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Airbus to launch A321neoLR to replace 757

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Airbus is marketing an enhanced version of the A321, with increased range designed to fill the niches filled by the 757 such as thin Transatlantic routes. (leehamnews.com) More...

Embraer rolls out new airlifter prototype

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Embraer rolled out its new KC-390 transport plane destined to become airlifter and aerial refuelling platform of Brazil (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Video: AirNZ's final Hobbit safety video is "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made"

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Air New Zealand has shot its final Hobbit safety video, and it's an epic clip which is fittingly titled "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made" - starring Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast). (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Why Boeing Keeps Losing Money on Each 787 Dreamliner

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Amid all the fine financial news Boeing (BA) can tout—a record order backlog, robust profit margins, a higher profit outlook—one of the airplane maker’s dreariest performers continues to be its highest-tech, most fuel-efficient product: the 787 Dreamliner. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Landing at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Cessna 172

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Night Landing at Chicago O'Hare Airport with ATC Audio. (www.youtube.com) More...

Qantas market shares almost halfed

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The federal Government in Australia says Qantas has fallen from favor of its international passengers which has a highlighted report showing the airlines market share has almost halved. Qantas only carried 16.4 per cent of international passengers in the year to June 30 2013-2014. http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/companies/qantas-market-share-almost-halved-on-international-routes/story-fnkjkuhv-1227099027569 (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Snowplow Driver, 4 Others Held In Plane Crash That Killed Total Boss in Moscow

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snowplow driver who's been blamed by Russian authorities for a plane crash that killed the chief executive of the oil company Total has been sent to pretrial detention, his lawyer said Thursday. Snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko has denied claims by Russian officials that he was drunk at the time of the crash Monday at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport. (www.cnn.com) More...

Austin gets first schuedled 777 service

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British Airways will be upgrading the current 787 route to the 777-200ER. Which is big seeing as the route just launched this year. (airlineroute.net) More...

NTSB: Pilot Error Caused Fatal Jet Crash

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The captain of a Beechcraft 390 Premier failed to follow the correct procedures for an anti-skid failure, resulting in a fiery crash that killed five passengers, the NTSB said in its final report on Tuesday. The jet was returning to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, in Thomson, Georgia, on February 20, 2013, when it failed to slow down after touchdown. The captain initiated a go-around. Nine seconds later, the jet collided with a utility pole about 1,835 feet from the end of the runway, 63 feet… (www.avweb.com) More...

Common Type Rating for A350 and A330 jetliners

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Airbus A350 XWB and A330 jetliners has received Comman Type Rating pilot training approval from EASA and FAA. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

ATP Tests Grind to a Halt ??

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Based on data sources, since August 1, 2014, we have not administered a single ATP knowledge test that would allow a pilot to then go on to take the ATP multi-engine practical test and become ATP qualified for service in an airline. Yup. None. For two whole months and I expect this trend to continue for a third month. (www.avweb.com) More...

Cathay Pacific reveals plans for Airbus A350's business & first class

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Cathay Pacific says its Airbus A350 business class, to be designed by Porsche Group, will be an 'evolution' of the current design, while only half of the A350-1000 fleet is likely to be fitted with the new first class suites. (tinyurl.com) More...

A Supersonic 'Mini Concorde' Business Jet is going to Happen

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This bird was reviled in 2004 and the company is partnering with Airbus to build the bird. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Airbus launch A330 VIP cabin

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Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept, initially for the A330-200 airliner, offering a more affordable executive travelling for both private and government customers. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Indonesian Air Force Forces Down Australian Plane, Detains Pilots

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Jakarta. Indonesian Air Force officials in North Sulawesi forced a civilian aircraft flown by two Australian men to land after the plane entered Indonesian airspace without permission on Wednesday. Pilots Graeme Jacklin and Richard MacLean — both Australian citizens — have been detained by the Indonesian military. (thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com) More...

Virgin Galactic White Knight 2 Formation Near SFO

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Presumably this was with a Virgin aircraft. Anyone know for sure? (www.chonday.com) More...

Finnair reveals new Airbus A330 livery

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Finnair's new 'special edition' Airbus A330 livery carries the classic poppy or Unikko print of Marimekko in a nod to the airline's continued collaboration with the Finnish fashion and design house. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Virgin Australia proposes to buy the remaining 40% shares of Tigerair Australia for one dollar

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Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (Virgin Australia) today (October 17) announced a transaction which would see Virgin Australia acquire the remaining 40 percent of shares in Tiger Australia Airways Pty Ltd (Tigerair Australia) from Tiger Airways Holdings Limited (Tiger Holdings) for a price of A$1. (airlineinformation.net) More...

HondaJet Moves Forward with Flight Testing, Ramps Up Production

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At Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, production is ramping up and the final assembly line is full with 11 aircraft. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

Man sentenced for lasering plane with 118 passengers aboard

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On July 6, 2012, a 22-year-old man named Jarryd Hector was partying at a home in Auckland, New Zealand, when he decided to shine a green laser light at a Boeing 737 from Christchurch that was preparing to land at the Auckland Airport. The plane was carrying 118 passengers, the New Zealand Herald reported. (arstechnica.com) More...

Lufthansa Group details its winter schedules changes with 18,900 flights a week

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The airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – are again offering their customers a dense and high-frequency route network in the upcoming 2014/2015 winter flight timetable, with 18,900 flights a week.... (airlineinformation.net) More...