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Ask the Captain: Is scraping the tail while landing a big deal?

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Question: I was riding as a passenger on a 737-900ER, according to the safety card, and when we landed, we did a small bounce and had to get airborne again. On our second landing attempt, we apparently struck the tail. How bad is this? The crew member said that this airplane is too long and is prone to experience this. Why is it designed this way? (www.usatoday.com) More...

DC10-30 engine blades found in soil Emenonville forest paris

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Two bush walkers of Turkish decent stumbled on a large round aircraft turbine blades buried in the soil in the Emenonville forest which were bent and some of the blades broken last week. The find was reported to the Turkish aviation air crash team. Forensic testing had found that it was part of the Turkish airlines flight 981 which crash in the forest killing all 346 passengers and crew on 3 March 1974. The two people had strolled into the forest not knowing this was the area or site where the… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Why Aren't There More Female Airline Pilots?

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It’s a sad fact, but it’s a rarity to find women in the aviation industry. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada, says that women make up just 5% of its 53,000 members. Globally, it’s even worse — only 4,000 of the 130,000 airline pilots are women, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. (www.forbes.com) More...

CEO: A350 XWB takes Ethiopian Airlines ‘to the next level’

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Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type. It is also the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s first Airbus aircraft in its 70-year history. “Adding the A350-900 to the fleet means the company is now moving to the next level. Our A350 and Boeing 787-8s are next-generation aircraft,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW at the delivery ceremony in Toulouse. (atwonline.com) More...

First CSeries aircraft is delivered to SWISS Jun 29, 2016

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Bombardier will deliver the first CSeries aircraft to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), at ceremonies in Montreal Wednesday. The June 29 delivery marks an important milestone in an aircraft program beset with technical problems, delays and difficulty securing customers. (atwonline.com) More...

F-35 completes first transatlantic flight on delivery to UK

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Marines forces on either side of the Atlantic have depended on air support from the versatile AV-8B Harrier jump jet and its marvelous Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capability to lift into flight without a runway. But the venerable aircraft has slowly been phased out in favor of the upcoming F-35 Lightning II fighter plane, which will come in a VTOL-equipped 'C' version. Despite scandals over its bloated budget and delayed schedule, the first F-35B intended for the UK has just finished… (www.engadget.com) More...

Ghost fares' haunt travelers

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Craig Keffer is haunted by ghost fares. He recently caught wind of a fare sale from Los Angeles, his home airport, to Denver. But when he tried to book the seats at the advertised $136 fare, the site notified him the fare was no longer available and that he'd have to pay another $20 to fly. "You can't trust an airline," says Keffer, a purchasing manager based in Fullerton, Calif. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Customers Will Be Fighting for This Middle Seat

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Newly-designed "SpaceX" business class middle seat has privacy, is wider than the aisle seats and has a 28" 4K TV! (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Bombardier Delivers First CS100 to SWISS - Media Flight Report / Ceremony Coverage

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Bombardier has marked today a major milestone in the CSeries family aircraft program, with the handover to launch operator SWISS of the first of 30 airliners on order. The event also included a media flight report with key executives onboard. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Key Takeaways from Embraer’s EJets-E2 Program Update

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Luis Carlos Alfonso, Chief Operating Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation hosted a presentation to discuss the regional jet manufacturer’s “clean sheet design” initiative, first begun in 2011, which became the E2, based on the successful platform of the EJets First Generation - the E1. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Frequent-flier guide: What you’ll earn per flight on five U.S. airlines

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In 2015, Delta made the term award “mile” a misnomer when it transitioned to a revenue-based program, awarding fliers according to how much money they spend on flights instead of how many miles they fly. It didn’t take long for United and American to follow suit. Only one major U.S. carrier, Alaska, still sticks to the traditional award structure. (www.usatoday.com) More...

London for $639? Yes, British Airways is having a 'Brexit' fare sale

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Is British Airways having a "Brexit" fare sale? That's the vibe from the carrier’s in-progress three-day fare sale to London. British Airways is courting American customers by saying: “Your dollar has never gone further, and with our amazing 3 day sale you can see even more of London! “ As for the details, economy fares are available for as little as $639 round-trip from New York. Fares are slightly higher from “select” other BA gateways in the USA, including Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare,… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Incident: Emirates B773 at Hamburg on Jun 13th 2016, flaps up landing

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An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration A6-EGK performing flight EK-61 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Hamburg (Germany), was on approach to Hamburg's runway 05 descending through about 2800 feet when the crew initiated a go-around due to problems with the flaps. The aircraft entered a hold at 4000 feet while the crew worked the related checklists and prepared for flaps up landing. The aircraft subsequently positioned for another approach to runway 05 and landed safely at a higher… (avherald.com) More...

Air hostess: BA made me feel like a prostitute

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London – An air hostess said she was made to feel like a “prostitute” by British Airways as they forced her to wear high heels and make-up to look “sexy”. Ruth Campion, who worked as cabin crew for nearly two years, revealed that women were made to use lipstick and told to make their hair less frizzy. Miss Campion claimed BA made its dress code for women ‘sexier’ after 2010…. (airlinenews.in) More...

Accident: Ryanair B738 enroute on Jun 23rd 2014, turbulence injures 5 occupants

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ENB performing flight FR-4398 from Dublin (Ireland) to Reus,SP (Spain) with 163 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Reus' runway 25 when the crew requested an ambulance and medical services to meet the aircraft upon landing reporting severe turbulence along the route had caused bleeding injuries to two passengers, three cabin crew were injured as well. The aircraft landed safely on runway 25. On Jun 24th, 2014 the airline reported the aircraft… (avherald.com) More...

American Airlines A320 Catches Fire Prior to Departing Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) — American Airlines says their maintenance team is inspecting an airplane that caught fire as it prepared to take off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday, but there was no immediate word on the cause. Spokesman Ross Feinstein says flames were reported coming out of the auxiliary power unit in the rear of the aircraft while it was leaving the gate. (airlinenews.in) More...

Love that new plane smell? Airlines getting fresh air, adding to fleets

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U.S. airlines have been on a shopping spree as they stock up on new planes to replace aging aircraft in their feets. Hundreds of planes are expected to enter service over the next several years, boosting airlines' performance through increased range, better fuel efficiency and more seats (aviationsquad.com) More...

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