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Wizz Air celebrates 200 million passengers flown in 15 years

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Wizz Air, the fastest growing airline in Europe, celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first flight as well as a remarkable milestone of 200 million carried passengers. The very first Wizz Air flight took off on May 19, 2004 from Katowice to London Luton. Since then the airline has grown its fleet to 112 Airbus aircraft, including the modern state-of-the-art A321neo aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines, representing the most efficient single-aisle aircraft in the… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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airBaltic tentatively schedules the last Boeing 737 revenue flights

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airBaltic, which had been aggressively replacing its older Boeing 737s with new Airbus A220-300s, has tentatively scheduled the last Boeing 737 revenue flights in the fall. According to Airline Route, the last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight is tentatively scheduled for October 26, 2019. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Boeing's troubled 787 sees South Carolina VP leave

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The executive in charge of Boeing’s troubled 787 Dreamliner factory in North Charleston, S.C., is leaving the company, according to an internal company memo reviewed by The New York Times on Wednesday. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Reuters: FAA chief has no timetable for ungrounding Boeing 737 MAX

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The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday he does not have a specific timetable for when the agency may unground the Boeing 737 MAX that has been involved in two fatal crashes since October. “I’m not tied to a timetable,” Dan Elwell told reporters ahead of a meeting planned for Thursday with more than 30 international air regulators including China, the European Union and Canada. He said he plans to share the FAA’s safety analysis to date on Thursday, but said the… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Niki Lauda’s Lasting Aviation Legacy

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Niki Lauda may have been more famous as a Formula One racing driver, but he left a lasting impression on the European aviation industry. “Running an airline is the most difficult job in the world. Racing was more dangerous for my life,” motorsport driver and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda, said in a 2009 interview. Lauda, who died on Monday at 70, was a rare example of someone who managed to succeed in two very different industries. Not only was he a three-time Formula One world champion — two… (skift.com) More...

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Garuda closes routes, reduces flight frequencies in response to new airfare policy

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Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to close a number of routes and reduce the flight frequencies to less lucrative destinations to cut losses after the government lowered the price ceiling by 12 to 16 percent on the highest ticket prices for economic class tickets for domestic flights. Garuda Indonesia commerce director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah said recently that the fuel cost for flights to remote areas, which had low occupancy rates, was about 80 percent higher than flights to lucrative areas.… (www.thejakartapost.com) More...

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Two killed in small jet crash in Hancock County (Indiana)

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Two people are dead after a fatal plane crash in Hancock County Wednesday afternoon. Several people witnessed the crash near Indianapolis Regional Airport, including a driver who eventually pulled out his cell phone. (www.wthr.com) More...

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TAP Air Portugal reaches 100 aircraft

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Portugal's flag carrier TAP Air Portugal achieved a historic milestone today with the delivery of a new Airbus A320neo. The numbers of aircraft in the airline's fleet reached 100 for the first time in the 74-year company history. The Portuguese flag carrier follows a comprehensive fleet renewal program of 71 aircraft, which will be completed by 2025. A significant part of the airline’s modernization plan relies on the latest generation aircraft, offering more seats and lower operating… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Confessions of a TSA Agent

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I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group—a young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that… (www.politico.com) More...

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Amazon to build major hub in Cinncinnati

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Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky - American e-commerce giant Amazon is building a cargo facility at Cincinnati International Airport with a USD1.5 billion investment. The company plans to make Cincinnati a hub for its freighter operations. The facility will be built on 3 million square feet (280,000 square meters) field in total and will be completed in 2021. Amazon's new base at Cincinnati International will have parking places for up 100 freighter aircraft when completed. Amazon has leased… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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The Endeavour has Landed: A View from the Tower

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While we've seen various pictures of Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final flight into LAX, we really haven't seen things from the Air Traffic Controller's perspective... Until now. (fromthecontroltower.blogspot.com) More...

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737 MAX lawsuit suggests parallels to 1990s crashes

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“A lawsuit filed by the former inspector general of the Department of Transportation accuses Boeing in a new lawsuit of repeatedly concealing design flaws in its aircraft and blaming pilots in the aftermath of crashes. The suit, filed in federal court by former DOT inspector general Mary Schiavo on behalf of the estate of one of the victims in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, draws parallels between Boeing’s responses in the aftermath of the 737 MAX crashes in October and March and two crashes… (edition.cnn.com) More...

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“We will not simply accept FAA’s word on MAX’s safety….” says European Pilots’ Group

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“Simply accepting the FAA’s word on the Max’s safety won’t be enough,” the European Cockpit Association said in a statement. The European pilots’ group (ECA) urged the EASA to conduct its own thorough and independent review of the Boeing 737 Max before allowing the planes to fly again. “we will rely heavily on the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to scrutinise and explain the certification and the potential return to service of the MAX.” (newsinflight.com) More...

