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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probes Boeing

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly accounted for the costs and expected sales of two of its best known jetliners, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The probe, which involves a whistleblower’s complaint, centers on projections Boeing made about the long-term profitability for the 787 Dreamliner and the 747 jumbo aircraft, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the investigation isn’t public. Both planes are… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

I flew business class across the world on a top-rated airline and came home on Delta — here's how they stacked up

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Thanks to a last-minute booking, I recently flew to Bangkok, Thailand, on one airline and returned to New York City on another. It gave me the chance to experience business class with two different companies. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

World’s biggest weirdest aircraft the Airlander 10 set for test flight

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THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month. A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses. It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK. The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil… (airlinenews.in) More...

Employees at Delta Air Lines take home part of largest profit sharing payout in U.S. history

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Delta breaks two records: largest payout, largest greeting card Delta employees today receive their portion of the company’s $1.5 billion profit sharing earned in 2015 – the largest payout in the history of corporate profit sharing programs. Individual payouts equal more than 21 percent of employees’ eligible 2015 earnings. “We are often asked what makes Delta different,” said Delta’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian in a memo sent to employees today. “The… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Two Qantas jets in 'near-miss' at Melbourne airport

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TBA Two Qantas jets have been involved in a "near miss" with a third plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, prompting serious concerns over safety procedures followed by air control staff. A passenger on-board one of the Qantas planes filmed the July 5 incident, which senator Nick Xenophon describes as a "potential disaster", with pilots given less than 20 seconds to react. The video footage shows the lights of another plane approaching from the left, before disappearing… (www.9news.com.au) More...

O'Hare gets A380 gate

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O’Hare International Airport is a step closer to developing a gate capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, reversing an embarrassing gap at the city’s primary aviation hub. The city’s Department of Aviation yesterday pulled a permit to build out one gate that could handle an Airbus A380 plane, in Terminal 5 at O’Hare, according to the city’s permits website. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

MN-483 suffers bird strike

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A Kulula Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-ZWA performing flight MN-483 from Lanseria to Cape Town (South Africa), was climbing out of Lanseria’s runway 25 when the left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a guinea fowl causing damage to fan blades. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

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The average distance between rows of economy class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

San Diego Bound Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver After Passenger Threatens Crew

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An Alaska Airlines flight 769 from Boston to San Diego was forced to land midway through its flight after an intoxicated passenger became abusive and threatened crew members, the airline said late Tuesday...... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

200 jobs cut at Bell Helicopter

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MONTREAL – Bell Helicopter is laying off an additional 200 employees at its Mirabel assembly plant north of Montreal because of ongoing challenges in the aerospace market. The subsidiary of U.S. aerospace company Textron (NYSE:TXT) said the move flows from its earlier decision to cut production at the plant. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Inflight fight diverts Alger-Paris flight

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A flight from Algiers bound for Paris has had to divert to Lyon after a “big brawl” erupted on board the aircraft, according to two sources on Twitter. The Air Méditerranée flight from Algiers was due to land at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport around 1.20 p.m. Monday, but it’s understood that the pilot was forced to divert to Lyon after a fight broke out. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Kalitta Air to diversify fleet with Boeing 767F

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Kalitta Air relies on a fleet of 747 freighters for the long-haul flights it is known for, carrying large payloads, including heavy machinery, delicate medical equipment, perishable foods and even livestock. So what’s with the 767s the cargo carrier is now purchasing? 767s may be the go-to freighters for the integrators, but they’re rare in the general freight world. The answer is a combination of fleet maintenance requirements and a strategy shift at the Michigan-based carrier. The time is… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Sikh actor and designer banned from flying Aeroméxico because of Turban

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Mexican airline Aeromexico forbade a Sikh man in a turban from boarding one of their planes on Monday morning. Waris Ahluwalia, an actor (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and designer, refused to remove his turban, prompting airline security to keep him from getting on the plane. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Qatar Airways Ranked As One of the World’s Most Valuable Brands

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Qatar Airways has been ranked as one of the world’s most valuable brands for the first time, becoming the only Qatari company to be represented in the 2016 top 500 global brand ranking..... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Aeroméxico apologies after religious incident

