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On this day, 45 years ago, we walked on the moon

On the other side of the dateline, it was on this day that the our species first stepped onto the moon, 45 years ago. It’s a memory that makes a break from the madness and anger of today’s news. The late Neil Armstrong was the first member of the US Apollo 11 moon mission to [...]

MH17 Ukraine made serious money from airline overflights

The exact sums have not been publicly established, but Ukraine had tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars at stake from flights that used its air space to save time and fuel and other operating costs while flying between Asia and Europe. The value of these sky toll gates may well be the elephant-in-the-room [...]

MH17 More Malaysia finger pointing at ICAO re flight path

Malaysia’s transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, has again blamed Eurocontrol and ICAO for flight MH17 being flown over the heart of a disputed zone in eastern Ukraine where it was shot down by a surface to air missile last Thursday, 17 July. All 298 people who were onboard the Malaysia Airlines 777 flying from Amsterdam [...]

MH17 Who sent it over the middle of the worst hostilities?

Why did Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 fly much further north than usual, to the area where it was shot down, than it had during the previous six days? It is one of a set of questions posed by an air traffic controller who follows Plane Talking. There might not be anything sinister in the answer. [...]

Human Factors

My Human Factors training is not yet up for renewal, but I'm looking at notes on the training materials we used last time. They were aimed at the maintainer, not the pilot. The main benefit of this is realizing how many shortcuts and errors maintenance personnel make. Show More Summary

MH17 Malaysia’s transport minister ducks obvious questions

In his first major media conference since the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 the new transport minister Liow Tiong Lai avoided answering persistent queries as to the airline’s decision to use the flight corridor that crossed  a war zone in eastern Ukraine. Mr Liow said “We have flown this route for a very [...]

MH17 How could airlines, ATC be so ignorant and negligent?

Commentary The truth about the destruction of MH17 has come out far faster than the baffling and totally unrelated mystery of the disappearance of MH370 on 8 March. The jet and its 298 souls were targeted, tracked and destroyed by a modern warfare surface to air missile (SAM) launched by Russian separatists controlling the part [...]

MH17: Three jets crossed that war zone, one didn’t make it

It could have been a Singapore Airlines A380, or one its Boeing 772s, that took the missile over eastern Ukraine, in a place no jet airliner should ever, under any circumstances, have been flown. Three large airliners set off from Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen for SE Asia yesterday afternoon European time, all destined to cross [...]

MH17: Malaysia 777 was deliberately tracked and destroyed

Intelligence reports in the US and UK are unequivocal as to the cause of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the eastern Ukraine yesterday (Thursday) afternoon local time killing all 295 (or 298) people on board. A heavy vehicle mounted surface to air missile system locked onto the Boeing 777-200ER, tracked it, and [...]

MH17: Malaysia Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine 295 dead

The blame game over the killing of all 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines 777 flying as MH17 over the eastern Ukraine by an apparent missile strike around 11.15 pm eastern Australian time is in full swing despite key facts not yet being established. The jet was at an altitude of 10,000 metres or [...]

Breaking: Malaysian Passenger Jet Crashes in Ukraine

British news network Sky and Russian news agency Interfax are reporting that a Malaysian Airlines flight operating from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed with 295 passengers on board. The tail number is reported to be 9M-MRD. Details are developing. This is a breaking news story and will be updated as new info comes in. Tweet

[Free Report + Video] The State of Airline Marketing 2014: 7 New Trends with accompanying Case Studies

free report. The State of Airline Marketing 2014 what? Published by SimpliFlying and, this year’s report has 7 new trends, that show how airline marketing is undergoing a revolution. why? Learn about the 7 key trends...Show More Summary

Airbus says stop Emirates says go on new engined A380s

There is a hint of tension in the air between Airbus and global giant Emirates as to the timing, if not the fate, of any plans to equip the biggest passenger jet, the A380, with the latest engine technology as being applied to lesser sized Airbuses and Boeings in the A330NEO, A350, 777-X and 787 [...]

Skytrax airline awards go unqueried by the media

Is the role of the media to just churn out topped and tailed press releases, as it has with the latest round of Skytrax airline awards, or should it actually resort to journalism, and ask questions and raise issues? Apparently not in Australia. The media is full of yet another shower of ‘list stories’, breathlessly [...]

Lufthansa Turns Flying With Kids Into Child’s Play

Over the past few years, few issues in the aviation industry have been more polarizing than children on commercial airplanes. The need for families to travel from place to place, or even for children to travel alone, often clashes with the desire of frequent fliers to have a peaceful flight. Some airlines have taken [...]

AirAsia X will fly Airbus A330 NEOs all over Australia

No-one in the airline game would be surprised by AirAsia X being the first carrier to commit to the A330 NEO. The appearance of Tony Fernandes, Co-founder and Director of AirAsia X at the Farnborough Air Show to ink an agreement to buy 50 of the larger of the new tech A330s, the -900neo, was [...]

Qantas Sale Act reform deal is almost useless

Commentary Much of the language on talk back radio and live TV about the overnight Qantas Sale Act reform deal between the Coalition and Labor shows how poorly the issues are understood at a political and public level. The deal leaves the foreign equity cap on Qantas shareholdings at 49 per cent. It ignores the [...]

Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in June 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency,, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Show More Summary

Photos + Video: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Flying at Farnborough

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – flight test airplane ZB001 – completes its validation flight July 11th, ahead of the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow outside London – Photo: Boeing You are probably aware that the Farnborough Airshow is going on this week. It is a time where airline manufacturers compete for orders, but also a [...]

MH370 Suspicions of systems tampering strengthened by study

Those who think that something relevant to the loss of flight MH370 occurred in the unsecured electronics and electrical bay of the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER located behind and below its cockpit will find support for their suspicions in the latest independent review of publicly released data. The independents are now drawing attention to data that [...]

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