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Happy 13th Birthday FlightAware

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FlightAware is 13 today! Congratulations and may it have many many more! (flightaware.com) More...

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British Airways Will Become A Spanish Airline If Brexit Deal Is Not Approved

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IAG is reportedly in talks with the Spanish Government to create a contingency plan in the case of a no deal Brexit. This week a 585-page document detailing the proposed course of the split from Europe, however, IAG is planning for a no deal Brexit. As such, the airline parent company which owns Spanish flag carrier Iberia is intending to prove it qualifies as a Spanish Company. While the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of IAG is Britain, there is a case to argue that the group… (simpleflying.com) More...

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Aerial Support Key to Fighting Southern California Fires

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As a resident of Agoura Hills, one of the communities evacuated as a result of the devastating Woolsey Fire, I was closely watching the progression of the fire as it quickly ravaged the hillsides surrounding our neighborhood. The fire flared up on Thursday afternoon and within less than 30 hours had burned through 70,000 acres, fueled by raging Santa Ana winds topping 50 mph. The strong winds prevented aerial firefighters from attacking the flames. The only reason few homes in Oak Park, Agoura… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Manufacturer had concerns about engine part that led to woman's death on Southwest flight

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(CNN)The design of an engine fan blade that snapped on a Southwest flight in April, breaking an airplane window and partially sucking a woman out of it, has been a concern since the engine's earliest days, the manufacturer told investigators at a hearing Wednesday. The hearing before the National Transportation Safety Board and an NTSB report also revealed frightening new details about the chaotic scene aboard Flight 1380, when pilots heard a loud bang, wind roared into the cabin through… (www.cnn.com) More...

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Prankster posing as ATC, uses walkie-talkie to order Argentinian aircraft to takeoff

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As part of a prank, a private pilot in Argentina used a handheld communication device to give instructions to active aircraft at the Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Boeing Guidance on 737 Max Stall Protection System Under Fire

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Boeing failed to communicate with 737 Max operators new procedures for addressing cases in which the airplane’s automatic stall prevention system commands the nose of the airplane downward, potentially resulting the kind of steep dive that appears to have led to the fatal crash of Lion Air Flight 610, according to pilot union officials quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Meant to improve pitch response at high angles of attack and prevent pilots from raising the airplane’s nose too high, the… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Japan Airlines pilots failed alcohol tests 19 times since since August 2017 causing 12 flight delays

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Japan Airlines pilots have failed breathalyzer alcohol tests on 19 occasions since August 2017, causing 12 domestic flight delays due to pilot switches, JAL officials have revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun. The major airline introduced a new type of detector for in-house checks that month. The revelation comes on the heels of the arrest of a JAL co-pilot in London by British police in October this year for allegedly arriving for duty on a flight to Haneda Airport in Tokyo with alcohol levels… (www.airlive.net) More...

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China Southern to leave SkyTeam

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China Southern has announced that it will leave the SkyTeam alliance next year as it pursues new partnerships with carriers around the world. In disclosures to the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges, the carrier says it will not renew its SkyTeam membership from 1 January 2019, and that it will complete the transition arrangements within the year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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U.S. pilots flying 737 MAX weren’t told about new automatic systems change linked to Lion Air crash

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Pilots for two U.S. airlines flying Boeing's 737 MAX weren't trained about a key change to an automatic system that's been linked to the fatal crash of a Lion Air jet last month, according to pilot representatives at both airlines. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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UPS B763 over Atlantic on Nov 18th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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A UPS United Parcel Service Boeing 767-300, registration N344UP performing flight 5X-209 (dep Nov 17th) from Philadelphia,PA (USA) to Cologne (Germany) with 3 crew, was enroute at FL330 over the Atlantic Ocean about 190nm west of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew declared emergency reporting they had needed to shut the right hand engine (CF6) down due to low oil pressure. In response to the emergency declaration ATC queried "do you wish to continue lower", the crew replied in the… (avherald.com) More...

