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Standing room only for 7 passengers in the aisle on a PIA flight

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Pakistan International Airlines is investigating how seven extra passengers were allowed to stand in the aisles on a flight to Saudi Arabia. The flight in question went from Karachi to Medina carrying a total of 416 passengers, on a Boeing 777 with a total seating capacity of 409, including staff seats. (www.bbc.com) More...

Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room

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Feel like your coach seat on an overseas flight is a tighter squeeze? You're probably right. Airlines already have been wedging in more passengers by swapping heavily padded seats for ones with thinner backs or reducing the distance between rows. On wide-body aircraft typically used on international flights and certain long domestic routes, some now are adding an extra seat to each row. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Boeing company uses A321 in website promo

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A Boeing company, Inventory Locator Service, yesterday posted an Evolution of Boeing graphic on its website that traces key points in Boeing’s history. There was a problem, however: the airplane at the top of the graphic, which was photo-shopped with Boeing 737 identification, was an Airbus A321. (leehamnews.com) More...

What's clipped Air New Zealand's wings as profit drops 24 per cent

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Air New Zealand is sticking to the script of airline economics. As sure as a carrier has a good year, one not so good will surely some time follow. And for the national carrier, that year has come. It's six-month result to December 31 was hardly a wipe out, it was the second best first half result in the company's history. But following record results last year the slide in half-year profit is conspicuous Pre-tax profit fell 24 per cent to $349 million as revenue slid 3 per cent. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Flying Kangaroo’s bounce brought down a notch

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QANTAS’s bottom line has withstood a 25 per cent blow to profits for the first half of 2016-17 as cheaper oil drove down airfares on international routes. The Flying Kangaroo has posted a $515 million after tax profit, down from $688 million for the previous corresponding period. The underlying profit before tax was a bumper $852 million, down 7.5 per cent on the previous half-year. (www.dailytelegraph.com.au) More...

NZ could host Singapore's fighter jets at Ohakea

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Singapore is eying Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential base for one of its own Air Force squadrons of F15 fighter jets. Up to 500 people would be stationed in or near the base in the region. Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed that the Singapore Government in undertaking a feasibility study to determine what the move would entail, including housing and education needs of family. That study needed to be completed befo (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Lufthansa to fly Airbus A350-900s to Mumbai from April

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German flag carrier Lufthansa today said beginning this summer it will fly Airbus A350-900s to connect Munich with Mumbai. From April 16, Mumbai will be the third destination worldwide to welcome the newest long haul aircraft A350s on the Munich-Mumbai route, it said in a statement. (www.dnaindia.com) More...

Betsy, A Beer Brewed Specifically To Be Enjoyed While Flying At 35,000 Feet

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Betsy is a beer brewed by the Hong Kong Beer Company in collaboration with Cathay Pacific airlines. Betsy was named after Cathay Pacific's first plane (a Douglas DC-3 that operated in the 1940's and 50's) and is brewed specifically to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. (geekologie.com) More...

Only “perfect” Flight-Attendants for international routes at Aeroflot?

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Russian airline Aeroflot has blocked “old, fat and ugly” female flight attendants from working on international routes, according to staff. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Emergency declared aboard Icelandair flight

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FI440 originated in Keflavík with 160 passengers onboard. An emergency was declared yesterday morning onboard Icelandair flight FI440, approaching Manchester Airport. That was done to ensure priority landing, since fuel was running somewhat low after two failed landing attempts, Vísir reports. (icelandreview.com) More...

Norwegian 'shaking up transatlantic travel' with launch of ultra-low-fares flights

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The head of one of Europe's largest low-fares airlines has promised to shake up the Irish transatlantic market after launching 17 ultra- low-fares flights from Ireland to the US - including the first direct transatlantic route from Cork Airport. (www.irishexaminer.com) More...

The Truth About Basic Economy Fares (and How to Avoid Them)

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American Airlines was one of the last major airlines to implement this change, announcing a basic economy fare in early 2017. With this fare, you’ll get a seat on the plane. However, you won’t be able to check or carry on a bag, and you’ll have to board the plane last. Lastly, you won’t earn as many miles as you would with a regular main cabin fare. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

FAUB on the job: Watch robots work with mechanics to put together Boeing 777 jets

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Automation isn’t just a job for the robots: It takes flesh-and-blood workers to make robotic manufacturing work, as shown in a new video about the machines that set fasteners on Boeing’s 777 jets. (www.geekwire.com) More...

OPINION: The New Air Canada Livery Makes Me Hate Myself!

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NO! Okay. There. I said what we were all thinking as Canadian AvGeeks. I just can’t. I am not a fan of Air Canada’s new look. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room

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The result: a little less elbow room that may mean battles over armrest turf on your next flight cross-country or abroad. When Boeing introduced its wide-body 777 in 1995, most airlines placed orders for aircraft with nine seats across in coach. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

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