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Striking British Airways pilots stripped of free flight ‘mega perk’ by defiant airline bosses

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STRIKING pilots were today stripped of their staff travel concessions for three years by defiant British Airways bosses. (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

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Boeing releases statement addressing suspension of tests for 777X aircraft

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Boeing has released a statement addressing its suspension of load testing for its 777X aircraft after a cargo door exploded (www.aviationnews-online.com) More...

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International Panel Set to Criticize FAA’s Approval Process for Boeing 737 MAX Jets

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Panel’s recommendations could set the stage for major changes to longstanding jet-certification rules (www.wsj.com) More...

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New Airbus planes have high-tech sensors that track your bathroom use

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Last month, the European manufacturer started testing their A350-900 wide-body aircraft, which is chock-full of sensors that collect data about the passengers on its planes. (www.fastcompany.com) More...

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September 11: FAA Closure of US Airspace

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Although this animation was published 10 years ago, it gives an excellent visual of our airspace as things shut down on 9/11/01. From the description: This animation was created by NASA using FAA air traffic control data from September 11, 2001. It shows the rapid grounding of air traffic across the US, and redirection of incoming international traffic, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Time is at lower left, number of planes in the air lower right. At 9:06am, FAA issued a ground stop… (www.youtube.com) More...

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FAA releases an AD for Pratt & Whitney's geared turbofans

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Washington, D.C. - On Sept. 9, the US Federal Aviation Administration has published an airworthiness directive proposing airlines to check Pratt & Whitney's some geared turbofans. The directive came after an investigation for two in-flight engine failures last year due to oil leaks from PW1500G and PW1900G engines that power the Airbus' A220s and Embraer's E2 series jets respectively. The directive refers to the risk of oil leaking from the oil supply tube and the fuel oil… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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13,000 stranded after French airline collapses: official

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Some 13,000 passengers, mainly booked on flights to and from Algeria, are still stranded after France's second-largest airline Aigle Azur went into receivership, a senior French official said Monday, adding that several potential buyers had been identified. The airline, which employs almost 1,200 staff, filed for bankruptcy and suspended flights last week after losses which prompted a shareholder coup that ousted the chief executive. "Out of 19,000 passengers who found themselves in… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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An inside look at JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo on its first commercial flight

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Airlines sometimes give us surprises, and this Monday night, JetBlue gave us a surprise that I was really excited about. It scheduled the brand-new Airbus A321neo on its first commercial flight, two weeks before the plane’s official debut. Naturally, I was excited by the opportunity to get a first-hand look aboard, since JetBlue has been tight-lipped about what it’d look like inside. Aside from promising that the plane would feature a similar interior to the ‘Phase 2’ retrofit program for the… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Center Of Gravity Concerns Lead To Lufthansa Pulling Last Economy Row On A320neo

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German national flag carrier Lufthansa has stopped selling the last row of seats in its Airbus A320neos due to concerns over the aircraft’s center-of-gravity limitations. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Low-cost international flights are doomed: analyst

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For the past few years, air travel from the U.S. to Europe was at unheard of levels of affordability. Airlines like Wow, Norwegian, Primera, Level, Iceland and others provided travelers with round-trip options that occasionally even dipped under $300. The competition also pushed down prices for legacy carriers, creating a race to the bottom that benefited travelers. But a new research note from Bernstein analysts says costs will rise for smaller airlines and will eventually necessitate higher… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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JetBlue Greets Guyana with Latest Route Made Possible by Extended Range and Fuel Efficiency of the Airbus A321neo

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JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced it is again expanding its large Latin America and Caribbean network with new nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Georgetown, Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) (a). Flights will operate daily on JetBlue’s new A321neo aircraft beginning April 2, 2020 with seats available for purchase in the U.S. starting today. “Guyana service introduces a diverse and underserved destination to the JetBlue route… (www.businesswire.com) More...

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Fake hostage situation at Daytona airport had red flags, sheriff says

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A man supposedly calling from the lobby of the Daytona Beach International Airport threatened to kill three British Airways flight attendants Monday. Problem: BA doesn't fly to Daytona Beach, and the airport wasn't open when he called anyway. The FBI is investigating. (www.news-journalonline.com) More...

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Austrian Airlines uses an autonomous drone for airframe inspection

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Vienna, Austria - Austrian Airlines inspects the airframes of its Airbus planes with an autonomous drone for structural damage. Drones are a big problem for airports and airlines, but a European carrier uses it for a good reason. Austrian Airlines is examining the exterior of its Airbus planes for structural deterioration via a drone developed by French startup Donecle. The technology is very new and will be tested by the end of this year. If successful, the drone has the potential to become a… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Delta operates a relief flight to the Bahamas

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Delta Air Lines made this announcement: A Delta MD-88 loaded with supplies departed Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Sunday morning for Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. The airline is working to determine whether additional flights are needed. The Delta Flight 9994 departed Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Sunday morning, landing at 10:59 a.m. at the Marsh Harbour Airport to deliver 4,700 pounds of critical supplies. Once supplies were unloaded, the flight departed for Nassau with 72 evacuees. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Passenger jet makes emergency landing in Abbotsford after hitting birds

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A 737 aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Abbotsford International Airport Tuesday morning after hitting a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. (www.abbynews.com) More...

