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Boeing to upgrade stall prevention on 737 MAX – sources

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Sources say the fix was already underway before the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed

BOEING 737 MAX 8. Boeing is set to roll out an upgrade to their MAX 8 models after two deadly accidents in recent months. File photo shows an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet at the Toronto Pearson International Airport for a landing on March 13, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

France probes 737 MAX black boxes as Boeing halts deliveries

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Investigators will now try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the crash

SEARCH. 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, four days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific back to profit after two years in red

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Cathay has been overhauling its business after posting its first losses for 8 years in 2016

BACK TO PROFIT. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Ethiopia to send black boxes to Europe as questions mount over crash

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ethiopian Airlines says it will decide by Thursday, March 14, which country will examine the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder

BOEING. The tail section of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 being built for Ethiopian Airlines is pictured at the company's factory, on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

Malaysia Airlines could be sold or shut down – PM

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it,' says Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Britain leads airspace bans on Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the model and insisted they will take action if safety issues are detected

BANNED. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Aboitiz gains original proponent status for Laguindingan Airport upgrade

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Under a P42.7-billion proposal, Aboitiz would build new passenger terminals, install equipment, and enhance airside facilities

UPGRADE. If approved by the National Economic Development Authority Board, the Laguindingan Airport may have an upgrade as proposed by the Aboitiz InfraCapital. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Pakistan airspace fully reopened, says aviation authority

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'All airports across Pakistan are operational and airspace reopened,' says a spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority

REOPENED. Pakistani passengers gather outside the Jinnah International Airport as they wait for flight operations to resume in Karachi on March 1, 2019. File photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Indian victims of plane crash found in Bataan

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Fliteline Aviation School pilot Captain Navern Nagaraja and his student Kuldeep Singh were onboard a Cessna plane for training when they went missing on February 4

CAAP opens CATS Batch 14 applications for 2019

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is recruiting for this year's Comprehensive Air Traffic Service Course

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Airports on heightened security alert after Jolo bombing

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The Office of Transportation Security raises 'Security Condition 2,' which means an additional layer of security measures must be employed by aircraft operators and state agencies

SECURITY. The airport security committee of Plaridel Airport in Bulacan convenes on January 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of CAAP

CAAP opens Heroes' Lounge in 24 airports for cops, soldiers

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The lounge has relaxing interiors, comfortable seats, TVs, and free Wi-Fi

COMFORT. The Laoag International Airport has a colorful interior with comfortable couches for uniformed personnel to use when flying. Photo from CAAP

Israel to open new international airport near Red Sea

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The Israel Airports Authority has said that the plans for the Ramon project were revised in light of lessons learned during the 2014 Gaza war

Fatal air crashes and deaths up in 2018 – watchdog

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Aviation Safety Network records more than 500 people killed in 15 plane crashes in 2018

MARCH 12 AIRPLANE CRASH. Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the international airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

CAAP on ‘heightened alert’ for holiday passenger rush

Dec 09, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Employees of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will observe a 'no leave and day-off' policy during the holidays

FOR SMOOTHER SERVICE. CAAP gears up for the holiday rush at Philippine airports from December 2018 to early January 2019.

Tagbilaran Airport to be closed, all flights moving to Bohol-Panglao

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The new Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be the sole commercial airport that will serve the province of Bohol

NEW BOHOL AIRPORT. The Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be the sole commercial airport servicing the province starting November 28. Photo from Cebu Pacific

After NAIA runway mess, CAAP backs creation new airport dev't body

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The proposed Philippine Airport Development Corporation will oversee the construction, maintenance, and development of all airports in the country

AVIATION AUTHORITY CHIEF. CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco attends the House committee on transportation’s probe into the runway mess at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Recordings of Xiamen Air flight in NAIA runway mishap back in Manila

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Aircraft Investigation and Inquiry Board investigators confirm the black box data recording is of good quality

SKID. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

China's 'best': What you need to know about Xiamen Air

Aug 21, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Xiamen Airlines, one of China’s oldest airline companies, was initially established in 1984 to connect Fujian to the rest of country

Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NAIA runway closed until Aug 18 morning after Xiamen Air plane skids

Aug 17, 2018 - 7:32 PM

(4TH UPDATE) All 157 passengers and 8 crew of flight MF8667 are safe, but Friday and Saturday flights have been cancelled or diverted

A Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 series passenger aircraft, operating as flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila, is seen after skidding off the runway while attempting to land in bad weather at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Dumaguete airport runway closed after PAL plane blows tire

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:55 AM

All 113 adults, 2 infants, and 6 flight crew aboard the Philippine Airlines plane are safe

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Puerto Princesa airport workers return bag with P1.5M

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The hand-carry baggage with cash and other personal items is reunited with its owner who had left it at the arrival area of the airport

HONESTY. Employees of the Puerto Princesa International Airport return a luggage containing P1.5 million in cold cash to a passenger. Photo from Percy Malonesio/CAAP

97 injured as Mexican plane crashes at airport in hail storm

Aug 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

'It is confirmed that there have been no deaths from the flight #AM2431 accident,' says Jose Rosas, the governor of Durango state

AFTER CRASH. Handout picture released by Durango's Civil Protection showing the wreckage of a plane that crashed with 97 passengers and 4 crew on board on take off at the airport of Durango, in northern Mexico, on July 31, 2018. Photo by Durango Civil Protection/AFP

MH370 families hope for closure from official report

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Malaysia transport ministry gives to relatives aboard the missing Flight MH370 the official investigation team's report

FINAL REPORT. File photo shows a young girl holding a balloon with a message during a memorial event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur 4th anniversary of the ill-fated plane's disappearance. Photo by  Manan Vatsayana/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kalibo airport rehabilitation to begin on July 2

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Rehabilitation of the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan will include terminal refurbishment, landscaping, and rewiring of the electrical and air-conditioning systems, among others

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Canceled flights over Busuanga airport mishap, bad weather on Saturday, June 9

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(3RD UPDATE) The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines cancels all flights to and from Busuanga in Palawan a day after a Skyjet plane overshot the runway of the Francisco Reyes Airport

LOOK: Virac Airport's rehabilitated terminal to be inaugurated on June 1

May 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The passenger terminal building can now accommodate 300 passengers, from the previous 100

Virac Airport's rehabilitated terminal. Photo by DOTr-CAAP

MH370 hunt may resume if new evidence found – Malaysian PM

May 30, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'We have come to a stage where we cannot keep searching for something we cannot find,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

SEARCH. A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Cebu Pacific to expand footprint in Japan with new office

May 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Now on its 10th year of operations in Japan, Cebu Pacific mounts about 70 flights weekly between Japan and the Philippines

After Clark, AirAsia developing hubs in Puerto Princesa, Bohol

May 06, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia's largest discount carrier plans to have 70 planes by 2032. With inadequate space in Manila, AirAsia is looking for more hubs in the countryside.

U.S. scolds China over 'Orwellian' airline demands

May 06, 2018 - 9:09 AM

US President Donald Trump will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens, says a White House statement

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? China seeks to impose its version of 'political correctness' on American air carriers. Image courtesy of American Airlines

Nutty issue: Singapore Airlines stops serving peanuts

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The Singapore flag carrier joins other airlines which have stopped handing out peanuts as snacks to customers

DREAMLINER. File photo of Singapore Airlines (SIA) world's first Boeing 787-10 aircraft taxis to the terminal after its arrival from Boeing's production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina at Singapore Changi Airport on March 28, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Business group to gov't: Issue Boracay EO, declare state of calamity

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:34 PM

'We hope that rehabilitation work will be done efficiently to minimize the impact [of the closure],' the Boracay Foundation, Incorporated says in a statement

BORACAY CLOSURE. A business group urges the national government to issue the executive order on Boracay's closure, and to declare state of calamity in the island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu Pacific passes IATA safety audit

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The airline says it invested in safety technology, including a system that monitors runway conditions and a system that ensures pilots are fully alert

Boost in Puerto Princesa tourism seen as Boracay faces closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'The CAAP confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,' says Michie Meneses of the City Tourism Office

NATURAL BEAUTY. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is among the 7 New Wonders of the World. Photo from PPUR Management Office

257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of fire trucks with their sirens wailing rushed to the scene of the crash about 25 kilometers southwest of Algiers

CRASH SITE. Rescuers and security forces are seen around the wreckage of an Algerian army plane which crashed near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off on April 11, 2018. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Faced with global warming, aviation aims to turn green

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Will electric planes eventually gain ground in the highly competitive airline industry?

