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Video: The Death and Life of Helicopter Commuting

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Fifty years ago, a helicopter company called New York Airways whisked passengers from the rooftop of the iconic Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan to any city airport in just 10 minutes. (www.youtube.com) More...

Drone hits military chopper over Staten Island

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An army black hawk helicopter was struck by a drone at approximately 500 feet over a residential neighborhood on Staten Island. The helicopter, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was in New York City for the United Nation patrol. A piece of the drone bounced off the rotor and became lodged in the aircraft. (abc7ny.com) More...

Flight draws Texas-shaped track over Texas

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Piper Cherokee draws Texas-shaped track over Texas (flightaware.com) More...

Qantas uses 747 to deliver extra fuel to Auckland

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Qantas has ferried extra fuel from Sydney to Auckland on a Boeing 747-400 as part of efforts to minimise disruption due to fuel shortages at the airport. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Justin Trudeau to Boeing: Stop suing Bombardier

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has renewed his threat to scrap a potential deal to buy fighter jets from Boeing. (money.cnn.com) More...

Azul Leases Five Airbus A330-900neos From Avolon

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Brazil's Azul has agreed to lease five Airbus A330-900neos from Avolon, to further expand the airline's network to the USA and Europe. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: 60 cm Panel Falls from KLM 777 onto Car on Departure from Osaka, Japan

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A panel weighing around 4 kg fell off a plane shortly after takeoff Saturday at Kansai International Airport and hit a car on a road in Osaka, the transport ministry said. No one was injured by the object. The ministry will send safety inspectors to look into the cause of the mishap, officials said. The panel, about 60 cm long and 1 meter wide, fell from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane that took off at 10:40 a.m. Saturday for Amsterdam, according to the Osaka bureau of the Land, Infrastructure,… (www.timesofisrael.com) More...

Amtrak, with former Delta CEO at helm, wants to remind travelers how much they despise flying

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Richard Anderson knows exactly why so many people hate air travel. And as the former chief executive of Delta Air Lines Inc., he appears ready to exploit each of those pain points in his new role as president and co-CEO of Amtrak. The railroad has launched a new advertising campaign focused heavily on why so many airlines have been despised by so many for so long. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Qatar Airways has ordered two Boeing 747-8 Freighters, and added another four Boeing 777-300ERs to its orderbook

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Qatar Airways has ordered two Boeing 747-8 Freighters, and added another four Boeing 777-300ERs to its orderbook. The Oneworld carrier's chief executive Akbar Al Baker hinted during a 25 September press conference that the airline could potentially order a third 747-8F, citing strong demand in its cargo business. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

After Boeing Deal, Turkish Airlines Weighs Airbus Order - Sources

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Turkish Airlines has begun talks with Airbus to buy up to 40 A350 jetliners worth $12.4 billion (£9.15 billion) at list prices, hours after striking a similar deal with its U.S. rival Boeing, people familiar with the airline said on Friday. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Woodward Selected by Airbus for A320neo PW Thrust Reverser Actuation System

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Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD) today announced that it signed an agreement with Airbus to supply the Thrust Reverser Actuation System (TRAS) for the new nacelle of the Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by the Pratt and Whitney engine. (globenewswire.com) More...

JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

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JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on Monday criticized United, American and Delta airlines for opposing the three-largest Gulf carriers as they expand in the United States, calling the situation “…the perfect illustration of how we see mega-carriers trying to use their muscle and deep pockets to limit competition.” (skift.com) More...

Airbus Sees Market For 60-100 A380s In China

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Airbus remains optimistic about selling A380s in China over the next five to seven years on the back of growing passenger demand. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

No More Flying With Reindeer: Alaska Airlines Set to Retire Its Boeing 737 Combi

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Alaska Airlines is retiring its last four combi planes, special Boeing 737-400s designed to carry cargo in the middle of the plane and 72 passengers in the rear, company vice president Marilyn Romano told The Associated Press ahead of this week’s unveiling of the first of three new cargo planes for the state. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Airbus A330neo Prepares For First Flight But Airbus Yet to Fix Date

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Airbus is yet to commit to a maiden flight date for its A330neo, but both engines have been fitted to the initial test aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

In pursuing trade case, Boeing is willing to risk defense orders

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Even in the sometimes illogical world of trade law, Boeing’s complaint against Canada’s Bombardier is quirky. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Airbus Foresees More China Airbus A330 Orders

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Airbus expects Chinese carriers to place orders for more A330 aircraft as a result of domestic capacity upgauging, says its chief operating officer and president of commercial aircraft Fabrice Bregier. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

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Ryanair is to cancel 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks, in a bid to improve punctuality of flights. The budget Irish-based airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80% in the first half of this month. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

American Airlines Is Totally in Love With Its New $2.5 Billion Hub - Here's Why

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When Charlotte Douglas International Airport announced last month that it would spend $70 million to renovate Concourse B, one of the two concourses used exclusively by hub carrier American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL - Get Report) , the news wasn't exactly earth-shattering. (www.thestreet.com) More...

CSeries economy up to 3% better than advertised

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The Bombardier CSeries has proved to be 1% to 3% more fuel efficient in service than advertised, the company revealed last week at its Media Day. (leehamnews.com) More...

