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December 29, 2008

Asian Carriers Face Bleak Outlook For 2009

Much Of Region Already In Record Slump

For the past several years, strong bookings in the Asia-Pacific region spearheaded generally healthy numbers for the global airline industry as a whole... but if recent trends are any indication, those heady times have been over for awhile now.

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Pilots Admit Napping On go! Hilo Flight

Job Stress, Warm Sun Combined To Lull Crew To Sleep

A frenzied effort to get back on schedule, combined with a warm cockpit, are the reasons cited by one former go! Airlines pilot why he and his first officer fell asleep on a flight to Hilo, HI in February.

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B/E Aerospace To Convert Airbus A300-600 To Freighters

New Lives For Old Widebodies

B/E Aerospace announced last week it has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA which authorizes the company to convert Airbus A300-600 passenger aircraft to freighters. The STC was awarded to B/E Aerospace's Flight Structures unit (FSI).

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The Numbers Have It: Holiday Travel Was Truly Awful

"Nearly 8800 Flights Canceled" -- FlightStats

We knew it would be bad... but according to numbers released Sunday by airline performance watchdog FlightStats.com, on-time statistics during the recent holiday travel season were truly awful.

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Continental Flight 1404 Pilot Released From Hospital

Two Passengers Still Hospitalized, In 'Fair' Condition

The captain of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 has been released from the hospital, Continental spokeswoman Kelly Cripe announced on Friday, while a University of Colorado Hospital spokeswoman reported that two of the injured remain and are in fair condition.

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Circumstances Surrounding Air NZ A320 Downing Trouble Airlines

Investigation's Slow Pace 'Troublesome'

The global airline community anxiously awaits investigators' findings in the November 27 crash of an Air New Zealand Airbus 320 on approach to Perpignon, France. Although Airbus has refused to speculate on the cause of the accident, The New Zealand Herald reports the incident may be the third in three months stemming from a defective flight control computer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.29.08)

Aero-Linx!

In August 1945 while on weather patrol, the aging Halifax bomber LW170 sprung a fuel leak and, while trying to return to base, was forced to ditch off the Hebrides Islands west of Ireland.

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