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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...

UK Defends Bombardier With Outright Rejection of Boeing Case

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Boeing's trade case against Bombardier over the CSeries has been categorically rejected as having no merit by the UK government, which has urged the US airframer to withdraw the complaint immediately. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

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...

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...

Horizon Air Pilots Blast Alaska Airlines Management Over Service Cuts

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Pilots at Horizon Air, the Portland, Oregon-based regional subsidiary of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, have publicly blamed Alaska management for service cuts and aircraft deferrals. (atwonline.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bombardier CSeries Will Avoid 300% Duties With US Assembly: Executives

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Bombardier and Airbus executives confirm that plans to open a CSeries final assembly line in the USA would enable the companies to avoid a potentially disastrous 300% tariff on imports of CS100s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Chief Peter Bellew Quits to Rejoin Ryanair

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew is to step down from the airline after barely a year, having been recruited by budget carrier Ryanair to serve as chief operations officer. (www.flightglobal.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...

Airbus Envisions Harmonizing CSeries With A320

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Airbus will look to smooth the boundary between the Bombardier CSeries and its own single-aisle aircraft line in order to create a more harmonised range. (www.flightglobal.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...

St Helena’s airport finally ready for touchdown

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The “world’s most useless airport” is about to welcome its first commercial passenger flight – five years later than planned. Environmental and geographical challenges famously delayed the opening of the airport on St Helena, one of the most isolated inhabited islands on the planet, and the project, which cost the British government £285m, was saddled with the unfortunate moniker. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Emirates A380 Jet Nearly Loses Directional Control In Windy Landing

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A380 Pilot way overcontrols the rudder after rough crosswind landing. (www.avgeekery.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...

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...

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...

PICTURE: Flight Testing of First Airbus A330P2F Begins

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German modification and maintenance specialist Elbe Flugzeugwerke has started test flights of the first Airbus A330 it has converted from passenger to freighter configuration. (www.flightglobal.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...

UK Pilots Alarmed at Prospect of EU Deal Failure

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UK cockpit crew representatives are expressing alarm at the possibility that the government is prepared to withdraw from the European Union without a trade agreement. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Evaluating Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX Family Order

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Delta Air Lines is looking at both the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max for an upcoming narrowbody order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

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The Federal Aviation Administration it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend. The annual Yellville Turkey Trot in northern Arkansas has included a turkey drop for more than five decades , though sponsors in recent years have distanced themselves from the practice. Several birds were dropped Saturday and then chased by festival-goers below. (abcnews.go.com) More...

EasyJet Confirms Alitalia Bid

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UK LCC easyJet has confirmed that it has submitted an expression of interest in troubled Italian flag carrier Alitalia, as parallel talks to acquire part of airberlin continue. (atwonline.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...

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...

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...

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...

PICTURE: Garuda Indonesia Retires Last Boeing 747-400

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Garuda Indonesia formally retired its final Boeing 747-400 from service at a ceremony on 9 October. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

EasyJet Set to Launch German Routes if Air Berlin Deal is Finalized

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UK-based LCC easyJet plans to launch German domestic flights from Berlin to Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Munich if a bid to acquire parts of the insolvent airberlin’s short-haul business is finalized. (atwonline.com) More...

Air Austral Signs Agreement to Take 49% of Air Madagascar

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Reunion-based Air Austral has finalized its equity joint venture with Air Madagascar, agreeing to take a 49% stake alongside the Madagascan government which will maintain a controlling 51% shareholding. (atwonline.com) More...

PICTURES: Qantas Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787-9

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Qantas has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 at a ceremony held at Boeing’s delivery centre in Everett. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

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...

Air New Zealand to Deploy Boeing 787-9s on Houston Route

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Air New Zealand will deploy its premium-heavy Boeing 787-9s on the Auckland-Houston route from December, alongside larger 777-200ERs. (www.flightglobal.com) More...