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Squawks & Headlines ✈ General ✈ New (This Week)

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Man charged over UK airport drone flight

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The chaos led to the travel plans of about 140,000 passengers being affected. Nobody has been arrested over those incidents. (www.thenational.ae) More...

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Pilot Union Accuses Ryanair Of Bullying Staff

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The BALPA union representing Ryanair’s UK-based pilots says the airline is threatening base closures to bully staff, and unions will not negotiate under threat. (news.airwise.com) More...

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Photo of the Day: The first Airbus A320 in the new Aer Lingus livery

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From Aer Lingus. Airbus A320-214 EI-CVA (msn 1242) flying over Inis Mór in the Arann Islands and Dún Aonghasa. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Frontier to add new flights to Branson, Cleveland and Nashville

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Frontier Airlines continues to add routes, announcing five more non-stop flights from Branson Airport (BKG), Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), and Nashville International Airport (BNA). Service begins in spring 2019. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Boeing started a trade dispute with Canada, but Airbus ended up being the winners

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The dispute initiated with a trade complaint filed by Boeing in April 2017 alleged that Canadian government subsidies were used to harm its business in the US. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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British pilots union says won't negotiate with Ryanair

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The union representing Ryanair’s (RYA.I) British pilots said it and its sister associations around Europe would not continue labour talks with the budget airline while it uses the threat of base closures “to bully its staff”. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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LOT Polish Grows: Launches 787 Flights To Delhi and Miami in 2019

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LOT Polish Airlines will launch a new non-stop service between Warsaw and New Delhi, starting on September 17, 2019. As with all of LOT’s long-haul services, the new route will be operated by the airline's state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners on a frequency of five times a week. LOT Polish will also spread its wings to Miami International Airport starting June 2019, as well as a new service between London City and Budapest. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Incident: Southwest B737 at Omaha on Jan 18th 2019, overran runway on landing

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The passengers disembarked via mobile stairs and were bussed to the terminal. (avherald.com) More...

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Airbus To Consider Building A Larger A220 Model

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Fans of the Bombardier built Airbus A220 rejoice because your little pet project is about to get a lot bigger. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Pilot Report: Learjet 75

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To say the Learjet 70 and 75 are versions of the 40/45 updated with new Garmin G5000 avionics is accurate, but there is more to the newer models than just the flight deck. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

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Airbus A220 Is The New 'It' Plane, And It Could Be As Game-Changing As The Boeing 787

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Now the world watches as airlines roll out the Airbus A220, formerly the CSeries, the development of which nearly bankrupted Bombardier, leading the Canadian company to partner with Airbus on the program. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

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Southwest flight slides off runway

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A southwest flight landing in Omaha has slid of the runway after landing bringing the airport to a screeching halt. All the passengers and crew are safe and being taken care of. (www.wfaa.com) More...

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Terrifying near-miss outside Darwin as planes come within 5m of each other

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Two aircraft came within 5m of colliding mid-air in a terrifying incident near Darwin, the nation’s transport safety authority found. (www.news.com.au) More...

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Long-awaited Mitsubishi jet has one last hurdle to clear

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Japan's first homegrown jet airliner, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, has received the green light to launch make-or-break test flights in January, the final regulatory challenge ahead of its targeted delivery in mid-2020. (asia.nikkei.com) More...

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Embraer warns of little or no profit in next two years

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Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) said on Wednesday it expects to keep $1 billion in cash after paying off all of its debt once a proposed $4.2 billion deal with Boeing Co (BA.N) closes, although it warned of little or no profit in the next two years. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Video: Changing Tires On A Boeing 777-300ER In One Minute

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Have you ever wondered how often an airplane gets its tires changed? How about the weight, pressure, or even the size of these tires? These need to support a 500,000-pound jet coming down hard without blowing up or tearing apart. Regulations demand that airplane tires must withstand up to four times their rated pressure for as long as three seconds. Alitalia eloquently produced a video demonstrating how the 777-300(ER)'s tires are changed in a one-minute time lapse. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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WestJet Takes Delivery Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Canadian low-cost carrier, WestJet, has taken delivery of its first of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline plans to welcome nine additional planes, as part of its ongoing plans to extend its network from Canada to overseas. WestJet still has an option for 10 more 787-9s, which, if exercised, would put the Canadian carrier in the position of operating 20 Dreamliners in the future. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Aer Lingus reveals “safe” updated livery and refreshed brand

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Following the trend of many other airlines, Aer Lingus has played it safe with a simple brand refresh. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Spirit Airlines adds new routes from Raleigh/Durham

