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Get hired in GCC: Emirates, Etihad, Kuwait Airways to recruit cabin crew

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Dubai: A number of airlines operating in the UAE are currently looking to recruit additional staff, with recent job postings showing vacancies for cabin crew and other aviation positions. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Add a 20-Pound Lobster to ‘Things TSA Found’ Edit

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A crustacean stowaway was recently caught red-clawed by TSA. The Associated Press (via USA Today) reports a 20-pound lobster, (also known as a darn delicious meal), was discovered by agents at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Sunday. (www.aircrew.in) More...

Ryanair passengers attack airline about seat allocations on Twitter

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As the peak season for flying approaches, Ryanair’s seating policy is being heavily criticised on social media by passengers who find themselves split up from their travelling companions. In just four minutes on Twitter, a remarkable amount of vitriol was aimed at Europe’s biggest budget airline... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

American Airlines Flight Heading to Boston Diverted Due to Unruly Passenger

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An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Boston was temporarily diverted because of an unruly passenger on Tuesday, officials confirm. The passenger on American Airlines flight 2507, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody in Denver, Colorado, and will be charged there, airline spokesperson Matt Miller said. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

This new private jet service offers unlimited flights to Europe

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Frequent flying is about to be taken to a new level with the European launch of Surf Air, a subscription service that lets members fly unlimited trips on a private jet for a monthly fee. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

What the Emirates First Class Shower Suite Is Really Like

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Your first thought is probably the same as mine was: a shower at 38,000 feet and 575 miles per hour, WTF? How can that possibly feel right? And that’s a reasonable question. To allay some of those anxieties, a patient member of the cabin crew gave me a tour of the facilities. The bathroom is all blond wood, marble, and mirrors — and spotlessly clean. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

THIS airline wants to introduce crazy way to make airfares cheaper

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THIS airline is considering a novel way of making flying even cheaper — by removing seats and making passengers stand up during their flight. It’s not the first time an airline has floated the idea, but low-budget carrier VivaColombia says it was very interested in the radical idea, which could help drive down the cost of airfares and make them more accessible to more people. “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up,” VivaColombia’s founder and chief… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Incident: Malindo B737 near Delhi on Jun 25th 2017, engine shut down in flight

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A Malindo Air Boeing 737-900, registration 9M-LNF performing flight OD-132 from Lahore (Pakistan) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was enroute at FL350 about 150nm southeast of Delhi (India) when the right hand engine (CFM56) failed and seized prompting the crew to shut the engine down, turn around and divert to Delhi (avherald.com) More...

Emirates & FlyDubai Likely To Merge Within 18 Months

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he Gulf carriers are certainly evolving the past few years, as they’re under increased financial pressures from their respective governments. So while we’ve seen rational cost cutting, I think it’s inevitable that we’ll eventually see mergers as well. For example, the prevailing theory out there is that Emirates and Etihad will eventually merge and move to Dubai World Central Airport. Not in the next year or two, but rather in the next decade or two. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney to replace engines in A320neo jets as turbofan glitches persist

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India has the largest fleet of A320neos, and the country’s aviation regulator has ordered two operators to inspect power plants with over 1,000 hours of service. Pratt & Whitney plans to reserve roughly 13% of this year’s production of its geared turbofan engines to replace faulty units as the manufacturer rushes to deal with a series of glitches. (www.livemint.com) More...

Navi Mumbai airport could start by 2020, says Jayant Sinha

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New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry expects the first phase of the much delayed Navi Mumbai airport to take off by 2020, reducing some of the pressure on the Mumbai airport Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said on Friday that a runway and terminal building should come up at the Navi Mumbai airport by 2020. (www.livemint.com) More...

Man Arrested After TSA Caught Him with Firearm at BWI Airport

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A Pennsylvania resident was arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) early this morning after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers caught him carrying a firearm at a security checkpoint. The man, a resident of Wrightsville in York County, Pennsylvania, was found to have an unloaded 9 mm handgun in his carry-on bag alongside a magazine that was loaded with six bullets. (aviationtribune.com) More...

FAA Proposes $435,000 Civil Penalty Against United Airlines

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $435,000 civil penalty against United Airlines for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in an airworthy condition. The FAA alleges that on June 9, 2014, United mechanics replaced a fuel pump pressure switch on a Boeing 787 in response to a problem that a flight crew had documented two days before. However, the airline failed to perform a required inspection of the work before returning the aircraft… (aviationtribune.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines Orders Ten Additional A350-900 Aircraft

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Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development of its fast expanding long-haul route network. Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease. Today’s order tops-up the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s fleet, enabling it to pursue its… (aviationtribune.com) More...

Bombardier Signs a Letter of Intent with SpiceJet for up to 50 Q400 Aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today from the International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with SpiceJet of Gurgaon, India for up to 50 Q400 turboprop airliners. The LOI includes 25 Q400 turboprops and purchase rights on an additional 25 aircraft. Based on the Q400 turboprop list price, an order could be valued at up to US $ 1.7 billion. (aviationtribune.com) More...

