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Malaysia expands ASEAN network 

Malaysia Airlines (MH) is increasing its weekly frequencies to several ASEAN destinations as well as to Beijing (PEK) and Taipei from March 25.

The changes are in line with MH’s business plan rolled out in December to streamline operations, focus on growth and cut losses (ATW Daily News, Dec. 12, 2011).

AirAsia X stops Europe flights over taxes, Eurozone woes 
AirAsia X (D7) will suspend services to the UK and France from March 31, citing the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and escalating air passenger duty taxes.
AirAsia X quits Europe over taxes, Eurozone woes
AirAsia X (D7) will suspend services to the UK and France from March 31, citing the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and escalating air passenger duty taxes.
China Rethinks ETS Strategy 

The China Air Transport Assn. (CATA) is reworking its lawsuit strategy against the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in the wake of the Dec. 21 Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruling.

 “We won’t change our clear-cut stance of opposing the EU ETS, although we have to adjust our lawsuit strategy owing to CJEU dismissal of the Airlines for America’s argument,” CATA deputy DG Chai Haibo said.

ETS Charges Start 

Lufthansa has announced that it will include the full cost of the EU ETS in its fuel surcharge from Jan. 1, while warning that European-based airlines are now at a disadvantage.

The airline estimates that the ETS will cost €130 million ($167.3 million) in 2012, and while there will be no immediate increase; the next fuel surcharge review will take into account that additional cost.

WTO Next Stop for ETS Dispute?  3

Trade experts are warning that regardless of the legal merits of last month’s ruling to include aviation in the Emissions Trading Scheme..

GLOVES OFF 
Worldwide political forces are gaining momentum in their efforts to dismantle Europe’s emissions proposal.
Minor cracks found in Qantas A380 wings pose no safety threat 
Airbus engineers carrying out repairs on the Qantas (QF) A380 that suffered an uncontained engine explosion in late 2010 after take-off from Singapore have found a small number of 3 mm.-long cracks in the aircraft’s wing rib feet.
Qantas: Cracks found in A380 wings pose no safety threat
Airbus engineers carrying out repairs on the Qantas (QF) A380 that suffered an uncontained engine explosion in late 2010 after take-off from Singapore have found a small number of 3 mm.-long cracks in the aircraft’s wing rib feet.
Air New Zealand 737 lands safely after electrical cockpit fire 

This story was removed from the ATW Daily News. It was about an event that occurred in 2007 and which inadvertently picked up from an outlet that accidently reposted it as a new story. We apologize for the error and for any confusion it caused.

Japan Airlines IPO expected to raise up to $13 billion 
Japan Airlines (JL), which exited bankruptcy last year, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) that may raise as much as ¥1 trillion ($13 billion) as early as September, sources have told Bloomberg.
150 Qantas pilots take unpaid leave after capacity cuts 
Qantas (QF) has confirmed to ATW that about 150 of its 2,000 pilots have taken unpaid leave after it reduced services to cut losses on unprofitable international operations.
Qantas pilots take unpaid leave after capacity reductions
Qantas (QF) has confirmed to ATW that about 150 of its 2,000 pilots have taken unpaid leave after it reduced services to cut losses on unprofitable international operations.
ASN: Aviation safety improves in 2011 

Last year there were 507 aviation fatalities as a result of 28 fatal accidents, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) said in a report released Dec. 27.

According to ASN, 2011 was the second safest year by number of fatalities and the third safest year by number of accidents. Also, last year was the longest period without a fatal airliner accident in modern aviation history—81 days and counting as of Jan. 2. The number of fatalities for 2011 is lower than the 10-year average of 764 fatalities, ASN said.

ASN: Aviation safety better in 2011
Last year there were 507 aviation fatalities as a result of 28 fatal accidents, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) said in a report released Dec. 27.

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