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FlightAware's custom shark icons help users track Southwest's Shark Week fleet

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Southwest is stepping up its Shark Week promotional efforts, which now include the option to track the 'shark flights' via special icons on FlightAware. Track the sharks via: N470WN (Great White ), N705SW (Hammerhead), N961WN (Mako), N553WN (Tiger Shark) and N947WN (Bull Shark) (www.usatoday.com) More...

Could a NON-PILOT land an airliner?

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There are probably a fair number of people who like to imagine that if they were on board a jetliner and the flight crew became incapacitated, then they could jump up and save the day. ‘After all,’ they think, ‘I’m good at Microsoft Flight Simulator and, well, how hard can it be?’ The answer, it turns out, is extremely hard, according to those in the know – actual airline pilots. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Airbus renames CSeries: A220

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Toulouse - Bombardier CSeries aircraft are now called A220-100 and A220-300. The cooperation between Bombardier and Airbus on the CSeries was one of the most prominent industry events of 2017. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus stops the delivery of five A330 destined to HNA Group Airlines

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Toulouse - Airbus holds back the delivery of five A330 to Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, and Beijing Capital Airlines due to the late payments from Chinese conglomerate HNA Group. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

JetBlue orders up to 120 A220-300s

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JetBlue Airways has ordered up to 120 Airbus A220-300s to replace its Embraer 190 fleet, and will convert orders for 25 A320neos to the larger A321neo. The New York-based airline's decision was announced hours after the Bombardier CSeries was rebranded under Airbus ownership earlier today. The A220 order comprises firm orders for 60 aircraft, with deliveries to start in 2020, and another 60 options for delivery from 2025. JetBlue will take all A220-300s, previously known as the CS300, from an… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

New 3D scanners that do not require taking out liquids and laptops, being tested at Geneva Airport

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Geneva Airport recently installed two 3D scanners which do not require passengers to take out their large electronics and liquid pouches during bag scans. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

First two 777X aircraft enter assembly line at Everett

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Boeing has released images of the first two Boeing 777X test aircraft on the final assembly line at its Everett plant in Washington. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Virgin Galactic plans to launch space flights from Italy

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London - Commercial spaceflight venture Virgin Galactic plans to launch flights from Italy. Last Friday (July 6), the company signed a partnership deal with the Italian aerospace companies SITAEL and ALTEC. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Flight Tracking Industry Set To Evolve Rapidly

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A number of factors are combining to allow providers of flight-tracking services to offer new predictive flight-tracking capabilities that will give aircraft operators a range of commercially important benefits, according to Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, a provider of flight-tracking data. Those benefits range from alerting operators automatically when aircraft behave unexpectedly in flight to improving flight efficiency and boosting operators’ resource-scheduling, gate-allocation, and… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to Resume Nonstop Flights to Los Angeles from Nov 2

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Singapore Airlines will begin non-stop flights to Los Angeles on November 2, 2018, following the October 11 debut of direct flights to New York. The move follows the decision by fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines to axe its own Singapore-Los Angeles flights as of October 27, 2018. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

First Air merges with Canadian North airline

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Makivik Corp. and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG) announced Friday they have signed an agreement in principle to merge First Air and Canadian North in order to provide the best possible essential air services across the Arctic. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Air Tanzania receives its first and only Dreamliner

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Dar Es Salaam - Air Tanzania received its first Dreamliner, a Boeing 787-8, the first and the only 787 ordered by the national airline of Tanzania. The new Dreamliner of Air Tanzania (MSN62429), which is registered 5H-TCG and baptized Kilimandjaro Hapa Kazi Tu, landed at its base at Dar es Salaam's international airport Julius Nyerere on July 8. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

FARNBOROUGH: A350-1000 clear for beyond-180min ETOPS

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Airbus has secured extended twin-engined operations clearance beyond 3h for the A350-1000. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Hi Fly to Show Off Airbus A380 at Farnborough Air Show

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Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly’s first Airbus A380 is set to make an appearance at the Farnborough air show. The jet, which is undergoing painting in Malta ahead of being introduced to Hi Fly’s operation, will be shown in the static park. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

June Means Record For Airbus: 100 orders, 80 deliveries (+List/Photos)

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Over the course of last week, Airbus unveiled its report of orders and deliveries for the month of June 2018. The manufacturer had a busy month with orders logged for 100 planes, split almost equally between its A350XWB/A330 widebody aircraft and single-aisle A320 family. Airbus also had 80 deliveries to 41 different customers across all its product lines, with 67 planes belonging to the A320 family aircraft of which 41 were neo versions. With these numbers, Airbus has recorded an all-time… (airwaysmag.com) More...

