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MC-21-300 commercial airliner has completed maiden flight

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On 28 May, 2017, the maiden flight of MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of the flight was 30 minutes at the altitude of 1000 meters, at the speed of 300 km/hour. The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and controllability, and also the controllability of the power plant. (mc21eng.irkut.com) More...

UK jets dispatched to intercept Russian planes near its airspace

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Britain's Ministry of Defense says it dispatched two fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian planes that approached its airspace. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that two Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in north east Scotland on Saturday morning. (www.bbc.com) More...

Incident: Asiana B747 at Brussels on May 27th 2017, gear door remained open

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An Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration HL7413 performing freight flight OZ-588 from Brussels (Belgium) to Seoul (South Korea), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting the left hand main gear doors did not close (avherald.com) More...

French officials are investigating whether an iPhone and iPad played a role in a terrifying plane crash that killed 66 people

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French investigators are looking into the possibility that a pair of Apple mobile devices caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in 2016. According to a report by Le Parisien, French officials have ordered an investigation into whether the plane was brought down by a fire resulting from overheated mobile devices. Officials say an Apple iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the flight's first officer may have been plugged into an improper socket in the plane's cockpit — possibly causing a… (www.bigbozz.com) More...

British Airways and Iberia adopting GDS booking surcharge

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British Airways and Iberia will implement a $10 surcharge per "fare component" on bookings through the GDS, beginning Nov. 1. The carriers, both owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced the policy in a letter to U.K. travel agents. (www.travelweekly.com) More...

Emirates First Class Flight + Lounge Review New York – Dubai (JFK-DXB)

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Introduction: The following is a guest post from Dara who scored first class tickets on Emirates. Really looks like a fantastic experience! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to snag two first class seats on Emirates flagship JFK-DXB-LUS (Lusaka, Zambia). The DXB-LUS leg was also in first class but the aircraft, a Boeing 777, was not as impressive as the A380. Therefore, I will focus this review on the JFK-DXB leg. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...