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Striking British Airways Cabin Crew Will Get Paid Bonuses – Just Don’t Mention ‘Poverty Pay’

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British Airways will increase pay for Cabin Crew to end a pay dispute only if the employee union stops using the term 'poverty pay' and agrees not to take legal action against the airline in the future (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is Flying Really That Awful? A Look at the Brighter Side.

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IS AIR TRAVEL REALLY AS BAD AS EVERYONE CLAIMS? From Airfares to Safety, Here Are Some Reasons Why Not. An Op-Ed in the New York Times by Patrick Smith. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Bogoslof Erupts Again.

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Volcanic activity is extremely high in the Aleutian Islands. Possible delays due to possible longer transpacific routes expected. (www.usnews.com) More...

United Airlines' Route Network Strategy Makes No Sense

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Some aspects of United Airlines' new route selection strategy make sense -- but others are completely baffling. (www.fool.com) More...

United Airlines President Says If You're Uncomfortable In Coach, It's Your Own Fault

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"Seat pitch has come down because that's what customers voted with their wallets that they wanted," said United Airlines President Scott Kirby. "I know everyone would tell you, 'I would like more seat pitch.' But the history in the airline industry is every time airlines put more seat pitch on, customers choose the lowest price." You see, oh silly passenger. Your discomfort is caused by your parsimoniousness. If you gave the airlines more money, they'd be only too delighted… (www.inc.com) More...

Wizz Air Launches New Route to Frankfurt from Sofia

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Germany has been a growth area for Wizz Air as the airline carried over 2.7 million passengers from Germany in 2016 alone. Wizz Air has also provided over 2,000 jobs across Germany, operating 11 routes across Europe. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Trade Row Threatens Canada’s Fighter Replacement Plans

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Boeing’s complaint has been taken up by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which has initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into imports of Canadian large civil aircraft. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Aeroflot sues Sukhoi over SSJ100 leases

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Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) has filed a lawsuit against Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Ramenskoye) in the Moscow Arbitration Court, reports Vedomosti. The case relates to state subsidies for a RUB576 million (USD10.1 million) contract for the lease of ten SSJ 100-95s in June, 2011. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Ramadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises

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amadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises. Here’s a rundown of what some of the biggest airline’s are offering their passengers this year: (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

MC-21-300 commercial airliner has completed maiden flight

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On 28 May, 2017, the maiden flight of MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of the flight was 30 minutes at the altitude of 1000 meters, at the speed of 300 km/hour. The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and controllability, and also the controllability of the power plant. (mc21eng.irkut.com) More...

British Airways and Iberia adopting GDS booking surcharge

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British Airways and Iberia will implement a $10 surcharge per "fare component" on bookings through the GDS, beginning Nov. 1. The carriers, both owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced the policy in a letter to U.K. travel agents. (www.travelweekly.com) More...

French officials are investigating whether an iPhone and iPad played a role in a terrifying plane crash that killed 66 people

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French investigators are looking into the possibility that a pair of Apple mobile devices caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in 2016. According to a report by Le Parisien, French officials have ordered an investigation into whether the plane was brought down by a fire resulting from overheated mobile devices. Officials say an Apple iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the flight's first officer may have been plugged into an improper socket in the plane's cockpit — possibly causing a… (www.bigbozz.com) More...

UK jets dispatched to intercept Russian planes near its airspace

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Britain's Ministry of Defense says it dispatched two fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian planes that approached its airspace. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that two Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in north east Scotland on Saturday morning. (www.bbc.com) More...

Incident: Asiana B747 at Brussels on May 27th 2017, gear door remained open

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An Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration HL7413 performing freight flight OZ-588 from Brussels (Belgium) to Seoul (South Korea), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting the left hand main gear doors did not close (avherald.com) More...

New Airbus A330-300 joins Aer Lingus fleet as transatlantic routes grow

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Aer Lingus has welcomed a brand new Airbus A330-300 into its fleet. The new A330 aircraft, named Saint Carthage, registration EI-GAJ, has a total capacity of 313 seats, which is made up of 30 business class seats and 283 economy seats. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Incident: Morningstar B757 enroute on May 24th 2017, jammed thrust lever

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A Morningstar Air Express Boeing 757-200 freighter, registration C-FMEP performing freight flight MAL-7070 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 2 crew, was enroute at FL390 when the crew selected a lower speed due to light to moderate turbulence. Autothrust retarded the right hand thrust lever, the left thrust lever however did not move (avherald.com) More...

