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A Delivery Flight Like No Other – First Airbus A350-1000 for Qatar Airways (+Photos)

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During the delivery event in Toulouse on February 20, Airways was granted access to be part of the delivery flight of the world’s first Airbus A350-1000 from Toulouse (TLS) to Doha (DOH), to launch customer Qatar Airways (QR). Here's a detailed review of the airline's newest Business Class product, the QSuite, and the special service onboard this unique delivery flight. (airwaysmag.com) More...

TAP world’s first airline to debut A330neo

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Portugal’s national flag-carrier TAP Air Portugal is to become the first airline in the world to operate the new Airbus A330neo aircraft, which is due to come into service later this year. (theportugalnews.com) More...

Frontier Airlines launches flights from Charleston, South Carolina

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Frontier Airlines on February 20 celebrated the launch of new low-cost, nonstop flights to Denver and Philadelphia from Charleston International Airport. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Hawaiian's A330-800 order remains in place, for now: airline

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Hawaiian Airlines confirms it has not cancelled an order for six Airbus A330-800s, countering reports that the carrier had already terminated its deal with Airbus in favour of Boeing 787-9s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair passengers delayed for two hours after 'POTHOLE' at Prestwick Airport grounds flight

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Passengers on a flight bound for Fuerteventura had to change planes after what the pilot said 'could be a pothole'. (www.dailyrecord.co.uk) More...

Boeing 737 plane appears on patch of land - and no one knows how it got here

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A plane that appeared on a patch of land is shrouded in mystery as no one knows how it got there. The giant aircraft has seemingly been left dumped on the site in Bali, Indonesia - and it appears there is not a person who can explain its random appearance. It is not known when the Boeing 737 landed on the patch of field but from the appearance of the plane it is believed it has been there for a little while. (www.msn.com) More...

Hawaiian's A330-800 order remains in place, for now: airline

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Hawaiian Airlines confirms it has not cancelled an order for six Airbus A330-800s, countering reports that the carrier had already terminated its deal with Airbus in favour of Boeing 787-9s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing rejoins competitive field for Canadian fighter deal

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The Canadian government has announced that five bidders — Boeing, Dassault, Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin and Saab — are eligible to compete for a long sought-after contract to replace the country’s 88 CF-18 fighters. The disclosure of the Future Fighter Capabilities Project (FFCP)’s official Supplier’s List ends a mystery about whether Boeing would decline to participate after angering Canadian government officials. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bell brand drops "Helicopter" for shape of a dragonfly

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As part of a transition to a broader product strategy, Bell has dropped the “Helicopter” from the company’s name and adopted the dragonfly as the new symbol of its brand symbol, chief executive Mitch Snyder says on 22 February. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

It's Plane Mysterious! Tourists Flock to Boeing Jet Found Abandoned in A Bali Field (But No One Knows How It Got There)

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Tourists are flocking to see an abandoned Boeing jet in the middle of the field on the Indonesian island of Bali – but no-one is sure how it got there. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

GAMA reports modest rise in fixed-wing shipments for 2017

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Shipments of fixed-wing business and general aviation aircraft made modest gains in 2017, but performance across the sector was mixed. In its annual review, released on 21 February, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) records total deliveries of 2,324 fixed-wing aircraft, valued at $20.2 billion, for the year ended 31 December. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

UK preparing ambitious combat air strategy

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The UK Ministry of Defence will publish a new combat air strategy document later this year, which defence secretary Gavin Williamson says will “bring together the best of British engineering, skill and design, and deliver a compelling vision for the future of air power". (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Aerion releases configuration of supersonic jet engine

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Aerion has released a configuration of the first civil supersonic jet engine since the Bristol Siddeley Olympus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus: A380 Superjumbo Program Now Sustainable

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Didier Evrard, executive vice president and head of programs at Airbus, did an interview from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on Tuesday. The occasion: delivery of the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways. But the news Evrard made was more about the A380 superjumbo, star-crossed queen of the Airbus line. (www.forbes.com) More...

