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1 dead in Southwest Airlines flight has uncontained engine failure

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Airline operators to face route planning restrictions due to ETOPS downgrade for the 787-9

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New York - Rolls-Royce increases the inspection frequency of Trent 1000 "Package C" engines to a monthly interval due to the recent problems reported by the clients. Operators also need to be prepared for route planning restrictions. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

What we know so far about the Southwest incident

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Philadelphia - A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on April 17 after one of its engines had been severely damaged following the loss of a fan blade. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Bangkok Airways Selects GlobalBeacon as GADSS Solution

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Through GlobalBeacon, FlightAware® will Deliver Cost-Effective Aircraft Monitoring that Exceeds GADSS Requirements. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Southwest Airlines protested airworthiness directive designed to prevent engine failures

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While a National Transportation Safety Board investigation is still underway, NTSB officials confirmed that the uncontained engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was the result of a fan blade breaking from a crack near the fan's hub. The failure is similar to one that occurred on another Southwest flight in September 2016. (arstechnica.com) More...

Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar

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Steve Kroft investigates Allegiant Air, a discount carrier known more for its ultra-low fares than its high record of in-flight breakdowns (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Spirit Airlines to buy regional jets to fill the gap in barely served routes

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Houston - The American ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines plans to buy hundreds of regional jets to strengthen its network. The candidate list includes Bombardier CSeries and Embraer E2. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

It would be the world’s largest airplane. It’s being built by a billionaire. And it’s getting ready to fly.

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COLORADO SPRINGS — The massive airplane that Paul Allen’s aerospace company has been building in the California desert could fly for the first time as soon as this summer, officials said. (www.msn.com) More...

CSeries Proposal from Airbus - Spirit Airlines Mulls Adding Smaller Jets to All-Airbus Fleet

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Spirit Airlines Inc. is considering adding smaller planes to its fleet of Airbus SE jets as the carrier looks for ways to expand its service. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

NTSB Preliminary Report, PA-28R-201, Daytona Beach, FL

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On April 4, 2018, at 0953 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201 collided with terrain following an in-flight breakup shortly after takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Daytona Beach, Florida. (app.ntsb.gov) More...

NTSB conducted 2016 probe of same engine model as Southwest incident

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The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet it was sending a team to investigate. The NTSB investigates the most serious engine failures and conducted a probe of a similar Southwest incident in 2016 involving the same type of engine. In that incident, a fan blade snapped off a Southwest 737-700 engine mid-flight (www.mysanantonio.com) More...

NTSB finds 'interior' crack in failed Southwest CFM engine

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Internal cracks had developed in a fan blade that exploded out of a CFM International CFM56-7B powerplant on 17 April, severely damaged a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 and killing one passenger, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

American reroutes Asia flights to avoid Russian airspace

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American Airlines has rerouted three flights to Asia due to "overflight concerns" as tensions between the USA and Russia rise. Flights between Chicago O'Hare and Beijing, and Dallas/Fort Worth and both Beijing and Hong Kong have been rerouted due to the concerns, a memo sent to pilots states. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing completes first flight of the BBJ MAX

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Seattle - On April 16, Boeing carried out the first flight of the BBJ MAX successfully, the business jet version of its new generation single-aisle 737 MAX. The aircraft is a product of the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a division of the North American manufacturer that operates in the business aviation area and currently offers business versions of the 737, 747-8, and 777. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

SWA1380 ADS-B Data

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Here is the ADS-B data from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 (SWA1380) (flightaware.com) More...

