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Stacking them deep and selling them cheap: Frontier Airlines to put 230 seats on new Airbus A321s

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Frontier Airlines, which has remade itself into an ultra low-cost, low-fare carrier, said Tuesday it is ordering more aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

A380 does not work for United: CFO

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United Airlines chief financial officer John Rainey says the Airbus A380 “doesn’t really work” for the airline’s network, driving its preference for smaller widebodies like the Boeing 787. “We’ve looked at that and we are looking at it right now [but] it just doesn’t really work for us,” he says on the European superjumbo in an exclusive interview with Flightglobal in Chicago today. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA to Pilots: Keep Transponders On While Taxiing

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Safety Alert for Operators 15006 was published by the FAA last week to ensure that pilots realize the need to keep their aircraft transponders turned on to the altitude-reporting mode even when operational on the ground in airport movement areas. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Wheels Up Launches Plane-Sharing App

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The goal is to be able to offer a ride-sharing membership pricing tier that would cost travelers around $5,000 a year to join and then as little as $500 an hour to trade cramped airline aisles for the high-flying comfort of a private airplane seat. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Sonex factory aircraft crashes; two fatalities reported

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Sonex factory demonstrator N123SX crashed just east of Wittman Field, in the Oshkosh Corp. parking lot. Both occupants were killed; no names have been released yet. (www.thenorthwestern.com) More...

Implications Of A United Airlines A380 Superjumbo Order

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There has been a rumor that has come from reliable sources at United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) that states the company is in intermediate stages in ordering the Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger aircraft. Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) is reportedly going to be giving United two A380 aircraft on a trial basis that were originally destined for the now bankrupt Skymark Airlines of Japan. (seekingalpha.com) More...

FAA Implements New Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) Program

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A new FAA national initiative known as the Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) program will identify airport risk factors that might contribute to a runway incursion and develop strategies to help airport sponsors mitigate those risks. (www.faa.gov) More...

Racehorses Travel In Style By Air

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About 2,000 horses fly a year aboard planes for H.E. "Tex" Sutton Forwarding Company, according to Greg Otteson, head of sales and scheduling. The equine air transport company, based in Lexington, handled American Pharaoh's flight Tuesday. (www.newsday.com) More...

PICTURE: Vietnam A350 performs maiden flight

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Airbus has started test flights with a second customer’s A350-900, with the first jet for Vietnam Airlines having completed its maiden sortie. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft is to be delivered to the carrier in the “middle of the year”, says the airframer. Vietnam Airlines is leasing the A350 from AerCap and plans to deploy it initially on the Hanoi-Paris route. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

757 ecoDemonstrator tests non-stickwing coatings to improve fuel efficiency

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NASA and Boeing is testing non-stick coatings on aircraft wings that reduce drag created by bug guts, and help reduce aircraft fuel consumption. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Hello, Beijing: American Airlines to put Boeing 787 on its first international route

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With nearly a month of practice behind it, American Airlines will put its new Boeing 787 on its first international route Tuesday – Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing, China. Flight 89 is scheduled to take off at 11:20 a.m. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

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