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Bluefin Mission 7 Marks Halfway Point in Flight 370 Sea Floor Search

Australian officials announced Sunday that the underwater search has covered “approximately 50%” of the highly targeted search area, adding that nothing from Flight 370 has been found.
Bluefin 21, the autonomous underwater vehicle tasked with the search of the sea floor for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, completed its seventh mission Sunday having covered approximately half of the “focused underwater search area” according to Australian authorities.  To date, it has not …

Malaysian Officials: Hunt for Flight 370 at ‘Critical Stage’

Malaysian Officials: Hunt for Flight 370 at ‘Critical Stage’

The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is at a ‘critical’ stage, according to Malaysian officials, as Australian officials announced a plan to end underwater searches for the jet’s flight data recorders within a week.
The narrowing of the search is at a very critical juncture,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense and acting transport minister, at a news conference Saturday.
“Whatever happens in that period, we will then regroup and …

Newark Airport Shuts 1 of 3 Runways for Repaving and New Taxiways in $100 Million Project

Newark Airport Shuts 1 of 3 Runways for Repaving and New Taxiways in $100 Million Project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it has shut down one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s two main runways for repaving and the creation of four new taxiways.
One of the new taxiways will allow incoming aircraft to exit the runway and get to a gate faster, while the other three will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, thereby …

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’

Thursday's search area

Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed..  Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years.
The hunt for Flight 370 started almost immediately after the plane disappeared from radar …

Chevy Cruze Diesel Named Diesel Car of the Year

The Diesel Driver's Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

NEW YORK — Readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, a sister publication of Frequent Business Traveler, named the Chevrolet Cruze the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, the first time an American automobile has attained the honor.
The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker and garnered an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast.
Chevrolet was named the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year, receiving 45% of …

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month.
Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia.
The airline originally ordered 12 Airbus A350-800s, the smallest version of the airframe …

Report from the New York International Auto Show

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NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will run through April 27.
The show highlights the rapidly increasing pace of change …