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easyJet launches first ever flight from Southampton

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easyJet has launched its first ever flight from Southampton, to Geneva. The inaugural flight to the Swiss ski destination took off this morning with Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards watching on. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

What happened to flight MH370, what is the latest news and is the search still ongoing?

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The whereabouts of the Boeing 777 has remained a mystery since vanishing in 2014 (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

Embraer delivers 1,400th E-Jet to American Airlines

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Embraer celebrates the delivery of its 1,400th E-Jet, an E175, during a ceremony at Embraer’s industrial facilities in São José dos Campos, Brazil. American Airlines took delivery of this milestone aircraft and selected Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., to operate the aircraft. (www.aerospacemanufacturinganddesign.com) More...

U.S. airlines prepare for record 51 million passengers for the holiday season

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Airlines are offering 91,000 more seats per day on larger planes or additional flights to meet the demand for 80,000 additional daily passengers for the holiday period from Dec. 15 through Jan. 4, according to the trade group Airlines for America. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Drone Operator Operating Illegally in Collision With Blackhawk Helicopter

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The pilot of the DJI Phantom drone that collided with a Blackhawk Helicopter was operating the craft in an illegal and very irresponsible manner. The Phantom operator was operating beyond visual line of sight, and with no idea of the regulations he or she should have been complying with, because he was broke so many of them. (www.aopa.org) More...

Boeing confident about strong demand for 777X

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Speaking to reporters in a briefing on the development of the new widebody, vice-president and general manager 777X programme Eric Lindblad says that the 340 orders from seven customers for the new jets thus far shows strong confidence in the programme. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Turkish Airlines received its first Boeing 777 Freighter

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Turkish Airlines took delivery on Dec. 6 of its first Boeing 777-200LRF Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Airbus lags Boeing in jet production and sales in 2017

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Airbus lagged Boeing in jet production and sales in the first 11 months of the year but left itself a shot at meeting full-year delivery targets after unblocking delayed engine supplies for its upgraded A320neo jet, company data showed last week. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Embraer tests the Vmu of E190-E2 (Video)

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In this test, the airplane accelerates down the runway until it reaches its maximum safe AOA (Angle of Attack) before taking off. The tail of the aircraft comes into contact with the runway and, according to the manufacturer, the airspeed is measured exactly when it takes off. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Delta Boeing 767 near Tokyo on Dec 14th 2017, suspected fuel leak

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N1610D performing flight DL-588 from Shanghai (China) to Seattle,WA (USA) with 220 people on board, was enroute at FL310 about 250nm southwest of Tokyo (Japan) when the crew suspected a fuel leak and decided to divert (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Christmas flight chaos as Boeing 787 engine failures risk grounding thousands of passengers

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Tens of thousands of airline passengers worldwide could see their flights cancelled over Christmas and New Year as problems with some Rolls-Royce engines fitted to the Boeing 787 proliferate. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

Delta orders 100 A321neo with the ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) configuration

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Delta Air Lines chose the Airbus A321neo to renew its single-aisle fleet and the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power it.The value of the order is roughly $25.4 billion at list prices. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Japan Airlines pre-orders 20 Supersonic Boom jets

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Travelers could soon fly at supersonic speeds on commercial airlines that zip from San Francisco to Tokyo in under six hours, following a $10 million investment by Japan Airlines into the Denver-based startup Boom Technology. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

North Korean missiles forced Singapore Airlines to change U.S. route

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Flight paths in the region are drawing attention after two other Asian carriers said that some of their pilots believe they saw another ballistic missile North Korea tested last week. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Airbus exec says considering cuts to A380 production, still undecided

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Airbus SE is considering cutting production of its A380 superjumbo to six or seven planes a year, but has made no final decision on the matter, a top executive said on Thursday amid growing question marks over the future of the double-decker jet. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Delta ranks at the top in annual survey of healthiest meals in the sky

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The Diet Detective is once again giving Delta’s on-board food high marks, recently calling Delta’s domestic food offerings “excellent” in its annual Airline Food Investigation. The airline landed the top spot among large network carriers and tied for healthiest airline with Virgin America among all U.S.-based airlines with a score of four out of five stars. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

easyJet secures EC approval for Air Berlin purchase

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easyJet (U2, London Luton) has announced it has secured European Commission (EC) approval for its recent agreement to acquire part of Air Berlin's operations at Berlin Tegel Airport. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Southwest Boeing 737 near Pensacola on Dec 12th 2017, burning odour in cabin

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N905WN performing flight WN-1539 from Orlando,FL to Houston Hobby,TX (USA), was enroute at FL400 about 110nm southsouthwest of Pensacola,FL (USA) when the crew reported a burning odour in the cabin and diverted to Pensacola (www.aeroinside.com) More...

