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Qantas Flight QF6079 SYD - BGI

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Qantas QF6079 (reg#. VH-ZNJ) SYD - BGI 16hrs 54mins. B787-9 "Hitting bounderies". Chartered flight for Australia Cricket team. Can this or will it be a new route? https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA6079/history/20210726/0200Z/YSSY/TBPB (www.nationnews.com) More...

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B-17 Flying Fortress Has Been Hiding in a Barn for Years, Waiting to Be Restored

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Not exactly a barn find, this Flying Fortress has been crammed piece by piece into a large, barn-like building in order to be restored. The owner who raised this building specifically for the B-17 has been working on it for years now. It's far from complete and it will take many more years before it will fly again, but it's definitely something you wouldn't expect to find in such a building. (www.autoevolution.com) More...

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Heathrow Airport will soon charge £5 for passenger drop-offs

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All Uber, Addison Lee, black cab and other rides to Heathrow Airport are about to get more expensive. And, if a loved one is dropping you off at the departure hall curbside, they’ll have to pay a fee in order to do so. As of October 2021, Heathrow Airport will start charging a £5 Terminal Drop-Off Charge for those who are dropped off outside airport terminals. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Boeing Commercial continues to see red

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes reported a $1.328 billion HY1-loss and a Q2-loss of $472 million (airinsight.com) More...

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Ameristar's new livery

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Ameristar DC-9-15F, N785TW departing from Willow Run, YIP runway 23R wearing its newly painted livery. 7-27-21 (www.youtube.com) More...

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America’s LCCs Have Plenty Of Room To Expand Without Competition

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Although a difficult 18 months has seen the wind knocked out of travel demand, airline startups are still forging new paths ahead. Pretty much all the startups have chosen to operate on a low-cost or ultra-low-cost model, spurring competition for the incumbent low-costs in these markets. Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle is not worried about the new entrants and believes there is room for low-costs to triple in size in the US before any real impact is felt. (simpleflying.com) More...

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The secret behind the curtains that you see around business-class pods Zach Griff

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Have you ever walked up and down the aisle during a long-haul flight and noticed that one (or more) business-class pods were enclosed with thick curtains? It doesn’t happen on every flight, but when it does, I’m always jealous of whoever’s resting inside. It always looks like they’ve scored the ultimate business-class upgrade, in what’s arguably the most private suite on the plane. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Why I’m concerned about Citi’s transfer partnership with American Airlines

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We got some fantastic news last week about Citi ThankYou Rewards adding American AAdvantage as a temporary transfer partner. Citi and American have had a long-standing cobranding partnership resulting in cards like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® and Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. Frankly, this transfer partnership has been a long time coming, considering programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards have… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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68 Year Old New Zealand Passenger Plane Eyes Retirement

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New Zealand airline Air Chathams is on the brink of retiring a 68-year-old passenger plane. The Convair 580 typically wings its way between its home on the Chatham Islands and the New Zealand mainland. Lining up to replace the old dame of the skies is an ATR-72 500. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Japanese LCC ZIPAIR Targets Singapore With New Route

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Japanese budget airline ZIPAIR announced last week that it would be launching a scheduled service between Tokyo Narita and Singapore. This service, typically over seven hours in duration, is set to commence on September 7th, 2021. Let’s take a look at the details of this flight and which airlines ZIPAIR will be going up against. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Aviation fans thankful to be back on EAA AirVenture grounds

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“People are excited, they are enthusiastic, they are pumped up," said Dick Knapinski is the spokesperson for EAA, "The theme for this year is the wait is over, and we’ve waited a whole year to do this so last year was unfortunate, it was the right decision as it turns out.” (fox11online.com) More...

