Dec 7, 2008
Air Moorea, Bombardier
Investigators have concluded that on-ground jet-blast contributed to the failure of elevator cables on the Air Moorea Bombardier de Havilland Canada Twin Otter which crashed in French Polynesia last year. France's Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses had already determined that the Twin Otter crashed, killing all 20 occupants, after the pitch-up control cable failed shortly after departure from Moorea on 9 August 2007. Dec 6, 2008
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Restarting Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport will take at least a week from the end of the current sit-in by protesters because of security and IT system checks, its general manager said on Monday. Anti-government protesters have ignored a police order to end their blockade of Bangkok's main airport, which on Monday entered its seventh day. The closure of the 125,000 passenger-a-day airport by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) movement has stranded thousands of foreigners and is threatening Thailand's tourism- and export-driven economy with billions of dollars of damage. With the army refusing to get involved and police reluctant to use force against the 3,000 protesters, many of whom are women and who include children and babies, attention is on a court decision this week that is likely to dissolve the ruling party. Even if the dissolution, expected on Tuesday or Wednesday, is enough to convince the PAD to pack its bags, Serirat's timeline suggests the airport will be closed until at least December 11, eating into the key Christmas tourist season. Dec 1, 2008
JAL will be reinstating its second London to Tokyo flight (JL404/403) starting March 28, 2009. This will replace the London Osaka service (JL422/421), which will cease on March 28. The second Tokyo flight means JAL will be providing a double daily London to Tokyo service from the summer period onwards. Fliers have the option of selecting the JAL Sky Shell Seat in the Premium Economy class, which has won a Good Design Award. Sponsored annually by Japan Industrial Design Promotion, this award is in recognition for its design and mobility features. December 1 marked the first anniversary of the introduction of Premium Economy on the London/Tokyo route, while...