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Last air berlin flight says goodbye, pilot suspended

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After this manoeuvre the pilot was suspended. Looking forward to the ATC audio. (sputniknews.com) More...

Baffled couple suffer ‘Most annoying game’during flight by Cabin Crew bizarre plane prank

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They usually strive to please passengers. But a team of AirAsia cabin crew decided to ditch their professionalism in favour of a bizarre plane prank, instead. Footage shows staff taking part in a strange ‘moaning’ competition over the commercial craft’s PA system, while bemused travellers look on. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Chicago security officers who dragged Kentucky doctor David Dao off overbooked United Airlines flight are fired

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TWO Chicago airport security officers have been fired and a third resigned for their roles in dragging a doctor off an overbooked United Airlines flight for refusing to give up his seat. Dr David Dao 69, lost two front teeth, suffered a significant concussion and his nose was broken when he was forced off the flight from Chicago to Louisville... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Aeromexico Boeing 737 near Hermosillo on Oct 9th 2017, engine shut down in flight

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An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800, registration XA-MIA performing flight AM-774 (dep Oct 8th) from Guadalajara to Tijuana (Mexico), was enroute at FL380 about 130nm south of Hermosillo (Mexico) when the left hand engine (CFM56) emitted noise and streaks of flame (www.aeroinside.com) More...

End of an era for the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies

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The Queen of the Skies is in the final days of her reign. For decades, the Boeing 747 ruled over the airline industry, a workhorse with a royal nickname that made flying more affordable because of its huge seating capacity... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Efforts to crush Canada’s jet ambitions may have just failed

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Making the Canadian CSeries jet a much bigger threat to its 737 family was probably not what Boeing intended when it tried to cripple it being sold cheaply to US carriers (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Airbus aims to fly A330neo on 19 October

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Airbus has tentatively fixed a 19 October date for the maiden A330neo flight. The date falls within an interval it had previously identified as a possible window for the A330-900's initial sortie. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Opinion: Airbus sends a thank you card to Donald Trump and Boeing

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There’s chutzpah and then there’s the deal that Airbus SE just struck with Bombardier Inc. By acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bombardier’s struggling CSeries commercial jet program — for free — Airbus has handed Boeing Co., its U.S. nemesis, a whopping black eye. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Savannah doctor: National anthem tribute stopped on Delta flight …

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A Georgia woman has taken to social media to vent her frustration after she was told she couldn’t sing the national anthem. She wanted to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” after learning her flight carried the remains of a fallen soldier. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Lufthansa confirms interest in ‘new Alitalia’

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The Lufthansa Group has submitted an offer letter expressing interest in establishing a “new Alitalia,” only days after the German flag carrier signed a €210 million ($249 million) deal to take over a large part of bankrupt airberlin’s assets, including NIKI and regional carrier LGW (atwonline.com) More...

AirAsia Japan to launch operations on 29 October

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The reborn AirAsia Japan will commence services on 29 October with a service from its Nagoya hub to Sapporo, two years after receiving its air operator's certificate. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Boeing 737 at Salt Lake City on Oct 14th 2017, bird strike

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N385DN performing flight DL-527 from Salt Lake City,UT to Reno,NV (USA), was climbing through 6000 feet out of Salt Lake City's runway 34L when a bird impacted the nose of the aircraft. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Flight attendant who survived Las Vegas concert massacre now sees her home destroyed by killer Californian wildfires

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A flight attendant who survived the Las Vegas mass shooting only to have her California home destroyed by wildfire has spoken out about her odds-defying ordeal. Michella Flores, a 51-year-old former firefighter and paramedic, kept working multiple jobs without taking a day off through a shooting that killed 58 and wildfires that have killed 38 so far. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

FAA Calls for Emergency Inspections of GP7200 Turbofans

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency advisory directive (AD) calling for visual inspection of the fan hubs on Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans. The directive comes in reaction to the uncontained failure of a GP7200 on an Air France A380 during a scheduled flight on September 30 from Paris to Los Angeles. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Air Asia flight forced to turn back to Perth after TERRIFYING’ mid-air emergency

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TERRIFIED passengers thought they were going to die after an AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali plunged 20,000 feet. PASSENGERS on board an AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali feared for the lives after the aircraft plunged 20,000 feet in a midair emergency. Flight QZ535 was forced to turn back to Perth Airport on Sunday morning, just 25 minutes into its flight, after a technical issue caused the cabin to lose pressure. Oxygen masks dropped from above the seats and passengers were told to get into… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Airport worker ‘caught on camera rilfing through passengers’ bags

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Holiday makers beware – an baggage handler has been filmed going through passengers’ bags and suitcases in a popular airport for tourists A thieving airport worker has been caught on camera opening luggage and ‘swiping the contents.’ The brazen baggage handler was arrested and charged after he was filmed unzipping bags and allegedly helping himself to passengers’ possessions. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Etihad flight makes emergency landing in Adelaide after a ‘fire in the luggage compartment’

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An Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi was forced to make an emergency landing in Adelaide after a fault in the luggage compartment. More than 300 passengers were left stranded at the South Australian airport early Saturday morning, including Michael Milner who described the chaotic landing. Mr Milner told Daily Mail Australia they were about an hour-and-a-half away from landing in Sydney when they were told there was a ‘technical issue’ with the plane, causing the entertainment systems and air… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Last flight to Hel

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Finair's last flight 666 to Hel on Friday 13th - due to flight number changes this is the last time this flight will take place.. (www.rt.com) More...

