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Pilots play Santa, deliver gifts to Michigan foster kids

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The skies over Oakland County were busy Saturday with an estimated 250 flights by aircraft of all sizes taking off with gifts for foster children across Michigan. It’s called Operation Good Cheer, a unique charitable effort in its 48th year sponsored by the nonprofit Child and Family Services of Michigan. (www.detroitnews.com) More...

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Delta Boosts Boston: New Routes, Adds Frequencies

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Delta Air Lines will expand its presence at Boston Logan International Airport with new daily flights to Chicago O’Hare, Newark-Liberty, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, as well as a myriad of added frequencies to domestic and international destinations. These new daily flights will start on the 9th of September, 2019. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Virgin Atlantic Pilots Call For Strike During Christmas/New Year Holidays

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Virgin Atlantic pilots in the Professional Pilots Union (PPU) have balloted for strike action. Up to 400 out of the 965 pilots will be striking over the airline's refusal to include them in talks over pay and benefits changes. The PPU will plan up to three lots of four-day strikes to take place over the Christmas and New Year holiday—that is from December 22 to 25, from December 30 to January 2, as well as from January 4 to 7. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Plane make emegency landing on North Jersey Golf course

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A pilot operating a Mooney M20 single engine aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after loss of engine power. Pilot chose a golf course fairway to put the plane down. (www.nj.com) More...

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Boeing seeks new deals with EgyptAir for more Dreamliner jet airliners

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Boeing, an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, aims to sign new contracts with EgyptAir in order to supply more Dreamliner jet airliners for the Egyptian company, as both companies are in ongoing cooperation talks, Bernard J Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT), informed Daily News Egypt. (dailynewsegypt.com) More...

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Air Malta eyes New York, Toronto, Mumbai services using extended-range Airbus A321

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We have to dream of the longer routes, says tourism minister (www.timesofmalta.com) More...

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First Airbus A380 of Lufthansa rolls out of paint shop with new livery

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Lufthansa has been repainting its fleet since February. All aircraft in Lufthansa's fleet will be wearing the new livery over time. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Air Transat drops its Montreal-Tel Aviv route

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Air Transat will not be flying between Montreal and Tel Aviv next season, as it has suspended the service after only two years. Debbie Cabana, the Montreal-based leisure airline’s marketing director, confirmed the news with The CJN, without providing much detail about the reasons for the change. It would appear that Air Canada has won the battle for a relatively small market. This year, Air Transat flew twice a week between Montreal and Tel Aviv from May to October, one month more than in its… (www.cjnews.com) More...

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Embraer-Boeing aviation deal blocked by Brazilian court

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A Brazilian federal court on Thursday granted an injunction blocking the proposed tie-up between U.S. planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) and Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA), a deal the Brazilian company says is crucial to its survival. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Pilots blame Gatwick 'signage' after jet carrying 270 almost overshoots runway

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Four other flights have failed to take off from the right spot of Runway26R in as little as six months (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

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MH370 theory: Data analysis points to new probable crash site

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The most extensive search in aviation history has failed to find Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 after it mysteriously diverted course on March 8, 2014. Now an engineer at a top Danish university has claimed we’ve been looking in the wrong place. (www.news.com.au) More...

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Lion Air won’t rule out cancelling Boeing plane orders following fatal crash

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Indonesia’s Lion Air is reviewing airplane purchases from Boeing Co and has not ruled out cancelling orders as relations worsen in a spat over responsibility for a 737 jetliner crash that killed 189 people in late October, sources told Reuters. (globalnews.ca) More...

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Swift Boeing 737 near Tulsa on Dec 8th 2018, cargo smoke indication

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A Swift Air Boeing 737-400, registration N803TJ performing flight WQ-2228 (dep Dec 7th) from Long Beach,CA to Raleigh/Durham,NC (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 50nm north of Tulsa,OK (USA) when the crew reported a cargo smoke indication and diverted.. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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I Toured Delta’s Brand New Airbus A220 - Here’s What to Expect

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The A220-100 is a workhorse, replacing other aging workhorses like the CRJ700/CRJ900 and Embraer E-175. In other words, it’ll be on plenty of routes, as Delta already has a firm order for 75 units in place. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Jet Airways Dropping Free Meals On Domestic Flights

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Jet Airways will drop its free meal service for economy passengers later this month as it expands its ‘Fare Choices’ flexible ticketing policy. (news.airwise.com) More...

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Alitalia Ready For First Airbus A321neos

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Italian flag carrier, Alitalia, is ready to take delivery of its three Airbus A321neos while it continues to operate under exclusive administration. As the carrier continues to operate in the face of mounting uncertainty over its future beyond 2019, Alitalia is now embarking on a small scale fleet modernization, which will see a limited number of second-hand new generation Airbus A321neo join its fleet in the coming months. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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HU-16 Albatross flight services contract

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The Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California needs a HU-16 Albatross, along with a qualified flight instructor, for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Plane roasts passengers in 50°C HEAT during horror 'flight from hell'

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Passengers BEG to be let off Embraer flight after air-con fault (www.dailystar.co.uk) More...

