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Angola seeks FAA CAT. I status to enable TAAG Angola Air flights to the United States

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The Instituto Nacional da Aviação Civil (INAVIC) of Angola today announced that it has hired The Wicks Group (TWG) to perform a Baseline Assessment of INAVIC’s safety oversight systems that will assist the Government of Angola in its efforts to obtain the FAA Category 1 safety rating needed for TAAG Angola Airlines (TAAG-SA) to launch direct flights between Angola and the United States. (www.wicksgroupconsulting.com) More...

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Southwest CEO calls Delta 'squatters' at Dallas Love Field

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Southwest Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Gary Kelly made his dislike for Delta Air Lines' presence at Dallas Love Field clear Thursday, comparing the Atlanta carrier to a squatter. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and the City of Dallas have been wrangled in a lawsuit over Delta using Southwest gate space at Love Field for years. Southwest has been trying to get Delta off its gate, while Delta has refused to leave and instead requested eight… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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ANALYSIS: How Airbus fought its own pitch battle

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Airbus has not been immune to the consequences of spurious air data, and unexpected incidents illustrate the difficulties designers and regulators face in predicting and avoiding unintended aircraft behaviour. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Boeing takes on risk for excess 737 parts held at Spirit AeroSystems

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A regulatory filing from Spirit AeroSystems Inc. in Wichita offers new details on how the risks and costs of its staggered 737 production plan with the Boeing Co. are being handled. Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced earlier this month that it would trim its production to 42 of the aircraft per month as it works to get its 737 MAX back in service following two deadly crashes of the jet in just over five months. Spirit (NYSE: SPR) announced the same day that it had crafted a plan with Boeing to continue… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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The future of Bombardier's CRJ900 program is at risk if no new orders received

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Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said the sustainability of the manufacturer's CRJ900 regional jet program relies on future orders. Bombardier president and CEO Alain Bellemare responded questions during an interview with The Canadian Press in Mirabel on Tuesday, April 16. Bellemare said the manufacturer was willing to keep the product line, but the current backlog of 54 CRJ900 guarantees production only through the end of next year. “We’re trying to keep this product line going because there… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Picture: The first Airbus A350-900 of Air France is spotted in Toulouse

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The first Airbus A350-900 for Air France is nearing completion. The aircraft, without the engines and and no livery on the hull, has been spotted out of the assembly line in Toulouse. The French flag carrier is expected to receive its first Airbus A350-900 this year in September. Air France-KLM has a total of 28 Airbus A350-900 on order with the European aircraft manufacturer, of which 21 are intended for Air France and seven for KLM. But according to the Dutch aviation news portal… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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FAA Grounds All Cirrus Vision Jets over Angle of Attack Issues

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The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive that grounds the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet due to issues with the airplane's angle-of-attack and stall protection systems. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Jet Airways collapses as bid for fresh funding fails

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The Indian carrier said its last flights had now departed as it was not able to pay for fuel and other critical services. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer

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Design shortcuts meant to make a new plane seem like an old, familiar one are to blame (spectrum.ieee.org) More...

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Air Italy Defends Itself Against US Carriers Allegations

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Milan-based carrier, Air Italy (IG), has issued a press release in which it defends itself against allegations made by American Airlines (AA), Delta (DL), and United (UA), that it is a threat to the US market. The US carriers blame Air Italy for being a Qatar Airways tool, looking to threaten the United States by connecting its hub in Doha through Air Italy’s Milan base. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Crisis In India: Jet Airways Folds, Air India Runs Out Of Cash

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Amid high growth, high loss phenomenon that has engulfed the Indian aviation for as many times as one can remember, the crisis only seems to be deepening. In less than a fortnight when bankers led by the State Bank of India wrested management control of the debt-ridden and once India’s leading airline – Jet Airways – the airline has been grounded as it has no money to pay for daily operational cost. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Pilot Killed in Fiery Airplane Crash at Fullerton Airport

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(KTLA) — A pilot died after a plane crashed and exploded into flames at the Fullerton Municipal Airport on Thursday, officials said. (fox40.com) More...

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India to allocate Jet Airways slots to rival carriers

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280 slots were vacant in Mumbai and 160 in Delhi after Jet Airways ended operations (gulfnews.com) More...

