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21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) More...

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.

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Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said. (money.cnn.com) More...

Plane crashes, no pilot found

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Plane was on auto pilot and crashed after it ran out of fuel. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Loooong T/O Run: Heavy LH MD-11F going airborne from high-elevation Nairobi!

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Air Clips joined Lufthansa Cargo's Captain Fokko and First Officer Johannes on a full rotation from Frankfurt (Germany) via Nairobi (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa) and back on the same routing. (www.youtube.com) More...

British Airways Begins Daily A380 Service to Boston Logan - Windy Whale Makes Beantown Debut

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British Airways has served Logan with 777s, 747s, and 787s, but today was the first day scheduled A380 service started, with "Speedbird 213 Super" doing the honors. Go to 8:55 for the touchdown, this is shaky, someone forgot their tripod, better images for the taxi portion. We're all excited in Boston to have BA, EK, and eventually LH come in with 380s; the team has built a whole new terminal wing just for this on the Northwest side of Terminal E. (www.youtube.com) More...

San Diego’s New Service to Europe — on Edelweiss?

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Recently, I received a press release email from my local airport, San Diego International. The title read: “Edelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego.” You’ve got to love it when your local airport adds new service, but this time was a little different than usual. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

Hungarian fighter jets scrambled to intercept flight from London Stansted

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A cargo flight from London Stansted to Doha was intercepted this morning by Hungarian fighter jets. (www.airlive.net) More...

Brussels Airport in memory of the victims of #BrusselsAttacks

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Remembering this terrible day when there was a bomb attack. Watch the video. (www.airlive.net) More...

Southwest Airlines doing away with paper tickets

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I am curious how this is going to work out. What happens when someone needs to get on a flight and the phone battery goes dead or wont connect? I'd like to try it but would carry a paper ticket as a backup if possible. (www.foxnews.com) More...

CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted

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VIDEO CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted (www.airlive.net) More...

Propeller recovered from Revesby bushland after falling off REX plane

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A 100-kilogram propeller that fell off a Regional Express (REX) plane over south-western Sydney last week has been winched out of bushland, as investigators try to determine what went wrong. NSW Police and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) officials on Wednesday morning used a PolAir helicopter to lift the propeller from bushland in the Georges River National Park, where it came to rest after (www.smh.com.au) More...

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

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After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Shanghai bound Air Canada B787 had to return to Montreal due to engine problems

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Passenger video of the fuel dump in this text: (Careful, if you are allergic to French do not click on this link!) http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/faits-divers/201703/25/01-5082256-atterrissage-durgence-a-montreal.php (flightaware.com) More...

Malindo Air to get new Boeing planes

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Lion Group is spending US$23bil to buy new Boeing 737 Max and Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft for Malindo Air. Co-founder of Lion Group, Rusdi Kirana said Malindo Air would be the first in the world to use the Boeing 737 Max, which could generate 20% savings in fuel cost. “The first of the Boeing 737 Max will be delivered over a 10-year period starting in May. “The Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) are in the process of being delivered,” Kirana said after making the announcement at Lima… (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Major makeover for Greek regional airports

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Germany airport management company Fraport has detailed plans to modernize and develop 14 Greek airports. Local arm Fraport Greece plans to invest a minimum of €330 million ($355 million) through 2021 to upgrade the airports’ facilities, with the intention of improving the travel experience and preparing for an anticipated uptick in passenger traffic. The company has a 40-year operating concession at the 14 airports. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus Forecast 15,000 Planes In Asia Pacific

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Speaking at a media briefing today, Airbus Group Asia-Pacific President Pierre Jaffre said demand in the region expanded 5.5 per cent, annually. Malaysia, Airbus's third largest market in the region after China and India, would be part of the strong growth with rising demand for the aircraft, he said. "Our business here ranges from civil airliners to helicopters and military transport equipment. (malaysiandigest.com) More...

