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  • 75

Qantas gears up for the second "Project Sunrise" research flight

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Sydney, Australia - The Australian flag carrier Qantas will fly a nearly empty a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from London Heathrow to Sydney as part of “Project Sunrise”. The 787-9 registered VH-ZNJ will take off from Heathrow and fly directly to Sydney with no paying passengers onboard. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Mooney Ceasing Production. Closes Kerrville Plant, furloughs hundreds of employees

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The Kerrville Daily Times is reporting that Mooney International has ceased manufacturing operations at its Kerrville Airport factory at Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV), Texas. In the move, a company spokesman said, the company laid off 229 employees, bringing Mooney employment down to around 90 workers. None will be producing aircraft parts, however, which is certain to concern Mooney owners. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...

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Tailwind and poor braking present before ERJ-145 excursion

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Preliminary indications suggest the Envoy Air Embraer ERJ-145 which suffered a runway excursion at Chicago O'Hare had landed with a tailwind in gusting conditions. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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German air force rejects delivery of two Airbus planes

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German air force rejects delivery of two Airbus planes (www.spacedaily.com) More...

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Emirates’ Tim Clark Slams Airlines Over Poor Use of Airbus A380

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Emirates’ President Sir Tim Clark has always been a strong advocate of the A380 and says Airbus will rue the day it cancelled the superjumbo program. In an exclusive interview with Andreas Spaeth in Berlin on the eve of his upcoming 70th birthday and ahead of the Dubai Air Show, he reflected on the past, present and future of the A380 in the first of a two-part series. (www.airlineratings.com) More...

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Airbus exec: Boeing’s 737 Max grounding benefits no one

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DUBAI — Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer forcefully rejected the notion that his company is benefiting from the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max fleet while speaking to CNBC during the Dubai Air Show. “I really need to correct that cultural belief. This does not benefit anyone in this industry, the least of which would be Airbus,” Scherer told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Sunday. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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SpiceJet in Talks With Boeing to Buy More 737 MAX Planes at Dubai Air Show

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Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd. is in talks with Boeing Co. to buy more 737 Max aircraft to feed its expansion plans, a deal that could mark a Dubai Airshow coup for the grounded narrow-body. A sales lull for the Max, idled globally since March, allows SpiceJet to acquire planes at a lower cost, Chairman Ajay Singh said in an interview with Bloomberg TV at the biennial event. He said the carrier is looking to set up a new hub in the Middle East and expand to eastern Europe. (www.business-standard.com) More...

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Boeing, SunExpress Sign Order for 10 Additional 737 MAX Airplanes

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SunExpress is exercising options for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to continue renewing its fleet and growing its position in the leisure travel industry, the airline and Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today at the Dubai Airshow. The purchase, valued at $1.2 billion according to list prices, adds to a previous SunExpress order for 32 MAX airplanes. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

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Navy UFO Witnesses Speak Out

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What, exactly, did the Navy encounter 15 years ago off the Southern California coast, when fighter pilots spotted a UFO? These men were there, too⁠—and it's time they tell their side of the story. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

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Air Canada Flight Diverts To The US With Marijuana Onboard

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While this might be OK in Canada, it’s not so popular with law enforcement in the United States and has quite severe consequences for anyone caught bringing a controlled substance into the country. (simpleflying.com) More...

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How Lufthansa Is Turning An Airbus A350 Into A Private Jet

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Announced today at the Dubai Airshow, Lufthansa Technik is ready to embark on the world’s first head of state cabin onboard an Airbus A350-900 (simpleflying.com) More...

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Emirates announces US$ 16 billion order for 50 A350 XWBs at Dubai Airshow

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Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a firm order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) at list prices at the Dubai Airshow 2019. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, delivery of the first Emirates A350 XWB is expected in May 2023, and will continue until 2028. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer from Airbus. This purchase… (www.emirates.com) More...

