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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Horizon Air Operations Stabilizes

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After a slew of cancellations over the summer, Horizon Air operations are finally showing signs of stability. The airline even picked up a bunch of pilots who lost their jobs when Island Air shut down. The carrier also plans to resume delivery of their Embraer E-175s starting in March 2018 as well as commence the retirement of 13 of their oldest Q400 turboprops. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Airbus lags Boeing in jet production and sales in 2017

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Airbus lagged Boeing in jet production and sales in the first 11 months of the year but left itself a shot at meeting full-year delivery targets after unblocking delayed engine supplies for its upgraded A320neo jet, company data showed last week. (www.airguideonline.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...

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...