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EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar Thursday morning, according to multiple news accounts citing the airline. Flight 804 had 59 passengers and 10 crew aboard. According to Sky News Arabia, the plane was last detected in the skies over Greece, about 40 minutes from Athens. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 On Track For First Flight This Year

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The first Airbus A350-1000, which is now structurally complete in Toulouse, is on course to make its maiden flight by year-end as it moves through the final-assembly process. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A Look Back at American’s Shifting Fleet As It Plans to Retire Two More Types

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In an internal memo last week, American explained that it was going to retire two more fleets in the next couple of years with both the Embraer 190 and A330-300s hitting the road. Both these moves make sense in the context of the airline’s future plans, but it made me think about the evolution of American’s fleet through two mergers and plenty of crises. I went back to the year 2000 to illustrate just how much things have changed. Here’s a chart showing the fleet mix at the end of each of the… (crankyflier.com) More...

Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Crashes at Guam Base

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A B-52H Stratofortress bomber aborted takeoff and crashed at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, the Air Force said Wednesday night. None of the seven people aboard was injured. The giant plane, part of the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, was on a routine training mission when it reported down at the base's flight line, or maintenance area, about 8:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), the Air Force said. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Chinese jets intercept US spy plane over South China Sea

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Two Chinese fighters have carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a US military aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon says. The incident happened in international airspace on 17 May as the US maritime reconnaissance aircraft carried out a routine patrol in the area, it added. (www.bbc.com) More...

See a Boeing 777-300ER Tear Down

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Aircraft Demolition shared their Boeing 777-300ER tear down from April, 2016. (aviationweek.com) More...

Lufthansa CEO warns Brexit "crisis" would hit European travel demand

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A British exit from the European Union could be a "crisis" that would hit economic growth in the region and lower demand for air travel, the head of German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) warned. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether their country should remain in or leave the 28-member bloc and many business have spoken out in favour of remaining in the EU. (uk.reuters.com) More...

World's Second Airworthy B-29!

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May 20th, 2016, Wichita, KS, Today the FAA handed over the airworthiness certificate to "DOC". Doc is a B-29 that rolled of the assembly line in Wichita, Ks in March of 1945. After years serving in Non-Combat roles, Doc was sentence to China Lake for target practice. Rescued in 1998, Doc was transported back to Wichita for restoration. As of today, May 20th, 2016; Doc was finally presented with a new Airworthiness Certificate. From first start to first taxi, and soon to be first… (twitter.com) More...

US Bans E-Cigarettes From Checked Bags

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The US Transportation Department is to permanently ban passengers and crew members from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage or charging the devices onboard aircraft. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx cited a number of recent incidents that show the devices can catch fire during transport. Passengers may continue to carry e-cigarettes for personal use in carry-on baggage or on their person, but may not use them on flights, Foxx said. (news.airwise.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Adds Two Leased Airbus A350s

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has exercised the lease option for two additional new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corp. (ALC) under a 12-year lease agreement. The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under an existing lease agreement for four A350-900s signed in September 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

UPS Boeing 747-400 over Pacific on May 16th 2016, engine oil leak

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A UPS Boeing 747-400, registration N583UP (AeroInside lists zero other incidents up until today for the same aircraft, while the same airline UPS is currenty listed in 26 other reports) performing flight 5X-63 from Hong Kong (China) to Anchorage,AK (USA), was enroute over the Pacific Ocean when the crew observed a slow oil leak from engine #2 (CF6, inboard left). When the remaining oil quantity dropped to one quart the crew shut the engine down and continued to Anchorage maintaining routine… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Reimagine TSA to protect travelers

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We should consider what to do about the excruciatingly long security screening lines at airports around the country that have resulted in thousands of passengers missing their flights. Travelers have every right to be frustrated and angry at yet another government failure. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Virgin Australia launches ‘Space +’ economy cabin as part of 777 refit

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In addition to a new business class with direct aisle access from every seat and a refreshed premium economy cabin, Virgin Australia’s fleet of five Boeing 777-300ERs will also feature a number of extra legroom economy seats that will be marketed as Economy Space +. Economy passengers on Virgin’s 777s, which operate from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles, as well as from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, can buy an Economy Space + seat for between $135 and $165 per sector, with the new product available for… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Air Mauritius considering partnering Air Madagascar

