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Delta Orders 20 Additional Bombardier CRJ900s With New Interior Design in $961 Million Deal

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Delta is flying into uncharted territory on a deal with Bombardier Inc. for 20 of its new CRJ900 jets, becoming the first major carrier to buy into the Montreal-based planemaker's new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design. Delta expects delivery of the planes beginning in late 2018, with the last coming in 2020. Bombardier valued Delta's order at about $961 million based on the list price. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Pilot and passenger survive Cessna 150 crash in Indiana

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“This is like a miracle plane crash to not hit anything on the property except an embankment,” said law enforcement official regarding the crash of a 1966 Cessna 150 that missed tall power lines, a cabinetry plant and a parking lot full of semi trailers. (duboiscountyherald.com) More...

Delta Air Lines Updates Support Animal Policy

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Delta Air Lines released on Wednesday that it will be limiting passengers to one Emotional Support Animal and prohibiting 'pitbull' type dogs as service animals (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Wells Fargo Sues American Airlines for Not Returning Leased Planes On Time

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Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit Monday against American Airlines alleging the airline violated leasing contracts by not returning three planes on time. The bank leased American three Boeing aircraft during the fall of 2017 which were returned 49, 45 and two days late, according to the lawsuit. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Boeing 797 Announcement Will Increase Boeing Stock Price

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Analysts talk about the Boeing (NYSE:BA) 797 as a $10 to $15 billion project. It would enter the market in 2025. At the first quarter earnings call, Boeing CEO Denis Muilenburg said that he expected an announcement within a year. Boeing will want a flashy announcement with firm orders from launch customers with coverage of the unique features and passenger comforts. The stock will increase as investors view it as a sign of stronger growth. The announcement could come at the Farnborough airshow… (seekingalpha.com) More...

Norwegian Air Argentina Signs First Airport Agreement In Cordoba

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Norwegian’s South American subsidiary, Norwegian Air Argentina, has signed an agreement with the Government of Cordoba to establish a base of operations at the Ambrosio Taravella International Airport. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Tokyo-Narita to Welcome Its 100th Airline in July

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Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT) will make history on July 3, when its 100th active airline flies into the airport. The 100th client will be Fiji Airways, which from July 3 will launch direct flights from Nadi in Fiji. (airwaysmag.com) More...

WestJet’s Swoop Unveils U.S. Plans in DOT Application

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Swoop, Canada’s newest airline, has unveiled its intentions to start flights to the United States. In an application to the US Department of Transportation, the airline has stated intentions to begin transborder flights in October. The carrier plans to serve Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Phoenix. The application stated flights would start “on or about October 11” but the initial destination has not been revealed. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Nippon Cargo Airlines Suspends Flights Due to Maintenance Discrepancies

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Nippon Cargo Airlines, also known as NCA, has announced that it will be suspending all departures from Tokyo as of June 16 and will be suspending all operations from June 17. The decision comes after inconsistencies were found regarding the application of lubricating oil to one of their Boeing 747-8Fs in early April. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Emirates Testing A380 at Boston’s Logan International Airport

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This Saturday will see Emirates test its largest aircraft, the Airbus A380-800, at Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to One Mile at a Time. Currently, the Gulf carrier serves Boston with its largest Boeing long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, with daily service to its hub in Dubai. Although still speculation, the flight may lead to Emirates bumping up its current service to its flagship aircraft. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

IAM May Be Playing With Fire In SC Union Vote

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The International Association of Machinists may be playing with fire. Puget Sound’s IAM 751 may be burned in the process. The Charleston Post and Courier reported that the IAM will file a labor grievance over Boeing’s refusal to recognize certification of a “micro-union” while the company appeals the legality of its creation. (leehamnews.com) More...

AirAsia Again Refutes India Corruption Allegations

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The AirAsia Group has again refuted any wrongdoing in its dealings with the Indian government over its AirAsia India unit, following allegations of corruption filed in a first information report (FIR) with the Indian police. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

PICTURE: Jet Airways Leases India's First Boeing 737 MAX from GECAS

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Indian carrier Jet Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 8 on lease from GECAS. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FedEx Orders 24 Additional Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 Freighters in $6.6 Billion Deal

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FedEx Corp. has ordered 24 more Boeing freighters, comprising 12 767Fs and 12 777Fs. The Memphis-based cargo carrier said the 767Fs will be delivered between June 2019 and May 2022, while the 777Fs will be delivered between June 2020 and May 2025. The total order is valued at $6.6 billion at list prices. (www.atwonline.com) More...

Norwegian CEO Kjos Won’t Block Sale of His Airline

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Norwegian Air Shuttle chief executive Bjorn Kjos will “likely” sell his stake in the Oslo-based low-cost airline he founded if other shareholders decide to do so, he told AIN on the sidelines of the ACI Europe and World general assembly in Brussels Tuesday. Kjos declined to comment on the progress of any ongoing negotiations or the identity of any suitors, however. (www.ainonline.com) More...