Global 7000 claims longest range title for business jets

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Bombardier will claim the title of building the longest-range, purpose-built business jet when the Global 7000 programme enters service later this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

U.S. FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Pentagon Cited Boeing Over Quality Concerns Going Back Years

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Boeing Co. was cited by the Pentagon for continuing quality, management and other deficiencies first issued more than two years ago, including problems related to production of its flagship F/A-18 and F-15 jets, according to documents and officials. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

AirAsia X turns its back on Airbus A350

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Singapore - The Boss of Malaysian low-cost AirAsia X thinks the A350 is too expensive, although the airline has ten of them on order. The operator instead talks to Boeing for the 787-10. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

BA puts first A320neo into service

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British Airways has put its first Airbus A320neo into service with a flight to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The UK flag-carrier conducted the flight on 15 April having received the CFM International Leap-powered aircraft five days earlier, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A330neo accumulates 700 hours of flight for the certification campaign

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Toulouse - The two Airbus A330-900 have accumulated more than 700 hours in 200 flights. The entry into service with the airline TAP Air Portugal is still planned this summer. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Helicopter vs. Train

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Coptor 19, one of three S-70 Fire Hawks operated by Los Angeles County Fire Department steps in to warn a commuter train. (signalscv.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...

Hawaiian publishes new Airbus A321neo routes

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Hawaiian Airlines is expanding Airbus A321 coverage as more aircraft are delivered. According to Airline Route, the carrier will start the following new routes with the new type: (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Rolls-Royce to check 380 Trent 1000 engines already in service

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London - Technical problems at Rolls-Royce are putting pressure on Boeing and airline operators across the world. The British engine manufacturer wants to carry out further inspections for Trent 1000 engines in the C package already installed on B787 aircraft. The checks will be made on 380 Trent 1000 turbines. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

New Questions About Whether Southwest Airlines Death Could Have Been Prevented

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PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Southwest Airlines had sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades, like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

Uber for Planes Amendment in FAA Bill

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Contained in the FAA reauthorization bill currently speeding its way through Congress is a little noticed provision that would change the charter game completely. The new provision would effectively allow private pilots to post ride share notices online, which would in theory open up the market to companies wanting to enlist pilots in a money making endeavor. FAA reauthorization is expected to zip through both chambers as early as next week. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...

Colorado Springs Airport closed after overnight fire

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A three-alarm fire late Monday at the Colorado Springs Airport grounded all flights and forced cancellations Tuesday. The fire broke out about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the insulation on the roof on the west side of the airport. It took firefighters more than four hours to contain. (gazette.com) More...

UPS MD-11 skidded off end of runway after landing at Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan (video)

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An UPS Airlines MD-11 (reg. N271UP) from Seoul skidded off end of runway 23R after landing Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan at 16:40 local time. (www.airlive.net) More...

St. Maarten Minister Welcomes The Return Of United Airlines

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PHILIPSBURG - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, welcomes the return of United Airlines to the destination. (curacaochronicle.com) More...

airBaltic sees strong growth in passenger numbers for early 2018

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airBaltic transported 729,897 passengers in the first quarter of 2018, or 24 per cent more than in the same period last year. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to speed up inspections after engine explodes, killing one

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co will speed up inspections of all related engines out of extra caution, the airline said, after a passenger was killed when an engine on one of its planes exploded and broke apart mid-air. (www.reuters.com) More...

Heroic Southwest pilot, among 1st female fighter pilots in military.

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Tammie Jo Shults was at the helm of a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas on Tuesday with 149 people aboard when one of the aircraft's engines blew. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article209178274.html#storylink=cpy (www.kansascity.com) More...

Eurowings launches a new route from Munich to Las Vegas

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Eurowings yesterday (April 16) launched a new route linking Munich with Las Vegas. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Sun Country Abandons Passengers in Mexico

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On Saturday, Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) received a foot of snow, which closed the airport for most of the day. This, of course, resulted in a slew of cancelled flights, including some of Sun Country’s last flights of the year on a couple seasonal routes. Rather than trying to work out a solution for passengers, Sun Country simply refunded passengers and told them on Facebook to find an alternative way home. (thriftytraveler.com) More...

