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FlightAware privacy policy updated

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The privacy of our user’s data is important to FlightAware and FlightAware has taken many steps to protect that data. We updated our privacy policy to provide additional clarity about how we collect and use personal data as well as how users can manage that data. (flightaware.com) More...

Boeing 737 crashes on takeoff from Havana

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Cuba’s state-run television reports that a Boeing 737 Cubana de Aviacion flight crashed as it took off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport. An airport source tells CNN’s Patrick Oppmann the flight was heading to Guyana, adding that there are casualties. It is unclear how many passengers were on board and/or if there are fatalities. (www.cnn.com) More...

Alaska Airlines' First Flight Piloted by Two African-American Women

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Alaska Airlines added to its own history with their first-ever flight commanded by two African-American women pilots. Captain Tara Write and First Officer Mallory Cave operated the carrier's historic flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Portland (PDX). (www.foxnews.com) More...

MH370 search to end 29 May: new government

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Malaysia's new government has declared that the current search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end on 29 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Escaped Monkey Captured At San Antonio Airport

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SAN ANTONIO (CBS News) — Authorities say a monkey went bananas after escaping from its crate Monday at the San Antonio International Airport, CBS affiliate KENS-TV reports. The monkey made its escape as it was being transported from a plane to the baggage area. San Antonio Police said officials cornered the animal inside a room at the airport around 3:45 p.m. local time. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

FAA paves the way for supersonic passenger planes

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Washington - The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to regulate the noise emission of supersonic passenger aircraft, thereby promoting the market launch of new generation passenger planes. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

User Fees By Another Name - Dallas Set To Implement GA Landing Fee at Love Field

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The city cited increasing costs for keeping up with traffic and maintenance needs in its decision to approve the fee. But airport officials also stress that they want to ensure that general aviation pays its “fair share.” (www.ainonline.com) More...

Flybe to return all Embraer 195 aircraft

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Regional carrier Flybe has confirmed it is to return all of its Embraer 195 jets, as part of plans to reduce the size of its fleet. (www.businesstraveller.com) More...

The World’s Shortest International Jet Flight? Aruba Airlines Launches 8-minute Flight To Punto Fijo

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Aruban flag carrier, Aruba Airlines, launched what could arguably be labeled as the world’s shortest commercial flight by jet plane. The airline, in partnership with the Venezuelan government, inaugurated its Aruba (AUA)-Punto Fijo (LSP) route on its Bombardier CRJ-200LR yesterday. The two airports are separated by a short 50 miles. However, the two countries are separated by 15 miles (24 km). Currently, the world’s shortest commercial flight is Loganair’s Westray to Papa Westray, scheduled to… (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary: "Airlines are going to topple due to high oil prices"

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On MAy 22, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary told CNBC that he expects some of their European rivals to request payment deferral in the coming months. The high fuel costs mean that a number of airlines in the region would fail, according to the Irish executive (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing 747s Are Back From the Dead

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The “Queen of the Skies” seemed doomed to the desert boneyards, but package haulers are rushing to snap up the aging jumbo jets. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Folding wings of the 777X take shape (video)

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Washington - Boeing released a video featuring the foldable wings of future 777X in its Everett factory, a first in civil aviation. The maiden flight of the aircraft is scheduled for next year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Lufthansa shows off new Airbus A350 at Vancouver International

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Lufthansa gave press an inside look at its Airbus A350-900 in early May, as the airline made this British Columbia city its latest destination to be served by the jet. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Man who ignited midair brawl on Seattle-to-Beijing flight sentenced to 2 years in prison

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A Florida man who went berserk last July on a Seattle-to-Beijing flight, beating passengers and crew members with a wine bottle before being subdued, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Saudia A330 makes emergency landing with nose gear up

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A Saudia Airbus A330 made an emergency landing at Jeddah's King Abdul Aziz International airport with its nose landing gear retracted on 21 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bombardier donates C Series aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that it will donate a CS100 aircraft to the École Nationale d’Aérotechnique (ÉNA), a school affiliated with Édouard-Montpetit CEGEP, to be used for the purpose of education and training. (www.skiesmag.com) More...

