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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...

Kalitta Air adds maiden B767 freighter

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Kalitta Air (K4, Detroit Willow Run) has taken delivery of its maiden B767-300(F) following its conversion into a freighter with Bedek Aviation Group, the MRO arm of Israel Aerospace Industries (Tel Aviv Ben Gurion). (www.ch-aviation.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...

If Your Engine Quits, Where Should You Land?

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That's a great question, and it isn't easily answered. So we decided to do some research on forced landings to see if there was a significant difference in the outcome of road and field landings. (www.airwaysnew.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...

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...

The Fashion Industry Now Has Its Own Airline

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Etihad becomes the jet for the jet set, sponsoring fashion weeks around the world. Have you ever seen the passport of a fashion designer? It’s as colorful as the bottom of a pair of Louboutins, peppered with stamps for London, Milan, Paris,Mumbai, Berlin, Sydney. There are nearly two dozen major men’s and women’s fashion events around the globe each year, prompting models and designers, stylists and the stylish, to pack their Louis Vuitton luggage and head to the airport, on repeat. Which is why… (cabincrewcenter.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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Qantas Talking To Boeing On 777X

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Qantas said it will keep its Airbus A380s in service beyond 2020 as it conducts talks with Boeing on its next-generation 777X jets. (news.airwise.com) More...

Flight attendant uses CPR to save child

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Asiana Airlines purser Kim I-cheol, 45, who saved an unconscious two-year-old girl by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), recalled the moment, saying that nothing went through his mind other than, “I must save this baby girl.” (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Delta Confirms Order for 37 Additional Airbus A321s

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Delta Air Lines officially confirmed an additional order for 37 A321ceos during its media day event in Atlanta. (airwaysnews.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...

Update: Delta Air Lines places order for up to 125 CSeries

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Deliveries of the first jets will begin in 2018, Montreal-based Bombardier said Thursday in a statement. Based on published list prices, the order would be valued at about $5.6 billion, the company said, though carriers typically negotiate discounts. Delta also has options for an additional 50 planes. (www.aviationgazette.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

French ATCs to strike again April 28

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French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, April 28, the 44th strike day in France since 2009. Hundreds of flights will be cancelled, creating disruption and extensive delays across the continent, Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a statement. Just two weeks after the last walkout in Belgium, French ATCs will strike for the third time in a month. (atwonline.com) More...

Cop Helps Boy Get Home After Dad Dies on Vacay

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It should have been a dream father-son vacation. Instead, a 13-year-old Illinois boy was left stranded alone in California when his 37-year-old dad died Sunday of seemingly natural causes... (www.newser.com) More...

Airbus A320neo issues Flashes Back to Pratt & Whitney's Troubled Past

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Pratt has a long history of uneven technical execution, from its JT9D engine powering the 747-100 in the early 1970s to the A320neo's PW1100G. (airwaysnews.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...

High product, labor costs lead to decline in Boeing’s profit

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Aerospace giant Boeing Co. saw its quarterly earnings plunge 9 percent compared to last year, with the Chicago-based company posting $1.2 billion in profits. Revenues were up 2 percent to $22.6 billion but that was not enough to offset higher costs for Boeing’s products and labor. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

JetBlue `Seriously' Considers Buying Long-Range Airbus A321

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JetBlue Airways Corp., which plans to add seats to its Airbus Group SE planes, may add a longer range, narrow-body aircraft from the jetmaker and won’t rule out buying wide-body versions. (www.bloomberg.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...

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