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The damaged Air France A380 finally to leave Goose Bay

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The Air France Airbus A380, which had diverted to Goose Bay in late September after a power failure, returned to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Wednesday evening, December 6. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) More...

Meet the British Airways pilot filming from the flight deck to demystify his job

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Ever been itching to know what the view from the flight deck is like when you’re coming in to land? Dave Wallsworth feels your pain Dave Wallsworth is filming from the flight deck of an A380 to help nervous flyers and share the view. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

Canada doesn't buy Fighter Aircraft from Boeing

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This is not an airliner news and normally shouldn't be mentioned here on "Airliner Watch". But it is strictly related to the airliner wars between Boeing and Bombardier, and makes the headline. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Qatar announces deal to buy 50 Airbus planes

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Qatar is to buy 50 Airbus a321neo planes with an option for a further 30. The deal was one of several announced on Thursday during a state visit to Qatar by French President Emmanuel Macron. (news.sky.com) More...

Canada Scraps Plan to Buy Boeing Fighter Jets Amid Trade Dispute With Bombardier

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 Boeing Co (BA.N) Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. (www.reuters.com) More...

German pilots to stop refugee repatriation flights

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Since the beginning of the year, the German pilots have refused to make more than 200 flights returning refugees to Afghanistan, while the country continues to fight against the massive migrations triggered by the conflicts in the Middle East. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

How to fight the California wildfires with a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet

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Step inside (which you can do in the interactive 3-D model below) and you'll see that the upper floor looks pretty normal, with the cockpit and a few seats. Head down the stairs to the main floor, though, and you'll see the key changes its owner, Global Supertanker LLC, made when it converted the Japan Airlines passenger plane to a firefighter in 2016. (www.wired.com) More...

The 16 coolest airline paint jobs in the world

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As planes crisscross the globe, their exterior graphics not only represent the companies that operate them but in many instances also serve as visual ambassadors for their respective homelands. A great airline livery gives onlookers a taste of a carrier's values or its culture's ethos in an attractive and effective colour scheme. Airlines like Southwest, Spirit, and American have updated their liveries in recent years, with mixed results. Others have hit home runs. Here's a selection of 16… (www.msn.com) More...

Emirates A388 at JFK Dec 4th 2017 at about 200 feet in turn to runway 13L

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There is some question on the actual altitude. ATC alerted flightcrew which initiated go around. How low would that put the lower wingtip? (avherald.com) More...

How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for (BA, DAL)

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The Boeing 717-200 went out of production in 2006. Only 156 of the planes have been built. A decade later, the airlines that operate the 717 want more of them. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Cathay Pacific crew saw North Korean missile from plane, airline says

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Cathay Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong saw what they believed was a North Korean ballistic missile re-entering the Earth's atmosphere last Wednesday, the airline said Monday. (www.cnn.com) More...

Chinese authorities test drone-aircraft collision

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the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted the first test of a collision between a UAV (drone) and a passenger plane at the Xiangbei Experimental Base of Aviation Industry. This was done to determine the effects of a quad-copter drone hitting the front windshield of a passenger plane in flight. (news.aviation-safety.net) More...

The largest engine of the world gets ready to power B777X

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With a fan of composite material more than 11 feet (3.35 meters) in diameter, General Electric GE9X is the largest engine in the world. This is the new engine of the Boeing 777X. It will be the largest and most efficient dual-aisle aircraft operating in the world, according to the North American manufacturer (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines is the first carrier to offer a first-class cabin on Airbus’s A350-900

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The Malaysian flag carrier took delivery of its first of six A350s from lease company Air Lease Corporation, ahead of the aircraft’s deployment on its Kuala Lumpur-London Heathrow route on January 15 next year. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Man shuts down 'racist' woman at airport over first class dispute

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A man's reaction to an apparently racist woman at a US airport apparently caused onlookers to burst into applause, and has attracted hundreds of thousands of shares online. Emmit Eclass Walker said he was approached by a woman at a Washington airport who assumed he was not a first class passenger. He believes it was due to the colour of his skin. "Excuse me, I believe you may be in the wrong place... this line is for priority boarding," she told him, according to his Facebook post. Mr… (www.msn.com) More...

Self-drive nose wheel promises less time on the tarmac

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Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from WheelTug to deliver a new nose wheel design for the Boeing 737NG family of aircraft,which is powered by the aircraft’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), and aims to save time, engine life and fuel use resulting in reduced emissions and significant cost savings for aircraft operators. (www.stirling-dynamics.com) More...

Qatar Airways releases the inaugural flight video of its first A350-1000

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Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 launched its maiden flight on December 10, 2017, before a scheduled delivery at the end of the month. Qatar Airways has released a video of the inaugural flight. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

US airlines plan to enforce new rules on smart bags

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Travelers looking to use their fancy new smart luggage may soon face a hard time getting the bags on a plane due to safety concerns about their batteries. According to CNN, American, Delta and Alaska Airlines have all announced that starting January 15th, passengers checking smart luggage will have to remove the lithium-ion batteries (or keep them powered down if traveling in the cabin). The site also says that United Continental and Southwest Airlines both plan to announce similar policies… (www.engadget.com) More...

Delta flight makes emergency bathroom stop in Montana

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A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings after the plane's toilets stopped working and passengers couldn't hold it any longer. The Billings Gazette reports that the direct flight diverted hundreds of miles south on Saturday to make the emergency bathroom stop. Delta says that upon landing in Billings, the plane had to taxi to a cargo area because a gate was not available. Delta says ground crews rolled a stairway to the airplane so passengers could… (abcnews.go.com) More...

