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Airbus A350-1000 takes to the skies for the first time

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The World's first A350-1000 has taken to the skies for the first time. It departed to Toulouse Blagnac Airport / France (TLS/LFBO) at 10:42 for a 3hr test flight. Barring bad weather that could lead to a postponement, Thursday’s approximately three-hour debut will add a new 366-seat member to the lightweight carbon-fibre A350 family, which entered service with the smaller A350-900 early last year. It is part of a game of leapfrog at the top of the market for twin-engined long-haul jets, as the… (www.thenational.ae) More...

The $65 European Airfare Is Coming to the U.S.

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Norwegian Air International Ltd., no stranger to going where others won’t, is about to try this strategy with a new, smaller Boeing jet: the 737 Max. Norwegian, which has the honor of being the first airline to fly one, is using the first six of its planes to open 10 routes starting this summer. It will begin service June 15 from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Stewart International Airport, about 60 miles north of New York City. To fill all these new trans-Atlantic seats, Norwegian is setting… (www.bloomberg.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...

Antonov offers its airplane to Trump

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U.S. President-elect earlier was displeased with costs of Boeing aircraft Ukrainian state-owned airplane manufacturer Antonov has offered its aircraft for Trump to consider using as the Presidential airplane. (uatoday.tv) More...

15 injured in ‘serious’ stall alert incident on Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong

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15 passengers were injured on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong after a serious stall alert last Friday, it has just emerged. Authorities will now begin a serious incident investigation after a ‘stick shaker’ warning activated on the QF29 service... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Wait, this aircraft mechanic has been with American Airlines for HOW LONG???

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Azreil “Al” Blackman is an Aviation Maintenance Technician Crew Chief for American Airlines who oversees aircraft mechanics at JFK International Airport. Like many mechanics he graduated from Aviation High School in Manhattan and, oddly enough, had to get permission from his mother to take the job with American, originally starting in the sheet metal shop as an apprentice. Sounds somewhat typical right? Here’s the thing: Al’s first day with American Airlines was July 17, 1942. Yes, you read that… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Lufthansa wants same Frankfurt fee terms as Ryanair

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Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair’s announcement that it plans to start operations from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) next year drew a swift response from Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr, who called for equal treatment on airport fees. “Lufthansa and Ryanair are the biggest operators on short-haul routes within Europe. For us, it was no surprise the carrier is coming to Frankfurt. (atwonline.com) More...

ANA selects iconic "FLYING HONU" design for special edition A380 on Tokyo-Honolulu route

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ANA, Japan's largest airline, announced today that it has selected "FLYING HONU" as the theme for its limited edition livery to be used on the carrier's Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo-Honolulu service, launching in spring 2019. The new route marks ANA's first introduction of the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airliner. (www.ana.co.jp) More...

Airbus A-380 lands at Mitchell International

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The world's largest commercial aircraft set down at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport early Thursday afternoon. (www.wisn.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...

Incident: Iceland B757 near Boston on May 30th 2017, rubbery

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An Iceland Air Boeing 757-200, registration TF-FIR performing inaugural flight FI-828 from Philadelphia,PA (USA) to Keflavik (Iceland), was enroute at FL360 about 110nm northeast of Boston,MA (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Boston due to a strong smell of rubber in the aft cabin. (avherald.com) More...

Cathay Pacific flies New Zealand’s first Airbus A350-900 service

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Cathay Pacific has operated the first scheduled Airbus A350-900 flight to New Zealand with CX197 touching down at Auckland Airport a few minutes before 1300 local time on Friday. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Emirates First Class Flight + Lounge Review New York – Dubai (JFK-DXB)

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Introduction: The following is a guest post from Dara who scored first class tickets on Emirates. Really looks like a fantastic experience! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to snag two first class seats on Emirates flagship JFK-DXB-LUS (Lusaka, Zambia). The DXB-LUS leg was also in first class but the aircraft, a Boeing 777, was not as impressive as the A380. Therefore, I will focus this review on the JFK-DXB leg. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Pak Pilot Slept For 2 Hours In Business Class, Flight Had 305 Passengers

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A senior pilot, who decided to take a nap during an Islamabad-London flight in April, putting the lives of 305 passengers aboard at risk, has been taken off duty by the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Reports reveal that Amir Akhtar Hashmi allegedly slept for two-and-a-half-hours in business class cabin seat after handing over the aircraft to a trainee pilot soon after it took off... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Jet Blue is Bringing Back Humanity to American Flying – For Both Passengers & Staff

