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Air Force 2 Reports Bird Strike and Returns - C-17 Becomes Air Force 2

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Air Force 2 Hit By Bird Strike After Takeoff From New Hampshire. Vice President Mike Pence, who attended a rally in Gilford Tuesday, returned to Washington via cargo jet after Air Force 2 was grounded (patch.com) More...

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Ukraine International Airlines plans New York regular service resumption in Dec 2020

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Ukraine International Airlines in recent schedule update plans to resume regular scheduled service to New York during winter season. Current schedule and reservation list the airline to operate Kyiv Borispil – Reykjavik Keflavik – New York JFK routing, on board Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. The twice weekly flights to operate form 09DEC20, and it does not have traffic rights for Reykjavik on PS231/232. PS231 KBP1000 – 1315KEF1415 – 1535JFK 73J 37 PS232 JFK2210 – 0840+1KEF0940+1 – 1630+1KBP 73J 37 (www.routesonline.com) More...

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JetBlue Releases First Photos Of “Streamers” Tail on A321LR For London Flights

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JetBlue has lifted the veil on a new and special tail livery, dubbed “streamers”. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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George Biggs, one of the last living Tuskegee Airman, dies at 95

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Biggs joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 after he turned 18, though he had attempted to join in 1941 when he was 16. (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Midsize forwarder makes big charter commitment to Pittsburgh airport

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Pittsburgh International Airport is a diamond in the rough when it comes to cargo. Unique Logistics secures full planeloads to multiple cities; Cathay Pacific leads Pittsburgh push with no-seat passenger freighters. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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European Commission proposes a single European sky for ATC

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Today (September 22), the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This can reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Pilots' unions urge U.S. regulator to improve cockpit procedures for Boeing 737 MAX

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The U.S. aviation regulator should require new cockpit procedures for Boeing 737 MAX to help pilots disable an erroneous stall alert that could be a serious distraction during mid-flight emergencies, major pilots unions said on Monday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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American Airlines plans pilot training on Boeing 737 Max in November

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American Airlines is planning to start training its pilots on the still-grounded Boeing 737 Max this November, according to a company memo sent Monday 21 September. “With the planned return to service for our B737 MAX aircraft in the near future, we will begin conducting B737 MAX Special Training for our B737 pilots,” Ameya Kingaonkar, director of flight training planning and scheduling, said in a pilot memo, which was seen by CNBC. Kingaonkar said that the company expects to train all of its… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Lufthansa’s A380s And A340-600s May Never Fly Again

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Lufthansa has announced a third round of restructuring plans after the carrier saw a significant decline in bookings. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Boeing Whistle-Blower Says Proposed 737 Max Fixes Aren’t Enough

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A whistle-blower at Boeing Co. is urging aviation regulators to add additional protections to the grounded 737 Max. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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Nowhere beckons for Asia-Pacific airlines

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‘Flights to Nowhere’ are smart public relations for Asia-Pacific airlines, but that such flights are even under consideration underlines the immense challenges they face. Reports recently emerged that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering what local reports refer to as ’Flights to Nowhere,’ whereby passengers board in Singapore, fly around a few hours enjoying SIA’s in-flight service, and land again in Singapore. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Airline CEOs plead with Washington as layoffs loom

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The race to prevent massive airline layoffs in October is heating up with CEOs and union leaders pleading with the White House and Congress to reach a deal for more industry aid. (thehill.com) More...

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Sydney Airport COVID-19 slowdown hands hobby pilots bucket list take-off experience

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Hobby pilots have been landing and taking off from Sydney Airport during the coronavirus period. Restrictions on air travel mean commercial jets are barely using the airport's runways. Recreational pilot Mark Keech said landing at the airport was a unique opportunity he had to take. (www.abc.net.au) More...

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Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft

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Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035 (www.airbus.com) More...

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Last in, first out: Female pilots bear brunt of airline job cuts

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In the United States alone, the top two airlines are set to furlough more than 3,000 pilots when government stimulus expires this month, and a disproportionate number of those are women. Under layoff agreements between airlines and unions, junior pilots lose their jobs before senior ones, regardless of gender, race or age. (www.reuters.com) More...

