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Frontier Is Said to Be Delaying IPO as U.S. Airline Competition Intensifies

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Frontier Airlines pushed back its initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said, as competitive tensions flared between the no-frills carrier and United Airlines. (skift.com) More...

United’s CEO is pushing hard for ATC reform

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“We witness the pressing need for this important reform every day as we go about our jobs. We feel the drag this outdated technology places on our operations, taking away from the incredible work you’ve done to make us safer and more reliable than ever before” he wrote. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

SkyTeam introduces two-stop World Pass

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SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has introduced a new two-stop option for its popular Go Round the World Pass. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Airline CEO predicts a future where 'we will pay you to fly'

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Since taking to the air in 2014, WOW Air has become an increasingly disruptive force in ultra-low-cost long-haul international air travel. Recommended for you:Webjet.com.au - Compare Airlines Online and Save. webjet.com.au | Sponsored The Icelandic carrier and its bright fuchsia planes have made waves with stunningly low prices. In January, WOW launched a sale for $US69 one way tickets from the US to Europe. In June, the airline followed up with a sale for $US55 trans-Atlantic tickets. These… (www.msn.com) More...

The pilot shortage is real and airlines must change before it becomes a full-blown crisis

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(Regional airline shortage, not the majors) THE PILOT SHORTAGE is here, and it's been making headlines. Last month, Horizon Air, the Seattle-based affiliate of Alaska Airlines and one of the country's biggest regional carriers, announced it would be forced to reduce its busy summer schedule due to a dearth of pilots. (www.google.com) More...

Incident: Saudia B787 at Manchester on Jul 20th 2017, flaps problem

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 787-900, registration HZ-ARC performing flight SV-123 from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to Manchester,EN (UK), was on approach to Manchester when the crew reported problems with the flaps and entered a hold for about 4 hours. (avherald.com) More...

Pilot speaks out after Highway emergency plane landing

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Authorities say the C206 took off from Brookhaven Airport in Shirley and was heading to Eagles Nest Airport in West Creek, New Jersey, when it suffered some sort of mechanical failure. The pilot, Jim O'Donnell, said he had no choice but to land on the highway, avoiding stunned motorists who were no doubt avoiding him. "It wasn't good, but here I am," he said in an exclusive interview with reporter NJ Burkett. "No bent metal." (abc7ny.com) More...

Boeing 787 Payback Gap Widens

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The 787 Dreamliner is now on its sixth delivery year, well past half calendar time in the program’s 1,300 unit accounting block (for the explanation of accounting block and program accounting read here). (leehamnews.com) More...

Would You Fly on an Airliner Without a Pilot? Studies show that with technology available today, you could.

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Now that there are more drones in the air than Cessnas, and the U.S. Navy has deployed remotely piloted combat helicopters that can make carrier landings at sea, how long before airline pilots go the way of elevator operators and travel agents... (www.airspacemag.com) More...

Is the U.K About to End it’s Own Laptop Ban? Turkish Airlines to be Exempted Soon

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According to sources, the UK government is preparing to lift its own Laptop Ban on flights from Turkey to the United Kingdom. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Top Aviation Apps take flight with Gogo

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able to connect to popular pilot apps – such as Garmin, JetFuelX, FlightAware (business.gogoair.com) More...

Norwegian Air to fly from Denver to Paris; fares start at $229 one way

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Norwegian Air is adding another U.S. route, revealing plans for non-stop service between Denver and Paris. Starting April 9, the fast-growing European discount carrier will fly two flights a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The flights – which will operate on Mondays and Fridays – will connect Denver to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. Norwegian is launching the route with economy class fares starting at $229 one way. (www.usatoday.com) More...

United Airlines grounded a flight after passengers witness jet fuel gushing from the wing

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United Airlines was forced to cancel a Venice, Italy-bound flight after the plane suffered a massive fuel leak while waiting to take off at Newark Liberty International Airport. Video captured by a passenger on board the Boeing 767-300 shows fuel gushing from its left wing..... (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Airbus claims successful test of unmanned aircraft

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Unmanned jet powered craft flies for 7 minutes, including take-off and landing. Concept plane is seen as crucial to developing unmanned flight. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Aeroflot Firms Order For 20 More Sukhoi Superjet 100s

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Russia’s Aeroflot has firmed orders for 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft July 18 at the MAKS Air Show. The agreement follows an MOU that was signed in January 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Air France Names Boost Airline ‘Joon’

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French Skyteam carrier Air France has christened its new lower-cost airline, which was previously known as the Boost project, as ‘Joon’ and named Jean-Michel Mathieu as CEO. (atwonline.com) More...