Incident: Virgin Australia B737 at Coolangatta on Oct 12th 2017, engine problem

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A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800, registration VH-VUA performing flight VA-546 from Coolangatta,QL to Sydney,NS (Australia), was climbing through FL100 out of Coolangatta when the crew received an abnormal indication for one of the engines (CFM56), stopped the climb and diverted (avherald.com) More...

airBaltic resuming CS300 ops after brief grounding

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airBaltic (BT, Riga) has confirmed it is in the process of returning its fleet of seven CS300s to commercial service following their grounding on the evening of Wednesday, October 11. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Lufthansa acquires LGW, Niki from Air Berlin

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Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has confirmed it has reached an agreement with Lufthansa Group in which the latter will acquire the former's LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (HE, Dortmund) and Niki (HG, Vienna) units in addition to twenty other aircraft. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Etihad Airways lets 6-year-old boy become pilot for a day

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For most young boys, the dream career would be following Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best footballer, or a title-winning racing driver like Lewis Hamilton. For those not totally sold on the idea of sports or pop stardom, becoming a pilot would be the perfect way to spend one’s adult years, soaring across the skies and wearing the distinctive uniform... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

The final Fokker: How these iconic aircraft are disappearing from the skies

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One of the more enduring relationships in aviation history is about to end. KLM, the Dutch flag carrier, is preparing to bid a fond farewell to its last Fokker aircraft, marking the final chapter in a partnership that has lasted 97 years. Almost since the dawn of flying. Fokker, founded in 1912, went bankrupt in 1996, but its aircraft have remained tireless workhorses of KLM – and many other airlines – since. However, the time has come, says the Dutch airline, for the two to part company. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

PIA end its service to the U.S., specifically to New York JFK airport

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will end its service to the U.S., specifically to New York JFK airport, later this month after 55 years of history. The news was first reported by Gulf News late last week and PIA officially closed reservations for its New York JFK route on October 31, 2017. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

United – A Fond Farewell to our Boeing 747

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With United Airlines set to retire the iconic Boeing 747 on November 7, they created a tribute to the awe-inspiring aircraft. Enjoy! (www.youtube.com) More...

Boeing, Air India Celebrate Airline's 125th Delivery

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air India celebrated today the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner for the national carrier. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Touring Delta One, Premium Select and Coach on Delta’s First Airbus A350

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Typically when an airline takes delivery of an entirely new type of aircraft, it takes some time to get up to speed before the plane’s ready to welcome passengers. Case in point: Delta and the Airbus A350. Delta Air Lines’ first A350 was delivered back in July and flew to Atlanta in early August, but Tuesday afternoon was the first time “real passengers” were allowed on board. (thepointsguy.com) More...

US-Built Bombardier CSeries Jets Still Subject to Import Tax: Boeing

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Boeing insists that Airbus's intention to deliver Bombardier CSeries aircraft from an Alabama final assembly site would not exempt the aircraft from potential US import taxes. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Etihad Trials Hand Luggage-Only Fares

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is to trial a lower-fare hand luggage-only product this winter on two routes, Abu Dhabi-Bahrain and Abu Dhabi-Kuwait, as part of a wider strategy review. (atwonline.com) More...

Embraer to Deliver First E190-E2 in April 2018

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has confirmed it will deliver its first E190-E2 to Norwegian regional airline Widerøe, the type’s launch customer, in April 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

Alitalia Administrators Receive Seven Binding Offers

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Administrators at Italian carrier Alitalia have confirmed they have received seven offers for the airline’s assets, following the expiration of the extended Oct. 16 bid deadline. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing statement on Airbus/Bombardier announcement

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Boeing statement on Airbus/Bombardier announcement (twitter.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Will Avoid 300% Duties With US Assembly: Executives

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Bombardier and Airbus executives confirm that plans to open a CSeries final assembly line in the USA would enable the companies to avoid a potentially disastrous 300% tariff on imports of CS100s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Chief Peter Bellew Quits to Rejoin Ryanair

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew is to step down from the airline after barely a year, having been recruited by budget carrier Ryanair to serve as chief operations officer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Evaluating Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX Family Order

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Delta Air Lines is looking at both the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max for an upcoming narrowbody order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Envisions Harmonizing CSeries With A320

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Airbus will look to smooth the boundary between the Bombardier CSeries and its own single-aisle aircraft line in order to create a more harmonised range. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

PICTURES: Qantas Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787-9

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Qantas has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 at a ceremony held at Boeing’s delivery centre in Everett. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

EasyJet Confirms Alitalia Bid

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UK LCC easyJet has confirmed that it has submitted an expression of interest in troubled Italian flag carrier Alitalia, as parallel talks to acquire part of airberlin continue. (atwonline.com) More...

FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

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The Federal Aviation Administration it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend. The annual Yellville Turkey Trot in northern Arkansas has included a turkey drop for more than five decades , though sponsors in recent years have distanced themselves from the practice. Several birds were dropped Saturday and then chased by festival-goers below. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Malaysian A380 Loses a Nose Wheel Ater Landing

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A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-800 from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur lost the left nose wheel and was supported by the right hand nose wheel only. The aircraft was towed to the apron. (avherald.com) More...

UTAir Boeing 737 near Moscow on Oct 15th 2017, smoke in cockpit

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A UTAir Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BQR performing flight UT-295 from Moscow Vnukovo to Surgut (Russia) with 175 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 260nm northeast of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and initiated an emergency (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

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Airbus to acquire majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership. Partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment expected to represent more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years. (www.airbus.com) More...

Ryanair to challenge Lufthansa's Air Berlin deal

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Ryanair is set to challenge a Lufthansa deal to to buy parts of failed German carrier Air Berlin. The budget Irish airline said it would take the €210m deal to European competition authorities. (www.bbc.com) More...

Airbus and Bombardier to partner on CSeries; build aircraft in Alabama

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Airbus and Bombardier are forming a partnership that will see both manufacturers build and market the CSeries narrowbody, with plans to create a second final assembly line in the US. (atwonline.com) More...