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Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals

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Airlines no longer will be required to accommodate travelers who want to fly with emotional support animals such as pigs, rabbits and turkeys under a final rule announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new rule now defines a service animal to be a dog that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability” and limits the number of service animals a person can travel with to two. It also requires airlines to treat… (www.msn.com) More...

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Boeing 737 Max completes first passenger flight since 2019 grounding

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Wednesday was a big day for American Airlines and Boeing as it was the first time since March 2019 that passengers flew on a 737 Max. The jetliner was grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes overseas. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Thanksgiving Flight Traffic

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See 2020 vs. 2019 Thanksgiving travel numbers, plus the latest traffic data from around the world. (flightaware.com) More...

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US DOT Takes Stronger Stand Against Emotional Support Animals

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has taken a harder stance on service animals (simpleflying.com) More...

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This global airline has no passengers, no cargo and flies just one way

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The team at Jet Test and Transport runs a global airline -- but the planes fly on a one-way trip without passengers or cargo. They are experts in ferry flights, moving empty aircraft around the world. In the age of Covid-19, with airlines parking and shedding jets, co-founder Steve Giordano and his pilot partners are some of the busiest guys in the sky. (www.cnn.com) More...

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British Airways launches investigation to identify stewardess advertising sex in mid-flight

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British Airways has launched an investigation to identify a certain stewardess advertising sex between flights as well as mid-flight special adult entertainment. The flight attendant, who boasts of being part of the Heathrow-based crew, advertises her services with risqué photos while in-flight wearing her uniform. According to reports and interviews from The Sun, the unidentified attendant uses these photos to lure in clients through her blog. She writes: "If you ever want adult… (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Man arrested for refusing to wear mask on Delta flight from Salt Lake City

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A man was arrested after refusing to wear a face mask on a Delta Air Lines flight that was heading from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, authorities said. (nypost.com) More...

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American Airlines goes full throttle to restore Boeing MAX fleet

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American Airlines’ maintenance team is scrambling to complete safety changes to its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX jets ahead of a phased return to service, while deliveries of new jets are set to begin as early as this week. (www.reuters.com) More...

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United Airlines flying Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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United Airlines Holdings Inc., reportedly began operating charter flights on Friday to better position Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for distribution once the shot is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. United will fly the chartered planes between Brussels International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport as part of the “first mass air shipment of a vaccine,” supported by the FAA, The Wall Street Journal reported. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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First ‘mass air shipment’ of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine arrives as airlines prepare for more

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United Airlines carried Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine from Brussels to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, according to people familiar with the matter. The United flight, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, required special approval from federal regulators to carry more dry ice than is normally allowed. Vaccines are stored at below-freezing temperatures. “Several vaccines need continued cold temperatures during transport, which, in some circumstances, require dry ice, a hazardous… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Ryanair Orders 75 More Boeing 737 MAX Jets

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ryanair announced today that Europe's largest airline is placing a firm order for 75 additional 737 MAX airplanes, increasing its order book to 210 jets. Ryanair again selected the 737 8-200, a higher-capacity version of the 737-8, citing the airplane's additional seats and improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

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FCC Walks Back Plan To Allow In Flight Cell Service

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America’s Federal Communication Commission has ended proceedings that looked at allowing passengers to make in-flight cell phone calls on domestic United States flights (simpleflying.com) More...

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Why Did Airbus Make Indian Airlines A Special A320 with Different Landing Gear?

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Indian Airlines was primarily a domestic airline, later absorbed into Air India. When Airbus sold the airline a number of Airbus A320s, the European plane maker created a special version with unique landing gear just for them. (travelupdate.com) More...

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Up To 36% Of Airline Business Travel Won’t Return After Covid Pandemic Ends, Study Estimates

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A new study by IdeaWorks and reported by the Wall Street Journal is the first detailed look at the long-term impacts Covid-19 could have on business travel. I, along with three other travel professionals, designed the study, conducted the research, and reached out to others for comments. Its conclusions are eye-opening: that between 19% and 36% of airlines’ business traffic base will not return to the skies. (www.forbes.com) More...

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New Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop aircraft

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Textron Aviation is launching an exciting new era for its renowned Beechcraft King Air 200 series of aircraft with the introduction of the Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Accident: Cubana E110 at Havana on Nov 28th 2020, gear up landing

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A Cubana de Aviacion Embraer EMB-110, registration CU-T1541 performing flight CU-801 from Nueva Gerona to Havana (Cuba) with 15 passengers and 4 crew, landed on Havana's runway 06 at 08:33L (13:33Z) but suffered a belly landing, skidded along the runway and came to a stop without any gear. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage. (avherald.com) More...

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He Escaped Death as a Kamikaze Pilot. 70 Years Later, He Told His Story.

