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U-2 Spy Plane Takes on a New Surveillance Mission

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The U.S. Air Force is investing more than $50 million to keep one of its oldest types of airplanes flying indefinitely. Despite its age, the U-2 remains an immensely capable reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft. Its combination of high-altitude flight capability and range still exceed those of most modern tactical and command-and-control aircraft, making it a more effective intelligence gatherer and data “node”—a high-capacity channel for passing along the information its sensors collect. (www.scientificamerican.com) More...

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Air India Express 737-800 Carrying Crashed at Kozhikode

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Air India Express flight IX1344 737-800 overran the runway at Kozhikode (CCJ), India, broke apart after falling down an embankment. (kokpitherald.com) More...

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United 328 ATC Audio and Radar Track

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ATC audio and radar track of United 328 from takeoff at Denver, engine failure and fire, return and landing. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Delta Boeing 777 Flight Forced To Divert As Pilot Gets Incapacitated

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A Delta Boeing 777 made a rare appearance in Moncton, Canada, after the first officer became incapacitated midflight. (simpleflying.com) More...

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A New Airfield In Antarctica? Australia Is Gearing Up To Build One

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Antarctica’s first paved runway has moved a step closer to reality. Australia is moving forward with plans to build a 2,700-meter paved runway near its Davis research station in the Vestfold Hills. The Australian Government has now put the multi-million dollar project out for competitive tender. (simpleflying.com) More...

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How Rain Caused An Airbus A220 Engine To Shut Down

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Transport Canada issued an airworthiness directive late last week for operators of the Airbus A220. It follows a problem with water dripping into the forward avionics bay. Operators of the A220 have 12 months to comply. Otherwise, they will not be able to operate the A220 in Canada. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Nepal Airlines Grounds Its Chinese Built Aircraft

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Nepal Airlines will no longer operate all of its Chinese aircraft. This includes two Xian MA60s and four Harbin Y12s. The planes in question have not proven to be beneficial and are viewed as a liability. (simpleflying.com) More...

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United To Ban Passengers Who Don’t Wear Masks In The Airport

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From 24 July, United customers must wear a face-covering in more than 360 airports where the airline operates around the world. If they fail to comply, “they may be refused travel and banned from flying United,” said the company. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Air Canada Rouge to Operate Transatlantic A321 Services Once B767 Retired

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The Air Canada Group winds down its use of the Boeing 767. Air Canada Rouge was launched in 2013 using four aircraft. Two of those aircraft were 767-300s, and they were used to fly as far afield as Edinburgh, Venice, and Athens. At its peak, Air Canada Rouge was operating 25 Boeing 767-300 planes. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 Causes Panic & Joy After Flying Just 230m Above Coastline

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The A380, registered as 9H-MIP, flew just 230 meters above the Algarve coastline in a stunt that impressed many keen aviation enthusiasts. The Portuguese charter airline said the performance was planned and intended to raise awareness as well as give planespotters a treat. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Boeing faces financial drag from dozens of undelivered 787 jets

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BOEING Co is running out of space to stash newly-built 787 Dreamliners. Dozens of the planes are sitting on the company's premises. (www.businesstimes.com.sg) More...

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Fourth Incident For United Boeing 787-9 In One Week

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The aircraft was operating flight UA2860 from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to the carrier’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Interestingly, this was the third incident for the aircraft in the last week. Twice, on July 2nd, the same 787-9 returned to Tokyo over an issue with leading edge flaps. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 28

Cargolux Reveals Special Mask Livery On A Boeing 747

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Cargolux Airlines has today revealed a Boeing 747 with a new coating. The special livery has a mask on the nose of the aircraft where the cargo loading door is with the straps leading back to the airline’s name painted across the fuselage. It is quite an iconic livery that accurately sums up the times. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 27

Russia’s Aeroflot Secretly Carries Passenger Abroad Under Guise of Cargo

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Russian Airlines, commonly known as Aeroflot, has been secretly operating exclusive luxury flights abroad for approximately a month despite Russian Government’s international travel ban (airlinegeeks.com) More...

  • 27

airBaltic Sees An Enormous Surge In New Bookings

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In the past two weeks, airBaltic’s bookings increased by nearly 500% compared to the first full week of May. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 26

Swift Air Boeing 737 Lands In San Diego With Tail Parts Missing

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Landing at San Diego International Airport, a Swift Air Boeing 737-800 was spotted landing with part of its vertical stabilizer missing. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 26

JetBlue Continues Commitment to Blocking Middle Seats, Strengthens Face Covering Policy

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JetBlue is strengthening its face covering policy to prohibit masks with vents or exhalation valves, and will no longer allow customers to claim exemptions from wearing a face covering altogether. (kokpitherald.com) More...

