The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines was awarded the highest seven-star safety ranking from AirlineRatings.com. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and the budget carrier Jetstar Pacific were awarded the highest seven-star safety ranking from the world’s safety and product rating agency AirlineRatings.com, Vietnam Airlines Corporation said on October 15. The safety rating for each airline is conducted based on standards recognised by countries worldwide like safety management system with eight audit parameters of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the certification of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), among others. The two Vietnamese airlines, together with Singapore Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines and Emirates, also satisfied the AirlineRatings’ criteria on fatality free record for the past ten years. Congratulating Vietnam Airlines on this achievement, … [Read more...] about Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific among world’s safest airlines
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A growing number of international airlines, including Qantas and Singapore Airlines, had already changed their website classifications of Taiwan to 'Taiwan, China' AFP/ROBYN BECK Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy but Beijing considers it part of its own territory, to be reunified by force if necessary, and is pushing to isolate the island on the international stage. China's Civil Aviation Administration sent notices to dozens of airlines around the world in April asking them to adhere to Beijing's standards when referring to Taiwan, setting a Wednesday deadline to make the changes to corporate websites. "To the foreign airlines which have undertaken the reforms, we give our approval," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing in Beijing, calling the changes "positive steps." He reiterated China's position that foreign enterprises must "respect our sovereign and territorial integrity, and our people's feelings." But Taiwan condemned what it called … [Read more...] about Hong Kong, US airlines bend to China pressure over Taiwan listing
The U.S. government has renewed tariff threats against China and imposed duties on steel and aluminum on U.S. allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union. “Any measures that reduce trade and probably consequently limit passenger travel are bad news,” Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association, told Reuters at IATA’s annual meeting in Sydney. The group represents most of the world’s main airlines “We always get concerned when you start to see tensions elevate around global trade and free trade,” American Airlines Group Chief Executive Doug Parker said. American has not seen any effect yet on revenues, he said. The uncertainty could curb demand for the business travel, a key driver of profits for the airline industry, Gloria Guevara Manzo, chief executive of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). “(Business travelers) need to wait and see what happens – will their business be impacted, do … [Read more...] about Global airlines issue warning over trade tensions
U.S. Homeland Security chief John Kelly has not made a final decision on extending a ban on larger electronic devices on airplanes, but the department still believes an expansion is likely, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Fears that a bomb could be concealed in electronic devices prompted the United States to announce in March it would restrict passengers from bringing devices larger than cellphones on flights originating from 10 airports, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Britain followed suit with restrictions on a slightly different set of routes. DHS spokesman David Lapan declined to offer guidance on when a decision on an expansion would be made, but reiterated it was likely the restrictions would be expanded. He also said any expansion could affect international airports in Europe and elsewhere. European Union and U.S. officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss airline security, including a possible extension of a ban on passengers carrying … [Read more...] about Expansion of ban on larger electronics on airlines likely: U.S.
U.S. Homeland Security officials met with major U.S. airlines and a trade group on Thursday to discuss the impact of possibly expanding a ban on large electronic gadgets on planes to flights from some European airports, three sources briefed on the meeting said. The afternoon meeting included high level executives from Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), United Airlines Inc (UAL.N), American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and trade group Airlines for America, the sources said. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the confidential meeting. The airlines and group declined to comment. In March, the United States announced laptop restrictions on flights originating from 10 airports including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey because of fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken onto aircraft. Britain quickly followed suit with restrictions on a slightly different set of routes. The Trump … [Read more...] about U.S. airlines meet with Homeland Security on expanding laptop ban