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Are Female Cabin Crew at Qatar Airways Now Being Treated Fairly?

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So female cabin crew were sacked for getting pregnant and weren't allowed to get married for at least five years! With the risk of getting sacked and deported! They might win loads of awards but this sounds horrendous! (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Jetstar pilot applauded after white-knuckle landing at Wellington Airport

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A Jetstar passenger said she “felt like the plane was going to drop out of the sky” as a pilot made a second hairy attempt to land at Wellington Airport. Flights in and out of the capital have been heavily impacted by a weather bomb which has hit over the past 12 hours, bringing heavy rain and gusts in excess of 100 kilometres per hour.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Jobs Set to be Axed at Cathay Pacific as New Strategy Unveiled

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At an upcoming presentation in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Cathay Pacific is set to announce significant job losses as fears emerge that the company could be heading for its first full year loss since 2010. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is it likely that MH370 will ever be found?

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The 120,000sq km area of Indian Ocean off southern Australia was chosen based on satellite data as the most likely place the Boeing 777 could have come down along what is presumed to have been its flight path. (www.bbc.com) More...

Is This for Real? Etihad and Lufthansa in Merger Talks

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News from an Italian paper that Etihad is about to buy a 30-40% stake in Lufthansa - and even possibly merge into one airline. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Boeing 747: 2017 May See Last Flight on US Carriers

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In September of last year, the chief engineer on Boeing Co.'s (BA) 747 jumbo jet program, Joe Sutter, passed away at the age of 95. Now, the last two U.S.-based carriers still flying the plane are setting the stage to retire their remaining 747s, probably by the end of this year. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Incident: ASL Belgium B737 at Liege on Jan 12th 2017, unsafe gear

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An ASL Airlines Belgium Boeing 737-400, registration OE-IAG performing flight 3V-76B from Bologna (Italy) to Liege (Belgium), was on approach to Liege's runway 23L when the crew went around from about 1000 feet due to an unsafe gear indication. (avherald.com) More...

Embraer (ERJ) Reports Record Deliveries: 225 Jets in 2016

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Embraer S.A. ERJ reported solid delivery figures for the fourth quarter as well as 2016, marking a record high in six years. The company has delivered 75 jets in the fourth quarter and 225 jets in 2016. 2016 Deliveries Embraer reported commercial aviation market deliveries of 108 planes and executive aviation market deliveries of 117 in 2016. Deliveries to the executive aviation market include 73 light and 44 large executive jets. The figures were within the company’s guidance of 105–110… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Widerøe Orders up to 15 Embraer E190-E2 Airliners

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Embraer has signed a contract with Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, for up to 15 E190-E2 family jets. The contract consists of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2 family aircraft. The airline says this flexible mix of purchase rights for E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2 will give it the ability to grow its fleet with a family of aircraft from 80 to 130+ seats, to meet market requirements. The order has a potential list price value of up to… (www.airportsinternational.com) More...

Boeing can't build 737s fast enough, but a veteran analyst says planned increases are unlikely

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An aerospace analyst predicts Boeing and Airbus are unlikely to increase production of their popular single-aisle jets – the 737 and A321neo, respectively – as they previously promised. Amid growing signs of an aerospace downturn, AirInsight analyst Addison Schonland said he thinks Boeing (NYSE: BA) will not increase production because aircraft orders and the order backlog have peaked and he expects fuel prices to remain low. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Boeing Wants to Sell Russian Spaceship Rides to NASA

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NASA could boost the number of astronauts living on the International Space Station as early as this year if an unusual flight opportunity through Boeing pans out. As part of a settlement with Russia's RSC Energia, which manufactures Soyuz capsules, Boeing has rights to seats on Soyuz capsules during station taxi missions planned for this fall and spring, as well as options for three more seats during flights in 2019. (www.seeker.com) More...

Here’s how Boeing moves its gigantic airplane wings and components

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An entire airplane isn't built in one spot — sometimes parts are built in multiple places and then assembled together. Watch Boeing transport a massive 100' long wing section along Washington roads, an endeavor that requires two trucks just to carry the load. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Korean Air admits using electric stun gun on five passengers

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South Korea's national airline has used electric stun guns on five passengers during flights, the BBC has learned. Korean Air is believed to be the only major carrier to routinely have the weapons on board. The airline is ramping up training for staff using the guns after criticism for the way it handled a recent in-flight disturbance. In that incident, US singer Richard Marx was among passengers who helped restrain an unruly passenger. (www.msn.com) More...

Man dies on Auckland to Melbourne flight

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A Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne has turned back after a passenger died following a heart attack. The adult male suffered a cardiac arrest and died during Thursday morning's flight QF152, a St John's ambulance spokeswoman confirmed. The flight departed at 6.10am. There was a nurse on board who helped cabin crew, a Qantas spokesman told NZ Newswire. (www.msn.com) More...

