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Planes race to fresh MH370 search zone after 'credible new lead'

A multinational fleet of planes and ships raced Friday to a fresh search zone after a "credible new lead" that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was flying faster than first thought before it plunged into the remote Indian Ocean. Ten aircraft from six countries -- Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States -- diverted to an area 1,100 kilometres (685 miles) northeast of where they have been looking for a week, far off western Australia.

Canadian pilot helps in search for lost Malaysian Airlines jetliner

As he strides across the tarmac at the Australian air force base that's launching search efforts for the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner, the Canadian flag on Capt. Mike MacSween's left arm stands out against his army-green flight suit. The Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, on exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force for the last year and a half, is one Canuck playing a part in the massive effort to find any debris from the plane that vanished nearly three weeks ago.

ANA orders 70 planes including 20 Boeing 777-9Xs

By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's ANA <9202.T> placed its biggest ever order of 70 new planes, including 20 Boeing <BA.N> 777-9X wide-body jets in a move bringing relief to the U.S. planemaker which lost a major Japan Airlines <9201.T> order to rival Airbus last year. ANA's 1.7 trillion yen ($16.62 billion) order includes six Boeing 777 aircraft and 14 medium-sized Boeing 787-9 aircraft, as well as 30 single-aisle jets from Airbus' <AIR.PA> A320 family.

Thai satellite finds 300 objects in Indian Ocean search area for jet

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 27 (EFE).- A Thai satellite has spotted about 300 objects in a section of the Indian Ocean located about 200 kilometers (321 miles) from where an international team searched on Thursday for wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which crashed earlier this month with 239 people aboard. The search had to be called off due to bad weather in the area, officials said.

Thai satellite finds 300 objects in Indian Ocean search area for jet

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 27 (EFE).- A Thai satellite has spotted about 300 objects in a section of the Indian Ocean located about 200 kilometers (321 miles) from where an international team searched on Thursday for wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which crashed earlier this month with 239 people aboard. The search had to be called off due to bad weather in the area, officials said.

Storms ground MH370 air search after new debris sighting

Thunderstorms and gale-force winds grounded the international air search for wreckage from Flight MH370 on Thursday, frustrating the effort again as Thailand reported a satellite sighting of hundreds of floating objects. The Thai report was the second in two days suggesting a possible debris field from the crashed jet in the stormy southern Indian Ocean. But a major air and sea search has frustratingly failed so far to secure any wreckage confirmed to have come from the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane which went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

Storms ground MH370 air search after new debris sighting

Thunderstorms and gale-force winds grounded the international air search for wreckage from Flight MH370 on Thursday, frustrating the effort yet again as Thailand reported a satellite sighting of hundreds of floating objects. The Thai report was the second in two days suggesting a possible debris field in the stormy southern Indian Ocean from the crashed jet. But an international air and sea search has frustratingly failed so far to secure wreckage confirmed to have come from the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, which went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

Japan's ANA orders 40 Boeing, 30 Airbus planes worth $16.4 bn

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Thursday it would buy 70 new planes worth $16.4 billion, with almost half from Airbus in a move that marked a victory for the European aircraft maker as it tries to prise open the lucrative Japanese market. The airline will buy 40 aircraft from Boeing, its major supplier, and one that has had a virtual stranglehold in Japan for decades, and 30 from Airbus to expand its fleet ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a statement said. The order includes 14 of Boeing's troubled Dreamliner as well as 20 units of the 777-9X, and six 777-300ERs.

China-Malaysia tourism hit by MH370: state media

A major Chinese tour operator is breaking ties and cancelling bookings with Malaysia Airlines while another is seeing country reservations drop as travellers grow wary after Flight MH370's disappearance, state media reported Thursday. China Youth Travel Service said it will suspend new bookings with the airline and change currently booked itineraries that include the carrier to alternative firms, the state-run China Daily newspaper said, quoting a statement by the agency which was founded by the Youth League of the ruling Communist Party.

Storms ground MH370 search after new debris sighting

Thunderstorms and gale-force winds grounded the international search for wreckage from Flight MH370 on Thursday, frustrating the luckless effort yet again just as new satellite images of floating objects sparked hopes of a breakthrough. It marked the second suspension within three days for the planes and vessels from several nations that have fought a losing battle against fierce winds and mountainous seas in the remote southern Indian Ocean as they hunt for hard evidence that the plane crashed.
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