Malaysia Airlines, or an Airline Fighting to Keep Their Employees.

Malaysia’s beleaguered flag carrier will be paying each employee RM2,000 as a token of gratitude for standing by the airline despite its financial losses made worse by the loss of two Boeing planes this year.

The Edge Financial Daily reported today that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof announced the ex-gratia payment two days before the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations and that all 19,577 staff can expect the payment as early as next month.

“The management, in consultation with the government, has agreed to give RM2,000 in ex-gratia payment to all staff,” an unnamed industry source was quoted saying.

According to the report, the payment is expected to total RM39 million and will drive MAS — already reeling from the loss of MH370 in March and more recently MH17 — further into the red.

The report cited Maybank Investment Bank Bhd airline analyst Mohshin Aziz as saying MAS only has cash in hand of RM500 million, adding that the amount would see the airline only through another 200 days.

According to Mohshin, the airline has a cash flow of RM3.25 billion as at March 31, but as much as RM2 billion was derived from forward ticket sales while another RM400 million was meant as aircraft deposits.

MAS has been operating at a loss of about RM5 million a day since January, he added.

The carrier posted a net loss of RM1.15 billion for financial year 2013 and is due to announce its second quarter result in August.

On July 19, MAS announced it will waive charges for customers who wanted to make amendments to their flight itineraries to any destination, including cancelling and getting a full refund.

The airline offered the waiver to those who would be traveling between July 18 and December 31 this year.

MAS has been bleeding money for the past few years but its fortunes worsened after its Boeing 777 flight MH370, carrying 239 people on board disappeared mid-flight to Beijing on March 8, while its second jumbo jet, flight MH17 was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people aboard.

Source:  The Malay Online

Amazing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Video

Forget the Red Arrows, pilots Mike Bryan and Randy Neville perform like acrobatic stunts at Farnborough Airshow 2014 with one of the world’s most advanced airliners, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

They put the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from a dramatic vertical climb to a series of heart-stopping turns, performing like fighter jet-style stunts, showing what this impressive airliner can really do in the air, proving that commercial jets can do their tricks too.

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Can Malaysia Airlines Survive this New Tragedy?

The airline industry depends largely on inspiring confidence to its users, the cumulative impact of two disasters on which 537 people lost their lives in a period of five months is bleeding Malaysia Airlines.

No airline had previously suffered two consecutive losses of wide body aircraft, in this case two Boeing 777.
The tragic end of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine last week adds to the loss of another flight, MH370, in March somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Malaysia Airlines MH17 wreckage, hit by a missile over Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines MH17 wreckage, hit by a missile over Ukraine.

The airline has suffered an extraordinary dose of bad luck. It is unclear how or why the first aircraft was lost, the MH370. In the second tragedy, the plane was on a route approved by the authorities when he was apparently hit by a missile.

Regardless of whether Malaysia Airlines had any guilt, for many potential users, the name of the firm has acquired a negative connotation.

And so it is not surprising that many customers are avoiding the Asian carrier, which according to analysts, loses about $ 1.7 million a day.

Speaking to the BBC, Mohshin Asiz, financial analyst at Maybank in Kuala Lumpur ensures that the obstacles faced by Malaysia Airlines are “insurmountable” without a significant injection of new money, ensures, that airline will survive not more than a year.

Experts speculate that the savior could come from the Malaysian government, which is already the majority investor in the airline, through its state investment fund Khazanah National.

But even if the airline got this new funding, it is not clear that is viable in the long term.
The market value of the firm has fallen over 40% in the last nine months.

The BBC asked Chris de Lavigne, consultant specialized firm Frost & Sullivan, what might be the options that remain with the airline.

“They can continue as they are, throwing more and more money to the airline, but I think that’s a viable long-term option,” he says.

“Secondly you can try something like what Japan Airlines did, to invoke protection laws bankruptcy and try to fix it from there.”

And thirdly they may attempt to privatize the airline, changing the name and image of the company, says Chris de Lavigne.

The expert believes that either option will be costly and complex.
Moreover, he warns, disasters that hit Malaysia Airlines have affected the rest of the aviation industry in the region.

“The lack of security, which is the number one concern of any airline, we will create problems for consumers”.

 

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Photos:

– Reuters

– Getty

Swiftair MD83 Accident in Mali

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In one of the worst years for airline industry, another accident shocked the aviation community yesterday. A Swiftair McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operating fo Air Algerie, performing flight AH-5017 from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to Algiers (Algeria) with 110 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute over Mali near Gao about 50 minutes into the flight at around 02:55L (01:55Z), when contact with the aircraft was lost.

The French Air Force dispatched two Mirage 2000 to search the area.