Breaking: Southwest Airlines flight forced to land after unstable woman tries to open emergency exit door

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A HOUSTON-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger reportedly attempted to open an emergency exit. The Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles was diverted to Corpus Christi International Airport, where it was delayed for more than five hours, after a female passenger became unstable. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Passengers’ backlash after British Airways forces families to pay £20 fee to guarantee they sit together on a flight

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British Airways is facing a backlash from passengers after forcing them to pay extra to guarantee sitting with their family on flights. Furious travellers complain that they are being split up from loved ones as they head off on holiday. Worst affected are passengers who have bought the cheapest deals... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

It was terrifying: Passengers tell of ‘engine bang, shuddering’ after AirAsia engine failure

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PASSENGER jet with more than 350 people on board has been forced to make an emergency landing in Perth after an engine failure shortly after takeoff. The Air Asia flight was reportedly en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it experienced difficulties. The twin-engine A330 airbus suffered a ‘technical issue’ that caused one of its engines to fail shortly before 9am AEDT (7am Perth time) this morning, causing some concern among passengers it may have had to ditch in the ocean. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Russian jet buzzes US recon jet: Pictures released of 'unsafe' incident

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Striking photos released Friday show just how dangerously close a Russian fighter jet came to a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in a Monday interaction deemed "provocative" by a U.S. official. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Incident: United B777 near Baker Lake on Jun 20th 2017, lavatory woes

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A United Boeing 777-200, registration N218UA performing flight UA-851 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL310 about 250nm southwest of Baker Lake,NU (Canada) when the crew requested to divert to San Francisco,CA (USA) reporting a lavatory problem (avherald.com) More...

New Airbus A320 Airspace interior set to debut in 2020

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European airframer Airbus has developed a new cabin concept for its best-selling narrow body A320 family of jetliners called Airspace. Just as its competitor Boeing borrowed cabin concepts from the 787 Dreamliner and incorporated it in to the 737, Airbus has borrowed concepts from the A350 and the A330neo for the Airspace interior to offer similar designs in both the cockpit and the passenger cabin, along with the latest technology. (www.bangaloreaviation.com) More...

Airbus unveils A380plus, an enhanced version of the superjumbo

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European airframer Airbus unveiled a development study for an enhanced version of the A380 superjumbo, the “A380plus”. The study is a bid by the company to re-engergise sales of the world’s largest passenger aircraft that have been stagnant for over a year. It also appears to be an effort to bridge the requests of the largest A380 customer, Emirates airline, for an A380neo with newer engines and a re-designed wing. Airbus has already spent over $25 billion on developing the A380 and given the… (www.bangaloreaviation.com) More...

Etihad Airways eliminates free chauffeur service for premium passengers

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is eliminating its complimentary chauffeur service for its business and first class passengers at all its international destinations. A paid option “at specially negotiated rates” will replace the free service. Economy class passengers can also avail the new paid service, and Etihad Guest members will accrue frequent flier points. The cutback is part of a series changes the airline says are “designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer… (www.bangaloreaviation.com) More...

HAL-Russian Helicopters form JV to assemble Ka-226T in India

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Russian Helicopters and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has registered a joint venture for the license production of Ka-226T light helicopters in India. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

New Virgin Mobile Deal Offers a Year of Unlimited Talk Text and Data for Just $1

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Virgin Mobile is becoming the first wireless carrier to only sell iPhones, and it is offering some unusual perks to publicize the move. Among the offers: -a free round-trip Virgin America ticket to the U.K. from the U.S. (after buying a regular ticket) -20% off on Virgin America flights on Virgin America -a free night stay at Virgin hotels after paying for two nights -$170 in savings from the Virgin Wines club (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Qatar Airways wants to buy a 10% stake in American Airlines

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American Airways on Thursday said it received an unsolicited notice from Qatar Airways to make a “significant investment,” amounting to 10% of public shares. In a regulatory filing , American Air said it had also notified the federal government as required for larger mergers and acquisitions. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Passengers cheer as woman is escorted off Manchester flight forced into an emergency landing

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Cheering passengers filmed the moment a woman was escorted off a Manchester holiday flight – after the plane had been forced to make an emergency landing. The easyJet service from Manchester to Antalya, in Turkey, landed at Stansted after complaints that a female passenger was ‘shouting and swearing’. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Beijing's New Mega Airport Will Challenge Air China's Dominance

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Like ancient warlords, China’s three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China Ltd. controlling Beijing, China Eastern Airlines Corp. holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern Airlines Co. ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Rising on a plain south of Beijing is a mega airport that is about to change the balance, bringing all three head to head in the capital as it becomes the world’s biggest aviation hub. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada B777 near Frankfurt on Jun 15th 2017, smell of smoke in cabin

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An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FNNU performing flight AC-891 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 329 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 120nm south of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew decided to divert to Frankfurt reporting smell of smoke in the cabin (avherald.com) More...

New food & drink coming to Delta

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As customers pack their bags for the perfect summer getaway, Delta will be dishing out seasonally inspired offerings on board to make their travel a little sweeter. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

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Salvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane. (japantoday.com) More...

