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First A321neo Successfully Completes First Flight

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The A321neo begins its flight test campaign ahead of its delivery, expected to take place at the end of the year. (airwaysnews.com) More...

FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) More...

British Airways to start Stansted flights

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British Airways is to begin flying from Stansted for the first time this summer. The airline announced today that it will begin flights from the Essex airport to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza from May 28. (e-spaces.eu) More...

Video Detailing Dubai Baggage Handling

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This video follows the path of a piece of luggage through the inner workings of Dubai International Airport (www.youtube.com) More...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) More...

Commercial aircraft get their first global emissions standard

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Ground-based vehicles have had emissions standards for a while (just ask Volkswagen), but commercial aircraft like passenger jets? Not so much. However, the world just took one big step toward cleaning up the skies: a total of 23 countries have agreed to set the first international carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft. If the measures are adopted as recommended, new airplane models will have to meet the tougher guidelines in 2020. New aircraft from existing model lines will… (www.engadget.com) More...

Gol Suspends Venezuela Service On Currency Dispute

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Brazilian airline Gol has suspended operations to Venezuela's capital Caracas until it can settle a dispute over the transfer of money out of the country. The money is being held in Venezuela under the country's strict currency controls, a system that has led other airlines to take write-downs on Venezuelan operations or suspend ticket sales and service to the country. (news.airwise.com) More...

This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

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THE AIRCRAFT PARACHUTE IS one of the coolest aviation safety technologies of recent years. In the event of trouble—an engine failure, a collision, loss of control—yank a lever, watch a chute blast out of the fuselage, and float safely to the ground. (www.wired.com) More...

Testing Times for London City

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London City Airport (LCY) is facing a series of challenges as it seeks to expand. (airwaysnews.com) More...

PICTURE: Airbus starts final assembly of A350-1000

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Airbus has commenced final assembly of the A350-1000, the stretched version of the airframer’s long-haul twinjet. The -1000 under construction at Toulouse is one of three which will be built for flight tests due to begin this year. It has been transferred to the Station 50 point for fuselage join and fitting of the nose-gear, before being sent to Station 40 for wing mating and installation of main landing-gear and other structures. (www.airbus.com) More...

Porter Airlines denies report it's shopping for a buyer

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The company that operates Toronto-based Porter Airlines has denied a report that it is looking for a buyer. The Globe and Mail, citing "people familiar with the plans," reported Tuesday that the search process is underway and there is no guarantee it will result in a deal. The paper said the company's financial backers "have been actively looking for an exit strategy through a sale." (www.cbc.ca) More...

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

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The average distance between rows of economy class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. (iStock) - See more at: http://www.airlineupdates.net/a-very-pro-consumer-reform-could-make-minimum-sizes-for-airline-seats-a-real-thing/#sthash.ZMsH9bC1.dpuf (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

I flew business class across the world on a top-rated airline and came home on Delta — here's how they stacked up

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Thanks to a last-minute booking, I recently flew to Bangkok, Thailand, on one airline and returned to New York City on another. It gave me the chance to experience business class with two different companies. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

WesJet looking at job cuts because poor economy in Alberta

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is bracing for a prolonged downturn in the Alberta economy with actions that could include job reductions, chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky says. “We are having to look at some voluntary programs to shrink the size of the business,” Mr. Saretsky told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Tuesday. The collapse in the price of oil that has battered the Alberta economy has taken a bite out of WestJet’s revenue, has caused a major shift in capacity out of that… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Aeroméxico apologies after religious incident

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Aeromexico prevented actor-designer boarding flight to New York after disagreement over removing his Sikh headwear for security search Waris Ahluwalia, the Indian-American actor and designer barred from a Mexico to New York flight because of his turban, has said he is satisfied with the airline’s apology. Aeromexico issued a statement on Tuesday saying: “We apologise to Mr Waris Ahluwalia for the unfortunate experience he had with one of our security guards during the boarding process prior to… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Newest airliner heading for Auckland

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Grant Bradley Aviation, tourism and energy writer for the Business Herald Newest airliner heading for Auckland 3:00 PM Tuesday Feb 2, 2016 Save Like on Facebook64 Twitter0 Post on LinkedIn0 +1 on Google+0 Airlines Aviation Business Business Travel The Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft during its stopover at Auckland International Airport. Photo / Brett Phibbs The Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft during its stopover at Auckland International Airport. Photo / Brett Phibbs Cathay Pacific is on… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

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