BA incident revisits Boeing 787 cockpit-recorder clarity

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UK investigators are seeking modifications to the Boeing 787 audio system to improve clarity of cockpit-voice recorder information. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Touts A330neo Flexibility In Quest to Replace Boeing 767s

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Airbus claims that the flexibility of the Airbus A330neo makes it a strong candidate to replace the aging fleet of Boeing 767s and other widebodies at US carriers. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Secures '797' Trademark

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Boeing has quietly registered the name ‘797’ as a trademark, European intellectual property documents show. The US airframer’s application, from its Seal Beach facility, gives little context for the registration beyond identifying that it would cover a range of items including aircraft and aeronautical equipment. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Vistara Commits to 13 Airbus A320neos, Six Boeing 787-9s

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Indian carrier Vistara has signed letters of intent to order 13 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, as well as six Boeing 787-9s that will be deployed on long-haul routes. The cumulative value of the deals is $3.1 billion at list prices. The Airbus LOI includes options for seven additional A320neo family jets, while the Boeing LOI includes purchase rights for four additional 787s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Volunteers trying to preserve St. Louis' TWA history

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ST. LOUIS — Trans World Airlines is long gone from St. Louis. But there was a time when the airline had Lambert bustling with passengers. One of the last artifacts from TWA's glory days is about to get a new home. In North County, there are volunteers spending hours making sure the airlines legacy is not forgotten. (www.ksdk.com) More...

Thai Airways to Buy 23 New Jets Worth Around $3billion

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Thai Airways International Pcl plans to purchase 23 new aircraft worth about 100 billion baht ($3 billion) to replace decommissioned ones, the country’s transport minister told reporters on Wednesday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Rolls-Royce is the latest to develop a flying taxi

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The flying taxis from Airbus and Uber may have some fresh competition, albeit not quite in the way they might have expected. Rolls-Royce has unveiled an EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) concept that could carry four to five passengers to virtually any large-enough landing spot thanks to wings that can rotate 90 degrees. It wouldn't be purely electric, despite the name (gas turbines would produce the 500kW of power needed for six propellers), but it would be quiet while ferrying… (www.engadget.com) More...

CAA report on the adverse effects of Brexit on travel inside to and from the United Kingdom

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The UK leaves the EU at 11 pm on 29 March 2019. Through the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the UK adopts all European aviation laws at the point of exit. The UK withdraws completely from the EASA system in March 2019, meaning that the CAA will need to make arrangements to fulfil regulatory functions without having EASA as a technical agent and having without having access to EASA and EU-level capabilities. The UK is no longer included in EU-level Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements. There is no… (www.caa.co.uk) More...

All Nippon Airways to Cancel Additional 176 Boeing 787 Services for Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Engine Checks

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All Nippon Airways will cancel an additional 176 Boeing 787 services in the coming weeks, as it grapples with inspections for part of the fleet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powerplants. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Unruly Delta passenger to pay airline the cost of emergency landing after pleading guilty

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An unruly passenger on a Delta flight will pay the airline $9,118 for the cost of diverting the aircraft after pleading guilty to a federal assault charge. (www.msn.com) More...

Donald Trump wants to repaint Air Force One to look “more American”

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Donald Trump is not a man tied down by convention. So it’s only fitting that he wants to do away with the iconic robin’s egg blue that has been the symbol of the presidency in the sky for decades. According to Axios, during the negotiations with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg earlier this year—when the two agreed on a deal for the cost of refurbishing the two 747 jets purchased from Boeing in 2017—President Trump specified that he’d like to update the paint job of the aircraft to look “more… (qz.com) More...

Exclusive: U.S. and Europe clash over global supersonic jet noise standards

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MONTREAL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A U.S. push for new global standards to kickstart its fledgling supersonic jet industry is facing resistance by European nations that want tough rules on noise, according to documents and people familiar with the situation. (reut.rs) More...

Aeroflot Negotiates Purchase Of 28 Airbus A350-900s

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Russian flag carrier, Aeroflot, is negotiating with Airbus the expansion of its long-haul fleet with a potential order of 28 Airbus A350-900s, worth $7.8 billion at list prices. In a story published today by Reuters, the Russian carrier might be doubling its current commitment of 14 A350s. The airline signed a memorandum of understanding for 22 Airbus A350 XWBs in 2007, including both -800 and -900 variants. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pittsburgh Airport Gears Up for Development

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Big things are on the horizon for Pittsburgh International Airport and not all of them are the planes touching down. As part of a $1.1 billion modernization project, the airport will demolish the former U.S. Airways terminal – designed to host 32 million travelers annually, while the airport last year saw just short of 9 million passengers. (businessjournaldaily.com) More...

Boeing and Airbus small jet entries pose risk to Mitsubishi

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The archrivalry between Boeing and Airbus has entered a new battleground, with both aircraft makers making inroads into smaller passenger jets. This bodes ill for Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan's first regional aircraft, which plans to debut with 70- to 90-seaters in 2020. (asia.nikkei.com) More...

VIDEO: Unbelievable Boeing 747-400 Very Early Rotation

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Have a look at this stunning Take-off. There was a very strong head-wind and the plane was almost empty. This was reason why the pilot was able to leave the runway after a few meters. Quite impressive though!! The flight distance was just 120 miles (Düsseldorf - Frankfurt) (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus offers a sneak peek at its newest A330-900neo wide-body long-haul airliner

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Air travelers, get ready for a new wide-body airliner that could be pulling up to your airport gate soon. The Airbus A330-900neo has wrapped up "route proving flights" in the United States, showing off its new engines, a wing redesign and a reimagined cabin. (www.cnn.com) More...

