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Squawks & Headlines ✈ General ✈ Popular (This Week)

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Boeing is haunted by a 50-year-old feature of 737 jets

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First introduced in West Germany as a short-hop commuter jet in the early Cold War, the Boeing 737-100 had folding metal stairs attached to the fuselage that passengers climbed to board before airports had jetways. (www.miamiherald.com) More...

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Op-Ed: Is the Boeing 777X Too Big?

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Many analysts are of the opinion that the “sweet-spot” of the market for widebody airliners is approximately the size of the 777-200/ER to 777-300/ER and not a seat bigger. They argue that the A380 was a failure (which it wasn’t), the 747-8I was a miserable one, though. It is said that the, comparatively soft, early sales of the Next Generation 777 prior to launch are because of its capacity. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Ethiopian Airlines CEO sees ‘clear similarities’ between crashed 737 MAX jets: Xinhua

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The crashed Boeing Co 737 MAX jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia appear to have a common connection, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam told China’s state news agency Xinhua on Friday. Investigators have found a piece of a stabilizer in the wreckage of an Ethiopian jet with the trim set in an unusual position similar to that of a Lion Air plane that crashed last year, sources have told Reuters. (www.waytoimprove.net) More...

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Boeing didn’t want to re-engine the 737

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With nearly 400 Boeing 737 MAXes grounded across the globe, few will remember that Boeing didn’t really want to do the MAX. (leehamnews.com) More...

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Ryanair Sun Rebrands to BUZZ

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The Ryanair Group has announced on 14 March 2019, that it’s Polish subsidiary Ryanair Sun, will be rebranded to BUZZ in Autumn 2019. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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All Nippon Airways Receives First Airbus A380

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has secured another milestone in its history through the delivery of its first of three Airbus A380s, at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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American Airlines pilots told by union not to fly to Venezuela

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American Airlines Group Inc pilots should not fly to Venezuela, an influential pilots union said on Friday, following a travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department this week. The safety and security of U.S. citizens is our highest priority. If you are a U.S. citizen in Venezuela in need of assistance, or are concerned about a U.S. citizen in Venezuela, please contact the Department of State in one of the following ways: (www.itravelapp.net) More...

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First Look: JetBlue’s New Airbus A320 Cabin (+Photos)

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The new blue is here. On Monday we were given early access and invited to sneak peak of the Jetblue Restyle Phase 2 at the conversion facility down in Lake City Florida. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Laudamotion’s Liverpool Luck: New Routes to Vienna

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Austrian carrier Laudamotion has announced plans to operate from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport as part of its winter upgrade for the 2019 season. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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How a Boeing Safety Feature Became a Suspect in Crashes

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Planes have been flying with the aid of computers for so long that the term “autopilot” has become part of the language, usually meaning a situation of calm predictability. Yet an automated computer feature is suspected by investigators to be a factor in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max operated by the Indonesian carrier Lion Air — and possibly in another one flown by Ethiopian Air five months later. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

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Passengers forced to restrain woman who tried to open the exit door on Delta flight en route to Detroit

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Passengers have been forced to restrain a woman after she tried to open an exit door on a plane midway through a flight from Indianapolis to Detroit. The incident occurred shortly after takeoff on Delta flight 5972 on Monday night. The woman had attempted to pry open the door above the left wing, authorities said. (www.itravelapp.net) More...

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Flights: Disgusting moment Delta passenger finds a MAGGOT crawling in his food

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FLIGHTS are not always equated with high-quality food but certain standards are expected to be met - especially when you travel in first class. One Delta Airlines passenger was left absolutely horrified by the dish he was served, as this viral video shows. (flip.it) More...

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Significant milestone: Qatar Airways takes delivery of its 250th aircraft

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Qatar Airways today celebrated the arrival of its 250th aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 from Toulouse, France, the latest addition to the group’s growing fleet of passenger, Cargo and executive aircraft. This impressive landmark comes just 22 years after the carrier began operations, and is testament to the incredible growth of an airline that has become world-leading in that time, winning a host of awards, including the Skytrax World Airline of the Year accolade on no less than four occasions. (www.eturbonews.com) More...

