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London City airport expansion gets government approval

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UK Government ministers have given the go-ahead for a £344m expansion of London City airport (LCY - EGLC). The plans include an extended terminal, more space for planes to taxi to and from the runway, and new aircraft stands that will allow bigger, more modern planes to use the airport. (www.theguardian.com) More...

The owner of British Airways got screwed over by Brexit

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International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the company which owns British Airways, is blaming Brexit for a €148 million (£124 million) foreign exchange loss in the first 6 months of 2016. (www.todayaviationnews.com) More...

Is fuel prices and maintenance costs main reason for End of the Boeing's iconic 747?

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The 747 has not been retired, although in terms of popularity it is significantly lower. The 747–8i (the newest 747 variant) has not received many orders from airlines and has survived essentially as a freighter (because that has a special nose-loading capability). Very briefly, the main reason is fuel prices and maintenance costs, which made newer, more efficient aircraft like the 777 significantly more attractive. (aviationsquad.com) More...

FAA restores birthday solos

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Following a request from AOPA, the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their fourteenth or sixteenth birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are operating. (www.aopa.org) More...

JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight

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An Air Asia A330 Airbus, the type of aircraft involved in the near-miss with Jetstar. ... Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight. ... AN INQUIRY is under way into a hair-raising near miss in which an Air Asia plane taking off from the Gold Coast came dangerously .. (www.heraldsun.com.au) More...

Incident: Hawaiian B763 over Pacific Ocean on Jul 27th 2016, hydraulic problem

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A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N592HA performing flight HA-442 from Sapporo (Japan) to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 236 passengers and 12 crew, was enroute at FL330 over the Pacific Ocean about 800nm southeast of Sapporo when the crew decided to turn around and divert to Tokyo's Narita Airport due to a low hydraulic pressure indication. The aircraft landed safely on Narita's runway 16R about 2 hours later (avherald.com) More...

Boeing Delivers 6000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft is a 737-800, delivered to Turkish Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Incident: Korean B738 at Jeju on Jul 29th 2016, both nose tyres deflated on landing

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A Korean Air Boeing 737-900, registration HL7727 performing flight KE-718 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Jeju (South Korea) with 148 people on board, landed on Jeju's runway 07 and was slowing down when both nose tyres deflated during roll out. The aircraft came to a stop about 1900 meters/6200 feet down the runway and was disabled on the runway. The passengers disembarked onto the runway, the aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Luxair B737 near Luxembourg on Jul 27th 2016, leaking door seal

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A Luxair Boeing 737-700, registration LX-LGQ performing flight LG-6555 from Luxembourg (Luxembourg) to Rome (Italy), had just reached the top of climb at FL310 when the crew decided to return to Luxembourg due to a problem with the cabin pressure as result of a leaking door seal. The aircraft landed safely back in Luxembourg about 40 minutes after departure. (avherald.com) More...

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