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Emirates lands in Doha with world’s shortest A380 flight

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 1 December 2016 – DUBAI, UAE – Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey. The A380 flight touched down this morning at Hamad International Airport, taxiing in to a water cannon salute and was welcomed by key officials and trade guests at an Emirates reception at the terminal. Travelling on… (www.emirates.com) More...

U.S. greenlights Norwegian Air flights in blow to U.S. industry

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The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's (NWC.OL) Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travellers across the Atlantic. The order finalised a tentative ruling the department made in April and came days after the European Commission formally filed for arbitration over Norwegian's request, which had languished for three years. U.S. airlines and unions have said the subsidiary, Norwegian Air… (uk.reuters.com) More...

MH370 family members to search for debris in Africa

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Missing passengers' relatives urge coastal communities to continue search in east Africa where confirmed debris were found (aa.com.tr) More...

Incident: Jetlite B737 near Hyderabad on Dec 3rd 2016, hydraulic problem

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A Jetlite Boeing 737-800, registration VT-JLF performing flight S2-4364 from Kolkata to Bangalore (India) with 147 passeners and 8 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 120nm southeast of Hyderabad (India) when the crew reported a hydraulic problem and decided to divert to Hyderabad (avherald.com) More...

South African Airways takes delivery of its first A330-300 aircraft

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South African Airways (SAA), has taken delivery of its first of five new leased A330-300 widebody jetliners, becoming Airbus’s first Southern African operator of the aircraft type. (www.airbus.com) More...

Tanzania orders two CS300s and one Q400

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Tanzania has placed firm orders for two Bombardier CS300s and one Q400 turboprop, which will be leased to Air Tanzania. Bombardier will sell the aircraft to the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency, which will lease them to the airline Bombardier says. The deal has a value at list prices of $200 million, it adds. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Woman jumps from taxiing airplane at Houston airport

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"I look over and sunlight and I just see a figure essentially step out of it," he said. "And then I'm like what was that." Passengers sat on the runway for more than an hour as authorities chased down the fleeing passenger. The FBI was called to investigate, but turned the case over to Houston police after concluding there was no federal case. (www.foxnews.com) More...

AirBaltic takes delivery of first Bombardier CS300

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Bombardier delivered the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator airBaltic Nov. 28. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers in a two-class layout. (atwonline.com) More...

Over 2 000 stranded at Chengdu Shuangliu Intl because of smog

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More than 20,000 people are stranded at an airport in Chengdu, China, as flights were grounded by heavy smog and fog, Chinese state-run media reported. Multiple flights to and from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in central China were canceled or delayed, while many were forced to land at other airports, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, calling it “the worst fog to hit the … city in years.” (edition.cnn.com) More...

Cargopilot - Photo book form a B747 cargo pilot released today

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Christiaan Van Heijst is a first officer flying the B747 all over the world for Cargolux AND a leading aviation photographer. Cargopilot is a collection of his best pictures and it is simply amazing... (www.onlinehangar.com) More...

Front gear collapse at SAT

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Flight diverted from IAH. Skywest on the way from IAH to Monterrey diverted in KSAT for landing gear problem. (www.ksat.com) More...

Lufthansa’ first Airbus A350-900 completes its first flight

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The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The pictured Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse on November 29, 2016 but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Virgin Galactic's new spaceship completes its first glide test

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Virgin Galactic just came much closer to resuming its dreams of private spaceflight in the wake of its tragic crash from 2014. The company has successfully conducted the first glide test flight for VSS Unity, better known as the new SpaceShipTwo. The vehicle was only flying free for 10 minutes and never traveled faster than Mach 0.6, but that was enough to get a healthy amount of data illustrating how Unity behaves in real life. (www.engadget.com) More...

United E175 (Skywest 494J) Suffers Nose Gear Failure and Lands at San Antonio International

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Skywest 494J operating Embraer E175 as United traveled departed Houston Bush (KIAH) enroute to Monterey MX (MMMY) and had gear problem. Diverted to San Antonio TX (KSAT) where it landed without nose gear. 55 souls on board. No injuries reported initially. (www.ksat.com) More...

Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space

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It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Swiss pilot is preparing to fly to the edge of space in a solar-powered aircraft. According to Wired, Raphël Domjan is planning to fly his plane, SolarStratos, higher than any plane has gone before. His goal is to prove that renewable energy is not only equal to, but potentially greater than fossil fuels. (Video) (inhabitat.com) More...

