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MH370 search to be most costly ever at $100m

46 minutes ago

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is set to be the most expensive in aviation history, analysts say, as efforts to find the aircraft show no signs of slowing.

Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

2014-04-16 13:42

Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst.

US Airways won’t be firing anyone for NSFW tweet

2014-04-16 10:35

US Airways has called the highly inappropriate and graphic tweet sent out by their official handle and honest mistake.

Australia green lights second Sydney airport

2014-04-15 09:38

The Australian government gave the go-ahead to a second international airport for Sydney, ending decades of indecision with a move expected to boost the national economy.

US Airways tweets very NSFW image, apologises

2014-04-15 09:02

Someone in charge of US Airways' social media must be in big trouble, after a tweet containing a pornographic image slipped through the cracks.

Military helicopter crashes in Namibia

2014-04-12 17:00

Four people including a 3-year-old boy have died after a military helicopter crashed in north-east Namibia, the defence ministry and military sources say.

New kulula code share extends its Africa footprint

2014-04-10 10:02

Travellers booking through low-cost airline kulula now have the option to fly to Nairobi via Kenya Airways from OR Tambo International.

MH370 Families: Agonising wait continues

2014-04-08 11:45

Families of MH370 passengers in Beijing have marked the one-month anniversary of the plane's disappearance with a tearful candlelit vigil.

Hunt for MH370 'pings' to go on for days

2014-04-08 09:25

The hunt for underwater signals from missing Flight MH370 is likely to continue for days before a robot submersible is deployed to comb the seabed, the Australian search chief says.

WATCH: Bridal brawl at 35 000 feet

2014-04-07 13:03

Ever seen that hilarious movie ‘Bridesmaids’ and been ever so happy that that kind of craziness doesn’t happen in real life? Well, turns out, it does. And even worse!

So, where are all the local budget airlines?

2014-04-07 10:56

Despite much talk of new budget airlines launching in South Africa, consumers still only seem to have a choice between Mango, kulula and very expensive charters.

WATCH: An emergency landing you have to see

2014-04-04 14:35

Watch as an Avianca Airlines pilot lands a Fokker100 jet using only the rear wheels, as the front landing gear malfunctioned.

CAA to hit illegal drone flyers with fines up to R50k

2014-04-03 09:31
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The South African Civil Aviation Authority is set to clamp down on illegal drone flying, with offenders facing up to R50 000 in fines, 10 years in prison or both.

MH370 shows need for better aircraft tracking: IATA

2014-04-01 10:01

Malaysia's missing jet tragedy illustrates the needs to improve in-flight tracking of passenger aircraft, the International Air Travel Association said.

Drones patrol Gauteng skies

2014-04-01 09:15

If you live in Gauteng, you may notice something strange making regular flights - but it's no UFO or foreign government spy programme.

Race against time to find MH370 black box

2014-04-01 09:07

Authorities are racing the clock to find the "black box" of missing Flight MH370 before signalling goes silent.

Japan bids farewell to 747 'jumbo'

2014-03-31 09:11

Japanese plane buffs will say a fond farewell to the 'jumbo jet' as the Boeing 747 makes its final scheduled flight in the country.

Objects found in Indian Ocean not from Flight MH370

2014-03-30 16:18

Australia says objects scooped up by vessels searching for downed Flight MH370 have been "fishing equipment and other flotsam" not connected to the Malaysian Airlines plane.

Lufthansa pilots press in, warn of next three-day strike

2014-03-30 10:00

Lufthansa pilots say they are tired of being given the runaround as they seek to pressure Germany's largest airline in pay and contract negotiations.

This man says he knows what happened to Flight MH370

2014-03-28 14:09
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As the search for solid evidence of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370's fatal crash landing into the Southern Indian Ocean continues, this man's insights into the mystery will give you goosebumps.

Three SA airports among world's best

2014-03-28 08:41

Three South African airports have made it into Skytrax’s top 10 list of Domestic airports around the world.

Flight MH370: More than 300 new objects spotted

2014-03-27 15:01

Bad weather has cut short the air and sea hunt for the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage of Flight MH370.

Lufthansa to cancel 600 flights due to strike

2014-03-26 14:10

Travellers across Europe are being warned they could be affected by Lufthansa's pay dispute with its staff.

MH370 search back on as weather improves

2014-03-26 09:27

Twelve aircraft have again taken to the skies in search of Flight MH370 after weather improved in the treacherous Indian Ocean.

