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VIDEO: Runway Incursion: Near-Disaster at Springfield Branson National Airport

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On Wednesday June 27, 2018, about 12:51 central daylight time, a runway incursion occurred at Springfield-Branson National Airport, Springfield, Missouri when an airport operations vehicle ("VAN 7") crossed runway 14 while an Embraer 145, operated by Envoy Air as flight ENY 3660, was on its takeoff roll with 57 passengers aboard. This video reveals the circumstances surrounding the incursion, and the audio (courtesy of LiveATC.net) appears to unambiguously pin this incident squarely on… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines suddenly grounds scores of planes due to aircraft weight issues

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Southwest Airlines abruptly grounded 66 Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet last Wednesday after issues with the carrier’s aircraft weight records were discovered. In an internal memo to employees on the matter that was obtained by the Chicago Business Journal, Southwest said: “Today (Wednesday) we discovered the weights being sent to our Dispatch Operation did not match our other weight records for a number of aircraft in the fleet. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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VIDEO: Dash 8's Prop Wash Blows Baggage Dolly into United 737 at LAX

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On July 25, 2018 while taxiing for departure at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California, prop wash from a preceding Bombardier Dash 8 blew a baggage dolly into the right engine of a United Airlines Boeing 737, tail number N62892, at 16:04 hours local time. As can be seen in this video, the Dash 8 is just beginning to move at the time its prop wash blows the baggage dolly free. Generally, the amount of thrust needed to initiate movement from a standstill ("breakaway thrust")… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Dexter, the emotional support peacock United Airlines wouldn't let fly, dies unexpectedly

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Dexter, the emotional support peacock who captured the public’s attention when he was denied entry on a United flight earlier this year, died unexpectedly in his “favorite human’s arms,” his owner announced Tuesday. The peacock’s owner, New York City-based artist Ventiko, revealed on an Instagram account specifically created for Dexter that the peafowl died around 1 p.m. on July 22. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Stratolaunch set to fly

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Stratolaunch, the launch venture created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, took the world’s biggest airplane out of its hangar this weekend (www.geekwire.com) More...

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Air Force 1 refurbished

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The big question since February has been, how is that $1.4 billion being calculated? Here, at last, is the Air Force’s answer. (www.defenseone.com) More...

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Breaking: Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 Skids Off Runway in Manila (+Photos)

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A Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 has skidded off the runway at Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport. According to local news, weather conditions in the area prevented the aircraft from landing on its first attempt. Flight MF8667 “had descended to FL180 towards Manila. It entered a holding pattern to the north-east of the airport for about 14 minutes before positioning for an approach to runway 24.” “The approach was aborted at 23:40 and the aircraft position for another approach. The… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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No injuries reported after 2 planes collide at Chicago O'Hare Airport

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Two planes collided on the ground at Chicago O’Hare Airport on Wednesday. (www.accuweather.com) More...

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Man flies employers Cessna 525 (N526CP) out of KSPK into his own home

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Investigators believe the twin-engine Cessna 525 belonged to Youd’s employer and that he intentionally flew into his own house; Sandoval said he was an experienced pilot. It wasn’t immediately clear who employed Youd or whether he was authorized to take the plane. (heavy.com) More...

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Lufthansa tests water-scavenger additive for fuel decontamination

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Lufthansa is trialling use of a kerosene additive to remove water from fuel tanks on board aircraft. The "water scavenger" additive disperses water within the fuel, enabling removal of the contaminant from the system via the engine's combustion process. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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California Pacific Airlines Starts Service on November 1st

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Following a delay due to issues with lease and environmental review applications with San Diego County, California Pacific Airlines is officially scheduled to begin service out of Carlsbad on November 1, 2018. The airline appears to be putting priority emphasis on routes to Phoenix and San Jose first for business travelers while additional routes to Las Vegas, Oakland and Cabo San Lucas planned for roll-out in May 2019. San Diego County hopes to see success with both California Pacific as well… (www.thecoastnews.com) More...

