#MH128 Security Incident – Attempted Hijack carried out by mentally ill passenger

On 31st May, Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 returned to Melbourne Airport after a mentally ill passenger tried to enter the cockpit, stating he had explosives onboard. A statement has been released by the airline:

Other sources, including Flightradar24, state that a possible hijacker announced he had “explosives on board,” prompting the pilots to return to Melbourne. The aircraft made a safe landing and parked at a remote stand at the airport.

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BA Customer Service Shambles – How and Why I Missed my Flight this Morning

After the past few days of cancellations and delays, surely British Airways would want to up their customer service? Well for more one traveler this week, their experience with the national carrier has been less than satisfactory.

Check out this great read by Raj, aka LondonSpotter, to see what his experience with the airline was like when things didn’t go quite to plan on his trip to Edinburgh.

LondonSpotter

I would like to start by thanking you all for your interest in what happened today. The following is an account of what happened this morning and why I was so upset with the way BA handled it all.

I arrived at Heathrow early this morning in order to visit the lounge for breakfast and take photos for my blog post. This all worked out as planned and at around 5.30 I met James. We decided to head to Concourse C to take some shots and as we saw several 767s lined up there and we predicted our flight would be on one of them. When we realised that our flight was, in fact, departing from Concourse A we got back on the train. When I reached Concourse A I realised I was being treated as an arriving passenger and being directed to ‘connecting flights’ or passport control. As soon as…

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Irkut MC21 takes off on its maiden flight

Today the latest Russian-produced aircraft, the Irkut MC21-300 has taken off on its maiden flight from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

The first MC21-300 on its maiden test flight. Copyright: Denis Fedorko on Wikimedia

The aircraft is planned to entry into service in 2019 with Aeroflot. It will have a capacity of 132-163 in a standard two-class configuration and a range of up to 6000-6400km (3200-3500nm).

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Swiss takes delivery of first CS300, becomes first airline to have both CSeries versions

Yesterday Swiss International Airlines has received its first of 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft in Mirabel, making the airline the first operator of both version of the CSeries family in the world.

Image copyright: Bombardier and Swiss
The aircraft, registered HB-JCA (MSN 55010), has flown its delivery flight to Zurich today, but will later on fly to Geneva, where it will be based. The first revenue service for the airline will happen on June 1, operating flights to London Heathrow.

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