 

MH370 mini-sub zone search set to end

2014-04-17 09:41

The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week, Australian PM says, adding if unsuccessful the operation will be forced to move into a new phase.

SA finally gets new domestic airline

2014-04-16 10:42

The Air Services Licensing Council has granted a domestic air service licence for the operation of domestic scheduled flights to a new budget airline.

Mini-sub aborts again in MH370 search

2014-04-16 10:18

A mini-submarine making its second dive in the hunt for Malaysian jet MH370 has encountered a "technical difficulty" and resurfaced, officials say, after the first mission also aborted.

US Airways red-faced after graphic image tweet

2014-04-15 09:21

US Airways has rushed out an apology after a graphic sexual image was tweeted from its official Twitter account in response to a disgruntled customer.

MH370's black box batteries may have died

2014-04-13 14:30

Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane's all-important black boxes may finally have died.

Next generation solar plane unveiled

2014-04-10 14:50

The masterminds of sun-powered plane Solar Impulse have formally unveiled their new aircraft, a year ahead of their planned round-the-world flight.

Kenya Airways takes delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

2014-04-09 10:02

Kenya Airways has taken delivery of a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first of nine they are expecting to add to their fleet.

Man arrested for forging SA commercial pilot's license

2014-04-08 10:10

A Congolese national has appeared before the Kempton Park Magistrate Court on charges of forging a South African commercial pilot’s license.

So, where are all the local budget airlines?

2014-04-07 11:53

Despite much talk of new budget airlines launching in South Africa, consumers still only seem to have a choice between Mango, kulula and very expensive charters.

Most read travel stories for the week

2014-04-04 16:30

The man who thinks he knows what happened to flight MH370, SA's adulterous dorpies, illegal drone usage crackdown and an actual braai in the sky. In case you missed it, here are the stories our readers found most interesting for the week.

'Hobbiests and clowns' to blame for CAA drone clampdown?

2014-04-03 15:37

We asked our readers what they thought of the South African Civil Aviation Authority dishing out fines of up to R50 000 to illegal drone flyers.

Fastjet joins forces with Proflight Zambia

2014-04-03 12:58

Passengers are now able to travel to 15 destinations across Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, following Pan African low cost airline fastjet's new alliance.

A braai in the sky? kulula's gone bonkers!

2014-04-01 10:21

To celebrate its home-grown roots, kulula.com will host the first ever braai in the sky. Umm. We're not too sure how to feel about this.

Asiana: jet partly to blame for crash

2014-04-01 09:34

Asiana Airlines has acknowledged that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International but also blamed the maker of the jet.

Passengers locked inside jet overnight due to storm

2014-04-01 09:12

Hundreds of passengers were locked inside a grounded Dragonair plane overnight when a massive storm prevented their landing in Hong Kong.

A braai in the sky? We think kulula has gone bonkers!

2014-04-01 08:00

To celebrate its home-grown roots, kulula.com will host the first ever braai in the sky. Umm. We're not too sure how to feel about this.

Malaysia to use new passport screening system

2014-03-31 08:43

Passing through Malaysia is set to become more difficult, prompted by the biggest aviation mystery to date when Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board

Free flights for retired MPs proposed

2014-03-30 12:05
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Retired MPs could get up to 24 free flights a year for 10 years, according to a proposal currently before Parliament, says a report.

Black box detector to join jet search

2014-03-30 08:23

A warship with an aircraft black box detector is set to join the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, more than three weeks after it disappeared.

Air traffic in Germany returns to normal after strikes

2014-03-28 09:03

The situation at Germany's main airports has returned to normal after strikes by ground staff grounded hundreds of flights.

World Bank lends Kenya $204m to fix airport

2014-03-27 17:48

The World Bank has approved a $203.5m loan to Kenya to fund its transport sector, part of which will help finance reconstruction at the country's main airport.

French plane diverted after Russia closes airspace

2014-03-26 16:02

Air France said that a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew was diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia closed part of its airspace.

Airlines demand crackdown on unruly passengers

2014-03-26 09:33

Global aviation body IATA demanded that governments close legal loopholes that allow unruly passengers to escape law enforcement for serious offences committed on board planes.

New Malaysian airline's plane catches fire

2014-03-26 09:13

A plane from a new Malaysian airline has been forced to turn back on a domestic flight because one of its engines caught fire.

 
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