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American Airlines cuts Brazilian city, adds 2 new international markets from Miami

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Miami is the center of attention in American Airlines’ latest route-map adjustment. Over the weekend, the carrier filed some notable schedule changes for its South Florida hub, strengthening its presence in the Caribbean, while backing out of a key market in South America. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Canadian Low-Cost Airline Flair Announces 5 New US Routes

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Flair Airlines has expanded its network to fly to five United States cities. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Boeing Knocks Out a Profit for the First Time Since 2019

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Boeing's earnings were $567 million in Q2 (April, May, and June) compared with a $2.4 billion loss a year ago. Analysts had expected a big loss. Rebound attributed to the resumption of 737 Max deliveries and nearly 300 new orders of the type. But China's long-delayed 737 Max recertification and 787 and 777X production issues pose future risks. (apnews.com) More...

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Condor selects A330-900 for fleet renewal

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German leisure airline Condor has selected the Airbus A330neo as the replacement for its aging Boeing 767-fleet. (airinsight.com) More...

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Wizz Air first airline to fully recover in Europe

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Wizz Air expects to be the first European airline to operate at 100 percent capacity again in August. (airinsight.com) More...

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Air France’s First Airbus A220 Rolls Out Of The Paint Shop

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Air France is preparing for the arrival of something new and exciting. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Sleeping at the airport: American Airlines flight attendant, pilot unions complain about lack of hotel rooms

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The unions say American is failing to provide adequate hotel rooms in a timely manner. The pilot and flight attendant unions filed grievances with the airline over the issues. Labor unions representing 40,000 American Airlines pilots and flight attendants say the carrier has failed to provide crews with enough transportation and adequate hotels during layovers, a trend that is depriving them of rest in some cases. In grievances filed with the carrier on Tuesday, the Association of Professional… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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United follows Delta’s lead, allows you to opt out of middle-seat ‘upgrades’

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Well, you might be able to avoid one on your next United flight as the carrier just expanded its seating preference options for standby travelers. Previously, you could only state your preference for an aisle or window seat. Now, you’ll find three new options in the United app when you’re on the standby or upgrade list for a given flight. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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JetBlue Delays Embraer E190 Retirement Plans To Support Growth

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JetBlue has announced that it will be delaying its Embraer E190 retirements. The airline owns 30 E190s outright and plans to fly them beyond 2026, with no firm retirement date as of now. The airline plans to keep its Embraer jets around to support the opportunities available under the Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines extends elite status, certificates and more for another year

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Perhaps sensing an imminent downturn in travel bookings due to the delta variant of COVID-19, Delta became the first U.S. airline to extend elite status through 2022 today. Delta’s previous status extension was set expire on Jan. 31, 2022. Now, however, all current Delta elites will see their elite status prolonged by another year, through Jan. 31, 2023. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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WOW: 310 United States Routes Launched In Just 52 Days

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A whopping 310 US routes were inaugurated by 21 airlines in the 52 days between June 1st and July 22nd. This would be excellent in the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. It nicely illustrates how the time is right to ‘experiment’ with routes, while normally there is less incentive or need to try those considered ‘risky’. We examine what’s happened. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Former Airman Who Leaked Details of Drone Program Sentenced, Will Serve Prison Time

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A former Air Force intelligence analyst who said he was compelled to speak out against the military’s use of drones after witnessing firsthand their effect on civilian casualties has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking classified information. (www.military.com) More...

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Airbus challenges Boeing cargo dominance with A350 freighter

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Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said that following the green light, "we are enhancing our product line with an A350 freighter derivative, responding to customer feedback for increased competition and efficiency in this market segment." (www.reuters.com) More...

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New aircraft for Condor: Airbus A330-900neo as of autumn 2022

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The 2-litre aircraft is ready for take-off: Germany's most popular leisure carrier Condor has decided to order 16 Airbus A330-900neo of the latest generation. The Supervisory Board has already agreed. As the German launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, Condor is thus focusing on latest technology, maximum efficiency and the highest level of customer comfort. Fuel consumption per passenger per 100 kilometers will be 2.1 liters, which makes Condor the European frontrunner on long-haul… (condor-newsroom.condor.com) More...

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