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Ethiopian Airlines to Take 45% Stake in Zambia Airways

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Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines has finalized a strategic partnership with the Zambian government on the re-launch of Zambia Airways, taking a 45% stake in the airline. (atwonline.com) More...

Ryanair Renews Interest in NIKI Takeover

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Ryanair has confirmed the Irish LCC has contacted the Austrian administrators of bankrupt airberlin subsidiary NIKI, expressing interest in participating in the insolvency process and potential purchase of remaining NIKI assets, head of communications Robin Kiely told ATW. (atwonline.com) More...

PHI Offloads Sikorsky S-76C++s to Helijet

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Canada's Helijet has signed a letter of intent to acquire up to six of PHI's Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters. The first three will be prepared at PHI's base in Lafayette, Louisiana, for delivery in the first and second quarter. (www.ainonline.com) More...

EBAA To Skip Air Ops Europe in 2018

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The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has decided to skip a year for its still nascent Air Ops Europe and bring back an “expanded and improved” event in fall 2019, the association announced today. (www.ainonline.com) More...

SJI Challenges Reports of Interjet Fleet Woes

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Superjet International (SJI) is disputing the essence of reports that four Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s sit stranded in maintenance hangars at the Mexico City base of Western launch operator Interjet, while crews “cannibalize” the idle airplanes for parts to keep the remaining 18 in the fleet flying. Speaking with AIN from Superjet International’s offices in Venice, Italy, SJI senior vice president commercial Stewart Cordner didn’t deny that Interjet has suffered some engine overhaul delays, but he… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Air BP Arrives in Iceland

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Air BP has expanded its global fuel supply network to Iceland. Its presence at Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) marks the company’s first location in the Nordic country. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Sonnie Bates Joins Wyvern as CEO

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Sonnie Bates, a leading expert in business aviation safety initiatives, has stepped in as CEO at Wyvern. Bates succeeds Art Dawley at the industry audit and risk management specialist. Dawley has left the company. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Embraer Bizjet Shipments Down in ’17, but Meet Target

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While deliveries of Embraer business jets were within its “outlook ranges,” the 109 units the company shipped last year amounted to eight aircraft fewer than in 2016, according to data released today by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. Last year’s total includes 72 light jets (18 Phenom 100s, 54 Phenom 300s) and 37 large jets (14 Legacy 450s, 15 Legacy 500s, seven Legacy 650s, one Lineage 1000) versus 2016's 73 Phenoms (ten 100s, sixty-three 300s) and 44 Legacy/Lineages (twelve 450s,… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Airborne Again

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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity last week completed its seventh flight over the Mojave Desert, the first since last summer. The flight was designed to validate work completed during recent months of downtime, including transonic flight performance, stability and control to ensure the vehicle is ready for the higher loads and forces of powered test flight. A ticket costs just $275,000. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Canada’s TSB Points to Unstable Approach in MU2 Accident

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s final report of the March 2016 crash of a U.S-registered MU2 at Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport (CYGR), Quebec, points to a pilot who let the aircraft get way ahead of him. Plagued by a high workload and unable to manage the aircraft’s energy state, the approach became unstable and the pilot eventually lost control of the airplane. Just a few hundred feet above the ground, the pilot added full power inducing an upset that caused the aircraft to enter a… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Search Efforts Ongoing for Pilot Who Vanished in Nevada

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An unidentified 26-year-old Mississippi man is the subject of a continuing search effort near Elko, Nevada after his two-engine Piper airplane disappeared last Thursday. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office said the commercial pilot was flying from California to Salt Lake City when his plane went missing, and Sgt. Nick Czegledi suggested that weather problems may be the cause. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Matters of Size: The Airline Industry in 1980 Versus Today

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In Ask the Pilot: Matters of Size. An eBay discovery showcases the massive growth of air travel. Did you know that in 1980, Southwest Airlines had FOURTEEN planes! (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Alaska Airlines Announces Eight West Coast Routes From Paine Field

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Alaska Airlines has announced eight routes they will fly out of Paine Field in Everett, WA. The cities they will fly to include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Orange County. Along with the previously-announced United flights to Denver and San Francisco, all flights are scheduled to begin September 2018. (www.heraldnet.com) More...

Sabena Technics to build Toulouse widebody paint line

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Airbus has engaged French maintenance specialist Sabena Technics to build a fourth aircraft painting facility at the airframer's production line in Toulouse. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

European business jet charter industry on the rise

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Research suggests that the European business aviation charter market is at its strongest for nearly a decade, according to one of the continent’s largest and oldest online charter platforms, PrivateFly, and German data company WingX Advance. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

All Nippon Airways Named ATW 2018 Airline of the Year

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the ATW 2018 Airline of the Year, it was announced Jan. 16. It is the second time in five years that Japan's largest and only 5-Star airline has won the top honor. (atwonline.com) More...