The A330neo begins "Route Proving"

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Toulouse - The A330neo has embarked on a world tour to prove that it is ready to enter into service. Route Proving constitutes the final stage of the certification process of the aircraft. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines drops high-density plan for A380s

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Malaysia Airlines has dropped plans to retrofit its six Airbus A380s to a high-density seat configuration for pilgrimage flights. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

American Airlines Suffers the Latest Airline IT Meltdown

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Within the span of a month during the summer of 2016, two of the top four U.S. airlines suffered crippling IT failures. Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) were each forced to cancel thousands of flights during the peak season, leading to lost revenue and reputational damage. (www.fool.com) More...

Emirates touch down in Auckland via Bali

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Emirates Touches down in Auckland via Bali New service is only year-round non-stop flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates global network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option for visitors to New Zealand First Emirates service to Bali featuring First Class Dubai, 15 June 2018 – Emirates has launched a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via Bali, reflecting increased interest in the attractive Indonesian island… (www.emirates.com) More...

Live & Onboard: Test Flying TAP’s First Airbus A330neo (+Photos)

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A detailed inflight and program review of the first Airbus A330neo as it begins its route proving trials, beginning with a flight between Toulouse and Lisbon. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Boeing And Airbus Book $7 Billion Of Orders In May

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The order battle between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF, OTCPK:EADSY) is one way for the companies to flex their muscles, next to marketing their respective products as the best solution with the highest fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. Even though the orders (in terms of value) are in no way a reflection of financial performance, it's important to have a look at the order inflow. That's because the order tallies give a nice impression of which manufacturer has the best mix of… (seekingalpha.com) More...

Japanese airlines rename 'Taiwan' as 'China Taiwan' on websites

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Japan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, a move likely to please Beijing but anger the self-ruled island. (www.theguardian.com) More...

JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says

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After a decade of industry consolidation, David Neeleman, one of aviation’s famed entrepreneurs, sees room for a new low-cost U.S. airline focused on reducing travel hassles by using smaller airports, according to two industry reports. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Cathay Pacific receives its first A350-1000

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Cathay Pacific has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000, making it the variant's second operator after Qatar Airways, which received its initial example in February. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bell and Safran to collaborate on hybrid-electric power

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Bell and French powerplant specialist Safran Helicopter Engines are to collaborate on a new hybrid-electric propulsion system designed for urban mobility vertical take-off and landing applications. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bombardier inducts first Global 7500s into Montreal completion centre

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Bombardier has inducted the first customer-owned Global 7500 into its completion centre in Dorval, Montreal, as the ultra-long-range business jet, previously named the Global 7000, moves closer to certification and service entry scheduled for the second half of this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The first Boeing 777 goes to museum

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Hong Kong - The first Boeing "Triple Seven" WA001 goes to the museum after 24 years of service. The aircraft built in 1994 belonged to the passenger fleet of Cathay Pacific since 2000. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Emirates' boss Tim Clark wants airliners without cabin windows

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Dubai - Emirates is seriously thinking of operating airliners without cabin windows. Planes without portholes are coming soon, said President Tim Clark in an interview with the BBC. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

COMAC suspends flight tests for C919

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Beijing - The Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC has suspended the flight tests of its single-aisle C919 for three months. The certification remains planned for 2020 the manufacturer says. Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) announced the suspension of C919 tests for modifications, including flaps and empennage. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

JetBlue returns to pre-hurricane levels of service as it celebrates 16 years in Puerto Rico

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JetBlue Airways, Puerto Rico’s largest airline, marked the return of its full flight schedule on the island after last year’s hurricanes by celebrating with customers, crewmembers and partners at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Brit arrested over suspected Chinese plot to steal secrets of F-35 stealth fighter jet

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Former Rolls-Royce tech whizz Bryn Jones was held after MI5 received intelligence that classified defence info may have been passed to Beijing (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

airBaltic welcomes latest Bombardier CS300 to fleet

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airBaltic welcomed its ninth Bombardier CS300 jet, registered as YL-CSI, to Riga. By the end of 2018, the Latvian airline plans to have a total of 14 CS300 aircraft on its fleet. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Cambodia Airways to launch operations on July 10, 2018

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Cambodia Airways (Phnom Penh) is a new airline in Cambodia. The new carrier received its first aircraft, an Airbus A319, on May 25, 2018 (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Airbus Weighs New Long-Range A321XLR Version in Boeing Challenge

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Airbus (AIR.PA) is considering adding extra endurance to the longest-range version of its A321 passenger jet in a further effort to pre-empt a potential new mid-market jet being studied by U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N), industry sources said. A new version called the A321XLR is the latest study on the drawing board in a battle of wits as both jetmakers battle for supremacy in the 200-270-seat segment, valued by analysts at hundreds of billion of dollars over 20 years. (www.reuters.com) More...