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In 2005, Helios flight 522 crashed into a Greek hillside. Was it because one man forgot to flip a switch?

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Early on the morning of 14 August 2005, Alan Irwin, then 44, was with his partner, Donna, and their two young children in an apartment in Larnaca, Cyprus. It was a convenient base, only minutes from the airport. Irwin was an aircraft engineer; he had become obsessed with the technical aspects of planes as a young man in the Royal Air Force, following in the footsteps of his father, also an aircraft engineer and pilot. “I enjoy being around machines,” Irwin says. “If they’re broken, they’re… (www.theguardian.com) More...

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Spirit Airlines reiterates mask policy, CDC standards after passenger refuses to swap gaiter

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Spirit Airlines reiterated its policy for wearing only masks approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after video posted Friday of a guest refusing to wear anything other than his own neck gaiter, which does not meet CDC standards. The video, recorded by the passenger in question and shared to social media last week, shows a flight attendant asking a man wearing an American flag-themed neck gaiter if he was wearing a mask underneath, given that the gaiter on its own does not… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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The Boeing 737 Max is likely just weeks away from being cleared to fly again.

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The Boeing 737 Max is likely mere weeks from returning to passenger service. The plane moved another step closer to being recertified this week as a major international review was initiated. However, there are few remaining administrative tasks for Boeing and the FAA — and logistical hurdles for airlines — before the plane fully returns to the skies. Boeing's troubled 737 Max is likely just weeks away from returning to the skies. Although a scathing report from House Democrats on the… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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US airlines facing ‘Thelma and Louise’ moment as government aid set to expire

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US airlines are facing what one leading analyst calls a “Thelma and Louise” moment as the industry approaches a government-funding deadline that could decide its future. On 30 September a government aid packages used to protect workers expires, the airlines have already announced huge layoffs but what comes next could be even worse. “I don’t think people get the Thelma and Louise analogy here. The car is up to speed, it’s headed toward the cliff and we know what happens next because you’ve seen… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Why JetBlue Is Still Eager to Get the Airbus A220

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Air travel demand plunged earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it isn't expected to recover fully for years. In response, airlines have negotiated aggressively with Boeing and Airbus (OTC:EADSY) to defer aircraft deliveries in order to relieve some of the pressure on their balance sheets. JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) has been no exception. Entering 2020, the leisure-focused airline planned to take delivery of at least 46 -- and possibly as many as 56 -- Airbus A321neos… (www.fool.com) More...

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Three injured after North American B-25 Mitchell vintage WWII bomber crashes in California, United States

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On 19 September, a North American “Old Glory” TB-25N Mitchell vintage WWII bomber (registered N7946C and built in 1944) was severely damaged in an off-airport landing near Stockton, California, United States. The plane attempted a landing in an open field and appeared to have struck an irrigation ditch. All three people on board sustained injuries, two of them were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. (www.aviation24.be) More...

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The inside story of Airbus first commercial aircraft

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The jet, which proved difficult to sell at first, ended up propelling Airbus on its collision course to compete with Boeing (www.key.aero) More...

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Can Ryanair Survive the Coronavirus?

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The pandemic is hitting the notoriously no-frills airline where it hurts. (slate.com) More...

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Boeing 737 Max is still unsafe to fly, say families of victims

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The Boeing 737 Max was grounded after 346 people died in two crashes (www.independent.ie) More...

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Lufthansa may speed Airbus A350 deliveries with new business class

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As Lufthansa looks to axe the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 it could accelerate delivery of new A350s with its latest business class (www.executivetraveller.com) More...

