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Boeing 737MAX Lavatory - "You Can't Get In Them" says Flight Attendant

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The airline is about to undertake a massive Boeing 737 retrofit project that has the carrier's frontline flight attendants worried. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Cuban officials retrieve crashed 737 cockpit recorder

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Investigators have retrieved at least one cockpit recorder from the wreckage of the Boeing 737-200 that crashed 18 May near Havana, killing 110 people, according to media reports (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair Boeing 737 near Milan on May 19th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-FRX performing flight FR-8409 from Budapest (Hungary) to Milan Bergamo (Italy), was descending towards Milan Bergamo when the crew reported the right hand engine (CFM56) was off (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Escaped Monkey Captured At San Antonio Airport

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SAN ANTONIO (CBS News) — Authorities say a monkey went bananas after escaping from its crate Monday at the San Antonio International Airport, CBS affiliate KENS-TV reports. The monkey made its escape as it was being transported from a plane to the baggage area. San Antonio Police said officials cornered the animal inside a room at the airport around 3:45 p.m. local time. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

User Fees By Another Name - Dallas Set To Implement GA Landing Fee at Love Field

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The city cited increasing costs for keeping up with traffic and maintenance needs in its decision to approve the fee. But airport officials also stress that they want to ensure that general aviation pays its “fair share.” (www.ainonline.com) More...

EgyptAir Is London-Heathrow’s Worst Airline: Full Top-50 List

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London’s main gateway, Heathrow Airport (LHR) has unveiled its quarterly list featuring the top 50 noisiest, nastiest, most polluting airlines that fly into the busy airport. The world’s seventh busiest airport, which registered the 78 million passenger mark in 2017, publishes this list on a quarterly basis, depicting those airlines that like behave, and those that don’t. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Jet Airways Announces Flights To Manchester

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Adding on to more news of success for Manchester Airport (MAN) is Indian carrier Jet Airways, announcing the launch of a four-times-weekly service from Mumbai starting November 5, 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Flybe Consolidates Its Network and Fleet

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Europe's largest regional airline operator Flybe, consolidates its network and fleet. Flybe announces that it would operate only 70 aircraft by April 2020 and optimize its network for high-yielding routes. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

China Expects to Develop and Market the World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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China expects to develop and market the world’s largest amphibious aircraft by 2022. The aircraft known as the AG600 is part of a two-pronged approach by the government to advance its aviation strategy. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

How a Pilot Shortage Has Slowly Been Affecting Emirates

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In early April, Emirates President Sir Tim Clark held a press conference in Hamburg, Germany. This was just a few days after the airline had announced they would be cutting flights to their destinations in Florida, causing many to speculate that maybe the Gulf carrier was expanding too quickly for their own good, maybe not carrying the loads necessary to continue the flights. But Clark revealed the real reason. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Opinion: Gaining American Airlines Elite Status Made Me Less Loyal

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For my entire traveling career of nearly 10 years, I’ve managed to never attain elite status on any airline that I’ve flown on. As a frequent traveler and avid reader of travel blogs, I’ve noticed the disparency between regular passengers and those with elite status but didn’t care enough to seek out or be mad that I didn’t have status. It seemed a perk that would be nice, but one I could do without and have been for quite a while now. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

An Old Airplane is Not an Unsafe One

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The recent crash of a leased-Cubana Boeing 737 has caused the media to focus on the age of the aircraft. The Mexican registered airplane crashed on takeoff from Havana on a domestic flight to Holguin. The aircraft involved in the accident was a thirty-nine-year-old Boeing 737-200 that was manufactured in 1979. The accident is under investigation, though the media is focusing on the age of the aircraft as a primary cause. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Philippines AirAsia Targets 70-Aircraft Fleet by 2028

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Philippines AirAsia (PAA) will grow its fleet strongly over the next 10 years and build up its hub at Clark. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to Leverage Vistara's International Growth

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Singapore Airlines says that Vistara's pending addition of international routes will fit well in the group's route portfolio. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Shrunk Sukhoi Superjet to Have More Commonality with Irkut MC-21

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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will aim to align the cockpit of its proposed 75-seat version of the Superjet more closely to that of the Irkut MC-21. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair's Full-Year Profit Up 10% Despite Cancellations

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Irish LCC Ryanair’s net profit for 2017-18 has risen 10% to €1.45 billion ($1.71 billion), delivering a 20% net margin, even after thousands of flight cancelations in fall 2017, but rising labor and fuel costs mean a weaker result is expected for 2018-19. (atwonline.com) More...

ANALYSIS: US Major Airlines' Fifth Failure

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A three-year battle started by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines against the major Gulf carriers appears to have ended with little to show for the millions of dollars of campaigning by the US airlines and affiliated unions. (atwonline.com) More...

