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The Boeing 777X And Its Unmatched Foldable Wings

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An unusual scene may become commonplace at airports in a few years if Boeing succeeds in making a new system safe for commercial operation. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

A380 Production Will Create 'Digestible' Losses: Airbus

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Airbus intends to reduce A380 output to six units a year from 2020 in a bid to sustain its flagship programme while keeping losses from the aircraft's production at a "digestible" level. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling

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Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible… (www.thedrive.com) More...

Officials probe first possible drone-related aircraft crash in the US

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US authorities have started investigating what could be the first drone-related aircraft crash in the US, according to Bloomberg. Pilots have been reporting more and more drone sightings these past few years based on data from the FAA, but most of those incidents have been harmless. That might not be the case this time around. The pilot and student flying the helicopter that crashed in South Carolina on Wednesday told investigators they saw a small drone appear in front of them while practicing… (www.engadget.com) More...

American Airlines agent saves 2 girls from alleged human trafficking suspect

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SACRAMENTO, California (KTRK) -- A man is accused of trying to lure two underage girls to New York with the promise of jobs in entertainment and modeling. But a quick-thinking American Airlines ticketing agent is being credited with keeping the girls safe after they were just one free flight away from meeting a suspected human trafficker. (abc13.com) More...

Boeing Receives 787-10 Production Certificate

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Moving a step closer to first delivery next month, the US Federal Aviation Administration awarded Boeing a production certificate for the 787-10 on 15 February, the manufacturer says. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Meet the man who led Hawaiian Airlines from bankruptcy to billion-dollar business

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As CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, Mark Dunkerley is not the kind of guy who spends too much time behind the desk. His fingerprints are on everything, from the interior design of the planes, to the type of planes they fly, to the new logos that adorn their exterior. (khon2.com) More...

Airbus in Talks on Further Hike in Single-Aisle Production

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PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus said it was in talks with suppliers to increase the production rate of its best-selling single aisle jet further, with its chief executive also calling on engine makers to deliver on their commitments after high-profile delays. (www.reuters.com) More...

LATAM Chile is In Trouble With Its Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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Santiago - A Boeing 787 of LATAM Chile is proving to be the most affected aircraft by the problems of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, needing urgent repairs. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

An airline pilot reveals a major reason why flights today are less comfortable and frequently delayed

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It's weird, when you think about it. More people are flying than ever before, but they're doing so in smaller and smaller planes. The average commercial jet holds about a third fewer passengers than it did thirty years ago. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Antonov An-148 Simulations to Check Warning System Effectiveness

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Russia's federal air transport regulator is to use a full-flight Antonov An-148 simulator to examine whether the type's warning systems on in-flight upset are adequate. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Chief Hails A400M Contract Review As 'Breakthrough'

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Airbus foresees a charge worth €1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) associated with the A400M programme for 2018, after the manufacturer reached a tentative agreement with its launch customers to revise their contracts for the tactical transport. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus A321LR Completes First Transatlantic Flight

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On Tuesday, the newest product of the Airbus A320 family, the A321LR, completed the first transatlantic flight, from Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, to New York’s JFK. The trip was made by a test aircraft, with registration D-AVZO, in 8-hours and 44-minutes. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

(Video) This Is What It's Like To Fly Over The Super Bowl In An Air Force F-16

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MINNEAPOLIS — There are few things as “USA, USA” as the jets screaming overhead at the start of the Super Bowl. But making that happen at exactly the climax of the national anthem is a pretty complex logistical challenge, particularly when the formation has three generations of air power flying together: an F-16, an A-10, and a World War II-era P-51. I wanted to find out how this works first hand, so we headed to Minneapolis and linked up with the Air Force team getting ready to do the flyover… (www.youtube.com) More...

United Airlines CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

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With its new Polaris business class service, United Airlines has learned a powerful lesson: Sometimes, in the airline business, simple is best. (skift.com) More...

Philippine Airlines Plans to Extend Its Wide-Body Fleet With Airbus A350-1000

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Already a customer of the Airbus A350-900, Philippine Airlines might add to its fleet the elongated version of the type. On February 15, the Asian carrier announced its interest to the A350-1000. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Delta to take Canadian made C Series jets until U.S. facility opens

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Delta Air Lines said Thursday it will take delivery of Canadian-made C Series jets this year after Bombardier Inc. scored a big trade victory in the United States against Boeing. The U.S. airline said it will accept the first of the 75 CS100s it ordered later this year until the Airbus/Bombardier facility in Alabama is up and running. (www.canadianbusiness.com) More...

