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Boeing to Lay Off Hundreds of Engineers in Cost-Cutting Push

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Boeing Co. plans to lay off hundreds of engineers in Washington state and other locations as the planemaker pares its workforce amid a challenging marketplace. The latest job cuts should take effect June 23, John Hamilton, vice president of engineering for Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, said in a letter to employees Monday. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

WestJet to launch 'ultra low-cost' no-frills carrier

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The new service should take off late this year with a startup fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s, (www.cbc.ca) More...

United Airlines Pilot Shows Just How Much Contempt He Has for Passengers

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Most, I suspect, are on the side not occupied by United Airlines. It got law enforcement to drag a passenger off a plane, breaking his nose and smashing his teeth. And all because he refused to “volunteer” to take $800 and vacate his seat in favor of a United Airlines employee. The airline didn’t even let Dr. David Dao and his wife have their luggage, instead sending it with the plane to Kentucky. While United’s CEO Oscar Muñoz finally apologized — that took some time — one United pilot says… (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Malaysia Airlines To Use Global Flight-Tracking Services

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Malaysia Airlines has become the first customer to sign up for SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware’s global flight tracking service, designed to prevent incidents similar to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370. (atwonline.com) More...

Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin. (www.airbus.com) More...

British Airways owner IAG invests in two tech startups

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The British Airways parent company announced the Hangar 51 incubator back in October 2016, which saw over 450 companies apply for inclusion with IAG. From that pool of entries, 26 businesses were invited to pitch for a place, while just four were chosen for the ten-week programme in January. With the accelerator now over, two startups, Esplorio and Vchain, will receive investment from IAG. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

PICTURE: Virgin America becomes first to take A321neo

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Virgin America has been revealed as the first recipient of an Airbus A321neo, after the aircraft was formally delivered to the US carrier. The aircraft, leased from GECAS, is fitted with CFM International Leap-1A powerplants, the second of the two A321neo engine options to be certified. (www.airbus.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Chicago on Apr 19th 2017, smoke signals

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7878A performing flight WN-4639 from Columbus,OH to Chicago Midway,IL (USA), was descending towards Chicago over Indiana when an electronic device in the cabin started to send smoke signals. (avherald.com) More...

American Airlines Employee Allegedly Hit Woman With Stroller, Challenged Passenger To ‘Hit Me’

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Just two weeks after terrifying video of a bloodied United Airlines passengerwho was violently kicked off a flight for refusing to give up his seat went viral, another video has emerged showing an American Airlines employee challenging a passenger to hit him after a woman holding a baby was allegedly hit with her stroller in an argument with airline staff. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

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Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban? That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai. On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is assessing the evidence to determine what is appropriate”. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

The mid-air meltdown fuelled by duty-free whisky and free champagne that forced a Boeing 747 to divert to Manchester

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“I’m not a drinker, I was just so excited to see my Mrs.” An airline passenger forced a pilot to divert a trans Atlantic Jumbo Jet to Manchester Airport at a cost of £17,000 after he had mid-air meltdown at 30,000 feet due to his fear of flying. Father of two Zahi Lebhardt, 31, got so nervous on board the Canada-bound flight from Frankfurt in Germany, he repeatedly locked himself in the toilet where he screamed and ripped panels off the walls. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Anti-Gulf Airline Lobby Group Throws Shade at Emirates for Cutting Back U.S. Services

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The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies has criticised Emirates for cutting back services on five routes to the United States. It argues that the Gulf airline is propped up by state subsidies and says: "That Emirates would refer to itself as “profit oriented” is simply laughable." (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Video of Water bomber refilling with water from the inside.

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The reason that it’s so rare to see footage like this is because there are simply not many of these planes around. Only 90 CL-415s were built and they’re not used on a continuous basis. As of this writing, we’ve only seen two of these water bombers in action from this vantage point. According to the description of the video, this took place in Portugal and the crew was getting water from Rio Douro. You can actually see them pass over a dam before dipping down and getting to work. (www.youtube.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines enlists SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware for 100% global flight tracking

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By incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance. (flightaware.com) More...

In 1956, Cessna started building the 172 training plane - and more than 60 years on, it’s still in production.

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More pilots over the years have earned their wings in a 172 than any other aircraft in the world - Doug May, Textron Aviation (www.bbc.com) More...

Emirates Trims US Flights After Trump Administration Curbs

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Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, said on Wednesday that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations. (www.startribune.com) More...

United Amends Crew Booking Policy After Man Dragged off Plane

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A United spokesperson confirmed to NPR that the policy change is "to make sure crews traveling on our aircraft are booked at least 60 minutes prior to departure. (Note went through a couple of articles this site has the best description) (aliveforfootball.com) More...

An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

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Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. (www.theverge.com) More...

Spirit Airlines Follows Frontier and Abandons Cuba

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In early 2016, more than a dozen U.S. airlines were battling each other for the chance to begin flights to Cuba's capital city, Havana. What a difference a year makes. American Airlines and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) -- the two largest airlines in Cuba -- have cut their capacity there. Last month, ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines and regional airline Silver Airways announced that they would pull out of the Cuban market entirely. (www.fool.com) More...

Singapore Airlines teases Airbus A350 for Brisbane, Perth

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Singapore Airlines will bring another Australian city under the wing of its growing Airbus A350 network this year, with Brisbane and Perth both on the shortlist. The Star Alliance member already has one year-round A350 flight slated for Melbourne's SQ207/SQ208 from May 11, while a second A350 is currently running on SQ218/SQ217 until June 30, after which it will revert to the Airbus A380 superjumbo. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Air Caraibes and Corsair International to merge.

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French carrier Corsair International belongs to the TUI Group. TUI agreed to sell the airline to Air Caraibes. Another French carrier Air Caraibes operates flights in the French Carribean as well as long haul flights from its base at Paris Orly using Airbus A350XWB and Airbus A330 aircraft. Corsair International operates flights to Africa, Mauritius, and Carribean. They operate flights with Airbus A330 and Boeing 747-400 from their base at Paris Orly. Corsair International will phase out its 747… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

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SEATTLE -- A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the jet and its crew will shuttle the airplane back to Kalitta Air’s home base in Michigan, where the airplane will be retired for good by the cargo carrier. (www.usatoday.com) More...

KLM Starts Service To Minneapolis

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines started service to Minneapolis/St Paul Intl using a Airbus a330-200. KLM will fly the route 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. KLM used to fly the route back in 2001 with a 747-200. They resumed the route on March 27 2017. KLM will fly the route seasonal. There are 3 or 4 flights to Amsterdam from Minneapolis daily. (aviationtribune.com) More...

Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes

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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes. (atwonline.com) More...

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to retire all 747 aircraft in 2021

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KLM is the flag carrier of The Netherlands and is based at schipol airport. They operate 4 747-400 and 12 747-400M (combi). They have been in KLM fleet for a while. KLM will retire its 747 in 2021. I do not know what aircraft they will be replaced by. KLM flies its 747 on routes to America, Africa, and Asia. KLM operated 747-200 and -300 but they were retired in 2004. (wikipedia.com) More...