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Alaska Air Group Posts $505 Million Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit in 2Q

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Alaska Air Group—parent of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air—earned $296 million in net income in the second quarter, up 13.8% over a net profit of $260 million in the 2016 June quarter, which does not include Virgin America’s 2016 second-quarter figures. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing Bullish After $1.8 Billion 2Q Net Profit

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Boeing reported a second-quarter net profit of $1.8 billion, reversed from a net loss of $234 million in the 2016 June quarter when the company incurred several pre-tax charges—including R&D charges related to commercial aircraft programs—that weighed down earnings. (atwonline.com) More...

United adds one-time Boeing 747 flight on Chicago-San Francisco route

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Your chances to catch a Boeing 747 flight in the United States are dwindling as the last two U.S. airlines still flying the jet are in the process of phasing them out. (www.usatoday.com) More...

JetBlue Issues Request for Qualifications to Developers for JFK Airport Terminal Project

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JetBlue today released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of a terminal at New York’s JFK Airport. This development initiative is aligned with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision plan to transform JFK International Airport into an airport equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century. In coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s master plan process, JetBlue is seeking to lead the development of the former Terminal 6 site and potentially the… (metroairportnews.com) More...

Port Authority Board Approves $54.4 Million Runway Project at LaGuardia Airport to Maintain State of Good Repair

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The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized $54.4 million to rehabilitate Runway 4-22 and associated taxiways at LaGuardia Airport to extend their useful life and ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration standards. Work on the 7,000 feet long and 150 feet wide runway will take place during nightly airport closures and extended weekend runway closures to minimize the impact on aeronautical operations. (metroairportnews.com) More...

Small plane crashed at Ogden Airport (KOGD) 07/26/17

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Police were dispatched to the crash site at 12:40 local. Type and cause in unknown at the time. (www.ksl.com) More...

American Airlines Drops Charter Flights for Six NFL Teams Including Dolphins and Steelers

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American Airlines says it has suspended its arrangements to provide charter flights for six NFL teams because it lacks sufficient aircraft. (www.forbes.com) More...

United Airlines Announces Relaunch of Denver to London Route

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In celebration of United's 80 years of service in Denver, the airline today announced the launch of daily nonstop seasonal service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) beginning March 24, 2018 through October 26, 2018, subject to government approval. The new Denver flight will conveniently connect customers from nearly 80 domestic destinations to London. (newsroom.united.com) More...

This 30-Year-Old Pilot Says She is The Youngest Woman in The World to Captain a Boeing 777

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Indian pilot Anny Divya claims to have become the youngest woman in the world to captain a Boeing 777. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Air Partner Remarkets 15 Saudia Boeing 777-200ERs

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Air Partner’s Aircraft Remarketing division (formerly Cabot Aviation) has been appointed by Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia as its exclusive remarketing agent for 15 Boeing 777-200ERs. (atwonline.com) More...

Florida set to rumble with over 30 'startling' sonic booms as NASA reveals plan to test supersonic flight at Kennedy Space Center

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Tests will begin August 21, with flights from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Local residents and beachgoers may hear distant 'rumble' or 'startling' boom The tests come as part of ongoing effort to reduce sonic boom to a 'thump' (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Hawaiian Airlines Posts $80.4 Million 2Q Net Profit

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Hawaiian Holdings, parent of Hawaiian Airlines, posted $80.4 million net income for the 2017 second quarter, up 1.1% from $79.6 million net profit in 2Q 2017. (atwonline.com) More...

The U.S. Air Force Wants Permission to Shoot Down Civilian Drones

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The head of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command wants permission to deal with civilian drones-including shooting them down-that threaten to interfere with flight operations. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

The low-cost airline you’ve never heard of (and why it’s coming to Birmingham)

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United Airlines announced last week that its Birmingham to New York route would be axed in October, leaving England’s second city without a direct route to the US for the first time in 20 years. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Firefighting planes dive in to scoop some water...

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The CL-415 is an amphibious water bomber purpose-built to land in bodies of water, scoop up a bellyful of H20, and drop it on wildfires. The planes scoop up a full load of 1,692 gallons of water in just 12 seconds, which has earned it the nickname "SuperScooper." (Watch the video halfway down the link.) (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines Unveils Three New Year-Round West Coast Routes, Begins Sales for Airbus A321neo Flights

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HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines will expand its U.S. West Coast presence with the arrival of an A321neo fleet by adding three new non-stop daily routes early next year: Portland-Maui; Oakland-Kaua‘i; and Los Angeles-Kona. The routes will offer guests more options for direct access to Hawaiian’s neighbor islands while enjoying the company’s award-winning, warm hospitality in the comfort of medium-haul, single-aisle A321neo aircraft. (newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com) More...

