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American Airlines Leaves Thousands of Passengers at Gates as It Pushes On-Time Departures

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Pilots at American Airlines said the airline is so committed to making sure airplanes take off on time that in February it left 20,000 passengers stranded at the gate as the door to the airplane closed. The number was provided to American pilots Thursday in a letter from Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Will St. Louis Lambert Airport go private? Mayor submits preliminary application to FAA

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A release from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says that the city has submitted a preliminary application to the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Privatization Pilot Program. (fox2now.com) More...

An Indian politician admits hitting flight attendant 25 times with slipper

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An Indian politician brazenly admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat. Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Alaska Airlines is Killing off the Virgin America Brand

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It was all but inevitable that the Virgin America brand wouldn't survive its merger with Alaska Airlines. The parent company announced Wednesday that all Virgin America flights will fly under one brand with Alaska Airlines, likely sometime in 2019. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

American Airlines is reportedly investing $200 million in China’s largest airline

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American Airlines might be spending some serious cash in China. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that American Airlines is reportedly in advanced talks to invest $200 million in China Southern Airlines at a valuation of $10 billion. According to the publication, American’s investment in the airline’s Hong Kong-listed shares will reportedly buy it a non-voting seat on China Southern’s board. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Montana airports reporting record business

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Nearly 3.9 million people stepped on or off commercial airplanes in Montana last year. That was 330,000 more than ever before, according to the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation. Four of the state’s six busiest airports – Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena – set passenger records in 2016. Only No. 5 Great Falls International saw a decrease, while Billings Logan International went up slightly. (missoulian.com) More...

Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United Airlines Opening Fully Automated Airport Screening Lanes, Delta & American as well

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The carrier says its plan to partner with the Transportation Security Administration on the newly redesigned screening process is now a reality, with the opening of “a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint” at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C. The checkpoint includes dedicated lanes for Premier Access and TSA Precheck, with 17 automated screening lanes that feature larger bins and individual stations, allowing agents to process more travelers at one time. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries. They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

It’s Official: Qantas Does Support Marriage Equality Despite Criticism from Politicians

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Qantas has come and said it officially back marriage equality. “Qantas is one of 200 Australian companies that has publicly pledged support for marriage equality because we don’t think some people should have fewer rights than others.” (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

British Airways launches BUDGET airline LEVEL with flights to Los Angeles for just £86

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BRITISH AIRWAYS has a new sister airline – Level is a budget carrier with cheap flights to the US launching in time for summer. International Airlines Group (IAG) is launching the newest addition to its fleet... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Ten airports' flights affected by new US electronics restriction

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US regulators have identified 10 airports which will be subjected to new security measures regarding commercial flights to the USA. The security measures will require all personal electronic devices larger than a mobile phone to be placed in checked baggage, and not carried into the cabin of aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

American Airlines CEO: How Do We Beat Delta? We Bet on New Aircraft

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American (AAL) CEO Doug Parker said his airline has a revenue gap with Delta and is on the way to making it up — thanks largely to its modern fleet. In 2016, American’s 2016 revenue per available seat mile was 6.2% behind Delta’s (DAL) , according to a chart Parker displayed at last week’s JPMorgan transportation conference. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Flight attendant wrestles 5-foot snake on Alaska flight

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A flight attendant caught and secured a 4-to-5-foot loose snake on a flight from Aniak, Alaska, to Anchorage on Sunday. Ravn Alaska Flight 7133 was midair on the 90-minute flight when the snake was noticed by other passengers on the flight. (www.facebook.com) More...

EasyJet pilot reveals the truth behind flying phobia myths

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If you are, but are still brave enough to be planning to jet off on holiday in the coming weeks, you might want to read what an EasyJet pilot has to say about some of the common myths which lie behind flying fears. From what actually happens if you leave a mobile phone on during take-off to whether it is actually possible for a drunk to prise open the door mid-flight, Chris Foster has the answers anyone who doesn’t particularly enjoy taking to the skies needs to hear. (www.aircrew.in) More...

Airbus breaks ground on Indian training center

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India’s civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju broke ground for the Airbus India Training Center, accompanied by Airbus CEO Tom Enders, on March 17. The new center—which is Asia’s first Airbus training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers—will be built on a greenfield site in the Aerocity district near Indira Gandhi International, the capital’s main airport. (www.airbus.com) More...