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Pilot Report: Bombardier Global 7500

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When Bombardier announced two new jets in the Global series—the Global 7000 and 8000—in 2010, the clear intention was that the Canadian manufacturer planned to take away the mantle of building the largest purpose-built business jet from Gulfstream Aerospace’s 7,500-nm G650ER. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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ANA completes the first test flight to Hawaii with its new Airbus A380

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ANA (All Nippon Airways) successfully operated its first test flight of its first Airbus A380 to Hawaii. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Union asks Congress to intervene in Boeing inspection issue

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As Boeing faces federal investigations, shareholder lawsuits, Congressional hearings – and possibly subpoenas – linked to the 737 MAX crashes, another issue flying low on the radar could further complicate the company’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration and the elected officials who oversee it. (leehamnews.com) More...

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Surf Air ends dispute, eyes profitability in 2019

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A turbulent year for Surf Air has finally come to an end. Exciting recent updates have already resulted in massive improvements to its scheduled service and membership growth. A recent lawsuit against Encompass Aviation, its former flight operating partner, has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement, Surf Air has regained full access to its entire fleet of branded Pilatus PC-12s, an unfortunate consequence of negotiations that caused severe disruptions to the company. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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SpiceJet to launch 24 new flights connecting Mumbai and Delhi

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SpiceJet, the country’s favorite carrier, today announced the launch of 24 new flights connecting Mumbai and Delhi with other cities on its domestic network. Of these, 16 will connect Mumbai, four will connect Delhi while the rest will connect the two metros with each other. The new flights from Mumbai are on the Mumbai-Jaipur-Mumbai, Mumbai-Patna-Mumbai, Mumbai-Bagdogra-Mumbai, Mumbai-Amritsar-Mumbai, Mumbai-Hyderabad-Mumbai, Mumbai-Coimbatore-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kolkata-Mumbai and… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-900

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Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330neo with a ceremony held at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. With this delivery, the company became the first airline to operate both Airbus A330neo and Airbus A350. The new aircraft of the airline is an Airbus A330-900, the largest variant of the A330neo family and successor of the Airbus's previous generation widebody A330-300. Air Mauritius has placed an order for two copies of the same type. The plane was delivered from the… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Pictures: First Airbus A330-900 of AirAsia X appears out of paint shop

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The first Airbus A330neo of the AirAsia X appeared out of the paint shop in Toulouse with the airline's colors. Airbus is expected to deliver the first A330-900 of the Malaysian low-cost within a few weeks. AirAsia X has a mega order of one hundred Airbus A330-900 with the European manufacturer, therefore, it is the biggest customer of the type. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Indian Air Chief Marshal says Rafale jets would have further hurt Pakistan in dogfight vs F-16s

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday that while Pakistani jets were beaten back when they had entered Indian airspace on February 27, the favourable result could have been even more decisive had the Indian Air Force inducted Rafale jets in time. Pakistani jets had crossed into Indian airspace. The PAF jets, however, failed to hit their intended targets, thanks to a quick response from IAF jets. India had scrambled Mig-21 Bison and Mirage-2000 fighter jets against a PAF fighter contingent… (www.airlive.net) More...

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Jerrie Cobb, one of the most gifted female pilots in history, has died

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” M. Cobb, a noted aviation pioneer and fierce advocate for women flying into space, died Thursday at her home in Florida, her family has said. She was 88. Cobb is perhaps most well known for her participation in what became known as the "Mercury 13," a group of 13 women who passed preliminary screening processes in 1960 and 1961 to determine their suitability as astronauts under the guidance of Dr. Randolph Lovelace. Cobb scored in the top 2 percent of all who had… (arstechnica.com) More...

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Guess where this barn owl has been found taking a nap this morning?