The aircraft was located in the afternoon, about 13 hours after the aircraft went missing, about 70nm north of the village of Gao. There is no information about survivors.

At about 12:30Z the commander of a United Nations mission in Mali reported the aircraft came down between Gao (in southern Mali near the border to Burkina Faso) and Tessalit (in northern Mali near the border to Algeria). There is no information about the fate of the occupants.

According to the passengers manifest the aircraft carried 51 French, 26 Burkina Faso, 20 Lebanese, 5 Canadian, 4 German, 1 Luxembourg, 1 Swiss citizens as well as 6 Spanish crew (108 passengers and 6 crew).
There were thunderstorms in the area with tops above FL400.

Swiftair MD83 Route of Flight

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Photos:

– Wikipedia File

– Google Earth.

 

Most Irritating Actions from Infrequent Flyers

When it comes to flying, a composed and poised behavior and inclination is adopted by people who travel by air frequently. However, people who do not fly frequently are not aware of the norms of flying and end up exhibiting particular behaviors that prove to be irritating for the rest of the passengers on the airplane.

Tapping the seatback
For some reason or the other, whether to change channels or to play games, travelers who do not fly frequently often keep tapping the seatback entertainment screen repeatedly. Since they do not fly as frequently, they do not realize that the person in front of them can get really irritated by feeling a constant knocking directly on the back of their head. Most of these infrequent flyers do not even stop tapping, or even if they do, they begin all over again. It actually makes the person in front want to turn around and actually tell them to stop.

Propping their feet up
Foot fetishists aside, many people are feel repulsed by the sight of someone else’s feet and an airplane passenger feels the same when their seatmate props up his/her feet near them. A pair of flip flops should be carried along and socks and shoes should be worn on the airplane. There is no harm if shoes are removed on long and overnight flights, but they should be put back on when visiting the lavatory. When seated, feet should never be propped up on the armrest, tray table, wall or anywhere else.

Pushing the recliners
Travelers who do not fly frequently tend to be very prone to causing damage to the laptop of the person behind them, or knocking the drink of the person behind them into their lap. Unfortunately, many of these travelers do not seem to know how to make the seat go back, so instead of pushing the little button, they push their seat back with full pressure. Travelers are not even supposed to recline their seat unless its night.

Hogging the aisle
While they are boarding an airplane, travelers who have not flown very often tend to yank their wheelie-bag down the aisle while they keep running into knees and seats since their bag does not fit. The bag can always be picked up and carried down the aisle. Not only does this irritate the people who are already seated, but also the people behind them. At times, even after the bag has been stuffed into the bin, they suddenly remember they need to go back and get their iPod or magazines and end up blocking the aisle once again. What they should be doing is getting out of that way as quickly as possible and return to fetch whatever they need once the plane has taken off.

Breaking the boarding line
Travelers who do not fly frequently often tend to pretend as if they are novices, as if they are do not speak English or that they are deaf. Often, they even wander from their zone in another one where they do not even belong. At times, even gate agents do not pay attention to them and this tends to be even more irritating.

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TransAsia ATR-72 Crash in Taiwan

TransAsia ATR-72

TAIPEI – A domestic TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off the west coast of typhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

The plane, a 70-seat turboprop ATR 72, crashed near the runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board, it said.
Eleven injured people had been taken to hospital, the government said.
The accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores. No more details were immediately available.

Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools.

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.
Apart from Wednesday’s event, Taiwan’s aviation safety council says Transasia has had a total of 8 incidents since 2002, including 6 involving the ATR 72.

Source: Reuters
Reporting by Faith Hung and Michael Gold.

Malaysian MH17 Was Shootdown

A Malaysian Airlines B777-200 has been shot down on the Russian-Ukraine border, killing all 295 people on board, according to a Ukrainian interior ministry official.
Flight MH17, which was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew, was flying between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur after taking off at lunchtime today.

Down: Smoke from Malaysia Airlines MH17 billows into the sky.

Down: Smoke from Malaysia Airlines MH17 billows into the sky.

The news agency reported that the aircraft went missing near Donetsk, where pro-Russian rebels have been fighting Ukrainian government forces.
TV pictures from the scene showed a pall of smoke billowing into the sky apparently from the stricken aircraft.
Witnesses say body parts are scattered over a distance of 15km, suggesting the plane broke up in mid-air.

A view of the crash site in the village of Grabovo, near Donetsk, Ukraine.

A view of the crash site in the village of Grabovo, near Donetsk, Ukraine.

It is believed the plane was struck by BUK surface-to-air missile at 33,000ft around 20 miles before entering Russian airspace.
The missile system is an old Soviet-built weapon designed to engage light aircraft, cruise missiles and drones.

