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Branson says Virgin would 'have a look' at SAA stake if asked

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Richard Branson has said Virgin Atlantic would be open to buying an equity stake in struggling South African Airways. "So if we were approached by the SA government, we’d definitely have a look." (www.fin24.com) More...

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Potentially The Most Revolutionary Aircraft You Have Never Heard Of Has Flown

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Over the last couple of years, virtually nobody has reported on the mysterious and bizarre-looking, but potentially revolutionary flying machine known as the Otto Aviation Celera 500L aside from The War Zone. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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1,300 Lufthansa flights cancelled as courts approve strike

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Lufthansa cabin crew on Thursday formally started a 48-hour strike, forcing the airline to cancel hundreds of flights. The airline canceled 1,300 out of 6,000 flights scheduled — 700 on Thursday and 600 on Friday. The industrial action mostly affect flights departing from Germany. (www.dw.com) More...

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The Star Wars aircraft is flying the friendly galaxy. Where is it now?

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While not everyone will have the chance to see the new livery in person, anyone will be able to track our special aircraft on FlightAware, the world’s largest online flight tracking platform. For the first time, you can track past and future flights on both desktop and mobile by entering the plane’s tail number – N36272 – and the new aircraft will appear on FlightAware’s flight tracking maps as the X-Wing starship. (flightaware.com) More...

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IATA Set To Combat Greta Thunberg’s Flight Shaming Movement

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The aviation industry is set to launch a campaign to combat the growing flight shaming movement led by Greta Thunberg. The campaign comes as weakened demand has been reported in Europe. (simpleflying.com) More...

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El Al “draws” image of jumbo to commemorate its very last Boeing 747 flight

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After 48 years of service, El Al joins the aviation ranks in saying good bye to the Boeing 747. To honor the jumbo’s send off, just two hours before its arrival into Tel Aviv (TLV), the airline leveled off at 10,000 feet and made a series of turns to “draw” a picture of a 747. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Air France Studies Stretched Airbus A220-500 For Future Medium Haul Fleet

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The Air France-KLM group is today holding its 2019 investors day. Here the group announced that Air France could order the Airbus “A220-500” in the future. This would be used to develop its medium-haul fleet. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Pilot activates hijack squawk code in transponder while teaching procedures

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he company which owns Spain's Air Europa airline says the pilot that set off an accidental hijacking warning in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport was teaching procedures to a junior pilot at the time. Globalia said Thursday the pilot keyed in the code by mistake as the plane bound for Madrid was preparing for takeoff Wednesday. The alert triggered a big security operation at the airport. No one was injured. The company said in a statement Wednesday that the passengers informed by the crew that… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Air Canada's first A220 Rolls out of the Paint Shop

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Let’s raise the curtain on Air Canada’s first A220 - so bold with your Zorro-like iconic look! Can't wait to see it joining Canada’s flag carrier! (twitter.com) More...

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Boeing’s 737 Max is likely to return to European service in the first-quarter, regulator says

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Boeing’s grounded 737 Max airliner is likely to return to service in Europe during the first quarter of 2020, the head of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Monday. While the European regulator expects to give its approval in January, preparations by national authorities and airlines may delay the resumption of commercial flights by up to another two months, EASA executive director Patrick Ky indicated. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Bankrupt WOW Air To Relaunch As PLAY

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WOW air is rising from the ashes once again, but this time with a firm plan in place for its relaunch. At a press conference held this morning in Iceland, broadcast by Visir.is, details of a potential replacement have been revealed. Calling itself PLAY, the new Icelandic airline has some big ambitions and some solid goals. Already the airline has chosen the A321 as its launch aircraft of choice. According to its new CEO Arnar Már Magnusson, this is a good fit for its initial destinations with… (simpleflying.com) More...

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Boeing CEO Muilenburg won't get most of his 2019 pay

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New York (CNN) Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will take a significant cut in pay for 2019 and 2020, according to the company's new chairman. In an interview on CNBC Tuesday morning, Dave Calhoun, who was named Boeing's chairman last month when the board stripped Muilenburg of that title, said that the CEO called him Saturday morning to suggest he shouldn't take any stock or bonus money for this year. The pay cut is due to widespread criticism of the company after two fatal 737 Max… (www.cnn.com) More...

