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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...

Airbus delivers 50th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the U.S.

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Alabama workforce also celebrating meeting goal to produce four A320 Family aircraft a month (www.airbus.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...

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...

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...

Lufthansa closes in on Alitalia takeover

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Lufthansa Group's negotiators are set to visit Rome this week to discuss the condition of the Alitalia takeover, Il Messaggero has reported. According to the newspaper, the biggest outstanding issue is the scale of workforce layoffs post-merger. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Delta orders 100 A321neo with the ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) configuration

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Delta Air Lines chose the Airbus A321neo to renew its single-aisle fleet and the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power it.The value of the order is roughly $25.4 billion at list prices. (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...

Power outage cripples Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport

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(CNN)A power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest airport, is leaving thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded indefinitely. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights to Atlanta at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, meaning that planes are being held at their departure airports, according to a tweet on the airport's verified Twitter account. Departures from the airport are delayed because electronic equipment is not working… (www.cnn.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...

Embraer tests the Vmu of E190-E2 (Video)

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In this test, the airplane accelerates down the runway until it reaches its maximum safe AOA (Angle of Attack) before taking off. The tail of the aircraft comes into contact with the runway and, according to the manufacturer, the airspeed is measured exactly when it takes off. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

End of an era: Boeing 747 takes its last commercial flight in the US

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Atlanta - The Boeing 747, the world's first jumbo jet and the most recognizable passenger aircraft will pass into aviation history this week. After 50 years after of its debut, the 747 will make its final commercial flight on Tuesday, December 19 with Delta Air Lines from Seoul to Detroit. (airlinerwatch.com) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fond-du-Lac, Sask., plane crash was a bad dream for those aboard

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Willie John Laurent said one of the last things he remembers before Wednesday night's crash of a plane carrying community members from Fond-du-Lac, Sask., was it turning sideways in the air... (www.cbc.ca) More...

Pitch or power? The answer is both!

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As a new student pilot, I was almost always too high and too fast on final approach (maybe I didn’t want to land and end all the fun). The result was that my instructor often had to coach me through both slowing down and going down. One day, in an attempt to help, he said something that sounded so simple, and yet was immensely confusing: “pitch for airspeed; power for altitude.” (studentpilotnews.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines will fly Airbus A380s to London again

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Malaysia Airlines will continue to fly its Airbus A380s to London as the airline steps back from plans to spin off the superjumbos into a new airline dedicated to Islamic pilgrimages. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airbus remains upbeat about A-380 superjumbo despite two-year sales drought

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A two-year sales drought for the flagship A-380 superjumbo may have increased pressure at Airbus to keep the programme flying, but the European plane maker remains upbeat about its long-term prospects. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

Qatar A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

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Qatar Airways will fly its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Perth from 1 May, 2018, in what the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner describes as a further sign of its commitment to the Australian market. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

U.S. airlines prepare for record 51 million passengers for the holiday season

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Airlines are offering 91,000 more seats per day on larger planes or additional flights to meet the demand for 80,000 additional daily passengers for the holiday period from Dec. 15 through Jan. 4, according to the trade group Airlines for America. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Hawaiian expands in San Diego with its new Airbus A321neo jets

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Hawaiian Airlines will add new non-stop service between San Diego and Kahului on the island of Maui. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is worried about important customers

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As a result, two orders, which Eastern Air Lines had made in the direction of its expanding plans are in danger now. Boeing could easily compensate losing the order for 10, 737 Max. But it is not that easy for the Japanese manufacturer. The Americans had signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90s before their launch in 2015. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

The Boeing 787-9 is Set to Become the New Giant in Town

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The first Boeing 787 flew back in 2009, entering the scene as the expected replacement of the Boeing 747—an aircraft that was steeped in history but was also aging rapidly. Since then, we’ve seen the 787 evolve to accommodate the needs of airlines looking to create longer routes and travelers who are willing to fly insanely long distances non-stop. The Boeing 787-9 is the next step in super-long distance air travel, and it won’t be the last. Will 20-hour flights become the new normal? Hello,… (www.historyinorbit.com) More...

CBS DFW Story: Concerns Raised About Passenger Safety Over Foreign Repair Work

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The labor union representing American Airlines mechanics and ground crews has hired a firm run by the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate if foreign repair work on planes is putting passengers at risk. (dfw.cbslocal.com) More...

Airbus scores century with Delta A321neo order

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The order will see them supplied in the Airbus Cabin Flex configuration, with Pratt & Whitney to power them with its PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines. The majority of the aircraft will be manufactured at the company’s facility in Mobile, Alabama. (www.hmgaerospace.com) More...