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World's longest flight is set to get longer thanks to this Airbus jet

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The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB - due to take on the world's longest flight - has successfully completed its first mission. (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

Boeing requests waiver to avoid 787-10 certification delay

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A software bug that shut-down one engine on a GE Aviation-powered 787 last July has prompted Boeing to ask the US Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily exempt the 787-10 from a safety requirement. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights for engine inspections after passenger death

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Southwest Airlines canceled about 40 flights Sunday to perform fan blade inspections days after a passenger was partially sucked out of a window and killed. The cancellations were voluntary and part of an accelerated engine fan blade inspection program announced Tuesday, the airline said in a written statement. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

JetBlue And JetSuiteX Announce Codeshare Partnership

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For travel starting May 1, 2018, JetBlue will place its "B6" airline code on JetSuiteX Air-operated flights between West Coast destinations, offering new point-to-point routes for JetBlue customers. This includes flights between Burbank, Calif. (BUR); Concord, Calif. (CCR); Oakland, Calif. (OAK); and Las Vegas (LAS), and marks the first codeshare between a semi-private public charter operator (JetSuiteX) and a major national carrier. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

First A330-900 of WOW Air appears outside the FAL in Toulouse

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Toulouse - The first of four Airbus A330-900s of the WOW Air was photographed by a spotter outside the FAL in Toulouse. The A330-900 should be delivered to WOW Air by the end of the year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Early 787 test plane is dismantled for reuse, recycling, or scrap

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Boeing’s Dreamliner No. 5, one of the six flight-test 787s, was too heavily re-worked to sell. Finally, Boeing is dismantling the aircraft, in a reminder that the now-popular jet had major birthing pains. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Ryanair confirms 25 options for 737 MAX 8

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Dublin - The low-cost airline operator Ryanair has ordered 25 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8, bringing the total number of copies expected to 135. Today, on April 24, The American aircraft manufacturer and Irish flight specialist Ryanair announced the confirmation of existing options for 25 MAX 8, a contract estimated at $3 billion at list price. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Embraer Looks To JetBlue, United Airlines After Successful E2 Launch

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is hoping the hype surrounding its newly launched E-Jet E2 will translate into a string of orders for the regional jet, which has so far secured just seven publicly identified customers. (www.forbes.com) More...

United touts efficiency with first 737 Max delivery

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United Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 9, marking the stretched Max variant's debut at a US carrier. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks

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The airline issued the payments after a Tuesday flight from New York City to Dallas was rocked by an engine explosion in midair, killing one passenger. The crippled jet made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (www.yahoo.com) More...

What we know so far about the Southwest incident

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Philadelphia - A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on April 17 after one of its engines had been severely damaged following the loss of a fan blade. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Students treated to a B-24 Flight

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Lucky High School students treated to a flight aboard a World War II aircraft bomber, thanks to a generous WWII veteran (www.sandiegouniontribune.com) More...

Alaska’s First A321neo In ‘More To Love’ Colors Is Ready To Fly (+Photos)

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MIAMI — Alaska Airlines unveiled its first Airbus A321neo sporting the colorful ‘More To Love’ livery through a post on its Instagram back in February. (airwaysmag.com) More...

1 dead in Southwest Airlines flight has uncontained engine failure

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Guam-bound Dreamliner returns to New Zealand after cabin air problem

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Air New Zealand Flight 99 returned to Auckland about two hours and 17 minutes into what was supposed to be a 10-hour flight, tracker flightaware.com shows. (www.postguam.com) More...

Listen to the pilots of SWA1380 land the plane

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Audio has been condensed but includes all publicly available ATC transmissions to/from SWA1380 from the time they declared an emergency to the time they stopped on the ground. Audio quality of these feeds varies dramatically just due to distance to transmitters, A/D converters, interference, receivers, bandwidth, bitrate, compression, digital artifacts, dither, all that fun stuff, etc. (www.youtube.com) More...

Air New Zealand loses two B787 Dreamliners to engine problem

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Eariler this month, European aviation regulator EASA ordered airlines to carry out earlier than usual maintenance checks on a specific part of the Trent 1000 engine compressor. (www.newshub.co.nz) More...

Three injured as another plane window breaks

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A domestic Air India flight has added to an already eventful week in commercial aviation. Severe turbulence on a flight from from the north-western city of Amritsar to capital city Delhi saw a window detach at 15,000 feet - an event eerily similar to the Southwest Airlines 1380 incident last Tuesday. A video shows a flight attendant desperately attempting to fix a window panel on the 787 Dreamliner, which was violently shaken about shortly after take off last Thursday, the Daily Mail reported. (www.msn.com) More...

Engine troubles force Air NZ B787 to make refueling stops

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Air New Zealand’s services to the United States and Japan have been affected by issues with some of its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on its Boeing 787-9s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Unruly passenger Tasered, forcibly removed from American Airlines

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An unruly passenger was shot with a stun gun, arrested and forcibly removed from a American Airlines Miami-to-Chicago flight Sunday evening. A witness shot the dramatic video aboard the Miami-to-Chicago American Airlines flight Sunday night... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Airbus A350 XWB Ultra Long Range completes first flight

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The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in second half 2018. (www.airlive.net) More...

Hero Passsenger

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It has emerged that a passenger helped to land a plane at Dublin Airport early yesterday morning. The Lufthansa Boeing 747 was en route from New York to Frankfurt with 264 passengers on board when the first officer became "incapacitated" while it was flying over the Atlantic. (www.breakingnews.ie) More...

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