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U.S. pilots flying 737 MAX weren’t told about new automatic systems change linked to Lion Air crash

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Pilots for two U.S. airlines flying Boeing's 737 MAX weren't trained about a key change to an automatic system that's been linked to the fatal crash of a Lion Air jet last month, according to pilot representatives at both airlines. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Las Vegas airport controller heard slurring her words as alarmed pilots respond

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LAS VEGAS -- Federal and airport authorities are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports that in air traffic audio of the incident, the controller appeared to become incoherent and eventually unresponsive until she was discovered by another controller returning from a break. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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The first Dreamliner of WestJet takes shape

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Everett - The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner destined for Canada's second largest airline operator WestJet takes shape at Boeing's Everett factory. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Plane nosedives 500 feet shortly after takeoff

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A flight could have been just seconds away from crashing into the ground after an incorrect autopilot setting caused the plane to plummet, an investigation has (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Air Astana Embraer ERJ-190LR from Lisbon Airport declared a “mayday” with loss of instruments

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On 11 November, an Air Astana Embraer ERJ-190LR (P4-KCJ) from Lisbon Airport to a currently unknown destination as KC1388 declared a “Mayday” with loss of instruments. The pilots briefly considered a ditching but were able to regain control of the aircraft and the aircraft headed to Beja Airport for a safe landing on runway 19R. During the emergency situation, F-16 fighter jets scrambled to assist the aircraft. (www.aviation24.be) 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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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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‘Aggressive’ passenger may have to pay plane’s fuel bill after causing emergency landing

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A Canadian man may be charged $17,450 after his drunken and disorderly behavior caused the airplane to make an emergency return to the airport while accompanied by two F-15 U.S. Air Force jets. (www.foxnews.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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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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Portuguese fighters to scramble second time for another airplane in emergency in less than 24 hours

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Lisbon - Fighters took off from Monte Real air base, Leiria, to give support a Boeing 737 aircraft from the Dutch airline Transavia that declared emergency after taking off from Funchal. (airlinerwatch.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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Finland and Norway are telling airline pilots to fly without GPS due to possible Russian interference

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Norway and Finland have both reported problems with GPS signals in their northern regions this month. Both countries have been taking part in NATO’s exercise Trident Juncture, which has irked Russia. Reports of GPS interference related to Russian military activities have been reported in the past. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

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Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes In Jakarta

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Reports are coming in with information that a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. Flight JT610 had just departed from Jakarta (CGK) with destination Pangkal Pinang (PGK). (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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US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the Philippine Sea

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Both crew members suffered 'non life-threatening' injuries. (fighterjetsworld.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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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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£5,000 an hour but no free booze – what to expect on board the Ryanair private jet

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Love it or loathe it, at least you know what you get with Ryanair. Or do you? Who would have thought, for example, that the Irish airline most often associated with lurid yellow and grumpy passengers, has its own private jet? Yours for just £5,000 an hour, on top of taxes and fees. We know what you’re thinking and, yes, you can take a second bag in the cabin free of charge. What’s more is each passenger is allowed two hold bags, each weighing up to 20kg. Are we talking about the same Ryanair?… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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FBI concludes former Horizon staffer intentionally crashed Q400

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded that former Horizon Air staffer Richard Russell, acting alone, stole and intentionally crashed a Horizon Bombardier Q400 in August The FBI found that Russell "piloted the aircraft and that the final descent to the ground was intentional," says the agency in an investigation summary. "Extensive investigative activity failed to reveal any additional subjects involved in the planning or execution of the unauthorised flight." (www.flightglobal.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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Ohio pilot disappeared without a trace

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Neil Huntzinger was an expert pilot. For decades, he traveled North America, Central America and South America for profit and adventure. Then one morning, he pointed the nose of his airplane toward the horizon and vanished into thin air, leaving a mystery that has never been solved. (www.ohio.com) More...

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ATSG expands 767 fleet with $845m purchase of Omni Air

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US air cargo company Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has closed its $845 million purchase of Omni Air International, a charter carrier that operates a fleet of Boeing widebodies. (www.flightglobal.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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiple Pilots Report UFO: 'We Saw A Bright Light And It Just Disappeared'

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Several commercials airline pilots reported a series of fast-moving unidentified objects in the skies off the west coast of Ireland last week in an incident now under investigation. One pilot said the object or objects were traveling at “astronomical” speeds of at least Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound, The Irish Times reported. The incident began when a British Airways pilot flying from Montreal to London’s Heathrow Airport contacted Shannon Air Traffic Control in Ireland to ask if there… (www.yahoo.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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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 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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Delta wins deal to maintain and repair Navy's Boeing P-8A Poseidon sub-hunter jets

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Under an agreement with Boeing, Delta Air Lines will perform maintenance and repairs on U.S. Navy's Boeing P-8A Poseidon sub-hunter jets in a six-year deal doing airframe and engine work as well as aircraft inducts, open cabin and airframe structural inspections, landing gear inspections, avionics inspections, systems checks and even livery painting at the Delta TechOps facility in Atlanta. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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Technician Accidentally Sets off an F-16 Cannon Blows Up Another F-16

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A technician Accidentally Sets off an F-16 Cannon Blows Up Another F-16 at the Florennes Air Base on October 11. A technician in one of the F-16s accidentally hit the metaphorical big red button and activated its six-barreled Vulcan M16A-1 cannon. A F-16 had recently been fully fueled for a training run, and the bullets hit the gas tank. (jalopnik.com) More...

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Crucial details omitted by Boeing in aircraft manual may have prevented deadly Lion Air crash

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Two pilots unions have lashed out at Boeing for failing to properly explain a safety feature on the 737 Max aircraft in their manuals. (www.rt.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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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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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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Global flight tracking standards take effect as first step in radical GADSS distress safety system

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New international rules that mean airlines must report their fleet’s flight positions every 15 minutes become official today more than four years since the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. (airtrafficmanagement.keypublishing.com) More...

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A330-900 ETOPS certification and US approval imminent

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Airbus expects to receive 180min extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval for the A330-900 later this month, while US certification of the airframe is due by year-end. (www.flightglobal.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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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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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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Virgin Atlantic Pilots Voting To Strike Over Union Recognition Benefits

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Virgin Atlantic (VS) pilots in the trade union Professional Pilot’s Union (PPU) are to be balloting strike action over union recognition. “We have not received statutory notification from the PPU of a ballot on strike action. We are currently working closely with our recognized trade unions in relation to a proposal regarding a review of our benefits," said the airline in a statement. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Passenger Grabs Controls After Pilot Collapses

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When Carli McConaughy pulled on the big control column in the middle of the helicopter she was flying in over Honolulu last week, she had no idea what she was doing but she likely saved her own life and those of her fiancé and the unconscious pilot beside her. (www.avweb.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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United Airlines attendants: Boeing smoke detectors busted our ear drums

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Malfunctioning smoke detectors screeched so loud, they caused the ear drums of two airline attendants to burst and bleed, a new lawsuit alleges. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

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