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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...

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...

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...

The New A350-1000. Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Embark on a 12-Hour Flight to Nowhere

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How about flying a 12-hour flight to nowhere? That's exactly what 13 Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew did last Thursday when they tested the new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. And get this, 350 other 'passengers' even volunteered for the flight from Toulouse - back to Toulouse! (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...

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...

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...

Incident: Westjet B737 near Denver on May 14th 2017, engine flamed out and restarted

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A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GJWS performing flight WS-1119 from Las Vegas,NV (USA) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 163 people on board, was enroute at FL350 near Denver,CO (USA) when the left hand engine (CFM56) rolled back to about 50% N1 and flamed out. (avherald.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...

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...

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...

Boeing begins construction of first overseas plant in China

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American aviation giant Boeing has started construction of its first overseas facility in the Chinese port city of Zhoushan as part of its plan to produce 737 aircraft. (www.moneycontrol.com) More...

Boeing delivers first 737 MAX

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Boeing on Tuesday made the first delivery of the new 737 MAX. The 737 MAX 8 was handed over to Malaysia-based Malindo Air, making that airline the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service. (www.guyanaaviation.com) More...

Dutch King Reveals He Has Been a First Officer for KLM for 21 Years

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King Willem-Alexander, 50, said he has ended his role as a regular First Officer after 21 years on KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 planes. He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service. (dailym.ai) 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...

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Building a bot for the co-pilot's seat may be cheaper than adding automation software (www.theregister.co.uk) More...

Pilot Confesses Secret Just Moments before Takeoff. Hands Woman Envelope 21 Years in the Making

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With all the airline horror stories of late, sometimes the happy ones need to be posted. Here is a video of a Southwest captain celebrating his one millionth passenger....classy. (www.liftable.com) More...