Bombardier Inc. Wins US$1 Billion Contract, Debt Concerns Persist

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Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) and privately-held CPB Contractors have been awarded US$1 billion contract by the Victorian Government to install high-tech railway signaling that could enable trains in Melbourne to run as little as two minutes apart. The high-capacity signaling technology will be installed on the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Sunbury lines, two of the city’s busiest railway corridors, which are due to be connected by the $11 billion Metro rail tunnel by 2026. (smallcappower.com) More...

Airbus Takes on Stratasys 3D Printing for Serial Part Production

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At last month’s Paris Air Show, Stratasys made an important announcement indicating that 3Dprinting polymers were just about ready for prime time. With the release of a new configuration of a Fortus 900 3D printer and its ULTEM 9085 thermoplastic, fused deposition modeling (FDM) may now be capable of repeatable reliability to the extent that it can be qualified for production parts for use in aircraft. (www.engineering.com) More...

US and Australia to fly hypersonic missiles

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The US has been working on hypersonic aircraft missiles that could fly at a mile per second.Australia joined the testing process to research and pilot weapons that are able to fly at least five times faster than the speed of sound. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

IT'S WAR: United Airlines President Slams Frontier After $39 Ticket Announcement and Vows 'United Will Win'

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On Wednesday, United Airlines president Scott Kirby weighed in on Frontier Airlines' plan to double the number of its routes and return to a network business model. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Denver's On the Verge of Landing a Nonstop Flight to Another European City

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Denver’s run of landing new international flights may not be over just yet. Colorado Economic Development Commission members today approved the offering of as much as $500,000 in incentives to aid Denver officials in landing a nonstop flight to an unnamed European destination that they said would create an economic impact of some $12 million annually. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Helicopter Carrying WWE Exec Makes Emergency Ocean Landing

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The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon has been rescued unhurt from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean waters off New York. Shane McMahon was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that came down in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island’s Gilgo Beach late Wednesday morning. The red aircraft could be seen bobbing on its bright yellow pontoons as small boats circled. (sports.nbcsports.com) More...

Airbus, Boeing Report June 2017 Commercial Aircraft Orders, Deliveries

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Boeing and Airbus delivered 75 and 64 commercial jets in June 2017, respectively, compared to 74 and 64 during the same month last year. This year to date, Boeing has delivered 352 jets (375 by this time last year), while Airbus has delivered 306 (298 in 2016). (www.defenceweb.co.za) More...

Thanks to Climate Change, Heat Waves Will Keep Grounding Planes

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Last month, Phoenix enduring a blistering heat wave, with temperatures so high that airport officials had to cancel dozens of flights. The reason was two-fold. First off, some jet engines risk catching on fire in extreme heat. And when air gets hot, it expands and becomes less dense—so an airplane’s wings can’t generate enough lift to get off the ground. Planes either need to speed up during take-off or use a longer runway. (www.wired.com) More...

Russia’s MC-21 and IL-114 Win New Orders at MAKS Air Show

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Russian-manufactured aircraft—the Irkut MC-21 and Ilyushin IL-114—won new orders on the second day of the MAKS Air Show in Moscow. (atwonline.com) More...

Jeppesen charts available on ForeFlight mobile

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Access Jeppesen’s global library of departure, arrival, and terminal procedures. Also in this release: Logbook detail reports, import custom charts, and global Procedure Advisor. (foreflight.com) More...

Expect longer delays at Canadian airports as new security measures for U.S.-bound flights come into effect

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Both Air Canada and WestJet are advising passengers to arrive at airports at least two hours prior to scheduled departures to allow for additional screening. (globalnews.ca) More...

Tighter Electronics Screening Underway For Mexican Flights Into US

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Beginning Wednesday, passengers on all direct flights coming into the United States from Mexico can expect more stringent electronics screening at Mexican airports. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed the Mexican Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that extra security screenings will be required for large electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets. Passengers traveling to the U.S. should arrive at the airport three hours before their flight due to the extra security… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

United Airlines Posts $818 Million 2Q Net Profit

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United Airlines posted an $818 million net profit for the second quarter of 2017, a 39.1% increase over the Chicago-based airline’s $588 million net income in 2Q 2016. (atwonline.com) More...