  • 26

JetBlue Reveals Its First Ever Airbus A220

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JetBlue today revealed its first Airbus A220 to the world. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 26

Airbus delivers 24 aircraft during zero-order May

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Airbus delivered four long-haul aircraft – two A350-900s to Air France and Lufthansa Technik, plus two A350-1000s to British Airways and Etihad Airways. Airbus handed over 20 single-aisle aircraft including five A321neos, 12 A320neos, plus a single A319. Six of the A320neo-family deliveries went to Indian budget airline IndiGo. Airbus also delivered a pair of A220-300s to Air Canada. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

  • 26

The Emirates Airbus A380 is back !

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Emirates announced that it will slowly restart A380 operations. It currently owns a staggering 115 Airbus A380 passenger aircraft. (insideflyer.com) More...

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Cockpit Voice Recorder Found 3 Months After Sriwijaya 737 Crash

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Almost three months after the crash of a Sriwijaya Boeing 737 departing from Jakarta, investigators have recovered the memory unit aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 24

A320 successor among ambitions outlined in French aid scheme

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Airbus’s development of an A320 successor, to enter service from 2033, and the design of a highly-efficient regional aircraft are among the target projects outlined by the French government as it unveiled a €15 billion aid package for the aeronautical sector. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

  • 24

Emirates to resume flying A380s to Malaysia

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Emirates is planning to resume services to Kuala Lumpur effective 1 July with an initial timetable schedule extending to the end of October. (www.ttrweekly.com) More...

  • 23

Ukraine International Rolls Out 13 Hour Boeing 737 Flight To New York

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Ukrainian International Airlines will be resuming service from its hub at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport to JFK Airport in New York City. The service will see spending 12 and a half hours in a Boeing 737-900. The flight will have a technical stop in Iceland. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 23

Qantas Likely Won’t Bring The 747 Back

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While it’s fleet is mostly grounded and few flights are operating, Qantas has been quietly sending its remaining 747-400s out to pasture. Since Qantas went into hibernation about three months ago, they’ve gone usually quiet on the 747-400s. It’s a sad and inglorious end for an iconic plane. Various 747 models have flown in the ever-evolving Qantas colors since 1971. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 22

Dash cam video shows emergency plane landing on LA 3235 South in Lafourche Parish

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LAFOURCHE PARISH, La. — A truck driver captured an emergency landing of a plane on LA 3235 South in Lafourche Parish Thursday morning. According to Derek Breaux, a Breaux Petroleum truck driver's dash cam caught the emergency landing on video around 8:00 a.m. (www.wdsu.com) More...

  • 22

Iberia Has Retired Its Last Airbus A340

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Iberia said goodbye to its last A340, ending nearly 24 years of history with the type. The A340 has played a vital role in the Iberia fleet by connecting new long-haul destinations from Madrid. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 22

Pilots and Controller Blamed for Pakistani A320 Crash

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AAIB has released the preliminary report on the PIA A320 accident a month after the crash. According to the report, the flight crew failed to extend landing gear, leading to a gear-up landing and initiated a go-around with damaged engines. Investigators also accused the crew of being overconfident. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

  • 22

United Nations Antonov An-72 Crashes In Mali

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A United Nations Antonov An-72 has crashed on arrival in Mali. Initial reports suggest that there were only a few injuries and no fatalities. It is unclear exactly what caused the incident, but it appears that the plane landed during or after a rainstorm. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 22

South African Airways Sends 2 A350s To Spanish Aircraft Graveyard

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South African Airways has sent two of its Airbus A350s to a Spanish aircraft graveyard. The two A350s were leased from Avolon, joining the fleet last November, having previously flown for Hainan Airlines.South African Airways has four Airbus A350s. Two were leased from Avolon, with the other two being hired from Air Mauritius. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 21

Radio Parts Stolen From Russia’s Ilyushin Il-80 Doomsday Plane

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In a security breach, thieves have broken into Russia’s ‘Doomsday’ plane, the Il-80, while it was undergoing maintenance in southwestern Russia. The Ilyushin Il-80, carrying the NATO reporting name Maxdome, is a four-engine, widebody flying fortress. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 21

Boeing 787 Production Issues Under FAA Scrutiny

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering reviewing hundreds of Boeing 787 Dreamliners due to production issues. (airwaysmag.com) More...

