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Engine troubles force Air NZ B787 to make refueling stops

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Air New Zealand’s services to the United States and Japan have been affected by issues with some of its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on its Boeing 787-9s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Unruly passenger Tasered, forcibly removed from American Airlines

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An unruly passenger was shot with a stun gun, arrested and forcibly removed from a American Airlines Miami-to-Chicago flight Sunday evening. A witness shot the dramatic video aboard the Miami-to-Chicago American Airlines flight Sunday night... (www.daviationnews.com) More...

Hero Passsenger

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It has emerged that a passenger helped to land a plane at Dublin Airport early yesterday morning. The Lufthansa Boeing 747 was en route from New York to Frankfurt with 264 passengers on board when the first officer became "incapacitated" while it was flying over the Atlantic. (www.breakingnews.ie) More...

Airbus A350 XWB Ultra Long Range completes first flight

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The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in second half 2018. (www.airlive.net) More...

What we know so far about the Southwest incident

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Philadelphia - A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on April 17 after one of its engines had been severely damaged following the loss of a fan blade. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Spirit Airlines to buy regional jets to fill the gap in barely served routes

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Houston - The American ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines plans to buy hundreds of regional jets to strengthen its network. The candidate list includes Bombardier CSeries and Embraer E2. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

First A330-900 of WOW Air appears outside the FAL in Toulouse

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Toulouse - The first of four Airbus A330-900s of the WOW Air was photographed by a spotter outside the FAL in Toulouse. The A330-900 should be delivered to WOW Air by the end of the year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Southwest Airlines protested airworthiness directive designed to prevent engine failures

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While a National Transportation Safety Board investigation is still underway, NTSB officials confirmed that the uncontained engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was the result of a fan blade breaking from a crack near the fan's hub. The failure is similar to one that occurred on another Southwest flight in September 2016. (arstechnica.com) More...

Uber for Planes Amendment in FAA Bill

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Contained in the FAA reauthorization bill currently speeding its way through Congress is a little noticed provision that would change the charter game completely. The new provision would effectively allow private pilots to post ride share notices online, which would in theory open up the market to companies wanting to enlist pilots in a money making endeavor. FAA reauthorization is expected to zip through both chambers as early as next week. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...

Bangkok Airways Selects GlobalBeacon as GADSS Solution

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Through GlobalBeacon, FlightAware® will Deliver Cost-Effective Aircraft Monitoring that Exceeds GADSS Requirements. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights for engine inspections after passenger death

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Southwest Airlines canceled about 40 flights Sunday to perform fan blade inspections days after a passenger was partially sucked out of a window and killed. The cancellations were voluntary and part of an accelerated engine fan blade inspection program announced Tuesday, the airline said in a written statement. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

World's longest flight is set to get longer thanks to this Airbus jet

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The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB - due to take on the world's longest flight - has successfully completed its first mission. (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

1 dead in Southwest Airlines flight has uncontained engine failure

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

It would be the world’s largest airplane. It’s being built by a billionaire. And it’s getting ready to fly.

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COLORADO SPRINGS — The massive airplane that Paul Allen’s aerospace company has been building in the California desert could fly for the first time as soon as this summer, officials said. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing requests waiver to avoid 787-10 certification delay

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A software bug that shut-down one engine on a GE Aviation-powered 787 last July has prompted Boeing to ask the US Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily exempt the 787-10 from a safety requirement. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Icelandair celebrates the arrival of its first 737 MAX 8 with a special flight of landscape photography

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Reykjavik - Icelandair has celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 with a special route over the landscapes and most remarkable sites of Iceland, inviting its passengers to take spectacular photos. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Listen to the pilots of SWA1380 land the plane

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Audio has been condensed but includes all publicly available ATC transmissions to/from SWA1380 from the time they declared an emergency to the time they stopped on the ground. Audio quality of these feeds varies dramatically just due to distance to transmitters, A/D converters, interference, receivers, bandwidth, bitrate, compression, digital artifacts, dither, all that fun stuff, etc. (www.youtube.com) More...

NTSB finds 'interior' crack in failed Southwest CFM engine

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Internal cracks had developed in a fan blade that exploded out of a CFM International CFM56-7B powerplant on 17 April, severely damaged a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 and killing one passenger, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

CSeries Proposal from Airbus - Spirit Airlines Mulls Adding Smaller Jets to All-Airbus Fleet

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Spirit Airlines Inc. is considering adding smaller planes to its fleet of Airbus SE jets as the carrier looks for ways to expand its service. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

NTSB conducted 2016 probe of same engine model as Southwest incident

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The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet it was sending a team to investigate. The NTSB investigates the most serious engine failures and conducted a probe of a similar Southwest incident in 2016 involving the same type of engine. In that incident, a fan blade snapped off a Southwest 737-700 engine mid-flight (www.mysanantonio.com) More...