Incident: TAROM B737 near Brno on May 26th 2017, loss of cabin pressure

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A TAROM Boeing 737-700, registration YR-BGI performing flight RO-306 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Bucharest Otopeni (Romania) with 91 people on board, was enroute at FL390 about 20nm southwest of Brno (Czech Republic) when the crew initiated an emergency descent due to the loss of cabin pressure. (avherald.com) More...

Co-pilot convicted of operating plane while drunk

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A Michigan jury has convicted a Florida co-pilot of being drunk while preparing for a charter airline flight last summer. (www.mlive.com) More...

Fog fears for several lower South Island airports tonight, after a blanket of fog caused a day of travel disruption in Auckland

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There are fresh fog warnings for parts of New Zealand tonight, after air travel was severely affected when fog blanketed our biggest city this morning. Air New Zealand put out a media statement late this afternoon warning forecast weather conditions were likely to affect flight operations in the lower South Island this evening. "Air New Zealand is advising customers booked to travel to or from ports such as Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill to consult the arrivals and… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Passengers vent over accommodation after Rarotonga-Auckland flight VA90 forced to turn back

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Kiwi travellers stranded in Rarotonga say they spent several hours in the dark on hard, metal benches before they were offered water or food after their flight was forced to return to the island early this morning. Virgin Australia flight VA90 was heading to Auckland from Rarotonga and had been in the air for about two hours when had to turn around because of a technical issue. The plane left the Cook Islands at 11.10pm on Thursday local time (9am Friday NZ time) and was scheduled to land in… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Israeli Air Force 707 arrives in Perth

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An Israeli Air Force Boeing 707 tanker has touched down at Perth on Monday morning. The otherwise unmarked aircraft wears the serial ‘272’, and arrived at Perth a little after 11am using the callsign ‘IAF401’. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Virgin Australia begins codeshare with Air Canada

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Virgin Australia has switched on its codeshare agreement with Air Canada, adding its VA airline code on flights from Los Angeles to Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Similarly, Air Canada has added its AC airline code on Virgin domestic flights from Sydney and Brisbane to 10 destinations across Australia and New Zealand, including Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The codeshare flights became available for booking on Friday for… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

White House proposes to privatize Air Traffic Control

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President Donald Trump is proposing to shift oversight of the United States Air Traffic Control from the federal government to an independent group, according to budget documents released on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (www.reuters.com) More...

Singapore-based BOC Aviation orders six Airbus jets for US$1.05b

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Singapore-based aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said today it has ordered six new Airbus planes worth around US$1.05 billion (RM4.5 billion). The order comprises four planes from the A320 NEO family and two Airbus A330-900 aircraft, the leasing company said in a statement. “All six Airbus aircraft have been committed for lease to Portugal’s flag-carrier TAP Portugal and will be delivered between 2018 and 2020,” BOC said in a statement. - See more at:… (www.themalaymailonline.com) More...

History The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Could Have Been Replaced by This Strange Looking Plane the X32

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The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies. Boeing served up the X-32; Lockheed the X-35. (nationalinterest.org) More...

History YF-23: The Almost Forgotten Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-22 Raptor

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The F-23 included some characteristics that may eventually find themselves in a sixth generation fighter, or perhaps in the Air Force’s “deep interceptor” intended to support B-21 Raiders on the way to their targets. For example, the V-tail aspect has been mentioned in some of the early conceptualization for a next generation fighter. And Boeing will undoubtedly hearken back to its experience with the F-23 when thinking about its next fighter. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Chicago could change who can remove passengers from planes following United incident

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The proposed ordinance states: "No employee of the City of Chicago shall aid airline personnel in the removal of a passenger from an airplane at any public airport owned or operated by the city or from entering an aircraft unless a crime was committed, or in the case of a medical emergency." It now heads to the full City Council, which is set to meet Wednesday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

FAA: Airlines must remove unsafe seats from some regional planes

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At issue are the "Slim" or "Slimplus" seats made by Zodiac Seats California LLC. The seats are on planes such as Boeing’s 717-200 and MD-90-30 aircraft, Bombardier’s CRJ700, CRJ900 and Q400 aircraft, and Embraer’s E170 and E190 planes. Videos reviewed by the FAA and Brazil’s civil aviation organization found that in a collision, a passenger might slide down the seat with the chin to hit the tray table on the seat ahead in a way that seriously injures the neck. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing and Bombardier Face Off Over Delta CSeries Order

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Boeing claims that the deal between Bombardier and Delta Air Lines for 75 CSeries jets (with 50 additional purchase options) puts the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and Boeing itself, at risk. (airwaysmag.com) More...