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IATA cargo chief Hughes takes buyout amid downsizing

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The International Air Transport Association is feeling the same financial heat as its members. Staff cutbacks are now a reality. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Qantas Considering More “Flights To Nowhere” After First Flight Near Record Sell Out

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Qantas considering running more "Flights To Nowhere" after Great Southern Land 787 tour sold on in just 10 minutes. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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US Air Force could deploy freighters to fly truckloads of vaccine

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Pentagon planners are putting together maps and matrices for how the government should ship millions of vaccine doses around the country under expedited conditions. One of those options includes driving commercial trucks with refrigerated units onto giant military planes and flying them to hospitals and other distribution points. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Pivot Airlines partners with the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)- Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal – here we come!

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Pivot Airlines is pleased to announce that we have entered a formal arrangement with the Region of Waterloo International Airport to provide scheduled domestic air service to Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal. We are excited to form a true partnership with the Region of Waterloo International Airport by having their support in helping develop regional markets aimed at serving Waterloo Region. Service commences upon receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals and is contingent upon a… (www.waterlooairport.ca) More...

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Why San Francisco International Airport is turning off the loudspeaker

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought plenty of changes to airports, from sanitizing stations to mandatory mask wearing. But San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has decided that instead of adding something it'll take something away -- specifically, noise. The new "quiet airport" plan aims to reduce noise throughout SFO by 40%. Step one is making announcements about specific flights boarding or being delayed only at the relevant gate instead of the entire terminal. Related (www.cnn.com) More...

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An airline that’s been closed for 6 months will now be controlled by a 27-year-old

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When the going gets tough, stop and start over. That’s exactly what El Al, the flag carrier of Israel, is doing. Since March, the airline has effectively ceased operations. The carrier suspended most commercial flights due to the Israeli border closure and has only operated a handful of repatriation, charter and cargo flights since. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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El Al’s new owner: Eli Rozenberg, a 27-year-old yeshiva student from New York

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Eli Rozenberg, a 27-year-old New York-born yeshiva student who lives in Jerusalem, became the owner of Israel’s embattled national carrier El Al on Wednesday after he placed the only bid at a share offering at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Rozenberg’s Kanfei Nesharim company bought a controlling 42.85% stake in the airline with a $150 million offering. The state, which had committed to buying any unwanted shares as part of a rescue package, bought some $30 million worth of shares for a stake that… (www.timesofisrael.com) More...

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Asia travellers snap up 'flights to nowhere'

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Air travel numbers are at a historic low this year, and it's forced carriers to get creative to bring in revenue. One big idea that's caught on in Asia and Australia is a so-called 'journey to nowhere'. These sightseeing trips allow travellers on a plane, fly them over landmarks, and then return to the airport they started out at. This week, Australia's Qantas announced its offer of a seven-hour scenic flight over the Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef sold out in… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Southwest says half of grounded Boeing 737-800 planes back in service

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Southwest Airlines Co <LUV.N> said on Thursday it has now returned to service about half the 115 Boeing <BA.N> 737-800 aircraft it temporarily grounded after it discovered discrepancies in aircraft weight data. The Dallas-based airline said in a statement late Wednesday that "out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily ceased flying the respective aircraft to enter the correct weights of the aircraft in question into the system and reset the program." (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Coughing Dummies Help Boeing and United Track Viruses on Planes

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For the past four months, United Airlines and Boeing Co. have been flying around jetliners loaded with mannequins, aerosol sprays, sensors and scientists in an effort to understand how contaminated air moves through passenger planes. The U.S. military initiated the $1 million study when the spread of Covid-19 raised concerns about infection risks for troops transported on passenger jets. (www.msn.com) More...

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Southwest temporarily grounds 130 Boeing 737-800 airplanes over weight data

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Southwest Airlines Co said late Wednesday it temporarily grounded 130 Boeing 737-800 aircraft after it discovered discrepancies in aircraft weight data. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Southwest bolsters the Southwest Promise by keeping middle seats open for fall travel

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Southwest Airlines today renewed its ongoing commitment to supporting the well-being and comfort of its Customers and Employees by announcing that the carrier will continue limiting the amount of seats sold on every flight to allow middle seats to remain open through Nov. 30, 2020. Additionally, as part of The Southwest Promise, the airline requires face masks to be worn at all times, has implemented physical distancing measures in airports and onboard aircraft, and maintains a stringent… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Transportation Photo Gallery: The Pacific Northwest Wildfires

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Pictures from Portland International Airport, where Alaska Airlines temporarily suspended operations. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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U.S. Panel Bashes FAA and Boeing for Aircraft Design Flaws

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A panel from the U.S. government found both Boeing and the FAA guilty of poor oversight, withholding details, cost cutting, and fails in the design and construction of the 737 MAX 8 amid tests for the re-certification of the grounded aircraft (theexplorerblog.com) More...

