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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Sep 5, 2010

Malaysia uncovers nearly 100 live reptiles in bag Malaysian airport security arrested a convicted wildlife smuggler after finding almost 100 live reptiles in his luggage, the country's Wildlife and National Parks Department said. Anson Wong, already convicted of trafficking in wildlife in the United States, was in transit from the Malaysian island state of Penang to the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday when Malaysia Airlines staff at Kuala Lumpur airport were alerted to a bag that had broken while on a conveyor belt. The department, in a statement issued late on Saturday, said its enforcement officers found 95 boa constrictors, two rhinoceros vipers and a matamata turtle inside the luggage. Boa constrictors are subject to regulations or a complete ban in international commercial trade as they are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The statement said Wong would remain in detention for two days. Under Malaysian law, if found guilty, he could face seven years in jail and fines of up to 100,000 ringgit for each animal or both. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Wong had previously pleaded guilty to a trafficking in the United States in 2001 and was sentenced to 71 months in jail. Aug 30, 2010

Agni Air An initial search proved unfruitful for the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder of a Dornier 228 turboprop that crashed in central Nepal on 24 August, killing all 14 people on board, including six foreigners. A team from Nepal's Agni Air, as well as soldiers from the Nepalese army, was dispatched to carrying out the search. The aircraft crashed in the hills of Makwanpur while flying to Kathmandu, possibly in heavy rain, scattering wreckage widely. Aug 31, 2010

Air France, Airbus Air France started operating an A380 on the Paris Charles de Gaulle Paris[ETH]Tokyo Narita route Wednesday. This is the third route served by an A380, following CDG-New York JFK in November 2009 and CDG-Johannesburg in February. Air FranceOs A380s are equipped with 538 seats in three cabin classes with nine in first class, 80 in business and 449 in economy. The airline has ordered 12 A380s, four of which have been delivered. Sep 2, 2010

Air Seychelles Information received from Mahe, Seychelles, tells the story of the archipelagoOs national airline on the prowl, adding a stop enroute to Singapore in Chennai, India, in both directions from November 1...

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