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Airline overbooking under scrutiny with Congress set to hold hearings

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With the US Congress preparing to hold hearings next week on the state of airline customer service, the practice of overbooking flights is coming under scrutiny, and both airline policies and potential legislation regarding overbooking are being closely watched. (atwonline.com) More...

American Airlines flight from Manchester to New York is forced to turn back after ‘mid-flight emergency’

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An American Airlines flight from Manchester to New York City was forced to turn back to England today after declaring an emergency over the Irish Sea. The flight to JFK was due to take seven hours after leaving at 10.23am, but turned around east of Dublin and landed back at Manchester about an hour later at 11.24am... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

American Airlines Smashes Official Recommended Cabin Crew Pay as First Quarter Revenue Soars

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AA could have increased pay by just 1.6% - instead, the carrier chose to raise Cabin Crew base pay by between 4.2% and 6.5%. Committed to keeping base pay at top of industry average until at least 2020. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Stunning photos of airports from space (including a mysterious strip in Australia that could be a secret base)

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From bustling commuter hubs in city centres to small landing strips on desert islands, this fascinating collection of images shows what airports around the globe look like from space. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 39, decided to show his love of aviation by documenting dozens of runways from an extreme vantage point, 250 miles up on the International Space Station. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350 XWBs

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China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s. (www.airbus.com) More...

United outlines policy changes following forced removal

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United Airlines plans to make at least 10 passenger service policy changes following the forced removal of a passenger from a flight earlier in April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: United B747 near Anchorage on Apr 25th 2017, loss of RVSM capability

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A United Boeing 747-400, registration N175UA performing flight UA-888 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL360 about 100nm west of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the aircraft lost its capability to maintain reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) (avherald.com) More...

A BRITISH pensioner suffering from cancer treated like a slave and banned from using the loo for walking into first class’

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A BRITISH pensioner suffering from cancer and diabetes claims his hands and feet were tied by six British Airways crew who “treated him like a slave” after he fell ill in mid-air and tried to sit in first class. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

American Airlines offering raises of up to 8 percent for pilots, flight attendants

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American Airlines is taking the rare step of offering a mid-contract raise to its roughly 37,000 pilots and flight attendants after months of simmering tensions about pay rates that lagged behind United and Delta airlines. The company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it plans to increase pay rates for flight attendants by an average of about 5 percent, while pilots would see an average bump of 8 percent. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

WOW Air takes delivery of first Airbus A320neo

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Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, sourced from US lessor Air Lease Corp. (ALC). “The new aircraft is the Icelandic airline’s 13th in a rapidly expanding, all-Airbus fleet and will be deployed on WOW Air’s routes to Europe and North America as of May 3,” the carrier said. (atwonline.com) More...

United Airlines Faces Questions Over Death of Giant Rabbit

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Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the carrier found itself facing another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a three-foot-long rabbit died on a flight from Britain... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Etihad to Discontinue A380 Service from Melbourne and Add Double to Sydney Route

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Yesterday Etihad announced that they will discontinue A380 daily services from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi as of the 29th of Oct 2017. On April the 25th the brand then went on to announce they would be moving the A380 to Sydney, making all Sydney flights to Abu Dhabi serviced by the A380. This decision comes less than a year since the brand opened their updated lounge in Melbourne. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

British Airways plans $65mm renovation at JFK Airport

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What will $65 million in improvements look like in Terminal 7 at JFK Airport in New York City? British Airways is set to invest heavily in its operations there and wants the new terminal to look and feel something more like the new First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 which just opened for service. The company released a video this morning with some renderings of what the new space will look like. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

American and United airlines viral abuse passengers hire same lawyer

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The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer — the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month. The Chicago lawyer, Thomas Demetrio, says the American flight attendant was “out of control” and nearly hit one of the woman’s two young children with the stroller. (www.aircrew.in) More...

COMAC C919 completes high-speed taxi tests; cleared for first flight

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The first flight is expected to take place in May on Shanghai Pudong International Airport’s fourth runway. The aircraft is powered by CFM Leap 1C engines. (atwonline.com) More...