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Air Mauritius (MK, Mauritius) has expressed an interest becoming a strategic partner to fellow Indian Ocean operator Air Madagascar (MD, Antananarivo). (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Southwest Pilot Tensions Flare Anew Over Arrival of 737 Max Jets

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Southwest Airlines Co. pilots, frustrated after four years of unsuccessful contract talks, asked the carrier to guarantee it won’t force them to fly Boeing Co.’s newest 737 before the plane is negotiated into a new agreement for the 8,000 workers. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Bombardier chief calls out industry criticism of CSeries

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Linking the CSeries to the invention of the 50-seat regional jet, chief executive Alain Bellemare told an audience of high-ranking executives that Bombardier’s high-stakes bet on the 100-150-seat jet market will be vindicated, even as called on his industry rivals to refrain from criticizing innovative projects. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner vs. Airbus A350 Showdown Is Looming in the U.S.

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and Airbus' A350 have both sold well in the U.S. so far. And American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Continental will need to order a whole lot more in the coming years. (www.fool.com) More...

Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers form alliance

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Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers (LCCs) have formed a new standards-based collaborative marketing group, using the IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) digital interoperability standard. (atwonline.com) More...

Norwegian Air Shuttle to Start Las Vegas-London Gatwick Service

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Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low-cost, long-haul air carrier at the center of a nationwide debate about fair wages and open-skies agreements, will expand its Las Vegas service later this year, offering twice-weekly flights between Las Vegas and London Gatwick airports, competing directly with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways in the London market. Norwegian Air Shuttle, who already offers service from Las Vegas to Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark, will also launch service to Oslo in… (www.reviewjournal.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX 7 Review Could Lead to 7,000nm BBJ

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Boeing Business Jets is already considering the potential longer-range version of the 737 Max 7 to fill a pre-existing gap in the VIP version of the single-aisle family, even as the airframer's Commercial Airplanes unit studies the proposed redesign. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines New Lie-Flat Seat Cabins Rolled Out

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Who doesn’t love a starry night… Hawaiian Airlines today welcomed home its first Airbus A330 aircraft featuring fully lie-flat seating in a spacious Premium Cabin that surrounds guests with modern, luxurious island-inspired designs and even a twinkling constellation paying homage to the history of Polynesian navigation. (thedesignair.net) More...

Working Wooden Model of Radial Engine (with video)

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A hobbyist took his passion for woodworking and combined it with his love of all things mechanical to create a nine-cylinder radial engine from lumber and plastic. Articulating rods, wrist pin connectors, cam ring lobes, and crankshaft movements are all explained in easy-to-see giant wooden parts as the contraption swiftly moves in unison, fueled by Jimmerson’s portable drill rather than avgas. (www.aopa.org) More...

British Airways considers meal charges for short flights, reports suggest

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British Airways passengers could be charged for meals on short-haul flights to help the airline compete with budget rivals, according to media reports. It has been widely reported the airline is considering ending its long-held policy of free food and drinks. (www.bbc.com) More...

Boeing's most important plane could be headed for trouble

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The 787 Dreamliner is the first new plane Boeing has designed and built from scratch in 20 years, but its entry into service has been far from smooth. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

ANA outlines Haneda plans as Hawaiian secures night slot

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ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) says it will use two of the three Tokyo Haneda daytime slots it was awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) last month to open up new services to New York JFK and Chicago O'Hare this coming winter. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Alitalia Mulls More Long-Haul Aircraft

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Etihad Aviation Group president and CEO James Hogan believes there is potential for equity partner Alitalia to grow to 40 long-haul aircraft from its current fleet of 24. (atwonline.com) More...

Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Delta Airlines Boeing 767

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Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Boeing 767-400ER of Delta Airlines plane after it strayed into its airspace in the Mediterranean Sea without identifying itself, according to Greek media. The civil aircraft reportedly belonged to Delta Airlines and was flying from Germany to Kuwait. But mystery surrounds why the pilots did not identify themselves to Greek authorities. Reports say the passenger jet first appeared on Greek radar at 7.10pm last night (Thursday). After failing to respond two… (www.airlive.net) More...

Boeing Celebrates Grand Opening of 777X Composite Wing Center

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) employees today joined with community leaders from across the region to celebrate the grand opening of its new 777X Composite Wing Center (CWC) in Everett, Wash. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Awesome 737 Video shot from HD helicopter camera

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Shot at Tulsa using a very high-res helicopter mounted camera. (www.facebook.com) More...

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