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Ooops! First Dutch F-35A Accidentally Gets Foam Party Instead of Water Salute

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In an embarrassing gaff by the Dutch military, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) got coated in firefighting foam instead of water when the aircraft arrived at Leeuwarden Air Base on Thursday. The incident wound up on Redditt.com, where a string of amusing and off-color remarks immediately followed. (theaviationist.com) More...

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US Airlines Extend Boeing 737 MAX Grounding To 1 Year

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Southwest Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the world, made a bold move. They are the first airline in the world to ground the Boeing 737 MAX until March, 2020– one year after the type was first grounded. Then, American Airlines followed suit. Reuters reports that Southwest Airlines is pulling the 737 MAX from schedules until March, 2020. Back in March, 2019, the 737 MAX faced a worldwide grounding after two entirely fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Since then, major scrutiny has… (simpleflying.com) More...

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UK's Labour Party will examine proposal to ban all private jets

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The United Kingdom's opposition Labour Party said on Monday it would examine closely a proposal to ban private jets (www.aljazeera.com) More...

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Another Hit for MRJ Program, Trans States Cancels Order

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that Trans States Holdings has cancelled its order for the SpaceJet M90. The announcement is a blow for the beleaguered Mitsubishi regional jet program. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Boeing Whistleblower Raises Doubts Over 787 Oxygen System

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A Boeing whistleblower has claimed that passengers on its 787 Dreamliner could be left without oxygen if the cabin were to suffer a sudden decompression. (www.bbc.com) More...

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Flights Diverted as New Delhi Chokes on Heavy Pollution

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Flights to and from New Delhi's international airport were delayed and diverted on Sunday as pollution reached "unbearable" levels, leaving the Indian capital blanketed with heavy smog. Visibility was so poor that 37 flights -- including at least one international journey -- were diverted from the city's Indira Gandhi International Airport, a senior airport official told CNN. (edition.cnn.com) More...

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Quick reaction to trim runaway in ATL - ATC audio

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Quick reaction to trim runaway with only 2 pax on a Embraer 175. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Chinese airline executives punished amid photo outrage

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Air Guilin's chairman, general manager, and safety director were among executives who received salary cuts and warning letters amid the controversy, according to an internal document of the airline obtained by the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Ryanair grounds three Boeing 737s over structural cracks

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Ryanair has grounded at least three Boeing 737s after detecting cracks between the wings and the fuselage, the Guardian reports. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

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After Lion Air crash, Boeing doubled down on faulty 737 MAX assumptions

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Seven weeks after the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Lion Air killed 189 people in Indonesia, the jetmaker made a detailed presentation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) justifying its design of the flight control system that had repeatedly pushed the jet’s nose down. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Ryanair named UK’s filthiest airline in new survey

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Ryanair has been voted the dirtiest airline in the UK, according to a new study. (metro.co.uk) More...

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GE unit orders 25 Airbus jets including 12 Rolls-powered A330neo - sources

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Leasing giant GECAS, the aircraft leasing subsidiary of General Electric <GE.N>, has ordered 25 Airbus <AIR.PA> aircraft including a rare purchase of jets powered by GE's rival engine maker Rolls-Royce, two people familiar with the matter said. The order includes 12 Airbus A330neo jets, for which Rolls-Royce <RR.L> is the sole engine supplier, and 13 A321XLR long-distance narrow-body jets. It was included in a new Airbus order tally but the name of the buyer was not… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Delays in Boeing Max return began with near-crash in simulator

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A simulated computer glitch caused it to to dive aggressively in a way that resembled the problem that had caused deadly crashes off Indonesia and in Ethiopia months earlier. (www.bnnbloomberg.ca) More...

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Lion Air Finds Cracks On Younger Boeing 737s

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Indonesian airline Lion Air has found structural cracks in two of its Boeing 737 aircraft (simpleflying.com) More...

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Dynamics Of Regional Aircraft Teardowns Changing

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The regional airliner teardown market is in transition, as first-generation jets are retired or parted out to support those repurposed for cargo service or second careers in niche passenger markets. Experts who watch this market report a definite shift during the past few years in the makeup of airframes that are reaching their sunset years and becoming sources for parts. To appreciate that, consider some statistics. (www.mro-network.com) More...

