMAC C929, a wide-bodied commercial jet to be made by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is seen on display during the Zhuhai Air Show in Zhuhai, southern China's Guangdong province, on November 3, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Sobbing mother video prompts controversy for American Airlines

Apr 23, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The viral video shows a distraught mother carrying her baby boarding the plane moments after the flight attendant had apparently forcibly taken a stroller from her

VIRAL. The video shows a distraught mother carrying her baby boarding the plane moments after the flight attendant had apparently forcibly taken a stroller from her, with other passengers registering shock. Screenshot from Surain Adyanthaya's Facebook video

United Airlines CEO Munoz won't head board in 2018

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The Board believes that separating the roles of chief executive officer and chairman of the board is the most appropriate structure at this time says United Airlines

United Airlines finally apologizes, as image takes beating

Apr 12, 2017 - 7:56 AM

The apology comes after a torrent of criticism of the carrier s action on a flight Sunday April 9 and its initial explanation of it

PARKED. United Airlines planes at Chicago O'Hare Airport, 2012. Image courtesy United

United passenger dragged off overbooked flight

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The airline says it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats on a Sunday flight bound for Louisville Kentucky from Chicago Police are called after one passenger refused to leave the plane

DRAGGED OFF. A United Airlines passenger is forcefully dragged off due to a situation of overbooking. Screen shot from Twitter video by @Tyler_Bridges.