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Singapore Airlines to start 5th Freedom Jakarta-Sydney route

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) will launch 5th Freedom flights from Indonesia to Australia in November, boosting its number of services from Singapore Changi to both Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta and Sydney Kingsford Smith, the carrier said in a statement. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

British Airways Scraps Free Snacks On Short Flights

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British Airways said it will drop free food and snacks in short-haul economy from January 2017. The airline said it will provide food from UK retailer Marks & Spencer in a new “premium food range”. (news.airwise.com) More...

LAX Unveils $148 Million Connector To Link International, Domestic Terminals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers moving from some domestic terminals to the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport can now avoid a long walk and security re-screening thanks to a new connector. The $148.5 million connector opened with fanfare Thursday. It allows travelers to move directly between the recently expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal on the west side of the airport and the five terminals on the airport’s south-facing side. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

The Virgin Atlantic Fleet

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A comp featuring photos and take off/ landing videos of the aircraft in the Virgin Atlantic fleet (www.youtube.com) More...

The First Mitsubishi MRJ Test Aircraft Lands in the United States

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The first of four Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) test aircraft arrived Wednesday afternoon to Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, where over the next months four jetliners will complete its planned 2,500-hour flight test campaign. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Bombardier’s CSeries receives environmental designation

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Bombardier Inc.’s CSeries jetliner has become the first aircraft to receive a key environmental designation, just as the aviation industry moves towards implementing a cap on emissions for the first time. (business.financialpost.com) More...

Lufthansa plans Brussels, Air Berlin deals in Eurowings drive

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Airberlin to wet-lease aircraft to Lufthansa as part of restructuring (uk.reuters.com) More...

France's Wijet acquires UK's Blink air-taxi service

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French bizjet operator Wijet (Paris Le Bourget) will merge with its British counterpart Blink (Blackbushe) to form the Wijet Group, becoming the world’s largest air-taxi service provider. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf: sources

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U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf: sources (www.reuters.com) More...

FAA will investigate Santa Monica's 'starvation strategy' to shut down its municipal airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it would investigate Santa Monica’s so-called starvation strategy that could close the city’s embattled airport within two years. It also issued a sharply worded warning for the city to put the brakes on the pending eviction of two airport businesses, a move some see as the first steps in Santa Monica’s plan. Santa Monica officials have told Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers, two major tenants that provide a variety of aircraft… (www.latimes.com) More...

Incident: Ryanair B737 near Glasgow on Sep 28th 2016, icing causes problems on both engines

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EPC performing flight FR-817 from Edinburgh,SC (UK) to Dublin (Ireland) with 145 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL260 about 35nm southsouthwest of Glasgow,SC (UK) when the crew detected icing at their flight level and requested an early descent. After being cleared for the descent, during the initial descent, the crew noticed light vibrations (avherald.com) More...

RwandAir takes delivery of its first A330 aircraft

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RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus long-haul widebody A330 aircraft. In doing so, it becomes the East African launch operator of the aircraft and Airbus’s newest customer. (www.airbus.com) More...

GoGo Announces its Next Generation Ground Network to Support In-Flight Connectivity in North America

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Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it is developing its next generation ground-based technology to better serve the connectivity needs of business and commercial aviation in North America. (business.gogoair.com) More...

Red Bull Pilot Races IndyCar Driver While Inverted

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Air race pilot Kirby Chambliss is so excited about the upcoming Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he flipped at the chance to compete against IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi. This newest stunt rivals Kirby’s antics after he landed on the Strip in Las Vegas before a race last year. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Kuwait Air Force orders Lockheed Martin sniper pod for Eurofighter Typhoon

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Lockheed Martin has received a direct commercial sale contract for the integration of Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) onto the Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighter. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Air Canada adds six new destinations to its international network

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Air Canada announced the addition of six new destinations to its international network Wednesday, including year-round Boeing 787-9 service between Toronto and Mumbai and between Vancouver and Taipei. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air eyes 1Q2017 IPO; trio of B777s

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Sriwijaya Air (SJ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) is planning to hold an IPO in March next year owner and group chief executive Chandra Lie has said. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Incident: Etihad B777 at Abu Dhabi on Sep 27th 2016, engine problem

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An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETL performing flight EY-450 from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was in the initial climb out of Abu Dhabi's runway 13R when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet due to problems with the left hand engine (GE90) and returned to Abu Dhabi. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: American B767 near London on Sep 11th 2016, hydraulic leak

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The Canadian TSB reported the aircraft performed an overweight landing back in Chicago. (avherald.com) More...