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Southwest flight clips another plane’s wing at St. Louis Airport

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ST. LOUIS - The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation regarding an incident concerning two commercial airliners that came in contact with each other at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. “We were fully boarded and then heard a little boom,” said Nathaniel Jensen, a passenger on the WOW jet. ** Watch the Video ** (fox2now.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines places A330-900 order with Airbus

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Delta Air Lines has ordered ten additional Airbus A330-900 widebody aircraft, expanding the A330neo order book from 25 to 35 aircraft. This latest order supports Delta’s international growth strategy in the near to medium term. Simultaneously, Delta and Airbus have agreed to defer ten previously ordered A350 XWBs to 2025-26 in order to accommodate the airline’s long-term growth strategy. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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easyJet celebrates 15% of new entrant pilots being female with its 20% by 2020 target firmly in sight

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easyJet has announced that it has reached a key milestone in its ambition to attract 20% of new pilots joining the airline to be women by 2020, having achieved a new high of 15% of new entrants to the airline being female, over the past financial year. It comes at a time when only 5% of all pilots worldwide are female, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Of that, just over 450 of them have achieved the rank of captain – which means that almost every female commercial… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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‘Aggressive’ passenger may have to pay plane’s fuel bill after causing emergency landing

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A Canadian man may be charged $17,450 after his drunken and disorderly behavior caused the airplane to make an emergency return to the airport while accompanied by two F-15 U.S. Air Force jets. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Portuguese fighters to scramble second time for another airplane in emergency in less than 24 hours

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Lisbon - Fighters took off from Monte Real air base, Leiria, to give support a Boeing 737 aircraft from the Dutch airline Transavia that declared emergency after taking off from Funchal. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American Airlines 'unaware' of some Boeing 737 MAX functions until last week

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American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) said on Wednesday it was "unaware" of some functions of an anti-stall system on Boeing Co's (BA.N) 737 MAX until last week. Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued guidance on the system last week after a Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board. The FAA warned airlines last week that erroneous inputs from the system's sensors could lead the jet to automatically pitch its nose… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Allegiant to add 9 new routes from Sarasota/Bradenton

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Allegiant Air is adding 9 new routes from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for this winter/spring season. Allegiant Air is also adding a new nonstop seasonal service between Louisville (Louisville International Airport – SDF) and New Orleans (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport). Starting on February 22, 2019 Sarasota-Bradenton passengers will be able to fly nonstop to Asheville, North Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland. Starting in April, 2019, the carrier will offer… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Red Arrows' North American Tour

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The RAF’s Red Arrows display team is to undertake its largest ever tour of North America during 2019, visiting the US and Canada. Announcing the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s (RAFAT’s) nine-week Western Hawk 19 deployment, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Red Arrows fly the flag for Britain across the globe and this tour will not only showcase their teamwork and aviation excellence but also promote our great nation to billions of people across the world. “After an incredible year… (aviation-news.keypublishing.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines struggling to rectify onboard Wi-Fi problems

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Southwest Airlines is having connectivity issues. No, we’re not talking about the protracted effort to connect the mainland United States with Hawaii, a new route the low-fare carrier has been threatening to launch for some time. This is a Wi-Fi connectivity problem that for months has affected a number of planes in the Southwest fleet — to say nothing of the passengers flying those planes who might have expected to have Wi-Fi connectivity while en route to their destinations — some a number of… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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California's least-known airport is making a comeback

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Catalina Island Airport Comeback....Prob old news, but fun anyway (www.cnn.com) More...

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Jeju Air Orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Valued $5.9 Billion

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Korean low-cost carrier Jeju Air has signed a fresh order for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, confirming its status as an all-Boeing operator. The carrier, which already has 39 Boeing 737-800NG (Next Generation) aircraft in its fleet, has firmed up for 40 737 MAX 8s with options for an additional 10 planes. If the entire order for 50 jets is exercised, the list price exceeds the $5.9 billion mark, according to Boeing. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Brussels Airlines retires an Airbus A330-300 (OO-SFN) after 25 years of service

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Brussels Airlines has retired its first Airbus A330-300. The pictured A330-301 OO-SFN (msn 037) departed Brussels on November 13 for storage at the Pinal Airpark, Arizona. OO-SFN was originally delivered to SABENA on July 30, 1997 and later served with SN Brussels Airlines and at the end, Brussels Airlines. At one time it carried “Music our freedom” special markings. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Airbus begins test programme for ACJ320neo corporate jet

