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Last air berlin flight says goodbye, pilot suspended

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After this manoeuvre the pilot was suspended. Looking forward to the ATC audio. (sputniknews.com) More...

Baffled couple suffer ‘Most annoying game’during flight by Cabin Crew bizarre plane prank

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They usually strive to please passengers. But a team of AirAsia cabin crew decided to ditch their professionalism in favour of a bizarre plane prank, instead. Footage shows staff taking part in a strange ‘moaning’ competition over the commercial craft’s PA system, while bemused travellers look on. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Chicago security officers who dragged Kentucky doctor David Dao off overbooked United Airlines flight are fired

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TWO Chicago airport security officers have been fired and a third resigned for their roles in dragging a doctor off an overbooked United Airlines flight for refusing to give up his seat. Dr David Dao 69, lost two front teeth, suffered a significant concussion and his nose was broken when he was forced off the flight from Chicago to Louisville... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Aeromexico Boeing 737 near Hermosillo on Oct 9th 2017, engine shut down in flight

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An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800, registration XA-MIA performing flight AM-774 (dep Oct 8th) from Guadalajara to Tijuana (Mexico), was enroute at FL380 about 130nm south of Hermosillo (Mexico) when the left hand engine (CFM56) emitted noise and streaks of flame (www.aeroinside.com) More...

End of an era for the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies

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The Queen of the Skies is in the final days of her reign. For decades, the Boeing 747 ruled over the airline industry, a workhorse with a royal nickname that made flying more affordable because of its huge seating capacity... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Efforts to crush Canada’s jet ambitions may have just failed

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Making the Canadian CSeries jet a much bigger threat to its 737 family was probably not what Boeing intended when it tried to cripple it being sold cheaply to US carriers (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Airbus aims to fly A330neo on 19 October

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Airbus has tentatively fixed a 19 October date for the maiden A330neo flight. The date falls within an interval it had previously identified as a possible window for the A330-900's initial sortie. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Opinion: Airbus sends a thank you card to Donald Trump and Boeing

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There’s chutzpah and then there’s the deal that Airbus SE just struck with Bombardier Inc. By acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bombardier’s struggling CSeries commercial jet program — for free — Airbus has handed Boeing Co., its U.S. nemesis, a whopping black eye. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Savannah doctor: National anthem tribute stopped on Delta flight …

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A Georgia woman has taken to social media to vent her frustration after she was told she couldn’t sing the national anthem. She wanted to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” after learning her flight carried the remains of a fallen soldier. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Lufthansa confirms interest in ‘new Alitalia’

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The Lufthansa Group has submitted an offer letter expressing interest in establishing a “new Alitalia,” only days after the German flag carrier signed a €210 million ($249 million) deal to take over a large part of bankrupt airberlin’s assets, including NIKI and regional carrier LGW (atwonline.com) More...

AirAsia Japan to launch operations on 29 October

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The reborn AirAsia Japan will commence services on 29 October with a service from its Nagoya hub to Sapporo, two years after receiving its air operator's certificate. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Boeing 737 at Salt Lake City on Oct 14th 2017, bird strike

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N385DN performing flight DL-527 from Salt Lake City,UT to Reno,NV (USA), was climbing through 6000 feet out of Salt Lake City's runway 34L when a bird impacted the nose of the aircraft. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Flight attendant who survived Las Vegas concert massacre now sees her home destroyed by killer Californian wildfires

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A flight attendant who survived the Las Vegas mass shooting only to have her California home destroyed by wildfire has spoken out about her odds-defying ordeal. Michella Flores, a 51-year-old former firefighter and paramedic, kept working multiple jobs without taking a day off through a shooting that killed 58 and wildfires that have killed 38 so far. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

FAA Calls for Emergency Inspections of GP7200 Turbofans

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency advisory directive (AD) calling for visual inspection of the fan hubs on Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans. The directive comes in reaction to the uncontained failure of a GP7200 on an Air France A380 during a scheduled flight on September 30 from Paris to Los Angeles. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Air Asia flight forced to turn back to Perth after TERRIFYING’ mid-air emergency

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TERRIFIED passengers thought they were going to die after an AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali plunged 20,000 feet. PASSENGERS on board an AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali feared for the lives after the aircraft plunged 20,000 feet in a midair emergency. Flight QZ535 was forced to turn back to Perth Airport on Sunday morning, just 25 minutes into its flight, after a technical issue caused the cabin to lose pressure. Oxygen masks dropped from above the seats and passengers were told to get into… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Airport worker ‘caught on camera rilfing through passengers’ bags

