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Airbus A350-900 Gains Beyond 180 Minutes Diversion Time ETOPS From FAA

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The Airbus A350-900 has gained extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval from FAA for routes that require beyond 180 minutes diversion time, which will give US A350 operators more range and flexibility with the aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

Canada says it actively wants to help Bombardier

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The top Canadian official probing a request by planemaker Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) for aid to support its new CSeries passenger jet on Monday indicated for the first time that Ottawa actively wanted to help the company, highlighting the number of jobs it provides. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains until now has said merely that the Liberal government would closely examine Bombardier's request for $1 billion in aid and outlined some of the concessions he wants in return. (www.reuters.com) More...

Emissions standards a factor in Delta's Bombardier jets deal

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Concern over future U.N. aircraft emissions standards was a factor in a Delta Air Lines Inc deal announced this week to buy 75 new CS100 jets from Bombardier Inc, a Delta executive said on Friday. Delta's decision was in part because the planes will comply with standards that the United Nations aviation arm will likely introduce over the next decade, said Greg May, senior vice president for supply chain maintenance and fleet strategy. (www.reuters.com) More...

Delta Confirms Order for 37 Additional Airbus A321s

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Delta Air Lines officially confirmed an additional order for 37 A321ceos during its media day event in Atlanta. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Delta Firms Order for 75 Bombardier CS100 With 50 More Options

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Today Delta and Bombardier announced an order for 75 CS100 aircraft with 50 options. They can also use some of their options for CS300 aircraft. The firm order is valued at $5.6 billion, and makes Delta the largest C Series customer. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Spring 2018. (commercialaircraft.bombardier.com) More...

Air Canada hopes to conclude CSeries deal soon

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"Subject to final documentation and satisfaction of conditions, we look forward to firming up the order soon," Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said today during a conference call with analysts, according to Reuters. That news came a day after Bombardier announced that U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc. had agreed to buy up to 125 of the CSeries jets, the biggest order yet for the program. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Aer Lingus begins Dublin-LA service

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Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, has announced the launch of a direct route from Dublin airport to Los Angeles (LAX) starting May 4. The Irish airline are inviting their customers to start in their own LA story with five flights direct from Ireland’s capital to LAX per week and prices starting from $342 / €299 (299 for travel from 1st September to 31st October). (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Accident: Sun Express B738 at Antalya on May 1st 2016, nose gear retracted at gate

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A Sun Express Boeing 737-800, registration TC-SNP performing flight XQ-366 from Antalya (Turkey) to Paderborn (Germany), was preparing for departure at the gate, passengers had not yet boarded, technicians were working to replace one of the nose gear tyres when the nose gear retracted. A technician received minor head, two cabin crew members minor injuries, all were taken to a hospital. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Okay B733 at Guangzhou on Apr 27th 2016, runway excursion during takeoff

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An Okay Airways Boeing 737-300, registration B-2117 performing a cargo flight BK-3024 from Guangzhou to Xian (China), was accelerating the engines for takeoff from Guangzhou's runway 19 at about 04:09L (20:09Z Apr 26th) when the aircraft, at low speed, veered left off the runway and came to a stop on taxiway F2, within the runway protected area, about 200m/660 feet down the runway, with the right main gear and nose gear on soft ground. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Turkish Airlines B737 at Pristina on May 2nd 2016, runway excursion on landing

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration TC-JFY performing flight TK-1019 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Pristina (Kosovo) with 143 passengers and 8 crew, landed on Pristina's runway 35 at 19:32L (17:32Z) but veered left towards the end of the runway and overran the end of the runway and came to a stop about 40 meters past the runway (avherald.com) More...

Lufthansa CEO eyes airline mergers in Europe

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German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) wants to take part in much-needed industry consolidation in Europe so carriers can compete better with U.S. and Asian rivals, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said on Thursday. Spohr told an annual shareholders meeting in Hamburg on Thursday that the five largest airlines in the United States have an 80 percent share of the market, while in Europe the top five have just 40 percent. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Incident: Jetairfly B787 at Brussels on May 1st 2016, gear problem

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A Jetairfly Boeing 787-800, registration OO-JDL performing flight TB-705 from Brussels (Belgium) to Cancun (Mexico), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 07R when the crew requested to stop the climb at FL070 advising of a technical problem with the gear. The aircraft continued in the general direction of the departure route, the crew subsequently decided to return to Brussels (avherald.com) More...

