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Elderly flight passenger throws coins into engine for ‘luck’, delays take-off for hours

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A flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed after an elderly woman passenger was suspected of throwing coins into the plane’s engine to ensure “good luck”, mainland media reported. (www.scmp.com) More...

World gets first peek at Boeing '797'

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The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. Boeing (BA) released the first image of its new "middle-market airplane" at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday as a teaser for what will be the company's first new airliner since its 787 Dreamliner. (money.cnn.com) More...

Incident: KLM B777 and KLM B737 at Amsterdam on Jun 22nd 2017, conflicting takeoff clearances

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Immediately after this instruction the incoming controller cleared KL-31 for takeoff, the crew of KL-1385 immediately reported they were still departing conflicting with KL-31's jet blast, the controller immediately cancelled takeoff clearance for KL-31 and instructed them to hold position, the aircraft had not yet moved. (avherald.com) More...

Flight 3407 families may face off against Air Force general on pilot experience rules

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 Monday renewed their fight to preserve pilot experience requirements they got written into the law seven years ago, but this time they could be facing their most daunting opponent yet: the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (buffalonews.com) More...

AOPA Backs New Senate FAA Bill

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The U.S. Senate released a draft FAA reauthorization bill June 22, the day after a controversial bill to continue FAA operations was introduced in the House of Representatives. Unlike the proposed House bill, the Senate version would keep air traffic control in the hands of the FAA. (www.aopa.org) More...

World’s First Electroluminescent Paint to Light up Skies on Airbus Jets

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Darkside Scientific, creators of LumiLor Light Emitting Coating, is working with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to create electroluminescent exterior markings for aircraft. The announcement was made today. “This is an exciting new product that can turn surfaces into functional elements in an unconventional way” Tweet this LumiLor is the world’s first and only patented electroluminescent paint. The product allows manufacturers to design with light in ways previously impossible. It produces… (www.businesswire.com) More...

All-Electric Eviation Makes Debut at Paris Air Show

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An Israeli startup wants to change the point-to-point travel equation with this economical alternative to airline travel. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Delta expands Comfort+ to regional flights

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Aligning with Delta’s focus on improving choice for customers and enhancing the on-board experience, the airline is now continuing to expand Delta Comfort+ on some of its regional aircraft, adding more Delta Comfort+ seats on its E-175, E-170, CRJ-900 and CRJ-700 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

NASA's supersonic X-plane project passes key milestone

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Those still nostalgic about the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight just came a step closer. NASA says that its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project has passed its preliminary design review (PDR), opening the way for design and construction of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) X-plane. (newatlas.com) More...

American Airlines looks to the IBM Cloud to end travel hell

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American Airlines is looking to IBM to help put an end to terrible airport experiences. The airline is starting to move its online services to IBM's cloud network, beginning with its website, apps and airport kiosks, as well as a handful of internal processes. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Subscription-based airline Surf Air launches in Europe

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U.S. subscription-based airline Surf Air launched in Europe on Friday as it bids to tap into the frequent flyer market, challenging the continent's traditional airlines with a model of unlimited flights for a monthly fee. Surf Air Europe's first flight will be from London Luton to Ibiza, and for a subscription of 1,750 pounds ($2,216.55) a month, customers will be able to fly within Europe to destinations such as Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan as much as they like. Surf Air Europe Chief… (www.reuters.com) More...

Delta Retires First MD-90 Ahead of Schedule

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Delta has decided to retire their McDonnel Douglas aircraft early as Delta retires ship N902DA from service on the 23rd of June. Although there is no immediate action for the fleet of now 64 MD-90, Delta plans to do a three year drawdown on their 116 MD-88, which will be replaced by the massive order of 122 Airbus A321. More details in the ULR. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Pilot urges prayers as 'technical issue' forces turnaround

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An AirAsia X flight to Malaysia from Perth, Australia, was forced to turn back Sunday after the A330 aircraft began shaking due to what the airline called a "technical issue." (www.cnn.com) More...

Airbus A400M Atlas Tactical Transport Completes Beach Landing Trials

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Interesting Exercise Demonstrates A400M Unimproved Takeoff/Landing Capabilities. (theaviationist.com) More...

Airbus augments A350-1000 capability

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Airbus has quietly announced it will augment the payload and range capability of the Airbus A350-1000 when certified. The latest Aircraft Characteristics for Airport and Maintenance Planning guide (ACAP) for A350 increases the aircraft’s maximum weight before fuel is loaded and its maximum take-off weight. (leehamnews.com) More...

Lufthansa wants to help, not take over, Air Berlin: Bild

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Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) sees no limit to the number of planes and crews it could lease from Air Berlin (AB1.DE), its chief executive told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, amid criticism that support for its ailing rival is a stealth takeover attempt. "We already support Air Berlin, in that we have leased 38 planes and set them on our routes. I can imagine, however, that we would expand this cooperation and lease further Air Berlin planes and crew," Carsten Spohr said. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Russian Video Of Captured U.S. F-5 Tiger Jet Dogfighting Against MiG-21

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Russia Operated Captured U.S. Aircraft for “OPFOR” Evaluation. As we have reported previously, it is no secret the U.S. has made and still make use of captured or otherwise acquired Russian aircraft for test, evaluation and training purposes including the development of U.S. radars, countermeasures and early warning systems (earlier this year we published some really rare images of a Russian Su-27 Flanker dogfighting with a U.S. F-16 inside Area 51…) (theaviationist.com) More...

