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This new Airbus jet gives you a view of the sky above

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By Mike Wehner – For the vast majority of air travelers, a jet is just a big metal tube that delivers you to your eventual destination, but for wealthy among us, a flight needs to be just as luxurious as every other aspect of their lives. Airbus just announced a new jet that will most definitely fit that bill, thanks in no small part to a cabin that is more like a trendy country club than an airliner. It boasts high-end luxury seating, a massive flat screen TV, and dining area that rivals fancy… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

How blue whale evolved to size of a Boeing 737

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Blue whales can grow to a length of 30m but they only started reaching such a gigantic size two to three million years agoALAMY Millions of children have gazed up at the massive blue whale model in the Natural History Museum in London and wondered at the sheer size of the largest animal to have lived. Now scientists believe that they have discovered why whales became so big. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

UAL and AAL 737s clip wings at KAUS

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane taxiing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have hit one another Wednesday night. The airport is waiting for the FAA to approve moving the planes back to the gates so the passengers of both flights can be unloaded. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane came into contact with AA Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport, when the American flight was stationary and… (kxan.com) More...

Behind-the-scenes look at JFK Airport Customs and Border Protection

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On a busy day, 58,000 passengers come through the international arrivals terminal at JFK Airport and step up to the front line of defense against threats to this country. (abc7ny.com) More...

Boeing is building DARPA's new hypersonic space plane

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A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that it's partnering with Boeing to build its next generation hypersonic space plane. Specifically, the aircraft manufacturer has been tapped to complete advanced design work on the XS-1 project, following up on the concept Boeing pitched to the agency… (www.engadget.com) More...

A pilot makes an emergency landing at Sugar Grove airport

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A pilot makes an emergency landing at Sugar Grove airport near Aurora and slides the plane to a halt. Chopper 2 was there. (www.facebook.com) More...

Air Force gives new life to the A-10 Warthog

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President Donald Trump's first full budget, which was released on Tuesday, outlines plans for the Air Force to maintain its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts -- commonly known by their nickname the "Warthog" -- along with "Dragon Lady" U-2 spy aircraft despite previous plans to replace both aging platforms in coming years. (www.cnn.com) More...

Private Jet Card Comparisons

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Airstream Jets' CEO Peter Maestrales On Why The DISTANCE CARD Will Change The Way You Buy Jet Cards (privatejetcardcomparisons.com) More...

Phantom Express will disrupt the satellite launch process

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U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Boeing are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a small expendable upper stage to launch small (3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Earth orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the development. (airguideonline.com) More...

Ambiguous instruction, pilots’ mistake behind Pearson near-miss

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An air traffic controller’s ambiguous instruction and a flight crew’s mistake contributed to a near miss at Pearson International Airport involving two Air Canada jets. The nighttime incident in 2016 unfolded when the crew of a departing Air Canada Embraer 190 misunderstood a controller’s instruction and taxied onto a runway for take-off — into the path of another Air Canada jet that was just 30 seconds from landing on the same runway. (www.thestar.com) More...

Airlines start brewing their own beer

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Cathay Pacific introduced a handcrafted bottled beer that was specifically designed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. Betsy Beer, named for the airline’s first aircraft, joined the Cathay Pacific team last month and will be served on business- and first-class flights between Hong Kong and destinations in the UK through April 30. (airguideonline.com) More...

Star Alliance launches 20th anniversary mileage competition

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To celebrate 20 years of connecting people and cultures, Star Alliance and its 28 member carriers announced the launch of a worldwide competition whereby customers can share their favourite cultural experiences with other travellers for a chance to win a million frequent flyer miles* from their selected Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP). (airguideonline.com) More...

How laptop ban could threaten your safety and data

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Passengers flying to the U.S. from Europe may soon have to check their laptops before boarding. For the past several days, frequent travelers have been dreading something far worse than being stuck in a middle seat: having to check their laptops and tablets before flying home from Europe. That’s the fear invoked by news reports that the Department of Homeland Security will expand its current ban on large electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. from the initial 10 airports across… (airguidebusiness.com) More...

Bombardier Flies Green to EBACE

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Bombardier Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets on show at Static SD15 were flown here using biofuels supplied by AEG Fuels. The fuel was produced by AltAir Fuels, which starts with used cooking oils, and supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG to the KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, where the business jets were fueled for their flights to Geneva. (aviationweek.com) More...

First Delta A350XWB Takes Flight

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The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Hamburg becomes launch customer for Embraer Legacy 650E

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Embraer announced that Germany-based charter operator Air Hamburg is the launch customer for the new Legacy 650E. Air Hamburg will expand its Embraer business jet fleet with an additional order for three new Legacy 650E. The contract has a value of USD 77.7 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in the Company’s 2017 second-quarter backlog. The aircraft fleet delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of this year. The agreement was announced on the opening day of the 17th… (www.traveldailynews.com) More...

Airbus might have found a way to reverse Howard’s uncomfortable legacy

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Ever since John Howard decided that the PM’s then-brand new Boeing BBJ VIP jets in 2002 had to be as uncomfortable as possible, there have been press gallery reporters, and perhaps political successors, pining for a less agonising way of covering long-distance trips. Airbus has just rekindled those dreams by releasing details of a VIP version of its high-tech remake of its wide-body A330 capable of taking a select prime ministerial party non-stop from Canberra to London, or Washington DC, or… (www.crikey.com.au) More...

Engineer at Boeing admits trying to sell space secrets to Russians

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Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation… (arstechnica.com) More...

UAL1579 evacuated on tarmac at KEWR with engine fire

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Engine fire spotted by EWR tower who notified crew. Evacuation commenced. (www.cnn.com) More...

Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

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The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Delta Adds More Healthy Snacks To Its Menu

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Delta Air Lines is adding to its snack menu. The Atlanta-based carrier said Monday that it is introducing more healthy snack choices with three additions starting in June: Squirrel Brand almonds, Pretzel Perfection Olive Oil & Sea Salt Pretzels and KIND Healthy Grains Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut bars. This is in addition to the airline’s signature Biscoff cookies. All three snacks are gluten-free, and none were chosen arbitrarily. Using a mix of new technology and old-fashioned… (www.travelpulse.com) More...

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