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Canada makes clear Boeing must back down if it wants jet order

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If Boeing is excluded, potential winners include Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), Dassault Aviation SA (AVMD.PA) and Airbus SE (AIR.PA). (www.reuters.com) More...

Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

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The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. (www.reuters.com) More...

Watch: Southwest Airline Passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane’

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A woman was caught smoking on a flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday resulting in an in-flight freak-out and threats to “kill everyone on this plane” when she was escorted to law enforcement upon landing, Southwest Airlines confirmed. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Canada's swipe at Boeing jets could open way for European rivals

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Boeing’s future military sales in Canada are in question after the U.S. defense firm launched a trade challenge against Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc (www.reuters.com) More...

Hidden camera on Virgin Atlantic plane reveals the tough life of cabin crew working a long-haul flight

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Virgin Atlantic crew have filmed one of their standard days and it looks exhausting. The staff were manning a Dreamliner flight from London to Los Angeles from start to finish. Cameras follow 25-year-old Emma Ashley and her colleagues from their 8am start at Heathrow... (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

Video - Flight Deck View Landing A380 at FAOR

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In a video posted to YouTube by British Airways, captain Dave Wallsworth shares his awe-inspiring view from the flight deck. Watch as he and Senior First Officers Jeremy Goodson and Phil Gillespie interact with air traffic control to skillfully land one of our A380 aircraft in Johannesburg. (www.thesouthafrican.com) More...

Air NZ forced to trim schedule due to 787 engine maintenance

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New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission says on its website that it is investigating two “engine abnormality” incidents involving Air NZ 787-9s that occurred on 5 and 6 December. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Oman Air Adds New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Its Fleet

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Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, continues its ambitious expansion plans in 2017 with a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner joined the fleet on 6th December 2017. (aviationtribune.com) More...

Delta set to place huge order with Airbus

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Boeing and Delta are embroiled in an ongoing trade dispute over the airline's purchase of the smaller Canadian Bombardier C Series. Boeing has accused Bombardier of selling the C Series to Delta at unfairly low prices, and the U.S. Commerce Department has recommended a preliminary 300% tariff on the import of the jets. Bombardier and the Canadian government deny any unfair trade practices. (money.cnn.com) More...

AeroMéxico considering CSeries jets for fleet renewal

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AeroMéxico (AM, México City) is considering acquiring CSeries jets from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) as part of its Regional Jet fleet renewal plans. Sources familiar with the Mexican carrier's operations told Reuters it had held preliminary talks to acquire an unspecified number of the aircraft from equity partner Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) which has seventy-five CS100s currently on firm order. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

The damaged Air France A380 finally to leave Goose Bay

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The Air France Airbus A380, which had diverted to Goose Bay in late September after a power failure, returned to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Wednesday evening, December 6. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) More...

Meet the British Airways pilot filming from the flight deck to demystify his job

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Ever been itching to know what the view from the flight deck is like when you’re coming in to land? Dave Wallsworth feels your pain Dave Wallsworth is filming from the flight deck of an A380 to help nervous flyers and share the view. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

Canada doesn't buy Fighter Aircraft from Boeing

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This is not an airliner news and normally shouldn't be mentioned here on "Airliner Watch". But it is strictly related to the airliner wars between Boeing and Bombardier, and makes the headline. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Qatar announces deal to buy 50 Airbus planes

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Qatar is to buy 50 Airbus a321neo planes with an option for a further 30. The deal was one of several announced on Thursday during a state visit to Qatar by French President Emmanuel Macron. (news.sky.com) More...

German pilots to stop refugee repatriation flights

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Since the beginning of the year, the German pilots have refused to make more than 200 flights returning refugees to Afghanistan, while the country continues to fight against the massive migrations triggered by the conflicts in the Middle East. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

How to fight the California wildfires with a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet

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Step inside (which you can do in the interactive 3-D model below) and you'll see that the upper floor looks pretty normal, with the cockpit and a few seats. Head down the stairs to the main floor, though, and you'll see the key changes its owner, Global Supertanker LLC, made when it converted the Japan Airlines passenger plane to a firefighter in 2016. (www.wired.com) More...

Emirates A388 at JFK Dec 4th 2017 at about 200 feet in turn to runway 13L

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There is some question on the actual altitude. ATC alerted flightcrew which initiated go around. How low would that put the lower wingtip? (avherald.com) More...

