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Emirates gives a hand to troubled A380 program with 20 new orders including an option for 16 more

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Emirates wants more Airbus A380. Emirates orders 20 Superjumbos and secures an option for 16 more. Thus the long-discussed A380 program is saved for the time being. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

A new record from Airbus: 1109 orders and 718 deliveries in 2017

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Toulouse - In 2017, Airbus registered 1109 net orders from 44 customers, and delivered 718 aircraft to 85 clients across the world. 4% higher than the previous year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing wants to train pilots against cyberattacks

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Boeing has taken a patent for a technology that simulates cyberattacks on airplanes to train pilots. Boeing thinks that cyberattacks may be a real threat to flight safety and pilots should be trained to determine and withstand them. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing's 'Son of Blackbird' hypersonic strike aircraft could go five times the speed of sound

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Boeing has finally unveiled a successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Interjet to use four SSJ100s as spare part donors

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Interjet put four of its 22 Sukhoi Superjet 100s out of service Delays in the maintenance of Powerjet SaM146 engines kept the Russian regional jets on the ground. In the meantime, the four aircraft, which were only a few years old, serve as spare part donors for the rest of the fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

(Video) The Little Brother | Cirrus SR22 | Emirates

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Cute video about the SR22 joining the training fleet for Emirates (www.youtube.com) More...

Here we go again: FAA investigating another SFO landing mishap

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SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest pilot landing incident at San Francisco International Airport, federal investigators Tuesday launched an investigation after an Aeromexico passenger jet was ordered to abort a landing when it lined up on the wrong runway which was occupied by another commercial jet. (www.mercurynews.com) More...

Canada, U.K. Renew Demands on Boeing to Drop Bombardier Dispute

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Canada and the U.K. are continuing to press Boeing Co. to drop its trade challenge of Bombardier Inc., with one Canadian minister saying any resolution must also include the cancellation of U.S. punitive tariffs. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Delta Air Lines Just Revealed It's Making a Lot of Money From People You'd Never Expect (And Delta Never Expected Either)

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There was a time when businesses understood that if their employees were flying on behalf of the company and the flight was a long one, those employees should fly in First or Business Class. (www.inc.com) More...

Spirit Airlines Now Delivers More Flights On Time Than American Or United

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The most recent reporting of airline on time performance data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) came with a big surprise: low cost carrier Spirit Airlines has turned into one of the most punctual carriers in the country. (www.forbes.com) More...

Autonomous Submarines to Make 90-Day Search For Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Undersea mapping firm Ocean Infinity will use autonomous underwater vehicles to search for the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

ANALYSIS: Airbus powers up its other assets in Romania

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Its helicopters division is not the only Airbus unit to have set up shop in Romania. In 2011, Premium Aerotec, the group’s wholly owned but autonomous aerostructures subsidiary, opened its first factory outside Germany next to the Airbus Helicopters facility in Brasov. The plant has since almost doubled in size to 26,000m2 (280,000ft2) and has just expanded its workforce from around 850 to 1,000. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing’s Bid to Buy Embraer Could See Brazilian Engineers Work On the 797

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According to people involved with the history, Boeing took serious looks alternately at Embraer and at its Canadian rival Bombardier over the past 18 years. Its renewed move on Embraer could herald the acquisition of engineering talent to work on its next new jet, the 797. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Airbus Tops Up A330 Tanker Backlog

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Airbus closed 2017 with the formal receipt of an order for five A330-200s to be adapted to the multirole tanker/transport (MRTT) configuration to equip a future pooled European fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Progresses With Clearing Parked A320neo Backlog

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Airbus delivered a total of 181 A320neo-family aircraft last year, as it began to overcome the powerplant snags which had held up deliveries of the re-engined jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

'Scramble, scramble': What happens when NATO call on fighter jets to intercept Russian aircraft

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US pilots have been scrambled 30 times in the last four months to intercept Russian aircraft flying into Baltic airspace (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

American Airlines’ Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

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The most successful businesses try to understand their customers, figure out how to add more value, sometimes even before customers themselves know what they need. Executives work to understand a product, how it’s experienced by customers, even before it’s introduced to customers. That’s the very opposite of doing the least amount possible for customers. Doug Parker spoke with employees American Airlines ‘Crew News’ this past week, and he seemed to reveal which approach they take at American… (viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines to Take 45% Stake in Zambia Airways

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Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines has finalized a strategic partnership with the Zambian government on the re-launch of Zambia Airways, taking a 45% stake in the airline. (atwonline.com) More...