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Holiday makers beware – an baggage handler has been filmed going through passengers’ bags and suitcases in a popular airport for tourists A thieving airport worker has been caught on camera opening luggage and ‘swiping the contents.’ The brazen baggage handler was arrested and charged after he was filmed unzipping bags and allegedly helping himself to passengers’ possessions. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Etihad flight makes emergency landing in Adelaide after a ‘fire in the luggage compartment’

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An Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi was forced to make an emergency landing in Adelaide after a fault in the luggage compartment. More than 300 passengers were left stranded at the South Australian airport early Saturday morning, including Michael Milner who described the chaotic landing. Mr Milner told Daily Mail Australia they were about an hour-and-a-half away from landing in Sydney when they were told there was a ‘technical issue’ with the plane, causing the entertainment systems and air… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Last flight to Hel

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Finair's last flight 666 to Hel on Friday 13th - due to flight number changes this is the last time this flight will take place.. (www.rt.com) More...

Incident: Virgin Australia B737 at Coolangatta on Oct 12th 2017, engine problem

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A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800, registration VH-VUA performing flight VA-546 from Coolangatta,QL to Sydney,NS (Australia), was climbing through FL100 out of Coolangatta when the crew received an abnormal indication for one of the engines (CFM56), stopped the climb and diverted (avherald.com) More...

airBaltic resuming CS300 ops after brief grounding

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airBaltic (BT, Riga) has confirmed it is in the process of returning its fleet of seven CS300s to commercial service following their grounding on the evening of Wednesday, October 11. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Lufthansa acquires LGW, Niki from Air Berlin

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Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has confirmed it has reached an agreement with Lufthansa Group in which the latter will acquire the former's LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (HE, Dortmund) and Niki (HG, Vienna) units in addition to twenty other aircraft. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Etihad Airways lets 6-year-old boy become pilot for a day

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For most young boys, the dream career would be following Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best footballer, or a title-winning racing driver like Lewis Hamilton. For those not totally sold on the idea of sports or pop stardom, becoming a pilot would be the perfect way to spend one’s adult years, soaring across the skies and wearing the distinctive uniform... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

The final Fokker: How these iconic aircraft are disappearing from the skies

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One of the more enduring relationships in aviation history is about to end. KLM, the Dutch flag carrier, is preparing to bid a fond farewell to its last Fokker aircraft, marking the final chapter in a partnership that has lasted 97 years. Almost since the dawn of flying. Fokker, founded in 1912, went bankrupt in 1996, but its aircraft have remained tireless workhorses of KLM – and many other airlines – since. However, the time has come, says the Dutch airline, for the two to part company. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

PIA end its service to the U.S., specifically to New York JFK airport

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will end its service to the U.S., specifically to New York JFK airport, later this month after 55 years of history. The news was first reported by Gulf News late last week and PIA officially closed reservations for its New York JFK route on October 31, 2017. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland

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From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service. Emirates will retain its existing daily A380 flights from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney, and the airline is also evaluating potential new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

United Boeing 737 at San Diego on Oct 10th 2017, rejected takeoff due to engine failure

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A United Boeing 737-800, registration N76516 performing flight UA-621 from San Diego,CA to San Francisco,CA (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from runway 27 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed following the failure of the left hand engine (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Almost 1 billion passengers through EU airports last year

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The number of air travel passengers in the European Union increased by 5.9 percent last year, continuing a steady rise over the past decade. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Southwest Airlines will sell you select round-trip tickets for less than $100 for the next 72 hours

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From Tuesday to Thursday, Southwest Airlines is selling one-way tickets for as low as $49. As a result, travelers could get their hands on round-trip tickets for less than $100 excluding taxes and fees. The $49 tickets are for the airline’s shorter nonstop domestic routes, such as Baltimore to Detroit. Longer domestic routes could cost up to $155 one-way... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

PASSENGERS feared the worst: Flight makes emergency landing after pilot collapses in the cockpit