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For more than six decades, Kazuo Odachi had a secret: At the age of 17, he became a kamikaze pilot, one of thousands of young Japanese men tasked to give their lives in last-ditch suicide missions near the end of World War II. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Spirit Airlines expects its flights to be 70% full in fourth quarter

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Spirit Airlines said on Thursday it expects its load factor for the fourth quarter to average about 70%, despite the slowdown in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said beginning with the period leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, rising COVID-19 cases have led to fewer bookings and a rise in cancellations. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines No Longer Social Distancing On Flights, Selling Tickets To Fill Every Seat

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Southwest Airlines is no longer social distancing on its flights. On Tuesday, the airline began selling tickets to fill every seat on board its planes, including middle seats. The move comes after the airline announced a $1.2 billion third-quarter loss because of the pandemic. (philadelphia.cbslocal.com) More...

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JetBlue’s First Airbus A220 Due For Delivery Next Month

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JetBlue’s first A220 is on track to the delivered by next month. (simpleflying.com) More...

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IATA In Final Stages Of Coronavirus Vaccine/Testing ‘Passport’ Development

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is in the final stages of the development of its “Travel Pass”, a digital passport which they hope can be used as a means of testing and/or vaccine verification. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Air Canada finalizes decision to convert aircraft to freighters

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Air Canada is thinking outside the box to survive the coronavirus crisis. It's latest innovation is to convert planes to cargo configuration and operate an all-cargo fleet. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Big 3 US airlines gear up to transport COVID-19 vaccines

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American, United and Delta airlines are preparing their cargo systems and personnel for the COVID vaccine release, and are already involved in some movement of vaccines or components. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Chinese team test jet engine ‘able to reach anywhere on Earth within 2 hours’

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Scientists in China claim to have built a hypersonic jet engine—called "sodramjet"—that can fly at 16 times the speed of sound. This means that an aircraft kitted out with such engines could fly anywhere in the world in two hours, according to the scientists. (interestingengineering.com) More...

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Great images of early taxiway bridges and runway tunnels

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Aircraft overpasses are commonplace nowadays but in the mid-20th century there were only a handful of them. This blogpost provides a nice overview of the first ones built (www.airporthistory.org) More...

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How United Airlines overcame one of the largest limitations to transporting Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to the US

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United Airlines flew the first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The Pfizer vaccine is uniquely difficult to transport as it has strict below-freezing temperature requirements that require the use of dry ice, a dangerous good to transport in the aviation industry. United and the Federal Aviation Administration worked to alleviate the dry ice restrictions to fly as much of the vaccine as possible on each flight. The COVID-19 vaccine has… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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The Marine Corps' first F-35C carrier-variant Joint Strike Fighter squadron has officially been declared ready for combat.

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, said its F-35Cs have achieved initial operational capability, or IOC, authorizing the aircraft for worldwide carrier deployment operations, according to a service release. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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Airlines Hope New Digital Health Passport App Will Revive International Travel

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There will soon be an app for international travelers that stores all their COVID-19 testing results and other important data to enable swifter, safer border crossings during the pandemic. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is in the final stage of developing a new digital health passport. (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) More...

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On the Fly: Michael Hancock Should Have Followed Head Earlier at Airport

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Yes, Mayor Michael Hancock made a big mistake flying out of Denver on Thanksgiving Eve, after he told staffers and Denver residents to stay home. But there have been much bigger mistakes committed at Denver International Airport, and the most recent happened on Hancock’s watch. The disastrous Great Hall Project deal never should have been approved, and that debacle can’t be blamed on following your “heart and not your head.” (www.westword.com) More...

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Japanese budget airline launches amid pandemic

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The first passenger flight for Japan's new low-cost carrier, ZIPAIR, took off last month--but there were more crew on board than passengers. Just two people bought tickets for the October 16 service from Narita Airport near Tokyo to Seoul. (www3.nhk.or.jp) More...

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UPS pilots want more COVID testing as infections spike

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UPS pilots say pilots on inbound and domestic flights don't get tested. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Couple arrested for knowingly boarding flight while COVID-19 positive

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A Hawaii couple is facing charges after authorities discovered they boarded a United Airlines flight despite testing positive COVID-19. According to a local ABC station, the couple had been flying from San Francisco to Kaua'i, where they live, over the weekend. Before boarding the flight, the couple had reportedly tested positive for the illness while going through pre-travel screenings. Under United Airlines' current guidelines, customers who test positive for COVID-19 ahead of their… (www.msn.com) More...

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U.S. Senators say pandemic relief plan would give airlines $17 billion over four months

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U.S. airlines would receive $17 billion for four months of payroll support under a new $908 billion bipartisan Senate COVID-19 relief proposal, staffers for two U.S. Senators said on Tuesday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a package of $45 billion in transportation assistance, and the offices of Senators Mitt Romney and Mark Warner said the plan includes $15 billion for transit systems, $4 billion for airports, $8 billion for private buses and $1 billion for passenger railroad Amtrak.… (www.msn.com) More...

