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Qatar Airways has ordered two Boeing 747-8 Freighters, and added another four Boeing 777-300ERs to its orderbook

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Qatar Airways has ordered two Boeing 747-8 Freighters, and added another four Boeing 777-300ERs to its orderbook. The Oneworld carrier's chief executive Akbar Al Baker hinted during a 25 September press conference that the airline could potentially order a third 747-8F, citing strong demand in its cargo business. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: 60 cm Panel Falls from KLM 777 onto Car on Departure from Osaka, Japan

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A panel weighing around 4 kg fell off a plane shortly after takeoff Saturday at Kansai International Airport and hit a car on a road in Osaka, the transport ministry said. No one was injured by the object. The ministry will send safety inspectors to look into the cause of the mishap, officials said. The panel, about 60 cm long and 1 meter wide, fell from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane that took off at 10:40 a.m. Saturday for Amsterdam, according to the Osaka bureau of the Land, Infrastructure,… (www.timesofisrael.com) More...

In-flight Netflix will be available on more airlines in 2018

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Netflix's in-flight streaming is available through a few carriers around the world, but it's far from a staple of air travel. More often than not, technological limitations will force you to download that new show before you leave home. It could be far more common going forward, though. Netflix is launching an initiative that will use its mobile device encoding technology to make Netflix accessible on aircraft that don't always have the luxury of fast satellite internet access. (www.engadget.com) More...

No More Flying With Reindeer: Alaska Airlines Set to Retire Its Boeing 737 Combi

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Alaska Airlines is retiring its last four combi planes, special Boeing 737-400s designed to carry cargo in the middle of the plane and 72 passengers in the rear, company vice president Marilyn Romano told The Associated Press ahead of this week’s unveiling of the first of three new cargo planes for the state. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

In pursuing trade case, Boeing is willing to risk defense orders

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Even in the sometimes illogical world of trade law, Boeing’s complaint against Canada’s Bombardier is quirky. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Drone hits military chopper over Staten Island

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An army black hawk helicopter was struck by a drone at approximately 500 feet over a residential neighborhood on Staten Island. The helicopter, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was in New York City for the United Nation patrol. A piece of the drone bounced off the rotor and became lodged in the aircraft. (abc7ny.com) More...

British Airways pushes planes with remote-controlled vehicles

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From renewable fuels to eco-friendly airplane tugs -- British Airways is interested in decreasing its ecological footprint. The airline has just announced the roll out of five new Molotok remote-controlled electric vehicles that can push back aircraft from the gate. These eco-friendly vehicles replace the standard diesel tugs that you typically see at airports so that a single ramp agent can push an aircraft out with a little control device worn on their belt. British Airways claims that it is… (www.engadget.com) More...

Picture: Badr B737 at Khartoum on Sep 24th 2017, bird strike

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A Badr Airlines Boeing 737-500, registration C5-BDB performing flight J4-341 from Damazin to Khartoum (Sudan), was on final approach to Khartoum when a falcon impacted the aircraft's radome with the remains coming to rest inside the aircraft's nose causing internal structural damage. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Atlas B747 at Hong Kong on Sep 24th 2017, immediate wrong turn after takeoff

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An Atlas Air Boeing 747-800 freighter on behalf of Cathay Pacific, registration N856GT performing freight flight CX-86 from Hong Kong (China) to Anchorage,AK (USA), was in the initial climb out of Hong Kong's runway 07R around 23:45L (15:45Z) being handed off from tower to departure when the crew initiated a premature right hand turn (avherald.com) More...

Dubai tests a passenger drone for its flying taxi service

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Dubai was serious when it said it wants to be first in the world to offer a flying taxi service. That's why on Monday, it staged a maiden test flight for one of its potential taxis: a two-seater, 18-rotor unmanned flying vehicle made by German firm Volocopter, which is backed by fellow German company Daimler. The automated vehicle, which lifts and lands vertically like a helicopter, whisked Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed away for a five-minute flight 200 meters above a patch of… (www.engadget.com) More...

Embraer targets CRJ700 operators with new E175-SC

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"Seventy seats is where we see the bread and butter going forward," Embraer head of North American sales and marketing Charlie Hillis says on 25 September. (www.flightglobal.com) More...