WOW : Boeing 'nearing decision' to launch 737-10 jet

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Boeing is nearing a decision to launch a larger version of its 737 workhorse jet within two months to counter strong sales of the Airbus A321neo, after a breakthrough on the design for one of its parts, industry sources said. The 737 MAX 10 would narrow the gap between the 178-220 seat 737-9, which first flew this month, and the 185-240 seat A321neo, which dominates the top end of a market for narrowbody jets worth $2tn over 20 years. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Incident: SAS B737 at Kirkenes on Apr 23rd 2017, rejected takeoff due to nose gear steering malfunction

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A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration LN-RPJ performing flight SK-4479 from Kirkenes to Oslo (Norway), had backtracked runway 24 and turned around to line up for takeoff when closely aligned with the runway center line the crew applied thrust for takeoff however noticed the aircraft was continuing to turn left (avherald.com) More...

Airbus Perlan Mission II Kicks Off Second Season Exploring Skies Above the Sierra Nevada

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Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Russia's iFly Airlines adds maiden A330-200

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iFly Airlines (RSY, Moscow Vnukovo) has added a maiden A330-200 to its current fleet of two A330-300s and two B757-200s. Skyliner Aviation reports EI-FSF (msn 295) was delivered to the Russian passenger charter specialist on Friday, April 21. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Boeing/Saab fly second T-X test aircraft

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The second T-X aircraft built by Boeing and Saab has completed a 1h first flight, one month after at least three bidding teams submitted proposals for the US Air Force’s Northrop T-38 trainer replacement contract. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

US may ban laptops on flights from UK airports

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The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage – to flights from Europe. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Latest : The Roughest 747 Landing I’ve Ever Seen

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I love aviation every bit as much as miles & points, and over the years have seen some crazy crosswind landing videos. However, recently some videos have been uploaded of a Silkway 747 cargo aircraft landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The plane has what must be one of the roughest landings I’ve ever seen, and on top of that, bounces up and then touches down again. Check out this crazy video: (www.facebook.com) More...

Most Frightening Thing to Experience : United Airlines Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Goes Out Over the Ocean

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A United Airlines plane had a ‘terrifying’ emergency landing after one of its engines overheated over the ocean, according to a reporter who was on board the plane. United Flight 1516 bound for Houston, Texas, from Liberia, Costa Rica, because of the engine problem on the Boeing 737-800. “One of my plane’s engines overheated over the ocean. We about crashed in an emergency landing before the pilot quickly pulled up. So scary,” Jody Genessy, one of the passengers onboard, tweeted after landing… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Man who defended crying mother on American Airlines flight speaks out

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A man who stood up to a flight attendant who purportedly hit a mother of-two in the face with a baby’s buggy while “violently” taking it from her has spoken publicly about the incident for the first time. Insurance executive Tony Fierro was dubbed a “hero” after footage of him confronting the flight attendant was widely circulated online... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Incident: India B787 at Kolkata on Apr 24th 2017, bird strike

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANJ performing flight AI-401 from Delhi to Kolkata (India) with 254 people on board, was on approach to Kolkata when an engine (GEnx) ingested a bird. (avherald.com) More...

Manila-bound Philippine Airlines flight returns to Sydney airport due to ‘technical issue’

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A Manila-bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight carrying 218 passengers returned to an airport in Sydney, Australia on Sunday morning after it reportedly encountered problems with its landing gear... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin. (www.airbus.com) More...

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

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Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban? That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai. On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is assessing the evidence to determine what is appropriate”. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

British Airways owner IAG invests in two tech startups

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The British Airways parent company announced the Hangar 51 incubator back in October 2016, which saw over 450 companies apply for inclusion with IAG. From that pool of entries, 26 businesses were invited to pitch for a place, while just four were chosen for the ten-week programme in January. With the accelerator now over, two startups, Esplorio and Vchain, will receive investment from IAG. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Revised MH370 wreckage drift analysis adds pressure for renewed search

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The CSIRO has revised earlier drift analysis of a wing flaperon from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that washed up on La Réunion island in 2015 and says it increases confidence that the wreckage of the Boeing 777 lies within a proposed new search area in the southern Indian Ocean that the Australian and Malaysian governments controversially decided not to search in January this year. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

The AA Strollergate Incident Decoded: Why it Should Never Have Happened

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Why did this Flight Attendant think it his responsibility to grab a stroller from one passenger and then start arguing with another? This whole sorry scenario could have been avoided if simple customer service principles had been adhered to. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

American Airlines Employee Allegedly Hit Woman With Stroller, Challenged Passenger To ‘Hit Me’

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Just two weeks after terrifying video of a bloodied United Airlines passengerwho was violently kicked off a flight for refusing to give up his seat went viral, another video has emerged showing an American Airlines employee challenging a passenger to hit him after a woman holding a baby was allegedly hit with her stroller in an argument with airline staff. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Incredible moment pilot demonstrates the effect of zero gravity on handful of candy by putting his plane into FREE FALL