JetBlue And JetSuiteX Announce Codeshare Partnership

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For travel starting May 1, 2018, JetBlue will place its "B6" airline code on JetSuiteX Air-operated flights between West Coast destinations, offering new point-to-point routes for JetBlue customers. This includes flights between Burbank, Calif. (BUR); Concord, Calif. (CCR); Oakland, Calif. (OAK); and Las Vegas (LAS), and marks the first codeshare between a semi-private public charter operator (JetSuiteX) and a major national carrier. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Airline operators to face route planning restrictions due to ETOPS downgrade for the 787-9

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New York - Rolls-Royce increases the inspection frequency of Trent 1000 "Package C" engines to a monthly interval due to the recent problems reported by the clients. Operators also need to be prepared for route planning restrictions. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

SWA1380 ADS-B Data

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Here is the ADS-B data from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 (SWA1380) (flightaware.com) More...

Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar

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Steve Kroft investigates Allegiant Air, a discount carrier known more for its ultra-low fares than its high record of in-flight breakdowns (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Early 787 test plane is dismantled for reuse, recycling, or scrap

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Boeing’s Dreamliner No. 5, one of the six flight-test 787s, was too heavily re-worked to sell. Finally, Boeing is dismantling the aircraft, in a reminder that the now-popular jet had major birthing pains. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

U.S. FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Hawaiian publishes new Airbus A321neo routes

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Hawaiian Airlines is expanding Airbus A321 coverage as more aircraft are delivered. According to Airline Route, the carrier will start the following new routes with the new type: (worldairlinenews.com) More...

New Questions About Whether Southwest Airlines Death Could Have Been Prevented

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PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Southwest Airlines had sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades, like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

Air New Zealand loses two B787 Dreamliners to engine problem

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Eariler this month, European aviation regulator EASA ordered airlines to carry out earlier than usual maintenance checks on a specific part of the Trent 1000 engine compressor. (www.newshub.co.nz) More...

Ryanair confirms 25 options for 737 MAX 8

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Dublin - The low-cost airline operator Ryanair has ordered 25 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8, bringing the total number of copies expected to 135. Today, on April 24, The American aircraft manufacturer and Irish flight specialist Ryanair announced the confirmation of existing options for 25 MAX 8, a contract estimated at $3 billion at list price. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

SIA 777 door ripped off at Los Angeles

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A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Boeing 777-300ER had its second leftside door ripped from the airframe at Los Angeles International airport on 16 April at 17.50 hours local time. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United touts efficiency with first 737 Max delivery

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United Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 9, marking the stretched Max variant's debut at a US carrier. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

UPS MD-11 skidded off end of runway after landing at Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan (video)

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An UPS Airlines MD-11 (reg. N271UP) from Seoul skidded off end of runway 23R after landing Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan at 16:40 local time. (www.airlive.net) More...

Thai Boeing 747 at Tokyo on Apr 11th 2018, GPWS alert on short final

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The crew initiated an evasive maneouver in compliance with the GPWS alert, repositioned for another approach and landed safely on Haneda's runway 22 about 12 minutes after the GPWS alert. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Boeing completes first flight of the BBJ MAX

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Seattle - On April 16, Boeing carried out the first flight of the BBJ MAX successfully, the business jet version of its new generation single-aisle 737 MAX. The aircraft is a product of the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a division of the North American manufacturer that operates in the business aviation area and currently offers business versions of the 737, 747-8, and 777. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Embraer Looks To JetBlue, United Airlines After Successful E2 Launch

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is hoping the hype surrounding its newly launched E-Jet E2 will translate into a string of orders for the regional jet, which has so far secured just seven publicly identified customers. (www.forbes.com) More...

Eurowings launches a new route from Munich to Las Vegas

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Eurowings yesterday (April 16) launched a new route linking Munich with Las Vegas. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Auto-GCAS Saves Unconscious F-16 Pilot—Declassified USAF Footage

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This newly declassified video footage from the head-up-display of a U.S. Air Force Arizona Air National Guard F-16 records the dramatic moment when its unconscious pilot is saved from certain death by the aircraft’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS). (aviationweek.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to speed up inspections after engine explodes, killing one

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co will speed up inspections of all related engines out of extra caution, the airline said, after a passenger was killed when an engine on one of its planes exploded and broke apart mid-air. (www.reuters.com) More...

Heroic Southwest pilot, among 1st female fighter pilots in military.

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Tammie Jo Shults was at the helm of a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas on Tuesday with 149 people aboard when one of the aircraft's engines blew. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article209178274.html#storylink=cpy (www.kansascity.com) More...

Air France chief Jean-Marc Janaillac threatens to resign if strikes continue

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The embattled CEO of Air France-KLM, Jean-Marc Janaillac, threatened Friday to resign if Air France staff continue to reject his wage proposals following nine days of strikes in the past two months. (www.airlive.net) More...

Rolls-Royce to check 380 Trent 1000 engines already in service

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London - Technical problems at Rolls-Royce are putting pressure on Boeing and airline operators across the world. The British engine manufacturer wants to carry out further inspections for Trent 1000 engines in the C package already installed on B787 aircraft. The checks will be made on 380 Trent 1000 turbines. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Emergency landing KAEX by ICE Contract Aircraft

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Emergency landing due to landing gear problem on a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 operated by World Atlantic in support of ICE. (www.kalb.com) More...

Alaska’s First A321neo In ‘More To Love’ Colors Is Ready To Fly (+Photos)

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MIAMI — Alaska Airlines unveiled its first Airbus A321neo sporting the colorful ‘More To Love’ livery through a post on its Instagram back in February. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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