British Airways ‘turning into Ryanair’ as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks

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British Airways has come under fire from both staff and customers as concern grows that cutbacks at the flag carrier are damaging its “elite” brand. Disgruntled cabin crew have provided a list to management of recent changes they say are diminishing the carrier’s reputation, the Sunday Times reported, including the loss of first-class perks, such as free amuse-bouches with customers’ first drink, no more fresh flowers in the first class toilets, and the downsizing of complimentary washbags... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

IAG's Level goes head-to-head with Norwegian

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IAG has signalled that it is aiming to compete head-on with low-cost operator Norwegian with its newly-unveiled budget carrier Level. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Etihad Airways is Redeploying In-Flight Cabin Crew as Recruitment Freeze Continues

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It’s understood that a number of F&B Managers and other onboard crew have been ‘redeployed’ to ground-based assignments. Etihad has moved the majority of staff into its Abu Dhabi airport lounges as the airline delays replacing ground staff. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Southwest Outlines New 737 MAX 8 Routes, Announces 737-300 Retirement Date

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Southwest has announced initial routes for its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following the opening of the carrier’s Fall 2017 schedule. Also, with the addition of the 737 MAX, the Dallas-based airline is retiring their 737-300 fleet. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Dramatic moment oxygen masks fall from the ceiling after plane’s cabin suddenly depressurised shortly after leaving London

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A CHARTER flight from London was forced to make an emergency landing this morning after the cabin suddenly depressurised without warning. The Titan Airways flight left London Stansted on Sunday morning headed for the Polish city of Rzeszow but it had to make an emergency landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at around 10am. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

5 Reasons Why I Like Flying British Airways

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People often ask why I fly British Airways as it appears to be an inconvenient option for me. Being based in Dublin means I have more reasons to fly Aer Lingus or Ryanair direct to European destinations. It would make more sense from a time perspective alone. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Is New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Airline ‘Level’ a Cynical Ploy by IAG?

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IAG takes Norweigan head on with a low-cost, long-haul airline at Barcelona. Flying two of the same routes but at half the price! (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is China’s C919 aircraft answer to Airbus and Boeing

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If all goes well, passenger airplane manufacturers Airbus and Boeing may soon have to face tough competition from China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp from April. The Chinese C919 aircraft will be powered by the LEAP engine, made by CFM International, an equal joint venture between Safran and General Electric Co. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Eye-opening video taken by a pilot shows the difficulty involved in landing a Boeing 737 airline in high winds

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An incredible video posted by a self-proclaimed extreme aerobatics pilot shows just how difficult it is to land a commercial airline in extreme wind. Artur Kielak posted a video of himself as he landed a Boeing 737 plane in extremely difficult weather. The polish man put his camera near his feet to take the video, which got an astonishing 2,500 reactions on Facebook in its first 24 hours live. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Pilot error makes for saucy flight entertainment

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Female Pilot Mistakenly Plays A Video Of Her Bathing On Plane TV,Passengers Panic (imzansi.co.za) More...

Airlines run out of flight numbers, DGCA (India) warns safety at risk

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The existing three-digit codes of flight numbers are increasingly leading to confusion (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Elon Musk’s SpaceX scores another win in push for military satellite launches

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The U.S. Air Force picked Elon Musk’s SpaceX to blast a second Global Positioning System satellite into orbit, part of a broader drive to open up various other launch contracts for competitive bidding through late 2019. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has battled for years and even took the military to court to be allowed to bid on such contracts using its Falcon 9 booster. The latest developments mark another victory in the company’s campaign to snare business away from its dominant rival,… (www.marketwatch.com) More...

Pensacola flight school, American Airlines target area pilots

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An American Airlines regional jet service is recruiting former military helicopter pilots to fly its commercial planes and teaming with a Pensacola flight school to provide the training. (www.pnj.com) More...

Is your passport valid? British Airways and other airlines need to start following EU rules

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“UK passports are valid for travel anywhere in the EU up to and including the expiry date. Airlines should know this.” That was what I tweeted on Monday morning, following yet another case in which passengers with valid UK passports were wrongly and distressingly turned away from their flight to Prague. Once again, British Airways staff insisted, incorrectly, that they needed three months’ validity on their passports for travel to the Czech capital. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Terrified passengers describe moment take-off was aborted due to ’emergency’ when plane front wheels were already in air

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A passenger said a “deadly silence” filled the aircraft as the plane made an emergency stop Passengers described a “deathly silence” that filled a plane when a take-off was aborted at the last moment as the aircraft’s front wheels were already in the air.The pilot on a Monarch flight from Birmingham to Malaga was forced to make an emergency stop following an alert as the plane hurtled down the runway. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Why aeroplane windows are round: Crashes of Flights 781 and 201 sparked change

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FLIGHT 781 left the tarmac at Rome’s Ciampino Airport without a hitch. The de Havilland Comet jet — which had been the world’s first commercial jetliner — began climbing to cruising altitude to carry its 35 passengers and crew to London. About 15 minutes into the flight, which was operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), the captain spoke to another pilot when the transmission ended mid-sentence. The Comet jet disintegrated in the sky and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea,… (www.ondtravel.net) More...