Rolls-Royce sets up new jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Texas

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Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has recently leased the entire 440,000 square feet of the former Texas Aero Engine Services LLC (TAESL) facility to operate a jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. (www.stattimes.com) More...

Horizon flight lands on taxiway instead of runway; FAA is investigating

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About 3 miles from the airport, the crew positioned the aircraft for landing and attempted to activate the remote-controlled runway lights, said Horizon Air spokesman Ray Lane in an email. "The crew having not been informed of the non-operational runway lights, misidentified (the taxiway as the runway), lined up to it and safely landed," Lane said. (lmtribune.com) More...

Delta to keep the MD-88s flying until 2020 due to replacement Bombardier CS100 delays

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Boeing has previously accused Bombardier of dumping the aircraft on to the US market after Bombardier reported a $500 million (CA) loss due mainly to three orders it negotiated probably at a loss. Delta is now being forced to spend more money on the aging MD-88s for maintenance until the type is fully replaced. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

A Decade Later, TSA Officially Drops LASP

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Nearly a decade after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and was met with an outpouring of opposition, the agency has quietly withdrawn the rule. NBAA noted its official withdrawal, saying that, as originally written, the rule would have imposed “new, onerous, and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation.” Instead, the association said, the business aviation community is continuing to work with the agency on… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Boeing posts a video of the 787-10 on ground and flight tests

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Los Angeles - Boeing posted a video of the 787-10's recent flight and ground tests, the largest model in the Dreamliner family. In particular, low and high-speed take-off tests were conducted at the Edwards US Air Force base in California and aerodynamic flight tests a few feet above the ground, one of the most exciting for pilots. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Alaska Airlines Announces Eight West Coast Routes From Paine Field

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Alaska Airlines has announced eight routes they will fly out of Paine Field in Everett, WA. The cities they will fly to include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Orange County. Along with the previously-announced United flights to Denver and San Francisco, all flights are scheduled to begin September 2018. (www.heraldnet.com) More...

Frontier and Volaris to Launch Codeshare

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Frontier Airlines and Volaris have signed a codeshare agreement, with sales to begin in the coming months. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

New Delhi to Divide Air India Into Four Units for Sale

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New Delhi has detailed that it will split state-owned Air India into four companies and offer at least 51% in each for sale, as part of its divestment plan for the airline. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Pegasus Boeing 737-800 at Trabzon on Jan 13th 2018, overran runway

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A Pegasus Boeing 737-800, registration TC-CPF performing flight PC-8622 from Ankara to Trabzon (Turkey) with 162 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Trabzon's runway 11 at 23:26L (20:26Z) but overran the runway, went down a slope and came to a stop on soft ground just short of the sea. The aircraft was evacuated. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Boeing 747, Airbus A380 Operators Rank Low on Transpacific Fuel Efficiency

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Operating four-engined jets such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 has placed Qantas, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines at the bottom of a recent ranking of airline fuel efficiency on transpacific flights. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Why Does Your United Airlines Flight Attendant Look So Unhappy? Here's Why

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Their mouths say Hello, but their eyes say Get me out of here. Their attempts at politeness feel jaded, while their movements are those of someone who's been here once too often. No, I'm not talking about the passengers on a United Airlines flight. I'm talking about the Flight Attendants. (www.inc.com) More...