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Allegiant announces $50M base, 66 new jobs in Des Moines

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State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company Friday as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Des Moines International Airport. The announcement heralds the leisure airline’s 20thbase of operations, a $50 million investment which will locate two Airbus A320 aircraft in Des Moines, bringing at least 66 new, high-wage jobs to the community. The Las Vegas-based carrier will begin base operations at DSM on May 14, 2020. “For Allegiant to select… (www.kcci.com) More...

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Rival Budget Airline Norwegian ‘Is Doomed,’ Ryanair Boss Michael O’Leary Claims

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Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said that rival airline Norwegian is bound to go bust sooner or later, claiming that the company is “doomed.” Never one to mince his words, O’Leary told CNBC Monday that the rival budget European airline Norwegian was saddled “with enormous debts.” “We’re seeing the emergence of four or five large airlines across Europe and Ryanair is by far the largest in passenger number terms, and you’ve seen in our numbers this morning that we’ve delivered 11% traffic growth ...… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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This once-a-day flight from DFW Airport brings in over $400 million a year

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That daily Airbus A380 flight over North Texas is more than a photo opportunity for plane spotters -- it’s bringing in more than $400 million a year for Australian carrier Qantas. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

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Flight Attendants Demand MAX Assurances

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Canadian flight attendants have served notice to Transport Canada that they expect to be consulted before the Boeing 737 MAX is returned to service (canadianaviator.com) More...

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Qantas, Southwest step up checks of Boeing 737 NGs after more cracks found

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Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) and Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) are stepping up checks for structural cracks on Boeing Co (BA.N) 737 NGs after discovering problems with planes that did not require urgent inspections, airline sources said. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Airbus Sells A Staggering 415 Aircraft In October

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Airbus has won the month of October, reporting a huge amount of new aircraft added to their order book, totaling 415 for the start of autumn (simpleflying.com) More...

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Runway Excursion at Chicago O'Hare (E145, snowy/icy runway, loss of lateral control on rollout)

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An Envoy Embraer ERJ-145, registration N619AE performing flight AA-4125 from Greensboro,NC to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 38 passengers and 3 crew, landed on O'Hare's runway 10L at 07:40L (13:40Z), tower had reported medium braking action and 4000 feet RVR, when the aircraft skidded left off the runway, skidded sideways further yawing to the left and came to a stop with all gear as well as the right wing tip on soft ground about 5350 feet/1630 meters past the runway threshold,… (avherald.com) More...

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Emergency AD on GE powered Boeing 777

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See also video for details https://youtu.be/BRzK1eKS_pY Incident: Thai B773 at Bangkok on Oct 20th 2019, rejected takeoff due to uncontained engine failure By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 21st 2019 13:29Z, last updated Thursday, Oct 24th 2019 10:37Z A Thai Airways Boeing 777-300, registration HS-TKL performing flight TG-970 from Bangkok (Thailand) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 339 passengers and 20 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Bangkok's runway 01L when the crew rejected… (avherald.com) More...

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What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?

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Malfunctions caused two deadly crashes. But an industry that puts unprepared pilots in the cockpit is just as guilty. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Unqualified Passenger Allegedly Took Control Of A Passenger Flight Over Russia

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According to reports coming out of Russia an unqualified young woman was allowed to fly a passenger plane on a scheduled flight in Siberia. If you have had safety doubts about flying with a Russian airline your reservations could be right following a video of a woman passenger flying a passenger plane on a regularly scheduled flight. Extraordinary footage has appeared of the woman sitting in the co-pilots seat aboard an IrAero flight over Siberia. The footage of a young woman in her 20s flying… (siberiantimes.com) More...

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British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns

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British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns (www.bbc.com) More...

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IAG to acquire Iberia competitor Air Europa

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Iberia and British Airways parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced that it plans to acquire Spanish airline Air Europa on Monday morning. (www.ifn.news) More...

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Video: Ukraine Passenger Plane Catches Fire After Landing in Egypt

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The incident occurred at the airport of Sharm El-Sheikh city, with a passenger jet belonging to Ukraine carrier SkyUp Airlines, Egyptian aviation authorities said Saturday. (sputniknews.com) More...

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Wizz Air traffic growth flies higher than Ryanair

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Wizz revealed that October passenger numbers had surged 21% to 3.7mln, with planes 95.3% full. (www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk) More...

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