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Airbus celebrates 50 years

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In 1969, European aerospace was in the doldrums. The sector’s once-illustrious names had faded and, competing against each other, lagged far behind the Americans, who commanded more than 80% of the market for commercial aircraft. Against this backdrop, on 29th May 1969, ministers from Germany and France agreed a new approach: a partnership between European nations, later joined by Spain and the UK, to develop the first Airbus aircraft, the twin-aisle A300. Frankly, few people gave this… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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People Express airline founder indicted on fraud charges in Newport News airport scandal

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The former CEO of the defunct airline People Express, which briefly operated thanks to $4.5 million in secret financing from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, has been indicted on 18 charges of fraud and tax evasion. Michael D. Morisi, founder of the airline, was charged with defrauding creditors of nearly $448,000, with most of that going to pay himself and other senior executives of the startup airline in the months after it ceased operations — while he was telling creditors… (www.dailypress.com) More...

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Their A380 Lost Billions; Here’s Why Airbus Considers It A Success

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This February we learned that production of the Airbus A380 will end in 2021. As of February, Airbus only planned on building another 17 A380s, including three that are going to ANA, and 14 that are going to Emirates. (onemileatatime.us17.list-manage.com) More...

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A Turkish Boeing 777-300ER hits the lighting pole in Istanbul

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A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER hit the lighting pole in Istanbul. The aircraft was taxiing for departure while the accident happened. The incident happened at 08:05 when the aircraft was preparing for departure from the new Istanbul Airport to Ankara. The aircraft registered TC-LJE had serious damage to the right wing. The plane was towed to the maintenance hangar for inspection. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Canada, Europe to choose when 737 MAX is safe as regulators meet

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In a potential challenge to U.S.-led efforts to build consensus on the Boeing Co 737 MAX flying again, Canada and Europe said on Wednesday they would bring back the grounded aircraft on their own terms if their specific concerns are not addressed. Global regulators will meet in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday where the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration hopes to reach an international consensus on how to move forward with the MAX, U.S. officials told Reuters. The plane was grounded worldwide in… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Engineers say Boeing pushed to limit safety testing in race to certify planes, including 737 MAX

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In 2016, as Boeing raced to get the 737 MAX certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a senior company engineer whose job was to act on behalf of the FAA balked at Boeing management demands for less stringent testing of the fire-suppression system around the jet’s new LEAP engines... (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Airbus and SAS study hybrid/electric flying

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Airbus and SAS together will study the infrastructure requirements needed for operating hybrid and full-electric aircraft. A Memorandum of Understanding was announced on May 20 in Toulouse. It covers June until late 2020. (airinsight.com) More...

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Airbus: 12,000th aircraft is an A220-100

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The European aircraft manufacturer delivered the 12,000th aircraft built at Airbus plants, an A220-100 for Delta Air Lines. On May 20, Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft. It is also the 12th Airbus A220-100 jet delivered to Delta Air Lines. The American carrier has 78 A220 aircraft (28 A220-100, 50 A220-300) more on order with Airbus making the airline biggest customer of the Bombardier's former CSeries. This milestone delivery is also highlighting the growing presence… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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FAA will meet today with air safety authorities from 53 countries to talk about clearing Boeing 737MAX for flight

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The Federal Aviation Administration is gathering dozens of the world’s top aviation officials in Fort Worth for a day-long conclave Thursday to talk about the Boeing 737 Max. The gathering in Fort Worth, Texas is expected to provide clues as to whether the aviation safety authorities will be willing to set aside any skepticism about the FAA, which has not yet given the green light for the 737 MAX to fly again. (www.airlive.net) More...

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WestJet pilot's eyes burned by laser on flight from Newfoundland to Florida

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A WestJet pilot flying from Newfoundland to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said Wednesday. Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet Airlines aircraft was about 40 kilometres from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely a short time later, and the pilot was placed on medical leave, which is routine in such cases. (www.cbc.ca) More...

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Second Ketchikan float crash in a week

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Two people died Monday afternoon when the plane they were in crashed into Metlakatla Harbor, Alaska, a week after another deadly crash nearby involving the same operator. (www.msn.com) More...

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PICTURES: Albatross inspires Airbus flexible-tip demonstrator

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Airbus has commenced testing of a scale model demonstrator intended to explore the benefits of hinged wing-tips to alleviate gust loads and consequently reduce aircraft structural weight. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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European pilots call for overhaul of MAX certification process

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The MAX groundings began after the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, the type’s second fatal accident in five months—call into question the system for certifying aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

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