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Drone Overflights Could Be Labeled 'Aerial Trespass'

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Regular drone flights could be defined as “aerial trespass” under a proposal discussed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in July, warns one aviation lawyer. The ULC provides draft legislation for independent adoption by state lawmakers and floated the idea last month at its annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, said Mark Dombroff, co-leader of the aviation practice of national law firm LeClairRyan. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Transatlantic In A 737: The New Trend Of Narrowbody Airliners Flying Long Haul

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More often than not, short flights within Europe and the United States involve narrowbody twin-engine airliners such as the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, as well as a myriad of smaller regional types. Long haul trips of 4,500 kilometers or more differ significantly in that the aircraft on the route is generally larger with workhorses such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 hauling passengers huge distances. That's starting to change, however, with passengers increasingly finding themselves on board… (www.forbes.com) More...

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How FlightAware Turned into SharkAware Last Month

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When Southwest Airlines’ Brand Partnerships & Entertainment PR Team reached out to FlightAware about their plans to launch five aircraft with special shark insignia, we knew there was the potential to do something really fun and creative. The sky was the limit both literally and figuratively... (www.southwestaircommunity.com) More...

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FAA workgroup urges low-speed rejected takeoff guidance

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An FAA-sponsored working group has recommended the US agency develop guidance requiring demonstrations that aircraft can be controlled when an engine suddenly loses thrust during the low-speed portion of a takeoff run, as well as training recommendations for pilots on how to respond to the rare but potentially tricky events. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Poor air quality in the cockpit makes pilots more prone to failure

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Cambridge - According to a new study led by Harvard T.H. School of Public Health, poor air quality makes pilots more prone to failure. Scientists are now raising the question of whether bad air values in the cockpit pose a flight safety risk. Thirty commercial airline pilots took part in the research. They were split into two groups. Pilots in each group were required to complete a three 3-hour flight simulation that consisted of 21 maneuvers without the help of autopilot. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Short-landing 747-8F should have executed go-around

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Dutch investigators have determined that the crew of a Boeing 747-8F should have executed a go-around after its approach destabilised shortly before the jet landed short at Amsterdam. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Melting ice uncovers 1946 wreckage of US plane in Swiss glacier

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After an emergency landing on a Swiss glacier, the group of 12 Americans drank melted snow and survived on rations of one chocolate bar a person until daring pilots shuttled them to safety after five days marooned on the ice. Relics of that harrowing adventure and the successful rescue of all those onboard, including an 11-year-old girl and the captain’s mother, resurfaced after 70 years this month when scorching summer temperatures in Europe caused the glacial ice to recede. The melting… (www.bostonglobe.com) More...

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Video: A van almost hits a plane on take-off at Springfield Airport

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Springfield - On June 27, a van was almost to hit a plane on take-off at the Springfield Airport, Missouri. Although the incident happened one and a half month ago, a video of the near-pass has become public recently. There were three airport employees in the van who were in a hurry to catch up with an employee barbecue. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Wrong data inputs caused Jet 777 late takeoff at London Heathrow

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Jet Airways has amended its standard operating procedures for take-off following a late take-off incident that occurred on 30 August 2016, involving one of its Boeing 777-300ERs at London Heathrow airport. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Suicide with a stolen plane is not a new phenomenon

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Montreal - The suicidal action with a stolen plane is not a new phenomenon. Over the years, several incidents occurred in which commercial aircraft were hijacked or stolen for suicidal purposes. An Alaska Airlines ground employee stole a Bombardier Q400 from Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air on Thursday evening last week. After a few daring maneuvers, he flew the plane into the ground. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Iberia A340-600 Suffers Hard Landing In Quito (+Video)

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An Iberia Airbus A340-600 operating flight IB6453 from Madrid (MAD) to Quito (UIO) sustained damage on its main landing gear after the plane performed an impressive hard landing on the airport’s Runway 18 on August 11. Following a 10h20m flight, the plane approached Quito’s runway with an unusual nose-down attitude, causing the plane to bounce on the runway. Several pieces were collected following the plane’s hard landing. The aircraft’s Pilots performed a go-around and immediately climbed to… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Sun Country Airlines to launch Nashville services

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Sun Country Airlines this week announced that it will introduced Nashville to its growing network, launching flights to six cities from the Tennessee airport. On 1 November it will begin a twice-weekly service from Minneapolis-St. Paul, with New Orleans (launching 2 November), Southwest Florida (2 November), Miami (3 November), Tampa (3 November) and Orlando (4 November) launching in the following days, with these five services also scheduled to be flown twice-weekly throughout the W18/19… (www.anna.aero) More...

