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Plane stowaway body found on roof

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A stowaway who is believed to have clung on to a plane has fallen to his death, while another is in hospital. The two men are believed to have been clinging to a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Delta Air Lines pilot turns flight around to bring passengers to funeral

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) – A random act of kindness was extended to a Phoenix family that nearly missed their flight to Tennessee — which would have meant missing their father’s funeral. The pilot of the plane made an unprecedented decision after the plane had already pulled away from the gate. It’s practically unheard of for a pilot of a plane that’s filled with passengers to throw the jet into reverse and go back to the gate to let a few stragglers on board, but that’s what a Delta Airlines pilot did… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines retires Boeing 777 fleet

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines is grounding its remaining fleet of Boeing 777 aircrafts, reported The Independent today. Not only that, the Malaysian carrier will also stop flying the Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam, route, beginning today, said the daily. According to the report, Malaysia Airline’s “last” Boeing 777 will arrive at Kuala Lumpur from Guangzhou, China, today. “While the route will continue, the plane is being downsized to a Boeing 737-800 – a predominantly short-haul jet with about… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Russian cargo plane crashes in South Sudan 'killing 40'

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Russian cargo plane crashes shortly after take-off in South Sudan 'killing 40 people' A Russian plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in war-torn South Sudan, reportedly killing 40 people. Witnesses said the tail fin of the plane and other parts were scattered along the banks of the White Nile River near the airport in the capital Juba. (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Emirates to add 21 new Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777s as it expands in Asia

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Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, plans to add 37 new planes to its fleet in the fiscal year beginning April as it expands operations in Asia with new destinations. The airline will receive 21 Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos and 16 Boeing 777s in the year ending March 2017, Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori said Wednesday in Singapore. The aircraft are worth $14.5 billion at list prices.... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Transport Canada suspends Buffalo Airways AOC

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Transport Canada has grounded the operations of Buffalo Airways, the popular northern airline chronicled over six seasons on TV’s Ice Pilots NWT, due to safety compliance issues. In a release Tuesday, the regulator said it is suspending the airline’s air operator certificate due to its “poor safety record.” (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Quick-thinking engineer stops smoke in plane cabin

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A quick-thinking engineer flying home from Ethiopia averted possible disaster when he saw smoke billowing out of a bag in the cabin. Thanks to 53-year-old Samir Buffkins, the Air Ethiopia flight was able to reach Cape Town on Tuesday without incident. (www.news24.com) More...

Dreamliner 787 Heathrow fire 'may be caused by short circuit'

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A fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet at Heathrow Airport two years ago was probably caused by a short circuit, air accident investigators have said. The fire was likely to have been started by two bare wires touching in a piece of location equipment, the UK Air Accidents Investigations Branch said. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

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In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth. (www.vanityfair.com) More...

Kuwait Airways drops 5th freedom rights on LHR-JFK

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Kuwait Airways is no longer selling tickets for flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and London’s Heathrow, after the Transportation Department threatened legal action for its refusal to sell tickets to Israelis. “Today, Kuwait Airways informed the U.S. DOT that they will be eliminating service between JFK and London Heathrow,” Namrata Kolachalam, a department spokeswoman, said Tuesday. The airline didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. “Sorry, we were unable to… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Air Transat 737 suffers mid-flight depressurization

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Air Transat passengers had a scare on Sunday when the aircraft in which they were was a depressurization problem in flight, forcing them to put their oxygen masks. The incident occurred on the flight TS415 who liaised between Cancun and Montreal. The Boeing 737 took off from Mexico to 3:26 p.m. ET is 1:30 later, at 4:55 p.m., the unit has experienced problems. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Solar Impulse forced to land in Japan

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A record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean using a solar-powered plane has been aborted. Poor weather conditions are forcing the Solar Impulse craft to head back to Japan to land. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Lufthansa E195 near collision with drone

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LH-1614 descending through 2500 feet when the crew reported that they had just had a near collision with a drone... (www.aeroinside.com) More...

