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Elderly flight passenger throws coins into engine for ‘luck’, delays take-off for hours

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A flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed after an elderly woman passenger was suspected of throwing coins into the plane’s engine to ensure “good luck”, mainland media reported. (www.scmp.com) More...

Thai Airways Aims to Buy Almost 30 Planes to Modernize Fleet

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Thai Airways International Pcl said it plans to modernize its fleet by replacing almost 30 older aircraft over the next five years, adding to the climbing demand for planes in Asia. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

American Airlines looks to the IBM Cloud to end travel hell

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American Airlines is looking to IBM to help put an end to terrible airport experiences. The airline is starting to move its online services to IBM's cloud network, beginning with its website, apps and airport kiosks, as well as a handful of internal processes. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

NASA's supersonic X-plane project passes key milestone

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Those still nostalgic about the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight just came a step closer. NASA says that its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project has passed its preliminary design review (PDR), opening the way for design and construction of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) X-plane. (newatlas.com) More...

The World's Top Airline Stock Is SpiceJet With 124% Advance

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Two and a half years after SpiceJet Ltd. was forced to ground its entire fleet on its inability to pay a mere $2.2 million in fuel bills, the budget airline has become the world’s best-performing airline stock -- with $26 billion in plane orders to boot. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Delta expands Comfort+ to regional flights

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Aligning with Delta’s focus on improving choice for customers and enhancing the on-board experience, the airline is now continuing to expand Delta Comfort+ on some of its regional aircraft, adding more Delta Comfort+ seats on its E-175, E-170, CRJ-900 and CRJ-700 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines Orders Ten Additional A350-900 Aircraft

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Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development of its fast expanding long-haul route network. Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease. Today’s order tops-up the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s fleet, enabling it to pursue its… (aviationtribune.com) More...