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Airbus Confirms 100 aircraft order worth $11.5 Billion

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Airbus SE firmed up an order for 100 single-aisle aircraft from Avolon, the aircraft-leasing company owned by China’s HNA Group Co. The deal, worth $11.5 billion before discounts, seals an outline accord unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in July, the Irish lessor said in a statement Friday. Aircraft orders typically come in stages, and aren’t counted against order totals until finally signed off. The announcement provides a late boost for Airbus’s 2018 tally after it had struggled to finalize… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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Indigo Welcomes 200th Aircraft: Brand-New A320neo

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Indian Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Indigo received its 200th airplane, a brand-new Airbus A320neo, bearing the registration VT-IZI (MSN 8570). The aircraft was ferried to Delhi nonstop from Toulouse. The Indian LCC launched operations in August 2006. Since then, it has grown to become the country’s largest airline in terms of fleet and passengers carried. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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AirAsia to launch airline in Vietnam with local partner

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AirAsia , the largest low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia, said on Thursday that it has agreed with its partner in Vietnam to launch a domestic airline next year, to gain a footprint in the fastest growing air travel market in the region. The Malaysia-based carrier and Thien Minh Group, a Hanoi-based tourism business, agreed on Thursday to invest in aircraft to form a fleet for the new airline. TMG CEO Tran Trong Kien said that the fleet will mainly consist of Airbus A320s and A321s, both short-… (asia.nikkei.com) More...

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Embraer-Boeing aviation deal blocked by Brazilian court

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A Brazilian federal court on Thursday granted an injunction blocking the proposed tie-up between U.S. planemaker Boeing Co and Embraer SA , a deal the Brazilian company says is crucial to its survival. Embraer shares in Sao Paulo closed 2.42 percent lower, although it remained too early to say whether the injunction will actually block or significantly affect the deal. Labor groups in Brazil often bring court challenges against significant business deals and the injunction could be reversed. The… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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'Our airplanes are safe,' Boeing says as officials push training

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Aviation authorities in Indonesia and India on Thursday pushed for more simulator training for Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots following the deadly Lion Air crash, while the world's largest planemaker reiterated that its top-selling jetliner was safe. Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told a CNBC interviewer on Thursday he was "very confident" in the safety of the 737 MAX, the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades. (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Intoxicated Passenger Prompts Emergency Landing In The Twin Cities

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A Norwegian Air flight bound for Paris made an emergency landing early Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities due to an intoxicated passenger. MSP Airport officials say Norwegian Air flight DY7080, which departed from Oakland, was diverted to Minnesota because of the unruly man. The plane landed in the Twin Cities at about 1:30 a.m. Police took the man to Hennepin Health in downtown Minneapolis. The plane remained on the tarmac for 90 minutes, according to Norwegian Air officials, and arrived in… (minnesota.cbslocal.com) More...

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Kenya's neighbours reject KQ's 'small' Bombadier plane

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Three east African countries have refused to allow flights of national carrier Kenya Airways’ (KQ) small bombardier planes into their countries in what could raise diplomatic tensions with Nairobi. Burundi declined the Bombardier DHC8-Q400 aircraft on the basis that they had no business class seats while Djibouti and Southern Sudan flatly declined KQ’s applications. The Bombadier planes are less costly to operate, hence preferred on short-haul flights. (www.theeastafrican.co.ke) More...

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Burundi, Kenya fight over aircraft deployment

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A diplomatic row has erupted between Burundi and Kenya after Bujumbura demanded that Kenya Airways’ low-cost partner, Jambojet, deploy a bigger aircraft with business class seats for flights to the central African nation. In a letter to Jambojet’s chief executive, Willem Hondius, Burundi said that it was unhappy with the planned deployment of Bombardier DHC8-Q400 aircraft on the Nairobi-Bujumbura route, terming it unbefitting of the status of government officials travelling to Nairobi for… (mobile.nation.co.ke) More...

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Propeller blade responsible for 2017 KC-130 crash that killed 16 service members

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Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman. (www.c-130.net) More...

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Southwest skids off runway at Burbank airport

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A Southwest Airlines flight skidded off the runway Thursday morning at the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Southwest Flight 278, which departed from Oakland, rolled off the end of runway eight shortly after 9 a.m., the FAA said in a statement. (www.fox10phoenix.com) More...

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New Routes Announced by California Pacific Airlines

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Hot off the heels of commencing service out of Carlsbad's McClellan-Palomar Airport in early-November, California Pacific Airlines has announced two new routes from their home base. Starting March 1, 2019, CP Air will begin service from Carlsbad to Sacramento. And slated to start March 15, 2019, the airline will connect their Carlsbad hub via a layover at Phoenix-Mesa with Denver International, their hub for the Essential Air Service flights to two South Dakota destinations, which they… (www.thecoastnews.com) More...