December 4, 1991 - The Final Pan Am Clipper Flight

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December 4, 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of the shutdown of the fabled Pan Am and the airline's final flight. This is the true story of Clipper Flight 436 from Barbados to Miami as The World's Most Experienced Airline flew west into history. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Blaine and the Plane, the best MH370 article for many months

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If you only read one MH370 story a month, this has to be the one (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

VivaColombia Airbus A-320 near Medellin on Nov 28th 2016, suspected fuel leak

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Updated: 2016-12-04 08:59:38 GMT A VivaColombia Airbus A320-200, registration HK-5051 performing flight FC-8170 from Bogota to San Andres Island (Colombia), was enroute at FL360 about 150nm northwest of Medellin at 02:11Z when the crew initiated a diversion to Medellin reporting a suspected fuel leak (engine CFM56), turned around and descended to FL160 on the way to Medellin. The aircraft reached the Final Approach Fix for the approach to runway 01 at 02:45Z and touched down safely at 02:51Z.… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Lufthansa Airbus A-340-600 near Shannon on Dec 3rd 2016, odour on board

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Updated: 2016-12-03 22:05:14 GMT A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHZ performing flight LH-412 from Munich (Germany) to Newark,NJ (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 210nm westsouthwest of Shannon (Ireland) about to enter the Oceanic Crossing, when the crew decided to return to Munich reporting smell issues on board, a possibly electrical odour was detected on board of the aircraft. The aircraft dumped fuel for about 5-8 minutes shortly after turning around, climbed to FL370 for the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Virgins top on-time honours for October

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Virgins top on-time honours for October November 30, 2016 by australianaviation.com.au Leave a Comment VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRCRAFT SYD APR15 RF 5K5A1324 Virgin Australia aircraft at Sydney Airport. (Rob Finlayson) It was a tight bunch at the top of the punctuality tables in October, with Virgin Australia and its regional arm taking the honours for on-time performance. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Virgin Australia regional had the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Sunshine Coast Airport breaks through one million passenger milestone

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Sunshine Coast Airport has underlined its status as Australia’s fastest growing airport by reaching the one million passenger mark in a 12-month period for the first time. The airport, located about 100km north of Brisbane, announced that it had reached the milestone on Wednesday. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed there were 13 airports that handled more than one million international and domestic passengers in the 2015/16 financial year –… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Computer glitch - " Denied seats, group holds overbooked flight hostage "

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Mumbai: It was a wedding party of 80, booked to fly by an early morning Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Bhopal. Going by social media accounts, they virtually held the airline hostage, forcing it to delay the departure and deplane other passengers to make way for the late-comers among them. Details of the events that unfolded at Mumbai airport on Friday , as Jet readied its flight 9W7083 for a 5.55 am departure, were gleaned from an FB post and subsequently confirmed by the airline. According… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

`Shabbily dressed' AI crew chief grounded

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Mumbai: Would Have Attended To First-Class Flyers : An Air India cabin crew in-charge said to be shabbily dressed was taken off a United States-bound flight by the commander at the last minute on Saturday . The episode occurred at the Mumbai airport. The unidentified senior flight attendant had reported for duty around 2.45am for the AI flight 191 to Newark. According to an official, the cabin crew in-charge subsequently reported to the commander at the airport `movement control' with all the… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

'Is there a doctor on board? The pilot has had a heart attack'

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Shocked passengers were evacuated from a plane when their pilot suffered a heart attack as he taxied to the runway at Glasgow Airport. The captain of the KLM aircraft fell unconscious as he was about to leave for Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Air France recives first 787

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Air France has recieved its first Boeing 787-900. This will be used in the beginning of January 2017. (atwonline.com) More...

Delta receives first US-produced Airbus aircraft

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Airbus has delivered the first A321 to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines from its US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: China Southern B737 near Lanzhou on Dec 1st 2016, the hottest phone one can get

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A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration B-1782 performing flight CZ-6976 from Shanghai Pudong to Urumqui (China), was enroute at 9200 meters about 120nm east of Lanzhou (China) when the crew decided to divert to Lanzhou after a passenger's mobile phone turned hot and emitted smoke (avherald.com) More...

How One Little Lock on an Airplane Could Save Hundreds of Lives

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Selfish passengers spend valuable seconds during evacuations opening overhead bins in order to take their luggage off the plane with them. There is actually one simple solution: locking overhead bins. The bins would be locked during taxi, takeoff and landing. They would be unlocked at cruising altitude. Then they would be locked again when it’s time to prepare the cabin for arrival... (www.travelpulse.com) More...

