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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Airline industry rushes to understand nuances in 737 Max systems

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Airlines, unions and regulators are working to understand the 737 Max's flight systems while unions uncover seeming errors in emergency "runaway stabiliser" checklists. The work comes amid reports that the US industry was unaware Boeing had equipped the 737 Max with a new system that has been linked to the 29 October crash of a Lion Air 737 Max 8. "We are working at an extraordinarily positive pace to share information," says a spokesperson for the Allied Pilots… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Drunk Irish Woman Flyer Spits at AI Crew, Hurls Abuses After Being Denied More Booze

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A drunk Irish woman allegedly got aggressive and started hurling abuses at the crew in a London-bound Air India flight. In a video that recently went viral online, the passenger can be seen yelling at the seemingly calm crew and even spitting at them after being denied more booze. (flip.it) More...

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Former British Airways Chinook helicopters could make UK comeback

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Civil-registered Chinook helicopters formerly owned by British Airways could make a surprise return to UK operations after Bristow Group announced a $560 million merger with tandem-rotor stalwart Columbia Helicopters. Although British Airways Helicopters previously had a six-strong fleet of Boeing-Vertol BV-234s – the commercial variant of the heavy-lift rotorcraft – these were phased out during the late 1980s by successor British International Helicopters. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Air NZ Boeing 777-300 Hit by Another Plane at Los Angeles Airport

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An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 has been hit by another plane on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. The plane was parked on the gate and ready for boarding when its horizontal stabiliser was clipped by an aircraft from another airline. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

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Boy, 4, died on flight #WY672 despite emergency landing in Abu Dhabi

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The body of a boy, 4, has been repatriated to India on an Etihad flight after he died on board a flight from Saudi Arabia. The flight had to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi on Monday after the boy, Yahya Puthiyapurayil, suffered an epileptic seizure. The seizure happened 45 minutes after the Oman Air flight took off from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Arkia chief: A321LR first single-aisle to beat 757-300 economics

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Israeli carrier Arkia had considered the Bombardier CSeries, with a view to acquiring 10 aircraft, before being convinced to look at the single-aisle Airbus. Speaking to FlightGlobal in Hamburg, chief executive Nir Dagan said Arkia took an interest in Bombardier’s then-C130 proposal. “We wanted to buy 10,” he says, but says the airframer “froze” the programme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Binter to take its first E195-E2 in second half of 2019

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Binter Canarias is scheduled receive its first example of the under-development Embraer 195-E2 during the second half of 2019, making the Spanish carrier the type's initial European operator. The Gran Canaria-based airline says it signed on 9 November a financing agreement with five Spanish banks – Banco Sabadell, Bankia, BBVA, Caixabank and Santander – for the fleet expansion programme. Binter will invest more than $342 million in the purchase of the aircraft, it says. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Air France 282 Passengers Stuck in Siberia for 3 Days After Two Plane Malfunctions

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They were expecting to roam among the skyscrapers of Shanghai, instead they were boxed in a Siberian hotel for three days. Passengers of an Air France flight from Paris to Shanghai had to encounter the legendary Siberian cold when their plane made an emergency landing in Irkutsk on Sunday. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

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UK regional operator Flybe in talks to sell company

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UK regional operator Flybe Group has disclosed that it is considering a sale of the business as part of a wide-ranging review of strategic options. It is holding talks with an unspecified number of operators about a potential sale. The company states that, as part of this “comprehensive” review, it is looking at capacity and cost-saving measures, and initiatives to strengthen the balance sheet and preserve cash. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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