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An barn owl has been found nestled in the engine of a plane on Thursday morning. The bird was discovered sleeping in between the jet engine propeller blades of a Virgin Australia plane shortly before take-off in Sydney. The owl was saved during pre-flight check of the Boeing 737-800. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Boeing 737 MAX's updated anti-stall software is ready for certification

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Chicago - Boeing completed the internal trial of the updated anti-stall software of the737 MAX jets. The aircraft manufacturer is preparing to submit the final report to the FAA before starting certification flights. “We’re making steady progress toward certification,” the Chief Executive Muilenburg said in a video released today by the company. With this video, Boeing officially announced from first hand the end of 203 hours of flight testing for the updated software. We’re making steady… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Air India eyes Boeing 777-300ERs of Jet Airways

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New Delhi - Air India wants to take over four or five Boeing 777-300ERs from financially troubled Jet Airways. India's flag carrier would like to lease the long-haul jetliners in view of the upcoming high season. Indian carrier Jet Airways, which ceased its operations indefinitely on April 17, has a fleet of ten Boeing 777-300ER. With the disappearance of Jet Airways, ticket prices for international flights to and from India have risen sharply. The national airline of the country wants to… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Airpower Applications in the Gray Zone

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Is the U.S. Air Force ready to fight in the “gray zone”? After years of warfare in the Middle East, American security concerns are turning to Western Europe, where a resurgent Russia once again threatens the Atlantic alliance. This sea change is driving a reassessment of how the United States designs, deploys, and employs relevant forces for a great power conflict. (warontherocks.com) More...

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American Airlines flight was 'close as anybody would want to come to crashing,' report says

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The flight (not pictured) reportedly “experienced a roll during takeoff and hit a runway distance marker with the left wingtip,” the NTSB wrote in a tweet. Question from the back: causes? (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Toronto's Pearson airport poses serious crash risks

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The Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the layout of two runways at Canada's busiest airport be changed to lessen the risk of collisions between aircraft. (www.cbc.ca) More...

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Boeing Orders And Deliveries Tumble As Max Jet Is Grounded

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Orders and deliveries of Boeing’s 737 Max plunged in the first quarter as the plane was grounded around the world following a second deadly crash. (www.theyeshivaworld.com) More...

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Air Senegal To Operate The Hi Fly A380

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Air Senegal typically operates an Airbus A330-900 on Flight HC404 between Paris and Dakar. This aircraft, Air Senegal’s only Airbus A330-900 (9H-SZN), is operated by Hi Fly Malta. However, apparently the plane is experiencing technical difficulties and is currently located in Dakar, which has meant that the airline had to find a replacement for the route. (www.google.com) More...

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BN-2B-27 Islander CC-CYR crashes in Chile

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On April 16 2019, around 11:00 (local time) the pictured Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander registered CC-CYR, c/n 2169 of Sociedad de Servicios Aéreos y Marítimos Archipiélagos Ltda. crashed after taking off from Marcel Marchant Binder/La Paloma Airfield of Puerto Montt (SCPF). The twin-engined airplane impacted -and subsequently burned- into two houses located West of the airfield, with all six on board (pilot and five passengers) killed as a result; a woman transiting in front of the… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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SriLankan converts an existing order for four Airbus A350-900 to A330-900

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SriLankan Airlines is converting an order for four Airbus A350-900 to Airbus A330-900 as part of the airline's new five-year Strategic Business Plan. In addition to the conversion, the national carrier of Sri Lanka also plans to expand its fleet with the new narrowbody and widebody planes. "Our fleet would grow from current twenty-seven to thirty-four and we would end up by 2023-2024 with nineteen widebody and fifteen narrowbody aircraft," the Chief Executive Vipula Gunatilleka… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American Airlines jet "nearly crashed" during takeoff at JFK last week

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A close call for American Airlines Flight 300 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport now appears far worse than first reported. Sources tell CBS News the Airbus with 102 passengers and eight crew on board "nearly crashed" last week when the wing scraped the ground and hit a sign and light pole during takeoff. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Cho Yang-ho, Korean Air chairman charged with embezzlement and tax evasion, dies at 70

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Cho Yang-ho, the Korean Air chairman who helped grow his company into one of Asia’s biggest airlines, but whose reputation was tarnished in recent years by corporate scandals and indictments on multiple charges, including embezzlement and tax evasion, died April 7 at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 70. In a statement, Korean Air said he died because of illness but did not provide additional details. His death came two weeks after shareholders voted to remove him from the company’s board over… (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

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Jet Airways To Shut Down Following Failed Funding

