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17 Boeing Employees Arrested

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Yesterday, we reported exclusively that more tax evasion arrests were in the works for employees working at aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. facility. These arrests were to be in addition to the eleven Boeing employees pinched last month on similar charges. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Delta Airlines Boeing 767

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Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Boeing 767-400ER of Delta Airlines plane after it strayed into its airspace in the Mediterranean Sea without identifying itself, according to Greek media. The civil aircraft reportedly belonged to Delta Airlines and was flying from Germany to Kuwait. But mystery surrounds why the pilots did not identify themselves to Greek authorities. Reports say the passenger jet first appeared on Greek radar at 7.10pm last night (Thursday). After failing to respond two… (www.airlive.net) More...

EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar Thursday morning, according to multiple news accounts citing the airline. Flight 804 had 59 passengers and 10 crew aboard. According to Sky News Arabia, the plane was last detected in the skies over Greece, about 40 minutes from Athens. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

See a Boeing 777-300ER Tear Down

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Aircraft Demolition shared their Boeing 777-300ER tear down from April, 2016. (aviationweek.com) More...

Reimagine TSA to protect travelers

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We should consider what to do about the excruciatingly long security screening lines at airports around the country that have resulted in thousands of passengers missing their flights. Travelers have every right to be frustrated and angry at yet another government failure. (www.usatoday.com) More...

World's Second Airworthy B-29!

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May 20th, 2016, Wichita, KS, Today the FAA handed over the airworthiness certificate to "DOC". Doc is a B-29 that rolled of the assembly line in Wichita, Ks in March of 1945. After years serving in Non-Combat roles, Doc was sentence to China Lake for target practice. Rescued in 1998, Doc was transported back to Wichita for restoration. As of today, May 20th, 2016; Doc was finally presented with a new Airworthiness Certificate. From first start to first taxi, and soon to be first… (twitter.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Adds Two Leased Airbus A350s

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has exercised the lease option for two additional new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corp. (ALC) under a 12-year lease agreement. The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under an existing lease agreement for four A350-900s signed in September 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 On Track For First Flight This Year

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The first Airbus A350-1000, which is now structurally complete in Toulouse, is on course to make its maiden flight by year-end as it moves through the final-assembly process. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

TSA Chief Fired

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The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

A Look Back at American’s Shifting Fleet As It Plans to Retire Two More Types

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In an internal memo last week, American explained that it was going to retire two more fleets in the next couple of years with both the Embraer 190 and A330-300s hitting the road. Both these moves make sense in the context of the airline’s future plans, but it made me think about the evolution of American’s fleet through two mergers and plenty of crises. I went back to the year 2000 to illustrate just how much things have changed. Here’s a chart showing the fleet mix at the end of each of the… (crankyflier.com) More...

Chinese jets intercept US spy plane over South China Sea

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Two Chinese fighters have carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a US military aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon says. The incident happened in international airspace on 17 May as the US maritime reconnaissance aircraft carried out a routine patrol in the area, it added. (www.bbc.com) More...

Bombardier chief calls out industry criticism of CSeries

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Linking the CSeries to the invention of the 50-seat regional jet, chief executive Alain Bellemare told an audience of high-ranking executives that Bombardier’s high-stakes bet on the 100-150-seat jet market will be vindicated, even as called on his industry rivals to refrain from criticizing innovative projects. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Readies VVIP A350 XWB for First Orders

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Going head-to-head here for the first time anywhere are the VVIP Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’s A350 XWB, both considered an ultimate in billionaire or head-of-state travel. (aviationweek.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines New Lie-Flat Seat Cabins Rolled Out

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Who doesn’t love a starry night… Hawaiian Airlines today welcomed home its first Airbus A330 aircraft featuring fully lie-flat seating in a spacious Premium Cabin that surrounds guests with modern, luxurious island-inspired designs and even a twinkling constellation paying homage to the history of Polynesian navigation. (thedesignair.net) More...

Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Crashes at Guam Base

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A B-52H Stratofortress bomber aborted takeoff and crashed at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, the Air Force said Wednesday night. None of the seven people aboard was injured. The giant plane, part of the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, was on a routine training mission when it reported down at the base's flight line, or maintenance area, about 8:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), the Air Force said. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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