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Employees at Delta Air Lines take home part of largest profit sharing payout in U.S. history

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Delta breaks two records: largest payout, largest greeting card Delta employees today receive their portion of the company’s $1.5 billion profit sharing earned in 2015 – the largest payout in the history of corporate profit sharing programs. Individual payouts equal more than 21 percent of employees’ eligible 2015 earnings. “We are often asked what makes Delta different,” said Delta’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian in a memo sent to employees today. “The… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

200 jobs cut at Bell Helicopter

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MONTREAL – Bell Helicopter is laying off an additional 200 employees at its Mirabel assembly plant north of Montreal because of ongoing challenges in the aerospace market. The subsidiary of U.S. aerospace company Textron (NYSE:TXT) said the move flows from its earlier decision to cut production at the plant. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Qatar Airways Ranked As One of the World’s Most Valuable Brands

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Qatar Airways has been ranked as one of the world’s most valuable brands for the first time, becoming the only Qatari company to be represented in the 2016 top 500 global brand ranking..... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probes Boeing

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly accounted for the costs and expected sales of two of its best known jetliners, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The probe, which involves a whistleblower’s complaint, centers on projections Boeing made about the long-term profitability for the 787 Dreamliner and the 747 jumbo aircraft, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the investigation isn’t public. Both planes are… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Boeing 777 with Russian tourists catches fire above Dominican Republic

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A Russian Boeing 777-200, en route from the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana to Moscow, returned to the departure airport due to an engine failure. (airlinenews.in) More...

Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Watch This Absurd 10-Minute Video on How to Land a Plane In an Emergency

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Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn’t make this video any less fascinating. (gizmodo.com) More...

Expert: Close Calls in the Sky – ‘A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen’

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A KHOU 11 I-Team investigation uncovers the rising number of close calls between airplanes as FAA statistics show the number of flights worked by air traffic controllers fell by more than 1.5 million (www.khou.com) More...

Hainan Airlines Launches Beijing to Tel Aviv Service

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Flights from Israel to Beijing are to take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday using Airbus A330 aircraft. The planes will take off from Ben Gurion International Airport at 2:00pm IST, and land in Beijing at 5:00am CST the next day. Meanwhile, return flights will take off from Beijing at 2:00am CST, and land in Israel at 8:00am IST. (www.ynetnews.com) More...

Panel approves more rest time for flight attendants

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) cheered the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their action to amend the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR Act) to include a 10 hour minimum rest provision based on science and sought by Flight Attendants for decades. This FAA Reauthorization Bill will set the priorities and funding for U.S. aviation for the coming years. (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Air NZ to operate A320 flights from Coff

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Air NZ CEO Luxton has won the right to fly non stop flights from Auckland to Coff's Harbor return from November 2016. The announcement was made ove TVNZ earlier today. Luxton says it's a stepping stone into the Australian domestic market and the growing competition against the other trans Tasman rivals Jetstar airways Virgin & Qantas. Luxton says it will boost the tourism market and Coff's harbor has potential growth from the first international carrier to there airport. Air NZ will be using… (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossing

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Cool photographs of a historic achievement. On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight. It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the… (theaviationist.com) More...

USAF KC-135 tanker saves F-16 fighter over ISIL territory

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft crew saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet pilot from ejecting over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held territory in 2015, which could have resulted in the Airman's captivity or death. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Flexjet Places Order for 20 of Aerion's $120 Million Supersonic Jets

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Aerion also announced that its partnership with Airbus Group has grown, and the company is now looking for a site to build a manufacturing facility. (robbreport.com) More...

Why Bombardier Is Struggling to Build Bigger Planes

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Nearly a decade in, the C Series program has yet to gain traction and the company is in tatters. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

C-5 Galaxy Touch & Go (Video)

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A C-5 Galaxy and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, MA, performs a touch & go while another C-5 holds short. (www.youtube.com) More...

Incident: India B787-8 near Frankfurt on Feb 8th 2016, engine shut down in flight

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANO performing flight AI-115 from Delhi (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 90 passengers, was enroute at FL400 about 150nm north of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew reported they needed to shut an engine (GEnx) down... (avherald.com) More...

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