The S-3 Viking: The Submarine Hunter Russia Feared (That Retired Way Too Early)

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With a maximum speed of only five hundred miles per hour—many airliners fly faster—the S-3 Viking wasn’t about to be the subject of any movies starring Tom Cruise. However, the long-legged Jets proved extremely useful in a very wide variety of roles, whether as an electronic spy, submarine hunter, aerial tanker, cargo plane or even an attack jet. And many of those roles have not been satisfactorily replaced since. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Airbus to Introduce Deployable Black Boxes

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Airbus will fit deployable flight data and cockpit voice recorders on new A350 XWB aircraft beginning in 2019 and on the rest of its long-range fleet soon thereafter. A deployable flight data recorder is designed to separate itself from the aircraft in a crash. They are particularly useful for crashes over water where accessing or even finding aircraft wreckage may be difficult or impossible. Although exotic in the commercial market, they have a multi-decade history in the military market. The… (www.avweb.com) More...

Thai Airways Aims to Buy Almost 30 Planes to Modernize Fleet

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Thai Airways International Pcl said it plans to modernize its fleet by replacing almost 30 older aircraft over the next five years, adding to the climbing demand for planes in Asia. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

A Bonkers Private Jet Brings Electric Flight to the Rich

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IF YOU’RE JUST coming around to the idea of battery powered cars, prepare for the next onslaught, because the future of flight is electric too. And just as with ground vehicles, nothing pushes along new tech like some sex appeal. Tesla did that for cars, with sleek looks and ludicrous acceleration. Now, Eviation Aircraft wants to do the same for the sky. (www.wired.com) More...

Boeing factory where Trump delivered jobs speech to lay off 200 workers

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The South Carolina Boeing plant where President Trump gave a speech promising to protect U.S. jobs says it's laying off workers. Boeing confirmed to CNNMoney Thursday that it's cutting about 200 jobs at its plant in South Carolina. This is the first round of layoffs at the factory since it began making the 787 Dreamliner there in 2009. Speaking at the plant in February, Trump promised a crowd of assembly workers, managers and executives that "jobs is one of the primary reasons I'm… (money.cnn.com) More...

Iberia Orders 20 Airbus A320neos

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Iberia’s Chairman and CEO, Luis Gallego, disclosed today that the Spanish airline has made a firm order to acquire 20 new Airbus A320neo aircraft to modernise its short- and medium-haul fleet. (aviationtribune.com) More...

Boeing’s Phantom Express will disrupt the satellite launch process

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U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Boeing are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Southwest Airlines To Consolidate Cuba Service With Focus On Havana

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced that it will concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana (HAV) and will cease operations in both Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) at the end of day on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Southwest® currently serves Havana twice daily nonstop from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and once daily nonstop from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and has applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a third daily roundtrip… (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Wizz Air opens first UK base at Luton Airport

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Wizz Air has opened its first UK base at London Luton Airport. Wizz will base one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport, increasing operations to 42 routes from Luton, including three new services to Tel Aviv, Prishtina and Kutaisi. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Airbus starts assembly of first satellites for OneWeb’s broadband constellation

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Airbus has started assembly of the first satellites for OneWeb’s broadband constellation. Work on the first 10 satellites formally started Tuesday at an Airbus factory on France, with a goal of having the satellites completed and launched by next April. Most of the satellites in the initial set of 900 will be built at a factory currently under construction in Florida. [BBC] (spacenews.com) More...

WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

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Salvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane. (japantoday.com) More...

ANA Adds Third Daily Flight on the Tokyo – Los Angeles Route

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ANA has decided to increase the number of flights on the route between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles, from Sunday, October 29, 2017. (aviationtribune.com) More...

US President Thanks India's Spicejet for $22 Billion Order from Boeing

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US President Donald Trump on Monday thanked Gurgaon-based budget carrier SpiceJet for placing a large order for aircraft from American multinational Boeing. The order would create thousands of jobs in the US, Trump said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House in Washington DC on Monday, where the US President praised PM Modi+ for his efforts back home, saying he's doing a "great job". "Economically, India is doing very… (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Incident: Egypt B737 at Cairo on Jun 26th 2017, blew nose tyre on departure

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An Egypt Air Boeing 737-800, registration SU-GEF performing flight MS-757 from Cairo (Egypt) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 95 passengers, was accelerating for takeoff from Cairo's runway 05C when the right hand nose tyre blew. (avherald.com) More...

F-16 Jet Catches Fire at Houston Airport

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Officials say an F-16 fighter jet caught fire while attempting to take off at Ellington Airport in Houston and the pilot ejected. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Airbus A350 flies next to Eurofighter Typhoon in 'family flight' with a difference

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This is the first time the aerospace giant has brought these different aircraft together for a special airborne display (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...