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Atlas 747F came within 670ft of Hong Kong mountain

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After departing from runway 07R at 15:44pm local time, the aircraft (N856GT) deviated right from its assigned track toward the high ground of Lo Fu Tau on Lantau Island, says Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department (CAD) in a preliminary report. Air traffic control informed the crew that the aircraft was off track, and told them to turn left to resume the standard instrument departure (SID). This was followed by a request to "expedite the climb to 5,000ft." (www.flightglobal.com) More...

USAF Now Authorized To Recall 1000 Pilots -- A Retired AF Pilot Turned Airline Captain Provides Analysis

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The Air Force has a pilot problem. It doesn’t have enough. The service says that the problem is reaching “crisis” levels with a current shortage of 1500 pilots. Having exhausted all means to convince their current pilot force to remain in the service, and unable to increase the number of new pilots produced, the Air Force appealed to the President to revise an executive order allowing for the recall of up to 1000 retired pilots to active duty. President Trump signed this order last Friday… (www.avgeekery.com) More...

US DOT approves Southwest slot transfer to VivaAeroBus

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved the proposed transfer of two México City slot pairs from Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) to VivaAeroBus (VB, Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo). The DOT confirmed the approval in a letter to both low-cost carriers issued on October 16. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Boeing facing CSeries

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An earthquake in the transatlantic jetliner duopoly caught Boeing off guard. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Beautiful time-lapse shows a massive Airbus A330 get assembled piece-by-piece

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Airbus came out with a new version of the A330 aeroplane. They say it’s more efficient than previous models because it burns less fuel and is more aerodynamic. Following is the text of the video. (www.businessinsider.com.au) More...

Air Berlin Pilots Suspended After Farewell Fly-By

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The pilots of an Air Berlin flight that performed a fly-past during the insolvent carrier’s last long-haul flight to its hub in Duesseldorf have been suspended, the airline said on Wednesday. (fortune.com) More...

Emirates Eyes Second Daily Auckland-Dubai Service

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Emirates may launch a second daily flight between Auckland and Dubai as the airline re-examines its New Zealand strategy. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Boeing, Singapore Airlines Finalize Order for 39 Widebody Jets

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Singapore Airlines (SIA) today formally announced a deal for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s, during a ceremony at the White House. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Another Air Canada Incident at SFO

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Air Canada 781 was on final for SFO and the tower told him to go around at least 5 times and they still landed. https://soundcloud.com/user-771239359/oct-23-2017-0400z (www.airliners.net) More...

United Will Not Re-evaluate Bombardier CSeries After Airbus Deal

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United Airlines does not plan to re-evaluate the Bombardier CSeries for its fleet, following the announcement of plans by Airbus to buy a majority stake in the aircraft programme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Seeks to Cut Repayments to Government From Controversial 'Launch Investment' for New Jets

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Airbus is battling to reduce the amount it pays back to government investors who helped fund the development of its poorly selling A380 superjumbo. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Boeing, Mitsubishi Seek Cost Savings in 787 Dreamliner Wing Production

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Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have entered an agreement that seeks to reduce production costs associated with the 787's wings. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War

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"That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice. " (www.defenseone.com) More...

TUI flight has unscheduled stop at Québec City because of violent passenger

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A TUI B787 flying from Manchester to Cancun had to stop at Jean-Lesage airport (YQB) because of a violent female passenger. She was agitated and started to fight with an other passenger, then apparently assaulted members of the cabin crew. No injuries are reported for now. She was escorted off the aircraft by Québec Provincial Police and will appear in court on Monday. (The linked text is in French, Google translate does a decent job if you need it.) (www.journaldemontreal.com) More...

Incident: LATAM Brazil B777 at Sao Paulo on Oct 19th 2017, bird strike

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A LATAM Brazil Boeing 777-300, registration PT-MUH performing flight JJ-8094 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil) to Miami,FL (USA), departed Guarulhos Airport's runway 09L when a bird impacted the right hand engine. (avherald.com) More...