Toronto's Pearson Airport could be hit by baggage handlers' strike Thursday

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Ground crew for 45 airlines at Pearson International Airport could be walking a picket line Thursday, potentially delaying flights (business.financialpost.com) More...

Concorde 2 Vs 'Son of Concorde': Airbus in supersonic race with NASA

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Rebirth of an icon of the skies could be close as aerospace giants bid to go supersonic (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

Jet Airways technician held for smuggling gold

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An aircraft maintenance technician working with Jet Airways at the Mangaluru International Airport was arrested on Tuesday by the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Mangaluru for his alleged involvement in smuggling gold. (www.deccanherald.com) More...

Incident: Ryanair B737 at Bucharest on Jul 25th 2017, overran runway on landing

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DCR performing flight FR-314 from Berlin Schoenefeld (Germany) to Bucharest Otopeni (Romania) with 183 people on board, landed on Otopeni's runway 26R at 10:37L (07:37Z) but overran the displaced end of the runway, damaged a runway end light and came to a stop (avherald.com) More...

194 Passengers Turn Up For Air India Flight With 144 Seats, Passengers Protest

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A glitch in Air India's reservation system has brought in fresh trouble for the airlines which overbooked passengers by 31% as Kolkata saw angry protests by passengers on Saturday. (www.thequint.com) More...

Canada Jetlines is Planning to Start Operations in the Summer of 2018

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Jetlines (Canada Jetlines Ltd.) is now planning to launch scheduled low-fare passenger operations for the summer of 2018. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

‘A Painful and Frustrating Experience’: Horizon Air Scheduling Havoc Will Continue Into the Fall

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The pilot-shortage crisis at Alaska Air subsidiary Horizon Air continues after multiple flight cancellations. The airline is contracting with SkyWest as well as bringing in Alaska Airlines jets to handle hundreds of flights in the fall. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Air India Flies Into Mid-Air Fuel Crisis With Landing Gear Still Down

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Pilots of an Air India flight forgot to retract the aircraft wheel assembly after taking off from Kolkata on Saturday and realised it only half way through the journey to Mumbai when they were forced to land in Nagpur. With the landing gear down, the A320 aircraft guzzled fuel faster and a low fuel situation forced the pilots to divert. Both pilots have been de-rostered by the carrier. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

This Doc’s No Dwarf: Flying Inside The Biggest Bomber Of World War II

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OSHKOSH, Wisconsin—The world’s second flying B-29 Superfortress completed a 17-year journey with its arrival at EAA AirVenture here on July 22. I was privileged to join the adventure of flying the newly-restored bomber known as “Doc,” first to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a special event, and then to Oshkosh where it will join Fifi, the world’s other flying B-29, in the first formation of these aircraft in the past 50 years. The B-29 Superfortress, the first pressurized and long-range bomber, is more… (www.aviationweek.com) More...

Germany's SundAir adds maiden A320

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SundAir (SDR, Berlin Schönefeld) has taken delivery of its maiden A320-200 following the arrival of PR-MYO (msn 4974) at Berlin Schönefeld from Abu Dhabi Int'l last week. Skyliner Aviation reports the twinjet, which will be followed by msn 4953 later this quarter, has been added to the German register as D-ASEF. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Incident: Korean B787 at Toronto on Jul 17th 2017, runway incursion

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A Korean Airlines Boeing 787-900, registration HL8082 performing flight KE-74 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Seoul (South Korea), was taxiing for departure, however crossed the hold short line runway 05 at taxiway B without clearance. (avherald.com) More...

Pilots will team up with eclipse chasers in August

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This will be the first solar eclipse exclusive to the majority of the United States in 99 years, and millions are preparing to document the event high above the dust and possible clouds for a unique view. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Airliner flies with gear down, diverts due to low fuel

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Air India has grounded two pilots who forgot to retract aircraft landing gear after take off and then flew all the way from Kolkata to Nagpur with the wheels out. While the flight's destination was Mumbai, flying with the wheels out meant flying low and more fuel burn due to which the plane had to land at Nagpur after running low on fuel. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Accident: British Airways B777 enroute on Jul 23rd 2017, fumes in crew rest compartment

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A number of crew members reported feeling unwell and requested medical assistance after experiencing odour of sweaty socks while taking a rest in the crew rest compartment during the flight (avherald.com) More...

