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Hong Kong: 767 damaged in trainee revenge 0

Hong Kong: 767 damaged in trainee revenge

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The HK Standard reports that a Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company trainee damaged 14 core electronic circuits of a Boeing 767 aircraft to exact revenge against his boss. Tang Wing-hon, 19, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on September 15 at District Court, pending training center and psychological reports. Tang pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of “damaging property and recklessly endangering life.” The prosecution said the damaged circuits did not seriously affect the aircraft, which could fly after being repaired, but the cost of thoroughly checking the aircraft and repairing the 14 circuits amounted to HK$86,000. The prosecution quoted aircraft experts as saying that although the autopilot system and satellite communication channel would be affected, the aircraft could still fly using manual controls and other means. Judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che said damaging an aircraft is a serious criminal act. He requested the prosecution to ask experts before sentencing for the worst-case scenario arising from damaged electronic circuits. The defense said Tang was feeling guilty about the damage he had caused. Tang, who worked in June when he was on bail, will give the HK$15,000 he earned during that time to the company. The damage was discovered during a routine check of the aircraft.  Tang, who was part...

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IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787 0

IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant final approval to Resolution 787 (1). The Resolution is the foundation document for the New Distribution Capability (NDC), a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard. “This is a very exciting development for air travelers, airlines, intermediaries, and for competition,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. The final approval leaves unchanged DOT’s tentative decision approving Resolution 787, which occurred on 21 May 2014. In the tentative decision DOT stated that, “Comparison shopping under the current system is generally limited strictly to comparing fares, and it is difficult to make price quality comparisons of different carriers’ product offerings….The modernized communication standards and protocols and the marketing innovations that [Resolution 787] could facilitate would be procompetitive and in the public interest.” As part of its tentative and final approvals, DOT accepted the conditions proposed by IATA and Open Allies for Airfare Transparency to ensure that no traveler is required to supply personal information to receive an airfare offer (“anonymous shopping”); that the standard remains voluntary and that each airline is free to choose its own data exchange methodologies....

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ICAO’s statement on Ebola Outbreak 0

ICAO’s statement on Ebola Outbreak

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An Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is coordinating closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with respect to potential implications for air connectivity. WHO’s current   risk assessment for travel and transport is not recommending any travel restrictions or the closure of borders at points of entry. Further, the WHO states that “The risk of a tourist or businessman/woman becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animal, all unlikely exposures for the average traveler. Tourists are in any event advised to avoid all such contacts.” Similarly, WHO advises that transmission of the Ebola virus only occurs when patients are displaying symptoms of the disease which are severe. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat; followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and at advanced stage, both internal and external bleeding....

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DOT fines Asiana Airlines 0

DOT fines Asiana Airlines

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DOT PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Department of Transportation Fines Asiana Airlines for Not Adhering to Family Assistance Plan Following Crash. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that Asiana Airlines, an airline based in the Republic of Korea, violated federal law last July by failing to adhere to the assurances in its family assistance plan following the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.  DOT fined Asiana $500,000 and ordered the airline to cease and desist from further violations.  This is the first time that DOT has issued a fine under this statute. “In the very rare event of a crash, airlines have a responsibility to provide their full support to help passengers and their families by following all the elements of their family assistance plans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “The last thing families and passengers should have to worry about at such a stressful time is how to get information from their carrier.  At DOT, we are committed to protecting consumers and their families when they travel and will continue to take enforcement action when federal statutes are violated.” The Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act of 1997 requires that foreign air carriers assure the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety...

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Antitrust fines Ryanair and Easyjet 0

Antitrust fines Ryanair and Easyjet

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Compensation requests hampered. Fines respectively of € 850,000 and € 200,000. Ryanair will have to communicate within 30 days how they intend to change this unfair behavior, whereas EasyJet has already modified the practice during the course of the procedure. Fines for a gross amount of € 1,050,000 (€ 850,000 to Ryanair and € 200,000 to EasyJet) for the lack of transparency of travel insurance policies offered during the on line purchase of air-tickets and for the obstacles created in case of refund. These fines have been established by Antitrust at the conclusion of two distinct procedures of unfair commercial practices. The Authority has given Ryanair 30 days’ time to communicate the initiatives to remove this unfair behaviour. In the case of EasyJet, the Authority has taken into account the changes made during the administrative procedure both to the information provided to consumers in the on- line booking process and to the refund procedure: consequently, a lower fine has been applied. The unfair commercial practices: LACK OF TRASPARENCY IN THE SALE OF INSURANCE POLICY The Authority has deliberated that both Ryanair and EasyJet have infringed the Consumer Code by not supplying adequate information or by giving misleading information essential to make an informed choice when consumers acquire the insurance...

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