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Incident: Sriwijaya B737 near Guangzhou on Feb 22nd 2017, door open indication

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A Sriwijaya Boeing 737-800, registration PK-CMT performing flight SJ-1159 from Guangzhou (China) to Denpasar Bali (Indonesia) with 180 passengers and 12 crew, was climbing out of Guangzhou when the crew stopped the climb at 3300 meters (FL108) due to a passenger door open indication (avherald.com) More...

Qantas 787 premium Y seats anything but dreamy

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How could Qantas get key passenger needs so wrong on its new 787-9s? (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

AirBaltic to launch CS300 long-haul flights to Abu Dhabi

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Latvian carrier airBaltic plans to launch 4X-weekly Riga-Abu Dhabi Bombardier CS300 service beginning Oct. 29, in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the Riga-based carrier announced Feb. 24. (atwonline.com) More...

Fuming passenger delayed by stricken flight gives finger to hero pilots after emergency landing

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An ungrateful passenger gave the finger to two pilots who had just landed a stricken plane safely. Other passengers hailed the pilots as heroes after an engine failure on board a Flybe flight from Glasgow to Birmingham. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

FAUB on the job: Watch robots work with mechanics to put together Boeing 777 jets

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Automation isn’t just a job for the robots: It takes flesh-and-blood workers to make robotic manufacturing work, as shown in a new video about the machines that set fasteners on Boeing’s 777 jets. (www.geekwire.com) More...

The Truth About Basic Economy Fares (and How to Avoid Them)

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American Airlines was one of the last major airlines to implement this change, announcing a basic economy fare in early 2017. With this fare, you’ll get a seat on the plane. However, you won’t be able to check or carry on a bag, and you’ll have to board the plane last. Lastly, you won’t earn as many miles as you would with a regular main cabin fare. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room

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The result: a little less elbow room that may mean battles over armrest turf on your next flight cross-country or abroad. When Boeing introduced its wide-body 777 in 1995, most airlines placed orders for aircraft with nine seats across in coach. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Norwegian 'shaking up transatlantic travel' with launch of ultra-low-fares flights

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The head of one of Europe's largest low-fares airlines has promised to shake up the Irish transatlantic market after launching 17 ultra- low-fares flights from Ireland to the US - including the first direct transatlantic route from Cork Airport. (www.irishexaminer.com) More...

OPINION: The New Air Canada Livery Makes Me Hate Myself!

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NO! Okay. There. I said what we were all thinking as Canadian AvGeeks. I just can’t. I am not a fan of Air Canada’s new look. (www.airlinereporter.com) 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...

Delta’s First A350 Aircraft Begins to Take Shape

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Delta’s newest widebody and flagship aircraft, the state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900, is taking shape at the planemaker’s massive Toulouse, France, assembly facility. Large portions of the fuselage, wings, tail and other components began arriving in Toulouse in January, marking the beginning of the final assembly process and years’ worth of work to bring the 306-seat widebody jet to Delta’s fleet. Expected to begin service this fall, the A350-900 will be deployed primarily on routes across the… (aviationtribune.com) More...

American airlines have any strategy after losing 2 of its top executives?

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In less than six months, American Airlines has lost two of its top executives — and their expertise in the route planning and fare management central to an airline’s business — to rival United Airlines. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

A New Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge is on the Way 12 hours ago

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Say hello to a refreshed Emirates @Airbus A380 onboard experience tomorrow #EmiratesA380Lounge (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

PAL unveils first-ever nationally crowd sourced Inflight Safety Video

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Starting this year, Philippine Airlines will be showing the Heart of the Nation Inflight Safety Video promoting the importance of travel safety as it brings passengers to different destinations all over the Philippines and the world. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Incident: Lufthansa B747 near Sept Iles on Jan 31st 2017, engine shut down in flight

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The crew shut the #2 engine (CF6, inboard left hand) down, consulted with dispatch and maintenance and decided to .. (avherald.com) More...

VIDEO: A320 family first flights

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When an Airbus flight test crew took the A320 to the sky for the first time, they must have known they were flying a special aircraft. For sure, as this video shows, that 1987 sortie was a sight to behold. But what must have surprised even its flight crew and engineers is just how much the A320 “got it right”. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

RAF Employee Stole Tornado Jet Fuel To Fill Up His Van

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A former employee at an RAF base stole £660 of fuel from a Tornado jet to fill up his van. Steve Coakley, 42, admitted theft by employee after being caught stealing waste aviation fuel from RAF Marham, Norfolk. Military police set up CCTV cameras for a surveillance operation after being given an anonymous tip. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Airbus A380 production: Is the time of the superjumbo yet to come?