Frontier and Volaris to Launch Codeshare

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Frontier Airlines and Volaris have signed a codeshare agreement, with sales to begin in the coming months. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Leonardo to lead EU maritime UAV demonstration

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Leonardo is to lead an EU-funded demonstration of the use of unmanned air vehicles during maritime operations, with the work to include flight trials from next year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Irish Air Corps orders three PC-12NGs

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The Irish Air Corps is to replace its aged fleet of Cessna FR172H utility aircraft with a trio of Pilatus PC-12NGs, with the new assets to be introduced from next year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus chief Enders condemns protectionism and Brexit

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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders last night launched a blistering attack on "protectionism" in the aerospace and aviation industries, linking the election of US president Donald Trump and the 2016 UK vote to leave the European Union as moves that could damage free trade and aircraft manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

MRO providers build up 787 capabilities as fleet matures

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Before the Boeing 787 arrived for its first maintenance check, engineers at Air France-KLM’s technical division knew servicing the highly computerized aircraft would require a new set of IT skills and services. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A350 stretch would need further engine evolution

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Airbus is likely to reconsider a stretched A350 concept only after a further evolution of engine technology, reiterating that there is no clear demand for a larger version. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Interjet to use four SSJ100s as spare part donors

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Interjet put four of its 22 Sukhoi Superjet 100s out of service Delays in the maintenance of Powerjet SaM146 engines kept the Russian regional jets on the ground. In the meantime, the four aircraft, which were only a few years old, serve as spare part donors for the rest of the fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Sen. Schumer To DOT: Press Foreign Airlines To Work Better With JFK Airport

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11 days after the recent winter storm, there are still travellers waiting to be reunited with their luggage from John F. Kennedy International Airport. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

Alaska Airlines Plane Collides With De-Icing Truck At Logan Airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a collision at Logan Airport. Alaska Airlines Flight 33 from Boston to Portland, Oregon collided with a de-icing truck on the tarmac around 4:40 p.m. Monday. There was minor damage to the left wing of the Boeing 737-900 jet. The truck was parked and empty, according to Massport. (boston.cbslocal.com) More...

Canada, U.K. Renew Demands on Boeing to Drop Bombardier Dispute

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Canada and the U.K. are continuing to press Boeing Co. to drop its trade challenge of Bombardier Inc., with one Canadian minister saying any resolution must also include the cancellation of U.S. punitive tariffs. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Boeing considers a deal with Brazilian Embraer aerospace titan

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Boeing is considering a “potential combination” with Brazil’s Embraer SA, the companies said, setting the stage for a blockbuster deal that would expand the U.S. aerospace giant’s reach into the highly competitive market for smaller jets. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Accident: TAAG B777 at Lisbon on Jan 12th 2018, tyre tread separates on landing

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A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration D2-TEJ performing flight DT-652 from Luanda (Angola) to Lisbon (Portugal), landed in Lisbon's runway 21 when the tread of the aft inboard right main tyre separated, broken pieces punctured flaps and caused damage (avherald.com) More...

Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-gasp sales spree

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The European planemaker said net orders after cancellations rose 52 percent to 1,109 jets in 2017, vaulting past Boeing’s 912. Without the cancellations adjustment, Airbus gross orders were 1,229 compared with Boeing’s 1,053 (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus Says A380 Challenge in China is 'Commercial'

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Airbus says China is aware that it is open to industrial co-operation on the A380, but the challenge is convincing the country's airlines that they can do well commercially with the superjumbo. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

New Delhi to Divide Air India Into Four Units for Sale

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New Delhi has detailed that it will split state-owned Air India into four companies and offer at least 51% in each for sale, as part of its divestment plan for the airline. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing’s New Electric Cargo Drone Could Transport 500 Pounds

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The manufacturer said this new unmanned, electric, vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft prototype is also a test bed for future vehicles. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

(Video) The Little Brother | Cirrus SR22 | Emirates

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Cute video about the SR22 joining the training fleet for Emirates (www.youtube.com) More...

US carriers' efficiency gains outstripped by growth

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Alaska Airlines could lose its position as the most fuel-efficient US carrier on domestic routes as a result of its merger with the country's least efficient airline, Virgin America, according to a recent study carried out by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Melrose presents GKN takeover plan to shareholders

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Melrose Industries has outlined its plans for GKN, including the sale of non-core operations, should it be successful in its pursuit of the UK aerostructures and automotive specialist. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt: sources

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Some airlines affiliated with China’s HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate’s liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Bodies of Costa Rica Air Crash Returned To US, Airline Is Grounded

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The investigation into the crash of a Nature Air charter flight in Costa Rica that killed 12 including ten Americans on New Years Eve, took an eyebrow-raising turn when the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, suspended the carrier's operating certificate at the end of last week. (www.forbes.com) More...

A380 line faces closure without Emirates order: Leahy

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Airbus chief operating officer for customers John Leahy believes a failure to secure a follow-on A380 agreement with Emirates would effectively force closure of the programme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Mandarin Airlines gears up for turboprop operations

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Mandarin Airlines is targeting to begin operations of its ATR 72-600 turboprops before the Lunar New Year period in mid-February. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus will maintain its commercial aircraft market leadership

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Airbus will continue its commercial aircraft leadership in 2018 and beyond – building on the company’s record 718 jetliner deliveries in 2017 and 1,109 net orders logged during the past year. (www.airbus.com) More...

RyanAir charges 5£ to put bag in overhead locker

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The new fee is supposed to speed up boarding and bring less frustration. (www.theguardian.com) More...

UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights, Doha denies

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates on Monday claimed that Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Rolls-Royce sets up new jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Texas

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Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has recently leased the entire 440,000 square feet of the former Texas Aero Engine Services LLC (TAESL) facility to operate a jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. (www.stattimes.com) More...

Record-number of passengers flew with Finnair in December

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Almost one million passengers flew with Finnair in December. (www.helsinkitimes.fi) More...

Boeing's 'Son of Blackbird' hypersonic strike aircraft could go five times the speed of sound

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Boeing has finally unveiled a successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Airbus Progresses With Clearing Parked A320neo Backlog

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Airbus delivered a total of 181 A320neo-family aircraft last year, as it began to overcome the powerplant snags which had held up deliveries of the re-engined jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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