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Incident: KLM B747 near Cairo on Jan 16th 2017, loose part on wing

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A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFL performing flight KL-565 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 376 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm southwest of Cairo (Egypt) when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam. (avherald.com) More...

Air India starts selling seats in female-only section

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Air India has begun selling female-only seat sections. The restriction will apply to the front row of six seats on economy flights and comes after reports some women were being groped by other passengers. A general manager from Air India told The Hindu they wanted to reassure passengers who were traveling alone. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

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The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (uk.reuters.com) More...

The mystery of MH370: Timeline

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Almost three years after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, its underwater search has been suspended, according to a joint statement from Australian, Chinese and Malaysian officials on Jan. 17, 2017. The three countries were leading the search for the flight, which was carrying 239 people on board when it went missing in March 2014. The statement said: "Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from… (www.msn.com) More...

Qantas grounds 10 planes, cancels flights

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Qantas has briefly grounded 10 Bombardier Q400 planes after missing a routine inspection, which led to flight cancellations. The airline's regional unit, QantasLink, cancelled a number of flights on Tuesday to resolve a "maintenance administration issue" with 10 of its 31 Q400s, a Qantas spokesman said on Wednesday. "This is an administrative issue that relates to technical compliance and not a safety issue with the aircraft," he said. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing Roundup: Technical team sent to Kyrgyzstan crash

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Boeing said it has sent a technical team to the site where a Turkish 747 cargo jet crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan's Manas International Airport, killing at least 37 and injuring others. "The Boeing employees are heading to the accident site to provide assistance at the request and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is the Unites States’ accredited representative to the investigation," Boeing said in news release.( Puget Sound Business… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Bell-Boeing receives $138 million Osprey contract modification

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Bell-Boeing, a joint-venture between Boeing and Bell Helicopter, received a $138 million contract modification for additional V-22 aircraft work. The modification is a follow-up to the company's contract with the U.S. Navy initially awarded in July 2014. Under the modification, Bell-Boeing will provide engineering services for MV-22 Osprey aircraft to be sold to the government of Japan. (www.upi.com) More...

Air Canada resolves computer issue that led to flight delays

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Air Canada says it has resolved a computer issue that caused problems at airports that resulted in some flight delays. The Montreal-based airline (TSX:AC) had warned in a travel advisory that it was having trouble with completing bookings and passenger check-ins. Details of the outage weren’t immediately available. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

The world's new planes in 2017

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From all-new airliners made by Russia and China to a trio of twin-aisle jets from Boeing and Airbus, 2017 will bring an unusually large batch of new airplanes. (money.cnn.com) More...

Report: United Rumored to Make Fleet Announcement Wednesday

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On Wednesday, United is set to hold its annual investor’s call. Rumors have begun surfacing that some sort of fleet announcement could be made. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air India to fly Nonstop to Washington Dulles

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Air India is adding its fifth U.S. destination in July 2017 with the resumption of service to Washington Dulles, and will be operated on a Boeing 777-200LR. (airwaysmag.com) More...

FAA orders emergency inspections of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters

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A TR pitch change shaft (TRPCS) assembly part is the focus of and FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) expected to affect about 80 helicopters with a cost of $5,360 per unit. The directive followed an alert service bulletin issued by Sikorsky that was prompted by a Dec. 28 incident in which an S-92 lost tail-rotor control during a landing on an offshore helideck in the North Sea. (westfaironline.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing Clarifies Plans For Stretched 737 MAX

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If enough airlines bite, the MAX 10X will be formally launched as a new 737 variant for entry into service (EIS) by 2020. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Cathay Pacific set to hand over more routes to Dragonair

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Cathay Pacific has confirmed it is reviewing its regional Asian network with the aim of handing over more flights to regional sibling Cathay Dragon, formerly known as Dragonair, as part of a wide-ranging 'strategic review' of the airline. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Jobs Set to be Axed at Cathay Pacific as New Strategy Unveiled

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At an upcoming presentation in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Cathay Pacific is set to announce significant job losses as fears emerge that the company could be heading for its first full year loss since 2010. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is it likely that MH370 will ever be found?

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The 120,000sq km area of Indian Ocean off southern Australia was chosen based on satellite data as the most likely place the Boeing 777 could have come down along what is presumed to have been its flight path. (www.bbc.com) More...

Is This for Real? Etihad and Lufthansa in Merger Talks

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News from an Italian paper that Etihad is about to buy a 30-40% stake in Lufthansa - and even possibly merge into one airline. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

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