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European Council last week formally closed the first reading on the new EU-OPS Regulation, which seeks to integrate technical requirements and administrative procedures in the field of civil aviation. EU-OPS includes harmonizing flight time limitations across Europe, setting a minimum FTL level directly applicable to all EU countries. The European Cockpit Assn., representing 34,000 pilots, is calling for safety improvements and swift revision of the text while recognizing EU-OPS as "a first step towards a safety-based level playing field in Europe." ECA argues that safety risks caused by pilot fatigue are not addressed sufficiently in the Council's Common Position. The second reading will start later this month when the European Parliament examines the proposed legislation. The EP has a maximum of 3-4 months to conclude the second reading. Mar 13, 2006

Malaysian government ended the wrangling over domestic routes between Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia last week, announcing that MAS will operate flights to more popular destinations like Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and others tied to its international network while AirAsia will fly the remaining routes, according to local press reports. Further details will be announced in the...

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