Pregnant, deaf woman punched along with her service dog on airplane

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Chaos on-board an airplane heading to Orlando when police say a man punched a service dog in the face because his wife was allergic. He also hit the animal's owner, who is deaf, and pregnant. (www.wthr.com) More...

How Airplane Windows Are Designed To Withstand Enormous Stresses, And How They Can Fail

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Here's what you should know about the rules, standards and methods of design, and testing and manufacturing of these critical aircraft structures. (www.forbes.com) More...

Are Chinese K-pop fans becoming a threat to airport security?

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At least seven incidents of devotees disrupting operations at Beijing Capital’s Terminal 3 have been reported this year alone (www.scmp.com) More...

First Aircraft for WestJet Link Spotted in Vancouver

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The first Pacific Coastal Airlines Saab 340B painted in the WestJet livery to do business as WestJet Link has been spotted in Vancouver, B.C. Photo of the aircraft included in the link. (www.theavgeek.net) More...

The Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 May Never Be Solved

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A new Australian news investigation stirs the pot again, pitting speculation against methodical investigation. How long should this go on (www.thedrive.com) More...

Jet Airways To Use 254-Seater Airbus A330 Aircraft To Connect Manchester With Mumbai

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The new service will complement Jet Airways' existing thrice daily, non-stop services between Mumbai and London Heathrow, and a daily service between Delhi and London Heathrow, the release added. (www.ndtv.com) More...

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country's deadliest plane crash since 1989

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Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island’s deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus Finding Difficulty in Selling the A330neo

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After losing their Hawaiian Airlines order, it seems like Airbus is having trouble finding customers for their A330neo models. Their chances at winning orders in a recent bid to sell the A330neo to United Airlines as a replacement for their aging 767s is dwindling as competition with Boeing and their 787s is fierce. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Alaska Airlines' First Flight Piloted by Two African-American Women

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Alaska Airlines added to its own history with their first-ever flight commanded by two African-American women pilots. Captain Tara Write and First Officer Mallory Cave operated the carrier's historic flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Portland (PDX). (www.foxnews.com) More...

The World’s Shortest International Jet Flight? Aruba Airlines Launches 8-minute Flight To Punto Fijo

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Aruban flag carrier, Aruba Airlines, launched what could arguably be labeled as the world’s shortest commercial flight by jet plane. The airline, in partnership with the Venezuelan government, inaugurated its Aruba (AUA)-Punto Fijo (LSP) route on its Bombardier CRJ-200LR yesterday. The two airports are separated by a short 50 miles. However, the two countries are separated by 15 miles (24 km). Currently, the world’s shortest commercial flight is Loganair’s Westray to Papa Westray, scheduled to… (airwaysmag.com) More...

Delta Connection 3359 off runway at LEX.

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Endeavor 3359 CRJ-900 skidded off the runway after landing in heavy rain. Flights diverted and serval cancelations. Airport remained open but no flights operating awaiting the equipment removed from the runway safety area. (www.wkyt.com) More...

Mexican charter carrier confirms Boeing 737 involved in Cuba crash

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The Boeing 737-200 involved in a crash near Havana airport earlier today is owned by Mexican charter carrier Global Air, also known as Damojh Airlines. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The first Airbus A330-200 is painted for the new Air Italy

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Air Italy published these photos of its first Airbus A330-200 (EI-GFX) painted in the full new livery at Dublin. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Russian Boeing 737 Turns Around Midflight Due to Engine Failure

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An Astrakhan-bound Boeing 737-800 of Russia's low-cost carrier Pobeda Airlines is returning to Vnukovo airport due to the failure of the right engine, the company's spokesperson told (sputniknews.com) More...

Frontier adds nine new routes from San Antonio

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Frontier Airlines is adding nine new routes from San Antonio. With this announcement, Frontier will offer more nonstop destinations from San Antonio International Airport than any other airline. On eight of the new routes Frontier will offer the only nonstop flights. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Pregnant Woman and Service Dog Punched in Airplane Scuffle in Orlando

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A 59-year-old man punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog inside a Frontier jet upon landing in Orlando on Friday, Orlando Police said. (www.orlandosentinel.com) More...

1 Injured after small plane crashes in Clinton County, Missouri

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One person has been injured in a small plane crash in southern Clinton Missouri. News reports say he has minor injuries. not much is known yet about the pilot.what we do know is the crash site is only 300 yards from the runway, and there was no post crash fire. (www.kctv5.com) More...

Defense contractors took an explosive drone on a Delta flight

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Employees from AeroVironment allegedly brought a drone with explosives attached to it in a carry-on bag, on a Delta flight in April 2015. As Bloomberg reports, the flight had 230 passengers and when another employee, Mark Anderson, discovered this and reported it to the Department of Defense a month later, he said he was punished, stripped of his responsibilities and then fired without a severance package. (www.engadget.com) More...

