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FAA proposes ban on large electronics in checked baggage

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While most of us probably keep our laptops and other large electronics in our carry-on bags, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still wants to avoid the risk associated with exploding lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold of passenger aircraft. According to an official FAA document uploaded by PetaPixel's Michael Zhang, the agency is proposing a ban on large personal electronics (anything bigger than a cell phone) in checked baggage. (www.engadget.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to start service to Hawaii in 2018

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Finally, it looks like Southwest Airlines will start service to Hawaii in 2018. More competition on those routes is a good thing! (www.msn.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney to reveal GTF engine fix soon

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Your descriptU.S. airplane engine maker Pratt & Whitney is close to outlining a fix for problems with the combustion chamber lining in its new Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, which have hit deliveries of Airbus A320neo planes, a person aware of the issue told Reuters.ion or brief synopsis here . . . (www.nasdaq.com) More...

Widerøe announced as launch carrier for the Embraer E2

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Embraer scheduled (18-Oct-2017) delivery of the first E190-E2 aircraft (LN-WEA) to Widerøe for Apr-2018. Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO John Slattery stated: "From the beginning the E2 program has been, and remains on time, on budget and better than the initial specification. We'll deliver to the market a mature and robust aircraft". (centreforaviation.com) More...

Embraer Announces Order for Six A-29 Super Tucano for an Undisclosed Customer

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Embraer announced today a firm order for 6 (six) A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft from an undisclosed customer. The aircraft can be used for tactical and advanced training as well as light attack and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions. Deliveries will be concluded in 2018. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Hawaiian Seeking Airbus A330-800neo Alternatives: CEO

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Hawaiian Airlines confirms it is considering acquiring other aircraft types instead of the six Airbus A330-800neos it currently has on order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

OPINION: Why New Models Are Good For Airline Industry

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Compiling Flight International’s annual World Airliner Directory – the first part of which appears in our 24-30 October issue – is often a repetitive task. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

VIDEO: Mid-2018 Deliveries Targeted As Airbus A330neo Flies Its Maiden Flight

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Airbus on 19 October kicked off the A330neo's three-aircraft 1,400h flight-test programme which should lead to certification and first deliveries of the initial -900 variant in the middle of 2018. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

OPINION: Is Airbus The Winner in Bombardier CSeries Trade Dispute?

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Whatever Bombardier’s goal was for launching the CSeries programme nearly a decade ago, it certainly was not to shepherd both the CS100 and CS300 into service before handing them over as relatively mature products, free, to Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Investigators Seek Details Over Missile-Launcher Photo

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Investigators pursuing a criminal case over the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine are seeking information about a new image of a mobile missile launcher. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

China Southern to Take 38 Boeing Jets Including 777s

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China Southern Airlines has agreed to order eight Boeing 777-300ERs as well as 30 737 Max 8 jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Ponders Restart of 767-300ER Passenger Line

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Boeing is nearing a decision whether to restart the 767-300ER passenger line, LNC has learned. (leehamnews.com) More...

Twin-engine Cessna crash lands in St. Petersburg, FL street

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Twin-engine Cessna emergency landing in St. Petersburg, FL street... (www.fox13news.com) More...

Winners And Losers As Airbus Bails Out Bombardier's C-Series

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Richard Aboulafia: Let’s keep this simple: the winners and the losers in the new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership deal. (www.forbes.com) More...

Dreamliner touches down after maiden voyage

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The Qantas' Boeing 787-9 plane, which took 700 people to build, brings an unprecedented level of mid-air service to Australia and the world. The highly-anticipated addition to the Flying Kangaroo's fleet will give Australian customers the ability to fly direct from Perth to London when in what Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce describes as a "game-changer" for the company. The plane is scheduled to do a flyaround over Sydney. 9NEWS reporter Lara Vella was one of the lucky few to hitch… (www.msn.com) More...

Crescent City Airport Board Chooses Contour

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In the aftermath of PenAir's bankruptcy and upcoming end to EAS service between CEC and PDX, it looks like a new airline will serve Crescent City with service to OAK. The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority rejected proposals submitted by Boutique Air and Great Lake Airlines and chose Contour Aviation (d/b/a Contour Airlines) and their ERJ-135. (www.triplicate.com) More...

Incident: Virgin Australia B737 at Melbourne on Oct 20th 2017, bird and rabbit strike at once

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The crew advised an eagle carrying a rabbit had just impacted their #1 engine, positioned the aircraft for an approach to runway 16. (avherald.com) More...

Bjorn’s Corner: Airbus A330neo flight test starts

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The Airbus A330neo flew its first flight yesterday. The aircraft lifted off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport in front of invited airline customers, suppliers and media. It landed after a successful four-hour mission. (leehamnews.com) More...

‘Political Issue’: What’s Behind Boeing’s Decision to Sue Airbus, Bombardier

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Boeing has submitted a lawsuit in the US over the European plane maker Airbus clinching a deal with Canada’s Bombardier. In an interview with Sputnik, Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre described Boeing’s move as an attempt to circumvent US trade laws. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Malaysia will focus renewed MH370 search where Australia refused to look

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MH370's best chance of discovery is going to be intensively examined by renewed search (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Why You Should Never Fly With a Baby on Your Lap

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Saving money on an extra seat isn’t worth the risk. Don’t do it. Flying with a baby—no matter how small—in your lap puts him at risk of injury or even death if the plane hits severe turbulence. So it’s worth paying for the additional seat, even if there’s no discount for infants. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

7 Of The Worst Airline Business Class Products I have Flown

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Some airlines have really pleasantly surprised me, while others have disappointed me. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of the worst business class products I’ve flown. Let me start by saying that this is inherently subjective, and I’m not suggesting that the below products are actually the world’s worst. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...