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Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin. (www.airbus.com) More...

WestJet to launch 'ultra low-cost' no-frills carrier

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The new service should take off late this year with a startup fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s, (www.cbc.ca) More...

British Airways owner IAG invests in two tech startups

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The British Airways parent company announced the Hangar 51 incubator back in October 2016, which saw over 450 companies apply for inclusion with IAG. From that pool of entries, 26 businesses were invited to pitch for a place, while just four were chosen for the ten-week programme in January. With the accelerator now over, two startups, Esplorio and Vchain, will receive investment from IAG. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

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Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban? That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai. On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is assessing the evidence to determine what is appropriate”. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

US may ban laptops on flights from UK airports

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The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage – to flights from Europe. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Airbus Perlan Mission II Kicks Off Second Season Exploring Skies Above the Sierra Nevada

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Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

PICTURE: Virgin America becomes first to take A321neo

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Virgin America has been revealed as the first recipient of an Airbus A321neo, after the aircraft was formally delivered to the US carrier. The aircraft, leased from GECAS, is fitted with CFM International Leap-1A powerplants, the second of the two A321neo engine options to be certified. (www.airbus.com) More...

Anti-Gulf Airline Lobby Group Throws Shade at Emirates for Cutting Back U.S. Services

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The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies has criticised Emirates for cutting back services on five routes to the United States. It argues that the Gulf airline is propped up by state subsidies and says: "That Emirates would refer to itself as “profit oriented” is simply laughable." (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

American Airlines Employee Allegedly Hit Woman With Stroller, Challenged Passenger To ‘Hit Me’

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Just two weeks after terrifying video of a bloodied United Airlines passengerwho was violently kicked off a flight for refusing to give up his seat went viral, another video has emerged showing an American Airlines employee challenging a passenger to hit him after a woman holding a baby was allegedly hit with her stroller in an argument with airline staff. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Chicago on Apr 19th 2017, smoke signals

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7878A performing flight WN-4639 from Columbus,OH to Chicago Midway,IL (USA), was descending towards Chicago over Indiana when an electronic device in the cabin started to send smoke signals. (avherald.com) More...

The mid-air meltdown fuelled by duty-free whisky and free champagne that forced a Boeing 747 to divert to Manchester

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“I’m not a drinker, I was just so excited to see my Mrs.” An airline passenger forced a pilot to divert a trans Atlantic Jumbo Jet to Manchester Airport at a cost of £17,000 after he had mid-air meltdown at 30,000 feet due to his fear of flying. Father of two Zahi Lebhardt, 31, got so nervous on board the Canada-bound flight from Frankfurt in Germany, he repeatedly locked himself in the toilet where he screamed and ripped panels off the walls. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Video of Water bomber refilling with water from the inside.

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The reason that it’s so rare to see footage like this is because there are simply not many of these planes around. Only 90 CL-415s were built and they’re not used on a continuous basis. As of this writing, we’ve only seen two of these water bombers in action from this vantage point. According to the description of the video, this took place in Portugal and the crew was getting water from Rio Douro. You can actually see them pass over a dam before dipping down and getting to work. (www.youtube.com) More...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

Operation Migration - In Search of Generous Pilots

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The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada is able to raise three or four parent-reared Whooping crane chicks this year, but getting into the U.S. is problematic. A number of Ports-of-Entry along the US/Canada border are able to process live animals imported into America but they normally deal with livestock transported by trucks or trains. The closest Port-of-Entry at an airport is in Chicago, but the only commercial aircraft flying between Calgary and Chicago does not have cargo doors to its… (operationmigration.org) More...