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AIRBUS chiefs have reaffirmed their commitment to the slow-selling A380 “superjumbo” as they recently announced record annual deliveries of its range of aircraft. The double-decker A380 airliner has gathered just 319 orders in total. Its failure to win new customers over the past few years has led to speculation it could be for the chop. At last year’s Farnborough Airshow, Airbus announced it would slash the rate it produces the A380 to just 12 a year, less than half the 2016 rate of 27. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Incident: Jet Airways B777 near Cologne on Feb 16th 2017, loss of communication leads to intercept

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A Jet Airways Boeing 777-300, registration VT-JEX performing flight 9W-118 from Mumbai (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 330 passengers and 15 crew, was enroute at FL360 being handed over from Bratislava (Slovakia) to Prague (Czech Republic) Center when radio contact was lost with the aircraft, that continued along its planned/cleared flight track. Germany dispatched two Eurofighters to intercept the aircraft (avherald.com) More...

Passenger is kicked off a plane at Chicago airport after he ‘asked Middle Eastern man if he had a bomb’

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An unruly passenger has been thrown off a flight awaiting for departure after he asked a fellow passenger of ‘Middle Eastern appearance’ whether he was carrying a bomb in his bag. The incident, which took place in Chicago on board a United Airlines flight to Houston, was filmed by fellow passengers outraged over the apparently racist comments. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

7 of this Year’s Nominees for the Best Aircraft-Cabin Innovations

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The Crystal Cabin Award is to aircraft interiors what the Oscar is to films. Earlier this year, a couple days after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s Oscars, the Crystal Cabin Award Association released its shortlist for the 2017 honors. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

The FAA gave the first ever go-ahead for a drone to fly at a major airport

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It’s not legal to fly your drone anywhere near an airport — at least not without a special waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration. For the first time under the FAA’s commercial drone rules, the agency granted permission to operate a drone at a major airport where the airspace falls under a special classification called “class B." Seven flights were conducted by Berkeley, Calif.-based 3D Robotics on Jan. 10 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the busiest airport in the… (www.recode.net) More...

Tracking over the UK, US Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion ‘sniffer’ 62-3582 COBRA55

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U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion “sniffer,” serial number 62-3582, using radio callsign “Cobra 55” deployed to RAF Mildenhall, UK. As we have already reported the WC-135 is a derivative of the Boeing C-135 transport and support plane. Two of these aircraft are in service today out of the ten examples operated since 1963. The aircraft are flown by flight crews from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base while mission crews are staffed by Detachment 1… (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

How early should you really arrive for your flight?

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Want to start an argument? Tell your travel companion you won't be arriving two hours before your flight. Go on, try it. I'll be right here. This is the time of year when emptier airport terminals are making a lot of passengers question the conventional wisdom about check-in times. And no, this isn't a frivolous, first-world problem. Vacations have been ruined because of it. Marriages have ended. So let's settle this question once and for all. (www.usatoday.com) More...

‘Papers, please’: Immigration agents check IDs of passengers arriving from domestic flight

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Thursday that their agents requested to see the identification of domestic flight passengers landing at a New York airport Wednesday night as they searched for an immigrant who had received a deportation order to leave the United States. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada runway excursion at YYZ flight AC623

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An AC A320 left the runway during landing in heavy fog and a line of storms going through the area. No injuries reported. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Heathrow sees record 75.7m passengers in 2016

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Heathrow welcomed a record 75.7 million passengers in 2016, up one per cent on the previous year. Passenger charges fell by one per cent at the UK’s largest airport, as Heathrow retained its position as Europe’s best hub for the third year running. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Incident: PIA B777 at Karachi on Jan 20th 2017, stand-up seats

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A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration AP-BID performing flight PK-743 from Karachi (Pakistan) to Madinah (Saudi Arabia) with 416 passengers, departed with a number of passengers not being seated. Following departure cabin crew managed to get the passengers seated somehow. (avherald.com) More...

412th MXLS tests all electric ground power unit

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A team working with the 412th Logistics Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., recently completed tests on an all-electric aircraft power supply unit. Called the Hybrid Electric Flight Line Cart Technology Pathfinder, this unit was the first step in developing a new system for providing electric power to aircraft during maintenance on the flightline and inside hangars. (www.aerotechnews.com) More...