  • 21

‘Boris Force One’ A330 Jet Completes First Official Engagement

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This weekend saw the United Kingdom’s A330 ‘Boris Force One’ jet complete its first official engagement. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 21

Vistara To Commence Flights To London, Paris, And Frankfurt

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Indian carrier Vistara will launch new routes to London, Paris, and Frankfurt following an announcement yesterday. The carrier will operate these routes with a fleet of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with new business, premium economy and economy classes onboard. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 21

TAP Air Portugal To Resume Service From North America

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TAP Air Portugal (TP) will be re-opening its North American air service from June 4, with two weekly flights between Newark Liberty and Lisbon, following Portugal’s completion of its three phases of re-opening next week. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Alitalia Adding Over 1,600 Flights In August– Including Tokyo-Haneda Launch

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Italian national flag carrier Alitalia said that it would be adding over 1,600 flights in August, including a service between Rome and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. (simpleflying.com) More...

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British Airways’ A350 Fleet Is Still Growing As Deliveries Continue

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British Airways’ fleet of new aircraft is continuing to grow as the airline yesterday took its eighth Airbus A350. British Airways took delivery of its latest Airbus A350-1000, G-XWBH (simpleflying.com) More...

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Lufthansa Shareholders Approve €9bn Bailout

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Lufthansa (LH) shareholders have voted to accept a €9bn bailout package from the German government. (airwaysmag.com) More...

  • 20

E-Jet operators told to act to avert trim-switch misfitting

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Operators of Embraer 170 and 190 regional jets are being instructed to modify control yokes to prevent horizontal stabiliser trim switches being inadvertently wrongly installed. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Volga-Dnepr Grounds Antonov 124 Fleet Following Crash

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ussian cargo airline Volga-Dnepr has grounded its fleet of Antonov An-124 aircraft. According to the airline, the grounding is a proactive and pre-emptive decision following a near catastrophe earlier in November for the An-124 RA-82042. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 20

Air Canada Schedules Airbus A220 Flights Between Vancouver And Toronto

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In June, Air Canada will add a fifth service on its Toronto to Vancouver operation as it tries to recover from the effects of coronavirus. (simpleflying.com) More...

  • 20

FAA Proposes Final Corrective Actions for The Boeing 737 MAX

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The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Its purpose is to supersede the previous Airworthiness Directive (AD) applying to Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Congress on the brink of major FAA oversight reform in wake of Boeing 737 MAX crashes

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The bill provides that the Boeing engineers assigned to work on behalf of the FAA must be approved or removed not by the company (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

  • 19

World's only Patchen Explorer lost in crash

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A light aircraft belonging to the SA Air Force Museum has reportedly crashed while landing at Swartkop Air Force Base, south of Pretoria. The aircraft, a single-engine Patchen Explorer reconnaissance aircraft, was reportedly on final approach when it crashed short of the runway and burst into flames. (www.news24.com) More...

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IndiGo, world's biggest buyer of Airbus A320neo jets, will continue to add planes to its fleet despite Covid squeeze

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IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, said it will keep adding new aircraft to its fleet even as it can’t give any firm guidance on future capacity growth because of the coronavirus pandemic, which destroyed demand for air travel in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. (economictimes.indiatimes.com) More...

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Paris To Become The Latest A380 Hub Thanks To China Southern

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Paris is set to become one of just four airports with two active Airbus A380 operators as China Southern looks to upgrade its route. The Chinese Airbus A380 operator will fly the giant of the skies to the French capital from Guangzhou seven times between August and October. (simpleflying.com) More...

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ATR’s Freighter Gains EASA Certification

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European manufacturer ATR has officially received certification from EASA for its brand new 72-600F freighter. The turboprop aircraft is the cargo version of its regional passenger plane. FedEx Express will be the launch operator of the new cargo plane. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Why the new A220 is popular with airlines during the coronavirus pandemic

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There are winners and losers of every crisis in the aviation industry. (thepointsguy.co.uk) More...

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Boeing completes delivery of all AH-64E Apache, CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters to India

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Boeing stated that it has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). India is one of 17 nations to select the Apache and has the most advanced variant, the AH-64E Apache that is also flown by the US and many other countries. (zeenews.india.com) More...

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ANA opens ticket sale for its Airbus A380 test flight

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All Nippon Airways is opening its Airbus A380 test flight for the public. ANA will lift the “Flying Honu” superjumbo for a 90-minute soar from Narita to Narita on August 22, 2020. ANA said it was organizing the charter flight NH2030 in response to customers’ voice, particularly for the people who wanted to experience a sightseeing flight on an Airbus A380. (www.aerotime.aero) More...

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