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Sikh actor and designer banned from flying Aeroméxico because of Turban

Mexican airline Aeromexico forbade a Sikh man in a turban from boarding one of their planes on Monday morning. Waris Ahluwalia, an actor (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and designer, refused to remove his turban, prompting airline security to keep him from getting on the plane. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

TAP Portugal goes back to being Government owned

Portugal has reclaimed a 50 per cent stake in TAP, months after the country’s new government promised to reverse the national carrier’s privatisation. Comparing TAP’s aircraft to the wooden caravels that launched Portugal’s great era of discoveries, prime minister Antonio Costa declared that the government would work in partnership with the Gateway consortium, which is comprised of JetBlue founder David Neeleman and businessman Humberto Pedrosa. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

I flew business class across the world on a top-rated airline and came home on Delta — here's how they stacked up

Thanks to a last-minute booking, I recently flew to Bangkok, Thailand, on one airline and returned to New York City on another. It gave me the chance to experience business class with two different companies. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Alaska Airlines getting closer to signing an order with Embraer

Alaska Air Group Inc. has selected Embraer SA to provide as many as 60 regional jets to serve the airline’s ambition of serving smaller markets farther from its Pacific Northwest base, according to two people familiar with the planned deal. The proposed firm order for 30 E175 aircraft and 30 additional options is valued at more than $2.6 billion at list prices, though airlines typically receive steep discounts. The aircraft would be operated by its regional subsidiary Horizon Air. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossing

Cool photographs of a historic achievement. On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight. It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the… (theaviationist.com) More...

Commercial aircraft get their first global emissions standard

Ground-based vehicles have had emissions standards for a while (just ask Volkswagen), but commercial aircraft like passenger jets? Not so much. However, the world just took one big step toward cleaning up the skies: a total of 23 countries have agreed to set the first international carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft. If the measures are adopted as recommended, new airplane models will have to meet the tougher guidelines in 2020. New aircraft from existing model lines will… (www.engadget.com) More...

Incident: India B787-8 near Frankfurt on Feb 8th 2016, engine shut down in flight

An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANO performing flight AI-115 from Delhi (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 90 passengers, was enroute at FL400 about 150nm north of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew reported they needed to shut an engine (GEnx) down... (avherald.com) More...

Pilot of Bombed Plane: Somali Security Is 'Zero'

The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." (www.newser.com) More...

First A321neo Successfully Completes First Flight

The A321neo begins its flight test campaign ahead of its delivery, expected to take place at the end of the year. (airwaysnews.com) More...


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