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The first ACJ320neo has successfully completed a two hour and 40-minute first flight from Hamburg, getting its test-programme off to a good start. Derived from the popular A320neo airliner family, some 500 of which are in airline service, the corporate jet version includes features such as extra fuel-tanks in the cargo-hold that will deliver even more intercontinental range, plus greater cabin-pressure for better passenger comfort. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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Photo: First Delta Airbus A330neo Sees The Sunlight In Toulouse

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The very first Airbus A330neo for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DL) has rolled out of the assembly line this morning in Toulouse, France. The plane sports Delta's tail design, waiting for a full coat of paint. The airline has likely ordered 10 more A330neos yesterday ($3 billion), totaling 35 planes. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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United Airlines announces Boeing 787-10 aircraft will operate between Newark and six European destinations

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United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its Newark hub beginning in March 2019. United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing’s 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United’s 787-10 features 44 United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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JetBlue Rolls Out Face Recognition Boarding Passes

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JetBlue rolled out today its latest passenger experience upgrade at New York-JFK, where customers flying to select international destinations can board their flights via a biometric self-boarding gate that is powered by a facial recognition technology that verifies travelers with a photo capture. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta

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U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines has emerged as the probable buyer for 10 Airbus A330neo jets worth $3 billion, industry sources said, in a boost for the becalmed European model. Airbus announced an order for 10 of the 300-seat aircraft in its latest monthly order update on Friday, but withheld the name of the buyer for the Oct. 30 deal. Two industry sources, asking not to be named, said Delta was the buyer. A third said Delta had been looking to expand an existing order for 25 A330neo aircraft.… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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The oldest Boeing 747 in service says goodbye to the skies

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Tucson - The Boeing 747-100 of the U.S. engine manufacturer General Electric carried out its last flight. The aircraft was the oldest Boeing 747 still in active service and served with General Electric more than 26 years as a flying test platform for various engines newly developed. The Boeing 747-100 of General Electric left the assembly line on October 17, 1969. The aircraft made its commercial debut with Pan American World Airways in 1970. General Electric took the possession of the plane in… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American takes the next step for new uniforms: Field test begins

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merican Airlines made this announcement: After much anticipation and excitement, today more than 1,000 American Airlines team members from Flight Service, Airport Customer Service and Premium Customer Services will begin field testing their new uniform. The six-month field test is the next step in delivering an industry-leading uniform program designed in collaboration with frontline team members, ensuring the highest levels of textile safety, comfort, durability and brand integrity. Over the… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines Returns To Paine Field After 55 Years: Bookings Now Open

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Alaska Airlines has opened bookings for its 18 daily brand-new flights from Paine Field (PAE) to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Portland, and Phoenix, all set to launch on February 11, 2019, pending on government's approval. The carrier is now officially returning to PAE after a 55-year hiatus. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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£5,000 an hour but no free booze – what to expect on board the Ryanair private jet

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Love it or loathe it, at least you know what you get with Ryanair. Or do you? Who would have thought, for example, that the Irish airline most often associated with lurid yellow and grumpy passengers, has its own private jet? Yours for just £5,000 an hour, on top of taxes and fees. We know what you’re thinking and, yes, you can take a second bag in the cabin free of charge. What’s more is each passenger is allowed two hold bags, each weighing up to 20kg. Are we talking about the same Ryanair?… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Las Vegas airport controller heard slurring her words as alarmed pilots respond

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LAS VEGAS -- Federal and airport authorities are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports that in air traffic audio of the incident, the controller appeared to become incoherent and eventually unresponsive until she was discovered by another controller returning from a break. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes In Jakarta

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Reports are coming in with information that a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. Flight JT610 had just departed from Jakarta (CGK) with destination Pangkal Pinang (PGK). (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Emirates joins Worldwide by easyJet

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easyJet has announced Emirates is set to become a new airline partner to its unique connections service, Worldwide by easyJet. The deal is expected to be live in the coming months. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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New ‘Smart Skin’ tech warns of strain in aircraft

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Thanks to one peculiar characteristic of carbon nanotubes, engineers will soon be able to measure the accumulated strain in an airplane, a bridge, or a pipeline-or just about anything-over the entire surface or down to microscopic levels, according to new research. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

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Soneva to debut private plane in Maldives

