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Spokane Airport will see more than 65K Thanksgiving travelers, TSA says

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“TSA expects to screen more than 7,300 travelers on Friday, Nov. 16 and more than 6,000 travelers on Saturday at Spokane International Airport.” #KGEG #GEG #holiday (www.krem.com) More...

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Southwest Boosts Ontario With Four Daily Flights To San Francisco

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Southwest Airlines has added to its schedule four daily flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Ontario, California (ONT) starting June next year. Ontario Airport is slowly coming back to its former self, with Southwest, JetBlue, Frontier, and Delta increasing flights. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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A Man Was so Angry His Flight Was Cancelled He Set His Own Luggage on Fire

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Delayed flights can truly be the worst. And they can cause a wide variety of reactions from passengers. Some people are perfectly calm and polite despite the bad news, others become angry with the crew or airline, some may even cry or yell. But there are some responses that are just straight up overreactions – like setting your own possessions on fire. (www.msn.com) More...

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Rumor suggests the U.S. aircraft manufacturer may choose Moses Lake as production center for Boeing 797 program

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In recent weeks, many senior company officials have been visiting the hangar of the company located at Port of Moses Lake. Jeffrey Bishop, executive director of the Port of Moses Lake, said that Boeing is paying a lot of attention to the facility. Port official confirms Boeing has cleared out the hangar and brought some parts and machine tools. The Port, which was established to promote the economic development in the region, has been studying on a proposal to host the production facility for… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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One more Pilot Union to express concern about safety documentation of Boeing 737 MAX jets

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A safety feature concerning the false angle of attack data is under investigation after Lion Air crash last month. Zwingly Silalahi, the operations director at Lion Air, also uttered his disappointment during an interview yesterday. Now a third pilots’ union, the Air Line Pilots Association, wrote to Federal Aviation Administration on November 15th, expressing the Union's anxiety about the lack of documentation for a critical safety procedure. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Lion Air: a deadly crash and a whole lot of questions for Boeing

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Questions swirled Wednesday about how Boeing had failed to tell airlines and pilots about changes to an anti-stall system suspected in last month's fatal crash in Indonesia. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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Dispute arises among U.S. pilots on Boeing 737 MAX system linked to Lion Air crash

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The United Airlines pilot leadership, in a sharp break with peers at American Airlines and Southwest, pushed back against criticism of Boeing for not disclosing to airlines the existence of a new automatic flight control system on the MAX. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Parents of Passenger Who Died in Lion Air Crash Sue Boeing

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The parents of one of the deceased passengers on fatal Lion Air flight 610 have filed a lawsuit against Boeing, the manufacturer of the plane that crashed on Oct. 29. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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The oldest Boeing 747 in service says goodbye to the skies

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Tucson - The Boeing 747-100 of the U.S. engine manufacturer General Electric carried out its last flight. The aircraft was the oldest Boeing 747 still in active service and served with General Electric more than 26 years as a flying test platform for various engines newly developed. The Boeing 747-100 of General Electric left the assembly line on October 17, 1969. The aircraft made its commercial debut with Pan American World Airways in 1970. General Electric took the possession of the plane in… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Photos: Up-Close Tour Of United's Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

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Last Wednesday, United announced it will operate its new Boeing 787-10 on six routes to Europe starting next summer from its hub at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR). Here is a full photo tour of the brand-new aircraft, unveiling its all-aisle access Polaris Business Class seats, as well as the new United Premium Plus cabin. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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American Airlines 'unaware' of some Boeing 737 MAX functions until last week

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American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) said on Wednesday it was "unaware" of some functions of an anti-stall system on Boeing Co's (BA.N) 737 MAX until last week. Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued guidance on the system last week after a Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board. The FAA warned airlines last week that erroneous inputs from the system's sensors could lead the jet to automatically pitch its nose… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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This Is the Most Reliable Airport in the United States

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Catching a plane should be easy enough. Get through security, find your way to the gate, climb aboard, and let the pilots do their thing. In reality, though, about 22 percent of flights in 2018 have been held up by delays, cancellations, and diversions, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. And that’s after giving flights wiggle room of 15 minutes before being considered late. (www.msn.com) More...

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California's least-known airport is making a comeback

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Catalina Island Airport Comeback....Prob old news, but fun anyway (www.cnn.com) More...