Descending to O'Hare near another plane heading to a parallel runway

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The weather above and below the clouds is quite different... (www.facebook.com) More...

Latam Airlines B767 Found With Bullet Hole

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Latam Airlines has found a bullet hole in the wing of one of its aircraft during routine maintenance in Brazil. The plane, a Boeing 767, had just returned from a flight from Barcelona prior to the scheduled maintenance. (news.airwise.com) More...

Emirates to launch A380 service to South America

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Emirates Airline will operate its first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when the Dubai-based carrier upgrades existing Boeing 777-300ER Dubai-São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) service March 26. (atwonline.com) More...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Spotted In Angeles National Forest

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LANCASTER (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say the wreckage of a small plane found in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest is an aircraft reported missing last week. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials were notified of the wreckage spotted Wednesday morning near Lake Hughes. There was no immediate information about the plane’s occupants. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane is a Mooney M20J that went missing Jan. 12 during a flight from Tehachapi to… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

NASA To Test New Approach System

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NASA said this week they are ready to start airborne tests of new cockpit technology that aims to help air traffic controllers manage landings more efficiently. After years of research and lab tests, a full airborne demo of the system is scheduled to fly later this month over Washington state. The flight crews will be using software developed by NASA that directs pilots to fly at a certain speed and maintain a precise spacing with an aircraft flying ahead of them, all the way down to the runway. (www.avweb.com) More...

FBI arrests United passenger who claimed he found note about bomb on plane to Denver

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A 20-year-old man, who has been arrested for allegedly falsely claiming he found a letter in an airplane bathroom that indicated a bomb was on United Airlines flight, faces a potential penalty of 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Southwest will fly nonstop to Los Cabos from San Diego

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Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday it will start flying to Los Cabos from San Diego in April, marking the airline’s first nonstop service between Lindbergh Field and Mexico. (www.sandiegouniontribune.com) More...

Trump and Boeing CEO Look to Downscale Requirements on Air Force One Replacement

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WASHINGTON — Boeing will reduce the cost of the Air Force One replacement program by adhering to scaled-down requirements and using commercial practices, Boeing head Dennis Muilenburg said after a Tuesday meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Lots of private planes to swoop in for Super Bowl

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To avoid commercial flights and airport crowds, celebrities and other high-rolling Super Bowl-goers are expected to arrive in droves, many of them by private plane. Kyle Chank, director of transportation and operations for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, said about 1,100 such aircraft will descend upon the area between the Thursday before the Feb. 5 big game and on Sunday itself. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Embraer Completes Wing Mating of its E195-E2 Prototype

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The Brazilian airframer reported today that the E195-E2 prototype has achieved the wing-mating and landing-gear installation milestones. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Cathay Pacific set to hand over more routes to Dragonair

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Cathay Pacific has confirmed it is reviewing its regional Asian network with the aim of handing over more flights to regional sibling Cathay Dragon, formerly known as Dragonair, as part of a wide-ranging 'strategic review' of the airline. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Incident: KLM B747 near Cairo on Jan 16th 2017, loose part on wing

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A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFL performing flight KL-565 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 376 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm southwest of Cairo (Egypt) when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam. (avherald.com) More...

Air India starts selling seats in female-only section

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Air India has begun selling female-only seat sections. The restriction will apply to the front row of six seats on economy flights and comes after reports some women were being groped by other passengers. A general manager from Air India told The Hindu they wanted to reassure passengers who were traveling alone. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

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The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (uk.reuters.com) More...

The mystery of MH370: Timeline

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Almost three years after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, its underwater search has been suspended, according to a joint statement from Australian, Chinese and Malaysian officials on Jan. 17, 2017. The three countries were leading the search for the flight, which was carrying 239 people on board when it went missing in March 2014. The statement said: "Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from… (www.msn.com) More...

Qantas grounds 10 planes, cancels flights

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Qantas has briefly grounded 10 Bombardier Q400 planes after missing a routine inspection, which led to flight cancellations. The airline's regional unit, QantasLink, cancelled a number of flights on Tuesday to resolve a "maintenance administration issue" with 10 of its 31 Q400s, a Qantas spokesman said on Wednesday. "This is an administrative issue that relates to technical compliance and not a safety issue with the aircraft," he said. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing Roundup: Technical team sent to Kyrgyzstan crash

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Boeing said it has sent a technical team to the site where a Turkish 747 cargo jet crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan's Manas International Airport, killing at least 37 and injuring others. "The Boeing employees are heading to the accident site to provide assistance at the request and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is the Unites States’ accredited representative to the investigation," Boeing said in news release.( Puget Sound Business… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Bell-Boeing receives $138 million Osprey contract modification

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Bell-Boeing, a joint-venture between Boeing and Bell Helicopter, received a $138 million contract modification for additional V-22 aircraft work. The modification is a follow-up to the company's contract with the U.S. Navy initially awarded in July 2014. Under the modification, Bell-Boeing will provide engineering services for MV-22 Osprey aircraft to be sold to the government of Japan. (www.upi.com) More...

