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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Westjet 737 MAX 8 Build to Delivery (Video)

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The new Westjet 737 Max 8 Build to Delivery Video. Renton, WA plant. Revealed in Calgary. (www.youtube.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Train vs. Plane: 10 Routes Where Rail Beats Air

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When booking your trip, have you ever wondered about considering train travel as an option? Did you know that there are some routes that can be faster made by train than on a plane? (airwaysmag.com) More...

Flybe Outlines Strategic Plan for Their Fleet

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Flybe has recently outlined their strategic plan regarding their fleet of Dash 8’s and Embraer aircraft. As Europe’s largest regional airline, they concluded that the Q400 is “the best core aircraft for its current and future needs” and added that they will remain as “the backbone of the Flybe fleet for the foreseeable future”. (airwaysmag.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...

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...

ERJ Excursion Crew Unprepared for Contaminated Runway

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Ukrainian investigators have determined that an Embraer ERJ-145 crew had been ill-prepared to land on a contaminated Zaporizhia runway in crosswinds before the jet veered off. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Russian Utair orders 30, 737 MAX 8

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Moscow - Khanty-Mansiysk -based Russian airline operator finally launches its long-delayed fleet renewal. In the backlog of Boeing, the order had been attributed to an anonymous customer. Now Boeing has revealed that it was Utair who ordered the 30, 737 MAX 8. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Vueling A320 almost to land at the wrong Hamburg Airport

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Hamburg - On May 11, An Airbus A320 from Vueling was about to land at the wrong airport. Instead of its final destination Hamburg Airport at the north of the city, the flight crew intended to land at Finkenwerder, the airport at the local Airbus plant. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

SAS Unveils High-Speed Wi-Fi to Travellers

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Today, SAS has announced that passengers using the carrier’s short and medium haul routes will now have access to a stable, fast and strong Wi-Fi service, which will enable them to stream and work inflight without the conventional problems of onboard Wi-Fi, such as slow speed and connectivity issues. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Virgin Launches New Flights To Las Vegas, Boston, Barbados

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Virgin Atlantic has today announced plans to launch flights to Las Vegas (LAS) from London-Heathrow (LHR), effective on March 31, 2019. (airwaysmag.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Secret TSA Watch List Targets Combative, Unruly Passengers

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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created a watch list of people who act unruly and combative at airport checkpoints, according to an unsealed directive reviewed May 17 by the New York Times. (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...

Airbus Supporting A319 Windshield Blow-Out Probe

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Airbus has dispatched a technical team to support Chinese and French authorities leading the investigation into an incident in which a cockpit window separated from a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319. (www.flightglobal.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...

SoutWest finishes the check of CFM56-7B engines it started after the April 17 incident

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Dallas - The US low-cost operator SouthWest Airlines has finished the inspection of all CFM56-7B engines of its 737 fleet following the April 17 incident. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

American Airlines bans emotional support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more

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First United Airlines barred an emotional support peacock from boarding. Now American Airlines is telling passengers some of their service and emotional support animals — including goats, hedgehogs and tusked creatures — can’t fly. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Boeing Trade-Case Win Prompts New Trump Threat of EU Sanctions

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The U.S. threatened to impose sanctions against the European Union after the World Trade Organization ruled that Airbus SE received illegal government funding to develop jetliners, costing Boeing Co. sales. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to Leverage Vistara's International Growth

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Singapore Airlines says that Vistara's pending addition of international routes will fit well in the group's route portfolio. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Gulfstream G200 lands short of the runway at TGU - No fatalities

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The plane had left KAUS this morning at 9:31 CT (https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N813WM/history/20180522/1400Z/KAUS/MHTG). The crash left nine people injured, (seven passengers and two crew members) all are in stable condition at this time. The Honduran Civil Aeronautics Directorate will carry out the pertinent investigations in order to gather the necessary information to determine the possible causes of this accident. (www.latribuna.hn) More...

Shrunk Sukhoi Superjet to Have More Commonality with Irkut MC-21

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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will aim to align the cockpit of its proposed 75-seat version of the Superjet more closely to that of the Irkut MC-21. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

British Airways cancels flights to Abu Dhabi due to the problematic "Trent 1000 Package C" inspections

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London - British Airways has canceled up to a dozen flights on its London-Abu Dhabi route over a period of three weeks. The cancellations, which are due to be in effect next week, will continue until the first week of June. The decision is mainly due to the problems the British flag carrier faces with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines installed on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Southwest Launches Fan Blade Tracking After April Engine Failure

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Southwest Airlines will launch an internal system to track all of its engine fan blades by serial number, following the inflight failure of a CFM56 engine in April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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