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Seychelles' national airline records major growth in 2015

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The airline's financial report presented by the chair Joel Morgan in a press conference shows a 22 percent increase in the number of passengers last year. Around 520,000 passengers travelled with Air Seychelles in 2015. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

The Next 100 Years: Richard Branson

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As part of Aviation Week & Space Technology's special centennial issue, we asked Richard Branson to share his thoughts on the future of space exploration. (aviationweek.com) More...

Largest RC Plane - from The Leading Edge

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A large model Virgin Atlantic 747 takes to the skies. Great video to watch! (www.facebook.com) More...

Myanmar's Air Bagan drops own flights for codeshare

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Air Bagan (W9, Yangon) has suspended its own aircraft operations in favour of a codesharing agreement with fellow Myanma operator, Asian Wings Airways (YJ, Yangon), ch-aviation research has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Emissions standards a factor in Delta's Bombardier jets deal

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Concern over future U.N. aircraft emissions standards was a factor in a Delta Air Lines Inc deal announced this week to buy 75 new CS100 jets from Bombardier Inc, a Delta executive said on Friday. Delta's decision was in part because the planes will comply with standards that the United Nations aviation arm will likely introduce over the next decade, said Greg May, senior vice president for supply chain maintenance and fleet strategy. (www.reuters.com) More...

Aer Lingus begings Dublin-LA service

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Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, has announced the launch of a direct route from Dublin airport to Los Angeles (LAX) starting May 4. The Irish airline are inviting their customers to start in their own LA story with five flights direct from Ireland’s capital to LAX per week and prices starting from $342 / €299 (299 for travel from 1st September to 31st October). (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Canada says it actively wants to help Bombardier

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The top Canadian official probing a request by planemaker Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) for aid to support its new CSeries passenger jet on Monday indicated for the first time that Ottawa actively wanted to help the company, highlighting the number of jobs it provides. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains until now has said merely that the Liberal government would closely examine Bombardier's request for $1 billion in aid and outlined some of the concessions he wants in return. (www.reuters.com) More...

Airlines to Congress: Stop Norwegian Air!

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If there’s any doubt Congress is beholden to the powerful airline lobby, this should settle it: An influential group of representatives has just introduced a bill that would effectively block Norwegian Air from operating between the United States and Europe. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

Salt Lake City International Airport Adds Second Terminal to Current Reconstruction

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The already huge project to replace existing terminals and concourses at Salt Lake City International Airport grew even more massive Monday as officials decided to add a second concourse to the one already under construction — and still aim to finish both by 2020. (www.sltrib.com) More...

Passengers on JetBlue Flight Cheered for Crying Babies

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Something that's probably never happened in the history of aviation happened recently on a JetBlue flight from New York to California: Passengers actively rooted for babies to start crying. (www.newser.com) More...

4K cockpit youtube videos -> new standards.

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There are already thousands of flying videos on YouTube. I have used the first time 4K video technology. The resolution is amazing, although most of the monitors do not support this yet. Happy Landings, Guido (www.youtube.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Goodyear Arizona

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Solar Impulse 2 made a successful landing on Monday night in the West Phoenix. (www.cbs5az.com) More...

Prestigious fighter pilot critical of showdown between F-35 and A-10

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While critics of the F-35 welcome a showdown with the purpose-built ground-attack A-10, US fighter pilot Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Wood doesn’t share the same enthusiasm. (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

RAF jets generate sonic booms chasing Air France jet with radio problems

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Typhoon jets were scrambled on Monday night to intercept a wayward Air France airliner over Yorkshire – with the deafening booms caused by the supersonic pursuit shaking residents in their houses. The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said. The loud bangs were later confirmed to have been sonic booms. An RAF spokesman said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Etihad Airways launches daily A380 service to Mumbai

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The UAE's flag carrier Etihad Airways has started flying its Airbus A380 aircraft, the world's biggest passenger airliner, to Mumbai with the launch of a new daily service. Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/etihad-airways-launches-daily-a380-service-to-mumbai_6506141.html?utm_source=ref_article (www.moneycontrol.com) More...