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Drone Delivery Canada signs $2.5 million commercial agreement

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Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has executed a commercial agreement with the Moose Cree First Nation to deploy DDC's drone delivery technology platform with the Moose Cree First Nation communities. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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An Exclusive Preview of New Orleans Airport’s Amazing New Terminal

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On May 15, 2019, New Orleans is about to finally fling open the gates to its new world-class terminal. This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Louis Armstrong International Airport’s new 35 Gate Terminal that overnight will take over all scheduled passenger flights from the current facility that first opened in in 1959. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Air Italy Announces New Flights from Milan to Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Milan-based Air Italy will double its presence in the United States with the addition of two new routes to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), now set to launch in April next year ahead of the busy summer 2019 season. This announcement comes in one day ahead of Air Italy's inaugural New Delhi route, which is set to takeoff on December 6 from the airline's hub in Milan-Malpensa (MXP). (airwaysmag.com) More...

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More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation

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Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones. But autonomous aircraft are only a fraction of the impact that advances in machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will have in aviation—the technologies' reach could encompass nearly every aspect of the industry. Aircraft manufacturers and airlines are investing significant resources… (arstechnica.com) More...

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American Airlines claims story of passenger abandoned in wheelchair overnight is false, according to investigation

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The family of a 67-year-old wheelchair-bound woman who alleges she was abandoned in the airport overnight on Friday after her American Airlines flight from Chicago to Detroit was canceled might have some explaining to do. (www.yahoo.com) More...

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British Airways Announces Summer Flights To Ljubljana, Montpellier

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Adding to its Summer 2019 destination list, British Airways has announced two new routes from London-Heathrow: Ljubljana and Montpellier, complementing the already unveiled routes to Preveza, Kos, and Bastia, alongside increased frequencies to Marseille, Budapest, Inverness, Palermo, and Malaga. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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FAA reports steady increase of near-miss incidents involving drones and aircraft across Las Vegas

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The reports cover a span of years between 2014 to 2018 and show 95 reported drone sightings in the Las Vegas area. Dr. Walach said the number of reported drone sightings to the authorities is on pace to double in 2018 compared to the previous year. (www.ktnv.com) More...

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Loganair To Order 20 ATR 72-600s

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Loganair, Scotland’s national airline, are to place an order for 20 ATR42-600s to renew its aging fleet of Saab 340/2000s, some of which are approaching 31 years of age. The first of these new ATR aircraft will arrive during the second half of 2019, according to sources, launching the replacement of the airline’s aging Saab fleet. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Patriots Jet Team 2018 Season Recap Video (Includes some awesome 360 cam shots)

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With the 2018 airshow season having come to a close, we would like to give thanks to our many fans, show sites and sponsors who have made this season possible. The team is already working hard to gear up for another incredible year! The Patriots Jet Team is a civilian aerobatic formation team that performs in air shows across the western United States of America. The team currently operates as a six-ship team, flying the Czech-built Aero L-39 Albatros (www.youtube.com) More...

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Air Botswana Grows: First ATR 72 and E170 Planes Arrive

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African carrier Air Botswana (BP) is set to receive its first Embraer E170 in the airline’s brand new livery, which follows the recent delivery of its first ATR 72-600 straight from the manufacturer in France. The addition of the E170 and the ATR planes will upgrade Air Botswana’s current fleet of three ATR 42-500s and one ATR 72-500. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Southwest-Delta Lawsuit Takes Turn, Other Airlines Could Enter Dallas Love Field

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In another attempt to solve the ongoing controversy at Dallas Love Field Airport, the city of Dallas crafted a resolution that, if enacted, would force Alaska Airlines to accommodate additional flights Delta wants to fly out of Love Field. Additionally, Southwest would have to continue to allow Delta to fly its five daily flights out of Gate 15. Both of the forced accommodations would occur for a minimum of three years, the city said in the court filing. This proposed resolution comes in the… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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La Compagnie Announces Nice – New York Flights, Summer 2019

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French all-business-class carrier La Compagnie will launch an all-new route next summer, linking New York (EWR) with Nice (NCE), between May and October 2019. Currently, only Delta serves this route via New York-JFK. The French carrier expects to take delivery of brand-new A321neos by April 2019. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Singapore-Changi Airport Records Successful October 2018

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Growth in passenger numbers and cargo tonnage has been a big thing for Changi Airport this month, handling 5.38 million passenger movements in October 2018, representing an increase of 4.3% year-on-year. Aircraft movements also increased by around 3.2% to 32,800 landings and takeoffs, hence the link between that and the growth of passenger traffic. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Lufthansa considers ordering Boeing 787 instead of more Airbus A350

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Berlin - Lufthansa Group is currently in talks with Boeing and Airbus about further widebody orders. The company will make its final decision in the coming months whether to order the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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