T1 at LAX evacuated over bomb threat

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A bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) forced the evacuation of Terminal 1 on Friday afternoon, local media reported citing police. Police said they received a “non-specific” threat just before 2:00 pm local time, prompting the evacuation, NBC Los Angeles reported. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

The pilots who risk their lives flying tiny planes over the Atlantic

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Ferry flying is a lucrative but high-risk industry. Elite pilots deliver small planes across oceans and continents – distances these aircraft were not designed to fly. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Can YOU spot the plane? ISS astronaut captures remarkable image of a single aircraft snapped from 250 miles above Earth

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From their lofty perch on the ISS, astronauts have an unrivalled perspective on the world. Now a new image taken from the space station reveals just how tiny the Earth – and everything in it – can appear from their point of view. The photograph taken 250 miles (400km) above Earth, shows a single aircraft flying just above the Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. (lnkd.in) More...

Qantas crew wears All Blacks jerseys after losing Rugby World Cup bet to Air New Zealand

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Qantas has swallowed its pride and followed through on a bet after engaging in a friendly wager with Air New Zealand ahead of the Rugby World Cup grand final on Saturday. After a little friendly banter on Twitter the airlines agreed that if their respective teams won, the crew of the other airline would have to wear the victorious team’s jerseys for a day.... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Iran looking into 16x A350XWB and 8x A380

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Iran has struck a provisional deal with Europe’s Airbus to buy eight A-380 superjumbo planes to be delivered from 2019, the deputy transport minister told Reuters on Sunday. A deal for 127, mainly new, aircraft which it hopes to complete this week also includes 16 A350 jets, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, deputy transport minister said in an interview on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Tehran. He also said Iran was interested in regional aircraft including Mitsubishi’s MRJ and Canada’s… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Here’s the Crazy Wing Bending Airbus Does to Stress Test Its Airplanes

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ou would never want to look out of your window on a flight and see the airplane wing bend like this but it’s nice to know that Airbus stress tests the hell out of their flying tubes to make sure that even if the wing is at such an obscene angle, it won’t snap in half. It’s really cool to see the process of pushing the Airbus A350 “to the brink” but I also love seeing the huge structure that houses the plane and all the cables involved in testing it. (www.ondair.net) More...

Allegiant Air, a ticking time bomb?

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OCALA — Veteran aircraft mechanic Greg Marino worked at Allegiant Air for just two weeks before he quit because of what he said are the airline’s dangerous maintenance practices. Marino said mechanics at the airline’s facility in Sanford often lapsed into bad maintenance habits. He said they failed to follow proper procedure in diagnosing aircraft problems and routinely misused a Federal Aviation Administration program that allowed planes, under some conditions, to fly with inoperative… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

A380 First Class Showdown: Emirates Vs. Etihad

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When it comes to blingy first class cabins, I think those of Emirates and Etihad are the first two which come to kind. The Emirates first class cabin is perhaps the most easily recognizable even to those who have never flown it before, while the new Etihad A380 First Class Apartments are stunning, even if they’re not as well known. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to compare the A380 first class products on Emirates and Etihad —which is better, Emirates A380 first class or Etihad… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Virgin America selects A321NEO

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Virgin America today announces it has agreed to acquire 10 new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, which are up to 20 percent more fuel and carbon efficient than the airline’s current fleet and which will help further reduce operating unit costs and increase revenue opportunities. The 10 new A321neos (short for New Engine Option), which provide the best seat-mile costs of any single-aisle aircraft on the market, are slated for delivery beginning… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Red Arrows issue warning after training session stopped by fans taking photos

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A Red Arrows training session had to be stopped for safety reasons after photographers stood on the runway directly underneath the display team’s flight path. The aerobatic team has warned people not to take “unnecessary risks” after last Friday’s session at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire was ordered to be halted on the advice of air traffic control. (www.ondair.net) More...

How 1985 British Airtours disaster changed air travel

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Thirty years ago, catastrophe came to Manchester Airport when a packed passenger jet burst into flames, killing 53 passengers and two crew members. How did the disaster change air travel, and could a similar accident happen again? (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

About That Airplane Part That Was Supposed to Solve the MH370 Mystery ...

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It is over a month since a piece of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, but French investigators are no closer to confirming that the part came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In fact, leaks from within the investigation suggest that the part might not have come from the plane at all. (nymag.com) More...