Iberia to launch Madrid-San Francisco route

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As of the end of April, 2018, until the end of September, it will operate three non-stop return flights per week between Madrid and San Francisco. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Thomas Cook to establish new Spanish airline

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Thomas Cook will set up a new airline based in Palma de Majorca, Spain. The tour operator hopes the move will lower costs at a time of tough conditions in the European short-haul market. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Airbus sees CSeries jets grabbing major global market share

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Speaking at a business event in Montreal, he also said the lightweight, carbon-composite jets, which seat 110-to-130 people, would create new jobs in Canada and the United States. (www.reuters.com) More...

Turkey scraps Dornier 328 revival

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Turkey has abandoned plans to manufacture Dornier 328 regional aircraft as the first step in creating a domestic airliner industry. (atwonline.com) More...

Qantas Boeing 747 near Sydney on Oct 21st 2017, autopilot did not work properly

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A Qantas Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OEH performing flight QF-73 from Sydney,NS (Australia) to San Francisco,CA (USA), was enroute at FL310 about 230nm northeast of Sydney when the crew decided to turn back and return to Sydney due to a problem with the autopilot. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders Expects New Alliances in Response to Bombardier CSeries Deal

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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders predicts the next few months could be “rough and tough” as Boeing responds to the European airframer’s acquisition of the Bombardier CSeries programme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta 'in fabulous shape' as CEO discusses upgrades, Bombardier and more

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ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines “is in fabulous shape” as it enters the final quarter of the year, CEO Ed Bastian said this week at the Delta Flight Museum. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Bombardier SOLD The Q400 Division - Fliegerfaust Exclusive

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I've no idea how trustworthy this is, we'll see soon: According to sources very close the Q400 division, Bombardier Inc. should be announcing very soon the sale of its Q400 business. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Spate of Emergency landings in Europe-Saharan dust and wildfires to blame

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This video is just an example of what was happening at many airports in Europe recently. On Monday 16th October two EasyJet aircraft made emergency landings at Manchester airport within an hour of each other. These emergencies were 2 of 4 which took place on that day and all four were due to a smoke smell in the cockpit and cabin. The smell was later discovered to be due to dust and smoke in the air between 10,000ft and 15,000ft which has been carried up from the Saharan dessert during storm… (www.youtube.com) More...

Incident: Jet Airways B737 enroute on Oct 20th 2017, smartphone with visual ring signal

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A Jet Airways Boeing 737-800, registration VT-JGT performing flight 9W-791 from Delhi to Indore (India), was enroute when a passenger noticed noise from his similiar to the passenger's smartphone ringing and observed smoke coming from the bag placed near his feet. (avherald.com) More...

Smaller airlines face more competition for crews as Air Force plans to recall 1,000 pilots

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The Air Force plan announced Friday to recall 1,000 pilots from retirement could hurt smaller airlines in the competition to hire trained crews to fly their planes. "We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years," the Pentagon said in a statement. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Air Mauritius receives first A350

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The jet, an A350-900 being leased from AerCap, is configured in a two-class layout with 28 seats in business and 298 in economy, says Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas flight to San Francisco turns back after 'technical issue'

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Engineers were inspecting the Boeing 747 after it landed at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport, a Qantas spokeswoman said, declining to say how many people were aboard. No injuries were reported. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Frontier Airlines Inaugural flight into Long Island MacArthur Airport.

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Frontier Airlines Flight 1778 flew in direct from Orlando and touched down at Long Island MacArthur Airport around 9:36 a.m. Wednesday, heralding the carrier’s first service to the Ronkonkoma airport. (www.youtube.com) More...

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...

United begins installing Polaris on its Boeing 767, 777 fleets

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United's first 767-300ER has already flown with the Polaris product, and its first Boeing 777 has already gone to Xiamen, China for reconfiguration. (layoverhub.net) More...

AirAsia to launch operations this month

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AirAsia’s Japanese sector is making a comeback. AirAsia Japan announced on Monday, October 16 that it will begin its first flights later this month. The first routes will be served out of Nagoya. The announcement comes two years after AirAsia Bhd, based in Malaysia, announced plans to re-enter the Japanese market with new partners. (layoverhub.net) More...

Emirates sets date to take 100th A380

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Middle Eastern carrier Emirates will take its Airbus A380 fleet into triple figures next month when it takes delivery of its 100th aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...