Lady plonks herself on AirAsia premium seats, argument erupts

An argument erupted on an AirAsia flight when a passenger forcibly upgraded herself to the premium seats. The 22-second video of the argument between the lady and another male passenger uploaded by Bruce Lam has gone viral on social media. The video showed a man in a white shirt shouting at a woman who was…

I was fighting for AirAsia, says Fernandes

Wearing a white T-shirt, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes walked into a meeting room at klia2 the other day and dropped a bombshell: “We have renamed klia2 as LCCT2.” Is he serious? A Jalil Hamid and Bilqis Bahari write to share: Before I could say anything, he said as he walked into the room for an…

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators: AirAsia chief

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators to streamline a fragmented safety framework and ensure common standards for aircrew training in the booming industry, AirAsia’s group chief executive officer said. The patchy airline safety record of Indonesia, the largest country in the region, has been in the spotlight after an Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 crashed into…

Investigator dreads listening to last words of AirAsia pilot

Despite being an investigator for almost two decades, analysing the Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be one of the toughest challenges for Nurcahyo Utomo, who knew the pilot personally, according to a report in the New Straits Times Online, quoting viva.co.id. Investigators are often unnerved with having to hear the repeated desperate pleas to God…

Overcrowded skies, risks high

The sheer volume of flights in the skies over Southeast Asia is putting pressure on outdated air traffic control and on pilots to take risky unilateral action in crises such as that possibly faced by AirAsia flight QZ8501. Pilots who have flown the Indonesia to Singapore route say it’s not unusual for delays to requests to increase altitude to avoid bad weather —…