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Lufthansa to test new additive to prevent water accumulation in fuel tanks

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Frankfurt - The aviation industry is looking for solutions to reduce the costs of maintenance and gain better environmental compliance. Every year, airline operators spend millions of dollars due to the frequent maintenance required to drain the contaminated water/fuel mix and disposing of it safely. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Double-decker Boeing 747 with failed engine & over 500 on board lands in Moscow

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A double-decker Boeing 747 with one malfunctioning engine has successfully landed in Moscow Vnukovo Airport. It was carrying around 500 Russian tourists, according to Interfax. (www.rt.com) More...

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PICTURES: Russia rolls out modernised Tu-22M3M bomber

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Russia is close to commencing ground and flight trials with its first modernised Tupolev Tu-22M3M bomber, with a lead example having emerged from the United Aircraft (UAC) plant in Kazan in mid-August. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Boeing taps 777X leader to replace 737 boss in Renton as deliveries slump

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Boeing has named a new boss for its 737 manufacturing program in Renton after the plant racked up its lowest delivery tally in five years. Scott Campbell, vice president and general manager of the 737 program and Renton site leader, will retire at the end of the year after three decades at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Boeing has tapped 777X General Manager Eric Lindblad to lead the 737 manufacturing program in Renton. Campbell will be replaced by Eric Lindblad, who oversees development of… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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Pilot-training improvements in limbo: Russian investigators

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Russian investigators are claiming that several recommendations intended to enhance and reinforce pilot training have yet to be introduced. The Interstate Aviation Committee says it has previously noted “shortcomings” in the training of crews during inquiries into several accidents. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Opinion: Why It’s Important to Look at Aviation from a Big Picture Perspective

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Let’s face it; the vast majority of people don’t enjoy flying. From tight seats to surprising fees, the whole experience of hopping on an airplane can prove to be tedious. Despite this, there are several common denominators that make aviation one of the most integral and prosperous industries of our time. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) Damaged in Rome (+Photos)

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A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300(ER) was damaged yesterday at Rome–Fiumicino Airport as it pushed back for its flight back to Hong Kong. The aircraft’s right wing hit one of the airport’s floodlight poles, causing severe damage to the raked wingtip. The aircraft involved is B-KPY, a 6-year-old Triple Seven, which was delivered to the airline back in January 2012. Photos show parts of the aircraft’s wing on the ground. Rome Aviation Spotters managed to capture the incident, showing the rear… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Boeing and Lockheed Martin Win Upgrades: What You Need to Know

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With $52 billion in annual sales and a $90 billion market capitalization, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is a bona fide titan of American industry -- and the biggest pure-play defense stock in the world. Maker of the vaunted F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, it's going to be America's premier fighter-jet maker for decades to come. (www.fool.com) More...

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Stepping Up: What’s Next For Embraer 190/195?

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The downfall of the 50-seat commercial jet began in the early 2000s, when oil prices started an unprecedented climb, and was sealed by the 2007-08 financial crisis. During the 1990s, the aircraft were incredibly popular with U.S. regional carriers, until in later years rising fuel prices and low-cost carrier (LCC) competition exposed their poor per-seat economics. (www.mro-network.com) More...

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Frontier Airlines adds three new, non-stop destinations to and from Cleveland

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CLEVELAND - Good news, travelers. Frontier Airlines, known for its low-fare services, is adding three new destinations to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The new cities include Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Sarasota, Fla.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. (www.news5cleveland.com) More...

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Vanuatu crew unable to brake ATR before collision

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Pilots of an Air Vanuatu ATR 72-500 were unable to steer or brake the turboprop before it crashed into a pair of Britten Norman Islanders during a runway excursion on landing at Port Vila. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Boeing And Airbus Narrow Body Expansion Hits The Wall

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Increasing narrow body production is very profitable for Boeing and Airbus but much less so for the engine builders. Boeing worked through the order backlog of models using older engines so it is hitting the limits on availability of new engines. Both manufacturers have recovery plans for 2018. However, they face limits on future production increases. Analysts had counted on these increases to justify the stock price. (seekingalpha.com) More...