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Pan Am Returning to the skies using 747s?

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Pan Am is preparing its sixth reincarnation, this time introducing “luxury” passenger service onboard the Boeing 747. Pan Am Returns…With 747 Service? Enter, Gene “D.G.” Tatum, the President of the latest incarnation. He’s hoping to be based in Ecuador…or Colombia…or Costa Rica…or somewhere. “We are hoping to enter a joint venture agreement with the Ecuadorian Government for their recently closed, state owned TAME Airlines; however negotiations seem to have stalled as the officials from TAME… (liveandletsfly.com) More...

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Sixth generation fighter prototype secretly fielded for USAF

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“Air Force reveals it secretly built and flew new fighter jet.” (thehill.com) More...

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Return of the MAX 8

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Tests for the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 are underway around the world. In Europe, officials from several countries are meeting to discuss Boeing's plans to train crews. If successful, the aircraft will be deemed airworthy and allowed to fly again after more than a year of being grounded. However, Boeing may have a hard time selling the aircraft due to customer concerns, lack of demand, and newfound issues with 787. (theexplorerblog.com) More...

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Hurricane Sally tests United Airlines' protections for parked planes

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United Airlines and Hong Kong airport explain how they protect airplanes from hurricanes. Aircraft stored on the ground require special precautions and there are a lot more of them this year with so much of the passenger sector closed down by COVID. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Airbus A321 embarks on second act in e-commerce

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The first Airbus narrow-body passenger-to-freighter conversion is ready to hit the market, offering more cargo space and efficiency than Boeing 737 and 757 many aviation experts say. The plane is geared to help e-commerce, express delivery companies. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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U.S. House probe of 737 MAX finds ‘disturbing pattern’ of Boeing failures and ‘grossly insufficient’ FAA oversight

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An intensive investigation by a U.S. House Committee into the causes of the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes reveals new details documenting what a final report calls “a disturbing pattern of technical miscalculations and troubling management misjudgments made by Boeing,” along with “grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA.” (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Surf Air Secures $200 Million in Funding Ahead of IPO

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Hawthorne-based Surf Air Mobility Corp., the subscription private air service that initially specialized in flying execs between Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley, has secured a $200 million investment that is contingent upon the company going public. Surf Air recently pivoted from upscale commuters to the upscale leisure market, announcing Sept. 2 that Global Emerging Markets Group — a $3.4 billion alternative investment group with operations in Paris, New York and Los Angeles — has committed to… (labusinessjournal.com) More...

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A Look At The Routes The Airbus A321XLR Could Fly

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The Airbus A321XLR was an instant hit when it was first announced at last year’s Paris Air Show. Altogether, 24 airlines have ordered over 450 units of the plane. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Boeing Dreamliner: A Manufacturing Nightmare

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Four separate issues were revealed affecting the Dreamliner program over the course of days. (seekingalpha.com) More...

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Salt Lake airport opens brand new terminal

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Salt Lake international airport has been undergoing a billion dollar renovation project including entirely new terminals, underground transportation to the terminals from security, and expansive brand new parking garages. The new building include large beautiful windows and custom art reflecting the surrounding local beauty of Utah. (www.ksl.com) More...

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Airbus displaces Boeing as aerospace’s biggest company

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Seattle’s tumultuous 2019 has seen it slip behind its European rival in our latest annual Top 100 rankings Airbus has ousted Boeing as aerospace’s biggest business after a year in which the 737 Max crisis led to the US manufacturer’s revenues plunging by a quarter. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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