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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...

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...

Inside the Painting Hangars of Airbus

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Toulouse - The design and colors of an aircraft are the key aspects in the development of identity of a company that will operate it, and to ensure that they are applied correctly, Airbus has a center in Toulouse in which more than 400 people work. (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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter

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An elk leaped into the tail rotor of a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. (kutv.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...

When will Bombardier be able to deliver its CSeries aircraft to Delta?

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Montreal - Could it be that Bombardier misses the April deadline for delivery of the CSeries to Delta? According to Aviation Week magazine, it is the scenario that was confirmed by Bombardier at the Singapore Air Show. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Norwegian Reveals Major London-Gatwick Expansion

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Norwegian Air will expand its network with more long-haul flights from London-Gatwick (LGW)—as its largest global base—to Latin America and Asia. (airwaysmag.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...

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...

Bombardier May Begin CSeries Deliveries to Delta in 2018

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Bombardier suggests that it could deliver CS100s to Delta Air Lines from its Montreal Mirabel facility this year, despite earlier comments from the airline that it wanted the aircraft to come from the airframer's proposed Alabama assembly site. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Inside Airbus’ Latest Long-Range Aircraft Design at JFK

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The Airbus A321LR — long range, has the ability to fly up to 4,000 nm nonstop. Two weeks into the flight testing phase, Airbus sent the future single-aisle aircraft across the Atlantic to show off its long-range capabilities. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Boeing's Newest Airplane Could Improve Alaska Air's Fortunes

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Not too long ago, Alaska Air (NYSE: ALK) was a model airline, at least from an investor's perspective. In both 2015 and 2016, the company produced outstanding 24% pre-tax margins (excluding special items), outpacing rivals. However, rising costs, growing competition in Seattle, and unit revenue weakness at its Virgin America subsidiary are combining to undermine its profitability. In the current quarter, Alaska will be lucky to break even. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Copa Airlines Enhances Alliance With Lufthansa

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Copa Airlines (CM) and Lufthansa (LH), as members of the Star Alliance, reached an agreement that increases their commercial relations. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Antonov An-148 Crash Probe Retrieves Flight-Data Recorder Information

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Russian analysts have retrieved information from the flight-data recorder of the Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 which crashed outside Moscow. (www.flightglobal.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...

Allegiant to Open Year-Round Base at Destin-Fort Walton

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Allegiant Air will establish a base at Destin-Fort Walton beach in Florida, and add five seasonal routes from the airport in June. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Cabin Crew Reach Key Step In Merger

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Just over a month after Alaska Airlines and Virgin America began flying under a single operating certificate, the Association of Flight Attendants declared that it had reached an agreement with Alaska Airlines. The tentative merger agreement represents 5,400 flight attendants working for the newly merged Seattle-based carrier under a labor union that represents over 50,000 different cabin crew members for various U.S. carriers. (airlinegeeks.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...

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...

Crashed Antonov An-148 Was Intact During Descent: Investigators

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Russian investigators have indicated that the Antonov An-148 which crashed outside of Moscow was intact and was not on fire as it came down. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Crashed Antonov An-148 Pitot-Static Sensors Left Unheated

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Preliminary analysis of flight-data recordings from the crashed Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 indicate that the heating system for the jet's pitot-static pressure sensors was not operating at any point. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Sukhoi Superjet 100 Defended After Spate of Unreliable-Speed Events

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Russian investigators have disclosed that seven instances of unreliable airspeed indications involving Sukhoi Superjet 100s were recorded over a two-day period of heavy snowfall at Moscow Sheremetyevo. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

St Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport Progresses On Recovery

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St Maarten's Princess Juliana International airport is slowly on the mend, even as it could take up to a year before a reconstructed passenger terminal is up and running. (www.flightglobal.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...

Norwegian Flies In Thin Air

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Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) is in an aggressive expansion phase. The airline is setting up as many low-cost routes as possible across the Atlantic, to gain critical market share before the competition gets organized. (leehamnews.com) More...

A test flight now may be among today’s most important flights

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As we write this Airbus has a test flight going from La Bourget (Paris) to New York’s JFK. Several aircraft do this flight daily. But this particular flight is being done by the new A321LR. (www.airinsight.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...

