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Singapore 777-300ER catches fire after emergency landing due to fuel leak

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A Singapore Airlines plane has caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan was two hours into its journey when the pilot reported engine problems and turned back towards Singapore. In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the plane’s right engine caught fire after it touched down at Changi Airport at around 6.50am. The blaze was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Two explosions at Istanbul airport, several people dead and injured

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Two explosions have rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 10 people and wounding around 20 others, Turkey’s justice minister and another official said Tuesday. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

EgyptAir Flight 804 Recorders Being Fixed

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(CNN) The black boxes of EgyptAir Flight 804 -- badly damaged when they were found by searchers -- are being repaired and authorities hope they can help solve the mystery of what caused the plane to crash into the Mediterranean Sea last month. The French aircraft investigation bureau was able to fix the electronic board of the data recorder, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Monday. Final repairs on the cockpit voice recorder are expected to wrap up as early as Tuesday, the ministry… (www.cnn.com) More...

Brexit vote threatens dire consequences for UK aviation

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Peter Morris, chief economist at Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy, here teases out some of the aviation implications of the UK electorate's vote to exit the European Union (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Blues resume flying

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The blue angels resumed flying on Thursday, after a safety stand down following the crash in Tennessee. A replacement pilot for late captain Kuss has yet to be named. (www.navytimes.com) More...

Southwest to postpone delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8

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Southwest Airlines Co will push back the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by up to six years, delaying $1.9 billion of spending, a spokesman for the airline said. The delivery of the planes will be shifted to 2023-2025 from 2019-2022. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Smoke forces American Airlines evac at gate at Heathrow

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looks like APU started to smoke a little. No injuries. Video available. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Quebec finalizes 49.5% Bombardier CSeries investment

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Bombardier and the government of Québec have signed a “definitive agreement” under which Investissement Québec will invest $1 billion in the CSeries program in return for a 49.5% stake. In a statement issued June 23, Bombardier said the government will invest $1 billion in the program through two $500 million traches to be paid on June 30 and Sept. 1 (atwonline.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 completes world’s first solar-powered Atlantic flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Seville, completing the world's first solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic. The 6765km (4,200mi) flight took just shy of three days (71 hours and 8 minutes), taking off from New York three days ago. Solar Impulse 2, which is slowly making its way back around the world to Abu Dhabi, has two pilots that take turns. The Atlantic hop was Bertrand Piccard's longest flight in Solar Impulse 2. André Borschberg, who piloted the agonisingly drawn-out Nagoya-to-Hawaii leg,… (arstechnica.com) More...

Australia's youngest female pilot Jade Esler flies solo at 15

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She's too young to drive a car, but Jade Esler is Australia's youngest female pilot. The year 9 student made her maiden solo flight at Fly Oz school in Cowra on her 15th birthday last week. (www.smh.com.au) More...

London for $639? Yes, British Airways is having a 'Brexit' fare sale

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Is British Airways having a "Brexit" fare sale? That's the vibe from the carrier’s in-progress three-day fare sale to London. British Airways is courting American customers by saying: “Your dollar has never gone further, and with our amazing 3 day sale you can see even more of London! “ As for the details, economy fares are available for as little as $639 round-trip from New York. Fares are slightly higher from “select” other BA gateways in the USA, including Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare,… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Will the Bombardier CSeries Crack the Airbus-Boeing Duopoly? — Part One

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As the Bombardier CSeries program gains traction and momentum, will this be enough to threaten the current Airbus - Boeing duopoly? (airwaysmag.com) More...

Southwest Pushed Back Late 737 MAX Deliveries

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Southwest Airlines has deferred the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8s to 29023-2025. Despite the decision, it will still be the first operator of the type. (airwaysmag.com) More...

NTSB Wants Timely Pireps and More of Them

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Building a collaborative relationship between pilots and ATC in using pilot reports (Pireps) to assemble a clearer picture of in-flight weather conditions was the underlying theme of a two-day forum, “Pireps: Pay it Forward… Because Weather for One is Weather for None,” held earlier this week in Washington, D.C. In addition to emphasizing the need for pilots to submit timely and relevant Pireps, the gathering shed light on how ATC uses those reports to provide safer routing. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Australia urged to change MH370 search zone by independent expert review

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A very detailed review by the Independent Group of scientists has urged the Australian managed search for MH370 to shift its efforts much further to the north-east of the current priority zone on the floor of the south Indian Ocean. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Air Serbia launches historic Belgrade-New York service

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ir Serbia begins Belgrade-New York JFK service Thursday, providing the first direct flights between Serbia and the US in 24 years. The Serbian carrier is using a two-class Airbus A330-200 leased from Jet Airways of India, on the 5X-weekly service. Air Serbia and Jet Airways are part of Etihad Airways’ group of equity partner airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

CEO: A350 XWB takes Ethiopian Airlines ‘to the next level’

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Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type. It is also the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s first Airbus aircraft in its 70-year history. “Adding the A350-900 to the fleet means the company is now moving to the next level. Our A350 and Boeing 787-8s are next-generation aircraft,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW at the delivery ceremony in Toulouse. (atwonline.com) More...

United Airlines to add slimmer seats, bigger planes and higher fares

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United Continental Holdings Inc. on Tuesday outlined plans to boost profitability with another round of cost cuts and efforts to woo back corporate fliers who have deserted the third-largest U.S. airline by traffic. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Flight to Phoenix returns to Houston due to heat

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"The temperature limitation for this aircraft [Embraer 175] to operate safely was 118," according to a United Airlines spokeswoman. "Temperatures are not expected to hit that peak heat today [Monday] so we do not anticipate impact on operations due to the heat." (www.azfamily.com) More...

