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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Explosives smuggling plot busted by FBI at DFW

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Nine airline employees out of DFW International Airport were arrested Monday and charged in connection with a conspiracy to smuggle what they thought was methamphetamine (but was actually C4) onto commercial airlines, the U.S. attorney said Tuesday in Dallas. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Etihad revises its orders from Boeing and Airbus due to heavy losses, sources claim

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Abu Dhabi - Airbus and Boeing are preparing for possible changes in aircraft orders signed with Etihad Airways who has been suffering heavy losses due to wrong strategic decisions. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Southwest Jet Loses Some Cabin Pressure During Flight, Lands At Dallas Love Field

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A Southwest jetliner was hit with a "pressurization issue in flight," the airline says, resulting in oxygen masks dropping and a warning to ground personnel to have paramedics ready when the plane landed at Dallas Love Field on Saturday night. Four of the 120 passengers said they had ear pain as a result. (www.npr.org) 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...

Launch operator A330neo completes maiden flight

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The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal - MSN1819 - completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight (www.airbus.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...

Engine Problems Are Getting Worse

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The engine problems are getting worse. These have moved beyond the technical issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, GE Aviation GEnx, Pratt & Whitney GTF and CFM56. The problems are trickling down to the maintenance, repair and overhaul shops. (leehamnews.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Predicting when an aircraft will breakdown

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The US Air Force Is Adding Algorithms to Predict When Planes Will Break (www.defenseone.com) More...

Failed Windshield On Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 Was An Original Part

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China has disclosed that the right cockpit windshield that separated from a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 was an original part that had not been replaced since the aircraft entered into service in July 2011. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Sichuan Airlines co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit, captain says

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday was “sucked halfway” out of the plane after a cockpit windshield blew out, media reported, citing the aircraft’s captain. (www.reuters.com) More...

Airbus presents ‘Day & Night’ first-class concept design

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Airbus Interiors Services is introducing a new concept in first class where the passenger is given both a seat and a private sleeping area. (atwonline.com) More...

WestJet Boeing 737 Crew Aborts Take-Off Over Mis-Set Flaps

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Canadian investigators have disclosed that a Boeing 737-700 aborted its take-off roll at low speed after the crew discovered an incorrect flap configuration. (www.flightglobal.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...

Airbus Starts A330neo Cabin Tests With TAP Jet's First Flight

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Airbus has embarked on a cabin test programme for its A330neo with the maiden flight of the first customer aircraft, bound for Portuguese carrier TAP. (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...

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...

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...

WOW Air to Make Asian Debut With Delhi Route

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Icelandic low-cost carrier Wow Air will add its first Asian destination later this year by launching services from Reykjavik to Delhi in India. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

VIDEO: Tesla Model X Breaks Guinness World Record for Electric Towing by Pulling a 287,000lb Qantas Boeing 787-9

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Tesla's Model X SUV is so strong it earned a Guinness World Record for towing. Tesla released a video on Tuesday that shows ones of its electric SUVs towing a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet on a taxiway at the Melbourne Airport in Australia (money.cnn.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...

China to ease restrictions on long-haul routes

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China’s aviation regulator will ease its policy of having only one airline on a long-haul international route from 1 October, paving the way for greater competition in the segment. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Westjet pilot problems could only be the beginning of a bumpy ride

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WestJet Airlines could only be a few days away to see its pilots heading for the palisade line from the cockpit. (infoglitz.com) More...

American Airlines Will Fly to Cancun with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

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American Airlines announced recently that it will operate some of its routes to Cancun, Mexico with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, in a three-times-per-week schedule, both from Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Southwest Airlines pays off PreCheck delays with points

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Starting this week, Southwest Airlines will offer PreCheck members a 2,500-point bonus if they wait in line at Oakland International Airport security longer than 10 minutes. (www.sfgate.com) More...

Boeing, U.S. Air Force At Odds Over KC-46

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If you ask Boeing, it is on the cusp of delivering a game-changing tanker capability to the U.S. Air Force. But if you ask the Air Force, Boeing has to resolve significant design flaws and is far from completing the required flight testing. More than seven years after contract award, the aerospace giant and its U.S. government customer are at loggerheads over the new KC-46 refueling tanker’s delivery timing and what work remains for Boeing to do. (aviationweek.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...

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...

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