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At least 3 dead after Wisconsin-bound plane crashes in Indiana

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Indiana State Police say there are no survivors after a small, Wisconsin-bound plane carrying at least three people crashed in central Indiana. (www.aviationnewsworld.info) More...

BA passengers flying from Gatwick are forced to cross their legs for more than 3 hrs as on-board toilets break down

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BA Passengers were forced to cross their legs for more than three hours after cabin crew discovered an issue with the on-board toilets and were forced to divert. The airline apologised to customers on the Gatwick to Tenerife flight on Wednesday, after it was forced to touch down in Portugal when the toilets went out of service. (www.aviationfigure.net) More...

Extreme conditions await MH370 recovery if wreckage found

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SYDNEY: Salvagers are confident debris and human remains can be recovered if Malaysia Airlines MH370 is finally found, despite the pitch-black darkness, crushing pressure and ice-cold water awaiting them. The disappearance of the Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers and crew almost four years ago is one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, with an Australian-led hunt across a 120,000 square-kilometre (46,000 square-mile) zone failing to reveal the crash site. (www.nst.com.my) More...

Watch: Thunder rattles Qantas as passengers scream in terror

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Passengers on board a Qantas flight were left screaming for their lives last night when the plane flew into some of the region’s notoriously wild weather. The Townsville-bound flight left passengers ‘extremely sick’ after it hit a terrifying patch of thunder and lightning strikes which lasted for over 40 minutes. (www.travelingaap.com) More...

Beth Evans, 24, was kicked off an Emirates flight because she had period pains

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A WOMAN and her boyfriend have blasted airline Emirates for booting them off a plane because she had period pains. Beth Evans, 24, and Joshua Moran, 26, were ordered to leave a £400 flight to Dubai just minutes before take-off. (www.aviationfigure.net) More...

Fifty-five days left to find MH370, but is there a twist?

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On January 11 the Ocean Infinity marine survey firm signed a deal with Malaysia to resume the search for missing jetliner MH370. For whatever reason the “contract” is for 90 days, on a “no find, no fee” basis. (www.nationmultimedia.com) More...

Passengers see smoke billowing from plane engine

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This is the terrifying moment passengers looked out of their plane window to see propellers not spinning – after an engine caught fire. The Nok Air twin-propeller aircraft carrying 84 people took off from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, yesterday at 3.10pm but just ‘two minutes’ later its engine was engulfed in flames. (www.travelingaap.com) More...

Flight emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out mid air

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According to a report published in an All India Media, an aircraft was flying from Dubai to Amsterdam. But in the middle of the sky, the rhythm happens Smugglers are bound by the pilots. One person started the beatup with two fellow passengers. After that, the pilot decided to take the plane back. (www.aviationnewsworld.info) More...

British millionaire behind new search for MH370

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Clake, a London-based hedge fund millionaire, is the largest shareholder in the firm. He is said to have invested in Ocean Infinity due to its advanced technology. (www.msn.com) More...

Airbus completes 8,000th A320 family delivery

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Airbus has passed a key milestone in single-aisle production with the delivery of the 8,000th A320 family aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

WestJet is getting annoying

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I did a trip from home to Toronto and back and it was very annoying that way-too-many passengers were getting on-board with what they call is carry-on luggage. The carry-ons were way-too-big and they should have been checked in as checked luggage. The passengers were way-too-cheap to pay $25 for luggage check-in. I paid the fee and it is well worth it. When these 'stupid' passengers go on-board with suitcases and big back packs, it ends up that there is no room for many passengers to store their… (www.westjet.com) More...

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER damaged by a cargo loader at Buenos Aires Airport

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British Airways Boeing 777-200ER (reg. G-YMMU) #BA245 suffered engine damage after collision with a cargo loader at the gate in Buenos Aires on Thursday 22nd. New meaning for 'BASH' as Britsh Airways Strike Hazard, I guess (www.airlive.net) More...