The Boeing 787-9 is Set to Become the New Giant in Town

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The first Boeing 787 flew back in 2009, entering the scene as the expected replacement of the Boeing 747—an aircraft that was steeped in history but was also aging rapidly. Since then, we’ve seen the 787 evolve to accommodate the needs of airlines looking to create longer routes and travelers who are willing to fly insanely long distances non-stop. The Boeing 787-9 is the next step in super-long distance air travel, and it won’t be the last. Will 20-hour flights become the new normal? Hello,… (www.historyinorbit.com) More...

Qantas and Virgin follow US airlines to ban smart luggage

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Virgin Australia says that passengers would only be allowed to use the bags as carry-on luggage. "In the event that the guest's smart bag is too heavy, the lithium battery must be removed and carried as a spare battery in carry-on baggage. If the lithium battery cannot be removed, the smart bag cannot be carried on our aircraft," the airline said. Qantas will not allow cases on its planes at all if the batteries cannot be removed. The local airlines follow those in the US which… (www.msn.com) More...

Qantas expects to choose Airbus A350 or Boeing 777X jets in 2019

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Qantas expects to choose in 2019 between the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X for the aircraft to meet its requirement to introduce nonstop flights between eastern Australia and London by 2022. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is worried about important customers

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As a result, two orders, which Eastern Air Lines had made in the direction of its expanding plans are in danger now. Boeing could easily compensate losing the order for 10, 737 Max. But it is not that easy for the Japanese manufacturer. The Americans had signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90s before their launch in 2015. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

YouTube star Casey Neistat flew in a new Emirates first class suite — and he called it the 'all time greatest airplane seat'

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YouTube star Casey Neistat checked out Emirates' new first class suites on a flight from Brussels to Dubai. He said the experience was "everything he ever wanted." (www.businessinsider.com) More...

JetSMART receives two new A320 to cover its new routes

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The new Airbus A320-200, registered as CC-AWD and baptized with the name of Condor Andino, left Hamburg for Chile on December 9, to join the JetSMART fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Air Canada flight AC234 to return Vencouver because of bird ingestion

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The aircraft, an Airbus A319, registered C-FYKR, flight AC234, which was to fly between Vancouver International Airport (and Edmonton International Airport with a number of people on board took off around 9:10 am local time. The flight AC234 had been flying for only a few minutes when pilots were alerted to bird ingestion in one of the aircraft's engines. A smell of smoke swept over the passenger cabin and the pilots decided to turn around to land at the Vancouver International Airport. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus A380 draws Christmas tree in the sky during test flight over Germany

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One bold and inspired pilot brought seasonal joy to the world by drawing a giant Christmas tree in the sky on a flight path over Germany while doing a test flight of an Airbus A380 aircraft for Emirates. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

LAX and Everett are the new stops on Delta’s farewell Boeing 747 tour

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Delta has announced new stops on its Boeing 747 farewell tour later this month, taking in Los Angeles International airport and the home of Boeing’s assembly plant. The last scheduled service for the carrier’s jumbo will take place between Detroit and Seoul-Incheon, arriving back into Detroit on December 17. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

easyJet Gets EU Approval For Air Berlin Assets

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The EUR€40 million (USD$47 million) deal will significantly increase easyJet’s presence in Germany, with the takeover of part of Air Berlin’s operations at the capital’s Tegel Airport. (news.airwise.com) More...

Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

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Ryanair passengers face disruption to their Christmas travel plans after pilots and crew announced industrial action in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions. (www.bbc.com) More...

Aigle Azur to branch into long-haul with A330 order

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On Dec. 12, Aigle Azur said it had ordered a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered A330s. The aircraft will be equipped with a three-class layout—including lie-flat business seats, economy plus and economy—along with the latest generation of on-demand IFE. (atwonline.com) More...

British Airways A380 into Minneapolis | Medical Emergency

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[09/11/2017] A British Airways Airbus A380-841 (G-XLEE) performing flight BAW6B/BA286 from San Francisco KSFO to London EGLL was enroute at FL350 about 400 miles northwest of Minnesota when the pilots declared a medical emergency and diverted to KMSP. The aircraft was accommodated on an isolated area to allow medical services com aboard. (www.youtube.com) More...