South African Airways blacklists passenger after money stolen from carry-on bags

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South African Airways said on Thursday it had blacklisted a passenger after it became aware of claims that a theft syndicate was operating on certain international routes. This comes after Johannesburg resident Warren Becker complained that about R30 000 in foreign currency was stolen from his in-flight baggage while he slept on a flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on December 21 last year, Traveller24 reported. (www.msn.com) More...

The 10 Questions You Must Ask Before Purchasing a Private Jet

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If you are a first-time buyer of a business aircraft, you should be asking yourself many questions before embarking on the quest to find the perfect plane: How often will I fly and how far? How much will I need to work or sleep en route to my destinations? How much luggage will I need to stow? How tall are my typical passengers and how much luggage will they bring? How long will I stay at each destination? How comfortable am I with the idea of other people chartering my plane? (lnkd.in) More...

KLM launches unboxing movie Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today launched a light-heartedunboxing movie featuring the latest addition to its fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The short film shows the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being “unwrapped”, as it were. KLM is the world’s first airline to present a new aircraft in this way. (www.youtube.com) More...

French government confirms C-130J buy

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France has confirmed its purchase of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports, two of which will have the ability to refuel France’s rotorcraft fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

ANA All Nippon Airways to order A380

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TOKYO — ANA Holdings will order three Airbus A380s as it seeks to expand international service amid a peaking market for domestic flights. The deal, worth around 150 billion yen ($1.23 billion) based on the market price, would make ANA the first Japanese airline to add the superjumbos to its fleet. The planes are to be introduced in fiscal 2018 in routes to Hawaii and elsewhere. The double-decker A380 is the world’s largest passenger jet, capable of seating over 500 people. The plane’s… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

United Airlines places order for 40x Boeing 737-700

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United Airlines has ordered 40 Boeing 737-700s as part of its programme to retire small regional jets. Deliveries of the 737s will begin in the middle of 2017 and will allow the Chicago-based carrier to reduce its fleet of 50-seat aircraft by more than half by 2019, it says. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

360 degree video of A320 cockpit during takeoff and landing

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360 degree youtube video of a Swiss Airbus A320 during takeoff and landing. Note: 360 videos do not currently work in internet explorer, but works in firefox and chrome. (www.youtube.com) More...

United Airlines adds LEAP class for ALL pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. is taking the unusual step of calling back all 12,000 of its pilots for an extra training day over the next three months, an aggressive response to a spate of serious safety incidents more than a year ago and to prepare for looming changes facing the industry. By the end of April, each aviator at the nation’s No. 3 airline by traffic will be required to attend a day of classroom instruction focusing on various safety issues, enhanced teamwork on the flight deck… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Fiji Airways gets first Airbus A330-300

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Update:6:30PM PRESIDENT Jioje Konrote will bring Fiji Airway’s brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft home tomorrow. The aircraft is scheduled to touchdown at Nadi International Airport at 10am. The aircraft will be met by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, ministers and Fiji Airways board, management and staff (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) More...

International deal struck to track all flights with satellites

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A deal has been struck on using satellites to track flights, which could prevent a repeat of the mystery that surrounded the disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014. Countries reached an accord at a conference hosted by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union that aimed to improve on the current civilian flight tracking, which relies on ground-based radars. The ITU said a frequency band previously used to transmit signals from aircraft to terrestrial stations would be made available… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Jumbo A350XWB on the horizon?

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Airbus Group SE said it’s stepping up work with airlines to determine whether a bigger variant of the A350 wide-body jetliner would make sense as it seeks to challenge the order success of Boeing Co.’s enlarged 777X. The aircraft, a longer version of the A350-1000, itself already a so-called stretch model, would be just four seats shy of 400 in a three-class configuration, large enough to take on the biggest 777-9 planned by Boeing, Airbus said Tuesday at a briefing in Paris. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Why does Emirates use so many Airbus A380 planes as opposed to twin engine planes which might be cheaper to operate?