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is in talks with Boeing and Airbus for an order of 400 aircraft

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Dubai - The Gulf-based leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) is in talks with Boeing and Airbus to buy 400 aircraft Reuters reports. The order cycle is slowing down for both Airbus and Boeing. However, industry experts predict strong growth for air travel in the coming years, notably led by the continued expansion of low-cost operators. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

How Airplane Windows Are Designed To Withstand Enormous Stresses, And How They Can Fail

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Here's what you should know about the rules, standards and methods of design, and testing and manufacturing of these critical aircraft structures. (www.forbes.com) More...

Listen to the pilots of SWA1380 land the plane

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Audio has been condensed but includes all publicly available ATC transmissions to/from SWA1380 from the time they declared an emergency to the time they stopped on the ground. Audio quality of these feeds varies dramatically just due to distance to transmitters, A/D converters, interference, receivers, bandwidth, bitrate, compression, digital artifacts, dither, all that fun stuff, etc. (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus Finding Difficulty in Selling the A330neo

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After losing their Hawaiian Airlines order, it seems like Airbus is having trouble finding customers for their A330neo models. Their chances at winning orders in a recent bid to sell the A330neo to United Airlines as a replacement for their aging 767s is dwindling as competition with Boeing and their 787s is fierce. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

First Aircraft for WestJet Link Spotted in Vancouver

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The first Pacific Coastal Airlines Saab 340B painted in the WestJet livery to do business as WestJet Link has been spotted in Vancouver, B.C. Photo of the aircraft included in the link. (www.theavgeek.net) More...

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country's deadliest plane crash since 1989

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Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island’s deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of flight MH17

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The Dutch Safety Board concluded that the Boeing 777 was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Bangkok Airways to Decide for its New Single-Aisle

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Bangkok - The low-cost airline operator Bangkok Airways is preparing to announce a tender for 20 single-aisle aircraft. Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier are the named candidates. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Allegiant Welcomes Its First-In-Fleet American Made Airbus A320

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Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) this week welcomed its first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. A team of Allegiant employees and executives from the company's headquarters in Las Vegas joined Airbus' leadership team at the production facility for a special ceremony to officially mark the delivery. The Airbus A320 is the 11th of 13 new A320 aircraft scheduled for purchase directly from Airbus, to be inducted into Allegiant's fleet this year.… (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Livery Update: Air Canada Paints First Airbus A320 In New Livery (+Photos)

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The latest aircraft type in Air Canada’s fleet to receive the new black, white, and red livery, introduced in February 2017, is the Airbus A320. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Jet Airways Announces Flights To Manchester

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Adding on to more news of success for Manchester Airport (MAN) is Indian carrier Jet Airways, announcing the launch of a four-times-weekly service from Mumbai starting November 5, 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Seattle Welcomes Aer Lingus: Inaugural Flight From Dublin

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Bagpipes roared across the ramp near gate A12 Friday evening as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) welcomed its newest airline, Aer Lingus, for the first time. (airwaysmag.com) More...

ANALYSIS: US Major Airlines' Fifth Failure

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A three-year battle started by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines against the major Gulf carriers appears to have ended with little to show for the millions of dollars of campaigning by the US airlines and affiliated unions. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus Proposes H135 for Navy Trainer

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Airbus Helicopters announced this morning that it is offering the light twin Airbus H135 as a candidate for the U.S. Navy’s planned helicopter trainer replacement program. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Volaris Launches San Jose-El Salvador-Washington Dulles Flights

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Ultra low-cost carrier Volaris Costa Rica started flying to Washington D.C. from San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) via San Salvador International Airport (SAL) since last week. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pregnant, deaf woman punched along with her service dog on airplane

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Chaos on-board an airplane heading to Orlando when police say a man punched a service dog in the face because his wife was allergic. He also hit the animal's owner, who is deaf, and pregnant. (www.wthr.com) More...

Mexico Suspends Damojh Airlines Operations Following Crash

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Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) has suspended the license of Damojh Airlines, the operator involved in the May 18 crash of a Boeing 737-200, the civil aviation authority said on Monday. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Qantas and Air France Re-Establish Codeshare Links

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Qantas and Air France have re-established a codeshare agreement that will offer connections between Australia and Paris Charles de Gaulle over Singapore and Hong Kong. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Changes A350, A380 Loan Programs to Comply with WTO Rules

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Airbus and its four home countries—France, Germany, Spain and the UK—have made changes to reimbursable launch investment loans that they believe will bring the aid in compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules (atwonline.com) More...

