On board Malaysia’s first Legacy 500

    Would you step into an aircraft with “666” as part of its registration – the number of the beast for those who are superstitious – let alone fly in it? Malaysia’s first Embraer Legacy 500, a midsize business jet made by Brazil’s Embraer, arrived at Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru (JHB) after a long ferry flight from São José dos Campos around mid-March. With triple sixes in the aircraft’s registration, the USD20 million private plane is the first medium cabin business jet with digital flight controls, based on fly-by-wire technology. It can fly at 45,000 feet and is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines, touted as the “greenest” in…

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    Why Cathay Pacific loses money, according to John Slosar

    Dear John, we are going to break something to you, as gently as we can. What we are going to say may upset you and your colleagues at that most august of airline abode in Hong Kong – Swire Pacific. Anyway, here it goes: the airline business has changed, Hong Kong has changed and Cathay Pacific Airways has not, from the look of it, embraced change. Swire Pacific, the airline’s parent company, appears averse to change. The chairman of Hong Kong’s flag carrier, John Slosar, on March 14 attributed Cathay Pacific’s consecutive annual losses – its first since the airline was formed in 1946 – on over-capacity and declining yields which, he lamented,…