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Airbus and Bombardier to partner on CSeries; build aircraft in Alabama

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Airbus and Bombardier are forming a partnership that will see both manufacturers build and market the CSeries narrowbody, with plans to create a second final assembly line in the US. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus buys just over 50% of Bombardier CSeries division

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Buy now it's official, Airbus buys over 50% of the Series and is going to shift some assembly to Mobile, Alabama plant. Tough luck Boeing! (www.financialexpress.com) More...

Pilot boots New York activist from American Airlines flight

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New York activist Tamika Mallory says she was booted from an American Airlines flight in Miami after a pilot inserted himself into a dispute over her seat assignment. (www.msn.com) More...

Fake paperwork, poor parts challenge China's aerospace boom

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Chinese suppliers to U.S. flight control systems maker Moog sold it poorly made parts, faked paperwork and outsourced work to a factory not approved by the company, according to an internal report by U.S. aviation regulators. (www.reuters.com) More...

Beijing Proudly Unveils Mega-Airport Due to Open in 2019

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s capital unveiled the “shining example” of its 80 billion yuan (£9.1 billion) new airport on Monday, tipped to become one of the world’s largest when it opens in October 2019 amid a massive infrastructure drive overseen by President Xi Jinping. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Plane gets a bovine licking after emergency touchdown

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A herd of beef cattle at Te Horo, Kāpiti, surround a plane that touched down in their paddock on Sunday. A herd of beef cattle did what they do when a plane touches down in their paddock - they got licking. It was Sunday afternoon and Bryn Whyman was sitting at his Te Horo, Kāpiti, home looking out the window. "All of a sudden we saw a plane coming down onto the [paddock]," he said. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Complex Three-Engine Ferry For A380

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Air France plans to ferry a damaged A380 back to France from Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on three engines but before it can do that it has to install a new engine that won't be running. The wrecked engine will be removed and sent to Wales for inspection by the manufacturer Engine Alliance. For balance and aerodynamic stability a new engine will be installed but because of the other damage it can’t be hooked up and made operable. (www.avweb.com) More...

Skyjet flight struck by drone

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On Oct. 12, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone while inbound to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City, Canada. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Would United Airlines Really Acquire JetBlue?

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Ready for another round of airline mergers? Wall Street is. An influential airline analyst is stirring the pot with a note positing a combination of United Continental and JetBlue Airways, one of the upstart carriers that have reignited competition on some key routes. They're an unwelcome irritant to "legacy carriers" United, American and Delta, which went through a series of megamergers in order to snuff out profit-crushing fare wars that helped force all of them into bankruptcy… (www.chicagobusiness.com) More...

ICAO Council urges compliance from North Korea on aerial testing

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The ICAO Council expressed its strong condemnation of the continued launching of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over or near international air routes, which seriously threatens the safety of international civil aviation. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Thomas Cook & Air Transat to exchange aircraft seasonally

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The deal calls for UK-based Thomas Cook to make available a number of narrowbody Airbus A321s every winter to Montreal-based Air Transat, which will receive at least one widebody A330-200 in return. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Drunken co-pilot sentenced

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Sean Michael Fitzgerald, 36, will serve one year and one day in prison after a U.S. District Court jury in May found him guilty of operating a common carrier while under the influence of alcohol. (www.record-eagle.com) More...

Cargo plane crashes into sea off Ivory Coast in heavy rain

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An aircraft has crashed into the sea off Ivory Coast, shortly after taking off from the international airport of the main city Abidjan, with reports of several dead or injured people. It was a cargo plane carrying freight for the French army, security sources told local news site Koaci. Reports suggest it was a Ukrainian or Russian turboprop Antonov plane. (www.bbc.com) More...

747 RETIRING: United Airlines holds retirement party for the 747 passenger jet

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United Airlines holds retirement party for the 747 passenger jet (www.youtube.com) More...

Hurricanes Be Damned - American Airlines and United Shares Soar on Guidance

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Airline shares were gaining Tuesday, Oct. 10, after American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL - Get Report) and United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL - Get Report) provided better than-expected third-quarter guidance. (www.thestreet.com) More...

FAA sets requirement for quieter aircraft

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Beginning Jan. 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will require newly designed aircraft to be quieter which will help toward lowering noise around airports and surrounding communities. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Relief to Puerto rico via RVR with A124's

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Antonov124 flew over my house this am .I heard it but didn't get a look, sounded wierd.Looks like someone is spending a lot to get things to PR.Two flew in on Thursday and at least one more today.I would assume its more thsn just supplies to use something tat massive.Kuddos to all involved. (flightaware.com) More...

Airbus now fully owns SAE

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Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) Sdn Bhd, a maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) centre is now a fully owned subsidiary of Airbus, following the acquisition of its remaining shares by the French aircraft maker. (www.nst.com.my) More...

