Month: June 2012

Newly Delivered Malaysia Airlines A380 Reveals New Livery Before Inaugural Flight

Newly Delivered Malaysia Airlines A380 Reveals New Livery Before Inaugural Flight

Airlines, Headline
Initially delivered on May 29th 2012, Malaysia Airlines new A380 has received a new livery celebrating the carrier's new Flagship official launch next week. The carrier which had accepted its first plane of the type from Airbus in Toulouse last week is feverishly awaiting the aircraft introductory flight on the Kuala Lumpur-London route on July 2nd. Powered with four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, Malaysia Airlines A380 is fitted with a flat bed-equipped First and Business Class. Together with the Economy class, the aircraft would allow 494 passengers to travel in utmost comfort at ranges greater than 8,300 nautical miles (15,300 kilometres). Operating in a neighborhood where Singapore Airlines A380 has endured in establishing highest standards of A380 Premium flight, Malaysia Airlines...
Russia To Field New Longer Range Missile For Its S-400 Air Defense Systems

Russia To Field New Longer Range Missile For Its S-400 Air Defense Systems

Defense, Headline
RIA Novosti News Agency reported June 28th 2012 that a new longer range missile for Russia's potent S-400 'Triumf' Air Defense system was nearing service entry. Quoting Major General Andrei Dremin, head of the Russian Air and Missile Defense Command, the report indicated that the new missile which had already undergone trials was likely to appear with units already equipped with the highly capable S-400 platform. The S-400 Triumf Air Defense System is one of the world most capable system and Russia's best. According to the article it is currently strategically deployed with four regiments guarding the Moscow's sector, the Baltic approaches and the Eastern region. Built by Almaz Antey Joint Military Concern, the S-400 Triumf (designated SA-21 Surface to Air Missile (SAM) consists of seve...
MD-83 Crashes Onto Populated Neighborhood In Lagos, At Least 153 Fatalities

MD-83 Crashes Onto Populated Neighborhood In Lagos, At Least 153 Fatalities

Airlines, Headline
  A MD-83 belonging to Nigeria's carrier Dana Air conducting a domestic flight between Abuja and Lagos crashed Sunday afternoon while on approach to Lagos Murtala Mohammed International Airport. All 147 passengers and 6 crew on board the aircraft along with an as yet undetermined number of people on the ground were presumed dead. The crash took place in a densely populated of Lagos, the country's largest city where about 15 million people live. According to various witnesses accounts, the plane crashed onto a 2-storied building after coming in very low with its engines screaming minutes before 4:00 pm local time. Citing Nigeria's aviation minister, AFP reported a distress call had been issued by the aircraft's pilot at about 3:43pm. The aircraft was at that time located 11 nautical...