Munich Airport Looks for Third Runway to Open in 2022

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Increasingly constrained by a lack of slot availability on its two existing runways, Munich Airport is hoping its planned third runway will open for flights in six years’ time. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

JetBlue and Bombardier Are Talking About the CSeries Again

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JetBlue Airways Corp. resumed talks with Bombardier Inc. about a possible order of the planemaker’s CSeries aircraft, after a pause in discussions, people familiar with the matter said. (montrealgazette.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Islip on Apr 28th 2016, ground observer saw aircraft leaking

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N960WN performing flight WN-1570 from Islip,NY to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was in the initial climb out of Macarthur Airport's runway 06 when an airport ground staff observed something prompting him to believe the aircraft was leaking fuel from the left hand engine (CFM56). The crew stopped the climb at 3000 feet and returned to Islip (avherald.com) More...

Trump gets grounded jet flying again by selling it to himself

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Smart move but sad commentary on the FAA which can't take the $5 fee and issue a new form when an aircraft's paperwork is otherwise up to date. Someone in Trump's organization knows how to work around the bureaucrats. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Makes Third Atlanta Appearance

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During the Delta "Meet and Fleet" Day in Atlanta, Bombardier showcased the CSeries CS100 to invitees. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Converted 747 now largest fire-fighting tanker plane

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It can deliver nearly 20,000 gallons of water or fire retardant per flight, almost twice the capacity of the next-biggest tanker. Bigger is always better... (www.avweb.com) More...

4K cockpit youtube videos -> new standards.

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There are already thousands of flying videos on YouTube. I have used the first time 4K video technology. The resolution is amazing, although most of the monitors do not support this yet. Happy Landings, Guido (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus America delivers first airliner, what next?

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Airbus is being quiet about its American manufacturing ambitions, but it can take advantage of US federal finance help for any export sales as it begins A320 delivers from Mobile, Alabama (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Philippine Airlines Confirms Six-Strong Airbus A350 Order

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signed an order for six Airbus A350-900s, plus six options. The contract confirms a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by PAL in February this year, and covers options on six more of the type. (atwonline.com) More...

Burbank's Bob Hope Airport Rebrands as Hollywood-Burbank Airport

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Bob Hope Airport officials voted 8-1 Monday to change the airfield’s branding name to Hollywood Burbank Airport in an effort to increase recognition with passengers outside of Southern California, especially those east of the Colorado Rockies. (www.latimes.com) More...

JetBlue `Seriously' Considers Buying Long-Range Airbus A321

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JetBlue Airways Corp., which plans to add seats to its Airbus Group SE planes, may add a longer range, narrow-body aircraft from the jetmaker and won’t rule out buying wide-body versions. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Qatar Airways to Fly its Airbus A380 in Inaugural Service to Atlanta

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Qatar Airways announced a one-off service with the A380 to Atlanta, with the regular daily service using a Boeing 777 (airwaysnews.com) More...

Japanese LCC Vanilla Air expands fleet, routes

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Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Vanilla Air has taken delivery of the first of three new Airbus A320-200s from Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation. The new aircraft, which are part of a region-wide expansion program, will add to its eight existing A320s. The Tokyo-based LCC said it intends to grow its fleet to 25 aircraft by 2020. (atwonline.com) More...

Bombardier set to announce major sale of C Series planes to Delta

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Bombardier Inc., trying to recapture investor confidence after two straight annual losses, is poised to make a major breakthrough with its C Series airliner that would ensure the plane program’s viability into the next decade. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

WGN investigates the Boeing Papers: How safe is the air up there?

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Millions of people get on and off planes every day without ever noticing a thing. But while flying, have you ever gotten a whiff of a nasty smell, which might have burned the eyes, made the throat sore, left you dizzy, with a headache or even disoriented? (www.aol.com) More...

Air Trade Group Seeks EC Relief From Unfair OEM Advantage

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James Pozzi covers: IATA files complaint in EC investigation into aftermarket competitive practices (aviationweek.com) More...

New Delta Air Lines CEO Announces International Premium Economy Product

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While international premium economy is not a new concept, several major airlines such as Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines recently either rolled out the cabin or have announced plans to do so. At its media day last week, newly appointed Chief Executive Office Ed Bastian announced that Delta Air Lines DAL +1.22% will enter the premium economy market in 2017. (skift.com) More...

