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British Airways ‘turning into Ryanair’ as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks

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British Airways has come under fire from both staff and customers as concern grows that cutbacks at the flag carrier are damaging its “elite” brand. Disgruntled cabin crew have provided a list to management of recent changes they say are diminishing the carrier’s reputation, the Sunday Times reported, including the loss of first-class perks, such as free amuse-bouches with customers’ first drink, no more fresh flowers in the first class toilets, and the downsizing of complimentary washbags... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

American Airlines Leaves Thousands of Passengers at Gates as It Pushes On-Time Departures

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Pilots at American Airlines said the airline is so committed to making sure airplanes take off on time that in February it left 20,000 passengers stranded at the gate as the door to the airplane closed. The number was provided to American pilots Thursday in a letter from Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries. They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

British Airways launches BUDGET airline LEVEL with flights to Los Angeles for just £86

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BRITISH AIRWAYS has a new sister airline – Level is a budget carrier with cheap flights to the US launching in time for summer. International Airlines Group (IAG) is launching the newest addition to its fleet... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Montana airports reporting record business

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Nearly 3.9 million people stepped on or off commercial airplanes in Montana last year. That was 330,000 more than ever before, according to the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation. Four of the state’s six busiest airports – Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena – set passenger records in 2016. Only No. 5 Great Falls International saw a decrease, while Billings Logan International went up slightly. (missoulian.com) More...

Airbus breaks ground on Indian training center

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India’s civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju broke ground for the Airbus India Training Center, accompanied by Airbus CEO Tom Enders, on March 17. The new center—which is Asia’s first Airbus training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers—will be built on a greenfield site in the Aerocity district near Indira Gandhi International, the capital’s main airport. (www.airbus.com) More...

Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down

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A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360, one thousand feet above, about 630nm southeast of Muscat, Oman, over the Arabian Sea. A short time later (1-2 minutes) the aircraft encountered wake turbulence sending the aircraft into an uncontrolled roll, turning the aircraft around at least 3 times (possibly even 5 times), both engines flamed out, the aircraft lost about 10,000 feet until the crew was able to recover the aircraft, restart the… (flightservicebureau.org) More...

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.

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Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said. (money.cnn.com) More...

US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) More...

Plane crashes, no pilot found

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Plane was on auto pilot and crashed after it ran out of fuel. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Two small aircraft collide and come down in shopping centre parking lot near Montreal

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Two small aircraft came down in a shopping centre parking lot after mid-air collision. No English report available yet. (www.lapresse.ca) More...

Loooong T/O Run: Heavy LH MD-11F going airborne from high-elevation Nairobi!

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Air Clips joined Lufthansa Cargo's Captain Fokko and First Officer Johannes on a full rotation from Frankfurt (Germany) via Nairobi (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa) and back on the same routing. (www.youtube.com) More...

Propeller falls off REX flight

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Propeller sheared off a Regional Express SAAB 340B, which was operating a flight from Albury to Sydney. Not something you'd like to see happen but proves a plane can fly on a single engine. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Hungarian fighter jets scrambled to intercept flight from London Stansted

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A cargo flight from London Stansted to Doha was intercepted this morning by Hungarian fighter jets. (www.airlive.net) More...

Southwest Airlines doing away with paper tickets

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I am curious how this is going to work out. What happens when someone needs to get on a flight and the phone battery goes dead or wont connect? I'd like to try it but would carry a paper ticket as a backup if possible. (www.foxnews.com) More...