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Photo: First Delta Airbus A330neo Sees The Sunlight In Toulouse

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The very first Airbus A330neo for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DL) has rolled out of the assembly line this morning in Toulouse, France. The plane sports Delta's tail design, waiting for a full coat of paint. The airline has likely ordered 10 more A330neos yesterday ($3 billion), totaling 35 planes. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Donate to Wildfire Relief and Earn up to 1,000 United Miles

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It’s always nice to lend a hand to others in need, but if you can earn miles while doing it, that puts the icing on the cake. United Airlines announced Tuesday the opportunity for MilagePlus members to earn miles while donating directly to charities aiding residents in California who have fallen victim to the wildfires ravaging the northern and southern regions of the state. The airline said it would be starting a Crowdrise by GoFundMe fundraising campaign, which will allow MileagePlus members… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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SaudiGulf Airlines Orders 10 Airbus A320neos

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SaudiGulf Airlines, owned by Al-Qahtani Aviation, has signed a commitment for 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Based on 2018 list prices, this deal is valued at around $1.106 billion. The A320neo has now acquired over 6,200 orders from more than 100 customers since the variant launched in 2010. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Red Arrows' North American Tour

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The RAF’s Red Arrows display team is to undertake its largest ever tour of North America during 2019, visiting the US and Canada. Announcing the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s (RAFAT’s) nine-week Western Hawk 19 deployment, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Red Arrows fly the flag for Britain across the globe and this tour will not only showcase their teamwork and aviation excellence but also promote our great nation to billions of people across the world. “After an incredible year… (aviation-news.keypublishing.com) More...

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easyJet celebrates 15% of new entrant pilots being female with its 20% by 2020 target firmly in sight

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easyJet has announced that it has reached a key milestone in its ambition to attract 20% of new pilots joining the airline to be women by 2020, having achieved a new high of 15% of new entrants to the airline being female, over the past financial year. It comes at a time when only 5% of all pilots worldwide are female, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Of that, just over 450 of them have achieved the rank of captain – which means that almost every female commercial… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Southwest flight clips another plane’s wing at St. Louis Airport

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ST. LOUIS - The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation regarding an incident concerning two commercial airliners that came in contact with each other at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. “We were fully boarded and then heard a little boom,” said Nathaniel Jensen, a passenger on the WOW jet. ** Watch the Video ** (fox2now.com) More...

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UK confirms new deal for 17 F-35Bs

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The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered its next 17 Lockheed Martin F-35Bs, as part of a 255-unit, multinational framework agreement announced by the US Department of Defense. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Planet Nine Private Air adds another Falcon 7X to its charter fleet

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Planet Nine Private Air Limited (“P9PA”), North America’s newest boutique ultra long-haul charter specialist introduced its third VIP 16-seat Falcon 7X (N919NE) into service last week. The aircraft’s arrival rounds off a frenetic first six months for the Van Nuys, California based operator, recently accredited with WYVERN WINGMAN status, under the new onsite flight leader programme, coinciding with NBAA-BACE last month. (www.aviation24.be) More...

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Lion Air crash victim's father files U.S. lawsuit against Boeing

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An Indonesia man, whose son was killed when a Lion Air flight crashed last month, has sued Boeing Co alleging that a defect in the design of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft caused it to crash. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Photos: PAL Airlines Dash 8 Suffers Forced Landing In Newfoundland

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A PAL Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-8-300 aircraft has suffered a nose gear up landing in Stephenville Airport, Newfoundland, sustaining damage to the fuselage. No passengers were injured. The turboprop aircraft, performing flight 1922 to Deer Lake, was carrying 47 passengers and 4 crew. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Venezuela announces commercial alliance with Air Europa

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Venezuela's Vice President of the economy Tareck El Aissami on Thursday announced the commercial alliance with the tourism and airline services company Air Europa. During a press conference, El Aissami said they have "sealed a very important deal, which could be called historic, with Air Europa whom we thank for having confidence in Venezuela." He said that the alliance consists of an "important investment in the area of hotels, and a strategic and commercial alliance with… (www.xinhuanet.com) More...

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JetBlue Rolls Out Face Recognition Boarding Passes

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JetBlue rolled out today its latest passenger experience upgrade at New York-JFK, where customers flying to select international destinations can board their flights via a biometric self-boarding gate that is powered by a facial recognition technology that verifies travelers with a photo capture. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Emirates Profits Drop By 53%: High Fuel Prices, Currency Instability

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Emirates’ profitability has been reduced by 53% according to its published reports released this week. Profits dropped to $296 million due to a 37% increase in fuel costs as well as the negative impact of currencies in certain markets. The Emirates Group’s revenue, however, has increased by 10% to $14.8 billion from $13.5 billion in the same period last year. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines Returns To Paine Field After 55 Years: Bookings Now Open

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Alaska Airlines has opened bookings for its 18 daily brand-new flights from Paine Field (PAE) to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Portland, and Phoenix, all set to launch on February 11, 2019, pending on government's approval. The carrier is now officially returning to PAE after a 55-year hiatus. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Boeing Guidance on 737 Max Stall Protection System Under Fire

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Boeing failed to communicate with 737 Max operators new procedures for addressing cases in which the airplane’s automatic stall prevention system commands the nose of the airplane downward, potentially resulting the kind of steep dive that appears to have led to the fatal crash of Lion Air Flight 610, according to pilot union officials quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Meant to improve pitch response at high angles of attack and prevent pilots from raising the airplane’s nose too high, the… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Aerial Support Key to Fighting Southern California Fires

