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Old January 28th, 2014, 06:35 AM   #2581
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Airbus eyes tie-up with Malaysian firms
Published: 2014/01/28
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AIRBUS Group NV has agreed to work with companies in Malaysia to study feedstocks in the region that may be suitable for making cleaner jet fuel.

The airplane maker will work with groups such as Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Toulouse-based Airbus said in an emailed statement.

"Southeast Asia is a wide and productive region in terms of biomass. According to our latest Global Market Forecast, Asia Pacific will lead in world traffic by 2032," Airbus new energies programme manager Frederic Eychenne said in the statement yesterday.

The partners will study sustainable feedstocks and evaluate costs and technologies to help drive the commercialisation of cleaner aviation fuel. Airbus is working on similar projects in other parts of the world, including Canada, China and Europe.

Airbus and Boeing Co are among plane makers building supply networks for alternative fuel as the industry seeks to cut carbon-dioxide emissions in half by 2050, compared with 2005 levels.

Airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air-France KLM Group already have flown passenger planes using kerosene blended with fuel made from inedible plants and organic waste. Bloomberg
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National carrier's crew continue to prove their worth
Marina EmmanuelPublished: 2014/01/30
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AS Malaysia Airlines (MAS) went about this week announcing the suspension of its flights to Los Angeles - effective April 30 - in a bid to stem losses, its award-winning crew continues to prove their worth via exemplary service and living up to its "Malaysian Hospitality" campaign (a play on the MH code of the airline).

Flight MH1133 from Penang to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday was almost packed with its usual mix of corporate travellers, those making connections to international flights out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport and a handful of the "balik kampung" crowd who were getting a head-start to the Chinese New Year holidays.

Most passengers boarding the Boeing 737-400 jet at 6.30am had no idea that a special needs passenger was seated among them in the economy class section of the aircraft, until the cabin crew were seen trying to pacify the young lady into returning to her seat, after she had allegedly slapped a fellow passenger.

The female passenger, who was hostile when the crew tried to move her to another seat and became restless, caught almost everyone's attention when she had to be restrained and the presence of airport security personnel were visible on the plane.

Although the flight had to be delayed in order to settle down the passenger, what was apparent during the 55-minute journey was the fact that it is no surprise that for over a decade, both the airline and its cabin crew have been winning countless awards.

Mindful that there was much concern from passengers that they were travelling with someone who was unwell and the flight was going to end up arriving later than planned at Kuala Lumpur, the crew displayed patience, compassion and a sense of calm in the cabin as they went about seeing to the needs of all passengers, while keeping a watchful eye on the female passenger.

Explanations and apologies were proffered by both the pilot and leading steward to all on board and passengers seated near the female passenger (a foreign national) were told in the most compassionate of terms that she was a traveller in need of gentle handling and care.

The crew also thanked those on board for their understanding and patience as they continued to give no cause for alarm to anyone on the aircraft.

This is not the only example of how MAS cabin crew have gone out of their way in ensuring their guests, whether local or foreign, are made to feel at home.

The five-star ranking, which is often used to describe the airline, is evident via its long-standing culture of service and hospitality and have placed its crew in a league of their own.

The Malaysia Airlines Academy in Kelana Jaya, Selangor, remains the heart of the training culture embedded into the cabin crew who usually undergo three months of intensive training before being allowed to step into an aircraft and work.

Apart from being grilled on aspects ranging from grooming, safety, service, operations and tailored programmes on dealing with sometimes difficult and disruptive passengers, there are also other "hurdles" to cross by way of examinations to determine if they can make the cut.

While Malaysia Airlines may not stop at only axing its flights to the western coast of the United States in its bid to fare better financially, the role played by the frontliners of the national carrier - its prized cabin crew - must be often recognised and valued, as Malaysia continues to welcome more visitors to its shores this year and offers many other versions of Malaysian hospitality.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 03:10 AM   #2584
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Pratt & Whitney bags RM1.7b deal
Roziana Hamsawi Published: 2014/02/13
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MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) has awarded a US$510 million (RM1.7 billion) 10-year fleet management programme contract to Pratt & Whitney to maintain the airline's fleet of 43 PW4170 installed engines and spare engines.

The contract includes an option for an extenstion of up to five additional years, the national carrier told Bursa Malaysia in a filing to Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

The airline said the transaction would not have any significant effect on its net asset and gearing.

There will also be no impact on the company's share capital and substantial shareholders' stakes as it did not involve any issuance of shares, it said.

