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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...

How the CSeries deal could end up changing the world's aerospace industry

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Strategically, the alliance between Airbus and Bombardier extends well beyond the noise of Boeing's spat with the Canadian planemaker. (business.financialpost.com) More...

First A330neo becomes airborne for its maiden flight

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Airbus's first A330neo has lifted off from Toulouse on its maiden flight, commencing the airborne test programme for the re-engined twinjet. (www.airbus.com) More...

Boeing’s future plans threatened by Airbus-Bombardier pact

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Airbus’s surprise move to swallow Bombardier’s CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family on the cheap, threatening the Renton-built 737 and potentially forcing Boeing to redraw its road map of new airplane development. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Emirates sets date to take 100th A380

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Middle Eastern carrier Emirates will take its Airbus A380 fleet into triple figures next month when it takes delivery of its 100th aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Tightening the leash on service dogs

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It's about time there is a national registery or a traceable registry to let the airlines know that the service animals they will board are really that. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Malaysia to resume search for MH370

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The statement says that Ocean Infinity will look for the lost Boeing 777-200ER in yet unsearched area where it is believed the aircraft could be. Canberra will provide technical assistance for the effort. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Crescent City Airport Board Chooses Contour

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In the aftermath of PenAir's bankruptcy and upcoming end to EAS service between CEC and PDX, it looks like a new airline will serve Crescent City with service to OAK. The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority rejected proposals submitted by Boutique Air and Great Lake Airlines and chose Contour Aviation (d/b/a Contour Airlines) and their ERJ-135. (www.triplicate.com) 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...

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...