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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...

Donald Trump’s Aging Air Fleet Gives His Bid, and His Brand, a Lift

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A close look at Mr. Trump’s two airplanes — the 757 and a smaller jet used on the campaign trail — and three helicopters, however, suggests that their value rests chiefly in their marketing potential, with the Trump stamp of status masking the fleet’s age. (www.nytimes.com) More...

FAA calls for removal of certain Zodiac seats

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The seats are installed on Bombardier CRJ700s, -900s and Q400s; Embraer ERJ 145s, -170s and -190s; and Boeing 717s. Affected airlines include US carriers Delta Air Lines, Envoy Air, Island Air, Republic Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and United Airlines. (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...

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...

WestJet employee charged in $250,000 travel credit fraud

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A former WestJet employee has been charged in connection with a $250,000 travel credit fraud scheme. Members of Calgary’s financial team within Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams or ALERT launched an investigation in July 2015 after WestJet conducted its own internal investigation into the matter. (calgaryherald.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...

Airbus Delivers Its First U.S. Ever Built Airliner

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Just after 3 years after the groundbreaking of the Airbus In Alabama Brookley Aeroplex, the company delivers to JetBlue its first ever U.S. built airliner. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Boeing shares fall as analyst deems 787 cost recoup `Unachievable'

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Boeing Co. tumbled after an analyst downgraded the stock to “underperform” and said the U.S. planemaker stood little chance of fully recovering almost $29 billion that’s been sunk into producing the 787 Dreamliner jet. The shares fell 1.9 percent to $130.11 at 11:25 a.m. in New York. The stock earlier dropped 3.2 percent, the most intraday since Feb. 24. Boeing had declined 8.2 percent this year through Tuesday, the fourth-worst performance among the 30 members of the Dow Jones Industrial… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Incident: United B767 near Zurich on Apr 24th 2016, could not retract gear

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The aircraft climbed to FL200 maintaining a speed of about 300 knots over ground and was enroute at FL200 over France, about 55nm southeast of Paris Charles de Gaulle, when the crew decided to divert to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) about 230nm to their northeast reporting they were unable to retract the landing gear. The aircraft dumped fuel and landed safely in Frankfurt about 90 minutes after departure from Zurich. (avherald.com) More...

(Video) St. Elmo’s Fire during Aerial Refueling

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St Elmos Fire during Aerial Refueling of E-4 by KC-135 (www.youtube.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...

Alleged clash between Russian and Israeli aircraft near Syria

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Several Israeli media outlets said that Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft in the last weeks. (theaviationist.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...

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...

SWISS to start Bombardier CS100 operations July 15

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Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) expects to put its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft—a CS100—into service July 15 on its first commercial flight: LX638 from Zurich to Paris Charles de Gaulle. The Lufthansa subsidiary and Switzerland flag carrier will take delivery of the CS100 in June, becoming the launch operator for the new aircraft type. The much-delayed CSeries aircraft was originally supposed to enter service in late 2013. (atwonline.com) More...

US airport security busts the highest-ever number of people trying to bring guns onto planes

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The country’s airport screeners have recently set an undesirable new record for the highest-ever number of passengers stopped from bringing handguns onto flights — most of them loaded. (www.theaviationnews.net) 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...

easyJet stations tenth aircraft in Berlin

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New routes from Schönefeld to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Priština and Catania easyJet is ready to take off to new destinations after stationing its tenth aircraft at the Berlin site. Starting with the summer flight schedule, the airline will be offering a direct connection from Berlin Schönefeld to Bordeaux. Additional new destinations are Toulouse, Priština and Catania. easyJet also plays an important role for tourism in the capital city. (www.routesonline.com) More...

Passenger advocate appeals decision that says he's not large enough to challenge airline

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An airline customer advocate from Nova Scotia will appear at the Federal Court of Appeal Monday to convince three judges to make the Canadian Transportation Agency address a complaint he filed about Delta Airlines. Gabor Lukacs, who has pursued dozens of successful complaints against airlines in the past, says Delta has "discriminatory practices of bumping so-called larger passengers from full flights in the hope of forcing them to buy two seats." (www.cbc.ca) More...

Garuda goes Neo

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Garuda Indonesia has placed a firm order for 14 Airbus A330-900neos. The deal, signed in London on April 19 in the presence of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and British Prime Minister David Cameron, replaces and extends an existing order for seven A330-300s. (www.airportsinternational.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...

Update: Delta Air Lines places order for up to 125 CSeries

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Deliveries of the first jets will begin in 2018, Montreal-based Bombardier said Thursday in a statement. Based on published list prices, the order would be valued at about $5.6 billion, the company said, though carriers typically negotiate discounts. Delta also has options for an additional 50 planes. (www.aviationgazette.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...

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...

Airbus and Delta Airlines to Enter in Multi-Billion Dollar Deal, Sources Say

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European planemaker Airbus and Delta Airlines may be about to close a multi-billion dollar deal, Reuters reports. According to sources close to the matter, the airline is negotiating to buy 37 new current-generation A321 passenger jets — a deal that could be worth $4.3 billion at list prices. (www.flyertalk.com) More...

