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Cracking checks ordered on winglet-equipped 767s

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US regulators are ordering operators of winglet-equipped Boeing 767-300s to conduct checks on the wing structure following occurrences of fatigue cracking. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350

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Airbus is working to extract even more range from the A350 family as it prepares to respond to the Qantas "Project Sunrise" request for an ultra-long-range aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Mulls A321XLR Ahead Of Boeing’s 797 Launch

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Sources from Reuters are reporting that Airbus is looking at further bumping up the range of its A321 program as the latest effort in trying to pre-empt a potential new mid-market jet (NMA) being studied vigorously by Boeing. This new version, dubbed the A321XLR (Xtra-Long Range), will involve even more of an additional revamp to the A321LR (Long-Range) aircraft, which recently claimed a long-distance record for the testing of single-aisle jets. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ryanair Calls For Banning Morning Alcohol Sales At Airports

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Ryanair has called for a pre-10 am alcohol ban after a group of holidaymakers forced one of their flights to divert into Paris-Beauvais while en route from Dublin to Ibiza over the weekend. Up to 20 travelers were involved in the disturbance and resulted in three passengers being removed from the flight and detained by French police. “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight,” explained Ryanair’s Robin Kiely. “The aircraft… (airwaysmag.com) More...

Emirates' boss Tim Clark wants airliners without cabin windows

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Dubai - Emirates is seriously thinking of operating airliners without cabin windows. Planes without portholes are coming soon, said President Tim Clark in an interview with the BBC. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Japanese airlines rename 'Taiwan' as 'China Taiwan' on websites

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Japan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, a move likely to please Beijing but anger the self-ruled island. (www.theguardian.com) More...

airBaltic welcomes latest Bombardier CS300 to fleet

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airBaltic welcomed its ninth Bombardier CS300 jet, registered as YL-CSI, to Riga. By the end of 2018, the Latvian airline plans to have a total of 14 CS300 aircraft on its fleet. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

COMAC suspends flight tests for C919

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Beijing - The Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC has suspended the flight tests of its single-aisle C919 for three months. The certification remains planned for 2020 the manufacturer says. Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) announced the suspension of C919 tests for modifications, including flaps and empennage. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Biggest Exports by US State in 2017

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We created out latest map in three steps. First, we used US Census Bureau data to identify the most prevalent export industries in 2017 in each state. Then we assigned a color for each category or industry, generating a snapshot of the geography of exports. Finally, for each state, we labeled the specific sector within the category, so that a state that is light blue for “Machinery/Transportation” is labeled specifically “Airplanes,” “Trucks,” etc. on the map. This lets you quickly and easily… (howmuch.net) More...

JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says

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After a decade of industry consolidation, David Neeleman, one of aviation’s famed entrepreneurs, sees room for a new low-cost U.S. airline focused on reducing travel hassles by using smaller airports, according to two industry reports. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

WATCH: Saudi Arabia team plane catches fire in mid-air

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Saudi Arabia's official football team plane caught fire in mid-air as they travelled to their next World Cup match on Wednesday. (www.sport24.co.za) More...

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