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Russian jet buzzes US recon jet: Pictures released of 'unsafe' incident

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Striking photos released Friday show just how dangerously close a Russian fighter jet came to a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in a Monday interaction deemed "provocative" by a U.S. official. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Incident: United B777 near Baker Lake on Jun 20th 2017, lavatory woes

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A United Boeing 777-200, registration N218UA performing flight UA-851 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL310 about 250nm southwest of Baker Lake,NU (Canada) when the crew requested to divert to San Francisco,CA (USA) reporting a lavatory problem (avherald.com) More...

New Airbus A320 Airspace interior set to debut in 2020

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European airframer Airbus has developed a new cabin concept for its best-selling narrow body A320 family of jetliners called Airspace. Just as its competitor Boeing borrowed cabin concepts from the 787 Dreamliner and incorporated it in to the 737, Airbus has borrowed concepts from the A350 and the A330neo for the Airspace interior to offer similar designs in both the cockpit and the passenger cabin, along with the latest technology. (www.bangaloreaviation.com) More...

Airbus unveils A380plus, an enhanced version of the superjumbo

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European airframer Airbus unveiled a development study for an enhanced version of the A380 superjumbo, the “A380plus”. The study is a bid by the company to re-engergise sales of the world’s largest passenger aircraft that have been stagnant for over a year. It also appears to be an effort to bridge the requests of the largest A380 customer, Emirates airline, for an A380neo with newer engines and a re-designed wing. Airbus has already spent over $25 billion on developing the A380 and given the… (www.bangaloreaviation.com) More...

Etihad Airways eliminates free chauffeur service for premium passengers

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is eliminating its complimentary chauffeur service for its business and first class passengers at all its international destinations. A paid option “at specially negotiated rates” will replace the free service. Economy class passengers can also avail the new paid service, and Etihad Guest members will accrue frequent flier points. The cutback is part of a series changes the airline says are “designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer… (www.bangaloreaviation.com) More...

HAL-Russian Helicopters form JV to assemble Ka-226T in India

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Russian Helicopters and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has registered a joint venture for the license production of Ka-226T light helicopters in India. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

New Virgin Mobile Deal Offers a Year of Unlimited Talk Text and Data for Just $1

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Virgin Mobile is becoming the first wireless carrier to only sell iPhones, and it is offering some unusual perks to publicize the move. Among the offers: -a free round-trip Virgin America ticket to the U.K. from the U.S. (after buying a regular ticket) -20% off on Virgin America flights on Virgin America -a free night stay at Virgin hotels after paying for two nights -$170 in savings from the Virgin Wines club (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Qatar Airways wants to buy a 10% stake in American Airlines

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American Airways on Thursday said it received an unsolicited notice from Qatar Airways to make a “significant investment,” amounting to 10% of public shares. In a regulatory filing , American Air said it had also notified the federal government as required for larger mergers and acquisitions. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Passengers cheer as woman is escorted off Manchester flight forced into an emergency landing

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Cheering passengers filmed the moment a woman was escorted off a Manchester holiday flight – after the plane had been forced to make an emergency landing. The easyJet service from Manchester to Antalya, in Turkey, landed at Stansted after complaints that a female passenger was ‘shouting and swearing’. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Beijing's New Mega Airport Will Challenge Air China's Dominance

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Like ancient warlords, China’s three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China Ltd. controlling Beijing, China Eastern Airlines Corp. holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern Airlines Co. ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Rising on a plain south of Beijing is a mega airport that is about to change the balance, bringing all three head to head in the capital as it becomes the world’s biggest aviation hub. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada B777 near Frankfurt on Jun 15th 2017, smell of smoke in cabin

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An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FNNU performing flight AC-891 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 329 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 120nm south of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew decided to divert to Frankfurt reporting smell of smoke in the cabin (avherald.com) More...

Accident: United B737 near Cancun on Jun 20th 2017, turbulence injures 10 occupants

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A United Boeing 737-800, registration N12225 performing flight UA-1031 from Panama City (Panama) to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), was enroute about 80nm east of Cancun (Mexico) when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to 9 passengers and one cabin crew (avherald.com) More...

Emirates interested in retrofit for A380 changes proposed by Airbus on new planes

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Emirates, the world’s largest A380 customer, would be interested in changes being made to its current fleet of the superjumbo that manufacturer Airbus said this week would only be for new aircraft. Airbus unveiled an upgraded version of the world’s biggest passenger jet on Sunday, seeking to boost demand for the slow-selling superjumbo and including a new wingtip design aimed at reducing fuel burn by up to 4 percent. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Qantas plunges to lowest ever rank in Best airlines list

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The passengers choice in the Skytrax 'Best Airline in the world' list has seen Virgin Australia leap Qantas from 9th place to 15th place. The Australian carrier dropped 6 ranks - the lowest since 2012. However, the airline took home two awards which are "World's best Premium Economy Class" and "Best Premium Economy Seat." Meanwhile, Australia's two low-cost carriers (Jetstar and Tigerair) climbed up to 44th and 90th on the list. Air New Zealand has dropped two places from… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Airbus A320 Airspace launched with striking interiors, cool comfort; here’s how it looks