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IATA Set To Combat Greta Thunberg’s Flight Shaming Movement

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The aviation industry is set to launch a campaign to combat the growing flight shaming movement led by Greta Thunberg. The campaign comes as weakened demand has been reported in Europe. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Lawsuit against Boeing seeks to hold board liable for 737 MAX problems

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A shareholder lawsuit filed on Monday accused Boeing Co’s board of doing nothing to investigate the safety of the 737 MAX until the fast-selling plane suffered a second deadly crash in five months. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Overweight Cat Causes Aeroflot To Strip Member Of Air Miles

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Aeroflot has stripped a passenger of no less than 400,000 miles because his cat was too fat to fly. Passenger Mikhail Galin was unwilling to place voluptuous Viktor in the hold, and instead devised a fur-midable plan to get the fat feline past security. But bragging on Facebook turned out to be a cat-astrophe. Here’s how it went down. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Broward County Mayor Wants to Prevent 737 Max From Operating at FLL

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The mayor of Broward County wants to prevent the troubled 737 Max aircraft from operating at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as Boeing tries to get the plane back in the sky. (www.nbcmiami.com) More...

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Airbus-backed tournament unveils first electric racing aircraft

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An Airbus-backed air racing tournament unveiled an electric-powered sports aircraft on Sunday, billed as the world’s first, as the European planemaker seeks to boost its green aerospace technology. (ca.reuters.com) More...

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FAA threatened to ground 38 Southwest Airlines jets over maintenance concerns, report says

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U.S. aviation regulators "threatened" to ground 38 Boeing 737 jets operated by Southwest Airlines last month because the carrier isn't able to verify that the aircraft meet all mandatory safety standards, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing government documents. Congressional investigators and the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general's office are looking at Southwest's operation of used foreign aircraft it bought over the years, the WSJ… (www.msn.com) More...

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Global Regulators Aren’t Aligned in Boeing 737 Max Recertification

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Global aviation regulators have yet to formulate a unified approach to getting the grounded Boeing Co. 737 Max airliner back into service after two fatal crashes, a division that risks undermining public trust in the industry’s safety record, according to Alexandre de Juniac, the head of the IATA association of global airlines. “The point on which we have to pay attention is for the regulators to be aligned,” de Juniac said in an interview with Bloomberg TV in Berlin. “Otherwise the… (skift.com) More...

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Nigerian bureau probes another Air Peace 737 incident

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Nigerian investigators have disclosed that they are looking into another serious incident involving local carrier Air Peace, the fourth within six months. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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F-117 Stealth Fighter arrives at Reagan Library

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The F-117 will join an F-14 Tomcat, a VC-137 "Air Force One", and a VH-3 "Marine One" helicopter that are already on display at the Reagan Presidential Library. Article has photos of the F-117 wing section details. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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Air Namibia’s flight schedule to Frankfurt is already back on track

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After a minor collision at Frankfurt of one of their A330s with a Korean Air aircraft Air Namibia is already back on track. (www.we.com.na) More...

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Boeing 737 MAX Orders Fall as Air Lease Swaps for 787 Dreamliner

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Sales for Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 Max slipped in October after a prominent customer converted some of its orders for the narrow-body jet to twin-aisle 787 Dreamliners. Boeing’s unfilled 737 order backlog, adjusted for accounting considerations, shrank by 19 aircraft during the month to 4,387 jets, the Chicago-based planemaker revealed on its website Tuesday. The planemaker garnered negative 93 orders for the Max, net of cancellations and conversions, through the first 10 months of the year. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns

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British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns (www.bbc.com) More...

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GAMA Publishes 2019 Third Quarter Aircraft Shipment and Billings Report

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Washington, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published a nine-month industry update with the release of its third quarter general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report. Aggregate business jet and piston airplane deliveries continued experiencing increases through the first nine months of 2019 compared to last year, whereas the number of turboprops and rotorcraft deliveries declined. "The first nine months of 2019 show positive results for business… (gama.aero) More...

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de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Focuses on Four Markets to Build Dash 8-400 Orderbook

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Six months into its emergence as a separate company resurrecting the storied de Havilland Aircraft of Canada name, DHC is focusing much of its overall sales effort on the North American, African, and Asia/Middle East regional-aviation markets. The goal is to build the orderbook for the Dash 8-400, its only aircraft-manufacturing program. DHC is also pursuing potential sales of new Dash 8-400s to governmental customers who would then customize the aircraft for special-missions work. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Air Canada's first A220 Rolls out of the Paint Shop

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Let’s raise the curtain on Air Canada’s first A220 - so bold with your Zorro-like iconic look! Can't wait to see it joining Canada’s flag carrier! (twitter.com) More...

