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Southwest Heart

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Southwest leaves human heart on aircraft. Heart was to be unloaded in SEA but flew on until airline realized error and ongoing flight to DAL turned around over Idaho and returned to SEA. (komonews.com) More...

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Virgin Galactic Launches Tourism Spaceship From Mojave Desert

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MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. Founder Richard Branson greeted the pilots after the test, declaring “Space is Virgin territory!” The mated jet, WhiteKnightTwo, and rocket ship, SpaceShipTwo, lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. The jet climbed to an altitude near 43,000 feet, and… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

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Why Every Airline Should Already Exceed GADSS Flight Tracking Standards

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As a growing number of countries adopt GADSS into their regulatory framework, global flight tracking with at least one position update per minute is becoming the industry standard. Our CEO, Daniel Baker, explains the impact this has on passenger safety and how our partnership with Aireon LLC enables airlines of all sizes to exceed it. (connectedaviationtoday.com) More...

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Eyes in the Sky: Southern Arizona Surveillance Aircraft

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This is a collection of surveillance aircraft seen operating over southern Arizona/Tucson Metropolitan area. (www.joaquinwhitphotography.com) More...

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Yakutia Boeing 737 at Neryungri on Dec 11th 2018, rejected takeoff after tailstrike

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A Yakutia Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration VP-BVE performing flight R3-4441 from Neryungri to Krasnojarsk (Russia) with 102 passengers and 6 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Neryungri's runway 26 when the crew rejected takeoff.. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Commentary: After Lion Air crash, some ask if Boeing’s 737 jets are safe to fly

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SINGAPORE: As finger pointing continues between Boeing and Lion Air for who is to blame for the Oct 29 crash of Lion Air flight JT610, aircraft safety experts and regulators remain confident in the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

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Bombardier works on composite wings for next single-aisle of Airbus

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After selling the majority stake of the CSeries program to Airbus and the Q400 to Viking Air, the focus of the Canadian company is now to use all of its technological know-how to provide components to other aircraft manufacturers. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Wizz Air to expand route network from Bulgaria

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More Bulgarian growth for one of Europe's fastest growing airlines, as Wizz Air announces further capacity expansion to its Varna network as well as adding another Airbus A320 aircraft to the base the carrier is launch six new routes. (www.air101.co.uk) More...

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Lufthansa Rolls Out First A380 In New Livery (+Photos)

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German flag carrier, Lufthansa, rolled out its new and updated livery on the first Airbus A380 aircraft in its fleet. The carrier has been implementing the revised livery across its entire fleet, both cargo, and passenger, to offer what Lufthansa calls “a visible sign of the modernization of Lufthansa.” Several aviation experts and enthusiasts have condemned the airline’s new livery, claiming that by removing the yellow color from the scheme, they removed an important piece of history. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Robo-737 pilot Is here!

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Aurora Flight Sciences, now Boeing, is working on a robot that can fly an airplane. The Robotic Copilot is a concept development program to insert new automation into existing multi-crew aircraft to enable operations with reduced onboard crew. The objective of the program is to create a portable and extensible hardware and software toolbox introducing of new levels of automation across a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft that ultimately reduce crew requirements. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Sad news: US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

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Sad news from military (USMC) crash from a few days ago. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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Middle East Airlines Orders Four Airbus A330-900neo

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Middle East Airlines (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has placed an order for four Airbus A330-900neos, the largest and most popular variant of the wide-body program. Additionally, an agreement was signed between the airline and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, the sole engine provider for the A330neo program, with the all-new Trent 7000 engines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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United Launches Major San Francisco Expansion: Delhi, Melbourne

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United Airlines announced a major international expansion at its San Francisco hub on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, United CEO Oscar Munoz announced three new international routes and expanded service to several additional markets. The two headlining routes unveiled were San Francisco to Melbourne, Australia (3 weekly) and New Delhi, India (daily) with the 787-9 Dreamliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Lion Air Stands Firm on Canceling $22 Billion Boeing Jet Orders

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Lion Air Mentari’s owner is sketching out plans to become one of the world’s largest budget carriers, while also preparing to scrap $22 billion in Boeing Co. jet orders out of anger at the manufacturer’s response to an October air disaster. Rusdi Kirana, the co-founder of Lion Air, Indonesia’s biggest airline, mapped out the seemingly contradictory goals in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday. The crash that killed all 189 people aboard a Boeing 737 Max won’t derail his ambition to expand the… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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ANA A380 Rolls out of Paint Shop

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ANA All Nippon Airways has had it’s first A380 roll out of the paint shop today. It took 21 days to complete the paint job on the aircraft and it was presented to ANA officials today in a dramatic and entertaining display. The plane is the first of three A380’s that the airline will have painted in this unique and one of a kind livery, sporting a blue Sea turtle and is called “Flying Honu”, the blue is a representation of the blue skies on Hawaii. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Norwegian Air flight was delayed today after 16 passengers were booted off a flight

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POLICE dramatically booted 16 passengers off a Norwegian Air flight departing from London Gatwick to Orlando before the aircraft departed today. A spokesman for the budget airline said the passengers were escorted off the plane “due to an immigration issue”. (flip.it) More...

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Nobody’s sure about Delta Air Lines strange new colour-coded boarding system

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A major airline’s bold plan to improve the boarding process has been met with confusion from passengers, with some vowing to take their money elsewhere. Delta Air Lines has announced it would scrap the standard boarding process, which sees passengers walk on the plane according to the zone they’re assigned, and replace it with a new colour coded system that will be introduced on January 23. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

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