PICTURE: Airbus A350-1000 undergoes low-speed take-off tests

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Airbus has been carrying out low-speed take-off tests with one of the A350-1000 development aircraft as it heads towards certification later this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Headphone batteries explode, injures passenger on flight to Australia

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A woman suffered burns to her face and hands after her headphones caught fire during a flight to Australia, officials said on Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices on planes. (www.aircrew.in) More...

Ex-Aeroflot manager sentenced for 8 years for embezzlement

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Nikolay Glushkov, former Deputy Director-General of Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo), has been convicted in absentia on charges of embezzlement, fined RUB1 million (USD17,000) and sentenced to eight years in prison, reports Kommersant. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Video: Plane pulls out of landing attempt at notorious St Maarten's airport

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Video posted by ATCPilot shows the plane descend towards the ocean, with ripples from the jet engines appearing on the sea surface. Suddenly the pilots decided to pull up and make a second attempt. (www.9news.com.au) More...

Cracked component, crew lapses cited in SIA 777 fire report

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A cracked component in the General Electric GE90 engine was behind a wing fire sustained aboard a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER on 27 June 2016. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Everything We Know About the U.S. Army's New Super Spy Plane

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The EMARSS aircraft is configured to integrate a range of sensor packages such as Electro-Optical/Infrared cameras, full-motion video cameras and an imaging sensor technology known as Wide Area Surveillance System able to identify and produce images spanning over a given area of terrain, Army acquisition officials explained. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Gogo passes 3,000 installed aircraft with in-flight connectivity in commercial aviation

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CHICAGO – Gogo, leading global provider of in-flight broadband connectivity and connectivity-enabled services to commercial and business aviation, has reached a major milestone by installing its 3,000th commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity. (www.aircrew.in) More...

Horrifying helicopter crash near Mexicali kills 4

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A horrifying helicopter crash just west of Mexicali Monday afternoon, and it was all caught on video. Four people died when their chopper went down. The crew had just retrieved the body of a young girl who had gone missing while hiking with friends this weekend. (www.aircrew.in) More...

Monarch A321 enroute on Aug 27th 2015, two small lavatory fires

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A Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration G-OZBI performing flight ZB-472 from Birmingham,EN (UK) to Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) with 194 passengers and 7 crew, was enroute when a fire was detected in a lavatory. Cabin crew was able to extinguish the fire and the flight was continued. Another fire started and was again extinguished by cabin crew in time. The flight continued to Sharm el Sheikh for a safe landing about 5 hours after departure. (avherald.com) More...

Emirates A388 at Manchester on Mar 12th 2017, could not retract landing gear

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An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EEB performing flight EK-18 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), was climbing out of Manchester's runway 23R when the crew could not retract the landing gear, stopped the climb at FL090 and entered a hold before deciding to divert to London Heathrow,EN (UK), where the aircraft landed safely on runway 27L about 90 minutes after departure. (avherald.com) More...

Swiss A343 near Dakar on Mar 13th 2017, emergency descent, airline reports fuel pump failure

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A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration HB-JMA performing flight LX-92 (dep Mar 12th) from Zurich (Switzerland) to Sao Paulo,SP (Brazil) with 215 passengers, was enroute at FL340 about 380nm northeast of Dakar (Senegal) in Mauritianian Airspace when the aircraft performed an emergency descent reaching FL100 within 7 minutes (average rate of descent 3400fpm). (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Egypt B738 near Athens on Mar 12th 2017, meal preparation failure

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An Egypt Air Boeing 737-800, registration SU-GDZ performing flight MS-748 from Athens (Greece) to Cairo (Egypt) with 103 people on board, was climbing through FL385 out of Athens when the crew decided to return to Athens (avherald.com) More...

PICTURE: Lucky Air receives first widebody in long-haul push

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Lucky Air has received its first widebody, an Airbus A330-300, which will be used by the low-cost carrier to operate long-haul services. (www.flightglobal.com) More...