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easyJet celebrates 15% of new entrant pilots being female with its 20% by 2020 target firmly in sight

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easyJet has announced that it has reached a key milestone in its ambition to attract 20% of new pilots joining the airline to be women by 2020, having achieved a new high of 15% of new entrants to the airline being female, over the past financial year. It comes at a time when only 5% of all pilots worldwide are female, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Of that, just over 450 of them have achieved the rank of captain – which means that almost every female commercial… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Red Arrows' North American Tour

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The RAF’s Red Arrows display team is to undertake its largest ever tour of North America during 2019, visiting the US and Canada. Announcing the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s (RAFAT’s) nine-week Western Hawk 19 deployment, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Red Arrows fly the flag for Britain across the globe and this tour will not only showcase their teamwork and aviation excellence but also promote our great nation to billions of people across the world. “After an incredible year… (aviation-news.keypublishing.com) More...

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Boeing Guidance on 737 Max Stall Protection System Under Fire

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Boeing failed to communicate with 737 Max operators new procedures for addressing cases in which the airplane’s automatic stall prevention system commands the nose of the airplane downward, potentially resulting the kind of steep dive that appears to have led to the fatal crash of Lion Air Flight 610, according to pilot union officials quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Meant to improve pitch response at high angles of attack and prevent pilots from raising the airplane’s nose too high, the… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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JetBlue Rolls Out Face Recognition Boarding Passes

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JetBlue rolled out today its latest passenger experience upgrade at New York-JFK, where customers flying to select international destinations can board their flights via a biometric self-boarding gate that is powered by a facial recognition technology that verifies travelers with a photo capture. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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SaudiGulf Airlines Orders 10 Airbus A320neos

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SaudiGulf Airlines, owned by Al-Qahtani Aviation, has signed a commitment for 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Based on 2018 list prices, this deal is valued at around $1.106 billion. The A320neo has now acquired over 6,200 orders from more than 100 customers since the variant launched in 2010. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Donate to Wildfire Relief and Earn up to 1,000 United Miles

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It’s always nice to lend a hand to others in need, but if you can earn miles while doing it, that puts the icing on the cake. United Airlines announced Tuesday the opportunity for MilagePlus members to earn miles while donating directly to charities aiding residents in California who have fallen victim to the wildfires ravaging the northern and southern regions of the state. The airline said it would be starting a Crowdrise by GoFundMe fundraising campaign, which will allow MileagePlus members… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Southwest flight clips another plane’s wing at St. Louis Airport

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ST. LOUIS - The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation regarding an incident concerning two commercial airliners that came in contact with each other at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. “We were fully boarded and then heard a little boom,” said Nathaniel Jensen, a passenger on the WOW jet. ** Watch the Video ** (fox2now.com) More...

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Aerial Support Key to Fighting Southern California Fires

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As a resident of Agoura Hills, one of the communities evacuated as a result of the devastating Woolsey Fire, I was closely watching the progression of the fire as it quickly ravaged the hillsides surrounding our neighborhood. The fire flared up on Thursday afternoon and within less than 30 hours had burned through 70,000 acres, fueled by raging Santa Ana winds topping 50 mph. The strong winds prevented aerial firefighters from attacking the flames. The only reason few homes in Oak Park, Agoura… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Photo: First Delta Airbus A330neo Sees The Sunlight In Toulouse

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The very first Airbus A330neo for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DL) has rolled out of the assembly line this morning in Toulouse, France. The plane sports Delta's tail design, waiting for a full coat of paint. The airline has likely ordered 10 more A330neos yesterday ($3 billion), totaling 35 planes. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines Returns To Paine Field After 55 Years: Bookings Now Open

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Alaska Airlines has opened bookings for its 18 daily brand-new flights from Paine Field (PAE) to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Portland, and Phoenix, all set to launch on February 11, 2019, pending on government's approval. The carrier is now officially returning to PAE after a 55-year hiatus. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Las Vegas airport controller heard slurring her words as alarmed pilots respond

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LAS VEGAS -- Federal and airport authorities are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports that in air traffic audio of the incident, the controller appeared to become incoherent and eventually unresponsive until she was discovered by another controller returning from a break. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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American takes the next step for new uniforms: Field test begins

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merican Airlines made this announcement: After much anticipation and excitement, today more than 1,000 American Airlines team members from Flight Service, Airport Customer Service and Premium Customer Services will begin field testing their new uniform. The six-month field test is the next step in delivering an industry-leading uniform program designed in collaboration with frontline team members, ensuring the highest levels of textile safety, comfort, durability and brand integrity. Over the… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Manufacturer had concerns about engine part that led to woman's death on Southwest flight

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(CNN)The design of an engine fan blade that snapped on a Southwest flight in April, breaking an airplane window and partially sucking a woman out of it, has been a concern since the engine's earliest days, the manufacturer told investigators at a hearing Wednesday. The hearing before the National Transportation Safety Board and an NTSB report also revealed frightening new details about the chaotic scene aboard Flight 1380, when pilots heard a loud bang, wind roared into the cabin through… (www.cnn.com) More...

