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Boeing 737-10, the largest member of the MAX family is ready for maiden flight

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Boeing is gearing up for the maiden flight of the largest member of its 737 MAX family today, a person familiar with the matter said, as the planemaker tries to close the aircraft's sales gap with its Airbus counterpart. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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FedEx Express retires world's last MD-10-10 freighter jet

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — FedEx Express retired its last, and also the world's last, MD-10-10F on June 4, 2021. The 43.6-year-old aircraft with registration N562FE (MSN 46496) operated in a passenger configuration by American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines before being converted into a freighter for FedEx in 2004. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American Airlines pilot gives lifesaving advice mid flight (Youtube)

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The engine on the Cessna Aircraft failed mid-flight on Friday right over a busy interstate. With the help of an American Airlines pilot over the radio, the plane was able to land safely. (www.youtube.com) More...

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'System error' prompts Southwest delays, planes parked on runways at DIA

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DENVER — Multiple 9NEWS viewers and people on Twitter from across the country said their Southwest Airlines flights experienced delays on Monday evening – and photos showed that some planes were parked on the tarmac at Denver International Airport. (www.9news.com) More...

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Hawaii-Based F-22s Scrambled On FAA's Request But Nobody Will Say Why

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A pair of F-22 Raptors were launched on an alert scramble out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sunday at around 4:00 PM local time. A third F-22 joined the mission about an hour after pair's departure. A KC-135 was also launched to support the fighters. Hawaii News Now reports that the scramble, described as an "irregular patrol," was initiated at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, which reported an 'incident,' although nobody is providing any clear… (www.thedrive.com) More...

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Off-Duty Delta Flight Attendant Becomes Unruly, Forcing Plane From LA To Atlanta To Land In Oklahoma City

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A cross-country flight from California to Georgia had to be diverted to Oklahoma after a man became unruly and had to be detained by his fellow passengers and the flight crew. Delta Flight 1730 was coming from Los Angeles heading to Atlanta when a man became unruly mid-flight. The aircraft landed in Oklahoma City where the passenger was removed by law enforcement officials. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

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US carriers eye unclaimed Boeing 737 MAX jets amidst fast recovery in domestic air travel

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SEATTLE — Boeing finds new customers for its unclaimed 737 Max jets thanks to the faster-than-expected recovery in domestic air travel after more than a year pandemic period that crippled the airline industry severely.Some airlines are now buying these jets from canceled order books amid a vaccine-fueled travel rebound in the U.S. and other parts of the world. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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US and Europe end Airbus-Boeing dispute as they eye threat from China

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The United States and the European Union have resolved a long-running trade dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing, a move that could improve transatlantic relations as both sides seek to counter China's rising economic influence. US officials confirmed on Tuesday they struck a truce to end the dispute over government subsidies for the world's leading commercial plane makers during a summit in Brussels. (www.cnn.com) More...

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B-52 Re-Engining Cost Up 9% Due to Fresh Data, ‘Industrial ‘Realities’

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he total program cost of re-engining the B-52H fleet of 76 airplanes will be about $11 billion, a 9 percent jump over a previous estimate because of more up-to-date data, Acting Air Force Secretary John P. Roth told lawmakers June 17. (www.airforcemag.com) More...

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A Delta Air Lines flight's unruly passenger shows how we apply frontier justice in the skies

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There are few places on Earth that crowdsource law enforcement services from regular folks. Vigilantism is celebrated in films and video games, but it's criminalized in real life. If Batman were an actual person, he would be public enemy No. 1, not a hero with free access to the police commissioner's office. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines implements automation amid labor shortage, recruiting challenges

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In an effort to fight back against a labor shortage impacting the travel industry, Southwest Airlines has incorporated automation into its recruiting process to create a more efficient and personalized approach to help potential candidates find job opportunities. Southwest's director of talent acquisition, Greg Muccio, told FOX Business that, while the airline did not have to furlough or lay off any of its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are approximately 4,000 open positions… (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

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A strategy session at 40,000 feet: How Southwest Airlines used the pandemic to outmaneuver the majors

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Gary Kelly had no visibility. The numbers that the Southwest Airlines CEO surveyed in April of last year were unspeakably catastrophic, and he had no indicators to foresee if the pandemic signaled a brief nosedive or a slow-motion crash. “Each week when the finance team sent me the figures for our operations, they would provide commentary that was typically upbeat,” he told Fortune. But the “color” that accompanied the report for the week of April 5, 2020, evoked the lowest of low-down blues.… (fortune.com) More...

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United Airlines Updating Employee Appearance Standards To Be More Inclusive

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As of September 1, 2021, United Airlines will be adjusting its appearance standards for uniformed, customer-facing employees, including customer service representatives and flight attendants. Then as of later this year these relaxed standards will apply to other work groups, including pilots, ramp service employees, etc. (onemileatatime.com) More...

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FAA official defends SpaceX despite unauthorized December launch

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The associate administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defended SpaceX during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, even though the company launched a Starship prototype in December without authorization. (thehill.com) More...

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Airbus Set To Transform Industrial Setup And Processes By 2025

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When Michael Schoellhorn joined Airbus as part of the new team put together by incoming CEO Guillaume Faury in 2019, the company seemed to be in a really good place. Since Boeing’s MAX program was already struggling, Airbus had a leading share of the narrowbody market and was catching up on widebody... (aviationweek.com) More...

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