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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...

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...

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...

Same plane makes 4 emergency landings in 6 weeks because of recuring problem

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On December 3, Allegiant Air flight 815 had just departed Raleigh-Durham International Airport bound for St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Florida when a gray haze began to fill the cockpit and passenger cabin The pilots declared an emergency telling the tower to notify fire rescue crews “to roll the trucks.” With the smoke slowly dissipating, the jet and its 94 passengers and six crew landed safely at Raleigh-Durham. (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...

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...

Why the sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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However, the venerable Boeing 747 may be nearing the end of its production life – its manufacturing rate is to be halved to six a year. A shift towards newer and more efficient aircraft that can land at smaller (and so more) airports and a tendency to use former passenger planes for freight has reduced the remaining 747 order book to just 20, after building more than 1,500 since 1969. (www.aviationgossip.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Air France looking into leasing Superjets?

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The airline company Air France could take several Sukhoi SuperJet leased SS100, Russian aircraft manufacturing, to perform flights from Paris to London. Irish airline CityJet and Air French company Air France is currently discussing the terms of a contract under which they would buy more Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 Russian-made aircraft in wet lease (ie -to say leased with a crew on board), reports the Russian news website Gazeta.ru. This decision could be made to replace the old unit of British… (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...

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...

Air Transat pilots go ahead with strike

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MONTREAL, Feb. 1, 2016 /CNW/ – Air Transat pilots, speaking clearly, loudly, and with a unified voice, overwhelmingly authorized a legal strike pursuant to Canada Labour Law on Monday. 96 percent of the 524 eligible pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) took part in the ballot, with 97 percent voting in support of a withdrawal of services, if required. “These results serve as a notice to the Company that our pilots are united and stand firm behind our goal… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

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