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Job cuts planned as Boeing hunkers down to compete with Airbus

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"We will start reducing employment levels beginning with executives and managers first,” said company spokesman Doug Alder. “We will also use attrition and voluntary layoffs. As a last resort, involuntary layoffs may be necessary.” Boeing Machinists getting annual bonus of 3 percent Performance formula yields bonus close to previous year's level “The overall employment impact will depend on how effectively we bring down costs as a whole, (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Plane Lands Safely In Los Angeles After Declaring Emergency

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines plane has landed safely after declaring an emergency and diverting to Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the plane landed and taxied normally late Thursday morning and firefighters were not needed. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Flight 564 declared the emergency while flying from San Jose, California, to Phoenix. Airport spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Flexjet Places Order for 20 of Aerion's $120 Million Supersonic Jets

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Aerion also announced that its partnership with Airbus Group has grown, and the company is now looking for a site to build a manufacturing facility. (robbreport.com) More...

Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Check Out The Blue Angels' Picture-Perfect Super Bowl Flyover From Inside the Cockpit

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Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem sung last Sunday at the start of Super Bowl 50 has been widely reviewed as one of the best ever. During the crescendo, the Blue Angels added a little backup noise as they screamed over Levi Stadium in their iconic diamond formation. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

EAA 2016 Skiplane Fly-in

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EAA had another successful skiplane fly-in this year. (www.youtube.com) More...

The note that could have sparked disaster

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It turns out the note wasn’t meant for him, and the flight attendant had mistaken him for an air marshal. It’s standard procedure for air marshals to be notified of other armed passengers on a flight. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probes Boeing

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly accounted for the costs and expected sales of two of its best known jetliners, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The probe, which involves a whistleblower’s complaint, centers on projections Boeing made about the long-term profitability for the 787 Dreamliner and the 747 jumbo aircraft, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the investigation isn’t public. Both planes are… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

200 jobs cut at Bell Helicopter

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MONTREAL – Bell Helicopter is laying off an additional 200 employees at its Mirabel assembly plant north of Montreal because of ongoing challenges in the aerospace market. The subsidiary of U.S. aerospace company Textron (NYSE:TXT) said the move flows from its earlier decision to cut production at the plant. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Qatar Airways Ranked As One of the World’s Most Valuable Brands

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Qatar Airways has been ranked as one of the world’s most valuable brands for the first time, becoming the only Qatari company to be represented in the 2016 top 500 global brand ranking..... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

British Airways’ female flight attendants have found a clever way to skirt a ban on trousers

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In the face of tightening security measures and budget cuts, airlines have tried to maintain a sense of old-world glamour by requiring their employees to follow strict uniform requirements. - (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Boeing 777 with Russian tourists catches fire above Dominican Republic

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A Russian Boeing 777-200, en route from the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana to Moscow, returned to the departure airport due to an engine failure. (airlinenews.in) More...

UA-6517 returns to Tucson (AZ) with smoke onboard

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A Skywest Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United Airlines, registration N705SK performing flight UA-6517 from Tucson,AZ to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 73 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Tucson’s runway 11L when the crew, still on tower frequency, announced they needed to turn back to the field, then donned their oxygen masks and reported they had smoke in the cockpit, there were 73 people on board, tower understood 33 people on board. Tower cleared the aircraft to land on runway… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

United Airlines to send 757-300 on LaGuardia-Denver

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UNITED starting March 2016 is adding Boeing 757-300 operation on Denver – New York La Guardia route, operating 5 times a week. From 04MAR16, the 757-300 will operate late-afternoon departure from Denver, morning from New York. Planned operational schedule for the week of 04MAR16 as follow. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Qatar Airways to offer direct flights to Maputo, Mozambique

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Qatar Airways will upgrade to non-stop B787 Dreamliner service three times weekly between Doha and Maputo, Mozambique, effective March 27th, 2016. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Raven Air launches Sarasota-Key West flights

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Visitors to Florida will soon be able to enjoy a flight connection between two of the states’ most popular destinations. Effective February 15th, 2016, Raven Air is launching flights from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to Key West (EYW). (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

WestJet not interested in CSeries

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. The 100- to 150-seat C Series, which is scheduled to carry its first passengers during the second quarter, is too small for WestJet’s mainline service and too big for its Encore regional network, which uses the turboprop Bombardier Q400 plane, Mr. Saretsky said during a meeting with The Globe and Mail’s… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Long Beach Airport awards three airlines with slots