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Prankster posing as ATC, uses walkie-talkie to order Argentinian aircraft to takeoff

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As part of a prank, a private pilot in Argentina used a handheld communication device to give instructions to active aircraft at the Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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United Airlines announces Boeing 787-10 aircraft will operate between Newark and six European destinations

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United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its Newark hub beginning in March 2019. United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing’s 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United’s 787-10 features 44 United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Plane nosedives 500 feet shortly after takeoff

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A flight could have been just seconds away from crashing into the ground after an incorrect autopilot setting caused the plane to plummet, an investigation has (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Japan Airlines pilots failed alcohol tests 19 times since since August 2017 causing 12 flight delays

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Japan Airlines pilots have failed breathalyzer alcohol tests on 19 occasions since August 2017, causing 12 domestic flight delays due to pilot switches, JAL officials have revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun. The major airline introduced a new type of detector for in-house checks that month. The revelation comes on the heels of the arrest of a JAL co-pilot in London by British police in October this year for allegedly arriving for duty on a flight to Haneda Airport in Tokyo with alcohol levels… (www.airlive.net) More...

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Air Europa becomes GKN's first widebody MRO customer

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GKN Aerospace's aftermarket support division Fokker Techniek has completed a base check on an Air Europa Airbus A330, marking the Dutch firm's first foray into widebody heavy maintenance. Although Fokker upgraded the cabin of an A330 in 2017, the base check on the Air Europa twin-aisle was the company’s first “major” maintenance event on a widebody, GKN says. The aircraft was redelivered to the airline earlier this month. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Vietnam Airlines receives first A321neo

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Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery its first of 20 Airbus A321neos on order. The aircraft is configured with 203 seats in a two-class setting: eight in business and 195 in economy. It will also be the airline's first short-haul jet to feature wireless inflight entertainment streaming product, which is set to begin on 1 December, says the Vietnamese carrier. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 flight #WN1486 stabilizer damaged during takeoff

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Southwest flight #WN1486 experienced bird strike minutes after take-off from Pittsburgh-Intl Airport (KPIT). Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 (reg. N8509U) from Pittsburgh to Ft. Myers was damaged on takeoff due to bird strike with a goose to the stabilizer. Pilots quickly decided to return to Pittsburgh. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Passengers were asked to help pay for the repair bill after LOT #LO92 Dreamliner suffered a hydraulic problem and could not take off

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After a Boeing 787 hydraulic pump broke down, passengers on board LOT Polish Airlines flight #LO92 were asked to help pay the bill for repairs so they could take off. LOT Polish Airlines flight #LO91 from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Beijing on November 12, 2018 experienced hydraulic failure. The problem was noticed upon arriving in Beijing during the after-flight checkup. The Boeing 787-8 (reg. SP-LRH) needed the replacement of a hydraulic pump to operate return flight #LO92. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Latam Unveils First Painted 777, Adds Montego Bay To Its Network

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LATAM Airlines welcomed its first Boeing 777-300(ER) fully painted in the airline’s new colors. Also, it announced the addition of a new Caribbean destination from Lima to Montego Bay, Jamaica, starting from July 1, 2019. The Boeing 777 arrived from Abu Dhabi this week, sporting the airline’s revised livery. For the new route to Montego Bay, however, the aircraft of choice will be the Airbus A320, offering 174 passengers in a three-class configuration. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Pilot gender imbalance will take time to fix: EasyJet

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A global imbalance in the number of female compared with male pilots is going to take "some time to change", believes EasyJet’s chief operating officer Chris Browne. Speaking at the Accelerate Aviation conference in London today, Browne says that worldwide only 5% of pilots are female and that "until recently" they could all fit on board a single Airbus A380. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Azul sees mounting delays in A330neo programme

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Brazilian carrier Azul is in "very tough" discussions with Airbus over when it will take its first A330-900, as customers face nearly year-long delays for the re-engined widebody. "We're having very tough discussions with Airbus on when," Priscilla Branco, head of aircraft programmes at the Viracopos-based carrier, tells FlightGlobal at the ISTAT Latin America forum in Lima today. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Final Air Berlin chief was given mission to 'sell the company'

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The final chief executive of defunct German operator Air Berlin says he was brought into the business to oversee the sale of the company as it grappled with a long list of woes. Speaking at an event organised by analysts Bernstein on 15 November, Thomas Winkelmann stated: "Why did I go there [Air Berlin]? Because the majority shareholder [Etihad Aviation Group] had a plan, and the plan was: sell the company in a decent way." Etihad did not immediately respond to a request for comment… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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