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jetBlue is seriously bucking the trend in American aviation. Generous legroom, free snacks and free in-flight IFE. It's scoring well in both passenger and staff surveys but profits have recently been hit (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Boeing seeks patent for mobile device case with built-in fire extinguisher

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oeing’s fire-suppressing case, Image 3A shows a tablet computer being lowered down onto the case, where it rests in 3B. Suppressant gas canisters at bottom-right Boeing has sought a patent for a “Fire detection and suppression pack for battery-powered personal computing devices.” (www.aircrew.in) More...

Transit hotel opens at Frankfurt Airport

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Passengers transiting through Frankfurt Airport now have the option of securing a private room for a few hours, with the opening of an airside hotel on March 6. The MY CLOUD hotel is located at Gate Z 25 in Frankfurt’s Terminal 1, meaning that transit passengers can stay right next to the airside gates without having to clear security. (atwonline.com) More...

Perth-London flights announced by Qantas for 2018

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Announcing the new non-stop service, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the 17-hour flights would be the third-longest passenger flights in the world. Mr Joyce said the airline's new 787 Dreamliner aircraft would be used on the route, which would operate from the domestic terminal at Perth Airport from March 2018. The announcement came after the WA Government ended an impasse with Qantas and agreed to help fund an upgrade of the terminal. Premier Colin Barnett said the state would… (www.abc.net.au) More...

Peach Aviation orders 10 A320neo and three A320ceo

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Japan’s Peach Aviation has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 10 A320neo and three A320ceo. The order was announced at a signing ceremony in Tokyo today, attended by Shinichi Inoue, Managing Director and CEO, Peach Aviation and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. The newly-ordered aircraft will join an existing A320 Family fleet at Peach currently comprising 18 A320ceo and another two on order. With the addition of the A320neo, the airline will become the first low cost… (www.routesonline.com) More...

Incident: Norwegian B737 at Milwaukee on Mar 23rd 2017, rejected takeoff on ATC instruction

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A Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NGZ performing flight DY-9856 from Milwaukee,WI (USA) to Cancun (Mexico), had been cleared for takeoff from runway 19R and was accelerating for takeoff about 55 seconds after the takeoff clearance when ATC called "Stop!" (avherald.com) More...

Airbus: A350-900ULR range confirmed at 18,000 km

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Airbus has disclosed a formal range figure for the A350-900ULR of 9,700nm, but stresses that this was always the intended performance capability for the type. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Failed to follow flight attendants’ instructions : Anti-Trump celebrity dentist kicked off American Airlines flight

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A celebrity dentist claims he was booted off an American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK because of his Iranian background and anti-Trump comments. Shawn Sadri was flying back to the East Coast after finishing work with star clients before Sunday’s Oscars when he became embroiled in a fight with a flight attendant. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Boom unveils XB-1 supersonic demonstrator

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Colorado-based Boom Technology has unveiled the XB-1 supersonic demonstrator that will be used to refine the aerodynamics and propulsion for a Mach 2.2, 40-seat airliner and private jet planned to enter service in the early 2020s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United Airlines to transfer 3 Boeing-737 aircrafts from Guam to U.S.

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United Airlines will transfer three Boeing-737 aircrafts from its Guam fleet to the U.S. mainland in November, according to a letter issued to pilots by Howard Attarian, senior vice-resident of flight operations. The Tokyo Narita-Seoul Incheon route, currently flown by a Guam-based Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will reportedly be discontinued... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Boeing to Lay Off Hundreds of Engineers in Cost-Cutting Push

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Boeing Co. plans to lay off hundreds of engineers in Washington state and other locations as the planemaker pares its workforce amid a challenging marketplace. The latest job cuts should take effect June 23, John Hamilton, vice president of engineering for Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, said in a letter to employees Monday. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

The Airbus A319neo takes to the skies

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The first Airbus A319neo performed its maiden flight today, The smallest member of the A320neo Family, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines took off from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after a 5 hour flight. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus delivers its 100th A350 XWB

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When China Airlines received its seventh A350 XWB today, the carrier took possession of the 100th jetliner delivered from this newest family in Airbus’ industry-leading widebody product line. (www.airbus.com) More...

