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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...

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...

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...

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...

Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights for engine inspections after passenger death

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Southwest Airlines canceled about 40 flights Sunday to perform fan blade inspections days after a passenger was partially sucked out of a window and killed. The cancellations were voluntary and part of an accelerated engine fan blade inspection program announced Tuesday, the airline said in a written statement. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

World's longest flight is set to get longer thanks to this Airbus jet

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The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB - due to take on the world's longest flight - has successfully completed its first mission. (www.dailypost.co.uk) 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...

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...

Boeing requests waiver to avoid 787-10 certification delay

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A software bug that shut-down one engine on a GE Aviation-powered 787 last July has prompted Boeing to ask the US Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily exempt the 787-10 from a safety requirement. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

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...

JetBlue And JetSuiteX Announce Codeshare Partnership

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For travel starting May 1, 2018, JetBlue will place its "B6" airline code on JetSuiteX Air-operated flights between West Coast destinations, offering new point-to-point routes for JetBlue customers. This includes flights between Burbank, Calif. (BUR); Concord, Calif. (CCR); Oakland, Calif. (OAK); and Las Vegas (LAS), and marks the first codeshare between a semi-private public charter operator (JetSuiteX) and a major national carrier. (www.prnewswire.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...

Husband of Southwest Airlines victim speaks out about tragic incident

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The heartbroken husband of the woman partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines flight exchanged one last “love you” with her before she died — and recalled the moment he had to tell their children, “Mommy’s not going to come home.” Michael Riordan broke his silence a week after Jennifer, the mother of his two children, died April 17 after an engine suddenly exploded at 32,000 feet, blasting a shower of debris through the cabin. (www.foxnews.com) More...

PICTURES: ANA to equip A380s with 520 seats

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) will equip its three on order Airbus A380s with 520 seats, the second highest seat density deployed on the type. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas drops Boeing 747s from LAX, trims Dallas A380 flights

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A redraw of Qantas' international network sees the ageing Boeing 747 move closer to retirement with all jumbo jets pulled from flights to Los Angeles as of December 2018, in favour of the Airbus A380 superjumbo and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. From 4 December, Tuesday's Sydney-Los Angeles Boeing 747 service (QF11/QF12) will be replaced by an Airbus A380, which will complete the roster of daily superjumbos to Los Angeles from both Sydney and Melbourne The seasonal twice-weekly Sydney-Los Angeles… (www.ausbt.com.au) 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...

USAF F-16 from Luke Air Force Base crashed at Lake Havasu Airport, pilot ejected!

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A USAF F-16 crashed at Lake Havasu Airport on Tuesday morning. According to the United States Air Force, an F-16C aircraft assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base diverted and attempted to land at the Lake Havasu Airport around 10:30 a.m. Officials say the aircraft departed the prepared surface and the pilot ejected. The pilot is in good condition and expected to be OK. (www.airlive.net) More...

Early 787 test plane is dismantled for reuse, recycling, or scrap

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Boeing’s Dreamliner No. 5, one of the six flight-test 787s, was too heavily re-worked to sell. Finally, Boeing is dismantling the aircraft, in a reminder that the now-popular jet had major birthing pains. (www.seattletimes.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...

Oman Air's new Boeing 787 first class suites are cosy Dreamliner dens

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Oman Air will fit 'First Class Mini Suites' to a new tranche of Boeing 787-9 jets, joining the handful of airlines with the confidence to bring a first class travel experience to the Dreamliner. Many airlines – including Qantas – have chosen to cap their Boeing 787-9s with business class, but Oman Air is going all the way with fully-enclosed suites featuring sliding privacy doors some 1.4 metres high. The 23-inch wide seat becomes 30 inches once you drop the armrests and converts into fully flat… (www.ausbt.com.au) 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...

Bombardier Delivers Bizjet-Turned-Ambulance to Swiss Rega

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Bombardier has delivered the first of three Challenger 650-turned-air ambulances to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. The remaining two Challenger 650 aircraft will be delivered later this year, replacing the air ambulance service’s earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

Air New Zealand loses two B787 Dreamliners to engine problem

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Eariler this month, European aviation regulator EASA ordered airlines to carry out earlier than usual maintenance checks on a specific part of the Trent 1000 engine compressor. (www.newshub.co.nz) 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...

United touts efficiency with first 737 Max delivery

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United Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 9, marking the stretched Max variant's debut at a US carrier. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar Airways prepares to reveal 'substantial' loss

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26 APRIL, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: TOLGA OZBEK Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has disclosed that the airline made a "substantial" full-year loss, the extent of which will be revealed in about a month's time. Speaking during the Eurasia air show in Antalya, Al Baker said other parts of the Qatar Airways group business were profitable but not to the degree that they could make up for the airline's deficit. He says the results for the financial year, ending 31… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Rumor has it that Rolls-Royce and Chinese AECC partner to provide engines of the CR929

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London - According to the rumors, British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will partner with Chinese engine manufacturer Aero Engine Corporation of China to deliver jet engines for the CR929 widebody aircraft that China and Russia jointly develop. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Ryanair confirms 25 options for 737 MAX 8

