100 days after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, authorities confirmed that pings heard in the Indian Ocean did not belong to that plane. This adds uncertainty and gives a nasty blow to the investigation. The research is already the most expensive in history. Malaysia has spent $ 8.6 million so far, Australia $ 84 million addition to the considerable sums spent to search the remaining cooperating countries. The families of the missing are raised $ 5 million to encourage anyone with information to give it to the authorities. IATA has asked the aircraft industry to change and improve aircraft tracking systems. In the wake of the crash of Air France Flight 447 of the French authorities issued a series of recommendations among which was an increase of 30 to 60 days the autonomy of tracking systems of CVR and FDR. Another problem arises from the payment of insurance as none of the passengers was pronounced dead so far. Malaysia Airlines began to pay a fraction of the maximum possible until you know what will be the total to pay.
United Airlines today announced that the company will make changes to its MilagePlus program in 2015. Members will earn award miles based on their ticket price rather than distance flown.
Beginning March 1 2015, members will earn award miles based on the price of their ticket – specifically the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges – and their MileagePlus status. Members will earn five miles for every dollar spent, while those with MileagePlus Premier status will earn the following on their base fare and carrier surcharges:
Status level on day of departure on or after March 1, 2015
Brazil's Gol airlines will use a 4-per cent biofuel mixture to power 200 flights this month and next as the Latin American nation hosts the 2014 football World Cup. The biokerosene flights show “that it is possible to reduce emissions voluntarily though technological innovation,” Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said during Gol's presentation of the initiative. Biokerosene can cut emissions of CO2 by up to 80 per cent, according to Gol, South America's leading low-cost carrier.Carbon emissions are seen as the main driver of man-made climate change.
“The issue of climate is particularly important,” Teixeira said, touting Brazil's efforts to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
The possibility of using biofuels in aviation has been a focus of research for some time. Gol used biofuel last October for a flight from Sao Paulo to Brasilia, a first for Brazil's aviation industry. The Brazilian unit of US-based Amyris developed the fuel.