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Airbus A320 Airspace: To extend the successful 2016 introduction of the A330neo and A350, Airbus announced the new A320 which will feature the largest overhead bin in addition with better service, comfort and ambience. As A320 joins the Airspace family, passengers are likely to get substantial additional benefits. The designs are based on a steady range of cabin product elements that will add differentiation to airlines. Here are the design specifications that are not only award winning, but… (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Airbus A380 'Plus' adds seats or range, cuts flight costs

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Airbus shows off an easier way to get more passengers per plane than by jamming their thigh bones together (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Queen rocker flies into a rage over BA first class: Guitarist Brian May furious that recliner seats are no longer next to the windows

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‘As I fly today with British Airways, I wonder if I am the only person left in the world who likes to relax in a comfortable seat and dreamily turn my head to the window and get lost in the ever-changing wonders of the planet as they drift by? ‘I wonder this because I’m not aware of anyone except me complaining about the new way the seats are configured in BA First Class.’ May, who memorably performed a guitar solo on the roof of Buckingham Palace at the start of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee… (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Icelandair cabin crew are planning a theatre show for passengers at 39,000 feet

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Cabin crew at Icelandair are waiting in the wings – to put on a live theatre show for passengers at 39,000 feet, it has emerged. Bosses at the airline are set to trial the unique in-flight entertainment to mark its 80th year. Cabin crew at Icelandair are putting on a live theatre show for passengers at 39,000 feet Flight attendants were sent to stage school to learn various elements of thespian arts such as singing, dancing and comedy. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Paris Air Show 2017 - Tuesday 20 June - Live flying display

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Live flying display: Watch the Paris Air Show flying display now! (www.airbus.com) More...

Incident: British Airways B777 at Kuwait on Jun 16th 2017, engine shut down in flight

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A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-VIIH performing flight BA156 from Kuwait (Kuwait) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was climbing out of Kuwait when the crew stopped the climb at FL160 reporting an engine (GE90) failure (avherald.com) More...

Missing MH370 satellite data released, contains new insights

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MH370's satellite link showed similar anomalies during the flight it completed prior to its disappearance (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Ridiculous: United Doesn’t Let Basic Economy Passengers Check-In Online

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Online check in has made what can be a pretty time-consuming airport experience a much shorter one — especially so for the time-sensitive business traveler who goes from meeting room straight onto the plane with only a cabin-sized bag in tow. TPG reader Karina, however, had the exact opposite experience, thanks to United’s Basic Economy fares. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Too hot to fly? 120-degree temperatures could disrupt flights in Phoenix

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It’s not often air traffic would be delayed on a crystal-clear sunny day, but what’s happening in Phoenix is no ordinary sunny day. An intense heat wave is building in the Desert Southwest, threatening to tie or topple all-time record high temperatures. And you know that’s saying something for Phoenix... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Gallery: Airbus unveils A320 Airspace cabin

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Airbus has unveiled a new interior for the A320 family of aircraft that will be available from 2020, can be retrofitted, and which takes cues from the A350 XWB cabin design. Airspace features include customized ceiling lighting and overhead bins that can contain eight bags per four-frame bin, a 40% increase in stowage space (atwonline.com) More...

Emirates Working on Augmented Reality Glasses to Improve Customer Service

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I tried Google Glass.. and returned them for a full refund. The technology just didn’t seem ready for prime time. Nonetheless the concept retains promise for customer service delivery, as well as for self-service uses. And Emirates sees the technology as something that can differentiate it from budget airline rivals. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

AeroMobil Will Exhibit Its Flying Car at the Paris Air Show

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Aeromobil, the flying car hopeful out of Slovakia, will exhibit at the upcoming Paris Air Show in the brand new 9,000-square-foot Paris Air Lab at Le Bourget Airport focused on the very latest in research and innovation. The company hopes to convince the aerospace world that its idea for the future mobility is possible. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Air India recruits 415 pilots

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Air India is now hiring 415 pilots with A-320 endorsement to appoint as Senior Trainee Pilots. Here is the split of vacancies: General 116 SC 63 ST 45 OBC 191 TOTAL 415 (www.indianaviationnews.net) More...

The glorious history of the best plane Boeing has ever built

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This week in 1994, the Boeing 777 airliner made its first flight - kicking off a career that would revolutionize the airline industry. Once every few decades, an airplane comes along and simply redefines what a modern airliner is capable of delivering for airlines and its passengers. In 1957, Boeing changed the game with its first jet-powered airliner, the 707. In 1969, Boeing turned the airline industry upside down with the introduction of the 747 jumbo jet. In 1994, Boeing did it again with… (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Video: Test flight A350 for the Paris Air Show 2017

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The official video of the test flight of the Airbus A350 at the Paris Air Show 2017. (www.youtube.com) More...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Lands at Le Bourget Ahead of Paris Air Show