Airbus forecasts 37,400 new aircraft over the next 20 years

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The world’s passenger fleet will more than double to 48,000 aircraft in 20 years with traffic growing at a resilient 4.4% per year, driving a need for 37,390 new passenger and freighter aircraft according to Airbus’ new Global Market Forecast 2018-2037. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

C919 undergoes ultimate wing load test

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The Comac C919 programme is making progress, with the aircraft passing a key static testing milestone and flight test aircraft 102 making a cross country flight. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A380 scrapes along in hope of revival

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Only twice in the first decade since the Airbus A380 entered service has the double-deck aircraft ended a year with its order backlog higher than that of the previous one. On both occasions Middle Eastern carrier Emirates alone had spared the programme from recording a duck for the year. Emirates ordered 32 A380s in mid-2010 and – just eight days before the end of 2013 – signed for another 50 of the type. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

CSeries renamed as Airbus A220

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Airbus has formally redesignated the Bombardier CSeries as the A220, complementing its larger A320 single-aisle range. A former CS300 – now known as the A220-300 – has touched down in Toulouse, painted in its new Airbus colour scheme. Its smaller sister aircraft, previously known as the CS100, will be called the A220-100. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

1991: Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) asks Russian president serious questions about flight KAL 007 shot down by the Soviets

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I present this letter as a memorial to the 269 innocent passengers of a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747-200 heading from New York City to Seoul. As the plane strayed into Soviet air space the Soviets stalked the plane for hours. Instead of helping the plane get on course or establishing contact with the plane, they shot it down near Moneron island north a litttle bit north of Japan. Unforgotten! (gloria.tv) More...

Opener is the latest startup to reveal plans for a personal aircraft

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The race to build a "flying car" has just become more crowded. This week, the Canadian company Opener revealed its new vehicle, called BlackFly. The one-person aircraft can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 miles per hour. Because the operations are a simple joystick, according to the release BlackFly shouldn't require a pilot's license, though operators will require training. BlackFly is powered by "eight propulsion systems, spread across two wings," which will provide… (www.engadget.com) More...

Pilots Know the $100 Hamburger, but the $100 Six Pack?

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A brewery based at Cape May Airport in New Jersey offer pilots an alternative mission. (www.aopa.org) More...

USGS plans airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey in California

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The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting a market survey to find a company eligible to compete for a contract to conduct airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey in San Joaquin Valley, Calif. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Air China 737 descends when pilots smoke in cockpit

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"Chinese state media outlets reported the cockpit crew were smoking in violation of aviation regulations, and caused the loss of cabin pressure and drop in altitude when they mistook two switches as air recycling fans and turned them off." (www.cnn.com) More...

Flamboyant Qatar Airways Targets 250 Destinations By 2022, 50% Growth

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Qatar Airways hopes to hit the 250 destination mark by 2022, ramping up its passenger business to 220 worldwide destinations, and its cargo network to further 30. In only four years, the Doha-based giant plans to increase its network by a whopping 86 destinations, representing a 52% increase from its current 162. The airline’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, confirmed that Qatar Airways “will continue its march ahead.” “We will continue expanding and continue purchasing new airplanes to fulfill our need… (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus and United Talk A321LR and A330neo Specifics

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Airbus has sent United Airlines tailored specifications for the A321LR and A330neo, as the US carrier continues its evaluation of possible Boeing 757 and 767 replacements. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair cabin crew to strike in late July, threaten further action

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Ryanair cabin crew are set to strike in four countries in late July, including in two of its largest markets, threatening to disrupt Europe’s biggest low-cost airline at the height of the holiday season. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Trent work forces ANA to make third round of B787 cancellations

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced a third round of Boeing 787 domestic flight cancellations to allow for checks on the type’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

France: EgyptAir Flight 804 Crash ‘Most Likely’ Caused by Fire, Not Crime

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France’s aircraft accident investigation unit, BEA, has voiced its differences with Egyptian authorities over the May 2016 crash of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 over the Mediterranean Sea. All 66 people on board the Paris-Cairo flight died in the incident. (www.atwonline.com) More...

Airbus Wins JetBlue Order For It's Newly Rebranded A220

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JetBlue places order for 60 A220-300 aircraft from Airbus. The newly re-branded aircraft was announced this morning. (www.cnbc.com) More...

New Zealand to buy Boeing P-8 patrol planes to boost South Pacific surveillance

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand has agreed to buy four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes, Defence Minister Ron Mark said on Monday, strengthening surveillance capabilities as it works to counter the rise of new powers, such as China. (www.reuters.com) More...

Man Detained After Walking Onto LAX Tarmac

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A man was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport after making his way onto the tarmac Thursday morning. Los Angeles World Airport Police report that sometime before 10:30 a.m. the man walked through an unauthorized door which goes to the tarmac from the United Airlines Terminal at Gate 72. He was then peacefully detained, police said. A witness tweeted that the suspect had run onto the tarmac and was brought back inside by a United agent. That was not… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

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