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Airbus A350 XWB conquers the sky1. The A380 is not “cheaper or comparable to operate” than the B777, on any route, with any load, although its profitability can be compelling. Much greater fuel burn is one major (but not the only) reason why the 380 costs more to operate. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Royal Jordanian flight makes emergency landing at Tel-Aviv

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Rescue forces at Ben Gurion airport had a tense few moments on Tuesday afternoon after a Royal Jordanian flight, which was making its way from Dubai to Amman, was forced to declare an emergency landing at the airport due to low fuel. The plane was granted permission and made a safe landing at 3.15pm. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

FAA has proposed fix for 767 evac. slide issues

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Federal aviation regulators are proposing safety fixes for more than 300 Boeing 767 jetliners to prevent the unexpected deployment of emergency escape slides. The preliminary Federal Aviation Administration directive, which would apply directly only to Boeing 767s operated by U.S. carriers, was prompted by what the agency described as “multiple reports of uncommanded escape slide inflation.” Foreign carriers flying hundreds of other 767s eventually would be expected to comply with the FAA’s… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

On-board Wi-Fi offered by Air France

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Air France offers a wireless connection to the Internet in two of its planes since January 12. An experiment in which we could be part time for a round-trip Paris-Geneva. The Wi-Fi in the air in Europe, perhaps soon. Air France is testing this technology with the operator Orange on two of its A320 aircraft in France and Europe. We boarded one of them to test the service. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Indian Air Passengers be Alert: Your Airline might be Misguiding You

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Over the last decade, the Indian airline industry has experienced an enormous growth. The cheaper airfare has made it possible even for the lower middle-class Indians to travel by air. The low-cost national carriers are giving a tough competition to many veterans of the industry in terms of passengers carried and thus making a lucrative business..... (www.tripmole.com) More...

3 TSA screeners at San Francisco arrested for smuggling

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Three security screeners at San Francisco International Airport took payoffs to wave cocaine smugglers through airport security, federal authorities say in charges against the three. The U.S. attorney’s office announced the charges of fraud and cocaine smuggling in a statement Friday. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Richard Anderson named “Person Of The Year” by Aviation Week Network

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There are many things Richard Anderson has enjoyed during his career. But there are some he still can’t stand. “I think playing golf is a huge waste of time,” he says. And, unlike his fellow CEOs, he hates schmoozing with big shots—the Boeing fishing trips, the Airbus Hawaii junkets, the annual “Conquistadors” weekend at Barron Hilton’s Flying M Ranch in Nevada. “If Boeing wants to sell aircraft to us,” Anderson says, “they’d better come down to Atlanta and see me in the office. This is not a… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Report backs third Heathrow runway

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The Airports Commission has backed a third Heathrow runway, saying it will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050. It would also connect Britain to 40 new destinations. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Virgin Atlantic to order A35J

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Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. is set to announce a deal for 12 Airbus Group SE A350-1000 jets with a list price of $4.3 billion as Richard Branson’s flagship carrier renews its wide-body leisure fleet, according to people with knowledge of the plan. U.K.-based Virgin will probably buy nine of the twin-engine planes directly from Airbus and take three from leasing firms, said the people, who asked not to be named because negotiations are private. Virgin Atlantic has said it’s evaluating both the… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Qantas looks into Boeing 777X for A380 replacement

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Qantas has its eye on non-stop Sydney to New York flights using the advanced Boeing 777-8X jetliner, which the airline has touted as a potential replacement for its flagship Airbus A380 superjumbo. The direct route would swap the long-standing Los Angeles stopover for a 19 hour ‘Harbour Bridge to Hudson’ trek, which would not only be Qantas’ longest flight but the world’s longest. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

ANA All Nippon Airways confirms A380 order

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ANA Holdings Inc. said it plans to buy three Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos to use on overseas routes as Japan’s largest airline focuses on expanding its international network. The carrier will use the planes on Tokyo-Honolulu flights after taking delivery during the fiscal year starting April 2018, the company said in a presentation of its mid-term business plan Friday in Tokyo. The order is worth $1.3 billion at list prices, before the discounts typically given by planemakers. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Airbus signs deal to sell 3 superjumbo to Japanese air: Report

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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus signs deal to sell three A380 superjumbo to ANA, Japan's largest airline, in a deal valued at 1.25 billion dollars, the Nikkei said. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Pilot Allows Kid To Start The Plane’s Engine. But Never Expected To Receive This Note From His Mom

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The best gifts in life are given freely and in some cases, unwittingly. A man writes about an experience that changed his life forever (www.ondair.net) More...

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