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Runway Excursion at Chicago O'Hare (E145, snowy/icy runway, loss of lateral control on rollout)

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An Envoy Embraer ERJ-145, registration N619AE performing flight AA-4125 from Greensboro,NC to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 38 passengers and 3 crew, landed on O'Hare's runway 10L at 07:40L (13:40Z), tower had reported medium braking action and 4000 feet RVR, when the aircraft skidded left off the runway, skidded sideways further yawing to the left and came to a stop with all gear as well as the right wing tip on soft ground about 5350 feet/1630 meters past the runway threshold,… (avherald.com) More...

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Union president recommends Southwest to buy planes from another company

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The union that represents Southwest Airlines pilots thinks that Boeing may be rushing the return of the 737 MAX back into service. The union of pilots also said Southwest should not rely on Boeing's planes only. The union president, Jon Weaks, says Boeing is raising the threat of shutting down the 737 MAX assembly line to pressure regulators to let the plane fly again soon and force airlines to resume making payments on their 737 MAX jets and absorb some costs of getting the planes back in… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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JetBlue Launches Basic Economy To Compete With LCCs

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This is the first revamp of the airline’s fare since they were introduced in 2015. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Qantas Unhappy With Airbus And Boeing’s Project Sunrise Offers

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It may not be day five thousand four hundred and eighty six in the Project Sunrise saga, but it sure feels like it. Reports in Australian media today have Qantas knocking back both offers from Boeing and Airbus, asking for a better price and more comprehensive guarantees and conditions. A report in The Sydney Morning Herald has Qantas saying no to the best and final Project Sunrise offers submitted by both Airbus and Boeing in June 2019. Qantas International Chief Executive Tino La Spina says… (simpleflying.com) More...

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Signs of turbulence at Boeing existed long before the 737 Max tragedies

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If the company is serious about reclaiming its position as the world’s leading jetbuilder, it needs to change its approach. (crosscut.com) More...

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Baggage handler sentenced for tampering with passengers' checked bags in revenge plot against company

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Tay Boon Keh, 66, was sentenced to 20 days in jail on Monday after he confessed to intentionally swapping 286 luggage tags on passenger’s bags at Singapore Changi Airport, sending them to different destinations, between Nov. 8, 2016 and Feb. 6, 2017, Channel News Asia reports. He was charged with 20 counts of mischief. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Quick reaction to trim runaway in ATL - ATC audio

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Quick reaction to trim runaway with only 2 pax on a Embraer 175. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Spirit Airlines Expands in Tampa to Boost Winter Travel

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In a bid to attract additional traffic this winter vacation, Spirit Airlines SAVE introduced additional flights connecting Tampa with other destinations in the United States. As part of its expansion plan, this low-cost carrier started operating non-stop flights connecting Tampa International Airport with New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport. The above-mentioned daily flight services commenced on Nov 14, 2019. Moreover, the… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Transportation Committee asks Boeing's CEO for more Max details

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The chair of the House Transportation Committee has sent Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg dozens of questions related to the 737 Max (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Amazing tale of a desperate WWII US pilot’s encounter with a German flying ace

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On Dec. 20, 1943, a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working....a great read. (www.nypost.com) More...

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The Silent Anniversary. 18 Years and Counting Since the Last Legacy Disaster.

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It's been 18 years since the crash of American flight 587 outside Kennedy Airport. A look into one of the most impressive stories in the history of U.S. commercial aviation. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

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Pilot Confesses Secret Just Moments before Takeoff. Hands Woman Envelope 21 Years in the Making

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With all the airline horror stories of late, sometimes the happy ones need to be posted. Here is a video of a Southwest captain celebrating his one millionth passenger....classy. (www.liftable.com) More...

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Midwest Express hopes to launch service in January

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The newly-revived Midwest Express Airlines is planning to have its reservation system up and running by Christmas and hopes to launch its first flights in January 2020. Midwest Express president Greg Aretakis feels that it'll be better launch flights after the holiday season because the airline's target market is business travelers, and there is less business travel when the holidays are saturated with leisure travelers. (biztimes.com) More...