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Davao chocolate boards AirAsia's in-flight meals

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:20 AM

AirAsia Philippines will carry the meal – flavored with Davao City's Malagos Chocolate – in all of its domestic and international flights beginning April 12

CHOCOLATE CHICKEN. AirAsia Philippines' roasted dalandan chicken with pimiento sauce is flavored with Davao City's Malagos Chocolate. Photo by Mick Basa

PAL Express completes IATA safety audit

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Airlines says the IATA Operational Safety Audit 'is recognized as the gold standard in airline safety assessments'

Congress seeks government regulation of drones

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says drones must be regulated because they could also be used to violate people's rights, especially the right to privacy

DRONES. Philippine Congress seeks to regulate the use of drones, whether used for hobby or commercial purposes. File photo by Joseph Edelson/AFP

First direct Australia-Europe passenger service takes off

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 17-hour Perth-London flight of Qantas is the first regular service to connect the two continents directly

Photos of Big Ben in London and Kings Park in Perth from Shutterstock

10 dead in Bulacan plane crash

Mar 17, 2018 - 1:54 PM

(6TH UPDATE) Police say that aside from all passengers on the plane, 5 members of the family in the house where the plane crashed were also killed

CRASH LAND. A 6-seater plane crash lands upon takeoff from Plaridel, Bulacan on March 17, 2018.

MH370 hunt likely to end mid-June, says official

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Nearly 4 years after the disappearance of the plane, relatives of the missing passengers also speak of their continuing sense of pain and loss

Clipboard sucked into plane engine – Australia regulator

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:57 PM

A clipboard left behind during pre-flight checks was sucked into the jet engine of an international passenger plane, Australian safety regulators say

A plane from Qantas airline budget carrier Jetstar (L), is shown taxiing past the air traffic control tower (R) at Sydney Airport, 26 October 2007. Greg Wood/AFP

Decades-old Zamboanga airport transfer study makes progress

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:38 AM

Local officials here have long wanted to move the Zamboanga International Airport due to its proximity to the city center

TOO NEAR. The Zamboanga International Airport's proximity to the city's main district makes local planning a challenge, thus the local government has been lobbying to transport the facility away from the bustling center. Mick Basa / Rappler

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains – spokesman

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Gov't spokesperson: 'The Revolutionary Guards' helicopters this morning found the wreckage of the plane on Dena mountain'

AERIAL SURVEY. A handout picture released on February 19, 2018 by the Tasnim news agency shows members of a rescue team helicopter searching for the wreckage of Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 in Iran's Zagros mountain range. Tasnim News/Handout/AFP

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

Feb 18, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(4th UPDATE) An Iranian passenger plane has crashed into the country's Zagros mountains with more than 50 people on board, the head of the country's emergency services says

ATR PLANE. In this file photo, a French-made ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport on July 29, 2008. A similar plane was involved in the February 2018 crash. Marwan Naamani/AFP

Moscow plane crash may have been caused by iced speed probes

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:23 PM

'A factor in the development of a special situation in the flight could be the wrong data about flight speed on pilots' indicators which was likely due to iced pitot tubes (speed probes) while their heating systems were shut off,' says the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC)

PLANE CRASH INVESTIGATION. This handout photo taken and released by the Russian Emergency Ministry on February 13, 2018, shows emergency rescuers working at the site of plane crash in Ramensky district, on the outskirts of Moscow. Photo by the Russian Emergency Ministry/AFP

PAL to spend around $2 billion on 15 new planes in 2018

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Airlines also says it is waiting for the Civil Aeronautics Board to decide on its petition for a fuel surcharge

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