Incident: Alaska B737 over Pacific on Jun 22nd 2016, brakes issue

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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N517AS performing flight AS-861 from Seattle,WA to Kahului,HI (USA), was enroute at FL360 over the Pacific Ocean about 250nm short of the destination when the crew changed their destination to Honolulu,HI advising they needed the longer runway (avherald.com) More...

Eurowings Europe launches operations

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe has launched its first flight from Vienna to Alicante June 23. The company received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria recently. Its first Airbus A320 is based in Vienna and the fleet should grow to up to three aircraft by October (atwonline.com) More...

Marine Corps forced to pull warbirds out of 'boneyard' after new fleet delay

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The Marines are looking for a few good planes, and their search has taken them to an Arizona boneyard where the Corps’ old F/A Hornets have been gathering dust for years. (www.msn.com) More...

Emirates upgrades Auckland services with A380

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to operate its daily nonstop Dubai-Auckland services with an Airbus A380-800 from Oct. 30, less than a year after switching from a Boeing 777-200LR. The first Dubai-Auckland flight was flown by an A380 in early March to commemorate the start of the nonstop route, but flights have since been flown by the 777-200LR. (atwonline.com) More...

What Does Brexit Mean for Commercial Aviation?

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While the consequences of this decision naturally have a major impact across Britain’s society and economy, the impact on aviation will be particularly acute. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ask the Captain: Is scraping the tail while landing a big deal?

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Question: I was riding as a passenger on a 737-900ER, according to the safety card, and when we landed, we did a small bounce and had to get airborne again. On our second landing attempt, we apparently struck the tail. How bad is this? The crew member said that this airplane is too long and is prone to experience this. Why is it designed this way? (www.usatoday.com) More...

Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident [1966 Palomares, Spain B-52 crash]

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In 1966, a B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol exploded over Spain, releasing four hydrogen bombs. Fifty years later, Air Force veterans involved with the cleanup are sick and want recognition. Alarms sounded on United States Air Force bases in Spain and officers began packing all the low-ranking troops they could grab onto buses for a secret mission. There were cooks, grocery clerks and even musicians from the Air Force band. (www.nytimes.com) More...

IAC warns four carriers of legal repercussions over debts

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The holding firm responsible for running Iran's civilian airports, the Iran Airports Company (IAC), has warned four local carriers that they risk legal action if they fail to settle IRR700 billion (USD22.9 million) in outstanding fuel bills. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Russia and China establish JV to design new widebody aircraft

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Russia and China have signed an agreement establishing a joint venture (JV) to design and develop new widebody aircraft during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to China June 25. The agreement stipulates the joint design, manufacture, marketing and after-sale support of new aircraft. The Russian-Chinese JV is expected to develop a widebody family, although it has not yet been disclosed how many aircraft it will include. (atwonline.com) More...

Congo's ECAIR secures $35mn loan from regional bank

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ECAIR - Equatorial Congo Airlines (LC, Brazzaville) has secured a XAF20 billion (USD34.6 million) loan from the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) to be put towards the airline's fleet renewal and network expansion strategy. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Frontier Airlines joining TSA's PreCheck program

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Frontier Airlines is joining the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program. The TSA PreCheck program allows air travelers to cut their wait times in airport security lines after they clear a government background check. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

American’s Auckland inaugural takes off

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American Airlines’ inaugural service to Auckland has taken off from Los Angeles Airport. Flight AA83, operated by Boeing 787-8 registration N814AA, took off at about 2300 Thursday (local time) from LAX. It was expected to touch down at Auckland a little after 0600 Saturday (local time). American alliance partner and fellow oneworld member Qantas is placing its QF airline code on the new service as part of the joint-venture partnership between the two carriers (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Photo of DC10 modified tanker dropping fire retardant

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The Bakersfield Californian paper has this photo on its website, reprinted in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, too. On the Californian website there are more photos, too. (www.bakersfield.com) More...

A First Look at The Museum of Flight’s New Aviation Pavilion

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For the first time, the Museum’s collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place, under one roof. The airliner exhibit today includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747, a Douglas DC-2, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and one of the prototypes of the 787 Dreamliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Hainan Airlines to relaunch Beijing-Cairo service

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China’s Hainan Airlines is aiming to return to the Africa/Middle East market with the relaunch of the Beijing-Cairo route in December, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The Haikou-based carrier plans to fly an Airbus A330 on the 3X-weekly service. The last time it operated this route was in 2012. (atwonline.com) More...

Paul Allen’s giant plane takes shape in the desert, but its market is unclear

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Twin fuselage, wingspan larger than the Spruce Goose, designed to release a 275 ton rocket at 35,000 ft for launch into space. Fanciful planning, but will it fly? (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Why Aren't There More Female Airline Pilots?

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It’s a sad fact, but it’s a rarity to find women in the aviation industry. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada, says that women make up just 5% of its 53,000 members. Globally, it’s even worse — only 4,000 of the 130,000 airline pilots are women, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. (www.forbes.com) More...

Allegiant Air breaks into Newark as it adds 3 cities to route map

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Budget carrier Allegiant is ready to take on New York City. The fast-growing leisure airline has gained access to capacity-choked Newark Liberty International Airport, where Allegiant believes it can stimulate new passenger traffic by offering fares as low as $39 (www.usatoday.com) More...

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