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British Airways Cancels More Than 100 Flights Because Of Snow And Ice

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BA cancelled 170 flights on Sunday, meaning many planes and crew were out of position on Monday. More than 100 flights BA were cancelled by Monday afternoon. (www.aviationnewsworld.biz) More...

Watch: Southwest Airline Passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane’

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A woman was caught smoking on a flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday resulting in an in-flight freak-out and threats to “kill everyone on this plane” when she was escorted to law enforcement upon landing, Southwest Airlines confirmed. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Video - Flight Deck View Landing A380 at FAOR

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In a video posted to YouTube by British Airways, captain Dave Wallsworth shares his awe-inspiring view from the flight deck. Watch as he and Senior First Officers Jeremy Goodson and Phil Gillespie interact with air traffic control to skillfully land one of our A380 aircraft in Johannesburg. (www.thesouthafrican.com) More...

Experts demand MH370 search party re-examine photos showing debris including a SUITCASE floating in the Indian Ocean

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Aviation experts have demanded a new investigation into images showing debris floating in the Indian Ocean soon after missing flight MH370 vanished. Leader of the MH370 Independent Group, US engineer Victor Iannello, said the pictures appear to show debris, including a suitcase and a cargo package, that could have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Air New Zealand grounds flights over Boeing 787 Dreamliner issues

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Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) has been forced to cancel a number of flights operated by B787-9s due to issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, the carrier announced in a stock market filing. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Disaster averted after JFK-bound flight nearly lands on same runway as outbound aircraft

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Air traffic controllers averted a near-disaster at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, after a Volaris airlines flight attempted to land on the same runway as a departing Delta airliner. Instead of landing on JFK’s Runway 13 left, the cockpit crew of incoming Volaris Flight 880 from Mexico mistakenly lined up with JFK’s Runway 13 right, where Delta Flight 4231 was already moving down the runway and preparing for takeoff (www.foxnews.com) More...

AeroMéxico considering CSeries jets for fleet renewal

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AeroMéxico (AM, México City) is considering acquiring CSeries jets from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) as part of its Regional Jet fleet renewal plans. Sources familiar with the Mexican carrier's operations told Reuters it had held preliminary talks to acquire an unspecified number of the aircraft from equity partner Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) which has seventy-five CS100s currently on firm order. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Santa Flight puts Christmas in the air

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It was a special day for hundreds of children living with severe illnesses and their families as Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation took to the skies in search of Santa. (torontosun.com) More...

Woman claims she was sexually assaulted on United Airlines flight

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The FBI is investigating an incident aboard a United Airlines flight, during which a female passenger alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the man seated beside her. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Late autopilot disconnect behind Jet Airways B737 tailstrike

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A late transition from autopilot to manual flying caused a Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 to over-pitch and lose airspeed as it came in to land at Kolkata airport, resulting in a tailstrike. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air NZ forced to trim schedule due to 787 engine maintenance

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New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission says on its website that it is investigating two “engine abnormality” incidents involving Air NZ 787-9s that occurred on 5 and 6 December. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Canada's swipe at Boeing jets could open way for European rivals

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Boeing’s future military sales in Canada are in question after the U.S. defense firm launched a trade challenge against Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc (www.reuters.com) More...

Oman Air Adds New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Its Fleet

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Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, continues its ambitious expansion plans in 2017 with a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner joined the fleet on 6th December 2017. (aviationtribune.com) More...

Passenger jet skids off runway at Moscow airport

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The Boeing-737, with 52 passengers on board, landed at Sheremetyevo Airport this afternoon, Interfax reports, citing a source in the airport’s emergency services. However, the plane missed a taxiway (www.rt.com) More...

United Boeing 737 near Chicago on Dec 4th 2017, indication of loss of thrust in both engines

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A United Boeing 737-900, registration N63899 performing flight UA-1549 from Boston,MA to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was descending through about FL110 towards Chicago when the crew declared emergency reporting the loss of thrust in both engines (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Lufthansa Boeing 747 at Denver and Frankfurt on Oct 18th 2017, fumes on board, passengers and cabin crew unwell

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A Lufthansa Boeing 747-400, registration D-ABVW performing flight LH-447 (dep. Oct 18th, arr Oct 19th) from Denver,CO (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was preparing for departure from Denver. While the engines were started an odour of dirty old socks developed on board, the departure preparations were continued and the aircraft departed (www.aeroinside.com) More...