ICAO Raises Weight Threshold for Hardened Cockpit Door Requirement

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Following a three-year effort from industry groups and aircraft manufacturers, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will raise the weight threshold for requiring hardened cockpit doors for aircraft with 19 or fewer passenger seats from 45.5 metric tons (100,310 pounds) maximum certificated takeoff weight to 54.5 metric tons (120,152 pounds). This decision will enable the full type certification and worldwide use of current and future extended-range business aircraft such as the… (flightservicebureau.org) More...

VIDEO: Skip the engines...LETS GET OUTTA HERE

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Great video. Check it out. Best takeoff ever!!!!!!!! (www.youtube.com) More...

Auto-GCAS Saves Unconscious F-16 Pilot—Declassified USAF Footage

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This newly declassified video footage from the head-up-display of a U.S. Air Force Arizona Air National Guard F-16 records the dramatic moment when its unconscious pilot is saved from certain death by the aircraft’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS). (aviationweek.com) More...

Finnair extends Alaska Airlines partnership with new codeshares for the U.S. West Coast

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Finnair has announced a new codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines, which will further strengthen Finnair’s reach on the West Coast of the United States. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

First A321neo for primera Air

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Hamburg - The low-cost airline operator Primera Air took possession of its first Airbus A321neo, out of eight expected including three LR version. On April 16, the Primera Travel Group subsidiary Primera Air, operating under Danish and Latvian licenses, received the first of three A321neo leased from leasing company GECAS. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Touchdown at the world's 20 most scenic airports

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Located in the Himalayas, the airport’s approach offers a view of small houses scattered around the foothills. Though landing is tough here, the views of clear blue waters of the Paro River and the lush green surroundings take the edge off passengers' nerves these are many airports in the world people love to see and visit (www.msn.com) More...

Airbus investment resets the clock on CSeries

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April 17, 2018, (c) Airfinance Journal, Montreal: Aviation Week & Space Technology managing director technology Graham Warwick believe the acquisition of a 50.1% stake into Bombardier’s CSeries will give the program opportunities in many areas. (leehamnews.com) More...

Jet Demand Benefits Airbus Over Boeing: Analysts

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As demand for air travel lifts jet makers around the world, the European market leader is set to fare better than its U.S. counterpart, according to one team of analysts on the Street. Read more: Jet Demand Benefits Airbus Over Boeing: Analysts | Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/news/jet-demand-benefits-airbus-over-boeing-analysts/#ixzz5D2AwBtJo Follow us: Investopedia on Facebook (www.investopedia.com) More...

Icelandair celebrates the arrival of its first 737 MAX 8 with a special flight of landscape photography

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Reykjavik - Icelandair has celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 with a special route over the landscapes and most remarkable sites of Iceland, inviting its passengers to take spectacular photos. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Amazon in talks with airline Azul for shipping in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is in talks with Brazilian airline Azul SA (AZUL.N) on shipping goods in the country, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in the latest sign of the retailer’s big plans in Latin America’s largest economy. (www.reuters.com) More...

Happy 6th Birthday, FlightAware!

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FlightAware is six years old today! Click the link to see some screenshots of how FlightAware has changed over the last six years. (flightaware.com) More...

ANA Continues Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air Integration

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Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air are currently working on integrating and creating the new combined airline’s structure, which is expected to be completed by the end of the fiscal year through March 2020. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

First A330-900 of WOW Air appears outside the FAL in Toulouse

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Toulouse - The first of four Airbus A330-900s of the WOW Air was photographed by a spotter outside the FAL in Toulouse. The A330-900 should be delivered to WOW Air by the end of the year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

SIA 777 door ripped off at Los Angeles

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A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Boeing 777-300ER had its second leftside door ripped from the airframe at Los Angeles International airport on 16 April at 17.50 hours local time. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

AirAsia adds more flights and will operate Airbus A330 aircraft for GE14

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The Malaysian 14th General Election is taking place on 9 May 2018 and many are expected to return home to cast their votes. As there’s an increase in demand, AirAsia will be adding more domestic flights and are deploying larger aircraft with more seating capacity. (www.soyacincau.com) More...

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