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United Airlines adds LEAP class for ALL pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. is taking the unusual step of calling back all 12,000 of its pilots for an extra training day over the next three months, an aggressive response to a spate of serious safety incidents more than a year ago and to prepare for looming changes facing the industry. By the end of April, each aviator at the nation’s No. 3 airline by traffic will be required to attend a day of classroom instruction focusing on various safety issues, enhanced teamwork on the flight deck… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

On-board Wi-Fi offered by Air France

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Air France offers a wireless connection to the Internet in two of its planes since January 12. An experiment in which we could be part time for a round-trip Paris-Geneva. The Wi-Fi in the air in Europe, perhaps soon. Air France is testing this technology with the operator Orange on two of its A320 aircraft in France and Europe. We boarded one of them to test the service. (www.aviationgazette.com) 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...

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...

EgyptAir mechanic: main suspect in Metrojet 9268 bombing

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An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that was blown out of Egypt’s skies in late October, according to sources familiar with the matter. So far Egypt has publicly said it has found no evidence that the MetroJet flight, which crashed in the Sinai Peninsula after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all 224 people on board, was brought down by terrorism. A senior security official at the airline… (www.aviationgazette.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...

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...

Iran Air goes with ATR for regional fleet

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Toulouse, February 1st, 2016 – World’s leading turboprop manufacturer ATR and Iran’s national flag carrier Iran Air today signed in Teheran a deal for the introduction of 40 newest generation ATR 72-600s. The agreement includes firm orders for 20 aircraft plus 20 options, and is valued at one billion euro. The signature of the deal follows the commercial discussions held in the last days in Rome and Paris, on the occasion of the visit of the President of Iran, H.E. Mr. Hassan Rohani, and the… (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...

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...

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...

South African Airways cancels Abu Dhabi route

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South African Airways (SAA) will cancel its route to Abu Dhabi less than a year after it was launched as a solution to retain route connectivity between South Africa, and China and India. (www.moneyweb.co.za) More...

AC549 Emergency Landing at YYZ

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AC549, enroute from Newark to Vancouver, made an emergency stop in Toronto. (www.msn.com) More...

American Airlines sends Dreamliner to Manchester

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American Airlines in this week’s schedule update has revised planned operational aircraft for Chicago – Manchester route during summer peak season. From 02JUN16 to 05OCT16 (ORD departure), the oneWorld member will be operating Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on daily basis, replacing 767-300ER. (www.aviationgazette.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...

Tigerair changes livery for new Boeing 737-800 aircraft

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It’s said a tiger never changes its stripes but that’s exactly what budget airline Tigerair has done, unveiling a new paint job for its fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft that will soon start flying to Bali. The new livery — featuring a white fuselage emblazoned with the Tigerair logo and yellow and black stripes painted across the tail and jet engines — was revealed in Melbourne yesterday and will adorn three 737-800s that will be used for the Virgin Australia-owned airline’s first international… (airlinenews.in) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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