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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...

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...

British Airways’ female flight attendants have found a clever way to skirt a ban on trousers

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In the face of tightening security measures and budget cuts, airlines have tried to maintain a sense of old-world glamour by requiring their employees to follow strict uniform requirements. - (www.airlineupdates.net) 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...

UA-6517 returns to Tucson (AZ) with smoke onboard

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A Skywest Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United Airlines, registration N705SK performing flight UA-6517 from Tucson,AZ to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 73 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Tucson’s runway 11L when the crew, still on tower frequency, announced they needed to turn back to the field, then donned their oxygen masks and reported they had smoke in the cockpit, there were 73 people on board, tower understood 33 people on board. Tower cleared the aircraft to land on runway… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

United Airlines to send 757-300 on LaGuardia-Denver

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UNITED starting March 2016 is adding Boeing 757-300 operation on Denver – New York La Guardia route, operating 5 times a week. From 04MAR16, the 757-300 will operate late-afternoon departure from Denver, morning from New York. Planned operational schedule for the week of 04MAR16 as follow. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Qatar Airways to offer direct flights to Maputo, Mozambique

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Qatar Airways will upgrade to non-stop B787 Dreamliner service three times weekly between Doha and Maputo, Mozambique, effective March 27th, 2016. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Raven Air launches Sarasota-Key West flights

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Visitors to Florida will soon be able to enjoy a flight connection between two of the states’ most popular destinations. Effective February 15th, 2016, Raven Air is launching flights from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to Key West (EYW). (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

WestJet not interested in CSeries

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. The 100- to 150-seat C Series, which is scheduled to carry its first passengers during the second quarter, is too small for WestJet’s mainline service and too big for its Encore regional network, which uses the turboprop Bombardier Q400 plane, Mr. Saretsky said during a meeting with The Globe and Mail’s… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Long Beach Airport awards three airlines with slots

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Southwest Airlines could soon fly out of Long Beach. The Long Beach Airport received three letters of interest from air carriers requesting a share of its nine additional slots, city manager Patrick West said in a memo to city council members and obtained by the Gazette. The deadline for requests was Monday, Feb. 8. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

This 17 Year Old Built a Full-Scale Cessna Cockpit Simulator in His Bedroom

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There are very few things in existence as worthy of obsession as flying. Piloting a machine thousands of feet above the assurances of solid ground, bouncing and bobbing along like a boat sailing the sky itself, is the purest pleasure that technology is capable of offering this side of actual orbit. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Southwest ‘intends’ to fly from Long Beach

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Southwest Airlines appears to have won access to California’s capacity controlled Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Kalitta Air to diversify fleet with Boeing 767F

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Kalitta Air relies on a fleet of 747 freighters for the long-haul flights it is known for, carrying large payloads, including heavy machinery, delicate medical equipment, perishable foods and even livestock. So what’s with the 767s the cargo carrier is now purchasing? 767s may be the go-to freighters for the integrators, but they’re rare in the general freight world. The answer is a combination of fleet maintenance requirements and a strategy shift at the Michigan-based carrier. The time is… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

WestJet looking at slowing down Q400 deliveries

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In another possible blow to Bombardier Inc., WestJet Airlines Ltd. is in talks with the struggling company to slow down deliveries of the Q400 turboprops it has on order, part of a broader strategy to cope with Alberta’s deteriorating economy. In an editorial board meeting with the Financial Post, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said the airline is “looking for ways to tap the brakes without jamming them on.” (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

US Congress looking at privatizing ATC and releave some travel stresses

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A big fight looming in Washington concerns whether U.S. air traffic control should be transferred from the Federal Aviation Administration to a not-for-profit corporation. Apart from the headline-grabbing changes, the two Republicans who wrote the bill also stuck a few items further down in the 273-page document (PDF) that consumers may like—and airlines may not. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

NASA Is Getting Back In the Business of Bleeding-Edge Planes

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There are winners and losers in NASA’s latest budget, but one big winner is an x-plane style fleet. According to a report in Flight Global, the new NASA budget‘s increase in aeronautics spending also calls for a better budget for experimental aircraft. Two new x-planes could fly as soon as 2023, one sub-sonic and the other super-sonic. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

The lingering mystery of Era Flight 874

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On the morning of September 5, 2012, Era Alaska Flight 874 departed Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for what was scheduled to be a 40-minute flight to Homer. The de Havilland DHC8 twin-turbine aircraft, more commonly known as a Dash 8, carried 15 passengers and a crew of three (two pilots, one flight attendant). At about 11 a.m., according to a preliminary report later filed by the National Transportation Safety Board, the aircraft “experienced an uncommanded left roll and… (www.airnewslive.net) More...

World’s biggest weirdest aircraft the Airlander 10 set for test flight

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THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month. A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses. It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK. The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil… (airlinenews.in) More...

