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Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries. They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

It’s Official: Qantas Does Support Marriage Equality Despite Criticism from Politicians

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Qantas has come and said it officially back marriage equality. “Qantas is one of 200 Australian companies that has publicly pledged support for marriage equality because we don’t think some people should have fewer rights than others.” (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Montana airports reporting record business

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Nearly 3.9 million people stepped on or off commercial airplanes in Montana last year. That was 330,000 more than ever before, according to the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation. Four of the state’s six busiest airports – Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena – set passenger records in 2016. Only No. 5 Great Falls International saw a decrease, while Billings Logan International went up slightly. (missoulian.com) More...

Malindo Air to get new Boeing planes

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Lion Group is spending US$23bil to buy new Boeing 737 Max and Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft for Malindo Air. Co-founder of Lion Group, Rusdi Kirana said Malindo Air would be the first in the world to use the Boeing 737 Max, which could generate 20% savings in fuel cost. “The first of the Boeing 737 Max will be delivered over a 10-year period starting in May. “The Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) are in the process of being delivered,” Kirana said after making the announcement at Lima… (www.thestar.com.my) More...

21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted

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VIDEO CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted (www.airlive.net) More...

Brussels Airport in memory of the victims of #BrusselsAttacks

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Remembering this terrible day when there was a bomb attack. Watch the video. (www.airlive.net) More...

Why business class is booming for Kiwis

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There's a surge in the number of Kiwi travellers turning left as they get on the plane. Travel agents and airlines say demand for business class is booming as fares come down, the range of products expands and the New Zealand economy remains buoyant. Patronage at Auckland Airport's premium lounge has grown 10-fold in the past four years. Flight Centre's general manager of product, Sean Berenson, said that throughout 2016, the number of Kiwis booking business class had increased 120 per cent. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...