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India's Jet Airways has announced the temporary cessation of all operations from Wednesday evening onward after Indian banks rejected any further funding for the failing carrier. The last flight is scheduled to land later on this Wednesday evening. After nearly 26 years, Jet Airways will shut down its domestic and international operations. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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India's Jet Airways suspends all operations

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Jet Airways, once the poster boy of a rapidly growing Indian aviation industry, finds itself on the brink of collapse. The finger points to the same Indian government which is now trying to rescue the airline. Jet Airways, India's oldest private airline, grounded all of its operations on Wednesday after it failed to secure emergency funding from state-backed lenders, who took control of the company last month as part of a rare move by the Indian government to rescue a private company. The… (www.dw.com) More...

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Air France-KLM will offer free flights for all official partners involved in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral

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In a statement, Air France-KLM pledged support for the rebuilding of the ancient cathedral. The company said: “All Air France and Air France-KLM teams around the world have been deeply affected and saddened since yesterday.” In an effort to help restore the symbol of French history, the airline group announced that it would “provide free transport for all official partners involved in the reconstruction.” In addition, the airline group will also be setting up a voluntary donations fund for any… (www.airlive.net) More...

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Boeing rejects Trump's call to 'rebrand' 737 MAX

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US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Boeing Co to "rebrand" its 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes (www.businesstimes.com.sg) More...

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US regulator sees no need for new Boeing 737 Max simulator training

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The proposal by an FAA board stops short of requiring costly simulator training as it could complicate the grounded 737 Max aircraft's return to service (theprint.in) More...

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Airbus launches “Skywise Health Monitoring” with Allegiant Air as an early adopter

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Airbus has launched first operations of a new Skywise service – Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) – with Allegiant Air on its Airbus A320s. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Lessor repossesses bankrupt Avianca Brazil’s A320s

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Avianca Brazil has been forced to make more flight cancellations after lessor Aircastle reclaimed all 10 of its Airbus A320-200s on lease to the carrier, cutting the insolvent operator's fleet by 30%. Aircastle confirmed April 16 that it has repossessed the 10 A320s and will place them with another operator. (atwonline.com) More...

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SilkAir suspends the transfer of 14 Boeing 737-800 due to ongoing 737 MAX grounding

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Singapore Airlines Group subsidiary SilkAir has delayed its plans to transfer fourteen Boeing 737-800 to another Group subsidiary Scoot because of the ongoing worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX jets after the second fatal crash of the type in Ethiopia. SilkAir currently has six grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 in its fleet. The airline expects 31 more over time, but the future of the aircraft is still unclear. "As a result of the recent B737 MAX 8 grounding, the B737-800 transfer plans are… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Virgin Atlantic to phase out its Boeing 747 fleet by 2021

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One more operator is set to phase out its Boeing 747 fleet. British carrier Virgin Atlantic has announced that it would start a gradual removal of its Boeing 747-400s by 2021. Virgin Atlantic currently has eight 747-400 in its fleet. The company owns only three of them. The remaining five jumbo jets are leased from the American lessor GECAS. Virgin's Boeing 747s are between 18 and 23 years old. Virgin Atlantic will replace its jumbo jets with Airbus A350-1000s. The airline expects to… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Lufthansa Group loses 336 million euros in the first quarter

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Lufthansa Group issued this statement: Substantial industry-wide capacity growth in Europe leads to lower unit revenues on short- and medium-haul routes in comparison to the high levels seen in the prior-year period Higher fuel cost of some EUR 200 million negatively impacts results Group confident to increase unit revenues in the second-quarter period in view of favorable booking levels 2019 full-year outlook remains unchanged On a preliminary basis, Deutsche Lufthansa AG generated total… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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David Neeleman’s ‘Moxy’ Could Launch Long Haul Airbus A220 Flights

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He’s started up or been involved with more than six airlines to date, and now David Neeleman is at it again. The as yet unnamed airline, colloquially known as ‘Moxy’, has placed a huge order for A220 aircraft and could be the first to take them long haul. Here’s what we know so far. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Court Reverses Ryanair’s Fine of Millions of Euros for Carryon Policy

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Ryanair is now free to continue their very restrictive carry-on policy. (runningwithmiles.boardingarea.com) More...

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