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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Boeing’s Iconic 747 Vanishes in New View of Passenger Flight

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Planemaker drops jumbo jets from its 20-year market forecast. Strategy contrasts with Airbus’s view on airlines’ fleet needs (www.bloomberg.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...

Airbus A400M Atlas Tactical Transport Completes Beach Landing Trials

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

Aviation Industry Seeks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses

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Escalating concerns about cyberthreats are prompting the aviation industry to devise an unlikely new safeguard: real-time warnings to pilots about potential hacking attempts. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Bombardier Unveils Ethiopian Airlines as Previously Undisclosed Customer that Ordered Q400 Aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $162 million US. (www.bombardier.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...

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...

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...

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...

Hi Fly Places Its First Direct Firm Order From Airbus

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Hi Fly, a Portuguese airline specialising in worldwide widebody aircraft wet leasing, has placed its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A330-200s. Hi Fly is an all-Airbus operator and the two additional A330s will join its existing fleet of 14 Airbus widebody aircraft. The new A330s will feature a two class cabin layout, seating 18 passengers in business and 256 in econom (www.airbus.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines Places Repeat Order for 10 Airbus A350-900 Aircraft

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Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development of its fast expanding long-haul route network. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus imagines a faster helicopter with wings

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Airbus has showed off a new helicopter concept at the Paris Airshow that could give operators everything they want: speed, versatility and economy. The Racer (rapid and cost-effective rotorcraft) features a main rotor like a regular helicopter, but uses pusher propellers to accelerate it forward and a new "box-wing" system for extra lift. As a result, it'll power along at up to 400 km/h (250 mph) while being able to take off on a dime like a regular chopper. (www.engadget.com) More...

Delta Orders 10 More Airbus A321s

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After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 10 more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airports will have option to come off electronics ban list

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the first time this week laid out some of the steps that will prevent more airports from ending up being subject to a large electronics ban -- and said the original countries on the list could be removed as well. In an interview with CNN, Kelly said that "absolutely, no doubt" the 10 airports that were the first to be hit with a ban on large electronics in carry-on baggage would be given the same opportunity as the roughly 70 airports being… (www.cnn.com) More...

WIZZ Air Signs Contract For 10 Additional Airbus A321ceo Aircraft

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Wizz Air Holdings Plc with its subsidiary, Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has signed a firm contract for 10 A321ceos. The aircraft will be powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG’s V2500. (www.airbus.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...

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...

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...

'Quiet Concorde' aims to revive supersonic air travel

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Supersonic air travel could be back in little more than five years if a plane that aims to replace Concorde takes to the skies. Boom Supersonic expects a prototype of its passenger plane to make its first test flight by the end of 2018. Subsonic and supersonic tests will take place in the US. If the full-size 55-seat plane is then approved, the first passengers could be traveling at supersonic speeds across the Atlantic by 2023. (www.bbc.com) More...

GE Tells Boeing it Won't Share 797 Engine Production with Rivals

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GE Aviation head David Joyce, citing advrese impacts from prior multi-supplier arrangement for Airbus A330 engines, says “we’re out” if Boeing opts for multiple turbine suppliers. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

officer stabbed at Flint Bishop Airport

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Flint Bishop Airport: Police officer stabbed in critical condition, airport evacuated (www.foxnews.com) More...

Aireon global tracking gaining speed, but still on the runway

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Thoma said it takes roughly 45 days from launch until the ADS-B payloads are turned over to Aireon. He said the company needs the next five to six launches complete before it can begin offering a service called GlobalBeacon with FlightAware, a flight-tracking-data company. GlobalBeacon uses Aireon’s space-based ADS-B to track aircraft every minute, and enables aircraft to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s upcoming Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) standards.… (spacenews.com) More...

Biometric boarding for Delta SkyMiles Members

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Imagine going from checking bags, into the Delta Sky Club and onto the aircraft without ever producing a boarding pass or printed ID. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Allegiant Air launching 8 new nonstop flights from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

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Low-cost airline Allegiant Air will now be taking off for eight additional destinations from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The eight new routes include flights to major Midwest destinations Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Louisville, Omaha and St. Louis/Belleville as well as Boise, Idaho and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Video: Delta Air Lines Says Gulf Carriers Coming for American Jobs – Tells Employees to Fight for Their Future

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A new internal, staff video from Delta Air Line is urging all 80,000 employees of the carrier to oppose the expansion of Middle East airlines in the U.S. Delta is asking its staff to write to Congress and the White House and use the hashtag #OurFutureOurFight on social media. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Photos: The Commercial Planes of the 2017 Paris Air Show

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Throughout the week, the Airways team has faithfully and dutifully brought you all of the big news from this year’s Paris Air Show. Having spent countless hours in meeting rooms and at our computers, we felt it’s time to take a step back and enjoy some eye candy! (airwaysmag.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...