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Big Birthday Celebration For Baby Boeing (First 737 to be built)

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The Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a 50th birthday party for the littlest Boeing commercial airplane, the 737, on April 9. Brien Wygle, pilot-in-command for the maiden flight, is expected to attend, along with 737 engineers Bob Bogash and Peter Morton and Boeing historian Mike Lombardi. Bob Bogash was also Crew Chief for the restoration of the original aircraft, registered as N73700, which is a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Flight. Boeing will be providing a new 737 MAX for viewing… (www.avweb.com) More...

Watch America's Fighter Jets Morph Over the Decades

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The United States military has been flying jets since 1946. Autoauctionmall.com has put together a morphing GIF that celebrates many of the major fighter designs, starting with the F-1 Fury and continuing to today's F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Accident: Delta B757 near Denver on Mar 23th 2017, turbulence injures two cabin crew

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N683DA performing flight DL-2302 from Atlanta,GA to Vail,CO (USA), was descending through FL340 towards Vail near Denver,CO (USA) when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries (avherald.com) More...

Why New Jets Could Destroy Airlines

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Since the introduction of the Boeing Co. 747-400 in the late 1980s, the range limits and economics of long-haul jets have been more or less fixed. New fuel-efficient planes such as Boeing’s 787 and 777X and Airbus SE’s A350 are changing that. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

A350-1000 performed ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign in Latin America

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With the objective of conducting a ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign to check aircraft and engine performance in high-altitude, warm and humid conditions, the A350-1000 MSN071 test aircraft flew first to Bolivia before completing its tour in Colombia and then returning to Toulouse, France, after 10 days of flight and ground tests. (www.airbus.com) More...

American Airlines Leaves Thousands of Passengers at Gates as It Pushes On-Time Departures

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Pilots at American Airlines said the airline is so committed to making sure airplanes take off on time that in February it left 20,000 passengers stranded at the gate as the door to the airplane closed. The number was provided to American pilots Thursday in a letter from Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Will St. Louis Lambert Airport go private? Mayor submits preliminary application to FAA

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A release from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says that the city has submitted a preliminary application to the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Privatization Pilot Program. (fox2now.com) More...

An Indian politician admits hitting flight attendant 25 times with slipper

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An Indian politician brazenly admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat. Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Alaska Airlines is Killing off the Virgin America Brand

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It was all but inevitable that the Virgin America brand wouldn't survive its merger with Alaska Airlines. The parent company announced Wednesday that all Virgin America flights will fly under one brand with Alaska Airlines, likely sometime in 2019. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

American Airlines is reportedly investing $200 million in China’s largest airline

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American Airlines might be spending some serious cash in China. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that American Airlines is reportedly in advanced talks to invest $200 million in China Southern Airlines at a valuation of $10 billion. According to the publication, American’s investment in the airline’s Hong Kong-listed shares will reportedly buy it a non-voting seat on China Southern’s board. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Montana airports reporting record business

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Nearly 3.9 million people stepped on or off commercial airplanes in Montana last year. That was 330,000 more than ever before, according to the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation. Four of the state’s six busiest airports – Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena – set passenger records in 2016. Only No. 5 Great Falls International saw a decrease, while Billings Logan International went up slightly. (missoulian.com) More...

Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United Airlines Opening Fully Automated Airport Screening Lanes, Delta & American as well

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The carrier says its plan to partner with the Transportation Security Administration on the newly redesigned screening process is now a reality, with the opening of “a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint” at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C. The checkpoint includes dedicated lanes for Premier Access and TSA Precheck, with 17 automated screening lanes that feature larger bins and individual stations, allowing agents to process more travelers at one time. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries. They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

It’s Official: Qantas Does Support Marriage Equality Despite Criticism from Politicians

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Qantas has come and said it officially back marriage equality. “Qantas is one of 200 Australian companies that has publicly pledged support for marriage equality because we don’t think some people should have fewer rights than others.” (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

British Airways launches BUDGET airline LEVEL with flights to Los Angeles for just £86

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BRITISH AIRWAYS has a new sister airline – Level is a budget carrier with cheap flights to the US launching in time for summer. International Airlines Group (IAG) is launching the newest addition to its fleet... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Ten airports' flights affected by new US electronics restriction

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US regulators have identified 10 airports which will be subjected to new security measures regarding commercial flights to the USA. The security measures will require all personal electronic devices larger than a mobile phone to be placed in checked baggage, and not carried into the cabin of aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

American Airlines CEO: How Do We Beat Delta? We Bet on New Aircraft

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American (AAL) CEO Doug Parker said his airline has a revenue gap with Delta and is on the way to making it up — thanks largely to its modern fleet. In 2016, American’s 2016 revenue per available seat mile was 6.2% behind Delta’s (DAL) , according to a chart Parker displayed at last week’s JPMorgan transportation conference. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Flight attendant wrestles 5-foot snake on Alaska flight

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A flight attendant caught and secured a 4-to-5-foot loose snake on a flight from Aniak, Alaska, to Anchorage on Sunday. Ravn Alaska Flight 7133 was midair on the 90-minute flight when the snake was noticed by other passengers on the flight. (www.facebook.com) More...