Plane lands on belly in Abbotsford raspberry field

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An airplane went off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport during a snowstorm Friday. (www.surreynowleader.com) More...

Aseman Airlines ATR-72 crash in Iran: human remains descended on man’s back

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After more than two days of research in the Zagros Mountains, workers located on Tuesday at about 4.000 meters altitude the remain of the Aseman Airlines ATR 72. (www.airlive.net) More...

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 at New York on Feb 22nd 2018, engine problem

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A Lufthansa Boeing 747-800, registration D-ABYO performing flight LH-401 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 127 passengers, was climbing through FL200 out of New York when the crew requested to level off due to an engine (GEnx) problem but to continue the departure route. The crew subsequently advised they wouldn't cross the Atlantic and some time later decided to return to JFK. The crew advised no assistance was needed. When the crew checked in with tower, tower advised… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

United Boeing 737-900 at Green Bay on Feb 23rd 2018, overran runway on landing

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A United Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration N30401 performing flight UA-878 from Madison,WI to Minneapolis,MN (USA) with 180 passengers and 7 crew, diverted to Green Bay,WI due to weather and landed on Green Bay's Austin Straubel Airport's runway 06 at 03:16L (09:16Z), but overran the end of the runway by about 250 feet. There were no injuries. The crew radioed tower advising they had overrun the end of the runway due to poor braking action on runway 06, they thought they were okay, no… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Qatar Airways must choose wisdom over hubris

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If anyone thought Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker, eight months into a Gulf blockade on the carrier, might choose to adopt a more diplomatic tone while addressing the international press, they must have been barking. Al Baker, in Toulouse to receive the first Airbus A350-1000, had prefaced remarks on the situation by suggesting the delivery ceremony was not a forum to discuss dispiriting affairs of state. “I don’t want to get too political,” he began, before immediately rendering his… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

PICTURE: Saab unveils first GlobalEye for UAE

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Saab has unveiled its first GlobalEye surveillance aircraft, revealing the extensively modified Bombardier Global 6000 business jet in the livery of launch customer the United Arab Emirates air force. Conducted at the Swedish company's Linköping site on 23 February, the event came a little over two years after the GlobalEye deal was announced at the Dubai air show in November 2015. The UAE initially signed a two-aircraft order, before also taking an option on a third example last year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

IAG talking with Boeing and Airbus over Level fleet

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IAG is holding talks with both Boeing and Airbus on future fleet requirements for its long-haul budget carrier Level. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Swiss Airbus A321 near Marseille on Feb 22nd 2018, odour in cockpit and system indication

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A Swiss Airbus A321-100, registration HB-IOD performing flight LX-1957 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Zurich (Switzerland), was enroute at FL360 about 30nm southeast of Marseille (France) when the crew declared emergency due to a system malfunction indication and an abnormal odour in the cabin. The aircraft landed on Marseille's runway 31R about 23 minutes later. A passenger reported the crew announced there was an abnormal odour in the cockpit prompting the diversion to Marseille. The airline… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Fly Jamaica CEO defends airline, following protest

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FLY Jamaica Airlines has again come under heavy public scrutiny following an early morning protest at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday. (www.jamaicaobserver.com) More...

United Airlines flight overruns runway in Green Bay, WI (GRB/KGRB)

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UAL 878 was operating IAH-MSP when a aborted landing caused a diversion to Madison Dane county regional. The aircraft landed safely and then decided to try again at MSP. The landing was aborted and the aircraft now decided to divert to GRB where the aircraft overran the runway. (aviation-safety.net) More...

