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FAA evaluates a potential design flaw on Boeing’s 737 MAX after Lion Air crash

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Analysts, including former Boeing flight controls experts, are concerned that a new automated flight control system on Boeing's 737 MAX may be flawed and that the way it changed the jet's handling could have sown confusion on the flight deck of Lion Air Flight JT610. (www.seattletimes.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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Boeing 737 flies into brick wall - and just keeps going

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737 flies though wall and electronics and still keeps going... (www.sfgate.com) 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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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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Boeing shares dip on Lion Air crash concerns

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Shares of Boeing Co <BA.N> fell on Tuesday on concerns related to last month's deadly crash of a 737 MAX, the newest version of the planemaker's best-selling jet, operated by Indonesia's Lion Air. Indonesian investigators said on Monday more training was needed for 737 MAX pilots after discovering the situation believed to have faced the crew was not contained in the flight manual. U.S. pilots were also not aware of potential risks, two pilot unions told Reuters. Boeing… (finance.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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£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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Indonesia says situation facing crew of doomed Lion Air jet not in flight manual

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Indonesian investigators said on Monday more training was needed for Boeing 737 MAX pilots after discovering the situation believed to have faced the crew of a doomed Lion Air jet was not contained in the aircraft's flight manual. (www.yahoo.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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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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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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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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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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Airbus needs more than 200 aircraft deliveries in two months to meet 2018 goal

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Airbus went full throttle on aircraft deliveries in October, handing over 81 commercial jets to customers last month. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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Airbus A220 makes maiden landing in Nepal

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The newest addition to the Airbus family of commercial aircraft, the A220, has made its first visit to Nepal as part of a world demonstration tour. (thehimalayantimes.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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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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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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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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