Brave passengers board last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th

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Fearless flyers will laugh in the face of superstition today when they board the last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. Travelling on the “unluckiest day of the year” could save you some pounds, but a journey straight to HEL on the 13th hour of the superstitious date is one flight most would probably like to avoid. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Brazil's Azul expands Recife network; adds Argentina & USA

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) has announced the expansion of flights from its Recife hub, with the addition of flights to Serra Talhada and Caruaru domestically, Rosario, SF and Córdoba Int'l in Argentina, and Fort Lauderdale Int'l in the USA. The new flights are scheduled to start in 2018. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

At $73M this is the worlds largest private jet

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Canadian company Bombardier has given the world a sneak peek at their largest ever Corporate Jet in the Global 7000 test program: the Architect also referred to as FTV4. FTV4 is the first Global 7000 aircraft to be showcased at a public event and is the first flight test vehicle equipped with a cabin interior. (luxurylaunches.com) More...

Ryanair resists pilot call for new industrial relations approach

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After the airline said it would not respond to anonymous letters, Comer became the first Ryanair captain to speak publicly in a letter to Ryanair boss Michael O‘Leary. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Boeing passenger jets have falsely-certified Kobe Steel products

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The U.S. airplane maker is carrying out a survey of aircraft to ascertain the extent and type of Kobe Steel components in its planes and will share the results with airline customers, said the source who has knowledge of the investigation. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Air New Zealand's new Dreamliner has more seats in the pointy end

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The first of Air New Zealand's new-look Boeing 787-9s has arrived in Auckland, with a freshly configured interior offering more premium seats. The airline says this is in response to growing demand for premium travel and the aircraft will be used on its Auckland-Houston route from December, the first time a Dreamliner has been used regularly on North American services. Airlines make their best returns per seat in premium cabins. Increasing numbers of leisure travellers are sitting up the front… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Is this the beginning of the end for the world's biggest passenger plane?

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The once-glittering future of the Airbus A380 superjumbo is looking shaky after a third significant engine failure forced an Air France flight to make an emergency landing last weekend. A similar incident occurred in 2010 on a Qantas A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney, and a less serious engine malfunction caused another Qantas A380 Los Angeles-Melbourne flight to turn back in May of this year. To make matters worse, Airbus suffered a massive blow in December with the announcement that it was… (www.msn.com) More...

Private Plane Crash near Las Cruces (KLRU)

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LAS CRUCES - Authorities said a plane was engulfed in flames after it crashed into a remote area near the Las Cruces International Airport. New Mexico State Police spokesman Carl Christiansen said authorities responded to the crash about three miles north of the airport about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. "It crashed into rough terrain in a canyon," Christiansen said. He said officials arrived by ATV. "When they got out there, the aircraft was completely engulfed." He said it was a… (www.lcsun-news.com) More...

747 Used to fight fires

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Earlier this week, the 747 SuperTanker dropped fire retardant on the deadly flames north of San Francisco. The craft can hold up to about 20,000 gallons of water or retardant. The large, modified Boeing plane operated by Global SuperTanker Services made six flights on Monday in an attempt to quell the raging inferno. As of Wednesday, the massive fires had burned 160,000 acres. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Delta phone app automatically checks you in for your flight

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Modern air travel is full of hassles, but one of the most arbitrary is the check-in. Why do I have to manually confirm that I'm flying when I've already paid for tickets and chosen seats? A few airlines around the world have eliminated that drudgery, but now it's coming to a major American airline. Delta has updated its iOS app (there's no update for its Android equivalent yet) with automatic check-in -- you'll get your boarding passes 24 hours before takeoff. In theory, the days of frantic… (www.engadget.com) More...

St Helena gets first commercial flight in mid-Atlantic

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Commercial flights finally open up Napoleon's hidden Atlantic island (www.cnn.com) More...

Drone Operator Located in Blackhawk Drone Strike

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“At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21, the drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, and the helicopter collided. The Army helicopter sustained damage to its main rotor blade, window frame and transmission deck. A motor and arm from a small drone, identified as a DJI Phantom 4, were recovered from the helicopter,” the NTSB reports. “…In the following days investigators were able to identify and subsequently interview the drone operator. The drone operator also provided flight data logs for the incident… (dronelife.com) More...

lane makes emergency landing in Brisbane

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passenger flight from Coolangatta to Sydney has made an emergency landing in Brisbane after experiencing engine troubles. The pilot spotted the engine problems shortly after taking off from the Gold Coast on Thursday evening and diverted the plane. The Virgin Australia flight VA546 touched down in Brisbane about 10pm on Thursday, with firefighters quickly on scene. "The captain decided to divert to Brisbane as a precautionary measure after an indication light illuminated after… (www.msn.com) More...

Scaled Composites First Flight Model 401 [Video]

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Scaled Composites has successfully completed the first flight of its most recent project, experimental aircraft Model 401. (www.youtube.com) More...

