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Onboard 'Verbal Disturbance' Prompts F-16 Fighter Jets to Escort Diverted Delta Flight to Tucson

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A Los Angeles-bound Compass Airlines aircraft operating on behalf of Delta Airlines was diverted to Arizona’s Tucson International Airport Wednesday afternoon, following an onboard “verbal disturbance” involving a passenger, the FBI and Tucson Airport Authority confirmed. Specifics about the disturbance were not made available. (www.todayaviationnews.com) More...

Emirates' nonstop Auckland to Dubai route gets the double-decker A380

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Emirates is introducing its double-decker A380 on the world's longest flight between Auckland and Dubai. The airline has been flying the route since March 1, with the very first flight operated by an A380 to commemorate the beginning of the nonstop service. The flights have since been operated by the Boeing 777-200LR. Emirates, the largest A380 operator in the world, said the A380s would start flying the daily service from October 30. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Jetstar on lookout for opportunities

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"If you look back over a number of years now, any extra capacity that's been put into Queenstown has been soaked up and the number of visitors has increased.'' (www.odt.co.nz) More...

Birthday boy becomes Scotland’s youngest pilot after taking to the sky at 14

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A Moray teenager has become Scotland’s youngest pilot after going solo in a glider on his 14th birthday. Ruari Tait was towed to 2,000ft to enjoy views as far away as Wick before serenely returning to the landing strip near Elgin. After completing two test flights in the morning at the Highland Gliding Club the Gordonstoun pupil was allowed to take the controls on his own. (airlinenews.in) More...

How Can Allegiant Airlines Survive?

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In April, Allegiant performed an “Air Pilots Satisfaction Survey” of their pilots and first officers. Of the 507 responses to the survey, they found: 46% of the pilots and first officers said they are not satisfied working at Allegiant. 83% say morale is low. 89% are not satisfied with their pay. (airlinenews.in) More...

The Realities of Life as a Modern Day Airline Pilot

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Flying can be a very rewarding career, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction, but it is important to know both the ups and downs of the profession. It is also important to know what you are looking for in the career as this could significantly impact on the type of flying and airline you may set out to work for. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

Boeing Said Near $4 Billion Deal With Russian Firm to Save 747

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Boeing Co. is nearing a $4 billion deal with Russia’s largest air-freight company that would help extend the life of the iconic, hump-nosed 747 jumbo jet amid waning demand for four-engine aircraft, people close to the transaction said. (airlinenews.in) More...

Mass brawl erupts onboard flight as passenger lashes out at cabin crew after four-hour delay

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This is the moment a group of passengers erupt into a brawl on board a flight inChina . A delayed flight left passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport frustrated on Saturday night. Travellers were fuming after their plane, which belongs to Hainan Airlines, was grounded for more than four hours. A scuffle broke out when several passengers tried to stop an angry woman who lashed out on a cabin crew member for the hold-up. (airlinenews.in) More...

Emirates receives 80th Airbus A380

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A6-EUB is the 80th Emirates A380. The aircraft will be used to fly between Dubai (DXB) and Vienna on the 1st of July. (gulfbusiness.com) More...

Incident: Emirates B777 at Dubai on Jun 25th 2016, pilot vision impaired

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An Emirates Boeing 777-300, registration A6-EBO performing flight EK-22 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), was descending towards Dubai when the crew declared emergency reporting pilot vision was impaired. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 30L about 10 minutes later and taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail. (avherald.com) More...

Pilot incapacitated on Turkish Airlines flight

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration TC-JYG performing flight TK-604 from Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to Istanbul (Turkey), was enroute at FL360 south of Antalya when the captain became ill and was unable to continue duties. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Welcome back American Airlines!

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American Airlines has added Auckland, New Zealand, to extensive network with the introduction of daily Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner services from/to Los Angeles. The gargantuan Fort Worth, a Texas-based carrier is touted as the world's largest by fleet size and revenue and the second largest by a number of destinations. It is a founding member of the One World alliance and the introduction of services between Los Angeles and Auckland has been closely aligned with partner airline Qantas.… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Photo of DC10 modified tanker dropping fire retardant

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The Bakersfield Californian paper has this photo on its website, reprinted in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, too. On the Californian website there are more photos, too. (www.bakersfield.com) More...

Alaska Airlines flight 811 diverted over Pacific

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Alaska Airlines Flight 811 took off from Oakland and got about a 1/4 of the way to Phog when it turned around and heard back to Oakland. Any ideas why? (flightaware.com) More...

