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French government confirms C-130J buy

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France has confirmed its purchase of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports, two of which will have the ability to refuel France’s rotorcraft fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Helicopters drops new engine from H225 upgrade

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Airbus Helicopters plans to deliver the first upgraded H225 heavy twin to launch customer Lease Corp International in early 2017, but has dropped an uprated engine from the package of enhancements and scaled back a planned weight increase. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

Delta Air Lines adds Wi-Fi connectivity on trans-Atlantic flights

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Delta Air Lines is now offering high-speed Internet access on all trans-Atlantic flights between the United States and the UK, mainland Europe, Israel and West Africa. (www.breakingtravelnews.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...

‘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. (iStock) - See more at: http://www.airlineupdates.net/a-very-pro-consumer-reform-could-make-minimum-sizes-for-airline-seats-a-real-thing/#sthash.ZMsH9bC1.dpuf (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Japanese Airlines To Alter Routes To Avoid North Korea Missile

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Japan’s two biggest airlines said today, they are changing routes for some flights as North Korea plans to launch what it says will be a satellite-bearing rocket later this month. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said that between February 8 to 25, the launch window announced by Pyongyang, they will divert planes that fly over waters off the Philippines where missile parts and debris are expected to fall after the launch. (airlinenews.in) 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...

Air Canada launches Montréal-Hamilton

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Air Canada is coming back to Hamilton. The national carrier, which departed the city’s John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in 2008, announced Wednesday it will launch a new twice-daily service to Montreal starting in May. Airport president Frank Scremin welcomed the announcement as an exciting boost to his long-held dream of Hamilton as a passenger destination. “This is very exciting because we’ve been hunting for Montreal for quite a while now,” he said. “Montreal is a high demand… (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...

Striker II HMD development nears completion

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Development of the BAE Systems Striker II helmet-mounted display (HMD) is due to end in the coming months, following the completion of a flight-test campaign to validate its integrated night vision capability. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

British Airways resumes flights to Tehran

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British Airways said it will resume flights to Tehran on July 14 following last month’s international deal lifting sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program. The unit of IAG SA will initially serve the Middle Eastern country six times weekly from London Heathrow using Boeing Co. 777 jets in a four-class layout, before moving to a daily service next winter, it said Wednesday in a statement. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

PIA-Pakistan International Airline strands passenger around the globe

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KARACHI: Major Pakistan airports remained crippled by industrial action Friday as a strike by employees of the national flag carrier against plans to privatise the airline entered its fourth day. All of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) foreign and domestic flights were suspended Friday with thousands of passengers, including Pakistani domestic workers trying to fly to the Middle East, stranded at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport and other key hubs. (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...

Emirates maintains top brand position in global aviation

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Emirates has come out on top again as the world’s most valuable airline brand, according to the 2016 Brand Finance Global 500 report, which was released. The airline’s brand value grew 17 per cent over last year to reach US$ 7.7 billion. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Polish Government orders new investigation in Presidential Crash

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WARSAW—Poland’s three-month-old government ordered a new investigation into the 2010 airplane crash in Russia that killed the country’s president and 95 others, reviving a dispute that has strained relations with Russia and widened divisions at home. The cabinet of the Law and Justice party, which won parliamentary elections in October, commissioned a report, to be prepared by 21 people appointed by the government. (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...

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...

EgyptAir looking into SSJ-100

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Russia is currently in talks with Egypt to supply the country’s state-owned EgyptAir with 40 commercial jets as part of a deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Russian Industry and Trade minister Denis Manturov said on Wednesday. “We are negotiating (with EgyptAir) the possibility of supplying up to 40 SSJ-100 aircraft,” Manturov said in comments carried by TASS news agency. Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) earlier planned to provide EgyptAir with 12 SSJ-100 jets with an option for 12… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

WesJet looking at job cuts because poor economy in Alberta

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is bracing for a prolonged downturn in the Alberta economy with actions that could include job reductions, chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky says. “We are having to look at some voluntary programs to shrink the size of the business,” Mr. Saretsky told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Tuesday. The collapse in the price of oil that has battered the Alberta economy has taken a bite out of WestJet’s revenue, has caused a major shift in capacity out of that… (www.aviationgazette.com) 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...

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