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FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling

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Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible… (www.thedrive.com) More...

The Boeing 777X And Its Unmatched Foldable Wings

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An unusual scene may become commonplace at airports in a few years if Boeing succeeds in making a new system safe for commercial operation. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus Delivers Its First A350-1000 to Launch Customer Qatar Airways

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Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer. (www.airbus.com) More...

Emirates to Operate First Ever Airbus A380 to Beirut

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Today, Emirates announced that it will operate a special one-off Airbus A380 service to Beirut on March 29, becoming the carrier’s first-ever scheduled A380 service to the Lebanese capital. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus Readies A350-1000 For Delivery, Dismisses Boeing 777-9

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Airbus will deliver its first A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways within hours, making the end to a nearly two-month wait for the ceremonial handover (leehamnews.com) More...

An airline pilot reveals a major reason why flights today are less comfortable and frequently delayed

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It's weird, when you think about it. More people are flying than ever before, but they're doing so in smaller and smaller planes. The average commercial jet holds about a third fewer passengers than it did thirty years ago. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Qatar Airways to Put First Airbus A350-1000 On London-Heathrow Route

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Qatar Airways is set to operate its first Airbus A350-1000 service to London Heathrow as it prepares to receive the aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Lufthansa and Munich Airport Introduce Humanoid Robot

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Lufthansa and Munich Airport have started testing of a humanoid robot in Terminal 2 of the airport. The robot, given the name “Josie Pepper,” is there to provide information and answer questions for passengers in Terminal 2. Passengers can ask for directions to their gate or certain shops or restaurants, and Josie Pepper will give them a prompt response. The robot itself is 120 cm (3.9ft.) tall and speaks English. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Breaking News: The wreck of Iran Aseman's ATR 72 was found

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Tehran - The wreckage of Aseman Airlines' ATR 72, which crashed on February 18 with about 60 people on board, was located today (February 20) in a mountainous area in southwestern Iran. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing Aims to Keep Increasing Its Record Pace of Commercial Aircraft Production

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Boeing will produce over 900 planes per year at the end of the decade, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC. Boeing completes the production of its planes at a record pace and aims to maintain climbing. Last year Boeing delivered a record level of commercial aircraft. When you divide the 763 aircraft to the whole year, it makes one new plane every 11,5 hours, and Muilenburg says the company's production speed is going to continue rising. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing Partners With Oerlikon to Speed Up Adoption of 3D Printing

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Boeing is co-operating with Swiss engineering group Oerlikon to jointly develop additive manufacturing processes in a bid to accelerate the technology's wider employment. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ukraine International Airlines Expands Its Long-Haul Fleet With A Boeing 777-200ER

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On Feb 16, 2018, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) expanded its long-haul fleet with a Boeing 777-200ER. The press service of the Kiev-based airline operator reported that the plane is enrolled in Ukraine as UR-GOA. UIA will configure the new 777-200ER with 361 seats in three classes, Business, Premium, and Economy. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

United Airlines CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

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With its new Polaris business class service, United Airlines has learned a powerful lesson: Sometimes, in the airline business, simple is best. (skift.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to expand cargo business to Mexico

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Three and a half years after launching its first international flights, Southwest Airlines is looking abroad again with plans to add cargo service to several Mexican cities later this year, the company announced Monday. (www.chron.com) More...

Air Europa Receives Its First Boeing 787-9

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The Spanish airline operator Air Europa welcomed the first of its sixteen Boeing 787-9 ordered, crossing a new stage in the modernization of its fleet. On February 17, The 787-9 registered EC-MSZ landed at Madrid-Barajas airport at 6:14 am local time following a ferry flight from the Boeing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

VIDEO: Happy 36th Birthday to the Boeing 757!

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Happy Birthday to the Boeing 757 which is 36 years old today! This video is the first flight of the first Boeing 757 ever built! (www.youtube.com) More...

UFO over Oregan

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Air Traffic Control and airline pilots see UFO in October (www.news.com.au) More...

airBaltic boosts its international brand as it becomes the CSeries posterchild

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One of Europe’s smaller flag carriers has gained international brand recognition over the past year as it has showcased the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft at three major air shows over the last seven months (blueswandaily.com) More...

Airbus A330neo Wears The Colors of Its Launch Operator TAP Air Portugal

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TAP Air Portugal has to wait a few months more for the A330neo. The Portuguese flag carrier who is the launch operator of the aircraft has ordered ten A330-900s directly from Airbus. The first deliveries are scheduled for the summer of 2018. The first aircraft, the MSN1836, already wears the colors of the Lisbon-based airline operator. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

United Boeing 737-700 near Washington on Feb 18th 2018, dual autopilot failure

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A United Boeing 737-700, registration N29717 performing flight UA-1068 from Newark,NJ (USA) to Bogota (Colombia), was enroute at FL340 about 100nm eastsoutheast of Washington Dulles,DC (USA) when the crew descended the aircraft to FL280 out of RVSM airspace due to the failure of both autopilots. The aircraft initially continued towards Bogota, but about 30 minutes later turned aorund and diverted to Washington Dulles for a safe landing about 2 hours after leaving FL340. A replacement Boeing… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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