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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...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

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Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.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...

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...

Unruly Passenger Forces United Airlines Flight To Make unscheduled stop at SFO

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An United Airlines flight from China to Newark was forced to make an unscheduled stop at San Francisco International Airport after the flight crew became exhausted from delays caused by an unruly passenger while the plane was boarding in Shanghai... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

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...

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...

This new Airbus jet gives you a view of the sky above

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By Mike Wehner – For the vast majority of air travelers, a jet is just a big metal tube that delivers you to your eventual destination, but for wealthy among us, a flight needs to be just as luxurious as every other aspect of their lives. Airbus just announced a new jet that will most definitely fit that bill, thanks in no small part to a cabin that is more like a trendy country club than an airliner. It boasts high-end luxury seating, a massive flat screen TV, and dining area that rivals fancy… (www.aviationfigure.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...

Nile Air Becomes First in Egypt to Order A321neo Aircraft

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Nile Air, Egypt’s largest private airline, has become the first Egyptian airline to order the newest Airbus single-aisle aircraft, the Airbus A321neo. In April 2017, the airline successfully converted its existing order with the European manufacturer from the current generation A321ceo to the latest technology A321neo offering the best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft. (aviationtribune.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...

Mechanic says he was fired for refusing to sign off on faulty jet

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Bosses at charter-jet service Pro Pilots LLC didn’t want to hear mechanic Dennis Portalatin’s concerns about the nine-seat Dassault Falcon 20, which had eight “discrepancies,” including a leak in a wing and the fuselage, he charges in New Jersey federal court. (nypost.com) More...

Court ruling nullifies US requirement that hobbyists register drones

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A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a regulation requiring the public to register drones. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the Federal Aviation Administration did not have the authority to regulate so-called "model aircraft." If it stands, the decision means that the public does not have to abide by the FAA requirement established in 2015. The ruling is not yet enforceable, however, as the court gave the FAA seven days (PDF) to consider… (arstechnica.com) More...