The First MRJ Test Aircraft is en Route to the United States

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After a previous attempt last August, the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet has left Nagoya Airport bound to the United States, in order to complete the jetlliner's flight test campaign, prior to certification and subsequent entry into service. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Canada, WestJet 'colluded' to charge checked bag fee, proposed class action alleges

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Suit aims to get money back for passengers who paid $25 checked luggage fee since October 2014 (www.cbc.ca) More...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

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Newest member of the world’s most popular wide-body family takes shape (www.airbus.com) More...

Husband's Entrails Found in Woman's Checked Bag

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The New York Times reports the woman was carrying a four-inch piece of her late husband's intestine. (www.newser.com) More...

Taiwan's Bid to Join ICAO Was Denied

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Taiwan's request to be invited to the September 27 ICAO meeting in Montreal was denied. ICAO is the UN's regulatory arm for the aviation industry. Taiwan was invited to attend an ICAO meeting in 2013 but has not been invited since. Many suspect that China moved to prevent Taiwan from being invited in order to further isolate Taiwan politically. Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world and the 11th busiest international passenger airport in the world. (thediplomat.com) More...

FIS-B Advisory Service Adding Data, Curtailing Older NOTAMS

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AOPA is working with the FAA to make pilots aware of new weather products that will become available on the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) beginning next year. Pilots also should note new limitations in the delivery of notices to airmen that will take effect in September. (www.aopa.org) More...

Nukey McMeltface and Other Would-Be Bomber Names

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When U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced an internal naming competition for the Northrop Grumman B-21 in February, she may have underestimated the creativity of airmen and the pitfalls of public polling. Nukey McMeltface and Trump Bomber were among more than 2,100 submissions to a list that was released by the air branch on Sept. 22 after a number of freedom of information requests were filed seeking the document. (aviationweek.com) More...

Pilot flies around the world taking amazing photographs from the aircraft's cockpit

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Have you ever wondered what can be seen from the cockpit of an aircraft? Pilot Christiaan van Heijst and his friend Daan Krans have the answer to this question. The duo have taken stunning aerial photographs of the Netherlands, Canada, India and China from aircraft cockpits. They run a photography company called Amazing Aviation, specializing in flight-deck images. We look at some of their wonderful images. (www.msn.com) More...

Oman Air Drops 'Persian Gulf' Maps

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The inflight entertainment system maps on some Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft have changed as a new provider introduced more detailed flight maps, the airline said. (news.airwise.com) More...

The missing factor in claim MH370 search is stopping just short of predicted location

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The ATSB has good reasons to exclude the Captain Hardy site for MH370 from its search, but are they good enough? (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

American Boeing 737-800 at Newark on Sep 24th 2016, bird strike

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The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for 24 hours, then positioned to Tulsa,OK (USA) but did not yet resume service 54 hours after landing. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Flashback 5 Years Ago: Boeing Delivers The First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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On September 25, 2011, Boeing delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA), its first 787-8 Dreamliner. The delivery was a landmark in the history of the jetliner, which despite having a sound commercial success, it was marred with delays, cost overruns and production shortcomings. (airwaysmag.com) More...

26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week. (www.cnn.com) More...