Plane makes emergency landing at GRR after damage

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after damage inside the cabin Monday evening. (woodtv.com) More...

DOT Approves Norwegian Air US Flights

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The US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air's application for a foreign carrier permit, allowing it to launch flights from the US to EU countries. Norway is not a member of the European Union, but the airline’s Irish subsidiary which made the application will now be able to access the EU’s aviation rights to fly between the US and EU. (news.airwise.com) More...

American Airlines flight attendants want new uniforms recalled

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American Airlines' flight attendants union called on the airline Friday to recall its new uniforms claiming the garments are to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes and respiratory problems. American and the union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, have been jointly testing the uniforms to determine if the clothing is responsible for the reactions that have triggered more than 1,600 health complaints by cabin crews. The airline has also offered… (money.cnn.com) More...

Close calls on U.S. airport runways on rise for 2nd year in a row

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Close calls and runway incidents in the U.S. have risen again. (www.wsj.com) More...

25 Years Ago: Pan Am Ceases Operations:

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On the 25th anniversary of Pan Am’s demise, let's fly back in time and check factors that led to the end, and share the memories from those affected. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Force Pilot logs 6,000 Hours in Service on the A-10

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On Nov. 14, 2016, Lt. Col. John Marks, a pilot with the 303rd Fighter Squadron, logged his 6,000th hour in the A-10 Thunderbolt II at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, becoming one of the highest time fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

The world's oldest serving flight attendant

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For nearly six decades, Bette Nash has been sharing her contagious smile with the world -- from 30,000 feet. (www.cnn.com) More...

Watch an Etihad Airbus 380 fly in formation with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team over Abu Dhabi

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The UAE Air Force aerobatic display team formed up with an Etihad Airways A380 for the 2016 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (theaviationist.com) More...

FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix

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The FAA is mandating that operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner periodically reset the power on the airplane to avoid a glitch that could cause all three computer modules that manage the jet’s flight control surfaces to stop working while in flight. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Mystery Black Helicopter flying around Syracuse, Onondaga County

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"The pilot was completing medevac training to get certified to land at hospitals and was practicing flying across predetermined flight paths..." (www.syracuse.com) More...

LAX Rail Link Project Takes Step Forward

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A project that aims to connect LAX and Metro rail took a step forward Thursday. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday approved the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station, which will connect two Metro lines with a people-mover that will drop off travelers at LAX. The project involves building a new rail station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, just east of the airport. The station will be serviced by Crenshaw/LAX… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Reliability expected to improve at the Trail (CYZZ) airport this winter

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Effective Jan. 5, aircraft coming in from the north will be 1,300 feet lower than the current regulations, and the new approach limit coming from the south will be 400 feet lower. (www.nelsonstar.com) More...

United Launches Its New Polaris International Business Class

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United Airlines offered a sneak peek of the first Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare, designed to serve its international business class customers. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pilots Begged Controllers for Emergency Landing

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The aircraft carrying a Brazilian football team that crashed Monday night after apparently running out of fuel begged Colombian air-traffic controllers for clearance to land, but were denied permission as a second plane was already engaged in an emergency landing, according to an extraordinary audio exchange between the co-pilot of a third flight who overheard the desperate final messages. (www.thedailybeast.com) More...

Exclusive: Taking the Bombardier CS300 Transatlantic

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Airways Contributing Editor Andreas Spaeth was on board the delivery flight of the first Bombardier CS300 from Montréal to Stockholm. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Wing tips of 2 aircraft collide at Mum airport - (while taxiing)

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New Delhi:In a freak ground incident, the wing tips of two aircraft ­­ one reportedly stationary and the other taxiing ­­ collided at Mumbai Airport on Wednesday . The incident happened when the wings of an incoming Kuwait Airways wide body aircraft and an outbound IndiGo narrow body aircraft clipped before 6am when it was still dark. IndiGo Airbus A-320 (VTIFP)'s sharklet ­­ the curved portion at the tip of the wing ­­ was damaged. The plane returned to the terminal and had to be grounded. The… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Boeing T-X Headed Toward First Flight

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The Boeing-Saab T-X trainer is on track to fly by the end of the year after completing afterburner engine runs last week, Boeing officials said. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Changi-led consortium acquires Vladivostok Airport

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A consortium comprising Basic Element, one of Russia’s diversified industrial groups, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Changi Airports International has acquired Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Far East from Sheremetyevo International Airport. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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