Philippines AirAsia Targets 70-Aircraft Fleet by 2028

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Philippines AirAsia (PAA) will grow its fleet strongly over the next 10 years and build up its hub at Clark. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airlines Are Quietly Cutting Corners On Costs And Pilot Experience

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Over the past couple of decades, the familiar landscape of the airline industry has changed dramatically. Now, smaller and lesser-known regional airlines carry roughly half of all domestic passengers for America’s “legacy” airlines. They supply the legacy airlines with a tremendous cost reduction. They do this by paying their employees only a fraction of what legacy airline employees make in salary. (dailycaller.com) More...

An Old Airplane is Not an Unsafe One

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The recent crash of a leased-Cubana Boeing 737 has caused the media to focus on the age of the aircraft. The Mexican registered airplane crashed on takeoff from Havana on a domestic flight to Holguin. The aircraft involved in the accident was a thirty-nine-year-old Boeing 737-200 that was manufactured in 1979. The accident is under investigation, though the media is focusing on the age of the aircraft as a primary cause. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Airbus: ACJ320neo Family enters production

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Manufacture of the first ACJ320neo has begun, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in June, followed by the first delivery of the “green” aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year. A second ACJ320neo will follow by year-end. (www.eturbonews.com) More...

U.S. Open Skies Agreement with Brazil Finally Implemented

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After years of negotiations, on May 21 the exchange of diplomatic notes between the governments of Brazil and United States marked the final implementation of the Open Skies Agreement signed in March 2011. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Allegiant Air, Flight Dispatchers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

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Las Vegas-based ultra-LCC Allegiant Air and its flight dispatchers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), reached a tentative agreement May 22 on a five-year contract, the first ever for Allegiant’s 34 dispatchers. Negotiations for the contract began in 2017. (atwonline.com) More...

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Has a Few Things to Say about Embraer’s Legacy 500

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, an accomplished pilot, recently visited Embraer to spend some time flying a Legacy 500, which the employees personalized for the occasion. Here’s what he had to say about it. (www.ainonline.com) More...

United Announces New Flight from Los Angeles to Vail

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United Airlines (UA) has anticipated the winter ski season by adding a new weekly nonstop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), the latter which serves the city of Eagle, Vail, and Beaver Creek. (airwaysmag.com) More...

The second MS-21 starts flight testing (video)

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Moscow - The second prototype of the MS-21 started flight testing phase on May 12 in Irkutsk. A total of four test aircraft are planned for the certification campaign of the Russian single-aisle. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Bombardier Unveils Global 7000-Exclusive Cabin Management System

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Bombardier unveiled a preview of its Global 7000-exclusive nice touch cabin management system (CMS). A Bombardier-Lufthansa Technik collaboration, the new system focuses on cabin interaction through a combination of physical and digital interfaces with the goal of effortless control of the cabin environment and entertainment. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

One Statistic Shows Why Passengers Share the Blame for Uncomfortable Flights

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America's airlines have become experts at earning money in recent years. More specifically, they've discovered the power of auxiliary income. As a result, complimentary services like checked luggage or in-flight snacks have been unbundled into new money-making avenues. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Thomas Cook to Replace Condor’s Aging Long-Haul Fleet

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European leisure group Thomas Cook will decide on the renewal of its long-haul fleet before the end of the year. According to Christoph Debus, head of the group’s airline division, replacing Condor’s aging fleet of 16 Boeing 767-300ERs is the top priority. He said both young used and new aircraft are being considered, but he declined to give further details. (atwonline.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Shoot-Down Russian Army Unit Identified

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The surface-to-air missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777, belonged to the Russian armed forces, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said May 24. (atwonline.com) More...

An Asiana A330 hits the Turkish A321 on the apron (video)

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Istanbul - On May 13, an Asiana A330-300 hit an A321 of Turkish Airlines while taxiing on the apron of Istanbul Ataturk Airport. According to the information obtained from local sources, an A330-300 from Asiana Airlines registered HL-7792 was preparing to leave Istanbul for Seul, South Korea with 236 passengers on board. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Jet Airways, India’s Second Largest Airline

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Jet Airways is India’s second-largest airline after IndiGo and India’s largest Full-Service carrier, transporting 4 million passengers more than AIr India during 2017. (leehamnews.com) More...

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