Boeing company uses A321 in website promo

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A Boeing company, Inventory Locator Service, yesterday posted an Evolution of Boeing graphic on its website that traces key points in Boeing’s history. There was a problem, however: the airplane at the top of the graphic, which was photo-shopped with Boeing 737 identification, was an Airbus A321. (leehamnews.com) More...

Only “perfect” Flight-Attendants for international routes at Aeroflot?

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Russian airline Aeroflot has blocked “old, fat and ugly” female flight attendants from working on international routes, according to staff. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Flying Kangaroo’s bounce brought down a notch

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QANTAS’s bottom line has withstood a 25 per cent blow to profits for the first half of 2016-17 as cheaper oil drove down airfares on international routes. The Flying Kangaroo has posted a $515 million after tax profit, down from $688 million for the previous corresponding period. The underlying profit before tax was a bumper $852 million, down 7.5 per cent on the previous half-year. (www.dailytelegraph.com.au) More...

What's clipped Air New Zealand's wings as profit drops 24 per cent

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Air New Zealand is sticking to the script of airline economics. As sure as a carrier has a good year, one not so good will surely some time follow. And for the national carrier, that year has come. It's six-month result to December 31 was hardly a wipe out, it was the second best first half result in the company's history. But following record results last year the slide in half-year profit is conspicuous Pre-tax profit fell 24 per cent to $349 million as revenue slid 3 per cent. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

NZ could host Singapore's fighter jets at Ohakea

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Singapore is eying Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential base for one of its own Air Force squadrons of F15 fighter jets. Up to 500 people would be stationed in or near the base in the region. Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed that the Singapore Government in undertaking a feasibility study to determine what the move would entail, including housing and education needs of family. That study needed to be completed befo (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Standing room only for 7 passengers in the aisle on a PIA flight

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Pakistan International Airlines is investigating how seven extra passengers were allowed to stand in the aisles on a flight to Saudi Arabia. The flight in question went from Karachi to Medina carrying a total of 416 passengers, on a Boeing 777 with a total seating capacity of 409, including staff seats. (www.bbc.com) More...

Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room

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Feel like your coach seat on an overseas flight is a tighter squeeze? You're probably right. Airlines already have been wedging in more passengers by swapping heavily padded seats for ones with thinner backs or reducing the distance between rows. On wide-body aircraft typically used on international flights and certain long domestic routes, some now are adding an extra seat to each row. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Emergency declared aboard Icelandair flight

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FI440 originated in Keflavík with 160 passengers onboard. An emergency was declared yesterday morning onboard Icelandair flight FI440, approaching Manchester Airport. That was done to ensure priority landing, since fuel was running somewhat low after two failed landing attempts, Vísir reports. (icelandreview.com) More...

Betsy, A Beer Brewed Specifically To Be Enjoyed While Flying At 35,000 Feet

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Betsy is a beer brewed by the Hong Kong Beer Company in collaboration with Cathay Pacific airlines. Betsy was named after Cathay Pacific's first plane (a Douglas DC-3 that operated in the 1940's and 50's) and is brewed specifically to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. (geekologie.com) More...

Lufthansa to fly Airbus A350-900s to Mumbai from April

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German flag carrier Lufthansa today said beginning this summer it will fly Airbus A350-900s to connect Munich with Mumbai. From April 16, Mumbai will be the third destination worldwide to welcome the newest long haul aircraft A350s on the Munich-Mumbai route, it said in a statement. (www.dnaindia.com) More...

PICTURE: Citilink receives Indonesia’s first A320neo

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Citilink has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, making it the first Indonesian carrier to operate the type. Configured with 180 seats in a single class, this is the first of 35 A320neos the low-cost arm of Garuda Indonesia will receive, says Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Rail link for London Luton Airport could break ground as early as late 2017

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PLANS for a £200 million transport system linking Luton Airport (LLA) with Luton Airport Parkway railway station have been submitted, the airport’s owner London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) announced today. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

TAP Portugal to link Lisbon with Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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TAP Portugal has announced the launch of a new destination in Africa. As of July 17th, TAP will fly via its hub in Lisbon to Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, taking the airline’s network to a total of 15 destinations in ten African countries. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

ncident: Astana B757 at Frankfurt on Feb 23rd 2017, hydraulic failure

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An Air Astana Boeing 757-200, registration P4-KCU performing flight KC-921 from Astana (Kazakhstan) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was descending towards Frankfurt when the crew advised they had a hydraulic failure causing the loss of nose... (avherald.com) More...

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