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Attention passengers, this is your flight attendant speaking, can you hear me?

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Twenty years ago, when I first started flying, almost every passenger said hello during boarding. Oh how times have changed. Now when I stand in front of the boarding door and say good morning most people don’t even respond. They don’t even look at me. They just stare straight ahead and keep on walking. Those who do say hello stand out. To get a hello WITH eye contact is rare, so rare, in fact, it almost makes me feel uncomfortable. That’s how bad things have gotten. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Analysis: JetBlue Is Better Off Without Virgin America

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This was an excellent quarter for JetBlue, and over time, they dodged a bullet in not acquiring Virgin America (airwaysnews.com) More...

Boeing reveals state tax breaks: $305 million in 2015

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Boeing saved $305 million in state taxes last year, thanks to Washington’s suite of aerospace tax incentives granted by lawmakers to keep the company building jets here. (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

When someone dies on a flight this is where they put the body

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With more than 3 billion people hopping on and off flights every year, it is inevitable that people die while flying. However unpleasant the subject may be, it’s a reality numerous cabin crew, pilots, and passengers face every year. “Considering the sheer volume of people who fly every day and the growing number of elderly people who fly, I’m surprised it doesn’t actually happen more often,” commercial airline pilot Patrick Smith told Business Insider. (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Kalitta Air adds maiden B767 freighter

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Kalitta Air (K4, Detroit Willow Run) has taken delivery of its maiden B767-300(F) following its conversion into a freighter with Bedek Aviation Group, the MRO arm of Israel Aerospace Industries (Tel Aviv Ben Gurion). (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Delta is rolling out RFID luggage tags by the end of summer

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In an honorable attempt to make air travel slightly less terrible, Delta announced a new program this week that will track of checked baggage via paper RFID tags. The program will replace the familiar barcode stickers that currently get slapped on checked baggage, and RFID readers at various points along a bag's journey will read the tag's radio signals to insure each piece of luggage is on headed to the right place. Delta expects to equip 344 airports with RFID readers by the end of August and… (www.engadget.com) More...

SA Express grounded due to "serious safety" concerns

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority says it has suspended feeder airline SA Express’ Air Operator Certificate due to non-compliance with safety issues. The regulator says the suspension, effective immediately, follows a series of non-compliance issues. (traveller24.news24.com) More...

Boeing 777X: Everything you need to know about the world's biggest passenger airliner

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You might have read the news recently about the giant new engine GE was testing for a new Boeing passenger jet billed for 2020 reputed to be the biggest in the world, but what exactly is in the hangar? Join IBTimes UK as we bring you everything you need to know about Boeing 777X, hailed as the biggest and most efficient twin-engine jet ever. (aviationsquad.com) More...

Kept on plane after vomit bug hits

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Doctors in masks and white gowns boarded an Air New Zealand plane grounded in Auckland after passengers and crew on board fell ill, a woman who was on the flight says. Five passengers and one crew member became ill on board flight NZ281 from Singapore, which landed at Auckland International Airport on Friday night. A spokeswoman for Air New Zealand said one of the people on board was taken to Middlemore Hospital, as a precautionary measure. The plane landed at 10.35pm and passengers were not… (www.airnewslive.net) More...

20 of the most bizarre things flight attendants have seen in their line of duty

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From experiencing the thrill of adventure to taking amazing vacations at little or no cost, there are a lot of unique perks to being a flight attendant. But the job comes with its challenges as well. Delays and flight cancellations, 4 a.m. wake-up calls and sporadic hours, weekends and holidays spent working, and long work commutes top the list for many. Flight attendants are also privy to a wide array of human behaviors, some of which would challenge anyone’s people skills. (www.airnewslive.net) More...

Delta follows CSeries deal with A321 order

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Delta Airlines has ordered 37 more Airbus A321s, disclosing the deal a day after it committed to 125 Bombardier CS100s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Norway helicopter crash.

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Norway helicopter crash: British national among 13 presumed killed in aviation disaster near Bergen. The aircraft was a Eurocopter EC225 and was flying from Gullfaks B" oil platform. (www.flightradar24.com) More...

7 Things Every Pilot Learns During Instrument Training - S

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There’s nothing like popping out of the clouds, at minimums, right above the runway. Training toward your instrument rating not only makes you a safer, more confident pilot, but lets you use the full capability of the national airspace system. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

ATR appear to have revealed a new corporate livery.

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ATR appear to have revealed a new corporate livery. (www.planespotters.net) More...

Baby born on Jetstar flight named Jet Star.

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Baby born on Jetstar flight named Jet Star. The baby was born on a Jetstar Asia flight to Burma. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

3 Incredible Features of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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More and more airlines are relying on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – such as United Airlines and American Airlines. One PMM reader shares with us their favorite features of this plane! This is a long-haul aircraft largely used for international flights. The plane has been on the market for a few years, with more deliveries on the way. Here are three unique features of one of Boeing’s most advanced aircraft: (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Why You Should Be Dating A Flight Attendant

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As Tennessee Williams once wrote, “When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.” While Tennessee Williams wrote some of the most brilliant words mankind could have possibly have read at the turn of the twentieth century, he was certainly unaware of the struggles dating, or actively trying to pursue a relationship with a flight attendant would be like. (www.ondair.net) More...

China Eastern signs for 35 A350s and 787-9s

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China Eastern Airlines has signed for 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s as part of a long-haul fleet modernization programme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

LATAM Airlines Group unveiled new livery.

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LATAM Airlines Group has unveiled its new aircraft livery featuring its new branding. The carrier's updated livery features its new logo against an all-white fuselage and its new corporate colours of indigo and coral on the tail. LATAM will operate the first flight of an aircraft in the new livery - a Boeing 767 - on a special flight from Rio de Janeiro to Geneva on 1 May, to collect the Olympic torch ahead of Brazil hosting the Olympics this year. The aircraft will return to Brasilia on 3 May,… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The five things you should stop doing on planes

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THERE are plenty of things we know we shouldn’t do on flights, like ignoring the seatbelt sign, hogging the bathroom, or using someone else’s seat as our own personal footrest. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

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