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Beginning May 2, 2019, Spirit will launch nonstop daily service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) to Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, New Orleans, and Orlando. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Investigators puzzle over 707's fatal short-runway overrun

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Iranian investigators have yet to disclose why a Boeing 707-320C attempted to land at a general aviation airport with a short runway, during which it careered into a residential area. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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TAP Air Portugal to add more destinations from Porto

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TAP’s new destinations from Porto are now on sale. Brussels, Lyon and Munich are European cities to which TAP will offer direct flights from Porto in 2019 (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

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On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil pressed out of Salicornia plants, which require saltwater to grow. Gulf News reported that a full 50 percent of the jet fuel needed to take the plane to its destination was biofuel, which is an extraordinarily high ratio of biofuel to jet fuel, if this report is correct. Ars contacted Etihad Airways… (arstechnica.com) More...

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Scoop: Alitalia To Cancel Airbus A321neo Order

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Last month, Alitalia was ready to take delivery of three Airbus A321neos while it continues to operate under exclusive administration. However, sources close to the airline have revealed to Airways that the acceptance process of the three A321neos has been "frozen." Now that the airplanes have been re-registered, it is very likely that Alitalia will have to pay a fine for abruptly exiting the contract—yet another blow to an airline that's flying on life support. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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American Airlines Effectively Begins Partnership With China Southern

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American Airlines and China Southern have begun their extended partnership today, which will see both carriers codesharing on additional routes beyond key gateways in China and the United States. Both airlines announced this tight interaction in November 2018, in which a code-share agreement would place the AA code on all of China Southern's flights to and from the United States, and vice-versa. Moreover, both carriers will place their codes on each of their extended domestic services. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Sierra snow causes plane wheelie

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Sierra snow, locally referred to as cement, added so much weight to the tail of this Citation X that it raised the aircraft nose over a period of hours. (www.rgj.com) More...

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airBaltic welcomes record 4.1 million passengers in 2018

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airBaltic carried 4,135,711 passengers on its network last year, up 17 per cent on the previous year. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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Ryanair Holidays discontinues operations

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Low-cost carrier Ryanair has revealed it will close its Holidays division just two years after a significant overhaul. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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Acropolis Aviation welcomes first ACJ320neo to fleet

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Acropolis Aviation of the UK has taken delivery of the first ACJ320neo, which features new-generation engines and Sharklets to deliver a leap forward in range and economy. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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United is Focusing on revenue to give it an edge over competition

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Looking for a cheap summer flight. You may not be able to find it on united airlines. At least not as of yet as they are looking to increase there revenue and profit. (skift.com) More...

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Southwest has put hawaii services in ice.

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Planning to fly southwest to Hawaii’s soon. Well it will have to wait as Southwest has had to put the services on ice due to the government shutdown. (skift.com) More...

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Aer Lingus’ new livery leaked ahead of brand refresh reveal

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It’s no news that Aer Lingus is embarking on a €2 million brand refresh. With the official reveal carded any time soon, images of the new livery have already made its way to the web. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Louisville International Airport Being Renamed After Muhammad Ali

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On Wednesday, officials announced that Louisville International Airport will be renamed after the late boxer and humanitarian. The new name will be Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, although the current three-letter code ― SDF ― will stay the same. (www.courier-journal.com) More...

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Norwegian Axes 5 Bases As Part Of Cost Cutting Program

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Low-Cost Carrier Norwegian has announced it will be axing a number of routes in Europe, North America, and the Middle East from its network, including the closure of five bases. The airline’s operating bases to be shut down are Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Gran Canaria (LPA), Tenerife (TCI), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Stewart (SWF), and Providence (PVD). (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Damaged A320 to be used by counter terrorism

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German special forces are gonna be training on board a damaged A320 that crashed Tallinn Airport during crew training last November. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Last ADS-B satellites deployed

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Aireon reports a successful eighth and final launch and deployment of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation hosting the space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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Photo Tour: United's Stunning New Polaris Lounge at LAX

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United Airlines recently completed a $573 million renovation of Terminal 7 at LAX, including its newest long-haul Business Class lounge—the airline’s fifth Polaris Lounge. At the LAX grand opening, United Airlines Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz said, “2018 was the year everything began to come together – our customer satisfaction, our product, our financials are doing very well.” (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Airbus Breaks Ground: New A220 Final Assembly Line in Mobile (+Photos)