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A Florida pilot picked a colorful way to test the effects of zero gravity while airborne — by using a handful of candy and filming it as the sweets appeared to float weightlessly in the air. In the brief, slow motion video, Geoffrey Graf pilots what appears to be a single engine P92 Eaglet propeller plane, while his companion clutches a handful of candy. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Chicago on Apr 19th 2017, smoke signals

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7878A performing flight WN-4639 from Columbus,OH to Chicago Midway,IL (USA), was descending towards Chicago over Indiana when an electronic device in the cabin started to send smoke signals. (avherald.com) More...

New flaperon drift tests verify MH370 likely resting place

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New modelling and analysis of drift patterns corroborate analysis from late 2016 that the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that operated flight MH370 is most likely in a new search area. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus delivers first ever A321neo to Virgin America

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Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to U.S. airline Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. “After Virgin America having been the first customer signing for the A320neo back in December 2010, we are today delighted to deliver the first A321neo to them,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “With our largest,… (aviationtribune.com) More...

WestJet to launch 'ultra low-cost' no-frills carrier

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The new service should take off late this year with a startup fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s, (www.cbc.ca) More...

Incident: Alaska B737 at Juneau and Ketchikan on Apr 18th 2017, cabin pressure problems

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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration N305AS performing flight AS-176 from Juneau,AK to Seattle,WA (USA), was climbing out of Juneau when the crew stopped the climb at FL250 due to problems with the cabin pressure (avherald.com) More...

WOW Air to operate 24 aircraft by 2019

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Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air has detailed plans to add seven more aircraft, growing its all-Airbus fleet from 17 to 24 by end of 2018. WOW Air said the additional aircraft include four A330-900neos on 12-year lease from CIT Aerospace International, plus two A321ceos—one purchased directly from Airbus and the other leased from Air Lease Corp. (ALC). (atwonline.com) More...

PICTURE: Virgin America becomes first to take A321neo

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Virgin America has been revealed as the first recipient of an Airbus A321neo, after the aircraft was formally delivered to the US carrier. The aircraft, leased from GECAS, is fitted with CFM International Leap-1A powerplants, the second of the two A321neo engine options to be certified. (www.airbus.com) More...

Anti-Gulf Airline Lobby Group Throws Shade at Emirates for Cutting Back U.S. Services

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The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies has criticised Emirates for cutting back services on five routes to the United States. It argues that the Gulf airline is propped up by state subsidies and says: "That Emirates would refer to itself as “profit oriented” is simply laughable." (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Jet Airways flight with 65 on board faces nose wheel malfunction during landing, all passengers safe

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A Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight with 60 passengers and 5 crew members on board had a nose wheel malfunction today when it landed at the IGI Airport in Delhi. All passengers have been safely deplaned... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Narrow escape for Jet Airways passengers

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A Jet Airways ATR aircraft, carrying 65 people, from Dehradun today skidded upon landing at the airport here. The airline said all passengers have been safely deplaned. Following the incident in the evening, the operations at the Delhi international airport were impacted for nearly two hours as one of the runways was temporarily shut, sources said. The plane skidded upon landing on runway 29 and "lost control", they added. (www.khaleejtimes.com) More...

The mid-air meltdown fuelled by duty-free whisky and free champagne that forced a Boeing 747 to divert to Manchester

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“I’m not a drinker, I was just so excited to see my Mrs.” An airline passenger forced a pilot to divert a trans Atlantic Jumbo Jet to Manchester Airport at a cost of £17,000 after he had mid-air meltdown at 30,000 feet due to his fear of flying. Father of two Zahi Lebhardt, 31, got so nervous on board the Canada-bound flight from Frankfurt in Germany, he repeatedly locked himself in the toilet where he screamed and ripped panels off the walls. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Incident: Hawaiian B767 near San Jose on Apr 18th 2017, engine problem

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A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N594HA performing flight HA-43 from San Jose,CA to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 252 passengers and 11 crew, was climbing out of San Jose when the crew stopped the climb at about FL200 reporting a problem with the right hand engine (avherald.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines To Use Global Flight-Tracking Services

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Malaysia Airlines has become the first customer to sign up for SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware’s global flight tracking service, designed to prevent incidents similar to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370. (atwonline.com) More...