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The unknown US airport that could change transatlantic travel forever

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When the first passengers disembark at New York’s newest international airport on Thursday, they will be in for a shock. Stewart International is no bigger than a motorway service station. In fact, it’s probably smaller. And most of the time it's deserted. Last Saturday afternoon (usually peak time for international travel), it was remarkably empty –and remarkably clean. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

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...

15 injured in ‘serious’ stall alert incident on Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong

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15 passengers were injured on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong after a serious stall alert last Friday, it has just emerged. Authorities will now begin a serious incident investigation after a ‘stick shaker’ warning activated on the QF29 service... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

ANA selects iconic "FLYING HONU" design for special edition A380 on Tokyo-Honolulu route

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ANA, Japan's largest airline, announced today that it has selected "FLYING HONU" as the theme for its limited edition livery to be used on the carrier's Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo-Honolulu service, launching in spring 2019. The new route marks ANA's first introduction of the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airliner. (www.ana.co.jp) More...

One-Engined-Zulu

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Ten years ago the right engine of a Nationwide Airlines Boeing 737 fell off on take-off from Cape Town, Mark D Young tells the story (www.politicsweb.co.za) More...

Incident: Iceland B757 near Boston on May 30th 2017, rubbery

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An Iceland Air Boeing 757-200, registration TF-FIR performing inaugural flight FI-828 from Philadelphia,PA (USA) to Keflavik (Iceland), was enroute at FL360 about 110nm northeast of Boston,MA (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Boston due to a strong smell of rubber in the aft cabin. (avherald.com) More...

Pak Pilot Slept For 2 Hours In Business Class, Flight Had 305 Passengers

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A senior pilot, who decided to take a nap during an Islamabad-London flight in April, putting the lives of 305 passengers aboard at risk, has been taken off duty by the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Reports reveal that Amir Akhtar Hashmi allegedly slept for two-and-a-half-hours in business class cabin seat after handing over the aircraft to a trainee pilot soon after it took off... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Boeing seeks patent for mobile device case with built-in fire extinguisher

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oeing’s fire-suppressing case, Image 3A shows a tablet computer being lowered down onto the case, where it rests in 3B. Suppressant gas canisters at bottom-right Boeing has sought a patent for a “Fire detection and suppression pack for battery-powered personal computing devices.” (www.aircrew.in) More...

Jet Blue is Bringing Back Humanity to American Flying – For Both Passengers & Staff

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jetBlue is seriously bucking the trend in American aviation. Generous legroom, free snacks and free in-flight IFE. It's scoring well in both passenger and staff surveys but profits have recently been hit (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Incident: Norwegian B737 at Milwaukee on Mar 23rd 2017, rejected takeoff on ATC instruction

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A Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NGZ performing flight DY-9856 from Milwaukee,WI (USA) to Cancun (Mexico), had been cleared for takeoff from runway 19R and was accelerating for takeoff about 55 seconds after the takeoff clearance when ATC called "Stop!" (avherald.com) More...

Transit hotel opens at Frankfurt Airport

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Passengers transiting through Frankfurt Airport now have the option of securing a private room for a few hours, with the opening of an airside hotel on March 6. The MY CLOUD hotel is located at Gate Z 25 in Frankfurt’s Terminal 1, meaning that transit passengers can stay right next to the airside gates without having to clear security. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing to Lay Off Hundreds of Engineers in Cost-Cutting Push

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Boeing Co. plans to lay off hundreds of engineers in Washington state and other locations as the planemaker pares its workforce amid a challenging marketplace. The latest job cuts should take effect June 23, John Hamilton, vice president of engineering for Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, said in a letter to employees Monday. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

United Airlines to transfer 3 Boeing-737 aircrafts from Guam to U.S.

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United Airlines will transfer three Boeing-737 aircrafts from its Guam fleet to the U.S. mainland in November, according to a letter issued to pilots by Howard Attarian, senior vice-resident of flight operations. The Tokyo Narita-Seoul Incheon route, currently flown by a Guam-based Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will reportedly be discontinued... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

The $65 European Airfare Is Coming to the U.S.

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Norwegian Air International Ltd., no stranger to going where others won’t, is about to try this strategy with a new, smaller Boeing jet: the 737 Max. Norwegian, which has the honor of being the first airline to fly one, is using the first six of its planes to open 10 routes starting this summer. It will begin service June 15 from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Stewart International Airport, about 60 miles north of New York City. To fill all these new trans-Atlantic seats, Norwegian is setting… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airbus: A350-900ULR range confirmed at 18,000 km

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Airbus has disclosed a formal range figure for the A350-900ULR of 9,700nm, but stresses that this was always the intended performance capability for the type. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bombardier Bullish on C Series Delivery Target

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Bombardier has taken delivery of the first Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofans fitted with upgraded combustors for the C Series narrowbody as the Canadian manufacturer prepares to accelerate production during the second half of the year in an attempt to deliver some 30 airplanes. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Airbus delivers its 100th A350 XWB

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When China Airlines received its seventh A350 XWB today, the carrier took possession of the 100th jetliner delivered from this newest family in Airbus’ industry-leading widebody product line. (www.airbus.com) More...

Missing MH370 satellite data released, contains new insights

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MH370's satellite link showed similar anomalies during the flight it completed prior to its disappearance (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Cracked component, crew lapses cited in SIA 777 fire report

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A cracked component in the General Electric GE90 engine was behind a wing fire sustained aboard a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER on 27 June 2016. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The Airbus A319neo takes to the skies

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The first Airbus A319neo performed its maiden flight today, The smallest member of the A320neo Family, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines took off from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after a 5 hour flight. (www.airbus.com) More...