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Airbus breaks ground on its final assembly line plans for the Airbus A220, formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries. The final assembly line (FAL) for the A320 program in Mobile opened up in September 2015, with the first delivery complete by April 2016. “We delivered 50 aircraft in Mobile in 2018. 103 aircraft delivered since opening. By end of 2019, we will be trending to 5 aircraft per month creating 700 jobs in Mobile. A220 FAL will create an additional 400 jobs”. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Cargolux 747-8F safe after fire in cockpit

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A Catholic 747-8F landed back safely at Kuala Lumpur after reporting a fire in the cockpit. All the crew on board are reported to be safe. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Spain's Brand New Murcia Airport Opens Its Doors, Ryanair Takes The First Flight

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Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, became the first airline to land at the new Región de Murcia International Airport, which was officially opened by his Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain on January 15. The recently completed airport will replace San Javier as the primary passenger airport to the Region of Murcia. The inaugural flight departed from East Midlands Airport, landing at 10:01 am. Ryanair’s new daily service from East Midlands Airport marked the beginning of air services at… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Indonesian jets force Ethopian Air cargo plane to land over airspace breach

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Ethopian Air cargo plan enroute from Addis Abba to HKG strays off route into Indonesia air space and is forced to land in Batam. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

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Finnair to open new routes to Sapporo and Punta Cana for winter 2019/2020

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As part of its growth strategy, Finnair will open a new route for the winter 2019/2020 season to Sapporo, Japan (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Travel Service Boeing 737 at Moscow on Jan 13th 2019, runway excursion during line up closes both runways

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A Travel Service Boeing 737 from Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) to Prague (Czech Republic) with 40 passengers and 7 crew, was taxiing northbound along taxiway 14 between the two runways at about 14:15L (11:15Z) and was about to line up runway 24C when the aircraft went off the runway and became (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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A new age of airships is ready for lift-off as world's longest aircraft gets full-production go-ahead

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Bedford firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the company behind the Airlander 10 airship (also known as the “flying bum” for its resemblance to a butt), said on Sunday that its current prototype will not be rebuilt but that it plans to build a new generation of airships. It comes after the 302ft (92m) long, £32m prototype of the Airlander 10 was formally retired following successful final testing. This week HAV said it had reached a "significant milestone" after being granted Production… (www.nowscience.co.uk) More...

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WOW Air shrinks to 4 US cities as it 'gets back to basics'

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WOW Air will shrink its number of U.S. destinations to just four this summer as it seeks to return to stable financial footing. By summer, WOW’s only gateways in the United States will be Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Boston, Detroit and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty airport. It marks a retrenchment for the Icelandic budget carrier, which flew to more than a dozen U.S. cities as recently just mid-2018. “We are getting back to our roots, getting back to the basics,” WOW Air founder and CEO Skúli… (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Allegiant to add seasonal air service between Anchorage and Washington state

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Las Vegas-based discount airline Allegiant will add seasonal nonstop service between Anchorage and Bellingham, Washington, the company announced Tuesday. The service will start May 22 with introductory fares as low as $59 each way. The routes will operate twice weekly between Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Bellingham International Airport. Bellingham is about 90 miles north of Seattle and about 50 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. The new service marks Allegiant’s… (www.adn.com) More...

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The World’s Last Passenger 727 Just Flew for the Last Time

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On Sunday, an airplane that used to be the most popular in the world flew its last scheduled flight with passengers. A Boeing 727 operated its final passenger flight, between two Iranian cities. (www.msn.com) More...

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Ed Bastian: Government Shutdown Will Delay A220 Launch

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Delta Air Lines CEO, Ed Bastian, said today that the launch of the Airbus A220 will likely be delayed because of the current government shutdown. The airline's Chief revealed that because of the shutdown, approximately $25 million per month of revenues have been impacted. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Pilot caught on camera trying to climb into cockpit through plane window

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British Airways pilot Jonny the Pilot posted the footage to his Twitter account with the caption: "When you’re running late for work and you forget your keys... " In the video, the pilot, who has not been identified, could be seen with one leg already in the open cockpit window. Using his left arm, he tried to pull himself through - but while trying to get his other leg through, the platform he was standing on moved and he had to start again. Seeming to be stuck, he then looked inside,… (www.foxnews.com) More...

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China Southern To Operate Dual Hub: Guangzhou and new Beijing-Daxing

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China Southern has announced plans for a dual-hub strategy after a strong 2018. The plan would see the carrier's Guangzhou hub dual up with a new one in Beijing-Daxing Airport later this year. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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