In-flight Netflix will be available on more airlines in 2018

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Netflix's in-flight streaming is available through a few carriers around the world, but it's far from a staple of air travel. More often than not, technological limitations will force you to download that new show before you leave home. It could be far more common going forward, though. Netflix is launching an initiative that will use its mobile device encoding technology to make Netflix accessible on aircraft that don't always have the luxury of fast satellite internet access. (www.engadget.com) More...

Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage Prompts Scores of Cancellations

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A damaged pipeline has led to rationing by the oil company supplying New Zealand’s Auckland Airport with jet fuel, prompting delays and cancellations on scores of flights operating out of the country’s biggest airport. (atwonline.com) More...

Japan Airlines Announce Order for Four Additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced an order today for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The order, which was previously listed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer, is valued at more than $900 million at current list prices and will expand JAL's Dreamliner fleet to 49 airplanes. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Three Boeing 747s Offered For Public Auction On China's eBay-Like Website

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Ever wanted to own your own private jet? That may now be possible, given that a number are now up for auction in China, it's reported. Three Boeing 747s have landed on the auction arm of Taobao, China's leading eBay-like service. (www.bbc.com) More...

Pilot lost flying "the Hump" in WWII returning home.

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Capt. Fulton Pershing Lanier's remains will be returned home and will be buried at Harnett Memorial Park in Lillington on Sept. 28. His plane a C-87 Liberator went missing on a return flight to India in Jan of 1944. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Airbus, Coast Guard celebrate 100,000 hours in the air

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An eight-year-old partnership between Airbus and the U.S. Coast Guard has racked up 100,000 hours in the air, which breaks down into thousands of missions and hundreds of lives saved. (www.al.com) More...

Dubai tests a passenger drone for its flying taxi service

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Dubai was serious when it said it wants to be first in the world to offer a flying taxi service. That's why on Monday, it staged a maiden test flight for one of its potential taxis: a two-seater, 18-rotor unmanned flying vehicle made by German firm Volocopter, which is backed by fellow German company Daimler. The automated vehicle, which lifts and lands vertically like a helicopter, whisked Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed away for a five-minute flight 200 meters above a patch of… (www.engadget.com) More...

Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push

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Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world’s fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm’s profitable but ageing wide-body jets. (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Airbus eyes bigger presence in China's huge aviation market

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Airbus today said it plans to tap the potential of the Chinese aviation market by channelising more energy into the country and other emerging economies of the region. "We are fully confident in the Chinese market, which is set to be the largest civil aviation market in the world," president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, Eric Chen said at an aviation expo here. (www.zeebiz.com) More...

OPINION: ATR and Bombardier Should Heed Embraer's Turboprop Warning

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Bombardier could be forgiven for thinking the world is against it. With Boeing’s anti-dumping claims still ringing in its ears, there comes a strong hint from regional jet rival Embraer that it is serious about a return to the turboprop market. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar Airways Orders Two Boeing 747-8Fs, Boosts 777 Orderbook

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Qatar Airways has ordered two Boeing 747-8 Freighters, and added another four 777-300ERs to its orderbook. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

British Airways plane held in Paris over 'direct security threat'

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A British Airways flight from Paris was evacuated at Charles de Gaulle airport for security reasons after passengers were told a “direct threat’ had been made towards the aircraft. Flight BA303 was due to take off bound for Heathrow in London on Sunday when the incident occurred, with police and fire engines surrounding the plane on the tarmac. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Lufthansa Confirms Plan to Grow Eurowings Fleet by 61 Aircraft

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Lufthansa Group's board has approved a €1 billion ($1.18 billion) investment in the "acquisition and leasing" of 61 aircraft for low-cost subsidiary Eurowings, as talks on taking over some of Air Berlin's assets continue. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

First delivery of Boeing’s KC-46 Air Force tanker slides into next year

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Following new development problems, Boeing won’t be able to deliver its first KC-46 air refueling tanker to the Air Force this year as previously expected. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Embraer Targets Bombardier CRJ700 Operators With New E175-SC

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Embraer has shifted its US focus towards sales of a new 70-seat version of its E175, a move executives say comes as regional airlines look to replace older 70-seaters like Bombardier CRJ700s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

PICTURE: First Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Breaks Cover

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Qantas’s first Boeing 787-9 has emerged from the manufacturer’s paint shop, resplendent in the carrier’s new ‘Silveroo’ livery. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Lion Air Group Moves All Boeing 737 MAX Jets to Indonesian unit

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Malindo Air will transfer its Boeing 737 Max aircraft to Indonesia's Lion Air after four months of service. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

JetBlue Defends Bombardier in Spat With Boeing

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New York's JetBlue Airways has rallied behind Bombardier in the Canadian airframer's trade dispute with Boeing, as the airline continues to evaluate the CSeries for its fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Fuel Crisis Easing at Auckland Airport

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Airlines are now able to uplift 80% of their usual jet fuel allocations at Auckland airport, with signs that the crisis caused by the severing of a fuel pipeline is starting to ease (www.flightglobal.com) More...