Aeromexico Eyes Delta's Bombardier CSeries Jet Order Amid U.S. Trade Spat

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Aeromexico (AEROMEX.MX) has held preliminary talks to take some Bombardier (BBDb.TO) CSeries jets orders from Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), which owns a stake in the Mexican carrier, to avoid possible U.S. trade duties levied on the planes, two sources familiar with the matter said. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Antarctica sightseeing flights from Australia: Qantas jumbo's cool day trip

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The veteran 747 captain is one of only four Qantas pilots qualified to captain the airline's most unusual flight route – a 13-hour jaunt to Antarctica and back. Tour company Antarctica Flights charters a Qantas jumbo jet a few times a year to take tourists on a sightseeing tour of the world's coldest, most remote continent. It's an opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of this frozen wasteland and get a real sense of the awesome size and harshness of the landscape. "People don't realise how… (www.msn.com) More...

Lufthansa is certified as a 5-Star Airline

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Lufthansa has been Certified with the highest 5-Star Airline rating by SKYTRAX, the international air transport rating organisation. SKYTRAX has bestowed this distinguished honor to only nine other airlines in the world, and Lufthansa is the only European airline to earn this accolade. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Former AF66 Returning to Paris

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This is the A380 with the engine issue that was stuck in Goose Bay. They're on the way back to CDG today as Air France 371V. (www.flightaware.com) More...

A350 Returns to Boston - Qatar Airways Downgauges BOS-DOH A350 -> 787, Upgauges One Month Later

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Bostonians lost the A350 on the BOS-DOH route to the 787-8 due to Qatari equipment shuffles back in October, with no return in sight. Speculation would have the A350 return in spring/summer months, but this week, schedules abruptly changed and the A350 is back on for the foreseeable future. The first A350 return service is shown here. (www.youtube.com) More...

Horizon Air Operations Stabilizes

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After a slew of cancellations over the summer, Horizon Air operations are finally showing signs of stability. The airline even picked up a bunch of pilots who lost their jobs when Island Air shut down. The carrier also plans to resume delivery of their Embraer E-175s starting in March 2018 as well as commence the retirement of 13 of their oldest Q400 turboprops. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Gun Found In Lunch Bag Of TSA Worker at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

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A Transportation Security Administration worker packed more than just a sandwich in his lunch bag while heading to work at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. (boston.cbslocal.com) More...

The LA Fires Underscore the Need for Preventive Aerial Firefighting

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You need persistent delivery with minimum time between refilling airplanes and only the CL-415 and BE-60 can do that. (www.airinsight.com) More...

Direct flights from Zurich, Switzerland to Seychelles to begin next year

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Seychelles is set to get another direct flight to Europe when Switzerland’s leisure airline, Edelweiss Air, begins flights to the island nation from September next year. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

CBS DFW Story: Concerns Raised About Passenger Safety Over Foreign Repair Work

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The labor union representing American Airlines mechanics and ground crews has hired a firm run by the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate if foreign repair work on planes is putting passengers at risk. (dfw.cbslocal.com) More...

KLM thinks the pilot cap is old fashioned

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KLM explains in a statement that it no longer sees "added value" from this accessory. Starting from the beginning of the new year, the airline operator wants to give a "more modern" appearance to its pilots by removing the cap from pilot uniforms. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

WestJet Going to War With Canadian Upstart Low-cost Carriers

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Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet is at the forefront of a business war against some new upstart, no-frills low-cost carriers. Utilizing a plan described as 'radical,' WestJet hopes to tap into several customer groups ranging from price-sensitive travelers (through their own ultra low-cost subsidiary Swoop) to the wealthy (via mainline). (www.bloomberg.com) More...

AI pilots fly plane with fuselage crack

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New Delhi: Two senior commanders and a flight engineer of Air India have been grounded for flying an aircraft with a crack on its fuselage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline are probing this lapse as the crew reportedly operated the flight even after discovering the crack on the main body section of the Airbus A-319 during a pre-flight walk around inspection. (epaper.timesgroup.com) More...

Airbus remains upbeat about A-380 superjumbo despite two-year sales drought

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A two-year sales drought for the flagship A-380 superjumbo may have increased pressure at Airbus to keep the programme flying, but the European plane maker remains upbeat about its long-term prospects. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

Japan may join a U.S-proposed project to achieve manned moon landing

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Japan will consider joining a U.S.-proposed project to build a new space station orbiting the moon, hoping such a move will boost the chances of sending Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Your Christmas lights could blind airplane pilots, FAA says

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If you’re planning to dazzle your neighbors with laser holiday lighting this month, your friendly overhead airline pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration are kindly asking that you not blind them. (www.sfgate.com) More...

DC-10 Drops Fire Retardant On Guy's House, Breaks His Truck Window

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DC-10 doing a crazy low pass for all the right reasons. Great work by some talented pilots. (www.avgeekery.com) More...

FAA Urges Small Drone Pilots To Wear Vests

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Seeking to boost "public awareness" of legal small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operations, the U.S. FAA is urging sUAS pilots to wear reflective safety vests when flying their aircraft. "By taking this simple action, sUAS [pilots] can demonstrate that they are accepting responsibility for the activity and that they are intending to operate in a safe and compliant manner," the FAA said in a newly released safety information for operators bulletin. (www.ainonline.com) More...