Mexico’s Volaris reports 1Q net up 96.7%

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“The strong passenger demand environment in the first quarter of 2016, supported by seasonality, continued fueling Volaris’ financial results and achieving record first-quarter margins,” Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena said. (atwonline.com) More...

House Legislation Orders F-22 Restart Study

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Almost five years after Lockheed Martin shut down production of its F-22 stealth fighter jet, House legislation released Tuesday would direct the Air Force to look into restarting the assembly line. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Pictures: Airbus first delivery from its U.S. A320 Family final assembly line

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In a festive American football-themed ceremony held today, Airbus marked the official handover of its first A320 Family aircraft produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. Appropriately, the no. 1 aircraft was delivered to U.S.-based JetBlue – a milestone that underscored the strong global “team” behind Airbus’ position as a leading aircraft manufacturer that remains close to its customer base around the world. (www.airbus.com) More...

Accident: Southwest B737 near Buffalo on Apr 21st 2016, turbulence injures two flight attendants

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A Southwest Boeing 737-700, registration N552WN performing flight WN-2386 from Chicago Midway,IL to Boston,MA (USA), was enroute at FL390 about 40nm southsoutheast of Buffalo,NY (USA) when the aircraft experienced turbulence causing injuries to two cabin crew. The flight crew decided to divert the aircraft to Buffalo for a safe landing on runway 23 about 20 minutes later. (avherald.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...

JetBlue pilot busted for flying drunk to JFK

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After registering .111 on a Breathalyzer — nearly triple the FAA’s limit for pilots — boozed-up flier Dennis Thomas Murphy Jr. tried to blame the result on the “gum that he was chewing,” documents say. (nypost.com) More...

PICTURES: A330 emerges in Air Serbia colours

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Air Serbia has shown off the first Airbus A330 to be painted in the Balkan carrier’s colours, ahead of its initiation of long-haul services. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: British Airways B747 over Atlantic and New York on Apr 16th 2016, engine shut down, hydraulic and brakes problems after go around

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A British Airways Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVJ performing flight BA-206 from Miami,FL (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was enroute at FL320 about 420nm east of New York's JFK,NY (USA) Airport when the crew decided to divert to New York due to an engine #3 (RB211) surge. The crew needed to shut the engine down.. (avherald.com) More...

French ATCs to strike again April 28

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French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, April 28, the 44th strike day in France since 2009. Hundreds of flights will be cancelled, creating disruption and extensive delays across the continent, Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a statement. Just two weeks after the last walkout in Belgium, French ATCs will strike for the third time in a month. (atwonline.com) More...

How airlines decide when to kick a passenger off a plane

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Two women were removed from a JetBlue Airways plane for reportedly staring at a flight attendant. The leader of a popular rock band was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for refusing to pull up his baggy pants. (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

Workers to strike at Frankfurt airport on April 27

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Trade union workers are going to strike at Germany's biggest airport in Frankfurt on April 27, trade union Verdi said in a statement on Friday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

FAA Confirms It’s a Federal Crime to Shoot Down a Drone

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The Federal Aviation Administration is a busy organization, one that oversees everything from air traffic control systems to pilot certifications. You’d think that would leave it with enough on its hands, but the current vogue for civilian drones keeps piling new new responsibilities onto the beleaguered administration. Last year, the FAA established a drone registry for pilots of unmanned aircraft. Now it’s unequivocally confirming that it’s a federal crime to shoot down a drone, as John Goglia… (www.slate.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...

First Swiss C Series to Fly Revenue Service on July 15

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The first production Bombardier C Series will enter service with Swiss International Airlines on July 15, the airline confirmed Friday. Swiss expects to take delivery of the airplane—a CS100—at the end of June. It holds an order for 30 of the smaller of the two-member family of narrowbodies, which also includes the CS300 (www.ainonline.com) More...

EU considering lifting Iran Air sanction

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The European Union (EU) is reportedly considering removing its air travel restrictions on Iranian national carrier, Iran Air. According to the Wall Street Journal, the EU will send aviation security experts to Iran in May to investigate the airline’s security status. Iran Air was banned by the European bloc in 2010 over ‘safety’ issues with its planes, said Jakub Adamowicz, a spokesman for the European Commission. ... (www.presstv.ir) More...

Japanese X-2 stealth fighter complete maiden flight

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully completed the maiden flight of the first Japanese stealth fighter prototype designated X-2, on April 22. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

High product, labor costs lead to decline in Boeing’s profit

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Aerospace giant Boeing Co. saw its quarterly earnings plunge 9 percent compared to last year, with the Chicago-based company posting $1.2 billion in profits. Revenues were up 2 percent to $22.6 billion but that was not enough to offset higher costs for Boeing’s products and labor. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

SWISS Outlines Initial CS100 Operations

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SWISS announced today the initial scheduled Bombardier CS100 operations. First flight will take place on July 15 from Zurich to Paris-CDG. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Plane evacuated at Albany airport after 'irrational' passenger says 'bomb'

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A plane was evacuated at Albany International Airport after an "irrational" passenger reportedly said the word "bomb." (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

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