KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian
airliner was likely to have been deliberately steered to a
course that could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to
the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said on
Minutes after Malaysian leader Najib Razak outlined
investigators’ latest findings about flight MH370, police began
searching the house of the aircraft’s 53-year-old captain for
any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Investigators believe someone aboard a missing Malaysian airliner deliberately shut off its communications and tracking systems, turned the plane around and flew for nearly seven hours after it vanished, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.
As the unprecedented search for Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew entered its second week, Najib told a news conference that the hunt for wreckage around the scheduled flight path to the east of Malaysia was being called off.
KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may be opened in the Indian Ocean, the White House said, significantly broadening the potential location of the plane, which disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board.
Expanding the search area to the Indian Ocean would be consistent with the theory that the Boeing 777 may have detoured to the west about an hour after take-off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – Satellites
picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight
370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no
information about where the stray jet was heading and little
else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said
But the “pings” indicated its maintenance troubleshooting
systems were switched on and ready to communicate with
satellites, showing the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was
at least capable of communicating after losing touch with air
KUALA LUMPUR/HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) – Malaysian authorities said on Thursday there was no evidence that a jetliner missing for almost six days flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers and continued to transmit technical data.
The Wall Street Journal said that U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials believed the Boeing 777 flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from its Rolls-Royce Trent engines as part of a standard monitoring program. (r.reuters.com/ruw57v)
SINGAPORE, March 3 (Reuters) – Singapore’s Tiger Airways
Holdings Ltd may be forced out of Indonesia, Southeast
Asia’s biggest domestic airline market, as its unprofitable
joint venture is squeezed out of routes dominated by
big-spending local carriers.
Tiger might sell or close Tigerair Mandala in the absence of
any signs of the airline turning around this year, such as a
significant reduction of losses, people familiar with the matter
SINGAPORE, March 3 (Reuters) – Singapore’s Tiger Airways Ltd
aims to sell or close its Indonesian joint venture
unless there are signs of it turning around this year, people
familiar with the matter said.
PT Mandala Airlines resumed flights in 2012 after financial
restructuring under which Tiger bought a one-third stake, raised
to 35.8 percent in September. Even so, Tiger lost nearly S$40
million ($31.6 million) in the venture in April-December.
SINGAPORE, Feb 13 (Reuters) – After flying under the radar
for many years, manufacturers of smaller jet and
propeller-driven passenger aircraft are finding a bigger market
in the Asia-Pacific with a slew of orders at the Singapore
Canada’s Bombardier, Brazil’s Embraer,
European joint venture ATR, Russia’s Sukhoi and Japan’s
Mitsubishi Aircraft do not roll off the tongue as easily as
Airbus or Boeing, but in the lucrative Asia
market there is room for everyone.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The world’s biggest planemaker Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) expects nearly half of the world’s air traffic growth will be driven by the Asia-Pacific region over the next 20 years, but is monitoring local currencies to assess airlines’ ability to meet orders.
On the eve of the Singapore Airshow, Boeing forecast the fleet of aircraft in the region would triple in size over the next two decades, sparking demand for close to 13,000 more planes valued at $1.9 trillion.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) maintained its 20-year forecast for airplane demand at $4.8 trillion, and predicted that nearly half of the world’s air traffic growth would be driven by travel to, from or within the Asia-Pacific over the next two decades.
Boeing estimated airlines in the Asia Pacific region would need an additional 12,820 jets valued at $1.9 trillion over the next 20 years. It said the fleet would rise to 14,750 in 2032, from 5,090 in 2012.