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Squawks & Headlines ✈ General ✈ Popular (This Week)

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate wants to reopen Meigs Field

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Meigs was the second largest business district airport in North America. Meigs Field airport was closed when Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley ordered the runway destroyed with bulldozers without the thirty-day notice required by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. I propose the restoration of this important third airport with planned enhancements for 21st century personal air travel and much needed revenue source. (chicago.suntimes.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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Divers have finally found the cvr of lion air

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The search has ended for the CVR (cockpit voice recorder) of Lion Air flight 610 as the divers have located and brought to the service the planes CVR. Let’s all hope it’s intacted and in good working order. (www.cnn.com) More...

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WWII Pilot Reunited with Pieces of History

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When Capt. Alan Carlton’s B-24 bomber was shot down over Germany during World War II, he felt lucky. Now, 75 years later, Carlton has another reason to feel lucky about what happened that day. It came via FedEx a few days ago from Eisenach, a city in central Germany. (www.sandiegouniontribune.com) More...

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A successful eighth and final launch for Aireon

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At 7:31 AM PST (15:31 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and placed the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low earth orbit (LEO). This launch brought the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 75 (66 operational payloads and 9 spares), completing the historic launch program and passing one of the last remaining milestones before Aireon ushers in a new era of global air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking. (aireon.com) More...

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Passenger carries firearm through TSA screening at Atlanta onto Delta flight

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A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. "TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the morning of January 3," the release states. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Airbus A220 Gains ETOPS 180 Approval

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The Airbus A220 has received the 180-minute ETOPS approval from Transport Canada, the country's civil aviation authority, allowing its operators to venture on transatlantic flights. “This A220 ETOPS milestone adds to the numerous performance capabilities which the unbeatable A220 family already offers,” said Florent Massou, Head of Airbus’ A220 Programme. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Super-Rare XP-82 Twin Mustang Flies Again After Decade-Long Restoration

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Of the five Twin Mustangs left in the world, two are on display in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Another is a gate guard at Lackland AFB in Texas. One is currently undergoing restoration. And one—just one—is, at long last, ready to fly. (www.popularmechanics.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NYC Marks 10 Years Since Flight 1549’s ‘Miracle On The Hudson’

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Tuesday marks one decade since Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 turned what could have been a fatal tragedy into the “Miracle on the Hudson” where all 155 passengers and crew survived a ditch landing into the Hudson River. The plan was in the air a total of four minutes, 49 seconds, during which an impact with a flock of birds took out both of the plane’s engines and prompting an emergency landing into the Hudson River when the pilots could not… (newyork.cbslocal.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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Delta Extends Airbus A220 Order Book to 90 Total Aircraft

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Delta has reached an agreement with Airbus to extend its order book of the highly efficient, state-of-the-art A220 by 15 aircraft to a total of 90. Delta's future A220 fleet will consist of 40 A220-100 series aircraft and the remaining 50 will be the larger A220-300 variant. Delta anticipates taking its first delivery of the A220-300 in 2020. (news.delta.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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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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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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Getting Worse: Government Shutdown Forces Miami Airport to Close a Terminal

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With more federal security screeners refusing to work without pay and due to staffing shortages caused by the ongoing partial government shutdown, Miami International Airport will close off one of its terminals starting this weekend and send TSA workers to busier checkpoints, a spokesman said Thursday night. (www.miamiherald.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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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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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 2019 List Of The Longest Flights In The World

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Here is an updated list of the longest flights in the world by distance. All distances noted were verified using GCMap.com and travel times are for the longer leg and current as of January 2019. (www.forbes.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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Lufthansa Group becomes the largest airline group in Europe with 142 million passengers in 2018

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In 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 142 million passengers, setting a new passenger record. With more than 1.2 million flights and a seat load factor of 81.4 percent, the aircraft load factor was higher than ever before. (worldairlinenews.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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Allegiant to add new base in Grand Rapids

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Allegiant Air will open a new aircraft base in Grand Rapids in June, as it also continues to evaluate adding long-anticipated international service to its network. (www.flightglobal.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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