Aurora Airbus A319 near Vladivostok on Feb 22nd 2018, engine oil problem

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An Aurora Airbus A319-100 on behalf of Aeroflot, registration VP-BDM performing flight SU-5436 from Vladivostok (Russia) to Seoul (South Korea), was enroute at FL360 about 260nm south of Vladivostok when the crew decided to return to Vladivostok due to an engine (CFM56) oil indication. The aircraft landed safely back in Vladivostok about 90 minutes after departure. A replacement A319-100 registration VP-BWA reached Seoul with a delay of 4 hours. The airline reported an engine oil sensor was… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Lufthansa Airbus A380 near San Francisco and Frankfurt on Feb 11th 2018, fumes on board

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A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIML performing flight LH-455 (dep Feb 11th, arr Feb 12th) from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was climbing out of San Francisco about 5 minutes into the flight when an odour of dirty old socks developed in the cabin, a passenger fainted, a number of other passengers complained about headache. The flight crew made an announcement that the odour had been caused by de-icing fluid and there was no danger to health. About 20 minutes… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 near Fuerteventura on Feb 10th 2018, passenger injured by stopped descent

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EKI performing flight FR-8421 from Edinburgh,SC (UK) to Fuereventura,CI (Spain), was enroute at FL370 nearing the top of descent towards the Canary Islands when the crew requested to descend to FL130. Air Traffic Control cleared the flight to descend to FL130, however, when the aircraft descended through FL364 the controller instructed the aircraft to stop the descent at FL360. The aircraft descended below FL360 while the crew adjusted the autopilot, the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

A Delivery Flight Like No Other – First Airbus A350-1000 for Qatar Airways (+Photos)

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During the delivery event in Toulouse on February 20, Airways was granted access to be part of the delivery flight of the world’s first Airbus A350-1000 from Toulouse (TLS) to Doha (DOH), to launch customer Qatar Airways (QR). Here's a detailed review of the airline's newest Business Class product, the QSuite, and the special service onboard this unique delivery flight. (airwaysmag.com) More...

TAP world’s first airline to debut A330neo

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Portugal’s national flag-carrier TAP Air Portugal is to become the first airline in the world to operate the new Airbus A330neo aircraft, which is due to come into service later this year. (theportugalnews.com) More...

Frontier Airlines launches flights from Charleston, South Carolina

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Frontier Airlines on February 20 celebrated the launch of new low-cost, nonstop flights to Denver and Philadelphia from Charleston International Airport. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Ryanair passengers delayed for two hours after 'POTHOLE' at Prestwick Airport grounds flight

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Passengers on a flight bound for Fuerteventura had to change planes after what the pilot said 'could be a pothole'. (www.dailyrecord.co.uk) More...

Boeing 737 plane appears on patch of land - and no one knows how it got here

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A plane that appeared on a patch of land is shrouded in mystery as no one knows how it got there. The giant aircraft has seemingly been left dumped on the site in Bali, Indonesia - and it appears there is not a person who can explain its random appearance. It is not known when the Boeing 737 landed on the patch of field but from the appearance of the plane it is believed it has been there for a little while. (www.msn.com) More...

Hawaiian's A330-800 order remains in place, for now: airline

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Hawaiian Airlines confirms it has not cancelled an order for six Airbus A330-800s, countering reports that the carrier had already terminated its deal with Airbus in favour of Boeing 787-9s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing rejoins competitive field for Canadian fighter deal

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The Canadian government has announced that five bidders — Boeing, Dassault, Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin and Saab — are eligible to compete for a long sought-after contract to replace the country’s 88 CF-18 fighters. The disclosure of the Future Fighter Capabilities Project (FFCP)’s official Supplier’s List ends a mystery about whether Boeing would decline to participate after angering Canadian government officials. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bell brand drops "Helicopter" for shape of a dragonfly

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As part of a transition to a broader product strategy, Bell has dropped the “Helicopter” from the company’s name and adopted the dragonfly as the new symbol of its brand symbol, chief executive Mitch Snyder says on 22 February. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

It's Plane Mysterious! Tourists Flock to Boeing Jet Found Abandoned in A Bali Field (But No One Knows How It Got There)