Delta’s first Boeing 777-200 receives Delta One Suites retrofit

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Fans of Delta One Suite cabins can rejoice as the airline has started retrofitting its fleet of 18 777-200s (ER and LR combinations) with its updated business class, premium economy and economy products. (www.theluxescape.com) More...

Bombardier’s Global 7500 Jets Begin Arriving in Montreal as On-Schedule Ramp-Up Continues and Program Surpasses 2,300 Flight Test Hours

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Bombardier announced that Global 7500 aircraft started arriving at the company’s Montreal facilities last month, where high-precision completion work is being carried out on this industry-defining jet. Skilled workers at Bombardier’s state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence in Dorval, Quebec, have been building and assembling complete interior sets including kitchens, state room beds, dining furniture and Nuage seats for multiple customer aircraft since the centre’s inauguration in 2017. (globenewswire.com) More...

Cracking checks ordered on winglet-equipped 767s

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US regulators are ordering operators of winglet-equipped Boeing 767-300s to conduct checks on the wing structure following occurrences of fatigue cracking. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Biggest Exports by US State in 2017

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We created out latest map in three steps. First, we used US Census Bureau data to identify the most prevalent export industries in 2017 in each state. Then we assigned a color for each category or industry, generating a snapshot of the geography of exports. Finally, for each state, we labeled the specific sector within the category, so that a state that is light blue for “Machinery/Transportation” is labeled specifically “Airplanes,” “Trucks,” etc. on the map. This lets you quickly and easily… (howmuch.net) More...

Airbus Mulls A321XLR Ahead Of Boeing’s 797 Launch

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Sources from Reuters are reporting that Airbus is looking at further bumping up the range of its A321 program as the latest effort in trying to pre-empt a potential new mid-market jet (NMA) being studied vigorously by Boeing. This new version, dubbed the A321XLR (Xtra-Long Range), will involve even more of an additional revamp to the A321LR (Long-Range) aircraft, which recently claimed a long-distance record for the testing of single-aisle jets. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ryanair Calls For Banning Morning Alcohol Sales At Airports

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Ryanair has called for a pre-10 am alcohol ban after a group of holidaymakers forced one of their flights to divert into Paris-Beauvais while en route from Dublin to Ibiza over the weekend. Up to 20 travelers were involved in the disturbance and resulted in three passengers being removed from the flight and detained by French police. “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight,” explained Ryanair’s Robin Kiely. “The aircraft… (airwaysmag.com) More...

American Airlines Pays Up To Settle Collusion Lawsuit

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NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle a lawsuit that says it and other major U.S. airlines colluded to drive up the price of airfares. (www.wbap.com) More...

Lufthansa in contact with Norwegian as airlines size up deals

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BERLIN/OSLO (Reuters) - Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) is in contact with Norwegian Air Shuttle, which is also the subject of bid interest from British Airways owner IAG, as the German airline looks to get involved in an expected wave of deals in the sector, its CEO told a newspaper. (www.reuters.com) More...

Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350

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Airbus is working to extract even more range from the A350 family as it prepares to respond to the Qantas "Project Sunrise" request for an ultra-long-range aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

AI flight coming to Delhi lands in Udaipur after air pressure dips

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New Delhi:An Air India aircraft cruising from Rajkot to Delhi with over 100 people on board on Saturday got a de-pressurisation warning mid-air when the Airbus A-319 was at an altitude of about 10km or 33,000 feet. On getting the cabin de-pressurisation failure warning, the flight captain Priya Chauhan immediately initiated emergency descent and brought the plane to a lower altitude of about 10,000 feet at which all on board could breathe without supplementary oxygen. The aircraft was about 90… (epaper.timesgroup.com) More...

Traveling the World, One Ferry Flight at a Time

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There’s a whole wide world of flight outside of instructing and freight dogging and airline flying. There are many interesting and rewarding ways to make a living in and around airplanes, and Sarah Rovner seems to have hit upon one of the more adventuresome ones. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Qantas A380 in wake turbulence encounter caused by another Qantas A380

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Flight QF94, two hours after taking off from Los Angeles to Melbourne on the night of June 10, plunged upon hitting the wake turbulence of another Qantas A380 that was on its way to Sydney, the Australian airline said in a statement. No injuries were reported. The planes were separated by 20 nautical miles and 1,000 feet in altitude. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

ANZ Boeing 787 Dreamliner near Jakarta on Jun 15th 2018, engine oil problem

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An ANZ Air New Zealand Boeing 787-900, registration ZK-NZG performing flight NZ-281 from Singapore (Singapore) to Auckland (New Zealand) with 202 passengers, was enroute at FL370 about 240nm northeast of Jakarta (Indonesia) when the crew decided to return (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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