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Southwest Airlines could soon fly out of Long Beach. The Long Beach Airport received three letters of interest from air carriers requesting a share of its nine additional slots, city manager Patrick West said in a memo to city council members and obtained by the Gazette. The deadline for requests was Monday, Feb. 8. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

This 17 Year Old Built a Full-Scale Cessna Cockpit Simulator in His Bedroom

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There are very few things in existence as worthy of obsession as flying. Piloting a machine thousands of feet above the assurances of solid ground, bouncing and bobbing along like a boat sailing the sky itself, is the purest pleasure that technology is capable of offering this side of actual orbit. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Airbus Airbus A-350-900 at Limoges on Feb 9th 2016, runway excursion during backtrack

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An Airbus Airbus A350-900, registration F-WXWB (this aircraft registration has been involved in zero other incidents and/or accidents and Airbus has been involved in 1 incidents reported on this site) performing a demonstration flight AIB-8WB from Chateauroux to Limoges (France), landed on Limoges' runway 21 and slowed safely. While turning around at the turn pad at the threshold runway 03 the nose gear went off the paved surface of the runway disabling the aircraft. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Porter De Havilland Dash 8 (400) near Toronto on Jan 14th 2016, hydraulic leak

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A Porter Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration C-GLQQ (there are currently a total of zero reports registered for this aircraft and the airline Porter itself has been mentioned in 28 accidents or incidents) performing flight PD-384 from Chicago Midway,IL (USA) to Toronto City,ON (Canada) with 27 people on board, was climbing out of Chicago Midway when the crew noticed the #2 hydraulic system quantity was decreasing. Approaching Windsor (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Canada Embraer ERJ-190 at Winnipeg on Jan 17th 2016, could not retract landing gear

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An Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190, registration C-FHNW (we have totally 2 listed reports for the aircraft registration within the report and Canada is featured in up to 11 incidents or accidents so far) performing flight AC-295 from Winnipeg,MB to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 89 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Winnipeg when the landing gear would not retract but remained down and locked. The crew aborted the climb and returned to Winnipeg for a safe landing. On Feb 10th 2016 the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Cheaper flights as seats double

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Air New Zealand has doubled its capacity for flights to and from Rotorua and Auckland, and is promising cheaper fares for travellers. In February last year Air New Zealand started moving from using all 19-seat Beechcraft aircraft between Rotorua and Auckland to a mix of Beechcraft and the larger 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft. From today, the route will move to all scheduled 50-seat services - offering 2000 seats a week, which is double the capacity on the route when the airline operated… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Fares to US dip below $400

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Some air fares to the United States have dipped below $400 and one travel agent says they will continue to stay low. House of Travel says the $399 one-way Air New Zealand fares to Los Angeles and San Francisco are the lowest it has offered. The fares are limited to times outside the school holidays. House of Travel commercial director Brent Thomas said there had been very competitive pricing from other airlines in the past six months. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Virgin Australia profit soar as oil falls

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Virgin Australia has reported an underlying profit of A$81.5 million for the first half of the financial year, helped by falling oil prices. The before tax result was an improvement of $71.3 million on the first half of the 2015 financial year. The airline - 26 per cent owned by Air New Zealand - said it was benefiting from the fall in oil prices, which are now at 12 year lows. "The group's net benefit from changes in the price of oil, taking into account the adverse impact of foreign… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

United makes Australia its first 'all-Dreamliner' destination

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United Airlines will upgrade its daily SYD-LAX and SYD-SFO flights from Boeing 777-200s to Boeing 787-9s next month, making Australia the airline's first 'all-Dreamliner' market. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Southwest ‘intends’ to fly from Long Beach

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Southwest Airlines appears to have won access to California’s capacity controlled Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Kalitta Air to diversify fleet with Boeing 767F

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Kalitta Air relies on a fleet of 747 freighters for the long-haul flights it is known for, carrying large payloads, including heavy machinery, delicate medical equipment, perishable foods and even livestock. So what’s with the 767s the cargo carrier is now purchasing? 767s may be the go-to freighters for the integrators, but they’re rare in the general freight world. The answer is a combination of fleet maintenance requirements and a strategy shift at the Michigan-based carrier. The time is… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

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