Congo's ECAIR secures $35mn loan from regional bank

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ECAIR - Equatorial Congo Airlines (LC, Brazzaville) has secured a XAF20 billion (USD34.6 million) loan from the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) to be put towards the airline's fleet renewal and network expansion strategy. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

This could be the largest piece of MH370 yet found

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If Malaysia wants the world to forget missing jet MH370 and move on, discoveries like this possible section of its wing are exceedingly inconvenient (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

A First Look at The Museum of Flight’s New Aviation Pavilion

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For the first time, the Museum’s collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place, under one roof. The airliner exhibit today includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747, a Douglas DC-2, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and one of the prototypes of the 787 Dreamliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

What Does Brexit Mean for Commercial Aviation?

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While the consequences of this decision naturally have a major impact across Britain’s society and economy, the impact on aviation will be particularly acute. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Blues resume flying

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The blue angels resumed flying on Thursday, after a safety stand down following the crash in Tennessee. A replacement pilot for late captain Kuss has yet to be named. (www.navytimes.com) More...

Low-flying helicopter at Race to Alaska's start under investigation

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PORT TOWNSEND — Police are considering filing reckless endangerment charges against the pilot of a helicopter that dipped low over boaters at the beginning of Thursday's Race to Alaska. “It appears that the helicopter violated height restrictions, “ said Detective Luke Bogues of the Port Townsend Police Department. He said the helicopter's blades were below the masts of the ship on several occasions. (www.peninsuladailynews.com) More...

Brazilian air force tests KC-390 transport

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BRASILIA, Brazil, June 24 (UPI) -- The Brazilian air force reports it has begun operational testing of Embraer's KC-390 transport and tanker aircraft. (www.upi.com) More...

WestJet Encore celebrates three years

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Today WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, will celebrate its third year in the skies. The airline, powered by Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 aircraft, recently broke the 6 million guests flown mark. (blog.westjet.com) More...

Southwest Pushed Back Late 737 MAX Deliveries

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Southwest Airlines has deferred the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8s to 29023-2025. Despite the decision, it will still be the first operator of the type. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Eurowings Europe launches operations

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe has launched its first flight from Vienna to Alicante June 23. The company received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria recently. Its first Airbus A320 is based in Vienna and the fleet should grow to up to three aircraft by October (atwonline.com) More...

Brexit vote threatens dire consequences for UK aviation

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Peter Morris, chief economist at Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy, here teases out some of the aviation implications of the UK electorate's vote to exit the European Union (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: Alaska B737 over Pacific on Jun 22nd 2016, brakes issue

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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N517AS performing flight AS-861 from Seattle,WA to Kahului,HI (USA), was enroute at FL360 over the Pacific Ocean about 250nm short of the destination when the crew changed their destination to Honolulu,HI advising they needed the longer runway (avherald.com) More...

News ATSG acquires $50mn worth of stock from fund

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US-based freight specialist, Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), says it has acquired approximately 3.8 million of its shares from its largest shareholder, a fund affiliated with Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC. . (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Night operations begin at Queenstown Airport

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Night operations at Queenstown Airport have commenced with the arrival of Air New Zealand flight NZ613 from Auckland. The flight, operated by Airbus A320 ZK-OXI, touched down a little after 1920 local time on Monday, after a one hour and 46 minute journey from Auckland. The aircraft was on the ground for about 90 minutes before operating NZ616 to Auckland Once upon a time many years ago it was just a lonely quite little airport operating four flight in and out a day in the 1980's NOw look at it (australianaviation.com.au) More...

American’s Auckland inaugural takes off

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American Airlines’ inaugural service to Auckland has taken off from Los Angeles Airport. Flight AA83, operated by Boeing 787-8 registration N814AA, took off at about 2300 Thursday (local time) from LAX. It was expected to touch down at Auckland a little after 0600 Saturday (local time). American alliance partner and fellow oneworld member Qantas is placing its QF airline code on the new service as part of the joint-venture partnership between the two carriers (australianaviation.com.au) More...