Private Jet-Setters Against Better Air Travel

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President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal again includes a good idea to improve American air travel: separating air-traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration. But oddly the idea wasn’t part of Mr. Trump’s infrastructure plan this week, and one reason may be implacable opposition from the lobbyists for the paupers known as the corporate jet lobby. (www.wsj.com) More...

Airbus Delivers Its First A350-1000 to Launch Customer Qatar Airways

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Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer. (www.airbus.com) More...

Sichuan Airlines Signs for 10 Airbus A350-900s

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China’s Sichuan Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 10 Airbus A350-900s. The deal, still subject to government approval and valued at 200 billion yuan ($31.56 billion), amounts to the largest aircraft signing ever by the Chengdu-based airline. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Ryanair says expects Easter strike in Ireland or Portugal

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Ryanair (RYA.I) expects staff to strike during Easter week in either Ireland or Portugal, chief executive Michael O‘Leary said on Wednesday, as talks with some unions over formal recognition and improved conditions falter. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus Readies A350-1000 For Delivery, Dismisses Boeing 777-9

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Airbus will deliver its first A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways within hours, making the end to a nearly two-month wait for the ceremonial handover (leehamnews.com) More...

Emirates to Operate First Ever Airbus A380 to Beirut

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Today, Emirates announced that it will operate a special one-off Airbus A380 service to Beirut on March 29, becoming the carrier’s first-ever scheduled A380 service to the Lebanese capital. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Textron Aviation Ends Cessna TTx Production

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Textron Aviation is no longer selling the Cessna TTx, bringing to an apparent close production of the sleek high-performance piston single that originally drew its inspiration from a kitplane and grew into a fully Part 23 certified model that for a time was considered one of the best light airplanes in the world. Textron Aviation quietly ceased production of TTx last month, according to a source with knowledge of the company’s move, and no longer advertises the model on its website. Cessna… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Lufthansa Cargo Expects A Freighter Version of Boeing 777X

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Frankfurt - In 2017, Lufthansa Cargo left the crisis behind and started the new financial year with growth plans. Division chief Peter Gerber reduced losses by cutting 800 jobs and decided to invest in the fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Qatar Airways to Put First Airbus A350-1000 On London-Heathrow Route

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Qatar Airways is set to operate its first Airbus A350-1000 service to London Heathrow as it prepares to receive the aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus H160 Makes U.S. Arrival

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Airbus Helicopters's new H160 medium twin is making its U.S. debut. Prototype #2 (PT2) has arrived in Las Vegas ahead of next week's annual Heli-Expo show and will be on display before embarking on a three-month customer demonstration tour followed by high/hot testing in Leadville, Colorado. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Why the B-52 bomber will fly for 100 years

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The Air Force jusIn the world of heavy bombers, none has prevailed as long as the B-52 Stratofortress. The Cold Warrior joined the U.S. arsenal in 1954, eventually becoming part of a nuclear triad that, along with strategic missiles and submarines, was aimed at giving the Soviet Union pause. After the Berlin Wall fell, it slowly became an aerial jack of all trades. With its long range, minimal operating cost and ability to handle a wider array of weapons than any other aircraft, it just didn’t… (www.msn.com) More...

DOT Approves Contour Airlines for Service to Crescent City

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The Department of Transportation has approved the Alternate Essential Air Service application for Crescent City opening the way for Contour Airlines to begin offering service between CEC and Oakland. The DOT will enter into a grant agreement with Crescent City to provide over $3 million in financial assistance for the pending airline service. Contour will operate the ERJ-135 fitted with 30 seats and hopes to begin service by April 2018. (www.triplicate.com) More...

Air Canada Announces Plans to Retire Embraer 190 Fleet

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Air Canada has announced that it will retire its twenty-five Embraer 190 aircraft within the next 18 months. The airline made the announcement as it prepares to take delivery of its new Bombardier CS300 aircraft, which is slated to be delivered late 2019. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Lufthansa and Munich Airport Introduce Humanoid Robot

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Lufthansa and Munich Airport have started testing of a humanoid robot in Terminal 2 of the airport. The robot, given the name “Josie Pepper,” is there to provide information and answer questions for passengers in Terminal 2. Passengers can ask for directions to their gate or certain shops or restaurants, and Josie Pepper will give them a prompt response. The robot itself is 120 cm (3.9ft.) tall and speaks English. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Finnair plans to replace its aging narrowbody fleet

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Helsinki - Finnair gets prepared to place an order for twenty to thirty narrowbody aircraft. The goal is the long-term fleet replacement, Air Transport World reports. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines to Launch ATR 72 Freighter Operations in March 2018

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch full-freighter operations from Honolulu to the cities Kahului and Hilo with its newly delivered ATR 72-200(F)s (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Flightaware's 1,000,000th photo is uploded

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One of the best pics i have ever seen! Check it out. (flightaware.com) More...