On board the Yukon’s first northern lights flight

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Viewing the aurora in an aircraft is a high-flying bucket list adventure that we got to experience in the Yukon. (www.thestar.com) More...

Aviation Industry’s first Flight Permit app

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PermitsGlobal's application automates the complex process of obtaining overflight and landing permits globally - giving pilots and flight operators 24/7 control over their flight permit applications from a smartphone, tablet or via the web. (www.blueskynews.aero) More...

Why the 747 has a hump

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The Boeing 747 is one of the most recognizable aircraft. One reason for that — besides its popularity — is its distinctive hump on the roof. The hump was an innovative solution to a design challeng (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Volaris approaches to the wrong runway at JFK | CLOSE CALL

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A Volaris Airbus A319-132 (XA-VOI) performing flight VOI880/Y4880 from Mexico City MMMX to New York KJFK had been cleared for the VOR approach runway 13L but joined final for runway 13R instead where an Embraer E170 was rolling for takeoff. A third aircraft advised of the situation and both ATCs instructed their traffics to aviod the collision. (www.youtube.com) More...

Qatar A321 substantially damaged in fire during Maintenance

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A Qatar Airways Airbus A321 suffered substantial damage in a fire that occurred when it was under maintenance at Doha's Hamad International airport on 8 December. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Japan may join a U.S-proposed project to achieve manned moon landing

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Japan will consider joining a U.S.-proposed project to build a new space station orbiting the moon, hoping such a move will boost the chances of sending Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Flight scheduled to open Trail’s airport terminal diverted to Castlegar

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When the Trail Regional Airport (TRA) opened its new terminal building on Nov. 29 there was only one problem — the Pacific Coastal flight that was scheduled to arrive for the opening ceremony couldn’t land at the airport. Due to weather conditions, the plane was diverted to land at Castlegar’s West Kootenay Regional Airport (WKRA). (www.bclocalnews.com) More...

How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for

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Interesting article I found. It's amazing how nobody wanted the 717, yet now everybody wants them. Comment below if you think Delta lucked out. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Canada doesn't buy Fighter Aircraft from Boeing

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This is not an airliner news and normally shouldn't be mentioned here on "Airliner Watch". But it is strictly related to the airliner wars between Boeing and Bombardier, and makes the headline. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Joon flies from Berlin to Paris up to six times a day

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Joon, the latest subsidiary of Air France, now connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day. The first Airbus A320 from Joon was formally received at Tegel Airport. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Chinese authorities test drone-aircraft collision

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the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted the first test of a collision between a UAV (drone) and a passenger plane at the Xiangbei Experimental Base of Aviation Industry. This was done to determine the effects of a quad-copter drone hitting the front windshield of a passenger plane in flight. (news.aviation-safety.net) More...

AI pilots fly plane with fuselage crack

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New Delhi: Two senior commanders and a flight engineer of Air India have been grounded for flying an aircraft with a crack on its fuselage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline are probing this lapse as the crew reportedly operated the flight even after discovering the crack on the main body section of the Airbus A-319 during a pre-flight walk around inspection. (epaper.timesgroup.com) More...

SAS Boeing 737 at Kirkenes on Dec 6th 2017, unsafe gear

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A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737-600, registration LN-RPF performing flight SK-4472 from Oslo to Kirkenes (Norway) with 71 passengers, was on final approach to Kirkenes' runway 24 when the crew initiated a go around reporting an unsafe gear indication. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines scraps planned Amsterdam A350 route in favour of Tokyo, Auckland

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Malaysia Airlines will fly its new Airbus A350 jets to Auckland and Tokyo from 2018, scuppering plans to restart direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam in partnership with KLM. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) More...

