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Delta orders 100 A321neo with the ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) configuration

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Delta Air Lines chose the Airbus A321neo to renew its single-aisle fleet and the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power it.The value of the order is roughly $25.4 billion at list prices. (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...

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...

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...

Power outage cripples Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport

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(CNN)A power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest airport, is leaving thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded indefinitely. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights to Atlanta at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, meaning that planes are being held at their departure airports, according to a tweet on the airport's verified Twitter account. Departures from the airport are delayed because electronic equipment is not working… (www.cnn.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...

Embraer tests the Vmu of E190-E2 (Video)

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In this test, the airplane accelerates down the runway until it reaches its maximum safe AOA (Angle of Attack) before taking off. The tail of the aircraft comes into contact with the runway and, according to the manufacturer, the airspeed is measured exactly when it takes off. (airlinerwatch.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...

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...

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...

JetSMART receives two new A320 to cover its new routes

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The new Airbus A320-200, registered as CC-AWD and baptized with the name of Condor Andino, left Hamburg for Chile on December 9, to join the JetSMART fleet. (airlinerwatch.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...

U.S. airlines prepare for record 51 million passengers for the holiday season

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Airlines are offering 91,000 more seats per day on larger planes or additional flights to meet the demand for 80,000 additional daily passengers for the holiday period from Dec. 15 through Jan. 4, according to the trade group Airlines for America. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

The Boeing 787-9 is Set to Become the New Giant in Town

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The first Boeing 787 flew back in 2009, entering the scene as the expected replacement of the Boeing 747—an aircraft that was steeped in history but was also aging rapidly. Since then, we’ve seen the 787 evolve to accommodate the needs of airlines looking to create longer routes and travelers who are willing to fly insanely long distances non-stop. The Boeing 787-9 is the next step in super-long distance air travel, and it won’t be the last. Will 20-hour flights become the new normal? Hello,… (www.historyinorbit.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...

Airbus scores century with Delta A321neo order

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The order will see them supplied in the Airbus Cabin Flex configuration, with Pratt & Whitney to power them with its PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines. The majority of the aircraft will be manufactured at the company’s facility in Mobile, Alabama. (www.hmgaerospace.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...

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is worried about important customers

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As a result, two orders, which Eastern Air Lines had made in the direction of its expanding plans are in danger now. Boeing could easily compensate losing the order for 10, 737 Max. But it is not that easy for the Japanese manufacturer. The Americans had signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90s before their launch in 2015. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Qantas expects to choose Airbus A350 or Boeing 777X jets in 2019

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Qantas expects to choose in 2019 between the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X for the aircraft to meet its requirement to introduce nonstop flights between eastern Australia and London by 2022. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Qantas and Virgin follow US airlines to ban smart luggage

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Virgin Australia says that passengers would only be allowed to use the bags as carry-on luggage. "In the event that the guest's smart bag is too heavy, the lithium battery must be removed and carried as a spare battery in carry-on baggage. If the lithium battery cannot be removed, the smart bag cannot be carried on our aircraft," the airline said. Qantas will not allow cases on its planes at all if the batteries cannot be removed. The local airlines follow those in the US which… (www.msn.com) More...

Introducing the most popular plane ever built

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The world’s most popular aircraft? Unless you’re an amateur pilot - or an aviation anorak - the answer will probably come as a surprise. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Airbus lags Boeing in jet production and sales in 2017

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Airbus lagged Boeing in jet production and sales in the first 11 months of the year but left itself a shot at meeting full-year delivery targets after unblocking delayed engine supplies for its upgraded A320neo jet, company data showed last week. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Turkish Airlines received its first Boeing 777 Freighter

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Turkish Airlines took delivery on Dec. 6 of its first Boeing 777-200LRF Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business. (www.airguideonline.com) More...