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Three Airlines, Three Very Different Approaches To 737 MAX Tragedy

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The crash of 737 MAX 8 jetliner in Ethiopia two weeks ago has evoked starkly different reactions depending on who you ask. Airlines have reacted in the same way. While Garuda mulls cancellation, flydubai digs in, and Norwegian fumes. We’re still too early in the aftermath of the tragedy to understand what precisely happened to cause the deadly wreck. While evidence increasingly ties the Ethiopian crash to the same issued that plagued a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 that crashed months earlier, both… (liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com) More...

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American Airlines Suspends Venezuela Flights

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American Airlines has confirmed that it has suspended all operations to and from Venezeula amid the political unrest that is ongoing in the country. This came after the airline’s pilot union telling its members to refuse trips to the area after the State Department told American citizens to leave the country as soon as possible. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Starlux Airlines Firms for 17 Airbus A350s

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Taiwanese start-up carrier Starlux Airlines has firmed up an order for 17 Airbus A350 aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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NASA compiled list of complaints from Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the agency’s program that allows pilots to submit complaints about planes as well as procedures. (video.foxbusiness.com) More...

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Happy 14th Birthday FlightAware!

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Happy Birthday Flightaware! May you have many more! (flightaware.com) More...

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Capt Sullenberger criticizing Boeing and FAA

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Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger says the FAA’s handling of the deadly crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliners in just five months has damaged the United States’ longstanding “credibility as leaders in aviation.” Sullenberger is a retired airline pilot who famously landed his US Airways jet — an Airbus 320 — in the icy Hudson River off Manhattan in January 2009, after hitting a flock of geese and losing power in both engines. All 155 people on board the plane survived. (www.newsandguts.com) More...

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Cockpit voice recorder of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots' frantic search for fix

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The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Boeing 777 Diverts due to Front cargo hold fire alarm

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A British Airways #BA174 declared an emergency and diverted to St. John’s due to fire alarm. (www.airlive.net) More...

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Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1

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MONTREAL — Air Canada says it intends to remove its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months. (montrealgazette.com) More...

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Pilots complained for months about suspected flaw...

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Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual "inadequate and almost criminally insufficient" several months before... (www.dallasnews.com) More...

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Trump to nominate ex-Delta pilot Steve Dickson as FAA head

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With the Federal Aviation Administration facing mounting scrutiny domestically and overseas, the White House said it plans to nominate Steve Dickson, a former senior Delta Air Lines official, as permanent head of the agency. The pick comes as the FAA is struggling to regain its footing after two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX jetliners within five months, tragedies that have prompted questions about the agency’s safety approvals of the models. Dickson couldn’t immediately be reached for… (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Physical evidence comfirms the link between two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes

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Seattle - The horizontal stabilizer of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10 was in an unusual position at the time of the crash. Researchers concluded this after finding a drive spindle at the crash location, according to a flight safety consultant who spoke to the Seattle Times. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Boeing 747 Freighter Tips Over Backwards After Being Improperly Unloaded in Qatar

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Consider it a lesson in why you should always, always read the manual: A Boeing 747 freighter aircraft got tail-happy in an unexpected way at Qatar's Doha International Airport, when a weight imbalance reportedly brought about by improper unloading procedures caused it to tip backwards onto its tail and thrust the nose of the jumbo jet into the air. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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Pilots trained for one hour on ipad - 737 Max 8

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Pilots received one hour of training on an iPad for new 737 Max 8 because it was considered to be the same type rating as 737-800 (qz.com) More...

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Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras

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"One of the optional upgrades, the angle of attack indicator, displays the readings of the two sensors. The other, called a disagree light, is activated if those sensors are at odds with one another." (www.nytimes.com) More...

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