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Dublin - The low-cost airline operator Ryanair has ordered 25 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8, bringing the total number of copies expected to 135. Today, on April 24, The American aircraft manufacturer and Irish flight specialist Ryanair announced the confirmation of existing options for 25 MAX 8, a contract estimated at $3 billion at list price. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Is Allegiant a Safe Airline? Using Data to Review 60 Minutes’ Conclusions

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Based on the information provided by the FAA, it is very easy to analyze the data collected by 60 Minutes to determine if there is some context lost. The investigation utilized the Scheduled Difficulty Reports (SDRs) filed by Allegiant and seven other airlines, according to their reporting. All SDRs are available to the public for all U.S. airlines, as well as general aviation aircraft, which allows us to look at all incidents, their severity, and exactly where Allegiant falls in the mix. This… (visualapproach.io) More...

Embraer Looks To JetBlue, United Airlines After Successful E2 Launch

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is hoping the hype surrounding its newly launched E-Jet E2 will translate into a string of orders for the regional jet, which has so far secured just seven publicly identified customers. (www.forbes.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...

(PDF) Use of a Complex Airplane During a Commercial Pilot or Flight Instructor Practical Test

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The FAA issued Notice 8900.463, Use of a Complex Airplane During a Commercial Pilot or Flight Instructor Practical Test, effective Apr. 24, 2018. This notice outlines an FAA policy no longer requiring an applicant for a commercial pilot certificate (ASE) or flight instructor certificate (ASE) to provide a complex airplane for the practical test. The commercial Airman Certification Standards and instructor Practical Test Standards will be amended to reflect this policy. (www.faa.gov) More...

Airbus is reportedly going to rename its newly acquired Bombardier C Series jet

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In October, Airbus announced the acquisition of Bombardier's next-generation C Series airliner. Now, it looks like Airbus is thinking about renaming its new jet. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Vueling A321 and Easyjet A320 near Barcelona on Aug 7th 2016, near collision

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On Sep 21st 2016 the CIAIAC reported both aircraft were found at 5000 feet intercepting radial 065 (not mentioned which navigation aid was referenced) in the sequence that ATC had determined, both aircraft were about 18nm before the runway 07L threshold, one aircraft turned onto the radial from the left, the other from the right. TCAS resolution advisories were triggered on board of both aircraft, both crews complied with the advisories. Both aircraft completed a normal landing afterwards. (avherald.com) More...

Air France chief Jean-Marc Janaillac threatens to resign if strikes continue

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The embattled CEO of Air France-KLM, Jean-Marc Janaillac, threatened Friday to resign if Air France staff continue to reject his wage proposals following nine days of strikes in the past two months. (www.airlive.net) More...

Alaska’s First A321neo In ‘More To Love’ Colors Is Ready To Fly (+Photos)

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MIAMI — Alaska Airlines unveiled its first Airbus A321neo sporting the colorful ‘More To Love’ livery through a post on its Instagram back in February. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Emergency landing KAEX by ICE Contract Aircraft

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Emergency landing due to landing gear problem on a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 operated by World Atlantic in support of ICE. (www.kalb.com) More...

Full report and photos from the final Virgin America Flight

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Full report from the final Virgin America flight, a sad day for US Airlines! As a whole we can thank Virgin for pushing domestic operations across the board for most US Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

PAL bets on 'big data,' taps Airbus Flight Hour Services for its A350-900 fleet

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The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines on Monday said it has selected Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) to optimize and support the maintenance requirements of its A350-900 fleet. (news.abs-cbn.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...

Students treated to a B-24 Flight

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Lucky High School students treated to a flight aboard a World War II aircraft bomber, thanks to a generous WWII veteran (www.sandiegouniontribune.com) More...

Four Injured In South Dakota Plane Crash

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Four people were injured in plane crash near Batesland, SD on Tuesday. A twin engine prop plane landed in a field. (www.keloland.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...

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...

Check Out The Coolest, Hawaiian-Themed Airbus A380s By ANA (+Photos)

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Japanese carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has finally revealed all the tidbits of their upcoming Airbus A380s, including cabin details and the illustrious liveries. According to the airline, the cabin configuration, seat products, and the plane’s liveries are all inspired in “the spirit of Hawaii,” as the A380 will be deployed on routes from Japan to Hawaii. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Family says Delta employees tied woman with MS to wheelchair

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Family of a woman with multiple sclerosis are speaking out after they say Delta employees bound her to a wheelchair with a blanket hard enough that it left bruises. Maria Saliagas needs special straps to help her sit up straight during flights, so her son, Nathan Saliagas, got in touch with the airline to make arrangements before Saliagas’ annual trip from Atlanta to Europe, according to WSB-TV. (fox2now.com) More...

Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks

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The airline issued the payments after a Tuesday flight from New York City to Dallas was rocked by an engine explosion in midair, killing one passenger. The crippled jet made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Drukair orders one A320neo

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Bhutan's Drukair has signed a purchase agreement for a single Airbus A320neo. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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