Air Canada resolves computer issue that led to flight delays

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Air Canada says it has resolved a computer issue that caused problems at airports that resulted in some flight delays. The Montreal-based airline (TSX:AC) had warned in a travel advisory that it was having trouble with completing bookings and passenger check-ins. Details of the outage weren’t immediately available. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

The world's new planes in 2017

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From all-new airliners made by Russia and China to a trio of twin-aisle jets from Boeing and Airbus, 2017 will bring an unusually large batch of new airplanes. (money.cnn.com) More...

Report: United Rumored to Make Fleet Announcement Wednesday

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On Wednesday, United is set to hold its annual investor’s call. Rumors have begun surfacing that some sort of fleet announcement could be made. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air India to fly Nonstop to Washington Dulles

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Air India is adding its fifth U.S. destination in July 2017 with the resumption of service to Washington Dulles, and will be operated on a Boeing 777-200LR. (airwaysmag.com) More...

FAA orders emergency inspections of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters

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A TR pitch change shaft (TRPCS) assembly part is the focus of and FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) expected to affect about 80 helicopters with a cost of $5,360 per unit. The directive followed an alert service bulletin issued by Sikorsky that was prompted by a Dec. 28 incident in which an S-92 lost tail-rotor control during a landing on an offshore helideck in the North Sea. (westfaironline.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing Clarifies Plans For Stretched 737 MAX

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If enough airlines bite, the MAX 10X will be formally launched as a new 737 variant for entry into service (EIS) by 2020. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pilot from Batavia injured after plane crash in Michigan

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A pilot from Batavia was injured when his plane crashed into a field near a Michigan airport on Monday. (www.whec.com) More...

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 called off after nearly 3 years

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This is the only source so far this site has from my experience has only told true facts. (bnonews.com) More...

Sao Paulo becomes latest Airbus A380 destination for Emirates Airlines

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First ever scheduled commercial A380 flight to South America, marking Emirates’ tenth year of operations in Brazil Monday, January 16, 2017 — Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced today that it will operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when it upgrades its Dubai (DXB) – Sao Paulo (GRU) service on March 26, 2017. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

CJ4 Skids off runway

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Non fatal - CJ4 damaged beyond repair A Cessna 525C Citation CJ4 corporate jet suffered an apparent runway excursion on landing at Howell-Livingston County Airport, Michigan, USA. The pilot survived the accident. The airplane departed Batavia-Genesee County Airport, New York, at 10:57 hours local time. The flight landed on runway 13 at 11:56 hours. An eyewitness reported that the aircraft travelled pas the end of the runway over about 390 m of airport terrain before it crossed Tooley Road. The… (www.livingstondaily.com) More...

Flight recorder retrieved from Boeing 747 crash debris

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Investigators have retrieved the first flight recorder from the wreckage of a Boeing 747-400F which crashed in the vicinity of Bishkek Manas airport. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The Airbus A380 Is Dead -- Airbus Just Hasn't Admitted It Yet

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Due to changing travel patterns, demand for jumbo jets like the Airbus A380 won't recover anytime soon. (www.fool.com) More...

Another final departure: Gene Cernan, 1/16/2017

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Legacy astronaut, and one of only 12 who walked on the moon, Gene Cernan passed today. Another of the brave and honorable men that represented the early American space effort. Our collective condolences, and may he Rest in peace. (abc13.com) More...

Widerøe orders Embraer E2 aircraft

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Embraer has signed a contract with Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, for up to 15 E2 jets. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

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Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept through Project Vahana, an internal project designed to test viability and refine a prototype for urban air transport. (techcrunch.com) More...

Saudi's Flynas orders 80 Airbus A320neos, Upgrades 20 More

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Saudi Arabian budget carrier flynas is to buy 80 Airbus (AIR.PA) A320neo narrow body jets in a deal worth $8.6 billion that includes upgrading an earlier order, it said on Monday. (www.reuters.com) More...

MyCargo 747-400 (TC-MCL) crashed in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, Jan. 16 / Kabar /. Cargo airplane crashed in Kyrgyzstan due to poor visibility because of thick mist, the sources of Manas airport told Kabar Agency. The airplane Boeing 747, the flight # 6491 heading to Bishkek from Hong Kong crashed outskirts of the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on Monday early morning. the plane was to be landed at 7.20 am at Manas airport, the source said. (www.eng.24.kg) More...

Incident: Delta B767 near Cold Bay on Jan 14th 2017, engine shut down in flight

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N177DN performing flight DL-68 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Portland,OR (USA) with 210 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute at FL350 over the Pacific Ocean about 550nm southwest of Cold Bay,AK (USA) when the crew needed to shut an engine (CF6) down. (avherald.com) More...

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