British Airways slumps to near bottom in passenger survey

British Airways has taken a nosedive in UK passengers’ opinions and is now rated just above Ryanair at the bottom end of the airline rankings. The flag carrier was among the worst rated for food, seat comfort and value for money on both short and long-haul services in the annual Which? poll. BA questioned the accuracy of the survey, which […]

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FAA may overhaul plane-certification process in wake of 737 Max crashes

DUBAI — U.S. air-safety regulators are considering ways to alter fundamentally how they certify aircraft in the wake of Boeing Co.’s BA, +1.15%  737 Max crisis, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said in an interview Sunday. FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson has previously said he wants to adopt a more holistic approach to certification. In the interview, he provided […]

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In Boeing crash, look at automatic control systems

Emerging evidence from the recent crash in Ethiopia suggests that malfunctioning automatic control systems overwhelmed the crew and doomed the flight. Based on my analysis, it appears that the Ethiopian Airlines crew followed the standard procedures found in the BoeingBA, -2.61% 737 pilots operating handbook and flight crew operations manual. A typical flight starts with manual control of the plane. […]

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Airbus Will Stop Making the World’s Largest Passenger Jet

Airbus SE decided to stop making the A380 double-decker after a dozen years in service, burying a prestige project that won the hearts of passengers and politicians but never the broad support of airlines that instead preferred smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Production of the jumbo jet will end by 2021, after the A380’s biggest customer, Emirates, and a handful of […]

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