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The $65 European Airfare Is Coming to the U.S.

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Norwegian Air International Ltd., no stranger to going where others won’t, is about to try this strategy with a new, smaller Boeing jet: the 737 Max. Norwegian, which has the honor of being the first airline to fly one, is using the first six of its planes to open 10 routes starting this summer. It will begin service June 15 from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Stewart International Airport, about 60 miles north of New York City. To fill all these new trans-Atlantic seats, Norwegian is setting… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Passenger is kicked off a plane at Chicago airport after he ‘asked Middle Eastern man if he had a bomb’

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An unruly passenger has been thrown off a flight awaiting for departure after he asked a fellow passenger of ‘Middle Eastern appearance’ whether he was carrying a bomb in his bag. The incident, which took place in Chicago on board a United Airlines flight to Houston, was filmed by fellow passengers outraged over the apparently racist comments. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

AirBaltic to launch CS300 long-haul flights to Abu Dhabi

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Latvian carrier airBaltic plans to launch 4X-weekly Riga-Abu Dhabi Bombardier CS300 service beginning Oct. 29, in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the Riga-based carrier announced Feb. 24. (atwonline.com) More...

Emirates Takes Heed from EK521 Tragedy: Tweaks Safety Video in Attempt to Change Passenger Behaviour

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Emirates has taken heed from the GCAA’s report into the crash landing of EK521 and the observed behaviour of their passengers. In the latest iteration of their safety video, Emirates has added a short but vitally important point, reminding passengers to leave all carry on bags behind in the event of an emergency evacuation. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Norwegian 'shaking up transatlantic travel' with launch of ultra-low-fares flights

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The head of one of Europe's largest low-fares airlines has promised to shake up the Irish transatlantic market after launching 17 ultra- low-fares flights from Ireland to the US - including the first direct transatlantic route from Cork Airport. (www.irishexaminer.com) More...

German air force jets intercepting Jet Airways 777

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VT-JEX, one of the Boeing 777-300ER planes of Jet Airways, had a loss of communications over the German airspace near Cologne earlier this week while operating as 9W 118 from Mumbai to London. This lead to the German Air Force scrambling two Eurofighter Typhoon jets. It is usual protocol to scramble jets to check in on the cockpit in case someone stops responding to the radio, to be able to visually communicate with the aircraft pilots and in case something is wrong in the plane, take further… (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

A New Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge is on the Way 12 hours ago

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Say hello to a refreshed Emirates @Airbus A380 onboard experience tomorrow #EmiratesA380Lounge (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

(Video) Boeing 717 Stall during test flight

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Amazing video of a recovery after an unusual attitude during a stall test. (vimeo.com) More...

Feds: 12 planes violated Trump air space over weekend

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At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post. Eight of those crossed the line on Friday alone, with three of those having what likely were unsettling encounters with F-15 jets and one with a military helicopter, according to the Federal Aviation… (www.palmbeachpost.com) More...

The strange route Benjamin Netanyahu took to get from Singapore to Sydney

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"the strange route of Netanyahu's plane shows another effect of Israel's diplomatic situation. Indonesia doesn't grant El Al access to its national airspace" (www.smh.com.au) More...

Airlines told to pay flight compensation

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American, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore and Turkish Airlines will have to obey European laws or be taken to court. (www.bbc.com) More...

Local procedures - The Potential Dangers

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I found this to be an interesting blog post on the potential hazards of being unfamiliar with local procedures, and debating whether these exceptions from FAA-established procedures should be allowed. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

The A350-1000 is in Canada for cold weather tests

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Welcome to Iqaluit, Canada! 🇨🇦 With temperatures hovering around -30 degrees Celsius, it's the perfect place to put our #A350-1000 through its paces! (www.facebook.com) More...

Boeing company uses A321 in website promo

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A Boeing company, Inventory Locator Service, yesterday posted an Evolution of Boeing graphic on its website that traces key points in Boeing’s history. There was a problem, however: the airplane at the top of the graphic, which was photo-shopped with Boeing 737 identification, was an Airbus A321. (leehamnews.com) More...

Boeing Delivers Korean Air's First 787-9 Dreamliner

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Korean Air took delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner. The Seoul-based carrier will be the first Korean carrier to operate the Dreamliner in the country. (airwaysmag.com) More...

TSA allows JFK passengers to walk through security checkpoint without being screened

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Eleven unidentified passengers walked through a security lane without being screened at Kennedy Airport early Monday because the TSA left the area open and unattended, law enforcement sources said. A security camera captured a metal detector going off three times as the travelers walked through the screening lane, the sources said. There was no one present to operate the magnetometer, the x-ray machine and do the pat downs and secondary screening, the sources said. (www.nydailynews.com) More...

Finnair to operate Airbus A350 on Heathrow-Helsinki route

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Finnair has announced their flagship long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, will operate a daily service between London Heathrow and Helsinki. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room

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Feel like your coach seat on an overseas flight is a tighter squeeze? You're probably right. Airlines already have been wedging in more passengers by swapping heavily padded seats for ones with thinner backs or reducing the distance between rows. On wide-body aircraft typically used on international flights and certain long domestic routes, some now are adding an extra seat to each row. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada runway excursion at YYZ flight AC623

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An AC A320 left the runway during landing in heavy fog and a line of storms going through the area. No injuries reported. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Lufthansa to fly Airbus A350-900s to Mumbai from April

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German flag carrier Lufthansa today said beginning this summer it will fly Airbus A350-900s to connect Munich with Mumbai. From April 16, Mumbai will be the third destination worldwide to welcome the newest long haul aircraft A350s on the Munich-Mumbai route, it said in a statement. (www.dnaindia.com) More...

Boeing sues suppliers over liquid that damaged first Air Force tanker

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Boeing is suing two California companies it claims supplied a mislabeled chemical that caused severe damage to the refueling system of its first Air Force KC-46 refueling tanker and delayed its first flight in 2015 by a month. The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., seeks $10 million or more from Able Aerospace Adhesives of Valencia, California, and AlfaKleen Chemical Labs of Costa Mesa, California. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Turkmenistan Airlines #T5429 continued its route to Birmingham with dead body on board, after diversion to Volgograd

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Yesterday, Turkmenistan Airlines flight #T5429 (Boeing-757 reg. EZ-A011) en route from Ashgabat (Capital of Turkmenistan) to Birmingham made an emergency landing in Russia’s southern city of Volgograd over the death of a passenger. (www.airlive.net) More...

Flybe DH8D from Edinburgh to Amsterdam suffers Collapsed gear on touch down in heavy winds

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A Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-JECP performing flight BE-1284 from Edinburgh,SC (UK) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 59 people on board, landed on Amsterdam's runway 22 at about 16:55L (15:55Z) but came to a stop on the runway with the right main gear collapsed. (avherald.com) More...

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