The 16 coolest airline paint jobs in the world

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As planes crisscross the globe, their exterior graphics not only represent the companies that operate them but in many instances also serve as visual ambassadors for their respective homelands. A great airline livery gives onlookers a taste of a carrier's values or its culture's ethos in an attractive and effective colour scheme. Airlines like Southwest, Spirit, and American have updated their liveries in recent years, with mixed results. Others have hit home runs. Here's a selection of 16… (www.msn.com) More...

Cathay Pacific crew saw North Korean missile from plane, airline says

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Cathay Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong saw what they believed was a North Korean ballistic missile re-entering the Earth's atmosphere last Wednesday, the airline said Monday. (www.cnn.com) More...

How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for (BA, DAL)

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The Boeing 717-200 went out of production in 2006. Only 156 of the planes have been built. A decade later, the airlines that operate the 717 want more of them. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Chinese authorities test drone-aircraft collision

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the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted the first test of a collision between a UAV (drone) and a passenger plane at the Xiangbei Experimental Base of Aviation Industry. This was done to determine the effects of a quad-copter drone hitting the front windshield of a passenger plane in flight. (news.aviation-safety.net) More...

Malaysia Airlines is the first carrier to offer a first-class cabin on Airbus’s A350-900

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The Malaysian flag carrier took delivery of its first of six A350s from lease company Air Lease Corporation, ahead of the aircraft’s deployment on its Kuala Lumpur-London Heathrow route on January 15 next year. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

The largest engine of the world gets ready to power B777X

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With a fan of composite material more than 11 feet (3.35 meters) in diameter, General Electric GE9X is the largest engine in the world. This is the new engine of the Boeing 777X. It will be the largest and most efficient dual-aisle aircraft operating in the world, according to the North American manufacturer (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Qatar Airways releases the inaugural flight video of its first A350-1000

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Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 launched its maiden flight on December 10, 2017, before a scheduled delivery at the end of the month. Qatar Airways has released a video of the inaugural flight. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Man shuts down 'racist' woman at airport over first class dispute

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A man's reaction to an apparently racist woman at a US airport apparently caused onlookers to burst into applause, and has attracted hundreds of thousands of shares online. Emmit Eclass Walker said he was approached by a woman at a Washington airport who assumed he was not a first class passenger. He believes it was due to the colour of his skin. "Excuse me, I believe you may be in the wrong place... this line is for priority boarding," she told him, according to his Facebook post. Mr… (www.msn.com) More...

Self-drive nose wheel promises less time on the tarmac

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Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from WheelTug to deliver a new nose wheel design for the Boeing 737NG family of aircraft,which is powered by the aircraft’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), and aims to save time, engine life and fuel use resulting in reduced emissions and significant cost savings for aircraft operators. (www.stirling-dynamics.com) More...

Former AF66 Returning to Paris

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This is the A380 with the engine issue that was stuck in Goose Bay. They're on the way back to CDG today as Air France 371V. (www.flightaware.com) More...

JetSMART receives two new A320 to cover its new routes

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The new Airbus A320-200, registered as CC-AWD and baptized with the name of Condor Andino, left Hamburg for Chile on December 9, to join the JetSMART fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Antarctica sightseeing flights from Australia: Qantas jumbo's cool day trip

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The veteran 747 captain is one of only four Qantas pilots qualified to captain the airline's most unusual flight route – a 13-hour jaunt to Antarctica and back. Tour company Antarctica Flights charters a Qantas jumbo jet a few times a year to take tourists on a sightseeing tour of the world's coldest, most remote continent. It's an opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of this frozen wasteland and get a real sense of the awesome size and harshness of the landscape. "People don't realise how… (www.msn.com) More...

US airlines plan to enforce new rules on smart bags

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Travelers looking to use their fancy new smart luggage may soon face a hard time getting the bags on a plane due to safety concerns about their batteries. According to CNN, American, Delta and Alaska Airlines have all announced that starting January 15th, passengers checking smart luggage will have to remove the lithium-ion batteries (or keep them powered down if traveling in the cabin). The site also says that United Continental and Southwest Airlines both plan to announce similar policies… (www.engadget.com) More...