Archive | December, 2009

Was the detained Air West Il-76 heading to Sudan?

Mystery surrounds the destination of the Air West Il-76 (registration 4L-AWA) that was detained in Bangkok with a load of arms over the weekend.According to various reports, the aircraft was on its way from North Korea to Sri Lanka loaded with weapons that could have been made in either China or North Korea. It makes […]

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It is time for JAL to choose – and make hard decisions

The way is now clear for JAL to choose an American partner, and it looks like it will be a very tricky decision.Both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer significant benefits to the Japanese flag carrier, but what is more important is that the airline itself undertakes the necessary reforms to restructure its operations […]

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India grounds Su-30MKI fleets after crash

Another Sukhoi Su-30MKI crash in India has resulted in the grounding of the entire fleet of the country’s front-line fighters. The crash comes days after India’s president Prathiba Patil went on a high profile flight on board one of the fighters.Whether this is due to an aircraft fault of technical error, it certainly adds to […]

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