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Boeing Forecasts Demand for 36,770 New Airplanes Valued at $5.2 Trillion

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Boeing forecasts that 8,600 new airplanes will be needed in the twin-aisle segment, led by small widebody airplanes in the 200 to 300 seat range such as the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner. This year's forecast reflects a continued shift in demand from very large airplanes to efficient new twin-engine products such as the 787-10 and new 777X. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

JetBlue Launches Automatic, Mobile Check-In

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JetBlue Airways announced that it is now offering new services and options designed to streamline the check-in process to certain passengers depending on seating assignment. As part of the new procedure, passengers receive their ready-to-print boarding pass via e-mail 24 hours before their scheduled flight, rather than having to check in and access their boarding passes through the airline’s website. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Why Pilots Hate the Idea of Cameras Watching Them Fly

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If search teams ever find the wreckage of Malaysia Flight 370, a significant shortcoming of the plane’s black boxes system could revive a proposal that’s been kicked around for 14 years: Putting cameras in cockpits. (www.wired.com) More...

New Boeing 737s to get innovative Space Bins, increasing cabin capacity by 48 percent

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Space Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar. Space Bins will arrive on all next-generation 737 and 737 Max airplanes delivered to Alaska Airlines starting in late 2015. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

Shipwreck hunters make rare find in Lake Ontario: Plane that went down in '53

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They hunt shipwrecks for fun, but explorers Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens recently added a new category to the list of discoveries they've made on the floor of the Great Lakes: a C-45 Air Force plane. (www.foxnews.com) More...

U-2 "Dragon Lady" Preflight & Takeoff (Video)

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Airmen from the the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron preparing a U-2 for launch at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (youtu.be) More...

Photo analysis shows Iraqi warplanes likely sent from Iran

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Warplanes recently delivered to Baghdad are most likely from Iran, and many are believed to be Iraqi jets flown into Iran during the first Gulf War by pilots seeking refuge from American attacks, according to analysis by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Emirates takes delivery of its 50th Airbus A380

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A major milestone for the A380 programme, Emirates and Airbus today celebrated in Hamburg, Germany the delivery of the 50th A380 for the Dubai-based airline. It is the 136th A380 which has been delivered in total. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

Flight crashes into building in Florida

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Amazing that no one was killed or more seriously hurt! A plane has crashed through the roof of a ‪‎Titusville‬ business, but those aboard only suffered minor injuries. (www.wftv.com) More...

What It's Like to Photograph F-16s... From Another F-16

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It's hard to imagine someone not describing what Sergeant Larry Reid Jr. does as a dream job. Once you see what he does, the images he captures and the joy on his face as he explains his process, part of you (no matter who you are) kind of wishes you were him. With two cameras strapped around his neck firing shots off while his pilot banks at seven G's, Sergeant Reid is living the dream. (fstoppers.com) More...

Boeing studying impact of 737 fuselage derailment

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A freak transport error threatens to derail Boeing 737 production temporarily, raising questions once more about supply chain vulnerabilities as commercial aircraft production rates climb ever higher. Boeing was still evaluating as this article went to press the impact of a train derailment in Montana on 3 July that dislodged six 737 fuselages en route to final assembly in Renton, Washington, from the Spirit AeroSystems factory in Wichita, Kansas. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Banner plane collides with parasail carrying 2 young boys

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The sign from a banner plane ripped through two parasailers' parachute last weekend, forcing them to make an emergency landing. The parasailing pair are brothers who were visiting from Virginia for the Fourth of July. Their fun took a turn for the worse when one of the boys saw the plane coming straight towards them. The two boys went out with the North Myrtle Beach Parasailing crew. As they were up in the air, they noticed the plane flying very close to them. The… (www.wfsb.com) More...

Emirates locks down order for 150 Boeing 777X jets: 115 x 9X and 35 x 8X

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Emirates has signed on the dotted line for 150 of Boeing's new 777X jet, finalising an order worth a staggering US$56 billion at list prices, with purchase rights on an additional 50 777X aircraft. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Radical new economy airline seat design could end knee-crush

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Award-winning designer James Lee reckons his Meerkat concept seat could save your knees and your sanity, even on the longest flight. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

United Reports Flat Traffic for June, But Q2 Prasm is Up

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United Airlines announced operational results for June 2014. The Chicago-based carrier said its consolidated traffic was virtually unchanged year-over-year, while its consolidated capacity increased 0.8%. The airline’s consolidated load factor was down 0.6 points compared to June 2013.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

PICTURE: A350 performs crosswind tests in Iceland

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Airbus has been continuing performing testing of the A350-900 with a series of crosswind handling trials at Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport. Its MSN1 test aircraft arrived in Keflavik from Toulouse on 3 July, says the airframer, with testing starting the same day. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air New Zealand considers Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350, plus second 787-9 order

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Air New Zealand will run the ruler over both the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 as replacements for its current long-range Boeing 777 fleet, the airline revealed today. Also in the mix is a second batch of 787-9s with more premium seating for the North American market. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Pilot of delayed plane orders pizza for 160 passengers

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A Frontier Airlines pilot whipped out his credit card and ordered pizza for 160 passengers on a diverted flight from Washington DC to Denver. Severe thunderstorms saw the flight change course and touch down in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with the food on board having been depleted. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Spirit Airlines Gives Away One Billion Miles

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Delays, fees and legroom generate a lot of negative feelings and social media buzz about airlines. Who doesn’t have an epic tale of flying hassles and pain? Spirit Airlines gets it and is helping everyone get rid of their hate by giving away up to one billion FREE SPIRIT® miles to those who feel wronged by an airline. (airnation.net) More...