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Soneva has announced that it will soon be unveiling its new ten-seater Twin Otter seaplane in the Maldives. The DHC-6 Twin Otter, which normally seats 19, has been completely overhauled by the Ikhana Group in Canada, custom-painted with Soneva’s branding in a rich purple on the exterior, and outfitted with new chrome and purple leather interiors. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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In Photos: Airbus Delivers 85 Aircraft in October

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European planemaker Airbus delivered 85 planes in October, also logging the same quantity of orders across its both single-aisle and widebody programs—a significant increase from last month’s 37 units. Among the 85 planes features the first A220-100 for Delta, delivered on OCT26. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Lion Air crash: Indonesia to inspect all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes

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Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)Indonesia has ordered an inspection of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes belonging to national commercial airlines, a day after Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the sea minutes after takeoff from the capital Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Embraer eyes campaigns as it preps for first E195-E2 delivery

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"I think we're going to have enormous opportunities at the upper end of the family," said John Slattery, president and chief executive of Embraer Commercial Aircraft, at the ISTAT Latin America Forum in Lima on 15 November. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Crucial details omitted by Boeing in aircraft manual may have prevented deadly Lion Air crash

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Two pilots unions have lashed out at Boeing for failing to properly explain a safety feature on the 737 Max aircraft in their manuals. (www.rt.com) More...

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Qatar Airways brings A380 to Frankfurt, Germany, route

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Qatar Airways has announced it will add the state-of-the-art Airbus A380 to one of its two daily services from Doha to Frankfurt from March 31st. The move will increase the airline’s current daily capacity on the Doha to Frankfurt route by 23 per cent. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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Dispute arises among U.S. pilots on Boeing 737 MAX system linked to Lion Air crash

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The United Airlines pilot leadership, in a sharp break with peers at American Airlines and Southwest, pushed back against criticism of Boeing for not disclosing to airlines the existence of a new automatic flight control system on the MAX. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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easyJet reports strong results for financial 2018

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Low-cost airline easyJet carried a record 88.5 million passengers in the year to September 30th, up 10.2 per cent, with a record load factor of 92.9 per cent. The European carrier reported headline profit before tax of £578 million for the year, up £170 million or 41.4 per cent on 2017. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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Jet Airways to sell 6 Boeing 777 aircraft in a bid to fly out of debt turbulence

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"The airline has identified six Boeing 777 aircraft, which it will sell to lessors under sale and leaseback and use the proceeds to pay most of the aircraft debt (www.ibtimes.co.in) More...

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The first Dreamliner of WestJet takes shape

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Everett - The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner destined for Canada's second largest airline operator WestJet takes shape at Boeing's Everett factory. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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SaudiGulf Airlines Orders 10 Airbus A320neos

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SaudiGulf Airlines, owned by Al-Qahtani Aviation, has signed a commitment for 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Based on 2018 list prices, this deal is valued at around $1.106 billion. The A320neo has now acquired over 6,200 orders from more than 100 customers since the variant launched in 2010. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Photos: Up-Close Tour Of United's Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

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Last Wednesday, United announced it will operate its new Boeing 787-10 on six routes to Europe starting next summer from its hub at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR). Here is a full photo tour of the brand-new aircraft, unveiling its all-aisle access Polaris Business Class seats, as well as the new United Premium Plus cabin. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Scottsdale Airport Opens New Business Center and Hangars

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As of November 03, 2018, Scottsdale Airport (KSDL/SDF) has opened a new business center and hangars. The hangars are leased and operated by Gemini Air Group Inc. The new Business center features a viewing deck for those who want to go out and spot, a Restaurant, Volanti which is set to open today (November 19, 2018), A presentation hall, Meeting rooms, U.S. Customs, and more. This airport is worth a visit for you executive jet enthusiasts or even GA enthusiasts. (www.scottsdaleaz.gov) More...

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Delta: New Nonstop Flight From New York-LaGuardia To Key West

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Starting from March 9, 2019, Delta Air Lines (DL) will be launching a seasonal nonstop flight between New York-LaGuardia (LGA) and Key West (EYW), running every Saturday. This new link will allow travelers from New York to reach the Florida Keys without the current stop in Atlanta (ATL), remaining active until August 31. the new flight will be operated by a Republic Airlines Embraer E170, (airwaysmag.com) More...

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FAA Launches Review of Boeing’s Safety Analyses

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Action comes in response to last month’s Lion Air jet crash (www.wsj.com) More...

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