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

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...

FAA to officially rule on flight-sharing services

There's been a lot of debate about the legality of flight sharing services like FlyteNow and AirPooler, but AirPooler has officially requested the FAA's legal interpretation to put the matter to bed. (techcrunch.com) More...

JetBlue Launches Automatic, Mobile Check-In

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...

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

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)

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

PICTURE: A350 performs crosswind tests in Iceland

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...

Two Men Charged For Nearly Crashing Drone Into NYPD Helicopter Over George Washington Bridge

Two Manhattan men were arrested and arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges early Monday after they piloted a drone that almost struck an NYPD helicopter flying over the George Washington Bridge, police said on Tuesday, forcing the police chopper to steer off course in order to avoid a crash. (www.hngn.com) More...

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

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...

Radical new economy airline seat design could end knee-crush

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...

Pilot of delayed plane orders pizza for 160 passengers

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...

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

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...

Spirit Airlines Gives Away One Billion Miles

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...