Airbus augments A350-1000 capability

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Airbus has quietly announced it will augment the payload and range capability of the Airbus A350-1000 when certified. The latest Aircraft Characteristics for Airport and Maintenance Planning guide (ACAP) for A350 increases the aircraft’s maximum weight before fuel is loaded and its maximum take-off weight. (leehamnews.com) More...

Incident: Egypt B737 at Cairo on Jun 26th 2017, blew nose tyre on departure

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An Egypt Air Boeing 737-800, registration SU-GEF performing flight MS-757 from Cairo (Egypt) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 95 passengers, was accelerating for takeoff from Cairo's runway 05C when the right hand nose tyre blew. (avherald.com) More...

Qatar wants 10% of American Airlines

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American Airlines has received an "unsolicited" approach from Qatar Airways which wants to acquire 10% of the US carrier. In a regulatory filing, American Airlines said Qatar intended to buy at least $808m (£638m) of its shares. (www.bbc.com) More...

Alaska Airlines flies to hunt "The Great American Eclipse"

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On August 21, Alaska Airlines will chase "The Great American Eclipse" with a charter flight for astronomy enthusiasts. The flight will allow the eclipse chasers to observe the "Great American Eclipse" as closely as possible, from 35,000+ feet above the earth. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Fingerprints to the Future of Boarding?

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As time progresses towards the future, we find different ways to help technology be more smarter, quicker, and more efficient. But when it comes to boarding a flight with just a touch, that's another story. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

American Airlines looks to the IBM Cloud to end travel hell

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American Airlines is looking to IBM to help put an end to terrible airport experiences. The airline is starting to move its online services to IBM's cloud network, beginning with its website, apps and airport kiosks, as well as a handful of internal processes. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Elderly flight passenger throws coins into engine for ‘luck’, delays take-off for hours

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A flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed after an elderly woman passenger was suspected of throwing coins into the plane’s engine to ensure “good luck”, mainland media reported. (www.scmp.com) More...

NASA's supersonic X-plane project passes key milestone

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Those still nostalgic about the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight just came a step closer. NASA says that its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project has passed its preliminary design review (PDR), opening the way for design and construction of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) X-plane. (newatlas.com) More...

The World's Top Airline Stock Is SpiceJet With 124% Advance

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Two and a half years after SpiceJet Ltd. was forced to ground its entire fleet on its inability to pay a mere $2.2 million in fuel bills, the budget airline has become the world’s best-performing airline stock -- with $26 billion in plane orders to boot. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

US President Thanks India's Spicejet for $22 Billion Order from Boeing

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US President Donald Trump on Monday thanked Gurgaon-based budget carrier SpiceJet for placing a large order for aircraft from American multinational Boeing. The order would create thousands of jobs in the US, Trump said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House in Washington DC on Monday, where the US President praised PM Modi+ for his efforts back home, saying he's doing a "great job". "Economically, India is doing very… (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Thai Airways Aims to Buy Almost 30 Planes to Modernize Fleet

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Thai Airways International Pcl said it plans to modernize its fleet by replacing almost 30 older aircraft over the next five years, adding to the climbing demand for planes in Asia. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

British Airways reveals new look of JFK’s Terminal 7

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British Airways unveiled details of its multi-million pound re-design for New York JFK Terminal 7, the airline’s flagship US airport. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

How Are They Doing It? Qatar Airways Expands with ‘Endless Ambition’ and Recruitment Confirms It

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How well its Qatar Airways handling its business compared to Emirates and Etihad - recruitment might be a really big clue. Unlike its competitors, Qatar Airways has continued to recruit new cabin crew. And even with the blockade on its airspace, its expansion shows no sign of slowing down. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

The Separation of Church and Sky

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In Ask the Pilot: The Separation of Church and Sky. A Pilot Asks Passengers to Pray. It's Not The First Time. And Where It Happened Before Might Surprise You... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Amtrak Names Transportation Veteran Richard Anderson President and CEO

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WASHINGTON – Amtrak announced that it has named Richard Anderson, a 25-year veteran of the aviation industry, as its next president and chief executive officer. Anderson, former chief executive officer of both Delta and Northwest Airlines, will begin his role on July 12. (media.amtrak.com) More...

Allegiant flight to Florida leaves passengers stranded at Pittsburgh airport

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Passengers waiting to take an Allegiant flight to Punta Gorda, Florida on Sunday are not happy after having their flight delayed for several hours and then canceled altogether. Passengers who live close by were told to go home and those from out of town were advised to get a hotel room. (wkbn.com) More...

Delta expands Comfort+ to regional flights

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Aligning with Delta’s focus on improving choice for customers and enhancing the on-board experience, the airline is now continuing to expand Delta Comfort+ on some of its regional aircraft, adding more Delta Comfort+ seats on its E-175, E-170, CRJ-900 and CRJ-700 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing is Reevaluating SST, Blended-Wing Designs for Future Potential

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On Wednesday morning at the 52nd Paris Air Show, Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP Product Development, Mike Sinnett provided an update on the projects Boeing is currently putting attention toward, and what we may see in the future. (airwaysmag.com) More...