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Tourists are flocking to see an abandoned Boeing jet in the middle of the field on the Indonesian island of Bali – but no-one is sure how it got there. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

GAMA reports modest rise in fixed-wing shipments for 2017

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Shipments of fixed-wing business and general aviation aircraft made modest gains in 2017, but performance across the sector was mixed. In its annual review, released on 21 February, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) records total deliveries of 2,324 fixed-wing aircraft, valued at $20.2 billion, for the year ended 31 December. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

UK preparing ambitious combat air strategy

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The UK Ministry of Defence will publish a new combat air strategy document later this year, which defence secretary Gavin Williamson says will “bring together the best of British engineering, skill and design, and deliver a compelling vision for the future of air power". (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Aerion releases configuration of supersonic jet engine

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Aerion has released a configuration of the first civil supersonic jet engine since the Bristol Siddeley Olympus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus: A380 Superjumbo Program Now Sustainable

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Didier Evrard, executive vice president and head of programs at Airbus, did an interview from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on Tuesday. The occasion: delivery of the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways. But the news Evrard made was more about the A380 superjumbo, star-crossed queen of the Airbus line. (www.forbes.com) More...

Air Canada to Analyze Fleet Growth Options of Its Low-Cost Subsidiary Rouge

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Air Canada discusses the idea of converting its subsidiary Air Canada Rouge's single-aisle fleet into a high-density single-class configuration. The company might decide to move its B737 MAX 8s to its low-cost subsidiary. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney to Find Solution For PW1100G-JM Engine Problem Affecting A320neo Family

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On February 21, Pratt & Whitney announced that it had found a solution to the problem that is affecting some of its PW1100G-JM engines installed on the Airbus A320neo family aircraft. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Norwegian Air Shuttle Takes Delivery of Its Final Boeing 737-800

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Norwegian Air Shuttle took delivery of its 100th direct-buy Boeing 737-800 aircraft today, the last of this aircraft type in its fleet. From now on, all 737 deliveries will be of the MAX 8 variant, which the company expects to receive 12 in 2018. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Air Canada Announces Plans to Retire Embraer 190 Fleet

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Air Canada has announced that it will retire its twenty-five Embraer 190 aircraft within the next 18 months. The airline made the announcement as it prepares to take delivery of its new Bombardier CS300 aircraft, which is slated to be delivered late 2019. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines’ Switch From Airbus A330-800 to Boeing 787-9

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Hawaiian Airlines (Hawaiian) were one of the customers for the Airbus A350-800, the smaller, longer-range variant of the A350. When Airbus decided to not produce the A350-800, Hawaiian switched to the A330-800 instead, a smaller and shorter range aircraft. (leehamnews.com) More...

SpiceJet Rules Out Making A Move For Air India

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SpiceJet has ruled out making a move for Air India, as the state-owned flag carrier undergoes privatisation this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air New Zealand Expects Rolls Royce Trent 1000 Issue to Be Resolved by April

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Air New Zealand expects that the issues plaguing the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its fleet of eight Boeing 787-9s will be resolved by around the middle of April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Antonov pilots test-fly Saratov An-148 upset scenario

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Antonov has carried out a simulation indicating that the An-148 which crashed outside Moscow could have been brought under control. Preliminary findings from the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee inquiry into the 11 February Saratov Airlines accident have pointed to unreliable airspeed information, probably linked to an unheated pitot-static system. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar's focus on large twins keeps A380s on hold

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Qatar Airways is not looking to firm up any of its Airbus A380 options, as it prepares to put its first A350-1000 into service. The airline ordered 10 A380s and, by the end of January, had taken delivery of nine. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas holds line on firming 787 options

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Qantas has let one of its Boeing 787 options lapse and says remaining options will only be firmed after it has proven the business case for the aircraft. During the airline’s earnings call, chief executive Alan Joyce says that while Qantas is keen on expanding its 787 fleet, the decision will come after it finalises plans for its remaining 747s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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