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This is the nail-biting moment an Airbus Beluga came in to land in high winds

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High winds were no match for the Airbus Beluga as it came in to land at Hawarden Airport. (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

What a Carry On: Londoner Barred From Boarding Two Flights in Two Days After Wearing All His Clothes to Avoid Excess Baggage Fee

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A Londoner claims he was banned from boarding two flights for wearing too many clothes as he tried to board a British Airways plane. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing 747, Airbus A380 Operators Rank Low on Transpacific Fuel Efficiency

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Operating four-engined jets such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 has placed Qantas, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines at the bottom of a recent ranking of airline fuel efficiency on transpacific flights. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bombardier to finance Iran's commercial plane order

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Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Canadian planemaker Bombardier is ready to finance 80 percent of Iran's order to buy 10 commercial aircrafts, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday. Bombardier has obtained the license from the U.S. Treasury's Office for Foreign Assets Control to sell 10 brand-new CRJ-900 NextGen regional jets to Iran and is ready to finance 80 percent of the order, the CEO and Chairman of Qeshm Investment and Development Company told the daily. (www.xinhuanet.com) More...

Embraer almost doubles net firm orders in 2017

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Embraer received 86 net firm orders for commercial aircraft in 2017, almost doubling the 45 net orders it logged in 2016. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Plane Nearly Falls into Black Sea with 168 People on Board

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Updated | A plane landing in an airport in northern Turkey skid off the runway and nearly fell into the Black Sea, clinging from a steep slope with its nose toward the water below. All the people on board survived the incident. (www.newsweek.com) More...

British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner at London on Jan 15th 2018, cracked windshield

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A British Airways Boeing 787-800, registration G-ZBJB performing flight BA-225 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to New Orleans,LA (USA), was climbing out of London when the crew stopped the climb at FL090, dumped fuel and returned to Heathrow for a safe landing about 65 minutes after departure (www.aeroinside.com) More...

EMS market drives Russian Helicopters' civil resurgence

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Russian Helicopters is making a concerted push to capture more of the emergency medical services (EMS) market as it sees reduced demand for bespoke military platforms. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

IATA: 2018 Passenger Growth to Stay Above Trend, But Slower Than 2017

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Worldwide air passenger traffic was up 8% year-over-year (YOY) in November, the sector’s strongest rise in five months, according to IATA’s November Air Passenger Market Analysis. For the first 11 months of 2017, passenger traffic increased 7.7% over 2016, considerably ahead of the 5.5% ten-year average pace. (atwonline.com) More...

Envoy Embraer ERJ-145 at Philadelphia on Jan 14th 2018, engine problem

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An Envoy Embraer ERJ-145, registration N665BC performing flight AA-4680 from Philadelphia,PA (USA) to Ottawa,ON (Canada) with 50 people on board, was climbing out of Philadelphia's runway 27L when the crew stopped the climb at 7000 feet reporting an indication in the cockpit requring them to return to Philadelphia (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Boeing Forms Joint Venture With Automotive Seating Supplier

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Boeing will form a joint venture with automotive seating supplier Adient to develop a new line of seating for aircraft cabins, addressing a critical gap in supplier capacity as the industry continues to ramp-up production through at least 2020. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Embraer Records Fall in 2017 Business Jet Output

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Embraer recorded a 7% fall in business jet output in 2017 as a result of continued weakness across the sector, but says the deliveries were “within outlook ranges for the year”. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

New Boeing data shows 4.6% employment decline in 2017

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Boeing slashed overall employment by 4.6% over the course of 2017 as jobs declined faster than a projected reduction in overall sales, newly-released company data shows. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Commercial Aircraft delivers record performance

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Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016. The 2017 total comprises: 558 single aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo – an increase of 166 percent over 2016); 67 A330s; 78 A350 XWBs (up by nearly 60 percent from 2016) and 15 A380s. (www.airbus.com) More...