Breaking News: The wreck of Iran Aseman's ATR 72 was found

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Tehran - The wreckage of Aseman Airlines' ATR 72, which crashed on February 18 with about 60 people on board, was located today (February 20) in a mountainous area in southwestern Iran. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus: A380 Superjumbo Program Now Sustainable

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Didier Evrard, executive vice president and head of programs at Airbus, did an interview from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on Tuesday. The occasion: delivery of the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways. But the news Evrard made was more about the A380 superjumbo, star-crossed queen of the Airbus line. (www.forbes.com) More...

VIDEO: Happy 36th Birthday to the Boeing 757!

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Happy Birthday to the Boeing 757 which is 36 years old today! This video is the first flight of the first Boeing 757 ever built! (www.youtube.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to Launch International Cargo Shipping

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MIAMI — Southwest Airlines will now offer shipping cargo services to international destinations starting in May 2018, subject to government approvals. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Boeing Partners With Oerlikon to Speed Up Adoption of 3D Printing

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Boeing is co-operating with Swiss engineering group Oerlikon to jointly develop additive manufacturing processes in a bid to accelerate the technology's wider employment. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Aims to Keep Increasing Its Record Pace of Commercial Aircraft Production

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Boeing will produce over 900 planes per year at the end of the decade, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC. Boeing completes the production of its planes at a record pace and aims to maintain climbing. Last year Boeing delivered a record level of commercial aircraft. When you divide the 763 aircraft to the whole year, it makes one new plane every 11,5 hours, and Muilenburg says the company's production speed is going to continue rising. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Saratov Airlines to Restore Antonov An-148 Operations

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Saratov Airlines is to resume operations with Antonov An-148s, days after suspending flights with the type in the wake of the fatal accident in Moscow. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air France Strike Will Affect 75% of Its Flights

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MIAMI — A 28% of Air France’s staff is planning to strike on February 22, 2018. The French carrier stated it will operate the 75% of its flights amidst the protest. (airwaysmag.com) More...

The A350-1000 spreads its wings on a globe-trotting demonstration tour

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Twelve stopovers in three weeks provides high visibility for the latest A350 XWB jetliner version (www.airbus.com) More...

Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

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Bombardier expects to begin delivering CSeries aircraft to Delta Air Lines this year, saying there is no longer any impediment to delivering CS100s straight from its Mirabel, Canada, final assembly line to the Atlanta-based airline. (atwonline.com) More...

Ukraine International Airlines Expands Its Long-Haul Fleet With A Boeing 777-200ER

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On Feb 16, 2018, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) expanded its long-haul fleet with a Boeing 777-200ER. The press service of the Kiev-based airline operator reported that the plane is enrolled in Ukraine as UR-GOA. UIA will configure the new 777-200ER with 361 seats in three classes, Business, Premium, and Economy. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Cirrus SR22 crashes near Montgomery Field (San Diego County)

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A single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed under unknown circumstances departing from Montgomery Field in San Diego County. Fox News, who also reported the crash, referenced FlightAware, indicating the plane frequently flew between Yuma Arizona and San Diego, California (http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/02/21/small-plane-down-in-kearny-mesa-parking-lot/). (www.nbcsandiego.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to expand cargo business to Mexico

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Three and a half years after launching its first international flights, Southwest Airlines is looking abroad again with plans to add cargo service to several Mexican cities later this year, the company announced Monday. (www.chron.com) More...

Qatar Airways May Up-Gauge Airbus A350-900 to -1000, Buy More

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Feb. 20, 2018 © Leeham Co., Toulouse: Qatar Airways may up-gauge some of its Airbus A350-900 orders to the larger -1000 and it may buy more A350s for its leasing company, CEO Akbar Al Baker said at the delivery of the airline’s first -1000. (leehamnews.com) More...

Red Notice to Airlines on the Pacific as Volcano erupts

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Darwin - Roaring Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra started to spew columns of ash over 16,400 feet into the atmosphere and on its slopes on Monday, February 19. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Norwegian Air Shuttle Takes Delivery of Its Final Boeing 737-800

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Norwegian Air Shuttle took delivery of its 100th direct-buy Boeing 737-800 aircraft today, the last of this aircraft type in its fleet. From now on, all 737 deliveries will be of the MAX 8 variant, which the company expects to receive 12 in 2018. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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