Who's going to fly the plane? Pilot shortage could get worse for regional carriers

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A pilot shortage across Canada is causing some regional carriers to cancel flights, put less experienced pilots in the cockpit and has even had an impact on some air ambulance services. A combination of factors is causing the shortage — ever-increasing air travel by Canadians, a shortage around the world and a large number of pilots reaching retirement. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Lufthansa Adds Flagship A350-900 to Numerous North American Destinations

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Today, Lufthansa announced that a variety of its established North American routes will receive the airline’s new flagship, long-haul aircraft – the Airbus A350-900 – during the summer 2018 season. The gateways include two U.S. markets – Newark, NJ and Denver, CO – as well as one in Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia. The three markets receiving the air carrier’s A350-900 will be in addition to the aircraft already flying the successful Boston – Munich route. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico order

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Airbus got an early jump on rival Boeing for 2018 with news on Tuesday (Jan 16) that low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has ordered 80 of its popular A320 planes for a total US$9.3 billion. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

IATA: 2018 Passenger Growth to Stay Above Trend, But Slower Than 2017

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Worldwide air passenger traffic was up 8% year-over-year (YOY) in November, the sector’s strongest rise in five months, according to IATA’s November Air Passenger Market Analysis. For the first 11 months of 2017, passenger traffic increased 7.7% over 2016, considerably ahead of the 5.5% ten-year average pace. (atwonline.com) More...

Embraer’s Pratt-Powered E2 Crossover Jet Readied for Launch

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Embraer’s newest generation of E-jets, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine, will enter into service on schedule this April. Launch customer Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will take delivery of the first E2-190. The E2 family promises to deliver 15% better fuel efficiency through streamlined and lighter airframe design combined with the most fuel-efficient, latest-technology engine architecture – the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine. (aviationweek.com) More...

RyanAir charges 5£ to put bag in overhead locker

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The new fee is supposed to speed up boarding and bring less frustration. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Hydraulics Leak Forces Delta Airlines Plane To Make Emergency Landing At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Delta Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon due to a major hydraulics leak in one of the aircraft’s engines, according to CBS2’s Stu Mundel. Once the plane was on the ground, the engine was cooled with all passengers and crew still on board. Crews moved the aircraft away from the terminals and deplaned in a specialized area. The flight number as well as the destination of the aircraft were unknown at the time of this… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Airbus chief Enders condemns protectionism and Brexit

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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders last night launched a blistering attack on "protectionism" in the aerospace and aviation industries, linking the election of US president Donald Trump and the 2016 UK vote to leave the European Union as moves that could damage free trade and aircraft manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Area 51 flights? Top-secret government airline seeks flight attendant

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Are you a Las Vegas-based flight attendant looking for work and able to keep a secret(s)? Do you feel positively about working for an airline that sort of doesn’t exist? Happen to have a Top-Secret clearance with the U.S. government, or think you could snag one? If so, the perfect job just opened up. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus Says A380 Challenge in China is 'Commercial'

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Airbus says China is aware that it is open to industrial co-operation on the A380, but the challenge is convincing the country's airlines that they can do well commercially with the superjumbo. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

SFO first airport OK’d to send emergency alerts to any cellphone on site

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San Francisco International has become the first to receive permission from the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) to issue Wireless Emergency Alerts not just to first responders and airport staff, but to any cellphone on airport grounds. That comes one year after a gunman left five dead at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). (www.usatoday.com) More...

Bombardier Progressing With Alabama CSeries Site Plans

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Bombardier has already made "significant" progress towards opening an Alabama CSeries final assembly site that will closely resemble the company's Mirabel assembly facility. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Interjet cannibalising four grounded SSJ100s: report

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Mexico's Interjet has grounded four Sukhoi Superjet 100s and is cannibalising the aircraft for parts to keep its remaining 18 SSJ100s operational, according to a report by Bloomberg. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

(Video) Bonanza forced landing in field after engine failure

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With smoke billowing from inside the cockpit, this is the moment a co-pilot of a small airplane filmed his own crash-landing as he was on his way to a Thanksgiving family reunion. The pilot, a retired naval aviator and test pilot, was flying from Virginia Beach in Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama, with his son and his girlfriend on November 28, 2013, in a Beech V35 when he was forced to make an emergency landing. After three hours flying, the pilot heard a “loud pop” and the engine then lost… (www.liveleak.com) More...

What a Carry On: Londoner Barred From Boarding Two Flights in Two Days After Wearing All His Clothes to Avoid Excess Baggage Fee

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A Londoner claims he was banned from boarding two flights for wearing too many clothes as he tried to board a British Airways plane. (www.msn.com) More...

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