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Passenger doesn't switch his phone to flight mode - gets over $2000 fine

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It is something every traveller is familiar with - turning off your phone when a plane is taking off or landing, or at least switching it to flight mode. But one British passenger found out the costly way of ignoring the crew's request. Aaron McWilliam was flying from Amsterdam to Exeter last December on a Flybe jet when he refused to switch his phone to airplane mode before take-off, reports the Daily Mail. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

British Airways Flies First A380 Service to Vancouver

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British Airways began flying its new Airbus A380 aircraft between London Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport. This marks the first A380 for the city of Vancouver and the only scheduled A380 service in western Canada... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

A stunt pilot's near fatal crash at a Budapest air show

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A stunt plane has bounced off the water as it tried to fly in formation under Budapest’s iconic Chain Bridge at speeds of up to 200km/h. The almost-catastrophic mishap happened during the European city’s annual Great Race. (www.9news.com.au) More...

Accident: Sun Express B738 at Antalya on May 1st 2016, nose gear retracted at gate

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A Sun Express Boeing 737-800, registration TC-SNP performing flight XQ-366 from Antalya (Turkey) to Paderborn (Germany), was preparing for departure at the gate, passengers had not yet boarded, technicians were working to replace one of the nose gear tyres when the nose gear retracted. A technician received minor head, two cabin crew members minor injuries, all were taken to a hospital. (avherald.com) More...

Delta Confirms Order for 37 Additional Airbus A321s

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Delta Air Lines officially confirmed an additional order for 37 A321ceos during its media day event in Atlanta. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Incident: Turkish Airlines B737 at Pristina on May 2nd 2016, runway excursion on landing

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration TC-JFY performing flight TK-1019 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Pristina (Kosovo) with 143 passengers and 8 crew, landed on Pristina's runway 35 at 19:32L (17:32Z) but veered left towards the end of the runway and overran the end of the runway and came to a stop about 40 meters past the runway (avherald.com) More...

Airbus A350-900 Gains Beyond 180 Minutes Diversion Time ETOPS From FAA

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The Airbus A350-900 has gained extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval from FAA for routes that require beyond 180 minutes diversion time, which will give US A350 operators more range and flexibility with the aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Jetairfly B787 at Brussels on May 1st 2016, gear problem

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A Jetairfly Boeing 787-800, registration OO-JDL performing flight TB-705 from Brussels (Belgium) to Cancun (Mexico), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 07R when the crew requested to stop the climb at FL070 advising of a technical problem with the gear. The aircraft continued in the general direction of the departure route, the crew subsequently decided to return to Brussels (avherald.com) More...

Air Canada hopes to conclude CSeries deal soon

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"Subject to final documentation and satisfaction of conditions, we look forward to firming up the order soon," Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said today during a conference call with analysts, according to Reuters. That news came a day after Bombardier announced that U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc. had agreed to buy up to 125 of the CSeries jets, the biggest order yet for the program. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Airlines to Congress: Stop Norwegian Air!

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If there’s any doubt Congress is beholden to the powerful airline lobby, this should settle it: An influential group of representatives has just introduced a bill that would effectively block Norwegian Air from operating between the United States and Europe. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

4K cockpit youtube videos -> new standards.

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There are already thousands of flying videos on YouTube. I have used the first time 4K video technology. The resolution is amazing, although most of the monitors do not support this yet. Happy Landings, Guido (www.youtube.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Makes Third Atlanta Appearance

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During the Delta "Meet and Fleet" Day in Atlanta, Bombardier showcased the CSeries CS100 to invitees. (airwaysnews.com) More...

WGN investigates the Boeing Papers: How safe is the air up there?

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Millions of people get on and off planes every day without ever noticing a thing. But while flying, have you ever gotten a whiff of a nasty smell, which might have burned the eyes, made the throat sore, left you dizzy, with a headache or even disoriented? (www.aol.com) More...

Philippine Airlines Confirms Six-Strong Airbus A350 Order

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signed an order for six Airbus A350-900s, plus six options. The contract confirms a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by PAL in February this year, and covers options on six more of the type. (atwonline.com) More...

Allegiant Air begins Baltimore-Washington International service

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Co., has launched service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Savannah, Georgia with 2X-weekly services. (atwonline.com) More...

Air Trade Group Seeks EC Relief From Unfair OEM Advantage

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James Pozzi covers: IATA files complaint in EC investigation into aftermarket competitive practices (aviationweek.com) More...

Etihad Airways launches daily A380 service to Mumbai

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The UAE's flag carrier Etihad Airways has started flying its Airbus A380 aircraft, the world's biggest passenger airliner, to Mumbai with the launch of a new daily service. Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/etihad-airways-launches-daily-a380-service-to-mumbai_6506141.html?utm_source=ref_article (www.moneycontrol.com) More...

New Delta Air Lines CEO Announces International Premium Economy Product

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While international premium economy is not a new concept, several major airlines such as Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines recently either rolled out the cabin or have announced plans to do so. At its media day last week, newly appointed Chief Executive Office Ed Bastian announced that Delta Air Lines DAL +1.22% will enter the premium economy market in 2017. (skift.com) More...

Munich Airport Looks for Third Runway to Open in 2022

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Increasingly constrained by a lack of slot availability on its two existing runways, Munich Airport is hoping its planned third runway will open for flights in six years’ time. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

RAF jets generate sonic booms chasing Air France jet with radio problems

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Typhoon jets were scrambled on Monday night to intercept a wayward Air France airliner over Yorkshire – with the deafening booms caused by the supersonic pursuit shaking residents in their houses. The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said. The loud bangs were later confirmed to have been sonic booms. An RAF spokesman said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Salt Lake City International Airport Adds Second Terminal to Current Reconstruction

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The already huge project to replace existing terminals and concourses at Salt Lake City International Airport grew even more massive Monday as officials decided to add a second concourse to the one already under construction — and still aim to finish both by 2020. (www.sltrib.com) More...

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