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Riding a Wild Wind, Transatlantic Jets Fly Faster Than Ever

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WHEN RANDAL MILES woke up from a nap during his flight from Los Angeles to Paris last week, he opened the interactive map on his seat-back screen to see how much longer he'd be in the air. But the number that caught his eye was the jet's speed. The Norwegian jet was flying at 770 mph—about 200 mph faster than its standard cruising velocity. “I thought, ‘Damn, this thing is hauling ass,’” Miles says. “I thought I was either sleepy or it was reading wrong.” (www.wired.com) More...

Boeing’s Special Needs in The Next Decade May Be Solved by Embraer

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Key factors may play into the prospective business venture, however it’s defined, between Boeing and Embraer that have gotten little notice. Boeing’s need for engineering talent from Embraer has been touched on by many media, including LNC. But a detailed analysis hasn’t been forthcoming, that we’ve seen. (leehamnews.com) More...

Boeing still evaluating whether to bid for Canadian fighter contract

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Boeing has yet to decide whether to compete for a contract worth $12-14.5 billion to replace Canada’s tactical fighter fleet. The airframer once had the deal in its pocket before Ottawa terminated plans to buy the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet after Boeing filed a trade complaint against Bombardier last May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Conversions from commercial to freighter jumped 7% in 2017

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London - Conversion of passenger airplanes to the freighter function increased 7% in 2017, with 91 aircraft modified. In that period, the main highlight was the 50% growth in the conversions of wide-body aircraft, with a total of 28. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Hard landing in turbulence damaged Virgin Australia ATR 72

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A hard landing in turbulence on 19 November 2017 resulted in substantial damage to a Virgin Australia ATR 72-600, says Australia investigators in a preliminary report. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Delivers Latest Standard Eurofighter to Spanish Air Force

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Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the Spanish Air Force the first two Eurofighter Typhoons to be produced in the latest configuration with enhanced air-to-surface capabilities. The aircraft were manufactured at the Getafe Final Assembly Line in the P1Eb FW (Phase 1 Enhanced Further Work) configuration which marks a key step in the overall Eurofighter evolution plan. This same configuration is being retrofitted to in-service aircraft by other Eurofighter nations. It provides increased… (www.airbus.com) More...

Boeing Presence at Singapore Airshow Underpins Growth Prospects in Asia-Pacific Region

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Boeing will showcase a wide range of products and services at this year's Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defense show, which runs Feb. 6-11. The scale of the company's presence at this year's show reflects the strong growth prospects and opportunities across its commercial, defense and services businesses in Asia-Pacific. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Gulfstream launches G500 global demo tour

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Gulfstream has embarked on a six-month global customer demonstration tour with its G500, ahead of US type certification and service entry for the super-large-cabin, long-range business jet early this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

IAG 'Disappointed' After Losing NIKI to Rival Bidder

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British Airways parent IAG has confirmed that its bid for Austrian carrier Niki has not succeeded, following a change of insolvency proceedings for the Air Berlin operation. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Rolls-Royce Reveals Launch Customers for LessorCare Programme

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Engine maker Rolls-Royce has named AerCap, Avolon and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise as launch customers for a new support programme tailored to the needs of lessors. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

At final turn, racing legend Lauda wins back his airline

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Austrian racing driving legend Niki Lauda looked Tuesday to have won a dramatic race for Niki, the airline he founded in 2003 and then ceded to the now-defunct Air Berlin. (ph.news.yahoo.com) More...

Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines Being Sold To US Carrier

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Seaborne Airlines will soon belong to US carrier Silver Airways. The Puerto-Rico based airline has announced that it has signed the agreement for the sale of all its business and assets. But it assured that all flight schedules remain unchanged. (curacaochronicle.com) More...

EMBRAER S.A.: E190-E2 Flight Test Results Confirm E2 as Most Efficient Single Aisle Jet

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As the E190-E2 new generation narrow-body jet approaches certification, Embraer announces some final results from flight tests confirming that the aircraft is better than its original specification and even more efficient than other single aisle aircraft. In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1,3% better than originally expected, which represents a 17,3% improvement when compared to the current generation E190, and nearly 10% better than its direct competitor. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Udvar-Hazy sees risk of Boeing 737 MAX delays over engines

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The top-selling Boeing aircraft is powered by engines made by French-U.S. venture CFM International, co-owned by France’s Safran and General Electric of the United States. CFM has had some industrial problems in producing its new LEAP engine for the 737 MAX and some Airbus aircraft. (www.reuters.com) More...

