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Why planes don’t want to share airspace with A380s

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THE world’s biggest passenger planes may get more room in the skies to improve safety for other aircraft after a terrifying wake turbulence drama. Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) has strongly recommended an “urgent review” of spacing between heavy aircraft and smaller jets after a dramatic midair incident involving a Sydney-bound Emirates A380 and a Bombardier Challenger jet in January. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

The New A350-1000. Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Embark on a 12-Hour Flight to Nowhere

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How about flying a 12-hour flight to nowhere? That's exactly what 13 Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew did last Thursday when they tested the new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. And get this, 350 other 'passengers' even volunteered for the flight from Toulouse - back to Toulouse! (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

JetBlue paints Airbus A320 in colors of New York City police

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JetBlue rolled out its newest special paint scheme Monday, unveiling a livery honoring the New York City Police Department. The Airbus A320 will begin flying through JetBlue’s 101-city network after Monday’s unveiling at New York’s JFK Airport, the carrier’s busiest base. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Canada Calls Boeing's Trade Challenge ‘Lousy Customer Relations’

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Boeing Co.’s pursuit of a trade complaint against Canadian rival Bombardier Inc. at a time it’s negotiating with the government on a major sale of military aircraft is “lousy customer relations,” Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Singapore Airlines Is Retiring 5 A380 Aircraft — Will They Find A New Home?

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I don’t think there’s an airline that takes more pride in operating a new fleet than Singapore Airlines. Nowadays planes can be operated for several decades as long as they’re properly maintained, and often passengers won’t even know the difference. However, Singapore Airlines takes a lot of pride in their fleet, and often retires planes after just a decade in service. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Pop-up hold wins Airbus' Fly Your Ideas 2017 contest

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We've all endured the stress of not being able to cram our hand luggage into the plane's overhead lockers. But a new invention could change everything, in the shape of a pop-up compartment which sits under the seat in front, giving each passenger their own personal storage hold. The concept was designed by a team of students at the University of Hong Kong, and won a contest held by aircraft manufacturer Airbus. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Emirates Opens Up a Slew of New A380 Routes – Beijing, Shanghai and Birmingham Get Upgraded

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Good news Birmingham, Beijing and Shanghai – you’re about to enjoy the Emirates’ flagship aircraft on all services to and from Dubai. That’s what we found out Monday when the Dubai-based airline announced the three destinations would go all A380 – replacing the current Boeing 777-300 aircraft used on these services. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 near Denver on May 14th 2017, engine flamed out and restarted

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A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GJWS performing flight WS-1119 from Las Vegas,NV (USA) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 163 people on board, was enroute at FL350 near Denver,CO (USA) when the left hand engine (CFM56) rolled back to about 50% N1 and flamed out. (avherald.com) More...

Wow Air to serve Tel Aviv

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Low cost carrier WOW air will connect Tel Aviv with Montreal and Toronto, offering four flights each week starting September 12, 2017. The new service will be available for booking starting on May 16, 2017. “We are thrilled to add Tel Aviv to our growing list of overseas destinations for Canadians,” says Skúli Mogensen, CEO of WOW air (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Air Canada to launch its own loyalty program

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Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has announced that it will cancel its commercial agreement with Aimia, which operates the airline's frequent flyer program Aeroplan, effective June 30, 2020. The Canadian carrier will develop its own in-house loyalty program, which it will transition to over the next three years. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Boeing unit seeks talks with Canada over jets threat: source

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Boeing Co.’s defence unit wants talks with Canadian officials as it tries to fend off a government threat to scrap the purchase of 18 Super Hornet jets, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Canada suggested on Thursday it could ditch its plans to buy the jets if the United States backed Boeing’s claims that Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc. dumped jetliners in the U.S. market. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

S7 Airlines launches first international service from St. Petersburg

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Russia’s S7 Airlines began international flights from St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport May 9, with 3X-weekly Airbus A319 services to Berlin Tegel. The carrier’s network from Pulkovo now includes seven destinations, comprising Berlin, Bryansk, Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Yaroslavl. (atwonline.com) More...