China Eastern Orders 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s

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Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines has ordered 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s to further strengthen its expanding long-haul fleet. (atwonline.com) More...

Allegiant Air begins Baltimore-Washington International service

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Co., has launched service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Savannah, Georgia with 2X-weekly services. (atwonline.com) More...

Taxiing airplanes could soon get flight info wirelessly

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Airlines have made great efforts to update their tech, including replacing bulky flight manuals with iPads. But pilot teams still receive flight information updates the same way they've been doing for decades: over radio voice comms, as current wireless solutions don't support high-enough volume data transfer. Last February, a joint NASA and FAA team sent flight updates to a taxiing airplane over a wireless communication network for the first time, NASA said Tuesday. (www.engadget.com) More...

Hawaiian Boeing 767-300 near San Jose on Apr 22nd 2016, turbulence injures 4 cabin crew

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A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N582HA (up until today, this aircraft has been seen in zero other incidents while Hawaiian is listed in totally 22 incidents, accidents or reports so far) performing flight HA-43 from San Jose,CA to Honolulu,HI (USA), was climbing through about 14,000 feet out of San Jose's runway 12L when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to 4 cabin crew. The flight crew continued the flight to Honolulu where the aircraft landed safely on… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Amazon Agrees to Contract 20 Boeing 767 Freighters From Atlas Air

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Amazon has reached an agreement with Purchase, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings to wet lease 20 Boeing 767-300 converted freighters, the second freighter lease deal the Seattle-based online retail giant has signed this year. (atwonline.com) More...

FlightAware releases real-time flight status and radar for all US/Canada flights

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US/Canada flight status and radar is now live with no more five minute delay! Previously, the US/Canada data feed contained a five minute delay due to FAA policy. (flightaware.com) More...

Etihad Airways launches daily A380 service to Mumbai

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The UAE's flag carrier Etihad Airways has started flying its Airbus A380 aircraft, the world's biggest passenger airliner, to Mumbai with the launch of a new daily service. Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/etihad-airways-launches-daily-a380-service-to-mumbai_6506141.html?utm_source=ref_article (www.moneycontrol.com) More...

The Next 100 Years: Richard Branson

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As part of Aviation Week & Space Technology's special centennial issue, we asked Richard Branson to share his thoughts on the future of space exploration. (aviationweek.com) More...

Delta is rolling out RFID luggage tags by the end of summer

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In an honorable attempt to make air travel slightly less terrible, Delta announced a new program this week that will track of checked baggage via paper RFID tags. The program will replace the familiar barcode stickers that currently get slapped on checked baggage, and RFID readers at various points along a bag's journey will read the tag's radio signals to insure each piece of luggage is on headed to the right place. Delta expects to equip 344 airports with RFID readers by the end of August and… (www.engadget.com) More...

American Airlines CEO Ends Contract, Taking `At Will' Status

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American Airlines Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker ended his contract with the world’s biggest carrier, switching his employment status to “at will” to match that of the company’s 100,000 workers. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

When plane food WAS first class: Vintage photos show passengers being served lobster, caviar and cream cakes during the golden age of flying

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If you've ever been disappointed by the beige looking gloop presented to you as a meal on a long-haul flight then you may wish you were transported back half a century to the golden age of fine dining - on a plane. A surreal collection of nostalgic images of plane food taken on board Scandinavian Airlines flights in the 1950s to 1980s depict relaxed-looking guests being served caviar, lobster and whole cream cakes. As if that wasn't enough to make modern passengers salivate in disbelief, there… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

The MegaJet Arrives – A380 Service Begins at Vancouver

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The A380 replaces British Airways’ daily London-YVR Boeing 747 service for the summer season. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

U.S. sends F-22 warplanes to Romania

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Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia. The United States sent the F-22 Raptors to southeastern Europe two weeks after Russian fighter jets buzzed an American warship in the Baltic Sea. (us.cnn.com) More...

Seychelles' national airline records major growth in 2015

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The airline's financial report presented by the chair Joel Morgan in a press conference shows a 22 percent increase in the number of passengers last year. Around 520,000 passengers travelled with Air Seychelles in 2015. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

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