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As a resident of Agoura Hills, one of the communities evacuated as a result of the devastating Woolsey Fire, I was closely watching the progression of the fire as it quickly ravaged the hillsides surrounding our neighborhood. The fire flared up on Thursday afternoon and within less than 30 hours had burned through 70,000 acres, fueled by raging Santa Ana winds topping 50 mph. The strong winds prevented aerial firefighters from attacking the flames. The only reason few homes in Oak Park, Agoura… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Japan Airlines pilots failed alcohol tests 19 times since since August 2017 causing 12 flight delays

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Japan Airlines pilots have failed breathalyzer alcohol tests on 19 occasions since August 2017, causing 12 domestic flight delays due to pilot switches, JAL officials have revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun. The major airline introduced a new type of detector for in-house checks that month. The revelation comes on the heels of the arrest of a JAL co-pilot in London by British police in October this year for allegedly arriving for duty on a flight to Haneda Airport in Tokyo with alcohol levels… (www.airlive.net) More...

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China Southern to leave SkyTeam

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China Southern has announced that it will leave the SkyTeam alliance next year as it pursues new partnerships with carriers around the world. In disclosures to the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges, the carrier says it will not renew its SkyTeam membership from 1 January 2019, and that it will complete the transition arrangements within the year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Manufacturer had concerns about engine part that led to woman's death on Southwest flight

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(CNN)The design of an engine fan blade that snapped on a Southwest flight in April, breaking an airplane window and partially sucking a woman out of it, has been a concern since the engine's earliest days, the manufacturer told investigators at a hearing Wednesday. The hearing before the National Transportation Safety Board and an NTSB report also revealed frightening new details about the chaotic scene aboard Flight 1380, when pilots heard a loud bang, wind roared into the cabin through… (www.cnn.com) More...

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Prankster posing as ATC, uses walkie-talkie to order Argentinian aircraft to takeoff

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As part of a prank, a private pilot in Argentina used a handheld communication device to give instructions to active aircraft at the Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta

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U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines has emerged as the probable buyer for 10 Airbus A330neo jets worth $3 billion, industry sources said, in a boost for the becalmed European model. Airbus announced an order for 10 of the 300-seat aircraft in its latest monthly order update on Friday, but withheld the name of the buyer for the Oct. 30 deal. Two industry sources, asking not to be named, said Delta was the buyer. A third said Delta had been looking to expand an existing order for 25 A330neo aircraft.… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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AAIB investigation AgustaWestland AW169 "did not respond to Pilot commands"

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Link includes previously unscene video that may be upsetting to some viewers The helicopter that crashed outside Leicester City's stadium, killing five people, did not respond to the pilot's command, initial findings show. Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died when the aircraft came down after a match on 27 October. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the helicopter started to turn right "contrary to the pilot's left pedal command".… (www.bbc.com) More...

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United Airlines announces Boeing 787-10 aircraft will operate between Newark and six European destinations

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United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its Newark hub beginning in March 2019. United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing’s 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United’s 787-10 features 44 United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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American takes the next step for new uniforms: Field test begins

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merican Airlines made this announcement: After much anticipation and excitement, today more than 1,000 American Airlines team members from Flight Service, Airport Customer Service and Premium Customer Services will begin field testing their new uniform. The six-month field test is the next step in delivering an industry-leading uniform program designed in collaboration with frontline team members, ensuring the highest levels of textile safety, comfort, durability and brand integrity. Over the… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Brussels Airlines retires an Airbus A330-300 (OO-SFN) after 25 years of service

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Brussels Airlines has retired its first Airbus A330-300. The pictured A330-301 OO-SFN (msn 037) departed Brussels on November 13 for storage at the Pinal Airpark, Arizona. OO-SFN was originally delivered to SABENA on July 30, 1997 and later served with SN Brussels Airlines and at the end, Brussels Airlines. At one time it carried “Music our freedom” special markings. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Allegiant to add 9 new routes from Sarasota/Bradenton

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Allegiant Air is adding 9 new routes from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for this winter/spring season. Allegiant Air is also adding a new nonstop seasonal service between Louisville (Louisville International Airport – SDF) and New Orleans (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport). Starting on February 22, 2019 Sarasota-Bradenton passengers will be able to fly nonstop to Asheville, North Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland. Starting in April, 2019, the carrier will offer… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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In Photos: Airbus Delivers 85 Aircraft in October

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European planemaker Airbus delivered 85 planes in October, also logging the same quantity of orders across its both single-aisle and widebody programs—a significant increase from last month’s 37 units. Among the 85 planes features the first A220-100 for Delta, delivered on OCT26. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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FAA Launches Review of Boeing’s Safety Analyses

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Action comes in response to last month’s Lion Air jet crash (www.wsj.com) More...

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Jet Airways to sell 6 Boeing 777 aircraft in a bid to fly out of debt turbulence

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"The airline has identified six Boeing 777 aircraft, which it will sell to lessors under sale and leaseback and use the proceeds to pay most of the aircraft debt (www.ibtimes.co.in) More...

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