Bombardier Bullish on C Series Delivery Target

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Bombardier has taken delivery of the first Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofans fitted with upgraded combustors for the C Series narrowbody as the Canadian manufacturer prepares to accelerate production during the second half of the year in an attempt to deliver some 30 airplanes. (www.ainonline.com) 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...

787, A350, or A380: What’s The Best Plane For Passenger Experience?

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Have you ever watched a bottle of water become a crushed, miniature version of itself while airborne? That simple visual is the most common reminder that flying in a metal tube is not quite like life down on earth. Fortunately, airlines are investing major dough in upgrading their fleets- and some of the newer offerings are simply fantastic for the passenger experience. Here’s how to choose between the best new planes… (www.aviationfigure.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...

Iran Air receives its first A330-200 as fleet upgrade continues

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Toulouse, 10th March 2017, Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new A330-200, the first of 45 A330 Family on order. (www.airbus.com) More...

Trump's 'America First' policies are catapulting Boeing into dangerous territory

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For a company like Boeing, President Donald Trump's "America First" policies, which represent a sharp departure for the US, threaten the way the corporation does business. Take its 787 Dreamliner. (www.airlineboarding.net) 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...

Emirates lands in Doha with world’s shortest A380 flight

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 1 December 2016 – DUBAI, UAE – Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey. The A380 flight touched down this morning at Hamad International Airport, taxiing in to a water cannon salute and was welcomed by key officials and trade guests at an Emirates reception at the terminal. Travelling on… (www.emirates.com) 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...

Canadian government aims to lower airfares by bolstering competition

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The federal government plans to raise the cap on foreign ownership of Canadian airlines and adopt a passenger bill of rights in a bid to drive down fares and protect travelers faced with airline delays. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Bombardier: CSeries aircraft performing better than expected

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Bombardier said it will increase the formal specifications for the CSeries CS300, as the aircraft’s per seat and trip costs have already proven 2% better than its original brochure values. “Within six months we’ve got a two-member family into revenue service. That’s never been done before,” Bombardier president commercial aircraft Fred Cromer said last week at the CS300’s unveiling with Latvian launch customer airBaltic. (atwonline.com) More...

Emirates Airline launches new A380 destinations in 3 continents on same day

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Emirates Airline, the world’s largest operator of A380s, today celebrated the launch of three A380 destinations, bringing its flagship three-class double-decker aircraft from Dubai to Tokyo- Narita, Casablanca and Sao Paulo on the same day... (www.aviationfigures.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...

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...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

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Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

FLIGHT TEST: We put Bombardier's CSeries through its paces

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Just back from conducting route proving runs for launch CS300 operator Air Baltic, Bombardier offered FlightGlobal the chance to fly its second example, and see first-hand how the model compares with other 130-seat narrowbodies. I accompanied Andy Litavniks, Bombardier’s chief CS300 test pilot, on the pre-flight walk-around inspection. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Emirates withdraws last remaining B777-200(ER) from service

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Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has definitively ended commercial B777-200(ER) operations after its sole remaining airframe of the type was withdrawn from service late last month. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.com) More...

'Miracle on Hudson' pilot against privatizing air traffic control

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Who are you going to trust when it comes to what's best for the flying public? Members of Congress or the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, retired Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger? (www.usatoday.com) More...

Boeing begins construction of first overseas plant in China

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American aviation giant Boeing has started construction of its first overseas facility in the Chinese port city of Zhoushan as part of its plan to produce 737 aircraft. (www.moneycontrol.com) More...

JetBlue paints Airbus A320 in colors of New York City police

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JetBlue rolled out its newest special paint scheme Monday, unveiling a livery honoring the New York City Police Department. The Airbus A320 will begin flying through JetBlue’s 101-city network after Monday’s unveiling at New York’s JFK Airport, the carrier’s busiest base. (www.airlineboarding.com) 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...

Why planes don’t want to share airspace with A380s

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THE world’s biggest passenger planes may get more room in the skies to improve safety for other aircraft after a terrifying wake turbulence drama. Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) has strongly recommended an “urgent review” of spacing between heavy aircraft and smaller jets after a dramatic midair incident involving a Sydney-bound Emirates A380 and a Bombardier Challenger jet in January. (www.ondtravel.net) More...