Air Canada to Analyze Fleet Growth Options of Its Low-Cost Subsidiary Rouge

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Air Canada discusses the idea of converting its subsidiary Air Canada Rouge's single-aisle fleet into a high-density single-class configuration. The company might decide to move its B737 MAX 8s to its low-cost subsidiary. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney to Find Solution For PW1100G-JM Engine Problem Affecting A320neo Family

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On February 21, Pratt & Whitney announced that it had found a solution to the problem that is affecting some of its PW1100G-JM engines installed on the Airbus A320neo family aircraft. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Norwegian Air Shuttle Takes Delivery of Its Final Boeing 737-800

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Norwegian Air Shuttle took delivery of its 100th direct-buy Boeing 737-800 aircraft today, the last of this aircraft type in its fleet. From now on, all 737 deliveries will be of the MAX 8 variant, which the company expects to receive 12 in 2018. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Air Canada Announces Plans to Retire Embraer 190 Fleet

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Air Canada has announced that it will retire its twenty-five Embraer 190 aircraft within the next 18 months. The airline made the announcement as it prepares to take delivery of its new Bombardier CS300 aircraft, which is slated to be delivered late 2019. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines’ Switch From Airbus A330-800 to Boeing 787-9

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Hawaiian Airlines (Hawaiian) were one of the customers for the Airbus A350-800, the smaller, longer-range variant of the A350. When Airbus decided to not produce the A350-800, Hawaiian switched to the A330-800 instead, a smaller and shorter range aircraft. (leehamnews.com) More...

SpiceJet Rules Out Making A Move For Air India

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SpiceJet has ruled out making a move for Air India, as the state-owned flag carrier undergoes privatisation this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air New Zealand Expects Rolls Royce Trent 1000 Issue to Be Resolved by April

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Air New Zealand expects that the issues plaguing the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its fleet of eight Boeing 787-9s will be resolved by around the middle of April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Antonov pilots test-fly Saratov An-148 upset scenario

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Antonov has carried out a simulation indicating that the An-148 which crashed outside Moscow could have been brought under control. Preliminary findings from the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee inquiry into the 11 February Saratov Airlines accident have pointed to unreliable airspeed information, probably linked to an unheated pitot-static system. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar's focus on large twins keeps A380s on hold

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Qatar Airways is not looking to firm up any of its Airbus A380 options, as it prepares to put its first A350-1000 into service. The airline ordered 10 A380s and, by the end of January, had taken delivery of nine. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas holds line on firming 787 options

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Qantas has let one of its Boeing 787 options lapse and says remaining options will only be firmed after it has proven the business case for the aircraft. During the airline’s earnings call, chief executive Alan Joyce says that while Qantas is keen on expanding its 787 fleet, the decision will come after it finalises plans for its remaining 747s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air NZ targeting 777-200 replacement from 2022

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Air New Zealand is looking to options to replace its eight Boeing 777-200ERs from 2022. The Star Alliance carrier disclosed that it has started the evaluation in an investor presentation following the release of its results for the six months to the end of December 2017. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

SIA selects Perth as second 787-10 destination

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Singapore Airlines will deploy the Boeing 787-10 on one of its four daily flights from Singapore to Perth in May. The carrier has already announced Osaka as its maiden scheduled 787-10 route. The type will also be deployed on selected services to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur ahead of that. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Brussels Airbus A319 at Toulouse on Feb 20th 2018, flaps problem

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A Brussels Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration OO-SSD performing flight SN-3667 from Brussels (Belgium) to Toulouse (France), was on approach to Toulouse when the aircraft performed a go around due to a problem with the flaps. The aircraft climbed from 2500 feet back to 5000 feet and entered a hold while preparing for another approach. The aircraft landed safely on Toulouse's runway 32L about 45 minutes after the go around. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

American Boeing 737-800 near Chicago on Feb 21st 2018, odour on board

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N856NN performing flight AA-1191 from Chicago O'Hare,IL to Newark,NJ (USA), was climbing through FL230 out of Chicago when the crew declared emergency due to an odour on board and decided to return to Chicago. The aircraft landed safely on Chicago's runway 10L about 35 minutes after departure. The crew advised that the odour had subsided in the meantime and taxied the aircraft to the apron. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Flightaware's 1,000,000th photo is uploded

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One of the best pics i have ever seen! Check it out. (flightaware.com) More...

DOT Reports On FAAs Latest NextGen Steps

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New terminal radar systems are nearly ready for prime time, officials say, although lingering concerns remain. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Israel foiled 'plane terror plot' in Australia

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Israel helped avert an alleged terror plot in Australia to bring down a plane last year, both nations have confirmed. (www.bbc.com) More...

DOT Approves Contour Airlines for Service to Crescent City

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The Department of Transportation has approved the Alternate Essential Air Service application for Crescent City opening the way for Contour Airlines to begin offering service between CEC and Oakland. The DOT will enter into a grant agreement with Crescent City to provide over $3 million in financial assistance for the pending airline service. Contour will operate the ERJ-135 fitted with 30 seats and hopes to begin service by April 2018. (www.triplicate.com) More...