Buzz Aldrin Explodes On Delta Agents: ‘This is the most lousy operation I’ve ever seen’

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin was caught on video yelling at Delta Air Lines agents after he reportedly missed his flight at Los Angeles International Airport this week. TMZ reported that Mr. Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, rose from his wheelchair in a rage after Delta tried to remedy his situation by offering him a seat on a later flight. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

African Countries To Establish Single Air Transport Market

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After years of marathon negotiations African Union (AU) officials expect dozens of the continent’s countries to launch the African single air transport market by the end of this month. Of the more than 40 countries expected to participate, 23 already have subscribed. (www.ainonline.com) More...

An end to in-flight Wi-Fi misery is at hand with Gogo’s 2Ku

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If you're one of those people with the misfortune to follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed the occasional complaint about the poor state of in-flight Internet service. After all, it's incredibly frustrating when you're on a deadline and unable get any work done because you can't even load the Ars CMS. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, as I discovered late last year. Gogo Air, which provides in-flight connectivity on most of the major US airlines, noticed one of my frustrated… (arstechnica.com) More...

Cobham Gains New NATO Contract For EW Training

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Cobham’s Special Mission business has won a follow-on contract to provide electronic warfare and threat simulation training to NATO for up to five years. The company will continue using its fleet of 12 modified Dassault Falcons that are based in the UK and that also fly on a separate threat simulation contract for the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD). (www.ainonline.com) More...

TSA's Pekoske Stresses Need To Work with Industry

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The new chief of the Transportation Security Administration, David Pekoske, picked up on many themes of his predecessor in stressing industry collaboration and taking a risked-based approach when he made his first address before the Aero Club of Washington, but he also emphasized a need for expediency and long-term capital planning. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Derby’s Rolls-Royce lands engine deal worth hundreds of millions of pounds

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Derby’s Rolls-Royce has secured an engine deal with an aircraft leasing firm worth more than £300 million. (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk) More...

SA imposing stricter cargo screening for 5 Middle East countries

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(CNN)The Transportation Security Administration, citing terror concerns, is implementing a stricter screening program for air cargo arriving to the United States from five countries in the Middle East. The agency is requiring six carriers that depart with US-bound air cargo from seven airports in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to be subject to further scrutiny. (www.cnn.com) More...

Inflight Connectivity in India gets Green Light

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After years of deliberation, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to allow internet and mobile communication on aircraft (MCA) for in-flight connectivity (IFC) in Indian airspace through both satellite and terrestrial networks. India remained one of the few countries left in the world that did not permit IFC. While the implementation could take around six months, domestic carriers may now introduce voice, data, and video in flight. International carriers and overflying… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Brazil orders additional Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft

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Brazil has ordered an additional Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft that will eventually take to 15 the number of C295s in service with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). This latest order constitutes the firming of an option included in an earlier contract in 2014. It was signed at the end of last year and will therefore be included in the 2017 orderbook. The three SAR aircraft will serve alongside 12 transport-configured C295s already delivered. The first of the three SAR aircraft was… (www.airbus.com) More...

China contributes 549 mln passengers to global aviation industry in 2017 Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-22 21:52:07|Editor: Xiang Bo

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- China had more than 549 million air passengers in 2017, a significant contribution to the world aviation industry, which hit a new record of 4.1 billion passengers last year. (www.xinhuanet.com) More...

Ethiopian to Launch Ten New Destinations in Six Months

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The fastest growing airline in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines, is going to launch ten new international flight destinations in the coming six months. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the fast growing airline is expanding its route network fast. “Between now and June we are going to open ten new destinations. Almost two destinations ever single month. That is a record in our history,” Tewolde said. (www.thereporterethiopia.com) More...

