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cabin-services-worldwideA few days ago we remembered the tragic disappearance of flight MH370 one year on. On Friday March 04, Singapore Civil Aviation Authority announced the establishment of new rules to improve the tracking of its aircraft.

The new rules state that position reporting must now take place at intervals of 15 minutes throughout the duration of the flight, on flights carrying more than 19 passengers.

Cargo aircraft weighing more than 45,500 kg will also fall within the scope of the new rules.

Rules will come into effect from July 01 2016, when operators will need to track aircraft by manual or automatic means. From November 2018, only automatic tracking will be acceptable under the new requirements.

Last night the French authorities confirmed the debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion did indeed belong to the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 Boeing 777, seventeen months after it tragically disappeared from radar.

In a press conference, the Malaysian Prime Minister said that he has ‘shared the pain of those who could find no comfort,’ and offered the families of the 239 passengers on board MH370 his ‘deepest sympathy and prayers.’

It is believed that the search for the flight recorder will now be shifted to include the area of the Indian Ocean where the wreckage has been found. There were reports last year from the Maldives Islands of sightings of a passenger jet flying low over the islands in the early hours of the day flight MH370 went missing.

As the ICAO official said last month, the case cannot be closed until the plane is found. Today’s news will hopefully bring the authorities a step closer to its conclusion.

Aircraft Wing Part Could be From MH370Part of an aircraft wing that washed up on the shores of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean has been sent to a military testing facility in Toulouse, France this weekend.

The wreckage, believed to be part of a wing measuring approximately 8ft, will be analysed by aviation experts to confirm whether it is indeed a part of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared from radar contact last March, as many suspect.

An air safety investigator from Boeing has confirmed that the part has been identified as a flaperon from the edge of a Boeing 777 wing. It has also been confirmed that flight MH370 is the only Boeing 777 that is missing. Only three 777’s have crashed since 2013, according to an aviation security expert, one in the Ukraine and one in the U.S. The wreckage found last week indicates that the third is indeed in the Indian Ocean.

The inquiry will begin in France on Wednesday.

Aviation Industry NewsAn official from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has said that the case for missing flight MH370 cannot close until the plane is found, despite spiralling costs as the search continues.

Until conclusive evidence can be uncovered about the whereabouts or the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft, then search efforts, currently led by Australia will continue.

The search has cost an estimated U.S. $11 million since it began in March last year and the ICAO maintain that the responsibility for the search must remain with Malaysia, China and Australia.

There is still no evidence to suggest the reason for the aircraft losing radar coverage, and the ICAO are no closer to knowing whether it was a safety issue, a security or a technical issue.

Mr Raymond Benjamin, secretary-general for the ICAO said, “Without the wreckage, we don’t know.”