MAS added that the programme is a risk transfer one and benefits the airline for uncertainty in the performance of the engines.

"Pratt & Whitney's maintenance programme will maximise the performance and reliability of our engines, while providing predictable maintenance costs to us," said MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, adding that it will allow the airline to fly without disruption.

The Pratt & Whitney engines power MAS' fleet of A330 aircraft.

MAS flies around 47,000 passengers daily to 60 destinations worldwide.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, and small turbojet propulsion products.

"We are delighted that MAS selected Pratt & Whitney to maintain its fleet of PW4170 engines. Our maintenance solutions help airlines operate efficiently with exceptional quality," said Pratt & Whitney Aftermarket president Matthew Bromberg.
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Malaysia Airlines may have to think extra hard on fleet replacement
Posted on February 25, 2014, Tuesday
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File photo shows a MAS aircraft being assembled. It might be extra difficult for
Malaysia Airlines to properly evaluate how it should go about deciding its fleet
replacement due in a few months. — Bernama photo


KUALA LUMPUR: With Malaysia Airline Systems Bhd (Malaysia Airlines) suffering RM1.2 billion worth of red ink in 2013, it might be extra difficult for the national carrier to properly evaluate how it should go about deciding its fleet replacement due in a few months.

Against such a scenario, it has to decide which aircraft manufacturer will give the best deal and which aircraft are best suited for its operations.

But difficult or not, it has to decide fast before the year runs out as it needs more modern and fuel efficient aircraft from as early as 2016 to stay in the hunt for strong market share or else choosy passengers may turn away to carriers with spanking new planes or that ageing aircraft may further push up operating costs.

For major carriers these days, the choice is either A or B – Airbus or Boeing.
Over the last few years, Malaysia Airlines has increasingly veered towards Airbus, especially with its flagship carrier, the double-deck A380 Superjumbo, which has higher capacity up to 525 passengers for long haul routes.

Malaysia Airlines has 88 aircraft in its fleet, operating Airbus A330s and A380s, and Boeing 777-200s and 737s.

The airline is now looking to replace its older A330s and Boeing 777-200s with A330s, A350-900s, A350-1000s, Boeing 787-10s or 737 Max in the medium to long term.

Conservative estimates put the figure around 30 new aircraft but some have even suggested close to 100 new planes.


Deciding on aircraft purchases are not an easy matter as airline officials, and in Malaysia Airlines’ case, government officials, too, as the government owns a sizeable stake in the national carrier, would need to weigh in a lot of issues, including acquisition costs, fleet commonality for the air and ground crew to work efficiently, and things like spare parts.

Another important consideration is offset agreements, which essentially are agreements between two parties, whereby a supplier agrees to buy products from the party to whom it is selling, in order to win the buyer as a customer and offset the buyer’s purchase.

Alternatively, the amount of related investments poured into a certain industry and their spin-off effects are also carefully thought over.

In the case of Boeing, it has been aggressively pursuing opportunities spelt out in the 10th Malaysia Plan and taking advantage of the country’s high-tech labour force and aerospace manufacturing capability.

Analysts say that the government’s promotion of the aerospace parts manufacturing industry has led to Malaysia becoming a leader in Southeast Asia.

They say that the ability for the local industry to absorb complex work packages requiring a sophisticated labour force at a high volume has continued to attractinvestment and additional work packages from Boeing and its suppliers.

For Boeing, its investments and supply chain activities in Malaysia have become critical to its global supply chain as all commercial programmes include sourcing components and parts from Malaysia, industry observers point out.

All in all, Boeing has 14 suppliers in Malaysia supporting all its commercial aircraft programmes and such activity had contributed between US$325 million (about RM1.07 billion) and US$347 million (about RM1.14 billion) to the Malaysian economy since 2006.

Its major supplier is Aerospace Composites Malaysia (ACM) located at Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah.

Currently owned by Boeing and Hexcel, it was formed in 1998 as a joint venture for composites fabrication and minor parts assembly.

Today, Boeing Commercial Airplanes is the end customer for nearly all of ACM’s output in sophisticated wing parts and components.

In November 2013, ACM spent US$17 million (about RM56 million) to expand its factory space by 40 percent or 125,000 sq ft to 440,000 sq ft to support increased production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes for the Next-Generation B737, B747-8, B767, B777 and B787 Dreamliner.

