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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Apr 11, 2010

Air safety getting better, one fatal accident in 2009 US National Transportation Safety Board stated that US scheduled airlines operating under FAR Part 121 experienced just one fatal accident in 2009, the Colgan Airways/Continental Connection crash in which 50 persons died, according to preliminary safety statistics. Nonscheduled Part 121 operators had one fatal accident in which two persons died--the FedEx MD-11 that crashed while landing at Tokyo Narita in March. Scheduled airlines experienced a total of 26 accidents, or 0.149 per 100,000 flight hr., while the fatal accident rate was 0.006/100,000 flight hr. The rate per 100,000 departures was 0.255 and the fatal rate was 0.010. Prior to 2009, the most recent fatal accident involving a US scheduled airline was in 2006. Commuter carriers operating under Part 135 experienced no fatal accidents and just two accidents in total. Apr 9, 2010

Air Canada Air Canada launched thrice-weekly Calgary-Tokyo Narita service aboard a 767-300. Apr 5, 2010

Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Airways will launch thrice-weekly Hong Kong-Moscow Domodedovo service aboard an A340-300 July 13. Apr 7, 2010

Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines will launch twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur-Damman via Dubai flights from May 5. The service will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Apr 7, 2010

Qantas Airways Qantas A380 suffered a dual tire blowout...

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