EasyJet pilot reveals the truth behind flying phobia myths

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If you are, but are still brave enough to be planning to jet off on holiday in the coming weeks, you might want to read what an EasyJet pilot has to say about some of the common myths which lie behind flying fears. From what actually happens if you leave a mobile phone on during take-off to whether it is actually possible for a drunk to prise open the door mid-flight, Chris Foster has the answers anyone who doesn’t particularly enjoy taking to the skies needs to hear. (www.aircrew.in) More...

Airbus breaks ground on Indian training center

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India’s civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju broke ground for the Airbus India Training Center, accompanied by Airbus CEO Tom Enders, on March 17. The new center—which is Asia’s first Airbus training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers—will be built on a greenfield site in the Aerocity district near Indira Gandhi International, the capital’s main airport. (www.airbus.com) More...

British Airways ‘turning into Ryanair’ as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks

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British Airways has come under fire from both staff and customers as concern grows that cutbacks at the flag carrier are damaging its “elite” brand. Disgruntled cabin crew have provided a list to management of recent changes they say are diminishing the carrier’s reputation, the Sunday Times reported, including the loss of first-class perks, such as free amuse-bouches with customers’ first drink, no more fresh flowers in the first class toilets, and the downsizing of complimentary washbags... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

IAG's Level goes head-to-head with Norwegian

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IAG has signalled that it is aiming to compete head-on with low-cost operator Norwegian with its newly-unveiled budget carrier Level. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Etihad Airways is Redeploying In-Flight Cabin Crew as Recruitment Freeze Continues

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It’s understood that a number of F&B Managers and other onboard crew have been ‘redeployed’ to ground-based assignments. Etihad has moved the majority of staff into its Abu Dhabi airport lounges as the airline delays replacing ground staff. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Southwest Outlines New 737 MAX 8 Routes, Announces 737-300 Retirement Date

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Southwest has announced initial routes for its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following the opening of the carrier’s Fall 2017 schedule. Also, with the addition of the 737 MAX, the Dallas-based airline is retiring their 737-300 fleet. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Dramatic moment oxygen masks fall from the ceiling after plane’s cabin suddenly depressurised shortly after leaving London

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A CHARTER flight from London was forced to make an emergency landing this morning after the cabin suddenly depressurised without warning. The Titan Airways flight left London Stansted on Sunday morning headed for the Polish city of Rzeszow but it had to make an emergency landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at around 10am. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

5 Reasons Why I Like Flying British Airways

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People often ask why I fly British Airways as it appears to be an inconvenient option for me. Being based in Dublin means I have more reasons to fly Aer Lingus or Ryanair direct to European destinations. It would make more sense from a time perspective alone. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Is New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Airline ‘Level’ a Cynical Ploy by IAG?

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IAG takes Norweigan head on with a low-cost, long-haul airline at Barcelona. Flying two of the same routes but at half the price! (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is China’s C919 aircraft answer to Airbus and Boeing

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If all goes well, passenger airplane manufacturers Airbus and Boeing may soon have to face tough competition from China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp from April. The Chinese C919 aircraft will be powered by the LEAP engine, made by CFM International, an equal joint venture between Safran and General Electric Co. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Eye-opening video taken by a pilot shows the difficulty involved in landing a Boeing 737 airline in high winds

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An incredible video posted by a self-proclaimed extreme aerobatics pilot shows just how difficult it is to land a commercial airline in extreme wind. Artur Kielak posted a video of himself as he landed a Boeing 737 plane in extremely difficult weather. The polish man put his camera near his feet to take the video, which got an astonishing 2,500 reactions on Facebook in its first 24 hours live. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Already a year delayed, KC-46 program at risk of further schedule slips

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The $44 billion KC-46 program is at risk of further schedule delays, the Government Accountability Office stated in a new report. KC-46A manufacturer Boeing has struggled to meet key milestones throughout the duration of the program and is already at least one year behind by most measures (www.defensenews.com) More...

