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Donald Trump’s Aging Air Fleet Gives His Bid, and His Brand, a Lift

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A close look at Mr. Trump’s two airplanes — the 757 and a smaller jet used on the campaign trail — and three helicopters, however, suggests that their value rests chiefly in their marketing potential, with the Trump stamp of status masking the fleet’s age. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Trump gets grounded jet flying again by selling it to himself

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Smart move but sad commentary on the FAA which can't take the $5 fee and issue a new form when an aircraft's paperwork is otherwise up to date. Someone in Trump's organization knows how to work around the bureaucrats. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Delta Firms Order for 75 Bombardier CS100 With 50 More Options

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Today Delta and Bombardier announced an order for 75 CS100 aircraft with 50 options. They can also use some of their options for CS300 aircraft. The firm order is valued at $5.6 billion, and makes Delta the largest C Series customer. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Spring 2018. (commercialaircraft.bombardier.com) More...

Passenger advocate appeals decision that says he's not large enough to challenge airline

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An airline customer advocate from Nova Scotia will appear at the Federal Court of Appeal Monday to convince three judges to make the Canadian Transportation Agency address a complaint he filed about Delta Airlines. Gabor Lukacs, who has pursued dozens of successful complaints against airlines in the past, says Delta has "discriminatory practices of bumping so-called larger passengers from full flights in the hope of forcing them to buy two seats." (www.cbc.ca) More...

US airport security busts the highest-ever number of people trying to bring guns onto planes

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The country’s airport screeners have recently set an undesirable new record for the highest-ever number of passengers stopped from bringing handguns onto flights — most of them loaded. (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

The Air-Traffic System U.S. Airlines Wish They Had

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As Congress debates splitting up the Federal Aviation Administration, some see a model in Nav Canada (www.wsj.com) More...

WestJet employee charged in $250,000 travel credit fraud

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A former WestJet employee has been charged in connection with a $250,000 travel credit fraud scheme. Members of Calgary’s financial team within Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams or ALERT launched an investigation in July 2015 after WestJet conducted its own internal investigation into the matter. (calgaryherald.com) More...

JetBlue pilot busted for flying drunk to JFK

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After registering .111 on a Breathalyzer — nearly triple the FAA’s limit for pilots — boozed-up flier Dennis Thomas Murphy Jr. tried to blame the result on the “gum that he was chewing,” documents say. (nypost.com) More...

A-10 vs. F-35: Air Force warplanes to face off

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(CNN)Can an old war horse that dates back more than 40 years hold its own against the newest warbird loaded with the latest in technology and weaponry? The Pentagon said it aims to find out and will pit the venerable A-10 Warthog against the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter in a series of rigorous tests replicating what the planes would face in battle. (www.cnn.com) More...

Bombardier set to announce major sale of C Series planes to Delta

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Bombardier Inc., trying to recapture investor confidence after two straight annual losses, is poised to make a major breakthrough with its C Series airliner that would ensure the plane program’s viability into the next decade. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

U.S. sends F-22 warplanes to Romania

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Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia. The United States sent the F-22 Raptors to southeastern Europe two weeks after Russian fighter jets buzzed an American warship in the Baltic Sea. (us.cnn.com) More...

Alleged clash between Russian and Israeli aircraft near Syria

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Several Israeli media outlets said that Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft in the last weeks. (theaviationist.com) More...

(Video) St. Elmo’s Fire during Aerial Refueling

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St Elmos Fire during Aerial Refueling of E-4 by KC-135 (www.youtube.com) More...

Attention passengers, this is your flight attendant speaking, can you hear me?

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Twenty years ago, when I first started flying, almost every passenger said hello during boarding. Oh how times have changed. Now when I stand in front of the boarding door and say good morning most people don’t even respond. They don’t even look at me. They just stare straight ahead and keep on walking. Those who do say hello stand out. To get a hello WITH eye contact is rare, so rare, in fact, it almost makes me feel uncomfortable. That’s how bad things have gotten. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Airbus Delivers Its First U.S. Ever Built Airliner

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Just after 3 years after the groundbreaking of the Airbus In Alabama Brookley Aeroplex, the company delivers to JetBlue its first ever U.S. built airliner. (airwaysnews.com) More...

China Eastern Orders 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s

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Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines has ordered 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s to further strengthen its expanding long-haul fleet. (atwonline.com) More...

Firefighter Saves Plane Passenger, Again

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Austin Bleiweiss has helped to save the life of one of his fellow plane passengers not once, but twice (www.newser.com) More...

Incident: Okay B733 at Guangzhou on Apr 27th 2016, runway excursion during takeoff

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An Okay Airways Boeing 737-300, registration B-2117 performing a cargo flight BK-3024 from Guangzhou to Xian (China), was accelerating the engines for takeoff from Guangzhou's runway 19 at about 04:09L (20:09Z Apr 26th) when the aircraft, at low speed, veered left off the runway and came to a stop on taxiway F2, within the runway protected area, about 200m/660 feet down the runway, with the right main gear and nose gear on soft ground. (avherald.com) More...

Airbus America delivers first airliner, what next?

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Airbus is being quiet about its American manufacturing ambitions, but it can take advantage of US federal finance help for any export sales as it begins A320 delivers from Mobile, Alabama (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

‘Urgent’ engine fix ordered for Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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Boeing’s most sophisticated passenger plane, the Dreamliner is constructed largely of advanced lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced composite materials that reduce fuel use. (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

WGN investigates the Boeing Papers: How safe is the air up there?

