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The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) announced this afternoon that new entrant into the flights market, ScandaSky, must cease marketing its services and stop marketing itself as an airline.

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The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) announced this afternoon that new entrant into the flights market, ScandaSky, must cease marketing its services and stop marketing itself as an airline.

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In July last year, we said Malaysia needs to review Malaysia Airlines - Boeing deal because of political issues. Now, there's another reason to look at it.

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There's history: Malaysia Airlines's fleet used to be almost entirely Boeing. Because there were almost no components common to more than one Boeing model, stocks of parts were enormous and that translated to vast amounts of capital tied up in warehouses. AirAsia, however, like many low-cost airlines, capitalised on the fact that there are many common parts across the Airbus A300 series which means that stock costs (and the space to keep them) can be significantly smaller. Malaysia Airlines began to restructure its fleet. Then, at the height of the 1MDB scandal, the government-linked flag carrier announced it was going to buy Boeing again. And then something interesting happened in the 1MBD investigation in the USA. Current PM Mahathir and his graft-busting team need to take a look at what went on.

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Almost every couple of weeks, we hear that Airbus is not achieving orders, that its order book is depleted, that if it doesn't get orders soon it's going to crash and burn. The biggest comments are directed at the biggest aircraft: the A380 with "no new orders, A380 is a failure" being the general drift.

But here's the thing: Airbus has orders in abundance: indeed, it could not satisfy its existing orders within a year if it tried.

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A Sri Lankan man, legally in Australia, released from a psychiatric hospital yesterday morning was under arrest within hours for making threats aboard a Malaysia Airlines aircraft that had just left Melbourne. The aircraft turned back after passengers overpowered him. Australian police are in wonder at the bravery of the passengers and their resilience at the disruption of their travel.

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Malaysia is no stranger to the type of aircraft accident where a plane skids off the runway. It's barely news because low speed slithering in very wet conditions puts the plane part way onto the grass and after it's been towed out and the undercarriage checked, it's back to business as usual. So why has Saturday's incident at Sibu take so long to clear and why is there concern to ensure a "thorough investigation"?

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