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MH370 lost in Vietnam Waters? [updated]

China‘s Xinhua state news agency are reporting that Malaysia Airlines 370 has crashed in southern Vietnam noting that : The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers. There has been earlier speculation that the aircraft had landed at Nanming. Malaysia Airlines were working to verify the authenticity of this report. Vietnam airport authorities acknowledged the plane entered its airspace at 1.30am local before subsequently losing contact at around 2:40am local time. Malaysian airlines are holding a Press Conference Saturday afternoon local time. The Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri…

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Malaysian Airlines Missing Plane [updated]

A Malaysia Airlines 777-200 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost contact with air traffic control. This flight was Malaysian Airlines  MH370. It was a code share with China Southern Airlines. The plane is said to have been carrying 239 – 227 passengers of 13 different nationalities and 12 crew members. 160 of the passengers were Chinese nationals according to China’s Xinhua State News Agency. The 777’s serial number is 28420 / 404 and its registration is: 9M-MRO. It was delivered to Malaysia Airlines on 31st May, 2002. Apparently it was involved in an incident at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on 9th August, 2012, when the tip…

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Air Koryo Goes Online

Few people have flown Air Koryo. The North Korean carrier officially has  14 destinations in six countries. It reportedly has a fleet of 30 old mostly Soviet aircraft which are usually grounded due to lack of fuel and or parts. Video of the fleet can be found here. Combined with an erratic schedule and a one star Skytrax rating, the airline has been described as “the world’s worst airline“. Following a visit to the airline’s  headquarters in July, 2012, by the country’s new leader, Kim Jong-un, the airline has reportedly attempted to modernise. The carrier has launched an on line booking service: giving customers “easier,…

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China Southern’s Third 380 and Airbus CEO Reassures

China Southern  has been flying their first A380s on domestic routes within China. This means they have had the world’s largest number of passengers on a single domestic flight surely? I have been advised they will start flying their A380 in March from Beijing to Hong Kong. The timetable says: Flight:  CZ310  will leave Beijing (PEK) at 0850 and arrive at 1220 into Hong Kong (HKG). It then returns as CZ 309 departing at 1440 and arriving 1750 back to Beijing. I can’t wait to fly it – I have been on the other six airline’s flying 380s;…

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