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Millions of people get on and off planes every day without ever noticing a thing. But while flying, have you ever gotten a whiff of a nasty smell, which might have burned the eyes, made the throat sore, left you dizzy, with a headache or even disoriented? (www.aol.com) More...

Qatar Airways to Fly its Airbus A380 in Inaugural Service to Atlanta

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Qatar Airways announced a one-off service with the A380 to Atlanta, with the regular daily service using a Boeing 777 (airwaysnews.com) More...

Pilot Tells Woman She Can't Carry on Her $20M Violin

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A renowned Chicago musician is going public with her airline spat over a piece of carry-on luggage—because that piece of luggage happens to be a 1742 violin insured for almost $20 million. (www.newser.com) More...

Small plane crash triggers house fire in South Florida; 3 reported hurt

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At least three people were hurt when a small plane slammed into the yard of a home in South Florida triggering a fire Monday (www.foxnews.com) More...

11Years Old Girl Slips Through Moscow Airport Security, Flies To St. Petersburg

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Having never flown before in her life, the 11-year-old schoolgirl decided to test her fate and sneak onto a flight on Monday without a ticket or any form of ID (www.rt.com) More...

Pictures: Airbus first delivery from its U.S. A320 Family final assembly line

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In a festive American football-themed ceremony held today, Airbus marked the official handover of its first A320 Family aircraft produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. Appropriately, the no. 1 aircraft was delivered to U.S.-based JetBlue – a milestone that underscored the strong global “team” behind Airbus’ position as a leading aircraft manufacturer that remains close to its customer base around the world. (www.airbus.com) More...

Plane crashes into tree, bursts into flames

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Security camera footage captures the moment a plane crashed into a tree and caught on fire. (www.cnn.com) More...

Lufthansa CEO eyes airline mergers in Europe

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German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) wants to take part in much-needed industry consolidation in Europe so carriers can compete better with U.S. and Asian rivals, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said on Thursday. Spohr told an annual shareholders meeting in Hamburg on Thursday that the five largest airlines in the United States have an 80 percent share of the market, while in Europe the top five have just 40 percent. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Philippine Airlines Confirms Six-Strong Airbus A350 Order

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signed an order for six Airbus A350-900s, plus six options. The contract confirms a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by PAL in February this year, and covers options on six more of the type. (atwonline.com) More...

Smart Logistics Can Shave 10-15% Off Bottom Line

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Henry Canaday covers: Adroit analysis and supply chain management can result in significant savings. "If it is a truism that no one flies alone, it is equally true that no one overhauls an aircraft alone. Repairs are carried out by a network of shops, manufacturers, engineers, distributors and other entities. That system is tied together by logistics, and lean logistics is as important as selecting top maintenance, repair and overhaul providers." (aviationweek.com) More...

Air Canada hopes to conclude CSeries deal soon

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"Subject to final documentation and satisfaction of conditions, we look forward to firming up the order soon," Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said today during a conference call with analysts, according to Reuters. That news came a day after Bombardier announced that U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc. had agreed to buy up to 125 of the CSeries jets, the biggest order yet for the program. (www.cbc.ca) More...

FAA mandates B787 GEnx-1B PIP2 engine modification

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FAA is ordering modifications to certain types of GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines powering Boeing 787s, as well as revised guidance to pilots operating 787s, in order to mitigate possible “engine damage due to fan ice shedding.” (atwonline.com) More...

easyJet stations tenth aircraft in Berlin

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New routes from Schönefeld to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Priština and Catania easyJet is ready to take off to new destinations after stationing its tenth aircraft at the Berlin site. Starting with the summer flight schedule, the airline will be offering a direct connection from Berlin Schönefeld to Bordeaux. Additional new destinations are Toulouse, Priština and Catania. easyJet also plays an important role for tourism in the capital city. (www.routesonline.com) More...

Las Vegas close to landing its first nonstop Mainland China flights

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Las Vegas is close to getting its first nonstop flights to and from China after Chinese aviation authorities approved a route requested by one of that country’s major air carriers. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has approved Hainan Airlines’ request to fly three round trips a week between Beijing Capital International Airport and McCarran International Airport beginning in September. (www.reviewjournal.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Islip on Apr 28th 2016, ground observer saw aircraft leaking

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N960WN performing flight WN-1570 from Islip,NY to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was in the initial climb out of Macarthur Airport's runway 06 when an airport ground staff observed something prompting him to believe the aircraft was leaking fuel from the left hand engine (CFM56). The crew stopped the climb at 3000 feet and returned to Islip (avherald.com) More...

Converted Jetliners Readied To Clear Oil Slicks

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Boeing 727-200 finds a new role as aerial spray aircraft to combat oil spills at sea. (aviationweek.com) More...

Air Trade Group Seeks EC Relief From Unfair OEM Advantage

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James Pozzi covers: IATA files complaint in EC investigation into aftermarket competitive practices (aviationweek.com) More...

The Latest: Pilot tells of difficulties of long solar flight

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One of two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world says the journey is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Opening of Saint Helena's airport delayed again

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Concerns about wind shear after a proving flight by a Comair B737 force another delay for scheduled flights from Johannesburg. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

2 Planes With Problems Make Safe Landings At Philadelphia International Airport

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two planes with problems made safe landings at Philadelphia International Airport Friday morning. Chopper 3 was over the scene of the airport on the 8000 block of Essington Avenue. A commuter flight from Richmond, Virginia landed with smoke in the cockpit. One person was treated for minor smoke inhalation. (philadelphia.cbslocal.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Makes Third Atlanta Appearance

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During the Delta "Meet and Fleet" Day in Atlanta, Bombardier showcased the CSeries CS100 to invitees. (airwaysnews.com) More...

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