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Small plane crashes in eastern Oregon, kills 2 people

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Authorities say a fatal plane crash in eastern Oregon killed two people including a retired doctor. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

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PICTURE: Airbus prepares to fly first ACJ320neo

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Airbus has unveiled the first corporate version of its re-engined A320neo, which is due to be delivered to operator Acropolis Aviation. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Cathay Pacific 777 wing damaged in ground-handling incident at Rome

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A ground-handling incident led to “serious damage” to the wing of a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER at Rome’s Fiumicino airport Aug. 15, according to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network (ASN). (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Norwegian Air passenger jailed for making fake bomb threat to avoid missing flight

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A Norwegian Air passenger will spend almost a year behind bars after making a false bomb threat at Gatwick Airport in May. The 47-year-old French man was running late for his early morning flight from London to Los Angeles, and set off the anonymous scare in hopes of delaying the plane’s departure. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Delta Goes Against Trend, Continues Seatback Entertainment Push

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The future of inflight entertainment (IFE) — or more specifically, the hardware that comes with it — has become increasingly uncertain in recent years. As many airlines around the world — ranging from low-cost carriers to full-service behemoths — get rid of seat back televisions in favor of allowing passengers to stream entertainment on their own devices, the trend has continued to spread. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Nordwind becomes the first airline to operate the Boeing 737-900 in Russia

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Moscow - Turkey-backed Pegas Touristik subsidiary Nordwind Airlines becomes the first operator of the Boeing 737-900 in Russia, the largest member of the 737NG family. Nordwind becomes the first airline to operate the Boeing 737-900. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Airlines are using these 5 planes to replace the Boeing 747 jumbo jet

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The jumbo jet's days as a passenger plane are numbered. The Boeing 747, once the go-to passenger jet for airlines around the world, is destined to live out its days as a cargo jet. "The future of the 747 is in the cargo business," Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth told Business Insider at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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Comac completes high temperature testing on ARJ21

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Comac has completed a 12 day programme of high-temperature tests on the ARJ21-700 regional jet at Turpan Jiaohe airport in China’s Xinjiang province. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Little Rock Police Helicopter Crashes, One Injured

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A Little Rock, Arkansas Police Department helicopter crashed near Interstate 530, and one person has been severely injured, authorities say. (www.arkansasonline.com) More...

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KLM welcomes its thirteen Dreamliner

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Amsterdam - On August 17, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines received its 13th Boeing 787-9 registered PH-BHP and baptized "Tulip". KLM’s Dreamliners are so far named after flowers or flowering plants. Other 787s in the KLM's fleet are called such as Orchid, Sunflower, Carnation, Lavender, and Marguerite, so the name for the latest Dreamliner is not a surprise. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Airbus launches pilot training programme for high school graduates

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Airbus predicted that a total of 540,000 new pilots will be needed over the next two decades., and to help meet this demand, it is launching the Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme to include ab initio training. The programme is being launched in partnership with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), located near to the Airbus Mexico Training Centre. After completing their initial training with EAM, cadets will qualify at the Airbus Mexico Training centre to become Airbus A320 pilots. (newsinflight.com) More...

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Boeing 737 Deliveries Tumble to Lowest Since 2012 on Factory Jam

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Boeing Co. delivered only 29 single-aisle jetliners last month, the lowest tally since January 2012, as the planemaker dealt with supplier constraints that left dozens of unfinished 737 aircraft parked around a Seattle-area factory. The manufacturer recorded just 39 total commercial-jet deliveries last month, down from 82 in June, according to data posted on the company’s website Tuesday. While it’s not unusual for jet shipments to vary from month to month, Boeing’s slow July raises concern… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Atlanta Airport Illuminates New North Terminal Canopy (+Photos)

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport marked a significant milestone on Wednesday night as the airport illuminated the first section of its newly built North Terminal canopy. The canopy, a major component of the multibillion-dollar #ATLNext project, provides weather protection to curbside passengers and is slated to be completed in the fall. Upon completion, construction will begin on the South Terminal Canopy. The complete project is expected to be concluded in the fall of 2019. In… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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European and US airports battle it out in Week 32 of the Arch of Triumph 2018

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It was the battle of Europe and North Atlantic in Week 32 of the 2018 Arch of Triumph competition, with six airports (four US; two European) battling it out for FTWA supremacy. This week saw Alicante and Liverpool represent the continent of Europe, with the Spanish Costa Blanca airport and the mighty city on the River Mersey going up against Buffalo, Hartford, Jacksonville and Norfolk in the US. While the six threw down an average score of 31.2, a very respectable effort indeed, they still fell… (www.anna.aero) More...

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