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In an Eye-Opening Announcement, United Airlines Claimed It's Going to Finally Tell Passengers the Truth

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Recently, United Airlines has been on something of a please-the-passenger kick. Which is better than kicking the passenger for pleasure, surely. Last week, I wrote about how the airline is finally introducing a long-haul Premium Economy Class -- called Premium Plus -- something passengers have been craving for, oh, 25 years. Now, United is getting positively giddy. It's decided to start telling passengers the truth. Yes, the whole truth. (www.inc.com) More...

Buzz Aldrin Explodes On Delta Agents: ‘This is the most lousy operation I’ve ever seen’

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin was caught on video yelling at Delta Air Lines agents after he reportedly missed his flight at Los Angeles International Airport this week. TMZ reported that Mr. Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, rose from his wheelchair in a rage after Delta tried to remedy his situation by offering him a seat on a later flight. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

African Countries To Establish Single Air Transport Market

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After years of marathon negotiations African Union (AU) officials expect dozens of the continent’s countries to launch the African single air transport market by the end of this month. Of the more than 40 countries expected to participate, 23 already have subscribed. (www.ainonline.com) More...

SA imposing stricter cargo screening for 5 Middle East countries

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(CNN)The Transportation Security Administration, citing terror concerns, is implementing a stricter screening program for air cargo arriving to the United States from five countries in the Middle East. The agency is requiring six carriers that depart with US-bound air cargo from seven airports in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to be subject to further scrutiny. (www.cnn.com) More...

GA Groups ask DOT To Reopen Aircraft Registry During Shutdown

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AOPA and five other general aviation groups sent a letter asking Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao to reopen the FAA aircraft registry, which is closed because of the ongoing federal government shutdown. (www.aopa.org) More...

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...

Singapore reveals delivery date for first Airbus tanker

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Singapore will take delivery of its first Airbus Defence and Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport later this year, as the country’s Air Force celebrates its 50th anniversary. According to a news release issued by Singapore’s Defence Ministry detailing events and activities that the Republic of Singapore Air Force will hold to mark the anniversary, the A330 MRTT will make its first public appearance at a parade on Sept. 1, the date the service was formed in 1968 as the Singapore Air Defence… (www.defensenews.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...

ATR to triple its orders in 2017

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On January 22, The European turboprop manufacturer, a joint venture of Airbus and Leonardo, announced outstanding business results in 2017, receiving 113 Firm orders with 40 options. This figure marks a clear recovery in sales. The company had fallen to 36 in 2016 and 76 in 2015, compared with 160 in 2014. ATR thus confirms its first place in the list of regional aircraft sales of less than 90 seats. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Canada triggers NAFTA Chapter 19 over hefty Bombardier tariffs

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OTTAWA – The federal government has filed requests for panel reviews under NAFTA Chapter 19 to appeal final U.S. decisions to impose duties on imports of Bombardier C Series aircraft and softwood lumber from Canada. (globalnews.ca) 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...

American Airlines flight attendants complain about the tiny bathrooms on the 737 MAX

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Passengers who fly on American Airlines’ 737 Max planes will probably notice that the lavatories are extra small, with sinks so tiny that fliers can only wash one hand at a time. (www.latimes.com) More...

Biomimicry: engineering in nature’s style

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Airbus engineers study the natural world for modern aircraft design solutions (www.airbus.com) More...

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