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Airlines preemptively cancel 200 flights for Wednesday

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Airlines scrapped more than 210 flights for Wednesday -- one of the USA's busiest air travel days of the year -- all before the clock struck midnight on Tuesday. (www.usatoday.com) More...

In Russia, you are the tug!

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Interesting video of a stuck Tupolev. The passengers really didn't want to stay in this balmy place! (www.cnn.com) More...

The Airport Frustration Index

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This interactive report scores airport frustration for US airports looking at the commute, time at the terminal and rate of on-time departures.Kind of fun in a clunky way. No surprise that wintry airports have fewer on-time departures. (www.businessweek.com) More...

There's a better way to board an airplane

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‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There’s stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding, where people and their myriad belongings clog the gate area, standing between you and your departure. (mashable.com) More...

AirAsia X to restart London flights, also eyes Hawaii

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AirAsia X plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and London almost three years after it abandoned the route, and is also "exploring Hawaii" according to outspoken airline CEO Tony Fernandes. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Fraport-led consortium wins 40-year concession for 14 Greek airports

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A consortium led by German airport management company Fraport in partnership with Greece’s Copelouzos Group has been selected as the preferred investor for a 40-year operating concession for 14 regional airports in Greece. (atwonline.com) More...

Phenominal video of helicopter working near high-tension wires

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Watch the copter pilot work as he maneuvers to avoid the electric lines but maneuver close so worker can complete task. (www.facebook.com) More...

A-10s will support war against ISIS

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The plane, also known as the "Warthog,” provides close air support for ground troops. The A-10 fighter squadron arrived in Southwest Asia between Nov. 17 and 21 with "several" jets. (thehill.com) More...

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

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Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 have started surfacing in the general media. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

New Airbus in Asian tour

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Airbus flew its new A350 XWB to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport for the first time yesterday as part of a five-city Asian demonstration tour. The A350-900 MSN5, a flight test aircraft, will make a special. (www.bangkokpost.com) More...

The 13 biggest misconceptions about finding low airfares

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This is the biggest myth of all. Airfares can change minute-by-minute and day-by-day, as can seat inventory at the lowest fares. This is especially true now that consumers can put non-refundable fares on hold for 24 hours with no-penalty cancellation. If someone buys the cheapest seat on the plane at 11 a.m. on a Thursday and cancels at 10 a.m. on Friday, that seat might go back into inventory and can be yours if you happen to be searching at 10:10 a.m. The trick to finding low airfares is to… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Chinese regional jet takes flight, but future remains unclear

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China's first homegrown passenger jet took to the skies at an air show this week, but with most of the demand coming from China itself, it's unknown whether the plane can find success in the global market. (asia.nikkei.com) More...

188 House members urge Norwegian Air rejection

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The Scandinavian company has said it will be able to offer transatlantic flights for as low as $150 each way if its effort is approved by the Department of Transportation. (thehill.com) More...

German deputy minister calls on airlines to lower fuel surcharges

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Airlines should lower their fuel surcharges to reflect a recent decline in oil prices, Gerd Billen, Germany's deputy minister of justice and consumer protection, said on Tuesday. "Airlines have justified price increases with high fuel costs for a long time. If kerosene prices decline, that should be passed on to customers," he told Reuters. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Cats used in £750,000 heroin smuggling attempt at Heathrow

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A man has appeared in court for using cats to smuggle heroin with a street value of £750,000 through Heathrow airport. Staff at the Heathrow Animal reception Centre raised the alarm after they noticed one of the crates was unusually heavy when empty, last Friday (www.getwestlondon.co.uk) More...

Incident: Ryanair B737 near Dublin on Nov 25th 2014, loss of instrument power

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DCP performing flight FR-5772 from Dublin (Ireland) to Glasgow,SC (UK), was climbing out of Dublin when the crew stopped the climb at about FL225 reporting they had lost instrument power on the left hand panel and were able to only use autopilot B. The crew decided to return to Dublin, that had low visibility procedures in effect with ATC reporting Category III approach conditions prevailing, entered a hold to work the procedures and landed safely on… (avherald.com) More...

Hurricane Gonzalo smashes into Bermuda

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The eyewall of Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda on Friday evening, knocking out power to 80 percent of the island's electrical grid and becoming the strongest storm to hit the tiny Atlantic island chain in a decade, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...