EU sends stark warning to airlines on post-Brexit flying

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British airlines will lose all flying rights to the European Union if there is no transition agreement after Brexit, the EU executive said on Tuesday, a stark reminder of the risks facing the aviation sector if there is no deal. (www.reuters.com) More...

Man Biting Passengers On JetBlue Flight Forces Plane To Turn Around

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man biting his fellow passengers on a JetBlue flight forced the plane to divert to Las Vegas, where the man was taken into police custody. Passengers on the flight say that somewhere over Utah, the man suddenly began biting his seatmates – whom he apparently knew – and hitting others on a Sunday flight from Los Angeles International Airport to New York-JFK. Doctors on the flight tried to help by examining the passenger, but were also attacked. Another passenger said he… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Airbus remains upbeat about A-380 superjumbo despite two-year sales drought

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A two-year sales drought for the flagship A-380 superjumbo may have increased pressure at Airbus to keep the programme flying, but the European plane maker remains upbeat about its long-term prospects. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

Qatar Airways releases the inaugural flight video of its first A350-1000

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Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 launched its maiden flight on December 10, 2017, before a scheduled delivery at the end of the month. Qatar Airways has released a video of the inaugural flight. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

It's Deal Time for Boeing and Airbus as 2017 Draws to a Close

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Entering 2017, most pundits expected a meaningful slump in aircraft orders, following years of record order activity early in this decade. Even top airplane manufacturers Boeing and Airbus had moderate expectations. (www.fool.com) More...

Widebody Aircraft—2017 Photo Contest Submissions

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Widebody Aircraft—2017 Photo Contest Submissions. Descriptions of photos are provided by the photographers. (aviationweek.com) More...

Introducing the most popular plane ever built

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The world’s most popular aircraft? Unless you’re an amateur pilot - or an aviation anorak - the answer will probably come as a surprise. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

How to fight the California wildfires with a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet

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Step inside (which you can do in the interactive 3-D model below) and you'll see that the upper floor looks pretty normal, with the cockpit and a few seats. Head down the stairs to the main floor, though, and you'll see the key changes its owner, Global Supertanker LLC, made when it converted the Japan Airlines passenger plane to a firefighter in 2016. (www.wired.com) More...

CBS DFW Story: Concerns Raised About Passenger Safety Over Foreign Repair Work

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The labor union representing American Airlines mechanics and ground crews has hired a firm run by the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate if foreign repair work on planes is putting passengers at risk. (dfw.cbslocal.com) More...

United Boeing 737 at Spokane on Dec 9th 2017, bird strike

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A United Boeing 737-900, registration N66803 performing flight UA-255 from Denver,CO to Spokane,WA (USA), was on approach to Spokane's runway 03 when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Japan may join a U.S-proposed project to achieve manned moon landing

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Japan will consider joining a U.S.-proposed project to build a new space station orbiting the moon, hoping such a move will boost the chances of sending Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Canada doesn't buy Fighter Aircraft from Boeing

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This is not an airliner news and normally shouldn't be mentioned here on "Airliner Watch". But it is strictly related to the airliner wars between Boeing and Bombardier, and makes the headline. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Joon flies from Berlin to Paris up to six times a day

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Joon, the latest subsidiary of Air France, now connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day. The first Airbus A320 from Joon was formally received at Tegel Airport. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Chinese authorities test drone-aircraft collision

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the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted the first test of a collision between a UAV (drone) and a passenger plane at the Xiangbei Experimental Base of Aviation Industry. This was done to determine the effects of a quad-copter drone hitting the front windshield of a passenger plane in flight. (news.aviation-safety.net) More...

AI pilots fly plane with fuselage crack

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New Delhi: Two senior commanders and a flight engineer of Air India have been grounded for flying an aircraft with a crack on its fuselage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline are probing this lapse as the crew reportedly operated the flight even after discovering the crack on the main body section of the Airbus A-319 during a pre-flight walk around inspection. (epaper.timesgroup.com) More...

SAS Boeing 737 at Kirkenes on Dec 6th 2017, unsafe gear

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A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737-600, registration LN-RPF performing flight SK-4472 from Oslo to Kirkenes (Norway) with 71 passengers, was on final approach to Kirkenes' runway 24 when the crew initiated a go around reporting an unsafe gear indication. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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