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New Ethiopian airline Dreamliner named "Tel-Aviv"

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Ethiopian Airlines names new Dreamliner plane ‘Tel Aviv’, Aircraft’s moniker said to have been a secret that was to be revealed at Ben Gurion Airport ceremony. (www.timesofisrael.com) More...

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Stowaway Rat Delays Air India Flight By 12 Hours

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An Air India flight from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam on Sunday 10th November was delayed by some 12 hours due to having an unwelcome guest on board. A rat was spotted on the aircraft, leading to an elaborate game of cat and mouse until the critter could be caught. Airlines do not like stowaways. Whether they are deliberately trying to hitch a free ride or just didn’t disembark in time, it’s not good practice to take passengers anywhere if they aren’t on the manifest. As such, an Air India flight… (simpleflying.com) More...

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Biman Bangladesh Orders Two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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The Dubai Air Show kicked off well for Boeing, as Biman Bangladesh has placed an order two 787-9 Dreamliners. In October, Boeing had logged an order for a pair of 787-9s for an undisclosed customer. However, today’s announcement by Biman Bangladesh confirms that these two aircraft will find a new home in Dhaka. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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New Zealand Airline Derails Thousands of Holiday Travelers

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Thousands of travelers will have to reconsider their flight plans after Air New Zealand announced changes to its international schedule during peak holiday time. Due to engine issues on some Boeing 787-9 aircraft, Air New Zealand has canceled a number of international flights from December 10 until January 5, 2020 which will impact up to to 14,000 travelers. "Based on the maintenance needs of our engines, we expect some will need to be inspected in December and January and then serviced by… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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United joins Southwest, American in new 737 MAX delay

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United Airlines said Friday it pushed back its expected date for Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft to return to service, following similar announcements by rivals Southwest and American Airlines. The US air carrier now says it expects flights to resume on March 4, 2020, two months later than a previous estimate, implying the cancellation of thousands of scheduled flights. The top-selling Boeing jets have been grounded since March of this year following the second of two crashes which left 346… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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US NTSB Publishes Annual Aviation Accident Statistics for 2018

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2019) — U.S. civil aviation deaths increased from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The year 2018 saw the nation’s first airline passenger fatality since 2009, when a passenger on a Southwest airliner was killed in connection with an engine failure. Most aviation deaths in 2018 took place during general aviation operations, when 381 were killed, compared to 331 the year before. The… (www.ntsb.gov) More...

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Once-Mighty Gulf Airlines Turn to Budget Allies for Growth

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From a desert outpost to a sprawling metropolis boasting the world’s biggest long-haul airline, Dubai has long epitomized rapid growth, and its biennial air show has typically mirrored that quest with record-breaking plane orders. But the last two years haven’t been easy on the aviation industry or the global economy, turning the event, which starts Sunday, into a barometer for future demand. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max, a star at the 2017 gathering, is grounded following two fatal accidents. The… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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KLM Confirms $2.5 Billion Order For 21 Embraer E195-E2

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KLM has confirmed the firm order for 21 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, plus 14 purchase rights, it had originally announced at the Paris Air Show in June. The order is valued at $2.48 billion. According to the Brazilian manufacturer, the 21 firm orders will be acquired via operating lease from Embraer lessor partners Aircastle and ICBC Aviation Leasing. Deliveries are set to begin during the first quarter of 2021. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Boeing is pressuring the FAA to clear the 737 Max to fly sooner

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Boeing is pressuring the FAA to clear the 737 Max to fly sooner, even as some airline staff beg not to be put back on it (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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How Retracting Landing Lights Saved Aer Lingus 570t Of CO2

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IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, has revealed a surprising CO2 reduction by its use of retractable landing lights. Throughout 2018, Aer Lingus reduced its CO2 output by 570 tonnes through this measure alone. International Airlines Group (IAG) revealed this month a reduction in CO2 emissions of Aer Lingus, one of its eight subsidiaries. The company cited the Irish carrier’s 570 tonne “saving” as evidence of the success of IAG’s four-pronged approach to reducing… (simpleflying.com) More...

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