S7 Airlines unveils new livery

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Russia’s S7 Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, on lease from BOC Aviation. The aircraft, which features the airline’s new livery, is also the first neo to be operated in Russia. According to the Singapore-based lessor, delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

NASA moves ahead with plans to build a quiet supersonic jet

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NASA's dreams of a quiet supersonic jet are one step closer to fruition. The agency tells Bloomberg that it'll start taking bids to build a larger (94-foot) real-world demo version of the aircraft that it tunnel-tested in June, and we now have a clearer sense of how well it'll perform in real life. The design is expected to reduce noise to no more than 65dBa, which is exceptionally quiet for an aircraft -- co-designer Lockheed Martin likens it to the inside of a luxury car. That would make it… (www.engadget.com) More...

Delta to Launch Fourth US-Shanghai route

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Delta Air Lines will introduce a new direct daily route between Atlanta and Shanghai, China in July 2018, the Atlanta-based carrier said July 19, pending government approvals (atwonline.com) More...

Philippine Airlines Takes First Bombardier Q400

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first dual-class, 86-seat Bombardier Q400 in Toronto, Canada. (atwonline.com) More...

UAC: Russian Airlines Will Need 1,170 Aircraft by 2036

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United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) has predicted a need for 1,170 passenger aircraft, worth $135 billion at list prices, by 2036, the Russian manufacturer said during last week’s MAKS Air Show in Moscow. (atwonline.com) More...

Ryanair Reports 55% Net Profit Jump in 1Q

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Ireland-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair reported a 55% jump in net profit for the first quarter of its 2018 financial year, with the post-tax figure rising to €397 million ($453 million), compared to €256 million a year ago. (atwonline.com) More...

Air Berlin to Lease Two Airbus A330-900neos

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Germany-based airberlin has confirmed to ATW it will lease two Airbus A330-900neos, but has not disclosed the lessor. (atwonline.com) More...

Dad Says Delta Threw His Whole Family Off a Flight Because His Son Had Lice

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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. (www.inc.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines is About to Start Using its Superjumbo A380’s for Special Hajj Flights

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Malaysia Airlines has announced it will start using its Airbus A380 aircraft on special charter services for the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

SFO close-call: Air Canada pilot was not using guidance instruments, source says

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SAN FRANCISCO The wayward Air Canada pilot who nearly landed on a crowded San Francisco International Airport taxiway earlier this month did not activate his computer guidance system that would have helped guide his airplane onto the appropriate runway and not dozens of feet from a catastrophe, according to a source familiar with the federal investigation. (www.latimes.com) More...

IAG Firms Three More Airbus A330-200s Options for Level Startup

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International Airlines Group has firmed three options for Airbus A330-200 widebodies for its new Level long-haul, low-cost carrier after a strong start for bookings. (atwonline.com) More...

Garmin G3X Touch Suite Approved for CubCrafters XCub

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CubCrafters of Yakima, Wash., announced FAA approval of an integrated EFIS avionics suite as primary instrumentation for its XCub light airplane. The FAA approved installation of the Garmin G3X Touch system as an amendment to the XCub’s Part 23 type certificate, which the agency granted in June 2016. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Approach Aviation Readies Shipments of 'FlexAlert' Annunciator

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Instrument provider Approach Aviation has obtained FAA approval of its FlexAlert multifunction annunciator, which begins shipping next month. Featuring a sunlight-readable, dimmable LED display, FlexAlert places critical warning and condition annunciations directly in front of a pilot. Approach Aviation, of Marlborough, Mass., says its photon-separator LED display technology is significantly brighter and more reliable than incandescent lamps. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Boeing to cut more jobs as Airbus crosswinds grow stronger

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Boeing is cutting workers at its fastest clip in more than a decade. The aerospace giant shed more than 6000 staff during the first half of the year, some 4 per cent of its workforce, through a mix of attrition, buyouts and lay-offs, most of them at its big jetliner plants in Washington state. (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

Qatar Airways is Selling Itself On Something That Most Airline Passengers Now Take for Granted: Safety

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It's one thing to be the 'World's Best Airline' but how about being the world's safest airline? Qatar Airways achieves perfect score in Operational Safety Audit by the International Air Travel Association (IATA). (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Has Norwegian Air Bitten Off More Than it Can Chew? Rumours the Airline Has Over Hired Cabin Crew on Faltering Results

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Poor financial results and rumours that Norwegian has over hired cabin crew have cast serious doubts on its ability to make low-cost long-haul air travel a success... (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Update in SpaceX’s fast rocket reusability efforts

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Elon Musk shared some more insight into SpaceX’s path to fast and full rocket reusability at the ISS R&D conference. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Etihad Airways One of 10 Bidding for Alitalia

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Etihad Airways, one of UAE's national carriers, which owns 49% of Italian airline, made a non-binding offer for total takeover, according to Italian media (www.arabianbusiness.com) More...