Frontier and Volaris to codeshare

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Frontier Airlines (2nd) and Volaris announce a new codeshare agreement which will provide millions of people access to affordable fares between the U.S. and Mexico. This first-ever codeshare agreement between uniquely branded ULCCs will allow both carriers to sell tickets and connecting itineraries on the airlines’ combined networks. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Embraer’s Pratt-Powered E2 Crossover Jet Readied for Launch

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Embraer’s newest generation of E-jets, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine, will enter into service on schedule this April. Launch customer Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will take delivery of the first E2-190. The E2 family promises to deliver 15% better fuel efficiency through streamlined and lighter airframe design combined with the most fuel-efficient, latest-technology engine architecture – the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine. (aviationweek.com) More...

China drives efficiency at state-owned airlines

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Earlier this month, Air China and China Eastern Airlines both disclosed that their parent companies – China National Aviation Holding and China Eastern Air Holding, have converted from state-owned enterprises into limited liability companies. China Southern Airlines is expected to make a similar announcement at some point. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

US ITC Trade Staff Issue Final Report Before Bombardier-Boeing Ruling

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The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has released a detailed report that reviews arguments on both sides of the Boeing-Bombardier trade dispute and provides a basis on which commissioners will decide if Bombardier's CSeries sale to Delta Air Lines harmed Boeing. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A400M deliveries hit new high in 2017

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Airbus Defence & Space delivered its first A400M of the new year on 12 January, taking its total output of Atlas tactical transports to 56 units so far. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: China Southern B777 at Auckland on Jan 17th 2018, hydraulic problems

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A China Southern Boeing 777-300, registration B-2007 performing flight CZ-306 from Auckland (New Zealand) to Guangzhou (China), was climbing out of Auckland's runway 05R when the crew stopped the climb at FL100 reporting hydraulic problems. (avherald.com) More...

Qatar Airways brings A350 to Greece for first time

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Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to Greece. The airline temporarily upgraded its current triple-daily service to Athens to an ultra-modern A350 on Monday, with the arrival of the flight greeted by a water canon salute at Athens International Airport. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Kazakhstan’s airlines sign agreements worth over $1B with Boeing

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Kazakhstan’s airline companies signed agreements worth $1.3 with Boeing, amid the visit of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the United States and his meeting with the US President Donald Trump, Kazakh media reported. (en.trend.az) More...

Mysterious: Qatar Airways Offered 25% Stake In Unnamed US Airline Startup

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Qatar Airways has been investing in foreign airlines the past few years, presumably as a way for the government to diversify their assets. They’re not necessarily looking to fully integrate with these airlines, but rather they seem to be investing as a way of getting a direct return on their investment, at least long term (unlike what we’ve seen Etihad do with airberlin, Alitalia, etc.). In other words, it seems that they’re fine investing in airlines even if it doesn’t lead to an amazing joint… (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) More...

China Eastern Becomes First Chinese Airline To Allow Inflight Smartphone Use

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For years China has had an annoying policy when it comes to the use of personal electronics inflight. Specifically, you’re not allowed to use your smartphones or tablets on Chinese airlines, even if they’re in airplane mode, and even during the flight. (www.aviationnewsworld.biz) More...

Qantas Airways Has Changed Its Website After a Warning From China

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Australia’s Qantas Airways qubsf said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Norwegian Boeing 737 near Paris on Jan 14th 2018, loss of cabin pressure

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A Norwegian Air International Boeing 737-800, registration EI-FHZ performing flight D8-5525 from Oslo (Norway) to Barcelona,SP (Spain), was enroute at FL390 about 30nm south of Paris (France) when the crew descended the aircraft to FL340 due to a beginning problem with the cabin pressure. A few minutes later the crew initiated an emergency descent (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Germania to phase out 737 fleet by summer 2019, move to all Airbus operation

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Germania announced (15-Jan-2018) it will commence its "most comprehensive fleet renewal" from 2020. In preparation, the airline plans to phase out its 10 Boeing 737-700 aircraft over the next 15 months, in order to move to an all Airbus fleet. (centreforaviation.com) More...

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