SQ rules out Virgin Australia take-over (kiss goodbye to dreams of Virgin joining Star Alliance)

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Singapore Airlines says it won't be taking up a majority stake in Virgin Australia, which means the chances of the independent Qantas challenger joining Star Alliance have just dropped back to near-zero again. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Southwest to postpone delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8

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Southwest Airlines Co will push back the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by up to six years, delaying $1.9 billion of spending, a spokesman for the airline said. The delivery of the planes will be shifted to 2023-2025 from 2019-2022. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 completes world’s first solar-powered Atlantic flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Seville, completing the world's first solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic. The 6765km (4,200mi) flight took just shy of three days (71 hours and 8 minutes), taking off from New York three days ago. Solar Impulse 2, which is slowly making its way back around the world to Abu Dhabi, has two pilots that take turns. The Atlantic hop was Bertrand Piccard's longest flight in Solar Impulse 2. André Borschberg, who piloted the agonisingly drawn-out Nagoya-to-Hawaii leg,… (arstechnica.com) More...

CFM Leap Manual Set for July 1, Rhinestal Is Prepared

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As three licensed tooling suppliers await the last piece of the engine maintenance manual for the CFM Leap coming July 1, Rhinestahl, a tool manufacturer, is close to completing the engine MRO puzzle. It has solidified agreements with two Leap owners and hopes to win two more tooling contracts established in the next few weeks. (aviationweek.com) More...

Daring Antarctic Rescue Is Complete

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A small plane with two sick US workers arrived safely in Chile late Wednesday after leaving Antarctica in a daring rescue mission from a remote South Pole research station, officials say. (www.newser.com) More...

Delta flight diverted - escorted by F16's

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Delta flight diverted, escorted to Tucson airport by F-16s due to unruly passenger (www.tucsonnewsnow.com) More...

NTSB Wants Timely Pireps and More of Them

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Building a collaborative relationship between pilots and ATC in using pilot reports (Pireps) to assemble a clearer picture of in-flight weather conditions was the underlying theme of a two-day forum, “Pireps: Pay it Forward… Because Weather for One is Weather for None,” held earlier this week in Washington, D.C. In addition to emphasizing the need for pilots to submit timely and relevant Pireps, the gathering shed light on how ATC uses those reports to provide safer routing. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Great Lakes launches flights from Salina to Denver, complete with TSA services

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When the 30-seat airplane taxied away from M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal for its maiden flight to Denver, it mattered little that the departure was two months, 15 days and 24 minutes late. With the bulk of the delay attributed to a springtime hassle with the Transportation Security Administration that required a Congressional remedy, Great Lakes Airlines pulled away at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday. (salina.com) More...

Emirates upgrades Auckland services with A380

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to operate its daily nonstop Dubai-Auckland services with an Airbus A380-800 from Oct. 30, less than a year after switching from a Boeing 777-200LR. The first Dubai-Auckland flight was flown by an A380 in early March to commemorate the start of the nonstop route, but flights have since been flown by the 777-200LR. (atwonline.com) More...

Man boards Delta flight home (MD80), discovers he is the only passenger on plane

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Steven Schneider, of Lawrenceville, Ga., told WSB-TV he arrived at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport and saw no passengers waiting at his gate. While he was at the gate, a Delta flight attendant asked him if he would like to go home the next day because he would be the only passenger on the flight. According to WSB, other passengers were scheduled to be on Flight 2426 but because of the flight being delayed a couple of times, they decided to take an earlier flight or postpone until the… (kdvr.com) More...

Air Serbia launches historic Belgrade-New York service

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ir Serbia begins Belgrade-New York JFK service Thursday, providing the first direct flights between Serbia and the US in 24 years. The Serbian carrier is using a two-class Airbus A330-200 leased from Jet Airways of India, on the 5X-weekly service. Air Serbia and Jet Airways are part of Etihad Airways’ group of equity partner airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

Quebec finalizes 49.5% Bombardier CSeries investment

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Bombardier and the government of Québec have signed a “definitive agreement” under which Investissement Québec will invest $1 billion in the CSeries program in return for a 49.5% stake. In a statement issued June 23, Bombardier said the government will invest $1 billion in the program through two $500 million traches to be paid on June 30 and Sept. 1 (atwonline.com) More...

IAC warns four carriers of legal repercussions over debts

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The holding firm responsible for running Iran's civilian airports, the Iran Airports Company (IAC), has warned four local carriers that they risk legal action if they fail to settle IRR700 billion (USD22.9 million) in outstanding fuel bills. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Lockheed building a Hercules training center

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Lockheed Martin has broken ground on a Hercules training center for pilots and crew of C-130J transports and LM-100J commercial freighters. (www.upi.com) More...

Frontier Airlines joining TSA's PreCheck program

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Frontier Airlines is joining the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program. The TSA PreCheck program allows air travelers to cut their wait times in airport security lines after they clear a government background check. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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