Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


Jan 24, 2010

Air India

The Indian interior ministry has recommended extra security measures for Indian carriers after intelligence on a threat from militants to hijack an Air India plane, officials said on Friday. The warning comes just days before India's annual Republic Day on Tuesday, when there are often security scares. India has beefed-up security measures and remains wary of militant threats after the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people and raised tensions with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan. "We have alerted our civil aviation security people against a possible attempt to hijack an Indian airlines flight," U.K. Bansal, the special secretary for internal security in the Home (interior) Ministry said. "This would obviously be from terrorist groups who are arraigned against Indian interests," he added, but did not specify which group. An Air India spokesman would not comment on the threat, but said the airline would issue a statement later on Friday. The ministry had not recommended the suspension of flights, but suggested measures such as greater frisking and deploying more sky marshals, Bansal said. The biggest hijack threat was to flights by the carrier to and from the SAARC bloc of neighbouring nations, he said. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is made up of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Indian government was criticised for its handling of the Mumbai rampage. India is now spending millions on new security measures, from commando bases in cities to navy patrols and better intelligence gathering. Jan 22, 2010

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand was named Airline of the Year by industry publication Air Transport World. The judges acknowledged Air New Zealand's sound financial performance during a difficult year for the industry. They also recognized the organizationOs innovative use of technology, cutting edge customer service and commitment to environmental research and protection. For more information, visit Jan 19, 2010

China Airlines

China Airlines will launch the first non-stop flights to Taipei from London Heathrow, Terminal 4, beginning March 28, 2010. The new service will operate three times a week and will offer 30 business class seats and 246 seats in economy class. Previously, UK passengers have had to travel via Amsterdam in order to fly to Taiwan with China Airlines. Flights to Taiwan will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 4...

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