Boeing 737 crashes on takeoff from Havana

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Cuba’s state-run television reports that a Boeing 737 Cubana de Aviacion flight crashed as it took off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport. An airport source tells CNN’s Patrick Oppmann the flight was heading to Guyana, adding that there are casualties. It is unclear how many passengers were on board and/or if there are fatalities. (www.cnn.com) More...

Straighten Up and Fly Right, United to Flight Attendants on Sloppy Grooming

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United Airlines wants some flight attendants to take their wardrobes and “personal grooming” more seriously, saying crew members who wear “skirt lengths that don’t conform to the standard,” wrinkled or stained shirts, or worn-out shoes may be hurting its brand, according to two new internal memos. (skift.com) More...

Copa to Start New Service to Barbados This Summer

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Copa Airlines, awaiting final arrangements and approval from the Barbados Tourism Office, has confirmed that it will begin a two-weekly service to the island of Barbados from July 17, 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

United Announces East Coast Expansion From Newark, Washington-Dulles

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United shared on Monday its schedule expansion at its East Coast hubs located in New York/Newark (EWR) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). (airwaysmag.com) More...

Chicago-area FBO Joins Signature Network

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Chicagoland FBO B. Coleman Aviation is the latest to join Signature Flight Support’s Signature Select affiliate program. The five-year-old facility, one of two service providers at Indiana’s Gary/Chicago International Airport, less than half an hour from downtown Chicago, features an 18,000-sq-ft terminal with a pair of conference rooms, a pilots' lounge/theater with a 105-inch television, snooze room, fitness room, shower facility, and a 12,500-sq-ft arrivals canopy with ground heat system. (www.ainonline.com) More...

After 50 Years, Boeing’s Chinook Sales Appeal Is Undiminished

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Boeing’s recent pitch of the CH-47 Chinook to Germany during the ILA Berlin airshow demonstrates the type’s continuing appeal, despite longevity. More than 50 years after entering service, the CH-47 is likely to serve the U.S. Army for another 30 years in the Block II upgrade configuration, which is now in engineering and manufacturing development (EMD). Spain is the latest international customer for the current-production CH-47F version, and both Israel and the UK are prospects. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Brexit Starts To Ring Alarm Bells for UK Aviation Sector

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If aspects of the UK leaving the European Union aren’t clarified soon—especially given that the proposed transition period to the end of 2020 is not finalized—there could be significant consequences for the aviation industry, warned aviation legal experts gathered at Aeropdium's “Counting Down to Brexit” conference in London on May 14. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Senate Panel Set To Move on Homendy Nomination for NTSB

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The Senate Commerce Committee yesterday gave a warm reception to the White House’s newest nomination to the National Transportation Safety Board, Jennifer Homendy, and is expected clear the nomination next week for full Senate action. The White House last month announced the intent to nominate Homendy to fulfill the remainder of a vacated term that expires on Dec. 31, 2019. Homendy has a background in transportation safety, having served as the Democratic staff director of the House railroads,… (www.ainonline.com) More...

FAA Rulemakings Will Pave Way for New Supersonic Era

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The FAA has launched two rulemakings that the agency said are designed to pave the way for development of civil supersonic aircraft. The first involves proposed noise certification for supersonic aircraft and the second is a clarification of procedures required to obtain special flight authorization to conduct supersonic flight-testing in the U.S. Neither rulemaking will rescind the current prohibition of supersonic flight over land without special FAA authorization, the agency added. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Aeromexico Drops Planned Barcelona Route, Cites Unfair Emirates Competition

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Last week, Aeromexico rushed to announce the reopening of the Mexico City to Barcelona route, after the Mexican aviation authority denied Emirates the possibility to operate a Dubai-Mexico route with a fifth freedom stop in Barcelona. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Volaris Costa Rica Inaugurates Washington Route, Marks New Chapter for Dulles

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At 1:30 p.m. local time in San Jose, Costa Rica, a Volaris Costa Rica Airbus A319 aircraft, registration N504VL, departed from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Although it would take nearly 8 hours to get there with a stop in San Salvador in nearby El Salvador, the flight would arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport around 11:00 p.m. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Glasgow Airport Makes Initial Step in Establishing First Nonstop Route to China

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Glasgow Airport and the Shanghai Airport Authority have formed an alliance in an effort to expand tourism between the two cities, which could see the introduction of nonstop flights for the first time. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Thursday after months of negotiation. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

OPINION: Business Aviation Must Accept New Normal

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Finally, it seems, some good news in business jets; a decade on from the financial crisis, sales look to be firming up. It is of course no surprise that the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression should have wiped out a nascent air taxi industry. Nor is it any real surprise that the sales slump did not spare larger aircraft models – volume is small and it did not take many distressed sales to flood the market with too-good-to-miss second-hand deals. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Windshield-Loss Airbus A319 Also Suffered Control Panel Damage

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Chinese investigators have disclosed that the Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 which lost a main cockpit window at cruise altitude also suffered substantial damage to its flight-control unit. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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