Delta to Expand Trans-Pacific Service With Nonstop Shanghai-Atlanta Flight

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Delta Air Lines is expanding in Asia with new service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport starting in July 2018. (news.delta.com) More...

Thomas Cook Airlines Announce New Manchester to Seattle Route for Summer 2018

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Thomas Cook Airlines is today launching its long haul-flight programme for Summer 2018 and announcing a new route from Manchester to Seattle, USA from May next year. The addition of Seattle reinforces Thomas Cook Airlines’ position as the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester, serving more USA routes than any other airline. (thomascookairlinesuk-newsroom.condor.com) More...

World’s Best Domestic Airline

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This has been a big year for airlines but not always in a good way. With increasing fees and seemingly constant stories of fights between passengers and staff, many airlines had to cope with exhausting challenges. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

The data behind the search for MH370

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The Australian Government led search operations for the missing Boeing 777 aircraft operating Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search involved the collection and analysis of large volumes of marine data from a remote area. The data obtained during the first phase of sea floor mapping is now available to the public. (geoscience-au.maps.arcgis.com) More...

Check out Bombardier's next generation $73 million Global 7000 private jet

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On Monday, Bombardier confirmed that the first examples of its next generation Global 7000 private jet are undergoing final assembly at its factory near Toronto, Canada. Thus far, the Montreal-based airplane maker says its three Global 7000 test planes have conducted over 500 hours worth of flight testing. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Chorus Aviation announces agreements to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft on lease to KLM Cityhopper and Aeromexico Connect

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Chorus Aviation Inc. announced agreements by Chorus Aviation Capital's subsidiaries to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft. One of these aircraft is currently on lease to Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper, a subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The other aircraft is currently on lease with Aerolitoral, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. Aeromexico Connect), a subsidiary of Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. 'Aeromexico'). (www.traveldailynews.com) More...

4 Bengaluru startups will work with Airbus to shape the future of aerospace

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Airbus offers commercial contracts to Neewee, eFlight, Symbosim and Stelae Technologies, says Indian startups ready to forge global partnerships. Global aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled off what other corporate accelerators in the manufacturing industry have not been able to. (yourstory.com) More...

U.S. issues readjusted security directive to airlines

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a revised directive to airlines around the world in response to requests that it clarify aviation security measures scheduled to begin taking effect... (www.airguideonline.com) More...

New Yorker, 91, breaks airline mechanic record

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He started out as a 16-year-old apprentice on 50 cents an hour. Seventy-five years later Azriel Blackman holds the world record for having the longest airline mechanic career. He may not be as hands on as he once was, but the 91-year-old... (news.mb.com.ph) More...

Aircraft debris found on island

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Aircraft incident investigators will be dispatched to retrieve and secure debris discovered on Farquhar, the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) said on Thursday. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

Unusual spy plane

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The U.S. military, including the U.S. Coast Guard, has a long history of operating high-flying surveillance aircraft based on or otherwise derived from powered gliders. Recent pictures show U.S. special operators are at least training with one particularly rare type, the Grob G 520. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Air Seychelles in near miss with Emirates

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Air Seychelles flight out of Mauritius avoids strike with EK flight (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

Alaska Air CEO on replacing Virgin America's Airbus jets with Boeing jets

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As you know already, or probably now hearing. Alaska Airlines will be acquiring Virgin America in 2019. And now with all the Airbus A320 family aircraft acquired from Virgin America, just what Alaska Airlines are planning to do with them? The CEO of Alaska Airlines explains the future of the Airbus aircraft in the URL below. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Several IndiGo Airbus A320neos Sitting Idle Due to GTF Glitches

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Indian low-fare carrier IndiGo, one of Airbus’s biggest A320 family customers and the first A320neo operator in India and Asia, now has at least seven neos sitting idle following technical hitches with the airplanes’ Pratt & Whitney PW1100 geared turbofan engines. (airsoc.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX 10 Set to Reach New Heights

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During the June 19-25 Paris Air Show, Boeing unveiled the Boeing 737 MAX 10, the latest addition to the Boeing 737 family. So far, it has gained more than 360 orders from 16 clients globally, including more than 60 orders from the Chinese market, positioning customers in China as pivotal to Boeing's continued success in the aviation market. (www.globaltimes.cn) More...