Defence experts have expressed fears in the past they could be used to target at civil aircraft.
A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier today.

Malaysian Airlines said they have no information about any survivors.
In a tweet, the airline said: ‘Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.

Route of MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Route of MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

A Boeing spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the Malaysia Airlines airplane lost over Ukrainian airspace, as well as their families and loved ones.
‘Boeing stands ready to provide whatever assistance is requested by authorities.

The jet would have been flying at high altitude on an intercontinental flight that took it over the crisis hit region of Ukraine, where the authorities have accused Russia-backed separatists of previous attacks on aircraft.

U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the ongoing investigation.
Earlier today the Ukrainian authorities said one of their fighter jets was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia.

A Facebook photo showing the downed B777 before departure from Amsterdam.

A Facebook photo showing the downed B777 before departure from Amsterdam.

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Malaysia Airlines B777-200 Crash in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines B777-200, flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 280 passengers and 15 crew was enroute at FL330 50 NM northwest of Donetsk (Ukraine) when suddenly dissapeared from the air traffic control radar.

Latest reports indicate that the burning wreckage was discovered near the Ukrainian – Russian border. There were no survivors. A government agency declared that the aircraft has been shoot down. The investigation continues.

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed the accident.Malaysia Airlines have confirmed an incident, the aircraft did not enter Russian Airspace so far, about two hours after the estimated entry into the airspace. At 15:40Z Malaysia Airlines tweeted: “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.

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Air NZ Captain Locks Himself in the Cockpit

Two Air New Zealand pilots hav been suspended after a mid-air drama developed when the Captain locked the First Officer out of the cockpit.

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The incident occurred on a B777-200, flight NZ176 from Perth to Auckland on May 21, the aircraft was carrying 303 passengers plus crew.

The captain locked himself inside of the cockpit and did not respond to requests to open the locked door during a period of two minutes, alarming crew.

Apparently an argument developed between the pilots because of a departure delay originated when the First Officer was called for a random drug and alcohol test.

“This departure delay frustrated the captain who prides himself on operational efficiency,” Air New Zealand’s manager of operational integrity and safety, Errol Burtenshaw, told AFP in a statement Sunday.

This incident has sparked calls for a third crew member to be added to flight decks so no one is ever alone in the cockpit.

Air NZ spokeswoman Marie Hosking said the first officer and crew became concerned after the captain did not respond to three requests over two minutes from a cabin crew member to open the cockpit door.

The first officer eventually used an alternative method to access the cockpit. For security reasons, the airline would not say how.

“Naturally, cabin crew operating the flight were concerned about the inability to contact the captain and became quite anxious,” said the national carrier’s operational integrity and safety manager Errol Burtenshaw.

They were offered the support of the company’s employee assistance programme after the flight.

Both pilots were stood down — the captain for two weeks and the first officer for a week, and given counselling and additional training.

“Both pilots have learned a valuable lesson around the need to communicate better with peers.”

He said the captain did not respond or open the door because he was approaching a navigational waypoint and in his cockpit monitor saw a cabin crew member rather than the first officer ringing.

The airline provided a report on the incident to the Civil Aviation Authority. Spokesman Mike Richards said it was satisfied with Air NZ’s actions.

Aviation commentator Peter Clark said the incident showed it was time all airlines put a third crew member in the cockpit. “After [the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight] MH370 there’s definitely questions being asked about whether there should be more than two people on the flight deck.”

Clark said there was no excuse for the Air NZ captain to not immediately respond to calls, given the MH370 mystery and the fate of other flights, including an Ethiopian Airlines flight hijacked by its asylum-seeking co-pilot this year.

“You can push a button and say ‘I’m busy’ … two minutes is an eternity when people reflect on MH370. The transponder can be turned off, the flight co-ordinates changed, the plane depressurised.

“It shouldn’t have happened.”

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Photos: Air NZ

 

 

FAA ATPL Prerequisites Getting Harder

At end of July all requisites to obtain the FAA ATPL will change drastically.

From August 1st., this year, the FAA will establish an onerous prerequisite that requires that anyone seeking to take the ATPL Written must have completed the – FAA Approved Airline Transport Pilot Certification Program – (FAR 61.156.). Among other requirements the program includes 30 hours of classroom instruction and at least 6 hours of training on a Level C, or higher, full flight simulator.
Although such course is not available yet and figures have not been published, an estimation of course cost will start at U$S 10.000.

Those pilots that already did the written exam can take the practical exam (simulator checkride) within 24 months without having to go through the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Program. Still there is no age or flight experience requirements for a pilot who desires to take the written exam, those requirements apply at the moment of taking the checkride. (FAR 61.153.)

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