The Second Airbus A380 From Singapore Airlines to Be Stored in Tarbes

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Tarbes - On February 9, Europe's biggest aircraft storage company Tarmac Aerosave welcomed the second Airbus A380 on its storage site in Tarbes, France. Like the first, the aircraft was previously operated by Singapore Airlines. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Rossiya to Receive Five Boeing 777-300ERs in 2018

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Rossiya Airlines, an Aeroflot Group airline, continues to extend its long-haul fleet. The Russian carrier will receive five Boeing 777-330ERs in 2018. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

South African Airways will fly Airbus A330-300 on Heathrow-Johannesburg route

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South African Airways has announced plans to operate its newest A330-300 aircraft between Heathrow and Johannesburg, but in turn will cut frequency on the route to just one flight per day. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Raging woman kicked off Delta Air Lines flight after throwing a tantrum when she was sat next to a mum and baby

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FOOTAGE shows a raging woman being kicked off a flight after complaining about sitting next to a mum and baby and threatening to have cabin crew fired. The incident is said to have taken place on board a Delta Airlines aircraft which was about to take off from New York’s JFK airport. (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

Delta Airbus A330 Makes Emergency Landing in Lagos

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Several passengers were injured while evacuating a Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200 after an engine issue forced the pilots to make an emergency landing in Lagos. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to Get New $1.1 Billion Concourse

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The Daniel K. Inouye Airport will get a new $1.1 billion concourse to increase the number of gates, add passenger capacity and provide a new international arrivals area, Gov. David Ige announced today. (www.staradvertiser.com) More...

United 777 from SFO to Honolulu Loses Cowling

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United Airlines Flight 1175 landed about 20 minutes behind schedule in Honolulu due to a engine cowling coming off the aircraft. The flight landed safely and all passenger's and crew are safe. (www.msn.com) More...

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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An elderly man's flatulence forced his flight to make an emergency stop after a fight broke out over his barrage of bottom burps. Passengers flying with budget Dutch airline Transavia from Dubai to Amsterdam were reportedly put out by the man's continued farting, and asked him to stop. But the man failed to hold it in, and when even a direct order from the pilot didn't take the wind out of his sails, two particularly incensed passengers took matters into their own hands. Local media reported… (www.theregister.co.uk) More...

Singapore Airlines announces its first Boeing 787-10 route

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Singapore Airlines is the delivery customer of Boeing’s next-generation 787-10 Dreamliner. The airline will receive the first of the new planes, out of a total order of 49 of them, from the aircraft manufacturer in March. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing Risks Losing Orders In Aftermarket Business Push, Says Consultant

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Boeing’s drive to dramatically increase its aftermarket business, competing with suppliers or even controlling the parts needed by airlines for maintenance, repair and overhaul operations have a risk, says an industry consultant. (leehamnews.com) More...

Lufthansa Group to standardize A320 fleet across its carriers

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Lufthansa Group has announced plans to standardize the Airbus A320 fleet across its carriers including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Delta’s Boss Wants to Be a Launch Customer on Boeing’s ‘797’ Jet

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Delta Air Lines Inc. is showing no hard feelings after its recent trade spat with Boeing Co. The No. 2 U.S. carrier wants to be one of the first to fly a potential new mid-sized jetliner from Boeing, said Delta Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian. That’s a vote of confidence from one of the most influential aircraft buyers as Boeing decides whether to build the plane, dubbed the 797 by analysts. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airbus A321LR Prepares For Paris-New York Test Flight

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Airbus is to conduct the first transatlantic test flight of its A321LR tomorrow, with the aircraft operating from Paris Le Bourget airport to New York JFK. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bombardier remains upbeat despite slide in business jet output

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Despite recording a year-on-year delivery slide in 2017, Bombardier is upbeat about its prospects in the business jet sector this year, pointing to higher output than forecast and strong fourth-quarter sales as signs of a market recovery. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

UPS doubles future 747-8F fleet with new order for 14

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UPS Airlines has ordered 14 more Boeing 747-8Fs to double its future fleet of the re-engined jumbo freighter and add vital months, perhaps even years, to the type's backlog. The cargo airline has also ordered four more 767 freighters, it disclosed in separate announcements on Twitter today. The orders were revealed as UPS released annual earnings showing strong growth in 2017 and expectations of higher demand this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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