Xiamen Airlines launches first direct international service between Shenzhen and US

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Xiamen Airlines launched its Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service on Monday, the first direct international service between Shenzhen and the U.S. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Monarch Airlines Denies Rumors of Collapse, Ensures Operations Will Continue

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On Monday morning, Monarch Airlines denied rumors that surfaced over the weekend detailing a possible financial collapse of the UK based carrier. Part of the reason these rumors surfaces is because Monarch's CAA license is due to expire and part of the recertification process is proving that the carrier is financially sound. These financial talks went longer than expected, causing some concern. Monarch announced that there will be a "significant investment" made in the near future. (www.bbc.com) More...

Model F-16 Wows Crowd at North Korea's First Air Show

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Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching fireworks. (www.newser.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce Qatar Airways as GlobalBeacon Launch Partner

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Aireon and FlightAware announced today that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon℠ solution to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations. The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018. (flightaware.com) More...

F-35A Catches Fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base

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An F-35A caught fire during an exercise at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, the Air Force confirmed to Defense News. The incident took place at around noon and involved an F-35A aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron located at Luke Air Force Base, the service said in a statement. No serious injuries seem to have been sustained by the pilot or nearby crew. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Spain's Vueling eyes France-Algeria market

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Vueling Airlines (VY, Barcelona El Prat) is planning to enter the France-Algeria market ch-aviation research has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Whose sky is it anyway? U.S. drone case tests rights to air space

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When a small town American roofer took legal action against a neighbour for shooting down his drone, the local dispute sparked a case that could help shape the newest frontier of property rights law – who owns the air. (www.msn.com) More...

Dutch Pilots Cockpit Photo Perspectives Getting Intl Attention

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Dutch pilots Christiaan van Heijst/Daans Krans/Caters have had the images found in this UK link reposted globally. Nice work guys, definitely envious. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

3 dead after 2 small planes collide in air and crash in western NY

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The pilots of each aircraft were experienced amateur pilots with at least 15 years of experience flying. The planes were in a group of six that took off together and were flying to St. Mary's, PA to get breakfast, The Buffalo News reported. (www.foxnews.com) More...

American Boeing 737-800 near Las Vegas on Sep 24th 2016, burning odour in cockpit

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N902AN performing flight AA-1441 from Reno,NV to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 156 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 130nm northnortheast of Las Vegas,NV (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Las Vegas reporting a burning odour in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely on Las Vegas' runway 25L about 25 minutes later. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Air NZ acts after Air Nippon Dreamliners are grounded

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Air New Zealand is putting in "proactive systems" for its Dreamliner fleet after problems were identified in engines of the same aircraft type operated by Japanese carrier ANA. Air New Zealand operates seven of the planes and says it is aware of a technical issue that has affected some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engines operated by other international carriers. It says that in partnership with Rolls-Royce, and with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority, the airline has put… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Pepper spray error at Auckland International Airport sparks emergency response

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An emergency response at Auckland International Airport was caused this afternoon when an official accidentally set off a can of pepper spray. A Fire Services spokesman told the Herald they were called to the first floor of the airport, air side, by the airport rescue team shortly after 2pm. Firefighter were told pepper spray had been released and had since classed the incident as a "non event". Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Mike Richards told Fairfax the spray was left at a… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

ACCC grants five-year extension of Virgin Australia-Singapore Airlines alliance

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Australia’s competition regulator approved an extension of Virgin Australia’s alliance with Singapore Airlines (SIA) for a further five years. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Friday the alliance, which was first approved in 2011, “has resulted, and is likely to continue to result, in material public benefits”. While Virgin and SIA had asked for a 10-year extension, the ACCC said its decision to approve the tie-up for only the next five years reflected the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Southwest Welcomes the Boeing 737 MAX 8... Briefly

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Southwest and Boeing work together to assess the 737 MAX under normal operational conditions, taking "the MAX to the max.” (airwaysmag.com) More...

Two Russian Tu-160 bombers were intercepted by RAF Typhoons and Norwegian F-16s

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Yesterday (Sept. 22), two nuclear-capable bombers Tu-160 Blackjack of Russian Air Force were intercepted and escorted by RAF Typhoons in Quick Reaction Alert. (www.airlive.net) More...

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