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Airports reject vaccine requirement as travel debate intensifies

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Aviation industry opposition to requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for passengers has intensified as impending drug approvals trigger a debate over their role in air travel. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Air France Eyes 737 MAX If A220 Stretch Doesn’t Happen

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Air France is sitting on a large order of Airbus A220-300s to replace its A318s and A319s. However, the jury is still out on what aircraft will replace its larger narrowbodies, the A320 and A321. Speaking at a conference today, CEO Ben Smith said that an A220 stretch would be ideal, but that if it was not forthcoming, the company might even consider the 737 MAX. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Rockefeller Christmas tree owl honored with Frontier Airlines tail

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The owl that was found hiding out in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be featured on a new Airbus A320neo aircraft tail, Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday. (www.9news.com) More...

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EHang 216 Completes First Korean Flight Tour

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Urban air mobility (UAM) company EHang announced this week that its EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) has completed its first flight tour of South Korea. The tour included flights in Seoul, Daegu and Jeju Island, with each stop designed to demonstrate a different use case for the vehicle. (www.avweb.com) More...

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Solving the dry ice challenge for COVID vaccine

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SkyCell says it will begin manufacturing an airfreight container that takes less ice, enabling flights to be loaded with more COVID vaccines. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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EasyJet joins Ryanair in 'race to the bottom' by charging passengers extra for cabin bags

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Low-cost airline easyJet has announced a new cabin bag policy, meaning passengers can no longer bring a wheelie case or large rucksack on board for free. The new policy means that people can only take a “small under seat cabin bag” free of charge. A spokesperson for easyJet said: “This will enable them to bring all the essentials for their journey or enough for a short trip.” This brings easyJet in line with the stringent cabin bag policies of Ryanair and Wizz, which have each shrunk their free… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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American Airlines Plans Employee Only 737 MAX Flights To Nowhere

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American Airlines is planning to reenter the Boeing 737 MAX to service from December 29th (simpleflying.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines names logistics veteran to lead cargo

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Robert Walpole is the new cargo boss at Delta after a promotion. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Boeing 737 Max-The Steep Climb To Rebuild Trust

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The aircraft has been grounded globally since March 2019 following two fatal crashes affecting Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines which tragically claimed 346 lives. (www.forbes.com) More...

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What Really Happened To Delta Air Lines On Thanksgiving?

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Yesterday, I laid out several potential reasons for the cancellations. Poor crew scheduling by Delta? Industrial action by pilots or flight attendants? Poor passenger counts leading to consolidation? All were within the realm of possibility. Delta still has not specifically addressed the reason for the delay, only stating that “a number of factors have pressured our ability to timely staff several dozen scheduled flights.” (liveandletsfly.com) More...

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American, United pause nonstop flights to Shanghai amid concerns over restrictions facing overseas crews

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American Airlines and United Airlines are pausing plans to operate nonstop flights to Shanghai from the U.S. following reports of lengthy waits facing airline crews upon arrival, limited local accommodations and restrictions on their movement in the country, according to people familiar with the matter. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Delta's chief executive hints at a possible Boeing 737 MAX order

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ATLANTA — Delta's CEO Ed Bastian hinted at the possibility of ordering Boeing’s 737 MAX, which was recently approved to fly again by U.S. regulators, in an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday. "We're talking to Boeing about lots of different things, the Max included," Delta's chief executive told the Financial Times. Any Boeing 737 MAX order would be the first for Delta, which did not have the aircraft in its fleet when the plane was grounded in March 2019… (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Boutique Adds First Florida Destination

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Boutique Air is continuing to push forward with its expansion plans of recent months, most recently announcing the small carrier would begin operating to Pensacola, Fla. Flights to Pensacola will operate out of the city of Muscle Shoals, Ala., one of the many Essential Air Service (EAS) cities the airline operates out of in the region. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Retired British Airways 747 Catches Fire

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British Airways has stored many of its 747s at Castellon Airport in Spain, which has the airport code CDT. Well, unfortunately today one of these parked 747s caught fire, and it caused some significant damage to the plane. (onemileatatime.com) More...

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Bamboo Airways granted to operate direct flights to the US

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Bamboo Airways has been granted a Foreign Air Carrier Permit from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), allowing it to run direct flights between Vietnam and the US. Bamboo Airways has been authorized to operate direct flights by wide-body aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between major airports in Viet Nam such as Ha Noi and HCM City with all international airports in the US, including airports in Los Angeles or San Francisco that Bamboo Airways is considering for its maiden flights. The… (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Ground Stop, Delay At DIA Were Due To FAA Facility Cleaning After Positive COVID Test

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After a Federal Aviation Administration employee tested positive for COVID-19, a ground stop was put into effect at Denver International Airport for a short time on Tuesday. Following that, a ground delay for incoming flights was put into place. That led to some late arrivals for flights in the afternoon and early evening. (denver.cbslocal.com) More...

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Ryanair close to new Boeing 737 MAX jetliner order: sources

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Ryanair is close to placing an order for dozens of additional Boeing 737 MAX jets in a commercial boost to the U.S. planemaker after regulators lifted a 20-month safety grounding, industry sources said. (www.reuters.com) More...

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