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  1. DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) - "I just jumped, I didn't think," said Dutchman Jasper Schuringa, who has emerged as a Christmas Day hero for his impulsive smackdown of a terror suspect who tried to blow up a US-bound airliner. Witnesses and authorities have praised passengers and crew for banding together to stop the suspect, identified by US authorities as Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23. The suspect failed to fully detonate an incendiary device containing "a high explosive" that he managed to sneak past airport security and started to ignite as the jet approached Detroit. But if Schuringa's interview with CNN is any indication, he's the one who came to the rescue of the plane's 277 other passengers and 11 crew. "I basically reacted directly," a relaxed-looking Schuringa, clad in a gray T-shirt and with one of his hands and wrists bandaged, told the news network Saturday. "When I saw the suspect he was getting on fire and I freaked of course, and without any hesitation jumped over the seats and jumped to the suspect because I was thinking, like, he's trying to blow up the plane." Schuringa was seated on the right of the Northwest Airlines Airbus 330, a few rows behind Abdulmutallab who was in a window seat on the left. He said he "reacted on a bang," and when smoke and flames started billowing from the suspect's lap he clamored over fellow passengers and tackled him. "When you hear a pop on a plane, you're awake, trust me. So I just jumped, I didn't think, and I just went, went over there and tried to save the plane, I guess." As terrified passengers screamed and the cabin filled with smoke, the level-headed Schuringa and alert crew dragged the suspect to the front and contained him, while others put out the mini-blaze with a fire extinguisher. "We took him to first class and there we stripped him and contained him with handcuffs and made sure he had no more weapons or bombs on him." The Dutchman, who US media reported was a video director and producer, said that "absolutely nothing" about Abdulmutallab suggested he would try anything sinister. "He looked like a normal guy," he said. "It was just hard to believe that he was actually going to, trying to blow up this plane." Schuringa's effort is the latest act of mid-air bravery in the United States, some of which has reached iconic status. For many the epitome of aviation heroism is represented by Chesley Sullenberger, the unflappable captain who landed his crippled US Airways jet in the Hudson River last January, saving everyone aboard. For others it is the efforts of those aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked on September 11, 2001. Passengers on that flight, having learned of earlier attacks that fateful day on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, mounted an assault to try and overpower the hijackers. The jet plowed into a Pennsylvania field, killing all aboard, and passengers were lauded for stopping what experts conclude was a terrorist attack in the making. Senior US politicians, while not mentioning Schuringa by name, hailed the passengers and crew on the Christmas Day flight who apprehended the would-be Detroit airline bomber. "We are forever indebted to the heroic passengers and flight attendants who sought to subdue the suspect," said Bennie Thompson, chairman of the homeland security committee in the House of Representatives. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement that she was "grateful to the passengers and crew aboard Northwest Flight 253 who reacted quickly and heroically to an incident that could have had tragic results." Several witnesses said a passenger tackled Abdulmutallab and helped drag him to the front of the plane. Schuringa said he burned his hands as he struggled to get the burning material out from between Abdulmutallab's legs. "I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away," said Schuringa, described by the New York Daily News as a Dutch video producer and director from Amsterdam. "I had to... damp the fire, because it was growing, and fire on a plane is not good." http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/6624189/dutch-hero-reacted-on-a-bang-to-subdue-suspect/
  2. Except if MH gets its Boeing deal would MH lose there deposits with Airbus or would they go and buy more 380's or 350's or 320NG with GTF
  3. I don't think anybody noticed but nice catch of Eva's 777W livery
  4. Wouldn't it be easier for Malaysia Help to lease 777's from SQ until 2016 so they can get there 787 or 350, I personally like to see 350 as MH will cut costs and Airbus owes a debt to Malaysia needs Help
  5. WASHINGTON (AFP) - A man who attempted to light an explosive aboard a US airplane as it landed in Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam told investigators he was affiliated with Al-Qaeda, US media reported Friday. CNN, citing a federal bulletin, said the man told investigators he had acquired the explosive in Yemen, along with instructions as to when it should be used. President Barack Obama, who is vacationing with his family in Hawaii, was notified about the incident and held a conference call with his national security team, the White House said. Sandra Berchtold, an FBI spokeswoman in Detroit, told AFP the incident was under investigation. The incident unfolded around noon local time (1700 GMT) aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which was carrying 278 passengers from Amsterdam. A spokeswoman for Northwest's parent company Delta told AFP the man tried to light what appeared to be firecrackers. "A passenger caused a disturbance on board by igniting some firecrackers," said Susan Elliott. "The passenger was immediately subdued and Delta is cooperating with authorities in the investigation," she added http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/6623004/us-airplane-incident-was-attempted-terror-attack-us-media/
  6. 1. Quote didn't Qantas cancel there 787-8 order that is a good oppotunity for MH to jump in, this means MH gets there planes before 2016. And Mh will not have to deal with ICAO sound controls, maintence and value of the plane will be bad. 2. No not BNE, PER, MEL we don't need another 330 operator we need more 747's and 777's 3. Except the reason SQ have ordered the 330 is a sweetner deal from Airbus and Singaporian deappreciaiton laws they can take advantage of say that's why you see SQ always has very good fleet age.