JetBlue Thinks of Replacements for the Embraer E190, Also looking into Long Haul Fleet

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JetBlue begins to think of replacing their E190 fleet. Many people are suggesting a replacement with either the C series, A319, or E190-E2. JetBlue is also looking into adding addition aircraft to the fleet for long-haul flights to Europe. Possible options are the A321LR or the A330neo. (www.airliners.net) More...

Two small aircraft collide and come down in shopping centre parking lot near Montreal

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Two small aircraft came down in a shopping centre parking lot after mid-air collision. No English report available yet. (www.lapresse.ca) More...

Boeing Sets Date For 787-10 Dreamliner First Flight

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Boeing has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its maiden sortie. The airframer announced Wednesday that it has plans to fly the jetliner on March 31, subject to weather conditions and further operational factors. (airwaysmag.com) More...

One dead after plane crashed into Georgia home

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A small private jet has crashed into a home about two and a quarter miles away from the end of the runway at Cobb County International Airport. Some of the residents in the neighborhood said they witnessed the plane as it came down while they were hanging out in their backyard. "I look up and I see a plane, i don't hear it, i just see it first, and I see it do a spin," said Hunter Scoggins. "It went over its nose and we just all covered our ears because we thought it would be… (www.foxnews.com) More...

Visiting Lufthansa Technik Malta: How to Install Inflight Wi-Fi

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57 Lufthansa A320 family aircraft have been equipped with antennas that give passengers the possibility to have Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet across Europe. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Domestic airfares hit five-year high

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Australian domestic airfares have hit a five-year high, government data shows, as airlines draw a line under a price and capacity war. Data from the the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows that in March, average economy fares reached their highest levels since May 2011 while business class fares were at their highest since November 2011. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Bombardier's CSeries jet nears approval for London City airport

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Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said its CSeries will soon become the largest commercial aircraft capable of landing at London City Airport, a feat the Canadian planemaker expects will whet buyer interest at a time of sluggish market demand for new jets. Bombardier, which this week completed a series of dedicated flight trials, expects to receive "steep approach" certification in the second quarter so that airlines can land the 110-seat CS100 variant at the urban airport, which has the… (uk.reuters.com) More...

London-Paris electric flight 'in decade'

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A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years. Its plane, yet to go into development, would carry 150 people on journeys of less than 300 miles. (www.bbc.com) More...

Planes Grounded After Propeller Drops Off

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Five Regional Express Airlines passenger planes had been grounded as a precaution after a near disaster in which a propeller fell off an airliner as it approached Sydney Airport, the Australian airline said on Monday... (www.ien.com) More...

Pegasus Airlines to sell 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircrafts to Air Lease Corp for $178.7 mln

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* To sell 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircrafts to Air Lease Corporation for $178.7 million (644.4 million lira based on the Turkish Central Bank USD exchange rate dated March 17, 2017) * Foresees to deliver all aircrafts until October 31 * One of the main goals of the sale of aircraft is to accelerate the change in aircraft portfolio for the optimization of fuel consumption underpinned by the Company's Airbus Order dated 2012 (www.reuters.com) More...

Elevator Malfunctions In MD-83’s Rejected Takeoff

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This was a pretty quick investigation for an initial finding. From the article: Ameristar Jet Charter pilots attempting to takeoff from Runway 23L at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on March 8, were not able to lift the nose of the aircraft at the 152-kt. takeoff speed due to a jammed right elevator. (I think this link shouldn't be subscription only). (aviationweek.com) More...

Gigantic drones may be the key to low-cost air shipping

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Wonder why some companies still ship products on boats instead of speedy aircraft? It's because air freight is much more expensive -- the costs of the crew and fuel quickly add up. Natilus, however, thinks drones might offer a solution. The startup is prepping enormous, 200ft-long drones (roughly the size of a Boeing 777) that would haul up to 200,000lbs of cargo over the ocean. (www.engadget.com) More...

Third Cessna Citation Longitude enters flight-test

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The super-midsize twin – registration N702GL – completed a 1h 40min sortie from Wichita, Kansas with Cessna pilots Corey Eckhart and U J Pesonen, and flight-test engineer Mike Bradfield, with this evaluating the aircraft’s systems. (www.flightglobal.com) More...