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Tallahassee to be served by jetBlue?

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Tallahassee keeps pushing for JetBlue to provide direct air service to South Florida. On Wednesday, coordinators rolled out a $2-million pledge goal in a new ‘getBlue’ pledge campaign. With $325,000 in pledges secured, the largest surprise pledge came from Florida State University when the school revealed a $1-million pledge based on estimated travel expenses for its staff. While city officials hesitate to say there’s a deal already in place, FSU’s pledge indicates promise. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

O'Hare gets A380 gate

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O’Hare International Airport is a step closer to developing a gate capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, reversing an embarrassing gap at the city’s primary aviation hub. The city’s Department of Aviation yesterday pulled a permit to build out one gate that could handle an Airbus A380 plane, in Terminal 5 at O’Hare, according to the city’s permits website. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights to Cuba by the end of the year

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US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights to and from Cuba by the end of the year, after more than half a century without service, announced the Obama administration on Friday. Up to 20 direct flights daily will be permitted from the U.S. to Havana, and another 10 to other Cuban international airports in Cuba...... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

When is a passenger reimbursement policy not a policy? Ask Air Canada

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Beware next time an airline asks for volunteers to forgo a flight... (www.cbc.ca) More...

Airbus's New Patent for Storage Under Seat Cushions

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Airbus has recently filed a patent for a new technology that would allow passengers to store luggage under their seat cushions, like bins. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Mooney rolls out redesigned Acclaim

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KERRVILLE, Texas — Mooney International Corp. recently unveiled the latest generation of its M20, which has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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