Newly-confident Malaysia Airlines eyes Airbus A330neo, Boeing 787 order

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Malaysia Airlines is looking to order as many as 30 new Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787 jets, following the arrival of its A350s from late 2017 to mid-2018, with the leas of up to a dozen used Airbus A330s or Boeing 777s to fill the gap... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

FAA forecast: Slow general aviation growth, drone explosion

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A tale of different segments will mean slow growth over the next 20 years for general aviation, according to the FAA (www.bizjournals.com) More...

San Diego’s New Service to Europe — on Edelweiss?

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Recently, I received a press release email from my local airport, San Diego International. The title read: “Edelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego.” You’ve got to love it when your local airport adds new service, but this time was a little different than usual. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

Airlines and airports worldwide adapt to US electronic device ban in planes

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Airports around the world affected by President Trump’s new ban on in-flight electronic devices are examining ways they can make life easier for travellers despite the new American rules. (www.euronews.com) More...

Major makeover for Greek regional airports

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Germany airport management company Fraport has detailed plans to modernize and develop 14 Greek airports. Local arm Fraport Greece plans to invest a minimum of €330 million ($355 million) through 2021 to upgrade the airports’ facilities, with the intention of improving the travel experience and preparing for an anticipated uptick in passenger traffic. The company has a 40-year operating concession at the 14 airports. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: India B787 at London on Mar 22nd 2017, bird strike

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANJ performing flight AI-171 from Ahmedabad (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was on approach to London Heathrow when a bird impacted the radome and left a large dent. (avherald.com) More...

American Airlines Offers Flight Attendants New Uniform Option After Union Compiled Complaints

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American Airlines’ 25,000 flight attendants won a victory when their union convinced the airline to offer alternate uniforms after the troubled rollout of new uniforms in September, union president Bob Ross said Wednesday. Some of the new uniforms triggered adverse reactions including itching, rashes and breathing difficulties, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said. (www.forbes.com) More...

American Airlines May Be Close to Buying Stake in China Southern

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American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s largest carrier, is in advanced talks to acquire a stake in China Southern Airlines Co., according to people familiar with the matter. The negotiations focus on an investment of about $200 million by Fort Worth, Texas-based American in China Southern’s Hong Kong-listed shares, said the people, asking not to be identified as talks are confidential. The sale will likely take place via a private placement, one of the people said. China Southern has a market… (skift.com) More...

Loooong T/O Run: Heavy LH MD-11F going airborne from high-elevation Nairobi!

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Air Clips joined Lufthansa Cargo's Captain Fokko and First Officer Johannes on a full rotation from Frankfurt (Germany) via Nairobi (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa) and back on the same routing. (www.youtube.com) More...

Sunwing defends 6-hour break between flights for pilot who returned to duty drunk

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This article brings up interesting issues surrounding pilot scheduling practices and the rather flimsy regulatory environment around pilot rest. This is not to deflect blame. This guy is undoubtedly bad news flying any aircraft. (www.cbc.ca) More...

US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) More...

Embraer's Newest $80 Million Private Jet Is Inspired by Art Deco Designs

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Art Deco is a design style we're accustomed to seeing in skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, or century-old bars and restaurants like Le Dôme Café in Paris. The early 20th-century motif has never really been associated with airplanes. That is until now. (www.architecturaldigest.com) More...

Jet carrying Michigan basketball team had mechanical issue before failed takeoff

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The National Transportation Safety Board says a mechanical issue was found on the jet carrying the University of Michigan basketball team that aborted takeoff and skidded into a field on March 8. In an update on Wednesday, the department revealed a mechanical issue was found on the aircraft during the ongoing investigation - a damaged component of the airplane's right elevator. (www.mlive.com) More...

Is The Boeing 797X Going To Unlock $150 Billion In Revenues?

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The Boeing 797X will likely cover the 220-260 seat range. Design range will be 4,500-5,000 nautical miles. Aircraft could unlock a $150B revenue potential. (seekingalpha.com) More...

Boeing, US Army make multibillion, multiyear AH-64E deal official

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The U.S. Army and Boeing signed on the dotted line for the first multiyear AH-64E Apache attack helicopter contract — a deal that’s been years in the making — in a signing ceremony in Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday. Under the base contract worth $3.4 billion, Boeing will deliver to the Army 244 remanufactured AH-64Es. The multiyear deal also includes 24 new-build Apache Echo models for Saudi Arabia. (www.defensenews.com) More...