Iran Air receives its first A330-200 as fleet upgrade continues

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Toulouse, 10th March 2017, Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new A330-200, the first of 45 A330 Family on order. (www.airbus.com) More...

Iraq in deal for purchase of 5 Bombardier passenger jets

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Minister Kazim Finjan said in the statement that the ministry reached a deal with the company for the purchase of five CS300 jets. (www.iraqinews.com) More...

Belgium takes legal action against Ryanair over flight cancellations

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Belgium’s deputy prime minister is launching legal action against Ryanair for unfair commercial practices (atwonline.com) More...

A350-1000 nears certification after finishing reliability tests

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Airbus has wrapped up functional and reliability testing for its A350-1000, and is expecting to achieve certification for the twinjet this month. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Emirates Airline launches new A380 destinations in 3 continents on same day

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Emirates Airline, the world’s largest operator of A380s, today celebrated the launch of three A380 destinations, bringing its flagship three-class double-decker aircraft from Dubai to Tokyo- Narita, Casablanca and Sao Paulo on the same day... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

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Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.com) More...

'Miracle on Hudson' pilot against privatizing air traffic control

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Who are you going to trust when it comes to what's best for the flying public? Members of Congress or the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, retired Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger? (www.usatoday.com) More...

British Airways ‘turning into Ryanair’ as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks

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British Airways has come under fire from both staff and customers as concern grows that cutbacks at the flag carrier are damaging its “elite” brand. Disgruntled cabin crew have provided a list to management of recent changes they say are diminishing the carrier’s reputation, the Sunday Times reported, including the loss of first-class perks, such as free amuse-bouches with customers’ first drink, no more fresh flowers in the first class toilets, and the downsizing of complimentary washbags... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Boeing begins construction of first overseas plant in China

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American aviation giant Boeing has started construction of its first overseas facility in the Chinese port city of Zhoushan as part of its plan to produce 737 aircraft. (www.moneycontrol.com) More...

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...

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...

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...

Hidden camera on Virgin Atlantic plane reveals the tough life of cabin crew working a long-haul flight

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Virgin Atlantic crew have filmed one of their standard days and it looks exhausting. The staff were manning a Dreamliner flight from London to Los Angeles from start to finish. Cameras follow 25-year-old Emma Ashley and her colleagues from their 8am start at Heathrow... (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

WTO condemns Boeing’s non-compliance and new subsidies

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WTO: U.S. failed to comply with rulings on massive illegal subsidies provided to Boeing. WTO compliance panel report finds Boeing subsidies causing Airbus to lose hundreds of aircraft sales with an estimated value of US$ 15-20 billion (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 completes noise test campaign in Spain

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Madrid, April 7th, 2017- Airbus’ A350-1000, MSN065 test aircraft, fitted with cabin, has completed a series of noise tests in Moron, south of Spain, between March 27 and April 5th, as part of its type certification flight test campaign, paving the way for entry into service on schedule before year end. (www.airbus.com) More...

FAA Calls for Emergency Inspections of GP7200 Turbofans

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency advisory directive (AD) calling for visual inspection of the fan hubs on Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans. The directive comes in reaction to the uncontained failure of a GP7200 on an Air France A380 during a scheduled flight on September 30 from Paris to Los Angeles. (www.ainonline.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...

FedEx ads a B737-400F to their fleet in full FedEx Colours

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FedEx has added a Boeing 747-400 Freighter to their fleet. Click on the link to see a photo. (www.planespotters.net) More...

Lufthansa to hire 8 000 workers in 2018

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German airline group Lufthansa said Monday it plans to hire more than 8,000 people in 2018, the latest step in a relentless push for growth at one of Europe's largest carriers. (www.traveller24.com) More...

Lufthansa to hire 1,000 flight attendants for A380 Munich operations

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Lufthansa will hire 1,000 flight attendants for its Munich hub as its launches Airbus A380 operations from the Bavarian capital in spring 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus A380: a decade of commercial flight

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A decade ago today, the world's biggest passenger plane completed its first commercial flight. Routesonline looks back at the history of the double-decker A380 and questions what the future holds for the superjumbo. (www.routesonline.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...

Pop-up hold wins Airbus' Fly Your Ideas 2017 contest

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We've all endured the stress of not being able to cram our hand luggage into the plane's overhead lockers. But a new invention could change everything, in the shape of a pop-up compartment which sits under the seat in front, giving each passenger their own personal storage hold. The concept was designed by a team of students at the University of Hong Kong, and won a contest held by aircraft manufacturer Airbus. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Flight recorder rule eyed for small aircraft (Japan transport ministry)

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The transport ministry is considering requiring that small aircraft such as propeller planes and helicopters be equipped with audio and video recording devices, in the wake of a series of accidents involving light planes. (the-japan-news.com) More...

Mum says family was banned from Jetstar flight over toddler tantrum

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TWO families with three children have been stranded in Hamilton Island for days at their own cost after being refused entry to their flight home. Laura was stunned when she was told she could not fly to Sydney on her booked Jetstar flight on Wednesday, February 22 because of her two-year-old son’s tantrum on their flight to Hamilton Island 10 days earlier... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

AirBaltic to launch CS300 long-haul flights to Abu Dhabi

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Latvian carrier airBaltic plans to launch 4X-weekly Riga-Abu Dhabi Bombardier CS300 service beginning Oct. 29, in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the Riga-based carrier announced Feb. 24. (atwonline.com) More...

Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Video: Test flight A350 for the Paris Air Show 2017

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The official video of the test flight of the Airbus A350 at the Paris Air Show 2017. (www.youtube.com) More...

Small airports, many Minnesota towns, fear turning air traffic control into a business

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Big airlines, Trump administration support privatization, but small airports and towns back the status quo. (www.startribune.com) More...

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