  7. This is a very poor decision on MH's part as MH is just going back to 2000's technology in 2020 is this what customers want in 2020, 2000's planes. I think Mh should at least order 787 or 350 as the customer will be satisfied they are trying to make a commitment to the future no the past.
  8. Those eye shades would look better on a B707, 727, 737 w/eyebrows or a DC-9 and you would have a charcter of face on a plane
  9. Except BI's flights from Australia are the opposite of Kuching they are dirt cheap.
  10. Jet Airways has got the go-ahead from the Bombay High Court to lease out three of its Boeing (NYSE:BA) 777 aircraft to Royal Brunei Airline. Earlier in May, the Court had allowed Jet to lease out one Boeing to Turkish Airlines in addition to the three leased to the same carrier. Jet needs the Court's permission each time it enters into a third party transaction. _________________ From http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic8682.html This is intresting as the the 777 could be used to fly the new services to SYD, MEL and current BNE.Then onwards the plane goes to LHR. When I was on board BI in 08 about 80 percent of the flight were people from London, going to Australia. I could see the 1 plane for LHR 2 TO BNE, SYD, MEL. aND mAYBE PER gets upgraded to a 767 as its peak season down under. Does the 777 acousition mean sunny california.
  11. Except Jetstar as well operates Airbus A330-300's and soon to be Boeing 787's
  12. It is rumoured when Boeing does its hot high testing it will be in Darwin and the 787 will tour Australia's main capitals Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adeladide, Perth, Darwin, I'm not sure on Hobart? Similar to what Embraer did to its E190 australia tour.
  13. I actually read Boeing wanted to have its first flight on one of the days of the Paris Air Show. Yeah the 787 takes off
  14. Nice 763 of NZ i'm yet to see the winglet bird as my airport doesn't get it, only 320 and 747 while it lasts
  15. Do any of you guys know how to buy any of those aircraft especially used dc-8's or b747a or B.
  16. Didn't BI use to be the emirates of the world in the 80's without expansion because I can't remember who but someone posted that onf this forum before.
  17. No No No A350's are better as Mas would save on cancellation fees
  18. Hey I was 2 meters away from the Chinese Deputy Premier a few weeks ago. I hope you guys get a few metres within Obama. Good Luck
  19. Air New Zealand's new seat-beds in economy A comfortable sleep for a small cost The worst part of being stuck in the back of a plane is the lack of sleep. Attempts to get some shut-eye during long inter-continental flights can often be impossible, especially if you're taller than 4 foot. However, Air New Zealand has proposed a new economy bed, which may be cure crinked necks and buckled knees that accompany an up-in-the-air sleep. Earlier this year, Air New Zealand told the Dominion Post that they were considering replacing cramped economy seats with sleeping pods in a bid to revolutionise air travel and stay ahead of its much bigger rivals. The airline's engineers had been given a project to think about how the concept could work Goodbye to economy sleep nightmares Now, according to Sydney Morning Herald, a comfortable snooze could be a reality as early as next April. Air New Zealand has disclosed plans to offer passengers unsold seats when they check in at the airport for conversion to a near-flat bed. While there is no indication of the exact fee charged for this privilege, the cost could be as little as $150 extra, which could earn the airline millions in revenue. Air New Zealand strategic development general manager Nathan Agnew said the airline wants to introduce an entirely new type of economy cabin when it takes delivery of its fleet of Boeing 787-9 and 777-300ER long-range jets from 2010. A source told the newspaper that the seat arrangement could involve a system in which both seats could slide forward and the seat rest would raise up so the foot room disappeared and the passenger could spread out across both seats. However, the bed would still have a slight pitch and not be completely flat as many business class cabins are these days. New seats could be a reality early next year A rough outline of the new seat-beds, came from Air NZ international group general manager Ed Sims at an investor briefing last week. The airline is also looking into economy seat-bed design to other airlines. It is not believed though that this new concept would cannibalise business class, because business travellers wanted to guarantee they could get a flat seat when they were flying and would not take the risk of waiting until they arrived at the airport to see whether any spare seats were available in economy class. Link http://au.travel.yahoo.com/special-features/air-nz-economy-beds/index.html
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