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March 17, 2004

Frontier's Animal Ads Proving Popular

Airborne Critters Catch Fliers Attention Will Jack the Rabbit and Foxy ever get together? Will Flip the Dolphin ever get to Florida? People are asking Frontier Airlines such questions about its talking animals ad campaign, which has proved to be wildly popular with consumers. When the animals that are painted on the tails of Frontier's planes began conversing with each other in TV commercials last year, the airline garnered a 50 percent leap in brand recognition. Now the TV and radio commercials are earning top industry awards.

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Chinese Council Presents New Evidence In China Airlines Crash

Carrier Fined By Government

The government will fine China Airlines, as fresh evidence indicating that the carrier was to blame for a crash off Penghu County in May 2002 has been found, a spokesman for the Aviation Safety Council under the Executive Yuan reported yesterday. The Civil Aeronautics Administration under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications is planning to issue a fine of NT$1.8 million (about US$54,000) to the carrier over the crash, the spokesman said. The ASC official, however, pointed out that while the new evidence might not necessarily be the key cause of the crash of flight CI611, it will make the investigation into the fatal accident more comprehensive. The results of the ASC probe will be released late this year.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-05-25 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Cockpit Seats SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas airplane models, that requires inspection of the captain's and first officer's seat locking pins for minimum engagement with the detent holes in the seat tracks; inspection of the seat lock pins for excessive wear; and corrective actions, if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-05-27

MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-05-27 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 737-200 series airplanes modified by Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00516AT, that requires removal of the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system installed per that STC. This action is necessary to eliminate the possibility that the airplane crew could be unable to remove power from the IFE system during a non-normal or emergency situation, which could result in the airplane crew's inability to control smoke or fumes in the airplane flight deck or cabin. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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