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How to fight the California wildfires with a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet

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Step inside (which you can do in the interactive 3-D model below) and you'll see that the upper floor looks pretty normal, with the cockpit and a few seats. Head down the stairs to the main floor, though, and you'll see the key changes its owner, Global Supertanker LLC, made when it converted the Japan Airlines passenger plane to a firefighter in 2016. (www.wired.com) More...

Canada doesn't buy Fighter Aircraft from Boeing

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This is not an airliner news and normally shouldn't be mentioned here on "Airliner Watch". But it is strictly related to the airliner wars between Boeing and Bombardier, and makes the headline. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) More...

Qatar Airways releases the inaugural flight video of its first A350-1000

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Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 launched its maiden flight on December 10, 2017, before a scheduled delivery at the end of the month. Qatar Airways has released a video of the inaugural flight. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

CBS DFW Story: Concerns Raised About Passenger Safety Over Foreign Repair Work

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The labor union representing American Airlines mechanics and ground crews has hired a firm run by the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate if foreign repair work on planes is putting passengers at risk. (dfw.cbslocal.com) More...

Airbus remains upbeat about A-380 superjumbo despite two-year sales drought

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A two-year sales drought for the flagship A-380 superjumbo may have increased pressure at Airbus to keep the programme flying, but the European plane maker remains upbeat about its long-term prospects. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

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The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. (www.reuters.com) More...

Watch: Southwest Airline Passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane’

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A woman was caught smoking on a flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday resulting in an in-flight freak-out and threats to “kill everyone on this plane” when she was escorted to law enforcement upon landing, Southwest Airlines confirmed. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines will fly Airbus A380s to London again

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Malaysia Airlines will continue to fly its Airbus A380s to London as the airline steps back from plans to spin off the superjumbos into a new airline dedicated to Islamic pilgrimages. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

The Safest Seat On A Plane, According To Studies Of Crash Data

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Air travel is the safest form of transportation. In 2016, for the seventh year in a row, exactly zero people died from plane crashes on U.S.-certified scheduled airlines. Experts estimate your overall odds of perishing in a plane crash are well into the millions. But curious travellers may still wonder about the safest place to be in the event of a very unlikely accident. The answer, it turns out, depends on the type of crash you’re in. (www.msn.com) More...