Emirates A388 at JFK Dec 4th 2017 at about 200 feet in turn to runway 13L

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There is some question on the actual altitude. ATC alerted flightcrew which initiated go around. How low would that put the lower wingtip? (avherald.com) More...

JetBlue's Fleet Review Should Wrap Up Soon -- and It's a Big Deal

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Earlier this year, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) launched a comprehensive fleet review, led by new CFO Steve Priest. This entails fine-tuning the timing of aircraft deliveries from Airbus (NASDAQOTH:EADSY) -- as well as the mix of models within the A320neo family -- and making a decision about the future of the carrier's Embraer (NYSE:ERJ) E190 fleet. (www.fool.com) More...

Saudia Boeing 777 at Jeddah on Dec 9th 2017, tail strike indication

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration HZ-AK40 performing flight SV-21 from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was in the initial climb out of Jeddah's runway 34C when the crew stopped... (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Qatar Airways reconfirms and upsizes its order for 50 A321neo ACF

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Qatar Airways has re-affirmed its earlier order for 50 A320neo with a firm order for 50 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). The selection of the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family reflects the airline’s need for efficiency and additional capacity. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011. (www.airbus.com) More...

Direct flights from Zurich, Switzerland to Seychelles to begin next year

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Seychelles is set to get another direct flight to Europe when Switzerland’s leisure airline, Edelweiss Air, begins flights to the island nation from September next year. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

What Happened to Monarch Airlines aircraft?

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Hello. In this new video I made, I try to explain what happened to Monarch's aircraft after their collapse. (www.youtube.com) More...

LGW is hiring Airbus A320 pilots, starts operating for Eurowings

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LGW ceased operations along with Airberlin on October 27, 2017 (ironically 10 years to the day it started operations).Since then the carrier has been hiring Airbus A320 crews. It started operating its first Airbus A320 for Eurowings on December 5. 2017. LGW will eventually replace the Airberlin A320s which previously operated for Eurowings. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Norwegian Boeing 737 at Funchal on Dec 9th 2017, flaps problem

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A Norwegian Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NGC performing flight DY-1784 from Oslo (Norway) to Funchal (Portugal) with 84 people on board, was on final approach to Funchal descending through about 700 feet when the crew initiated a go around reporting a flaps problem and decided to divert (www.aeroinside.com) More...

DC-10 Drops Fire Retardant On Guy's House, Breaks His Truck Window

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DC-10 doing a crazy low pass for all the right reasons. Great work by some talented pilots. (www.avgeekery.com) More...

KLM thinks the pilot cap is old fashioned

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KLM explains in a statement that it no longer sees "added value" from this accessory. Starting from the beginning of the new year, the airline operator wants to give a "more modern" appearance to its pilots by removing the cap from pilot uniforms. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

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Air New Zealand said problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced the carrier to ground some international flights. The firm said some engines on its Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance following recent "engine events". (www.bbc.com) More...

Passenger "Air Rage" soars in 2017

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Drunk and violent airline passengers are on the rise, with airline staff now forced to physically restrain more mid-flight troublemakers than ever before. (nypost.com) More...

Qatar Airways A320 badly damaged in fire at Doha Airport

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Yesterday a Qatar Airways A321 was undergoing maintenance at a remote stand at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, and apparently the inflight entertainment satellite antenna caught fire. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) More...

Dangerous and unprofessional manoeuvres

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Not a good squawk I guess, just couldn't resist posting this... (www.youtube.com) More...

Pilatus PC-24 Awarded EASA and FAA Certification

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Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft received simultaneous approvals for its new PC-24 “super versatile” jet on December 7 from EASA and the FAA, including authorizations for flight into known icing and single-pilot operations. The $8.9 million (list price) 10-passenger aircraft is “the first ever Swiss business jet,” said the company, which added it was the culmination of eleven-and-a-half years’ work. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Government urged to 'stand up to Boeing' in Bombardier row

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A LEADING business figure in the north has urged the British government to "stand up to Boeing" in the row which is threatening thousands of jobs at Belfast plane-maker Shorts Bombardier. (www.irishnews.com) More...