• Airbus Faces Manslaughter Charges

    Airbus faces manslaughter charges over the 228 passengers and crew killed when Air France Flight 447 went down off the coast of Brazil in 2009. Preliminary charges have been laid by a judge in France to begin a formal investigation into the European aerospace giant.

  • International Tourism Recovers Strongly in 2010

    Good news. International tourism recovered strongly in 2010 . Consumer demand for leisure travel improved with the worldwide number of outbound trips up 7% on to 711 million after a 4% drop in 2009, according to preliminary results from IPK International’s World Travel Monitor presented at the ITB Berlin Future Day on...

  • Major Earthquake Strikes Japan Triggering Tsunami

    A major earthquake measuring 8.9 has struck the north east of Japan triggering a massive tsunami. There is a tsunami warning across the whole Pacific with Hawaii in iminent danger in the next few hours. The west coast of the US, South America, Australia, China and Russia are all on alert. 4...

  • IATA Issues Gloomy Forecast for Global Aviation

    IATA issued a gloomy forecast for global aviation saying total airline profits would be significantly less than originally forecast. As late as December IATA – representing some 230 airlines – was arguing carriers around the world would make $9.1 billion in profits but have scaled this back to $8.6.

  • Ken McTague Visits Christchurch

    Ken McTague, Operations Manager of ATS Pacific visited Christchurch to assess the situation. He advises that damage is widespread in all suburbs East and North of the CBD. The airport area and south were relatively unaffected. The CBD has extensive liquifaction and structural damage to most buildings. Extensive Demolition work is taking...