The expansion by Boeing and Hexcel will allow ACM to grow its high-tech manufacturing workforce beyond its current 950 employees, furthering its position as the leading employer in Bukit Kayu Hitam.

Other Boeing’s key suppliers include Spirit Aerosystems Malaysia, which was established in 2007 and employs 500 people at its 300,000 sq ft facility in Subang to produce the B777 wing tips and B787 wing parts.

CTRM, located in Melaka, makes B787 Rolls Royce/General Electric fan cowlings or covers; SME Aerospace, located in Sungai Buloh, makes machine parts; Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing makes aluminium fan cases and engine beams in Penang while UPECA Technologies in Shah Alam and Imai Aero Equipment in Melaka are the other important parts suppliers to Boeing.

In the case of Airbus Industrie, it also buys parts from CTRM and Spirit Aerosystems Malaysia.


It has also announced plans to further develop its presence in Malaysia by expanding its joint-venture maintenance unit, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), and setting up new wholly-owned Airbus Customer Services Centre adjacent to the SAE facility at the KL International Airport in Sepang for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) jobs. — Bernama
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Opening of the first AIRBUS-owned faciity in Southeast Asia.

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Business Times | Oct 2, 2013
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Airbus set to expand footprint in Malaysia
Business Times | Oct 2, 2013
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launched the 2nd Airbus Customer Service Centre and the expansion of its joint venture maintenance unit, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), which involves the construction of a second hangar at the SAE
http://www.nst.com.my/latest/najib-l...alse%2FArticle

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MAS to replace software system
By Liana Rosli | 04 March 2014| last updated at 08:52AM
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MULTI-MILLION DEAL: India-based Ramco Systems will integrate business processes for the entire MAS group

MALAYSIAN Airline System Bhd (MAS) has entered into a multi-million deal with India-based IT solutions provider, Ramco Systems, which will see the airline replacing its software system.

This advanced solution, called the Ramco Aviation Version 5.7, will integrate business processes of the entire MAS group, including firefly, MASwings and MASkargo, as well as support its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

“We look forward to achieving a higher level of efficiency with the Ramco MRO enterprise solutions to change the way our engineering and maintenance operations works,” MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement yesterday.

“In today’s competitive market, it is important to leverage on new technology to attain levels of productivity and efficiency, so that we are at par with leading MRO service providers around the world,” he said.

“We are looking to replace MAS’ existing software system in phases within five years,” said Ramco Systems chief executive officer Virender Aggarwal during a closed-door media briefing, here, yesterday.

“This advanced solution will enable MAS to have a fully integrated, single deployment system as well as true mobility as the new system can be accessed through any mobile devices.

“The system had been developed and revamped since 1997 and cost us US$100 million (RM328 million). It is also the same system for some of our 60 clients, which include Emirates, Air India and Airkenya Express,” he said.

The five-year deal represents the biggest deal Ramco has signed and it monitors more than 2,250 aircraftworldwide.

“We truly believe that this new software will bring MAS into the next levelof capability and efficiency,” Virender said.
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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 goes missing

Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).

Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
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The airline told NBC News that a search-and-rescue mission was under way for Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, and that relatives of those on board were being notified.
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The airline told NBC News that a search-and-rescue mission was under way for Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, and that relatives of those on board were being notified.
Reports are saying that the worst have been confirmed.
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Update #MH370

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- Still no confirmed news.

- Vietnamese media reported oil slick and rubbish spotted at sea.

- Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has deployed one aircraft and three ships (Malaysian Coast Guard) in a search-and-rescue operation

- Neighbouring countries are joining too - Vietnam, the Philippines, the US, China, Singapore

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Oil slick found between Vietnam and Malaysia ‘suspected of being crashed Boeing aircraft’
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A 20km-long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam this afternoon may be the first sign that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people aboard went down in the waters between Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam’s director of civil aviation.

“An AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometres in the search area, which is suspected of being a crashed Boeing aircraft – we have announced that information to Singapore and Malaysia and we continue the search,” Lai Xuan Thanh, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, was quoted as saying by The New York Times.

He said he did not know whether the slick was closer to the Malaysian or Vietnam side of the entrance to the Gulf of Thailand.

The report said the last coordinates automatically transmitted by the aircraft were from near the midpoint between the two countries, when the plane appeared to be in stable flight at 35,000 feet.

The discovery came as an international team of rescuers from, among others, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, the United States, Singapore and the Philippines search for the Beijing-bound aircraft which vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am.

