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Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

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Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month. Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Most Incredible Air to Air Footage

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A must watch! There's a lot of great air-to-air footage out there, but sometimes you see something and just say "WOW". This is one of those videos. Wolfe Air, maker of this incredible video, is the self-proclaimed leader in aviation cinema. They shoot using a Lear 25B, Cessna Skymaster and A-Star helicopter. (www.boldmethod.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Non-Stop Service to Beijing

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Hawaiian Airlines announced the beginning of new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing. The service operates three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Inmarsat to Offer Airlines Free Tracking Service

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Satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC plans to offer basic tracking services free of charge to airlines, its chairman said, in the strongest sign yet of the aerospace industry's intentions to enhance monitoring abilities for commercial jets after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (online.wsj.com) More...

Swiss to Offer Special In-Flight Services for Travelers with Allergies

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Swiss International Air Lines announced it is tailoring some of its in-flight services and amenities to the special needs of travelers with allergies. The airline has begun to offer lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options to passengers with allergies, and will also allow these passengers to request allergy-friendly snacks. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’ - Air and Sea Search for Flight 370 Could End This Week

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Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed.. Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years. ... The agency also reported Thursday that the underwater search area has been “significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Piper introduces the Archer DX - Diesel

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Piper Aircraft yesterday launched a diesel version of the Archer at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany powered by a Continental/Centurion 2.0S jet-A compression-ignition engine. Piper and Continental have already completed flight testing of the prototype in Germany, leading to an EASA STC in Europe and clearing the way for deliveries to start early next year. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Boeing nets more than double Airbus' orders for new planes in 1Q 2014

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Boeing said on Thursday it had won 275 gross orders or 234 net orders in the first quarter. Airbus ended the quarter with 158 new orders or 103 net orders after adjusting for cancellations. Some suggest the dramatic drop-off at Airbus is related to a deliberate attempt to decrease and/or completely eliminate the smaller A350-800 variant, in favor of a reengined but much older A330neo, that might be announced later in the year. (www.reuters.com) More...

Spirit responds to 'most-complained about' label

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Spirit Airlines is responding to a report last week that found it to be the most-complained about U.S. carrier. The carrier is also offering a $24 discount to "celebrate" the "99.99% of our customers (who) did not file a complaint with the Department of Transportation in 2013." (www.usatoday.com) More...

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

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Aeromexico announced plans to inaugurate all-Dreamliner service on flights to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning this week. The move will increase the airline’s capacity on its Mexico City-London flights by 40%. Flights will operate out of Terminal 4 at Heathrow, which is dedicated to airlines that are members of the SkyTeam alliance. Aeromexico’s Dreamliners have 32 fully lie-flat seats in Clase Premier, the airline’s business-class cabin. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

European Commission gets tough on FAB implementation

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The European Commission has launched the first infringement proceedings against European Union (EU) member states it believes are impeding progress on the Single European Sky (SES) through their failure to implement Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs). In the first phase of the EU’s infringement process, the Commission has issued letters of formal notice to Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg—which together with Switzerland make up the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central… (atwonline.com) More...