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MC-21-300 commercial airliner has completed maiden flight

On 28 May, 2017, the maiden flight of MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of the flight was 30 minutes at the altitude of 1000 meters, at the speed of 300 km/hour. The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and controllability, and also the controllability of the power plant. (mc21eng.irkut.com) More...

Incident: Morningstar B757 enroute on May 24th 2017, jammed thrust lever

A Morningstar Air Express Boeing 757-200 freighter, registration C-FMEP performing freight flight MAL-7070 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 2 crew, was enroute at FL390 when the crew selected a lower speed due to light to moderate turbulence. Autothrust retarded the right hand thrust lever, the left thrust lever however did not move (avherald.com) More...

British Airways and Iberia adopting GDS booking surcharge

British Airways and Iberia will implement a $10 surcharge per "fare component" on bookings through the GDS, beginning Nov. 1. The carriers, both owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced the policy in a letter to U.K. travel agents. (www.travelweekly.com) More...

Incident: Asiana B747 at Brussels on May 27th 2017, gear door remained open

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration HL7413 performing freight flight OZ-588 from Brussels (Belgium) to Seoul (South Korea), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting the left hand main gear doors did not close (avherald.com) More...

UK jets dispatched to intercept Russian planes near its airspace

Britain's Ministry of Defense says it dispatched two fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian planes that approached its airspace. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that two Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in north east Scotland on Saturday morning. (www.bbc.com) More...

French officials are investigating whether an iPhone and iPad played a role in a terrifying plane crash that killed 66 people

French investigators are looking into the possibility that a pair of Apple mobile devices caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in 2016. According to a report by Le Parisien, French officials have ordered an investigation into whether the plane was brought down by a fire resulting from overheated mobile devices. Officials say an Apple iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the flight's first officer may have been plugged into an improper socket in the plane's cockpit — possibly causing a… (www.bigbozz.com) More...

Ramadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises

amadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises. Here’s a rundown of what some of the biggest airline’s are offering their passengers this year: (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

United Airlines President Says If You're Uncomfortable In Coach, It's Your Own Fault

"Seat pitch has come down because that's what customers voted with their wallets that they wanted," said United Airlines President Scott Kirby. "I know everyone would tell you, 'I would like more seat pitch.' But the history in the airline industry is every time airlines put more seat pitch on, customers choose the lowest price." You see, oh silly passenger. Your discomfort is caused by your parsimoniousness. If you gave the airlines more money, they'd be only too delighted… (www.inc.com) More...

Emirates First Class Flight + Lounge Review New York – Dubai (JFK-DXB)

Introduction: The following is a guest post from Dara who scored first class tickets on Emirates. Really looks like a fantastic experience! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to snag two first class seats on Emirates flagship JFK-DXB-LUS (Lusaka, Zambia). The DXB-LUS leg was also in first class but the aircraft, a Boeing 777, was not as impressive as the A380. Therefore, I will focus this review on the JFK-DXB leg. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...


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