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Chooses X-37 Builder Boeing to Craft a Revolutionary Space Plane

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DARPA and Boeing plan "to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space," the military research and development organization said in a press release. "The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today – launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit." (www.thedrive.com) More...

Incident: Europa B787 near Miami on May 24th 2017, windshield cracked after lightning strike

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An Air Europa Boeing 787-800, registration EC-MOM performing flight UX-98 from Miami,FL (USA) to Madrid,SP (Spain) with 178 people on board, was climbing out of Miami's runway 27 when the aircraft was struck by lightning. In the absence of abnormal indications the crew continued the climb and was enroute at FL330 about 190nm eastnortheast of Miami when the crew decided to turn around and return to Miami (avherald.com) More...

Bombardier-Delta deal can put Boeing out of business, company claims

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Boeing says its very future, and that of US aerospace industry, is at risk if Bombardier’s deal with Delta Air Lines for 75 CS100s and 50 options is not fined for price dumping. That’s the claim company officials made in testimony before the US International Trade Commission May 18. (leehamnews.com) More...

NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash

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NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) More...

Skydiving Plane Clips Gas Tanker Before Crash Landing In Perris, California

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PERRIS (CBSLA.com) — A dirt devil and powerful winds were blamed for bringing down a skydiving plane in Riverside County. The two passengers walked away from the plane, which had clipped a nearby gas tanker and landed nose down at Perris Valley Airport. The aircraft was just returning from a drop when the collision happened, but the pilot and the pilot in training were not injured by the crash. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Blue Angels: Smyrna memorial to honor fallen pilot

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The town of Smyrna, TN unveiled plans Thursday for a memorial dedicated to the Blue Angels pilot whose plane crashed June 2, 2016, during a practice run for the Great Tennessee Air Show. "The Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial will celebrate the life and career of an American hero,” said Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, who teared up as she recalled the day his plane went down. "It's been the culmination of months of hard work." (www.dnj.com) More...

The Importance of Proper Flight Planning for Positioning Flights

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I think more flight departments should place added attention to the positioning flights of their aircraft by creating a positioning flight safety program into their training schedule that incorporates, as many as possible, of these normal and unforeseen variables and scenarios. (www.airstreamjets.com) More...

JF Service to provide MRO for Embraer business jets

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Russian MRO provider JF Service has become an official service center for Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 450 and 500 business jets. This comes as part of a larger effort by the Brazilian manufacturer to expand its customer service base in Europe, first announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. (www.rusaviainsider.com) More...

Embraer Actively Seeking Firm KC-390 MRTT Sales From Partners

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Brazilian aviation giant Embraer has been seeking a firm overseas sale for its KC-390 multi-role tanker and transport (MRTT). Embraer had hoped to convince the Swedish Air Force to select the KC-390 for supplanting its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. However, Sweden opted to keep its C-130Hs in service until the early 2030s, effectively pushing the prospect of a transport aircraft purchase into the 2020s. For the time being, Sweden does not think it is cost-effective to… (quwa.org) More...

'jihad' wifi halts flight

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Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal wifi ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’ The worrying wifi name was seen on a Thomson plane due to depart from Cancun to Gatwick After security officials failed to find the culprit, the flight from Cancun to Gatwick was cancelled (www.airlive.net) More...

Air Europa Flight 98 Returns to Miami

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Air Europa 98 returned to Miami last night after the windshield was smashed for an unreported reason. (www.local10.com) More...

Etihad celebrates delivery of its 10th Airbus A380

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While other airlines are cutting costs and suspending operations in a number of destinations, a UAE-based carrier continues to invest in order to up the ante in customer experience. Etihad Airways has just added a new superjumbo jet to its fleet, the Airbus A380, which is touted as the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. (gulfnews.com) More...

Newark Airport reopens after United Airlines 757 engine fire

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New York Newark Airport (EWR) has reopened after a United Airlines Boeing 757 had a suspected engine fire while taxiing, leading to minor injuries during the ensuing evacuation. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 at Winnipeg on May 16th 2017, runway excursion on landing

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-FWSO performing flight WS-230 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 95 people on board, landed on Winnipeg's runway 13 at 08:41L (13:41Z), while attempting to turn onto taxiway C the right main gear left the paved surface of the runway and struck a taxiway light (avherald.com) More...

Eurowings opens Palma de Mallorca base

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings opened a base in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, May 24, and will launch its first Airbus A320 flight May 25 to Bremen, Germany. The carrier bases four A320s at Palma and has plans to operate to 23 destinations. (atwonline.com) More...