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PASSENGERS feared the worst when their pilot collapsed and had to be “laid on the floor” of the cockpit during an international flight. A PILOT collapsed in the cockpit of a passenger jet at 30,000 feet, fuelling fears of “terrorism” throughout the cabin. One passenger on the Thomson Holiday flight 1714 saw the pilot “lying prostrate on the floor” after he keeled over just 16 minutes into the flight from Newcastle, UK to Larnaca, Cyprus on Sunday, The Sun reports. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Fire breaks out next to American Airlines plane as passengers look on in horror at airport

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The Boeing 777 was due to fly from Hong Kong to Los Angeles when the fire erupted as the plane sat next to the terminal Passengers looked on in horror as a fire broke out next to an American Airlines plane at an airport. A piece of loading equipment caught fire at Hong Kong International Airport next to the plane that was due to to fly from the city to Los Angeles. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Air Mauritius to introduce the new Airbus A350-900 on October 23, 2017

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Air Mauritius is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900. The flag carrier is planning to introduce the new type on October 23, 2017 on the Mauritius – Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route according to Airline Route. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

These are the most insane features on the Airbus A380

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THERE’S no doubt that the Airbus A380 is one of the most technologically advanced planes in the world, and it has cabins to match. Today, Airbus A380s fly to more than 110 destinations around the world, including to Australia. Currently, 14 airlines use the double-decker A380s, including Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Etihad. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Qatar Airways wins top awards at the 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards

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Qatar Airways has been awarded ‘Best Cabin Service’ and ‘Best Food and Beverage’ at the 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards held during the annual APEX Expo. The airline also received the evening’s highest ranking as a 2018 five-star airline from over half a million passengers who took part in the highly influential awards... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Factbox: Bombardier aero tied to 22,700 U.S. jobs, $2.4 billion in spending

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The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday proposed a 79.82 percent antidumping duty after a preliminary finding that the jets were sold below cost. Last week it announced a preliminary duty of nearly 220 percent to compensate for the subsidies. (www.reuters.com) More...

Just believe in yourself and do it: Nepal’s first female Captain Priya describes life on top of the world

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With peaks over 8,000 metres, the Himalayas continue to beckon an array of experienced and novice climbers from around the globe. These mountains also call to some of the world’s most capable and courageous helicopter pilots — Priya Adhikari is among them. “I went from being a medical student to changing into being a cabin crew for five years. But then I got a free joy ride in a helicopter,” Ms Adhikari said. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

American Boeing 767-300 near Bogota on Oct 4th 2017, electrical problems

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An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N390AA performing flight AA-984 (dep Oct 3rd) from Montevideo (Uruguay) to Miami,FL (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 80nm eastsoutheast of Bogota (Colombia) when the crew decided to divert to Bogota reporting electrical problems (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Debris from AF66 (CDG-LAX) found in Greenland

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Debris from the failed engine on the Air France A380 flight AF66 has been found in a remote part of Greenland. (newsinflight.com) More...

U.S. hits Bombardier with 79.82% preliminary duty on CSeries aircraft

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The U.S. government move follows last week's decision to slap preliminary countervailing tariffs of nearly 220 per cent on Bombardier, bringing the total duties imposed by the U.S. on the CSeries to almost 300 per cent. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Lufthansa to hire 1,000 flight attendants for A380 Munich operations

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Lufthansa will hire 1,000 flight attendants for its Munich hub as its launches Airbus A380 operations from the Bavarian capital in spring 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus begins A330-800 production

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Airbus announced it has begun A330-800 production in preparation for final assembly in late 2017 and first flight in early 2018. It is also preparing for the first flight of the A330-900. (atwonline.com) More...

Bombardier's CS300 aircraft stops in Delhi during world tour

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Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier's CS300 aircraft today arrived at Indira Gandhi International airport here as part of its world tour. (economictimes.indiatimes.com) More...

Eurowings asks passengers to vote on potential new routes

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German LCC Eurowings is linking up passenger engagement with its route development strategy by asking customers to vote for the route they want the airline to fly (atwonline.com) More...

Belgium takes legal action against Ryanair over flight cancellations

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Belgium’s deputy prime minister is launching legal action against Ryanair for unfair commercial practices (atwonline.com) More...

Did Malaysia cover-up, or stuff-up, key MH370 pointers?

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Does the X on this graphic mark the most likely resting place of MH370? (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

RAF fighter jets escort Ryanair plane into Stansted after 'hoax bomb threat'

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Two RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept a Ryanair passenger plane after a suspected bomb hoax. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...