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Austin–Bergstrom International Airport Will Become a Delta Focus City (Mini-Hub)

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While this should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, it’s the first time I’ve seen Delta officially refer to Austin as a focus city. That’s more than just a destination they serve, generally with flights to their various hubs. Instead it suggests they’ll develop additional non-hub direct routes as well. That differs from a hub both in size (it will never become as large an operation as Minneapolis, let alone Atlanta) and also that they’re unlikely to market it as a primary place for many… (viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com) More...

Probe opens into incident on A319 carrying Saudi team

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Russian investigators are to probe an incident involving a Rossiya Airbus A319 which experienced an engine event while transporting the Saudi Arabian national football team to Rostov-on-Don. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Must Clear This Last Hurdle Before Delivering Delayed KC-46 Tankers

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After months of delays and billions in cost overruns for Boeing (BA), the Air Force and the aerospace giant have agreed on a delivery schedule for a new aerial refueling tanker, but there is still critical work to be done. (www.investors.com) More...

Airlines to Trump: "We won’t help you separate migrant kids from parents"

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American, United, and Frontier airlines have told the Trump administration they won’t fly immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border. (www.vox.com) More...

Avianca Revives Plan for Regional Airline

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Avianca has revived plans to launch a regional carrier with its fleet of ATR 72 turboprops, and will base the airline in Bogota. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

No Root Cause Found in 2015 GE90 Failure in Las Vegas

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GE Aviation was unable to identify the cause of a disk web crack that caused a GE90-powered British Airways 777-200 to fail during a takeoff roll on a Las Vegas airport runway nearly three years ago, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

New Delhi Puts Air India Privatization On Ice

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The Indian government has officially placed Air India's privatisation process on hold. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

P&W Targets Mid-2019 to Complete Fixes to In-Service GTFs

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Pratt & Whitney expects to have rectified issues with the knife edge seals on the in-service fleet of PW1100G geared turbofan engines by the middle of 2019. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Norwegian to Launch Canadian Flights in October

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Norwegian will enter the Canadian market later this year with flights to the French Caribbean, and in March 2019 will add a new daily service between Hamilton and Irish capital Dublin. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Not Expecting Further MTOW Hike On A330neo

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Airbus does not foresee a need for a further hike to the maximum take-off weight of the A330neo, following its decision to lift the threshold to 251t. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA Chief Urges Increased Cooperation with UK Ahead of Brexit

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FAA acting administrator Dan Elwell has called on the UK and world governments to accelerate the pace of bilateral aviation negotiations ahead of Brexit, when the UK leaves the European Union (EU), in March 2019. (www.atwonline.com) More...

Multiple Airlines Refuse To Transport Separated Immigrant Children; What Can DHS Do?

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Multiple major airlines have put out statements refusing to transport immigrant children — who were separated from their families at the border following Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” on immigration which he amended by signing an executive order on Wednesday — across the country, a move that could become an issue for the government when it comes to getting thousands of kids to detention facilities in different states. (www.ibtimes.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to shift planes from SilkAir to budget arm Scoot

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) said on Thursday it expected to transfer some jets from its SilkAir regional airline to budget carrier Scoot, allowing it to compete more effectively against low-cost rivals like AirAsia Group Bhd (AIRA.KL) and Lion Group. (www.reuters.com) More...

Allegiant to establish a new base at Knoxville

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Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) has announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Wizz Air adds Marrakech, Morocco, to growing route map

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Commencing in October 2018, Wizz will offer two winter season services to Marrakesh from Warsaw, Poland and Vilnius, Lithuania. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Incident: Royal Maroc B787 at Montreal on Jun 11th 2018, damaged window

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The Canadian TSB reported the aircraft was 21nm east of Montreal's Trudeau Airport when the crew declared PAN (avherald.com) More...

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