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Emirates gives a hand to troubled A380 program with 20 new orders including an option for 16 more

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Emirates wants more Airbus A380. Emirates orders 20 Superjumbos and secures an option for 16 more. Thus the long-discussed A380 program is saved for the time being. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

A Decade Later, TSA Officially Drops LASP

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Nearly a decade after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and was met with an outpouring of opposition, the agency has quietly withdrawn the rule. NBAA noted its official withdrawal, saying that, as originally written, the rule would have imposed “new, onerous, and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation.” Instead, the association said, the business aviation community is continuing to work with the agency on… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Delta introduces enhanced requirements for customers traveling with service or support animals effective March 1

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Delta Air Lines is taking steps to further protect its customers, employees and service and support animals by implementing advance documentation requirements for those animals. This comes as a result of a lack of regulation that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight. The new requirements support Delta’s top priority of ensuring safety for its customers, employees and trained service and support animals, while supporting the rights of customers with legitimate… (news.delta.com) More...

Boeing wants to train pilots against cyberattacks

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Boeing has taken a patent for a technology that simulates cyberattacks on airplanes to train pilots. Boeing thinks that cyberattacks may be a real threat to flight safety and pilots should be trained to determine and withstand them. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

SFO first airport OK’d to send emergency alerts to any cellphone on site

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San Francisco International has become the first to receive permission from the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) to issue Wireless Emergency Alerts not just to first responders and airport staff, but to any cellphone on airport grounds. That comes one year after a gunman left five dead at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). (www.usatoday.com) More...

Embraer’s Pratt-Powered E2 Crossover Jet Readied for Launch

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Embraer’s newest generation of E-jets, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine, will enter into service on schedule this April. Launch customer Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will take delivery of the first E2-190. The E2 family promises to deliver 15% better fuel efficiency through streamlined and lighter airframe design combined with the most fuel-efficient, latest-technology engine architecture – the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine. (aviationweek.com) More...

Delta Air Lines Just Revealed It's Making a Lot of Money From People You'd Never Expect (And Delta Never Expected Either)

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There was a time when businesses understood that if their employees were flying on behalf of the company and the flight was a long one, those employees should fly in First or Business Class. (www.inc.com) More...

Canada, U.K. Renew Demands on Boeing to Drop Bombardier Dispute

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Canada and the U.K. are continuing to press Boeing Co. to drop its trade challenge of Bombardier Inc., with one Canadian minister saying any resolution must also include the cancellation of U.S. punitive tariffs. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

TSA: TV Crew Tried To Get Through Newark Airport Security Checkpoint With Fake Bomb

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — At least seven people who said they worked for a TV crew were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport Thursday, after they allegedly tried to film themselves going through a security checkpoint with a fake explosive device. The Transportation Security Administration said Port Authority police arrested the group after officers detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

Incident: China Southern B777 at Auckland on Jan 17th 2018, hydraulic problems

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A China Southern Boeing 777-300, registration B-2007 performing flight CZ-306 from Auckland (New Zealand) to Guangzhou (China), was climbing out of Auckland's runway 05R when the crew stopped the climb at FL100 reporting hydraulic problems. (avherald.com) More...

Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico order

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Airbus got an early jump on rival Boeing for 2018 with news on Tuesday (Jan 16) that low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has ordered 80 of its popular A320 planes for a total US$9.3 billion. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

United is planning a swankier economy class on international flights

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A United Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angeles International Airport. Getty Images A United Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angeles International Airport. United Airlines is planning to launch a premium economy class, joining rivals that have rolled out the more spacious — and more expensive — seats on international flights. (www.cnbc.com) More...

European airline shares recover from Brexit slump

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Global airline shares rose almost a third in 2017, while European airline shares recovered from the Brexit-hit 2016, an airline industry group has highlighted. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) latest report said global airline share prices rose more than 4% in November, increasing almost 29% in 2017. Airline shares outperformed the global equity market by 7%, the report said. (www.irishexaminer.com) More...

Court refers Dh73.5m compensation case against flydubai to aviation expert

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The case was filed by a Russian brother and sister whose parents were among the 62 passengers and crew members killed in the plane crash on March 19 last year. (www.thenational.ae) More...

Boeing's 'Son of Blackbird' hypersonic strike aircraft could go five times the speed of sound

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Boeing has finally unveiled a successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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