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Incident: Virgin Australia B737 at Melbourne on Oct 20th 2017, bird and rabbit strike at once

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The crew advised an eagle carrying a rabbit had just impacted their #1 engine, positioned the aircraft for an approach to runway 16. (avherald.com) More...

Malaysia will focus renewed MH370 search where Australia refused to look

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MH370's best chance of discovery is going to be intensively examined by renewed search (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

New SAA board now has an aviation expert

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South African Flag Carrier SAA has a management shake-up, hopefully things can turn around for the airline. (www.fin24.com) More...

Airbus Completes First Flight of Its A330-900

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LONDON – Airbus SE (AIR.FR) on Thursday said that its newest widebody airliner, the A330-900, had completed its first flight, totaling more than four hours. The aircraft took off from Airbus’s Toulouse facility in France around 9:56 a.m. and landed around 2:10 p.m. after completing a number of tests. The flight kicks off a test period that Airbus expects to complete mid next year, before the first customer plane is delivered soon after. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

‘Political Issue’: What’s Behind Boeing’s Decision to Sue Airbus, Bombardier

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Boeing has submitted a lawsuit in the US over the European plane maker Airbus clinching a deal with Canada’s Bombardier. In an interview with Sputnik, Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre described Boeing’s move as an attempt to circumvent US trade laws. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Airbus CEO expects to sell 'thousands' of C Series aircraft

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The head of Airbus told a Montreal business audience on Friday that he believes the company will sell thousands of Bombardier's C Series aircraft. "I think we will sell many more of these planes," Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said during an appearance with Alain Bellemare, the president and CEO of Bombardier, at the Montreal Board of Trade. "I think we will sell thousands" of the 110- to 130-seat jets, he said. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Boeing Ponders Restart of 767-300ER Passenger Line

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Boeing is nearing a decision whether to restart the 767-300ER passenger line, LNC has learned. (leehamnews.com) More...

Complex Three-Engine Ferry For A380

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Air France plans to ferry a damaged A380 back to France from Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on three engines but before it can do that it has to install a new engine that won't be running. The wrecked engine will be removed and sent to Wales for inspection by the manufacturer Engine Alliance. For balance and aerodynamic stability a new engine will be installed but because of the other damage it can’t be hooked up and made operable. (www.avweb.com) More...

OPINION: Is Airbus The Winner in Bombardier CSeries Trade Dispute?

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Whatever Bombardier’s goal was for launching the CSeries programme nearly a decade ago, it certainly was not to shepherd both the CS100 and CS300 into service before handing them over as relatively mature products, free, to Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus buys just over 50% of Bombardier CSeries division

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Buy now it's official, Airbus buys over 50% of the Series and is going to shift some assembly to Mobile, Alabama plant. Tough luck Boeing! (www.financialexpress.com) More...

Smaller airlines face more competition for crews as Air Force plans to recall 1,000 pilots

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The Air Force plan announced Friday to recall 1,000 pilots from retirement could hurt smaller airlines in the competition to hire trained crews to fly their planes. "We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years," the Pentagon said in a statement. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Winners And Losers As Airbus Bails Out Bombardier's C-Series

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Richard Aboulafia: Let’s keep this simple: the winners and the losers in the new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership deal. (www.forbes.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Investigators Seek Details Over Missile-Launcher Photo

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Investigators pursuing a criminal case over the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine are seeking information about a new image of a mobile missile launcher. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas flight to San Francisco turns back after 'technical issue'

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Engineers were inspecting the Boeing 747 after it landed at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport, a Qantas spokeswoman said, declining to say how many people were aboard. No injuries were reported. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Embraer Announces Order for Six A-29 Super Tucano for an Undisclosed Customer

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Embraer announced today a firm order for 6 (six) A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft from an undisclosed customer. The aircraft can be used for tactical and advanced training as well as light attack and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions. Deliveries will be concluded in 2018. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

VIDEO: Mid-2018 Deliveries Targeted As Airbus A330neo Flies Its Maiden Flight

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Airbus on 19 October kicked off the A330neo's three-aircraft 1,400h flight-test programme which should lead to certification and first deliveries of the initial -900 variant in the middle of 2018. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Pilot boots New York activist from American Airlines flight

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New York activist Tamika Mallory says she was booted from an American Airlines flight in Miami after a pilot inserted himself into a dispute over her seat assignment. (www.msn.com) More...

AirAsia to launch operations this month

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AirAsia’s Japanese sector is making a comeback. AirAsia Japan announced on Monday, October 16 that it will begin its first flights later this month. The first routes will be served out of Nagoya. The announcement comes two years after AirAsia Bhd, based in Malaysia, announced plans to re-enter the Japanese market with new partners. (layoverhub.net) More...

Plane gets a bovine licking after emergency touchdown

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A herd of beef cattle at Te Horo, Kāpiti, surround a plane that touched down in their paddock on Sunday. A herd of beef cattle did what they do when a plane touches down in their paddock - they got licking. It was Sunday afternoon and Bryn Whyman was sitting at his Te Horo, Kāpiti, home looking out the window. "All of a sudden we saw a plane coming down onto the [paddock]," he said. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...