Pilot compares old and new 737 jets in one weekend

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Two weeks ago, Southwest Airlines retired their fleet of Boeing 737-300s and two days later inaugurated service with the new Boeing 737-8MAX jet. Southwest Pilot Herb Jackson had the opportunity to fly both. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

American and JetBlue to add more seats to domestic aircraft

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Domestic travel on American Airlines and JetBlue is about to get more uncomfortable. Both carriers have unveiled plans to add extra seats to a portion of their respective fleets, tightening up legroom and piling revenue onto an already healthy industry. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

This is when the Airbus Beluga XL will take to the skies

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The first Airbus Beluga XL super transporter is on schedule to take off next summer. (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

British pols unload on Boeing, 'king of corporate welfare,' in Bombardier tariff spat

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Boeing is the "king of corporate welfare," Britain's main opposition Labour Party said, accusing the U.S. aerospace giant of "egregious hypocrisy" in pursuing an illegal-subsidies claim against Bombardier that threatens thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Fiji Boeing 737 over Pacific on Oct 11th 2017, loss of cabin pressure

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A Fiji Airways Boeing 737-700, registration DQ-FJF performing flight FJ-822 from Christmas Island (Kiribati) to Honolulu,HI (USA), was enroute over the Pacific Ocean about 950 to 600nm south of Honolulu when the crew needed to initiate an emergency descent (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Air Baltic temporarily grounds CSeries fleet

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Latvian carrier Air Baltic is temporarily grounding its entire fleet of Bombardier CSeries jets pending technical checks on the engines. Air Baltic has seven CS300s, which are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500Gs. The carrier tells FlightGlobal that it has issued a "temporary suspension" of CS300 flight operations pending inspections on an "external engine accessory". (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Will Not Pay Proposed Bombardier CSeries Tariffs

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Delta Air Lines chief executive Ed Bastian is confident that the carrier will take delivery of the 75 Bombardier CS100s it has on order without paying a proposed 300% tariff on the aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Norwegian to launch the world’s longest low-cost flight

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A new era for long-haul travel began as Norwegian surged into the UK – Far East market with a four-a-week Dreamliner service between Gatwick and Singapore. At 12hr 24min, It is the world’s longest low-cost flight. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

EasyJet plans to fly electric powered aircraft

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With a range of 335 miles, the aircraft is specifically designed for short-haul operations which are perfectly suited to easyJet’s route network with an average flight less than two hours. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Delta Operating Profit Down On Storm Impact in Third Quarter

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Delta Air Lines saw its operating profit decrease 7% to $1.84 billion in the third quarter, as it took a $120 million hit from storms that hit the Southeast USA in September. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Aircalin Firms Airbus Order

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Aircalin, the Noumea-based carrier in the French territory of New Caledonia, has firmed up its order for two Airbus A320neos single-aisle and two A330-900 widebody aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

Etihad CEO Looks to Redefine Airline’s Future

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Etihad Airways’ executive team is close to completing its strategic review and setting a new five- and 10-year plan after being rocked financially by what its CEO calls “a perfect storm”. (atwonline.com) More...

Air new zealand to order 737-919's replacement of older A320 jets 2020

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Ceo Luxton has announced a deal with Boeing airplane company to purchase 10 b739's for it's domestic routes and international air routes. The order has being placed with the airplane maker and the b739's will have the latest interior and innovation design's fitted to the aircraft. The first five b739's will arrive in early 2020 and be based at Christchuch NZCH. Even though the remaining b789's on order have being delayed air new zealand stuck a deal with the airplane maker. The A320 airbus jets… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Brisbane Airport in numbers: Why Australia's leading airport needs to grow quickly

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How many people travel through Brisbane's airport each day and what does the future hold for one of the country's busiest airports? Last year more than 5.6 million passengers passed through the Brisbane International Airport alone. It was also named Australia's leading airport last year at the World Travel Awards, beating Sydney and Melbourne for the title which looked at service standards and ease of travel. Passenger numbers in Brisbane are set to increase with new direct flights to Beijing… (www.msn.com) More...

Qantas and Emirates compete for Kiwis with extra flights

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Emirates will begin services directly between Dubai and New Zealand bypassing Melbourne and Brisbane, and Qantas will run additional services between Australia and New Zealand, as part of a changes to their partnership agreement. It follows an announcement in August from Qantas that it will no longer fly to London via Dubai but use Singapore as its hub for London customers. In what appears to be an increase in competition between the two, Emirates will retain its existing daily A380 flights from… (www.msn.com) More...

AirAsia X Could Swap 66-Jet Airbus A330neo Order to A350s

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AirAsia X Bhd., the long-haul arm of the region’s biggest budget carrier, is looking at swapping an order for 66 Airbus SE A330neo wide-body jets to larger A350s in a bid to boost capacity on its busiest routes. (www.bloomberg.com) More...