Fredrik Lindahl, the chief executive of Flightradar24, an online aircraft tracking service, said that the missing plane, a Boeing 777-200, had been equipped with a transponder that regularly transmitted its position, as calculated from the global positioning system of satellites.

The last recorded position of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was 150 kilometres northeast of Kuala Terengganu he wrote in an email to The New York Times.

That position is a little less than halfway across the entrance of the Gulf of Thailand from northern Malaysia toward southernmost Vietnam.

“Vietnam has ordered airplanes and military ships to help in the search and rescue," Lai said, adding, “the possibility of an accident is high".

Lt Col Pham Hong Soi, the head of the propaganda department of the Vietnam Navy for the region near the crash site, said that one rescue vessel had already been ordered to sea and two more had been made ready for departure.

China Central Television said that according to Chinese air traffic control officials, the aircraft never entered Chinese airspace.

Malaysia Airlines said that the plane had 227 passengers aboard, including two infants, and an all-Malaysian crew of 12.

The passengers included

- 154 citizens from China or Taiwan,

- 38 Malaysians,

- 7 Indonesians,

- 6 Australians,

- 5 Indians,

- 4 French

- 3 Americans,

- 2 New Zealand,

- 2 Ukraine,

- 2 Canada,

- 1 Russia,

- 1 Italy,

- 1 the Netherlands and

- 1 Austria.

The airline said that it was notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew. Hundreds of family members gathered in rooms set aside for them at a Beijing hotel, and at least two medical personnel went in to monitor them, reported The New York Times.

Boeing said in a statement that it was assembling a team of technical experts to advise the national authorities investigating the disappearance of the aircraft.

The New York Times said in its report that one uncertainty about the flight was when it disappeared from the radar and how quickly the search began in the Gulf of Thailand.

Malaysia Airlines said that the plane took off at 12.41am Malaysia time, and that the plane disappeared from air traffic control radar in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, at 2.40am.

That timeline seemed to suggest that the plane stayed in the air for two hours – long enough to fly not only across the Gulf of Thailand but also far north across Vietnam. But Lindahl of Flightradar 24 said that the last radar contact had been at 1.19am, less than 40 minutes after the flight began.

A Malaysia Airlines spokesman said on Saturday evening that the last conversation between the flight crew and air traffic control in Malaysia had been around 1.30am, but he reiterated that the plane had not disappeared from air traffic control systems in Subang until 2.40am.

Arnold Barnett, a long-time Massachusetts Institute of Technology specialist in aviation safety statistics, said that prior to the disappearance of Saturday’s flight, Malaysia Airlines had suffered two fatal crashes, in 1977 and 1995.

Based on his estimate that Malaysia Airlines operates roughly 120,000 flights a year, he calculated that the airline’s safety record was consistent with other fairly prosperous, middle-income countries but had not yet reached the better safety record of airlines based in the world’s richest countries.

The New York Times report said with no new information about the missing plane, China’s civil aviation authority urged the Malaysian government to be more forthcoming.

“The Civil Aviation Administration of China has urged the Malaysian civil aviation authority to clarify the situation of flight MH370 as quickly as possible, and to brief the Chinese side as quickly as possible,” it quoted a report by the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua which cited an unnamed Chinese aviation official.

“It also urged Malaysia Airlines to provide active assistance to families of passengers in accordance with the regulations in international civil aviation covenants.”

Speaking on the search and rescue efforts, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said: ”Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are missing on flight MH370.

“An extensive search and rescue mission is underway. We are grateful for the support in this effort from around the world.

“Fifteen aircraft and nine ships are currently searching for the missing plane. Our priority now is to widen the search area and provide support to relatives of those missing.

“Today, all Malaysians stand in solidarity with those on flight MH370 and their loved ones.” – March 8, 2014.
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Conspiracy? CNN reported not one, but two person - Italian and Austrian nationals did not board the plane.

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Conspiracy theories spiral around MH370’s disappearance
By LEE SHI-IAN | March 08, 2014
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Was one of the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 travelling with a stolen passport?

Malaysian authorities have refused to confirm nor deny this report, which has spread like wildfire on the Internet.

On godlikeproductions.com, it was posted that 37-year-old Luigi Maraldi who was supposedly aboard MH370, is actually in Thailand.

Maraldi contacted his relatives in Italy to inform them that he was safe and sound and currently in Thailand.

Apparently, Maraldi had informed Italian authorities in August last year that he had lost his passport.

