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Opinion: Airbus sends a thank you card to Donald Trump and Boeing

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There’s chutzpah and then there’s the deal that Airbus SE just struck with Bombardier Inc. By acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bombardier’s struggling CSeries commercial jet program — for free — Airbus has handed Boeing Co., its U.S. nemesis, a whopping black eye. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Airbus Completes First Flight of Its A330-900

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LONDON – Airbus SE (AIR.FR) on Thursday said that its newest widebody airliner, the A330-900, had completed its first flight, totaling more than four hours. The aircraft took off from Airbus’s Toulouse facility in France around 9:56 a.m. and landed around 2:10 p.m. after completing a number of tests. The flight kicks off a test period that Airbus expects to complete mid next year, before the first customer plane is delivered soon after. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Boeing passenger jets have falsely-certified products: source

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Boeing Co, the world’s biggest maker of passenger jets, has used Kobe Steel products that include those falsely certified by the Japanese company, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Boeing does not as yet consider the issue a safety problem, the source stressed, but the revelation may raise compensation costs for the Japanese company, which is embroiled in a widening scandal over the false certification of the strength and durability of components supplied to hundreds of… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Chicago security officers who dragged Kentucky doctor David Dao off overbooked United Airlines flight are fired

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TWO Chicago airport security officers have been fired and a third resigned for their roles in dragging a doctor off an overbooked United Airlines flight for refusing to give up his seat. Dr David Dao 69, lost two front teeth, suffered a significant concussion and his nose was broken when he was forced off the flight from Chicago to Louisville... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

End of an era for the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies

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The Queen of the Skies is in the final days of her reign. For decades, the Boeing 747 ruled over the airline industry, a workhorse with a royal nickname that made flying more affordable because of its huge seating capacity... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

‘Political Issue’: What’s Behind Boeing’s Decision to Sue Airbus, Bombardier

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Boeing has submitted a lawsuit in the US over the European plane maker Airbus clinching a deal with Canada’s Bombardier. In an interview with Sputnik, Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre described Boeing’s move as an attempt to circumvent US trade laws. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Last air berlin flight says goodbye, pilot suspended

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After this manoeuvre the pilot was suspended. Looking forward to the ATC audio. (sputniknews.com) More...

Incident: Virgin Australia B737 at Melbourne on Oct 20th 2017, bird and rabbit strike at once

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The crew advised an eagle carrying a rabbit had just impacted their #1 engine, positioned the aircraft for an approach to runway 16. (avherald.com) More...

Malaysia will focus renewed MH370 search where Australia refused to look

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MH370's best chance of discovery is going to be intensively examined by renewed search (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Lufthansa confirms interest in ‘new Alitalia’

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The Lufthansa Group has submitted an offer letter expressing interest in establishing a “new Alitalia,” only days after the German flag carrier signed a €210 million ($249 million) deal to take over a large part of bankrupt airberlin’s assets, including NIKI and regional carrier LGW (atwonline.com) More...

New SAA board now has an aviation expert

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South African Flag Carrier SAA has a management shake-up, hopefully things can turn around for the airline. (www.fin24.com) More...

FAA Calls for Emergency Inspections of GP7200 Turbofans

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency advisory directive (AD) calling for visual inspection of the fan hubs on Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans. The directive comes in reaction to the uncontained failure of a GP7200 on an Air France A380 during a scheduled flight on September 30 from Paris to Los Angeles. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Airbus buys just over 50% of Bombardier CSeries division

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Buy now it's official, Airbus buys over 50% of the Series and is going to shift some assembly to Mobile, Alabama plant. Tough luck Boeing! (www.financialexpress.com) More...

How the CSeries deal could end up changing the world's aerospace industry

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Strategically, the alliance between Airbus and Bombardier extends well beyond the noise of Boeing's spat with the Canadian planemaker. (business.financialpost.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Will Avoid 300% Duties With US Assembly: Executives

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Bombardier and Airbus executives confirm that plans to open a CSeries final assembly line in the USA would enable the companies to avoid a potentially disastrous 300% tariff on imports of CS100s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Touring Delta One, Premium Select and Coach on Delta’s First Airbus A350

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Typically when an airline takes delivery of an entirely new type of aircraft, it takes some time to get up to speed before the plane’s ready to welcome passengers. Case in point: Delta and the Airbus A350. Delta Air Lines’ first A350 was delivered back in July and flew to Atlanta in early August, but Tuesday afternoon was the first time “real passengers” were allowed on board. (thepointsguy.com) More...

Boeing Ponders Restart of 767-300ER Passenger Line

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Boeing is nearing a decision whether to restart the 767-300ER passenger line, LNC has learned. (leehamnews.com) More...

Complex Three-Engine Ferry For A380

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Air France plans to ferry a damaged A380 back to France from Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on three engines but before it can do that it has to install a new engine that won't be running. The wrecked engine will be removed and sent to Wales for inspection by the manufacturer Engine Alliance. For balance and aerodynamic stability a new engine will be installed but because of the other damage it can’t be hooked up and made operable. (www.avweb.com) More...

Airbus Seeks to Cut Repayments to Government From Controversial 'Launch Investment' for New Jets

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Airbus is battling to reduce the amount it pays back to government investors who helped fund the development of its poorly selling A380 superjumbo. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Airbus Envisions Harmonizing CSeries With A320

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Airbus will look to smooth the boundary between the Bombardier CSeries and its own single-aisle aircraft line in order to create a more harmonised range. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Pilot boots New York activist from American Airlines flight

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New York activist Tamika Mallory says she was booted from an American Airlines flight in Miami after a pilot inserted himself into a dispute over her seat assignment. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing’s future plans threatened by Airbus-Bombardier pact

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Airbus’s surprise move to swallow Bombardier’s CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family on the cheap, threatening the Renton-built 737 and potentially forcing Boeing to redraw its road map of new airplane development. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Delta Evaluating Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX Family Order

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Delta Air Lines is looking at both the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max for an upcoming narrowbody order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War

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"That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice. " (www.defenseone.com) More...

Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders Expects New Alliances in Response to Bombardier CSeries Deal

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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders predicts the next few months could be “rough and tough” as Boeing responds to the European airframer’s acquisition of the Bombardier CSeries programme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

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The Federal Aviation Administration it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend. The annual Yellville Turkey Trot in northern Arkansas has included a turkey drop for more than five decades , though sponsors in recent years have distanced themselves from the practice. Several birds were dropped Saturday and then chased by festival-goers below. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Smaller airlines face more competition for crews as Air Force plans to recall 1,000 pilots

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The Air Force plan announced Friday to recall 1,000 pilots from retirement could hurt smaller airlines in the competition to hire trained crews to fly their planes. "We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years," the Pentagon said in a statement. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Chief Peter Bellew Quits to Rejoin Ryanair

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew is to step down from the airline after barely a year, having been recruited by budget carrier Ryanair to serve as chief operations officer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

First A330neo becomes airborne for its maiden flight

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Airbus's first A330neo has lifted off from Toulouse on its maiden flight, commencing the airborne test programme for the re-engined twinjet. (www.airbus.com) More...

OPINION: Is Airbus The Winner in Bombardier CSeries Trade Dispute?

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Whatever Bombardier’s goal was for launching the CSeries programme nearly a decade ago, it certainly was not to shepherd both the CS100 and CS300 into service before handing them over as relatively mature products, free, to Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...