GE Engine Venture May Oust Rolls From Emirates Airbus A380 Contract

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General Electric Co.’s A380 engine venture with Pratt & Whitney may be poised to muscle back in on the double-decker jet following Airbus SE’s deal to sell 36 superjumbos to Gulf carrier Emirates. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Boeing's New 787 Dreamliner Won FAA Approval Before Shutdown Hit

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Boeing Co.’s newest and largest 787 Dreamliner got the federal approval it needs to fly commercially, winning authorization before the government shutdown Friday. The certification concludes a flight-test program that began last March for the first of the 787-10 carbon-fiber jets to be assembled solely at Boeing’s South Carolina factory, the Chicago-based planemaker said Monday. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Etihad shrugs off A330 freighter inactivity

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Etihad Airways is shrugging off the apparent inactivity of half its dedicated freighter fleet, insisting that the situation is part of a normal review of capacity requirements. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Singapore reveals delivery date for first Airbus tanker

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Singapore will take delivery of its first Airbus Defence and Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport later this year, as the country’s Air Force celebrates its 50th anniversary. According to a news release issued by Singapore’s Defence Ministry detailing events and activities that the Republic of Singapore Air Force will hold to mark the anniversary, the A330 MRTT will make its first public appearance at a parade on Sept. 1, the date the service was formed in 1968 as the Singapore Air Defence… (www.defensenews.com) More...

Latin airlines start engine for overseas growth in 2018

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Latin American airlines are set to grow international service in 2018, as the region's improving economies spur carriers to launch more flights abroad. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing's 787-10 Dreamliner Cleared for Commercial Service by Federal Aviation Administration

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US regulator awards amended type certificate to newest member of super-efficient airplane family. Deliveries scheduled to start in first half of 2018 (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

ATR to triple its orders in 2017

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On January 22, The European turboprop manufacturer, a joint venture of Airbus and Leonardo, announced outstanding business results in 2017, receiving 113 Firm orders with 40 options. This figure marks a clear recovery in sales. The company had fallen to 36 in 2016 and 76 in 2015, compared with 160 in 2014. ATR thus confirms its first place in the list of regional aircraft sales of less than 90 seats. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Air Lease Corporation Announces the Placement of Two New Airbus A321-200s with Frontier Airlines

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL) announced long term lease agreements with Frontier Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier based in the United States, for two new Airbus A321-200s. These aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus and will deliver in the fourth quarter of 2018. This agreement follows two new A320-200s delivered from ALC to the airline in 2016. (globenewswire.com) More...

GA Groups ask DOT To Reopen Aircraft Registry During Shutdown

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AOPA and five other general aviation groups sent a letter asking Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao to reopen the FAA aircraft registry, which is closed because of the ongoing federal government shutdown. (www.aopa.org) More...

In an Eye-Opening Announcement, United Airlines Claimed It's Going to Finally Tell Passengers the Truth

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Recently, United Airlines has been on something of a please-the-passenger kick. Which is better than kicking the passenger for pleasure, surely. Last week, I wrote about how the airline is finally introducing a long-haul Premium Economy Class -- called Premium Plus -- something passengers have been craving for, oh, 25 years. Now, United is getting positively giddy. It's decided to start telling passengers the truth. Yes, the whole truth. (www.inc.com) More...

Russian Tu-160 Blackjack Intercepted Over The North Sea

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On Jan. 17, the Belgian MoD released an interesting footage filmed through the pilots JHMCS that projects flight parameters (heading, speed, altitude, etc) and aiming data onto the helmet visor (in other words, in air-to-air role, pilots can cue onboard weapons against enemy aircraft merely by pointing their heads at the targets). (theaviationist.com) More...

JAL Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Helsinki on Jan 21st 2018, engine problem

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A JAL Japan Airlines Boeing 787-900, registration JA861J performing flight JL-414 from Helsinki (Finland) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), was in the initial climb out of Helsinki's runway 22R when ground observers heard loud bangs and streaks of flames from the right hand engine (GEnx). (www.aeroinside.com) More...

American Airlines flight attendants complain about the tiny bathrooms on the 737 MAX

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Passengers who fly on American Airlines’ 737 Max planes will probably notice that the lavatories are extra small, with sinks so tiny that fliers can only wash one hand at a time. (www.latimes.com) More...

Inside the $350 million Emirates complex designed to fix the Airbus A380 superjumbo

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Over the past three decades, Emirates has become a global aviation powerhouse. The Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based airline now operates the world's largest fleet Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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