San Diego Bound Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver After Passenger Threatens Crew

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An Alaska Airlines flight 769 from Boston to San Diego was forced to land midway through its flight after an intoxicated passenger became abusive and threatened crew members, the airline said late Tuesday...... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Aeroméxico apologies after religious incident

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Aeromexico prevented actor-designer boarding flight to New York after disagreement over removing his Sikh headwear for security search Waris Ahluwalia, the Indian-American actor and designer barred from a Mexico to New York flight because of his turban, has said he is satisfied with the airline’s apology. Aeromexico issued a statement on Tuesday saying: “We apologise to Mr Waris Ahluwalia for the unfortunate experience he had with one of our security guards during the boarding process prior to… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Can a Boeing 747 fly upside down?

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I’d recommend you look at all of the other posts on this question, because pretty much all of them hit the high points (and the 707 roll video is eye-watering). I suspect the biggest challenges in successfully rolling a 747 would be (a) keeping the positive G on it as discussed by other responders; (b) not pulling the engines off the pylons as you recovered; (c) figuring out the correct sight picture for entering and executing the barrel roll; and (d) figuring out how much altitude you’d need to… (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Porter, for sale?

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The company that operates Toronto-based Porter Airlines has denied a report that it is looking for a buyer. The Globe and Mail, citing "people familiar with the plans," reported Tuesday that the search process is underway and there is no guarantee it will result in a deal. The paper said the company's financial backers "have been actively looking for an exit strategy through a sale." "There is no truth to this rumour," Porter Airlines spokesman Brad Cicero wrote… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

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The average distance between rows of economy class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

photos anniversary of the boeing 727s first flight

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9th feb is the 53rd anniversary of the Boeing 727’s first flight. What a day. At the time, the 727 was a risk and important to the success of Boeing. Luckily for everyone, not only was the first flight a huge success, but the aircraft would go on to help redefine domestic air travel. Its three iconic engines also helped to build aviation fans around the world; it is still a favorite among AvGeeks today. BONUS: An AvGeek in the left seat – flying the Boeing 727 (www.ondair.net) More...

If United Labeled It’s Economy Plus Maybe Flight Attendants Would Have it Easier and We Wouldn’t Need the Colombian Police

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I flew down to Bogota today on United out of Newark. The plane was a 737-800. First class was sold out. The eight rows of Economy Plus through the exit rows were nearly empty. Regular economy was almost full. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

WesJet looking at job cuts because poor economy in Alberta

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is bracing for a prolonged downturn in the Alberta economy with actions that could include job reductions, chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky says. “We are having to look at some voluntary programs to shrink the size of the business,” Mr. Saretsky told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Tuesday. The collapse in the price of oil that has battered the Alberta economy has taken a bite out of WestJet’s revenue, has caused a major shift in capacity out of that… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

OPINION: What next for Boeing?

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Last month, the first new aircraft of Boeing’s second century took flight from Renton, Washington. It is apt that the newest arrival is the fourth iteration of an old favourite: a re-engined 737 known as the Max. In the wake of the maiden sortie Boeing executives were typically upbeat, with one predicting that if this was any indication of the following 99 years, it would be “an amazing century”. Boeing now has to focus on execution: it must test, certificate and deliver four different variants… (airlinenews.in) More...

Boeing using more and more Michelin as sole tire provider

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Historical supplier of Airbus, the industrial Auvergne has imposed Boeing by these innovations. Almost the entire range is now delivered with radial tires Kevlar significantly lighter. The maiden flight of the highly anticipated Boeing 737 MAX , which took place on 30 January 2016, has made happy … at Michelin . Through a contract announced within 20 earlier in the factory, it is equipped exclusively by the French manufacturer. The US aircraft manufacturer has chosen its radial tire NZG (Near… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

SWAT team boards Aer Lingus Regional flight

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SOURCES at the airport later confirmed a note which was passed to cabin crew contained the knifes threat but said the incident wasn’t being treated as terrorism. A PLANE packed with Scots was at the centre of a terror scare tonight after a passenger claimed people were armed with knives on board. The man had to be hauled off the Dublin to Edinburgh flight after a note containing the allegation was passed to cabin crew. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Alaska Airlines getting closer to signing an order with Embraer

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Alaska Air Group Inc. has selected Embraer SA to provide as many as 60 regional jets to serve the airline’s ambition of serving smaller markets farther from its Pacific Northwest base, according to two people familiar with the planned deal. The proposed firm order for 30 E175 aircraft and 30 additional options is valued at more than $2.6 billion at list prices, though airlines typically receive steep discounts. The aircraft would be operated by its regional subsidiary Horizon Air. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Cathay set to fly with world’s most advanced airliner

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Cathay Pacific’s HK$124 billion outlay on 48 of one the world’s most advanced airliners – the Airbus A350 – will go live on May 1 with a flight to Manila. Flight 901 to Philippines capital will take-off at 9am and return for Hong Kong at 12.25pm, according to Airline Route, which monitors global airline schedules. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Sikh actor and designer banned from flying Aeroméxico because of Turban