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MIAMI – The third Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) test aircraft (FTA-3) touched down at Le Bourget Airport Thursday, ahead of the 52nd International Paris Air Show. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Delhi Airport's Terminal 2 Will be Used For Flights to Smaller Cities

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To ensure the existing terminals at Delhi airport are not burdened, most of the flights coming under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) will operate from the unused Terminal 2 for operations. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Singapore Airlines subsidiaries look to expand India presence

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Tigerair and Scoot, the no-frills subsidiaries of Singapore Airlines that will merge by July-end, are looking at expanding its footprints in India by tapping international travellers from Tier-2 cities and secondary markets in the country. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

35 Flight Attendants And Pilots Share The Most Obnoxious Thing A Passenger Has Done Mid-Flight

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I have never encountered an obnoxious traveler — maybe screaming babies, but that was the worst of the bunch. Read on for the most obnoxious thing a person has done on a flight. Check out this cool Reddit thread for more stories. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Photo Tour: Emirates Airline A380 Interiors

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There is much expectation that the airline will be placing an order for additional A380s as part of its ambitious plans to conquer the US market. With fifteen A380s currently in its fleet, Emirates Airlines is the largest operator of the double-decker aircraft. The carrier uses its A380 to service routes from Dubai to London Heathrow (double-daily), Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, Johannesburg and Auckland. In… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

British Airways cabin crew to stage two-week strike

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British Airways cabin crew are to stage a two-week strike from 1 July, the Unite union has said, in a long-running dispute over pay and benefits. Unite said BA had refused to accept its final offer on the issue of the “sanctioning” of striking cabin crew... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Lufthansa to Station Five A380 Widebody Jets in Munich

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Lufthansa announced plans to station five Airbus A380 wide-body airliners at its Munich hub in the summer of next year. By deploying the world's largest passenger aircraft, Lufthansa will not only substantially boost its capacity on long-haul routes to and from Munich, but will also establish a new premium service for passengers using Munich Airport. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Incident: Kalitta B747 at Leipzig on Jun 14th 2017, flaps problem

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A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400, registration N743CK performing freight flight K4-248 from Delhi (India) to Leipzig (Germany), was on final approach to Leipzig's runway 26L when the crew initiated a go around at about 2200 feet MSL reporting a problem with the flaps. (avherald.com) More...

Thousands of travelers were forced to fly without their luggage after Heathrow baggage system fails

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Thousands of travelers leaving Heathrow airport Thursday morning were forced to take-off without some of their luggage. The airport said via Twitter that an issue with its baggage systems was to blame and that two terminals, which are primarily used by British Airways and American Airlines, were affected... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Airbus to add winglets to boost A380 sales: sources

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Europe’s Airbus (PA:AIR) plans to upgrade its A380 superjumbo with fuel-saving wingtip devices, or winglets, in an effort to boost slow sales of the mammoth jet, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The latest modifications to the world’s largest airliner will be announced at next week’s Paris Airshow, they said, proceeding with a program of efficiency improvements first reported by Reuters in March. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Is it too early to bury the A380?

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“Low demand for A380 is due to airlines being afraid of not filling the seats on the aircraft,” Tomas Chlumecky, a Canadian aviation consultant, told AeroTime in an email. One of the possible solutions to this might be exploiting seasonal surges in demand seen on certain niche routes. In November 2016, Malaysian announced deploying its A380s for Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage) journeys. Niche as it might be, the predictability of seasonal travel demand in case of religious travel is able to support the… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Incident: United B737 near Tallahassee on Jun 13th 2017, smell of smoke in cabin

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A United Boeing 737-900, registration N66897 performing flight UA-1239 from Miami,FL to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 155 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 90nm southeast of Tallahassee,FL (USA) when the crew reported smell of smoke in the cabin and decided to divert (avherald.com) More...

What Went Wrong with the F-35?

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Interesting opinion piece from a writer with over 20 years in the US Airforce. Well worth a read. The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired but has turned out to be one of the greatest boondoggles in recent military purchasing history (www.scientificamerican.com) More...

The unknown US airport that could change transatlantic travel forever

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When the first passengers disembark at New York’s newest international airport on Thursday, they will be in for a shock. Stewart International is no bigger than a motorway service station. In fact, it’s probably smaller. And most of the time it's deserted. Last Saturday afternoon (usually peak time for international travel), it was remarkably empty –and remarkably clean. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Air Astana begins first Frankfurt service

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Kazakhstan’s Air Astana launched weekly nonstop Uralsk (Kazakhstan)-Frankfurt service June 14, using an Airbus A320 configured with 16 business- and 132 economy-class seats. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus Is Planning Europe's Next-Gen Fighter

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European aircraft giant Airbus is in the early stages of planning what very well may become the continent's next generation fighter jet. The unnamed fighter could replace current European fighters, including the Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, in the next ten to fifteen years. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

NAC receives only one bid for its Boeing 757

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An auction sale by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) of its Boeing 757 has attracted only one bidder. The extended deadline for submitting tenders ended Monday. The minimum sale price for the 30-year-old aircraft named Karnali and bearing registration number 9N-ACA was set at $1.71 million. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...