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Aeromexico prevented actor-designer boarding flight to New York after disagreement over removing his Sikh headwear for security search Waris Ahluwalia, the Indian-American actor and designer barred from a Mexico to New York flight because of his turban, has said he is satisfied with the airline’s apology. Aeromexico issued a statement on Tuesday saying: “We apologise to Mr Waris Ahluwalia for the unfortunate experience he had with one of our security guards during the boarding process prior to… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Southwest ‘intends’ to fly from Long Beach

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Southwest Airlines appears to have won access to California’s capacity controlled Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Tallahassee to be served by jetBlue?

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Tallahassee keeps pushing for JetBlue to provide direct air service to South Florida. On Wednesday, coordinators rolled out a $2-million pledge goal in a new ‘getBlue’ pledge campaign. With $325,000 in pledges secured, the largest surprise pledge came from Florida State University when the school revealed a $1-million pledge based on estimated travel expenses for its staff. While city officials hesitate to say there’s a deal already in place, FSU’s pledge indicates promise. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

TAP Portugal goes back to being Government owned

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Portugal has reclaimed a 50 per cent stake in TAP, months after the country’s new government promised to reverse the national carrier’s privatisation. Comparing TAP’s aircraft to the wooden caravels that launched Portugal’s great era of discoveries, prime minister Antonio Costa declared that the government would work in partnership with the Gateway consortium, which is comprised of JetBlue founder David Neeleman and businessman Humberto Pedrosa. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

WestJet looking at slowing down Q400 deliveries

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In another possible blow to Bombardier Inc., WestJet Airlines Ltd. is in talks with the struggling company to slow down deliveries of the Q400 turboprops it has on order, part of a broader strategy to cope with Alberta’s deteriorating economy. In an editorial board meeting with the Financial Post, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said the airline is “looking for ways to tap the brakes without jamming them on.” (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights to Cuba by the end of the year

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US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights to and from Cuba by the end of the year, after more than half a century without service, announced the Obama administration on Friday. Up to 20 direct flights daily will be permitted from the U.S. to Havana, and another 10 to other Cuban international airports in Cuba...... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Boeing 777 with Russian tourists catches fire above Dominican Republic

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A Russian Boeing 777-200, en route from the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana to Moscow, returned to the departure airport due to an engine failure. (airlinenews.in) More...

Costco to offer private aviation to its members

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Smart TVs. French roast coffee. A one-year Wheels Up private aviation membership. All are available through warehouse retailer Costco. Through its relationship with Costco, Wheels Up is bringing private aviation to the general public, said Kenny Dichter, founder and CEO of New York-based Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company. “Bringing private aviation to a larger audience, that’s what we want to do,” Dichter said. “Our partnership with Costco allows us to do that.” The… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

The lingering mystery of Era Flight 874

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On the morning of September 5, 2012, Era Alaska Flight 874 departed Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for what was scheduled to be a 40-minute flight to Homer. The de Havilland DHC8 twin-turbine aircraft, more commonly known as a Dash 8, carried 15 passengers and a crew of three (two pilots, one flight attendant). At about 11 a.m., according to a preliminary report later filed by the National Transportation Safety Board, the aircraft “experienced an uncommanded left roll and… (www.airnewslive.net) More...

OR-456 has flaps problem

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A TUI Airlines Nederland Boeing 737-800, registration PH-TFD performing flight OR-456 (scheduled dep Feb 5th) from Banjul (Gambia) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was on approach to Amsterdam when the crew stopped the descent at 3000 feet reporting problems with the flaps. The aircraft entered a hold while the crew worked the checklists and used alternate extension for the flaps. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

South African Airways issues Zika travel advisory for its Johannesburg - Sao Paulo flights

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South African Airways (SAA) will continue to offer a daily service between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo in Brazil after the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded there was no justification to impose a travel ban to Latin America and the Caribbean due to the outbreak of the Zika virus, the airline said in a statement on Sunday, 7 February. The airline did advise pregnant women not to travel. (traveller24.news24.com) More...

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