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Mexican airline Aeromexico forbade a Sikh man in a turban from boarding one of their planes on Monday morning. Waris Ahluwalia, an actor (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and designer, refused to remove his turban, prompting airline security to keep him from getting on the plane. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

TAP Portugal goes back to being Government owned

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Portugal has reclaimed a 50 per cent stake in TAP, months after the country’s new government promised to reverse the national carrier’s privatisation. Comparing TAP’s aircraft to the wooden caravels that launched Portugal’s great era of discoveries, prime minister Antonio Costa declared that the government would work in partnership with the Gateway consortium, which is comprised of JetBlue founder David Neeleman and businessman Humberto Pedrosa. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

I flew business class across the world on a top-rated airline and came home on Delta — here's how they stacked up

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Thanks to a last-minute booking, I recently flew to Bangkok, Thailand, on one airline and returned to New York City on another. It gave me the chance to experience business class with two different companies. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Paris-bound Air France Flight Diverted to Lahore due to Medical Emergency

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An Air France Paris-bound flight carrying 374 passengers was diverted to Lahore shortly after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi today morning. The flight AF 225 was diverted due to a medical emergency on board, however details of the emergency were not immediately available.... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

How is a plane removed from a place where it’s unable to takeoff again?

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Not a light aircraft, which could probably be put on the back of a truck, but a heavy jet like a Boeing 747. For example, the plane overruns the runway, or manages to make an emergency landing on an airstrip that’s too short for it to take off. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Inflight fight diverts Alger-Paris flight

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A flight from Algiers bound for Paris has had to divert to Lyon after a “big brawl” erupted on board the aircraft, according to two sources on Twitter. The Air Méditerranée flight from Algiers was due to land at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport around 1.20 p.m. Monday, but it’s understood that the pilot was forced to divert to Lyon after a fight broke out. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

South African Airways issues Zika travel advisory for its Johannesburg - Sao Paulo flights

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South African Airways (SAA) will continue to offer a daily service between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo in Brazil after the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded there was no justification to impose a travel ban to Latin America and the Caribbean due to the outbreak of the Zika virus, the airline said in a statement on Sunday, 7 February. The airline did advise pregnant women not to travel. (traveller24.news24.com) More...

Costco to offer private aviation to its members

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Smart TVs. French roast coffee. A one-year Wheels Up private aviation membership. All are available through warehouse retailer Costco. Through its relationship with Costco, Wheels Up is bringing private aviation to the general public, said Kenny Dichter, founder and CEO of New York-based Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company. “Bringing private aviation to a larger audience, that’s what we want to do,” Dichter said. “Our partnership with Costco allows us to do that.” The… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Two Qantas jets in 'near-miss' at Melbourne airport

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TBA Two Qantas jets have been involved in a "near miss" with a third plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, prompting serious concerns over safety procedures followed by air control staff. A passenger on-board one of the Qantas planes filmed the July 5 incident, which senator Nick Xenophon describes as a "potential disaster", with pilots given less than 20 seconds to react. The video footage shows the lights of another plane approaching from the left, before disappearing… (www.9news.com.au) More...

MN-483 suffers bird strike

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A Kulula Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-ZWA performing flight MN-483 from Lanseria to Cape Town (South Africa), was climbing out of Lanseria’s runway 25 when the left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a guinea fowl causing damage to fan blades. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

OR-456 has flaps problem

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A TUI Airlines Nederland Boeing 737-800, registration PH-TFD performing flight OR-456 (scheduled dep Feb 5th) from Banjul (Gambia) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was on approach to Amsterdam when the crew stopped the descent at 3000 feet reporting problems with the flaps. The aircraft entered a hold while the crew worked the checklists and used alternate extension for the flaps. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Airline Loses Thousands of Passengers While Employees Turn Violent

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delta Airlines earned over about $56,000 profit per employee in 2015. Pakistan International Airlines earns about $36,000 in revenue per employee. But employees feel they aren’t well-compensated enough for their contribution, and are fighting against privatization which they fear could undermine their compensation, benefits, and no show jobs. (www.airnewslive.net) More...

The explosion that blew a hole in a Somalian passenger plane was meant to kill everyone on board

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A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane this week was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board, Somalia’s minister for transport and aviation said on Saturday. One passenger died and two were injured in the explosion on the Airbus A321, operated by Somali company Daallo Airlines. It was forced to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday. US investigators believe the attack was carried out by Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but there has been no… (www.ondair.net) More...

British Airline Hiring Cabin crew Staff – Apply now !

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A fantastic opportunity exists to join our Gatwick Fleet team of Cabin Crew where you will deliver outstanding customer service. As a British Airways Cabin Crew member based at Gatwick you will be enthusiastic and passionate about our products and services and focus on putting the customer at the heart of everything you do. (airlinenews.in) More...

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