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Nairobi Lawmaker Wants to Put an End to Farting on Airplanes

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On Sept. 11, a Kenyan lawmaker put forth a plan to end what she considers a big problem — mile-high flatulence. Range Constituency representative Dr. Lilian Gogo of Nairobi called for resolution to people passing gas in airplane cabins during a parliamentary debate Wednesday regarding the National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing, according to Nairobi News. (www.nydailynews.com) More...

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Boeing Board to Call for Safety Changes After 737 Max Crashes

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Though the committee did not investigate the two crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max jet, their findings represent the company’s most direct effort yet to reform its internal processes after the accidents, which killed 346 people. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines Employees Could Benefit From Boeing 737 MAX Compensation

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Southwest Airlines, the world’s biggest operator of the 737 MAX, is still negotiating the details of compensation from manufacturer Boeing. However, in a note sent to employees, Gary Kelly, the airline’s CEO, has said he would like to share any payout with staff at the carrier, as the grounding “has affected all of you”. In a note sent to employees of Southwest and shared by Bloomberg, Chief Executive Officer of Southwest, Gary Kelly, said that, “We need to know what those monetary and other… (simpleflying.com) More...

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American mechanic accused of sabotage was previously fired from another airline

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An American Airlines mechanic charged last week with sabotaging a plane with 150 people on board was previously fired from another airline for committing multiple mechanical mistakes, according to court records. Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was fired from Alaska Airlines, part of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), in 2008 after he helped install the wrong type of battery on an aircraft. Soon after, Alani, a native of Iraq, filed suit against Alaska claiming he was fired based on his national… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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32-Year-Old Caught At Airport In Bizarre Disguise, Impersonating 81-Year-Old

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The disguise was impressive – a snow-white beard, oversized glasses, and a wheelchair. Jayesh Patel’s odd plan had one flaw though: the 32-year-old still looks nothing like the 81-year-old he tried to impersonate. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

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India to Follow Europe’s Lead in Making Own Call on 737 Max

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Now India, too, wants to make its own checks on the Boeing 737 Max before allowing the plane to fly in the country again, after European regulators this week said they would make their own call. India plans to start its own assessment only after the FAA, the certifying authority of U.S.-made jets, declares the aircraft fit to fly, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing a private matter. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation doesn’t expect Boeing’s best-selling plane… (skift.com) More...

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Two Su-34 jets have collided mid-air on Friday over the Russian Lipetsk Region

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Two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers have collided on Friday over the Russian Lipetsk Region in an accident caused by the pilots’ error, a special commission will determine the extent of the jet crews’ responsibility, a source in the region’s power structures told TASS. (www.airlive.net) More...

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The TSA is worried about the suicidal thoughts of its airport screeners

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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is concerned about its employees’ emotional well-being following the suicide of a 40-year-old officer who jumped to his death from a balcony inside the Orlando International Airport earlier this year. (qz.com) More...

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ROBOpilot: Robot Passes FAA Test Well Enough To Get Its Pilot License, Then Has An Accident

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Insurance companies charge more at age 16 than age 21 because inexperience and youth make people more accident-prone. This goes for robots also. (www.science20.com) More...

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Pictures: First A350-900 of Fiji Airways appears in full livery

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Toulouse, France - The first Airbus A350-900 of Fiji Airways has been spotted out of the paint shop with full livery at the Toulouse factory of the European aircraft manufacturer. After getting its engines installed, the aircraft will begin flight tests. In total, Fiji Airways has two A350-900 on order with Airbus. The airline expects to take delivery of the first copy in November 2019. The second A350-900 will join the Pacific carrier's fleet in November, after one month the first… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Caribbean Airlines to extend 737 leases in the wake of MAX grounding

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In the wake of the continued 737 MAX grounding, Trinidad and Tobago’s Finance Minister Colm Imbert has announced that Caribbean Airlines will be extending the leases on its current fleet of 12 Boeing 737-800s. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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40,000 Passengers Have Benefited From United’s Connection Saver

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United Airlines’ ConnectionSaver tool has proved to be a very successful experiment. Since its launch in February 2019, the product has helped United and its customers to save 40,000 flight connections. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Trump Poised to Hit EU with Billions in Tariffs After Victory in Airbus Case

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The United States has gotten the green light to impose billions of euros in punitive tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies granted to European aerospace giant Airbus. Four EU officials told POLITICO that the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the U.S. in the long-running transatlantic dispute and sent its confidential decision to Brussels and Washington on Friday. (www.politico.eu) More...