Accident: Sun Express B738 at Antalya on May 1st 2016, nose gear retracted at gate

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A Sun Express Boeing 737-800, registration TC-SNP performing flight XQ-366 from Antalya (Turkey) to Paderborn (Germany), was preparing for departure at the gate, passengers had not yet boarded, technicians were working to replace one of the nose gear tyres when the nose gear retracted. A technician received minor head, two cabin crew members minor injuries, all were taken to a hospital. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Turkish Airlines B737 at Pristina on May 2nd 2016, runway excursion on landing

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration TC-JFY performing flight TK-1019 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Pristina (Kosovo) with 143 passengers and 8 crew, landed on Pristina's runway 35 at 19:32L (17:32Z) but veered left towards the end of the runway and overran the end of the runway and came to a stop about 40 meters past the runway (avherald.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 departs for desert after soaring in Silicon Valley

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The Wright Brothers of solar-powered air travel were rock stars in Silicon Valley. Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, the two Swiss pilots behind Solar Impulse 2, were treated like VIPs of the skies by tech behemoths, including co-sponsors Google and Tesla, during their nearly week-long visit to the area. Early Monday morning, the visit came to an end as the solar-powered plane took off from Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, for a scheduled 16-hour flight to Phoenix. (www.cnet.com) More...

American Airlines CEO Ends Contract, Taking `At Will' Status

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American Airlines Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker ended his contract with the world’s biggest carrier, switching his employment status to “at will” to match that of the company’s 100,000 workers. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Munich Airport Looks for Third Runway to Open in 2022

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Increasingly constrained by a lack of slot availability on its two existing runways, Munich Airport is hoping its planned third runway will open for flights in six years’ time. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

New Delta Air Lines CEO Announces International Premium Economy Product

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While international premium economy is not a new concept, several major airlines such as Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines recently either rolled out the cabin or have announced plans to do so. At its media day last week, newly appointed Chief Executive Office Ed Bastian announced that Delta Air Lines DAL +1.22% will enter the premium economy market in 2017. (skift.com) More...

Incident: Jetairfly B787 at Brussels on May 1st 2016, gear problem

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A Jetairfly Boeing 787-800, registration OO-JDL performing flight TB-705 from Brussels (Belgium) to Cancun (Mexico), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 07R when the crew requested to stop the climb at FL070 advising of a technical problem with the gear. The aircraft continued in the general direction of the departure route, the crew subsequently decided to return to Brussels (avherald.com) More...

Allegiant Air begins Baltimore-Washington International service

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Co., has launched service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Savannah, Georgia with 2X-weekly services. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus A350-900 Gains Beyond 180 Minutes Diversion Time ETOPS From FAA

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The Airbus A350-900 has gained extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval from FAA for routes that require beyond 180 minutes diversion time, which will give US A350 operators more range and flexibility with the aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

Ed Bastian Talks About Delta's Past, Present, and Future

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Ed Bastian takes over the reigns from Richard Anderson as the CEO of Delta Air Lines today, and talks about about the past, present and future of Delta. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Analysis: JetBlue Is Better Off Without Virgin America

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This was an excellent quarter for JetBlue, and over time, they dodged a bullet in not acquiring Virgin America (airwaysnews.com) More...

Delta is rolling out RFID luggage tags by the end of summer

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In an honorable attempt to make air travel slightly less terrible, Delta announced a new program this week that will track of checked baggage via paper RFID tags. The program will replace the familiar barcode stickers that currently get slapped on checked baggage, and RFID readers at various points along a bag's journey will read the tag's radio signals to insure each piece of luggage is on headed to the right place. Delta expects to equip 344 airports with RFID readers by the end of August and… (www.engadget.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...

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...

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...

Delta Touts CSeries, Eyes CS300 Model

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The first 35 of 75 Bombardier CSeries aircraft ordered by Delta Air Lines are locked in as CS100s, but the airline can begin converting to the larger CS300 model starting with the 36th aircraft on order. Speaking to reporters at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters during the airline’s media day, incoming CEO Ed Bastian said Delta is “very interested” in the CS300 and has agreed to “firm pricing” with Bombardier on the larger CSeries model. (atwonline.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...

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...

Rescuing Iron Maiden’s ‘Ed Force One’

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Bruce Dickinson, vocalist for the British rock group Iron Maiden, was in bed when he got a call with devastating news about the band’s chartered Boeing 747-400. . . (aviationweek.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...

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