Abu Dhabi Air Expo To Feature Gulfstream G500, G650ER

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Gulfstream Aerospace will showcase its flagship G650ER and nearly certified G500 next week at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo. The three-day UAE airshow, which will feature more than 60 aircraft on static display and more than 150 exhibitors, opens on Monday. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Airbus H160 Makes U.S. Arrival

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Airbus Helicopters's new H160 medium twin is making its U.S. debut. Prototype #2 (PT2) has arrived in Las Vegas ahead of next week's annual Heli-Expo show and will be on display before embarking on a three-month customer demonstration tour followed by high/hot testing in Leadville, Colorado. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney Resumes GTF Production

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Pratt & Whitney has resumed production of its PW1000G family of geared-turbofan (GTF) engines after introducing a revised configuration for the knife-edge seal on each engine’s high-pressure compressor aft hub and obtaining FAA, EASA, and Airbus approval. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Textron Aviation Ends Cessna TTx Production

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Textron Aviation is no longer selling the Cessna TTx, bringing to an apparent close production of the sleek high-performance piston single that originally drew its inspiration from a kitplane and grew into a fully Part 23 certified model that for a time was considered one of the best light airplanes in the world. Textron Aviation quietly ceased production of TTx last month, according to a source with knowledge of the company’s move, and no longer advertises the model on its website. Cessna… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Ryanair says expects Easter strike in Ireland or Portugal

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Ryanair (RYA.I) expects staff to strike during Easter week in either Ireland or Portugal, chief executive Michael O‘Leary said on Wednesday, as talks with some unions over formal recognition and improved conditions falter. (uk.reuters.com) More...

UPS goes big with freighters as e-commerce booms

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In the early hours of 1 February, a gleaming white-and-brown Boeing 747 touched down in Louisville, Kentucky, and taxied to a stand. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Swiss CS-300 at Zurich on Feb 20th 2018, bird strike

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A Swiss Global Airlines Bombardier C-Series CS-300, registration HB-JCF performing flight LX-1660 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Venice (Italy), departed Zurich's runway 28 and was in the initial climb when the crew reported they had hit a large bird during the departure roll, they wanted to continue for now. The crew later stopped the climb at FL190 suspecting some engine (PW1524) damage and returned to Zurich for a safe landing on runway 14 about 30 minutes after departure. The rotation was… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

President Trump Set to Oppose Boeing Deal With Iran Air: Report

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Officials at the Trump administration are using a case against an Iranian airliner to thwart a multibillion-dollar deal between Boeing and flag carrier Iran Air for the sale of new passenger planes, US reports say. (www.presstv.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to Launch International Cargo Shipping

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MIAMI — Southwest Airlines will now offer shipping cargo services to international destinations starting in May 2018, subject to government approvals. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air France Strike Will Affect 75% of Its Flights

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MIAMI — A 28% of Air France’s staff is planning to strike on February 22, 2018. The French carrier stated it will operate the 75% of its flights amidst the protest. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus Renews Tough Talk with Suppliers

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As Airbus accelerates production rates to record highs, it has a clear message for suppliers: Keep up and cut costs—or risk being left behind. The airplane maker cannot risk delays as it eyes delivering more than 800 aircraft this year, said Giuseppe Marcheshi, head of strategic procurement for Airbus Americas. “That foot is still stuck on the gas pedal, and we haven’t seen it come back up.” he quipped. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Silver Airways to Start Operations With Its First ATR 42-600

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Fort Lauderdale - Silver Airways is planning to start regional operations throughout the second quarter of the year with an ATR42-600 from May 23 on daily return flights between Huntsville and Orlando International. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Embraer E190-E2 to Be Certified in Two Weeks

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Sao Paulo - Embraer completed certification tests of the new E190-E2 jet and expects to receive the certificate of airworthiness within two weeks. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Lufthansa Cargo Expects A Freighter Version of Boeing 777X

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Frankfurt - In 2017, Lufthansa Cargo left the crisis behind and started the new financial year with growth plans. Division chief Peter Gerber reduced losses by cutting 800 jobs and decided to invest in the fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Sun Country Airlines Cuts 350 Positions in Minneapolis

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Sun Country Airlines is cutting 350 operational agent positions at its Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport base, according to multiple sources. Positions being cut include above-wing and below-wing jobs ranging from ticket counter agents to wheelchair service providers (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Boeing Displaces Airbus at Hawaiian, Wins 787-9 Deal; Airline Cancels A330-800neo Order

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Boeing has displaced Airbus at Hawaiian Airlines, winning an order for 787-9s. Hawaiian canceled an order for six A330-800s, the only order on the books for this sub-type. (leehamnews.com) More...

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