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Seven activists from a group planning to use drones to disrupt flights in and out of Heathrow airport have been arrested

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London police deployed Friday a sweeping security cordon around Heathrow Airport and made seven arrests to thwart climate activists’ efforts to shut down Europe’s busiest travel hub using toy drones. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Spirit Airlines must face lawsuit over 'gotcha' carry-on bag fees: court

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A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit by Spirit Airlines passengers who said the low-cost carrier blindsided them by imposing unexpected carry-on bag fees on tickets bought through Cheapoair, Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said 22 passengers could sue for breach of contract because there was no evidence that Spirit promptly notified them about the fees, and there were "ambiguities" in the prices they would pay. Spirit and its… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Drunken Ryanair passenger arrested at Shannon airport 'thought she was still in Spain'

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“What makes this worse than a general public order offence is that this happened in the aircraft cabin and there is nowhere for people to go.” (www.thejournal.ie) More...

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Coffee Spill Forced Airbus A330 Diversion After Radio Failures

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UK investigators have revealed that reluctance to use a cockpit cup-holder resulted in coffee being spilled over control panels on a Condor Airbus A330, causing substantial radio communications problems and forcing a diversion. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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American Airlines mechanic accused of attempted sabotage of flight with 150 on board

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A mechanic for American Airlines was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to sabotage a commercial airliner shortly before it was set to take off from Miami International Airport for the Bahamas with 150 people on board. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Two are dead after cargo plane crashes near Toledo Express Airport

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wo people have been confirmed dead after a cargo plane that crashed near Toledo Express Airport on Wednesday at 2:37 a.m. The Lucas County Sheriff's Office says the plane crashed on Garden Road east of the airport in Bubba's Mobile Truck repair Heavy duty towing's parking lot. (www.wtol.com) More...

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British Airways Pilot Strike – Day 2 Update

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We’ve now almost passed the second day of British Airways strike action. If anything, it looks as though British Airways has been hit even harder by the strike today than yesterday. In fact, earlier today, there was not a single British Airways flight in the skies at one point. Members of the pilots union BALPA who act as pilots for British Airways are currently on strike. The pilots are not working in a row over pay despite being offered an 11.5% increase over the next three years. As such, no… (simpleflying.com) More...

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What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known

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The X-15 was not the first rocket-powered aircraft, but it is probably the best one ever built and flown. Before the first X-15 took flight in the late 1950s, the fastest speed airplanes had reached was Mach 3. The X-15 doubled that. And, remarkably, it also went on to fly into space more than a dozen times. The US Air Force and NASA developed the X-15 to better understand flight under extreme conditions, including reentry through the Earth’s atmosphere. Yet more than half a century later, the… (arstechnica.com) More...

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Justin Trudeau’s plane damaged in Victoria Airport after a media bus hit one of its wing

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s election plane sustained some damage in Victoria (CYYJ) after a media bus drove under one of its wings Wednesday night. (www.airlive.net) More...

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American Man Fraudulently Obtains $1.75 Million Worth Of Delta SkyBonus Points

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A 52-year-old travel agent has been indicted by the FBI on charges of wire fraud related to Delta’s SkyBonus scheme. He is thought to have defrauded the airline out of $1.75 million between March 2014 and April 2015. A 52-year-old dual American and Ukrainian citizen has been charged on 12 counts of wire fraud by the FBI. According to reports by the New York Times, the charges against Gennady Podolsky relate to a 13-month scheme in which he conspired to fraudulently acquire points through Delta… (simpleflying.com) More...

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Crisis-hit Boeing readies huge effort to return 737 MAX to the skies

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As Boeing Co sets its sights on winning approval to fly its 737 MAX within weeks, following a six-month safety ban, engineers around the world are rolling out plans for one of the biggest logistical operations in civil aviation history. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Russia and China to agree on location of the CR929 design center

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Moscow - The Sino-Russian consortium CRAIC nears to make a choice for the location of the program engineering center for the Sino-Russian widebody jet CR929. There was a disagreement between the two countries about the location of the design and engineering center of the aircraft. After long debates, Russian officials have finally convinced their Chinese counterparts in Beijing that the center should be headquartered in Russia. The decision will pave the way for setting a roadmap for the… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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WestJet scrubs 737 Max from busy winter holiday schedule, affecting thousands

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. (WJA:CT) is removing Boeing 737 Max jets from its holiday schedule while Air Canada warns the impact of the grounded jet on its operations may ripple well into 2021. (www.bnnbloomberg.ca) More...

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KLM Will Replace Amsterdam To Brussels Flights With A Railway Partnership

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has teamed up with NS Dutch Railways and French-Belgian high-speed train operator Thalys to replace flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Brussels. Starting in March of next year KLM will replace one of its daily flights between Brussels Airport (BRU) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). Over the past few months, KLM has been working with NS Dutch Railways and Thalys to come up with a way to replace flight between the two European capitals with trains. (simpleflying.com) More...

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JetBlue founder may launch new U.S. startup ‘Moxy’ next year

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JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman does not want to wait to launch his next airline venture. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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