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Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin. (www.airbus.com) More...

China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350 XWBs

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China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s. (www.airbus.com) More...

United Airlines Faces Questions Over Death of Giant Rabbit

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Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the carrier found itself facing another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a three-foot-long rabbit died on a flight from Britain... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Stunning photos of airports from space (including a mysterious strip in Australia that could be a secret base)

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From bustling commuter hubs in city centres to small landing strips on desert islands, this fascinating collection of images shows what airports around the globe look like from space. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 39, decided to show his love of aviation by documenting dozens of runways from an extreme vantage point, 250 miles up on the International Space Station. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Airline overbooking under scrutiny with Congress set to hold hearings

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With the US Congress preparing to hold hearings next week on the state of airline customer service, the practice of overbooking flights is coming under scrutiny, and both airline policies and potential legislation regarding overbooking are being closely watched. (atwonline.com) More...

British Airways owner IAG invests in two tech startups

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The British Airways parent company announced the Hangar 51 incubator back in October 2016, which saw over 450 companies apply for inclusion with IAG. From that pool of entries, 26 businesses were invited to pitch for a place, while just four were chosen for the ten-week programme in January. With the accelerator now over, two startups, Esplorio and Vchain, will receive investment from IAG. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

US may ban laptops on flights from UK airports

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The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage – to flights from Europe. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

No, Passengers Don’t Hate Flight Attendants. It’s Time for Everyone to Calm Down

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It can be a tough job and recent events have given Cabin Crew around the world a knock. But don't worry, the travelling public doesn't have it in for Flight Attendants. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Incident: United B747 near Anchorage on Apr 25th 2017, loss of RVSM capability

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A United Boeing 747-400, registration N175UA performing flight UA-888 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL360 about 100nm west of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the aircraft lost its capability to maintain reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) (avherald.com) More...

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

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Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban? That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai. On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is assessing the evidence to determine what is appropriate”. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

British Airways plans $65mm renovation at JFK Airport

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What will $65 million in improvements look like in Terminal 7 at JFK Airport in New York City? British Airways is set to invest heavily in its operations there and wants the new terminal to look and feel something more like the new First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 which just opened for service. The company released a video this morning with some renderings of what the new space will look like. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Airbus Perlan Mission II Kicks Off Second Season Exploring Skies Above the Sierra Nevada

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Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Free Global Weather Now Available on FlightAware Flight Tracking Maps

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FlightAware announces the addition of free global weather information from EarthCast for all registered FlightAware users. (flightaware.com) More...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

Southwest will end practice of overbooking, CEO says

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Southwest Airlines will end its practice of overbooking, the carrier's CEO said Thursday morning. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Operation Migration - In Search of Generous Pilots

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The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada is able to raise three or four parent-reared Whooping crane chicks this year, but getting into the U.S. is problematic. A number of Ports-of-Entry along the US/Canada border are able to process live animals imported into America but they normally deal with livestock transported by trucks or trains. The closest Port-of-Entry at an airport is in Chicago, but the only commercial aircraft flying between Calgary and Chicago does not have cargo doors to its… (operationmigration.org) More...

FAA and Aireon Announce Space-Based ADS-B Flight Test Success

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The FAA and Aireon today announced a successful flight test of space-based ADS-B, collecting ADS-B data to be used as part of a larger validation effort exploring the new system’s capability from low-earth orbit. The flight took place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, utilizing the FAA’s specially equipped “flying laboratory” Bombardier jet with three Aireon payloads available to receive data. A total of 2,462 ADS-B messages were received and decoded providing comparable data to that of terrestrial… (aireon.com) More...

California Man Sentenced to Prison for Piloting Private Jets without a Type Rating

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On April 27, 2016, Arnold Gerald Leto III was arrested on federal charges of illegally piloting a private airplane from Los Angeles to Las Vegas without a pilot’s license. The Department of Justice and FAA determined that Leto had illegally piloted a number of flights dating back to at least 2015, and he ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges. This week, Leto was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, and required to pay a $5,500 fine. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Delta Passenger Kicked Off Flight After Urgent Trip to the Restroom

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The way Kima Hamilton sees it, his urgent need to visit the restroom as a Milwaukee-bound Delta jet awaited takeoff was a misunderstanding blown all out of proportion. In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino's view, it was outrageous that Hamilton was kicked off the flight and that everyone else was forced to exit the plane when it returned to the gate in Atlanta. She took to social media to defend this man she didn't know. (www.jsonline.com) More...

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger violently dragged off flight

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David Dao, the passenger dragged off a United Airlines flight, has reached an "amicable settlement" with the airline over the incident that sparked a worldwide uproar, his lawyers said Thursday. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed under the terms of the agreement, but lawyer Thomas Demetrio praised United CEO Oscar Munoz for his handling of the dispute. "Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing and he has," he said. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus a330neo is Delayed

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TAP is expected to be the launch customer of the Airbus a330neo. The a330neo first flight was scheduled spring 2017 but is now delayed. The first flight is not expected in September 2017. "The first delivery was to take place in late 2017 but will now happen in spring 2018" says Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier. The Trent 7000 that will power the neo has passed their test. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...