Maraldi is one of the names which appeared on the passenger manifest for flight MH370, which has been missing since 1.30am.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi was asked about the possibility of terrorism as the cause for MH370's disappearance.

A foreign reporter asked Aziz whether MH370 had been lost due to foul play.


"We cannot reveal too many details about our security," Aziz said.

"We have reviewed the closed-circuit television video footage pertaining to passengers and their baggages."

"So far, we are satisfied with everything," he said.

However, Aziz said, authorities were not ruling out any possibilities at this juncture.

He said search and rescue operations were still ongoing and would continue around the clock.

The Royal Malaysia Air Force is conducting night searching as their aircraft are equipped with night vision facilities.

The search area has been widened to include both the east and west coast of Malaysia.

"Both the Malaysian and Vietnamese SAR forces are conducting searches in their respective coastal waters."


Aziz said authorities were quite sure that MH370 had disappeared at sea.

Regarding the 20km oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam, Aziz said they had asked Vietnamese authorities about it.

"But the Vietnamese authorities have yet to get back to us," he said.


Unless there are further developments regarding MH370, the next press briefing will be tomorrow at 9am.

Malaysia Airlines said that the plane had 227 passengers aboard, including two infants, and an all-Malaysian crew of 12.

The passengers included 154 citizens from China or Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans, as well as two citizens each from New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada and one each from Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria.

The airline said that it was notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew.

Hundreds of family members gathered in rooms set aside for them at a Beijing hotel, and at least two medical personnel went in to monitor them, reported The New York Times.

Boeing said in a statement that it was assembling a team of technical experts to advise the national authorities investigating the disappearance of the aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines said that the plane took off at 12.41am Malaysia time, and that the plane disappeared from air traffic control radar in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, at 2.40am.

That timeline seemed to suggest that the plane stayed in the air for two hours – long enough to fly not only across the Gulf of Thailand but also far north across Vietnam. But Lindahl of Flightradar 24 said that the last radar contact had been at 1.19am, less than 40 minutes after the flight began.

A Malaysia Airlines spokesman said on Saturday evening that the last conversation between the flight crew and air traffic control in Malaysia had been around 1.30am, but he reiterated that the plane had not disappeared from air traffic control systems in Subang until 2.40am. – March 8, 2014.
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Conspiracy? CNN reported not one, but two person - Italian and Austrian nationals did not board the plane.
I know, the conspiracy is too much, that is why I refrain from speculation.... We need to give the investigators a chance to work.
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Terrorism? According to rumours on Internet, one of the passenger listed is ethnic Uyghur (presumably from the name) and hails from Xinjiang, China.

There is an unconfirmed report that at least 4 tickets bought with codesharing partner China Southern Airlines of which 2 tickets were assigned to the passengers aboard on stolen passports of Austrian and Italian.



Two more Europeans with suspect identities onboard missing MH370
The Malaysian Insider | March 09, 2014
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...-missing-mh370

Authorities have yet to confirm the identities of two more European passengers on flight MH370, adding to two others using stolen passports in the Malaysia Airlines plane which vanished over the Malaysia-Vietnam maritime border yesterday.


An aerial view of an oil spill is seen from a Vietnamese air force aircraft in the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, 250km from Vietnam and 190km from Malaysia, in this handout photo from the Thanh Nien newpaper taken yesterday. MH370 went missing off the Vietnamese coast as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and was presumed to have crashed. – Reuters pic, March 9, 2014.

The Malaysian Insider understands that all four had bought their flight tickets from China Southern Airlines, the Malaysia Airlines codeshare partner for the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route.

"The background checks with the embassies are being done but these two cannot be confirmed," a source told The Malaysian Insider, adding that both were from the same country.

The Daily Telegraph's Beijing correspondent Malcolm Moore wrote in his Twitter microblog that the Chinese airline had sold seven tickets for the redeye flight, which carried 239 people, including 12 crew members, when it vanished.

More than half of the passengers, 153 to be exact, are Chinese nationals. There are 14 other nationalities on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, including 38 Malaysians.

Malaysian authorities have downplayed the significance of those flying on stolen passports, with Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi saying last night that they could not reveal too many details about security.

"We have reviewed the closed-circuit television video footage pertaining to passengers and their baggage.

"So far, we are satisfied with everything," Aziz said, adding that the authorities were not ruling out any possibilities at this juncture.

Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya cautioned against further speculation over those with suspect identities.

"These are reports which we need to form. As far as we are concerned, it is just a report.

"We are working foreign embassies to ensure we can confirm the report... Speculations have begun since this morning and every speculation has been squashed," he was quoted as saying by the Malaysiakini newsportal.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am, a 3,700km journey but it never arrived.


An animated screenshot from Google Map shows the movement of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which stopped somewhere at the South China Sea. – Image courtesy Daily Mirror, March 9, 2014.

At the time of its disappearance, the Malaysia Airlines plane was carrying about 7½ hours of fuel, an airline official said.

The flag carrier, rated as one of the safest in the world, was piloted by a veteran, 53-year-old Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah who has 18,365 flying hours and joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981.

The first officer is Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, who has 2,763 flying hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.

The 11-year-old B777-200 for the flight is one of 15 in Malaysia Airlines' fleet.

CNN reported that if this aircraft has crashed with a total loss, it would the deadliest aviation incident since November 2001 when an American Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in Belle Harbor, Queens, shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport. Killed were 265 people, including five people on the ground. – March 9, 2014.
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Oil slicks spotted 20nm from MH370’s last contact point, debris pictures go viral
The Malaysian Insider | Latest Update: March 09, 2014 03:32 pm
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A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) plane has spotted oil slicks about 20 nautical miles south of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370’s last point of contact.

Director-general of MMEA Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish, who joined in the search for the missing plane, said, his search team spotted "two or three" patches of oil slick measuring about 16km and were yellowish in colour at about 11am today.

"A ship has been dispatched to the location of the slick to take samples so we could test whether the oil is from a plane," Amdan was quoted as saying by The Star newsportal.

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A photo of debris supposedly taken by a Chinese passenger on board another MAS flight from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur. – Photo courtesy of South China Morning Post.


Photographs purporting to show debris in the sea in the area where the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 lost contact have been posted on Chinese social media.

The pictures, supposedly taken by a Chinese passenger on board another MAS flight from Beijing which landed safely in Kuala Lumpur this morning, shows what appears to be fragmented debris floating on waters about 90 minutes out to sea from the Malaysian capital.

The passenger, whose profile information says he is a banker working for China Minsheng Bank in Beijing, wrote that he took the pictures from his window at a height of 11,000 metres, at about 6.45am today.

Li Jiaxiang, administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said at a press briefing today morning that some debris had been spotted, but it was unclear whether it came from the plane.

While it is not immediately clear what the suspected debris consist of, the area where the passenger said he spotted it appeared to be roughly consistent with where the missing plane lost contact with aviation authorities and where ships from Malaysia and Vietnam were already searching since yesterday afternoon, reported South China Morning Post.

None of the reported possible sightings so far have been confirmed to be from the Boeing 777-200 which vanished early yesterday morning. – March 9, 2013.



An aerial view of an oil spill is seen from a Vietnamese Air Force aircraft in the search area for the missing MH370 plane, 250 kilometres from Vietnam and 190 kilometres from Malaysia today. – Reuters pic.
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Another Boeing 777 bound for Narita, Japan flew 30mins earlier than MH370 has confirmed that it had a contact with MH370.


Pilot: I established contact with plane
The New Straits Times | March 9, 2014
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'INTERFERENCE': Pilot in another plane was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370

SEPANG: A BOEING 777 pilot, who was flying 30 minutes ahead of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, said he established contact with MH370 minutes after he was asked to do so by Vietnamese air traffic control.

The captain, who asked to not be named, said his plane, which was bound for Narita, Japan, was far into Vietnamese airspace when he was asked to relay, using his plane's emergency frequency, to MH370 for the latter to establish its position, as the authorities could not contact the aircraft.

"We managed to establish contact with MH370 just after 1.30am and asked them if they have transferred into Vietnamese airspace.

"The voice on the other side could have been either Captain Zaharie (Ahmad Shah, 53,) or Fariq (Abdul Hamid, 27), but I was sure it was the co-pilot.

"There were a lot of interference... static... but I heard mumbling from the other end.

"That was the last time we heard from them, as we lost the connection," he told the New Sunday Times.

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Unfortunate for those who are gone..RIP.. Flew from Shanghai - Kl in 2010.

Video has the interior of the plane,flight path. Longest video i have uploaded.

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My sincere condolences to all affected RIP to all on-board!!
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From the news conference last night, it looks like Melaka have been added to the search area
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