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Germania to phase out 737 fleet by summer 2019, move to all Airbus operation

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Germania announced (15-Jan-2018) it will commence its "most comprehensive fleet renewal" from 2020. In preparation, the airline plans to phase out its 10 Boeing 737-700 aircraft over the next 15 months, in order to move to an all Airbus fleet. (centreforaviation.com) More...

Emirates gives a hand to troubled A380 program with 20 new orders including an option for 16 more

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Emirates wants more Airbus A380. Emirates orders 20 Superjumbos and secures an option for 16 more. Thus the long-discussed A380 program is saved for the time being. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

TSA: TV Crew Tried To Get Through Newark Airport Security Checkpoint With Fake Bomb

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — At least seven people who said they worked for a TV crew were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport Thursday, after they allegedly tried to film themselves going through a security checkpoint with a fake explosive device. The Transportation Security Administration said Port Authority police arrested the group after officers detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

Delta introduces enhanced requirements for customers traveling with service or support animals effective March 1

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Delta Air Lines is taking steps to further protect its customers, employees and service and support animals by implementing advance documentation requirements for those animals. This comes as a result of a lack of regulation that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight. The new requirements support Delta’s top priority of ensuring safety for its customers, employees and trained service and support animals, while supporting the rights of customers with legitimate… (news.delta.com) More...

Boeing wants to train pilots against cyberattacks

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Boeing has taken a patent for a technology that simulates cyberattacks on airplanes to train pilots. Boeing thinks that cyberattacks may be a real threat to flight safety and pilots should be trained to determine and withstand them. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Interjet to use four SSJ100s as spare part donors

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Interjet put four of its 22 Sukhoi Superjet 100s out of service Delays in the maintenance of Powerjet SaM146 engines kept the Russian regional jets on the ground. In the meantime, the four aircraft, which were only a few years old, serve as spare part donors for the rest of the fleet. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing's 'Son of Blackbird' hypersonic strike aircraft could go five times the speed of sound

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Boeing has finally unveiled a successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound. (www.foxnews.com) More...

(Video) The Little Brother | Cirrus SR22 | Emirates

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Cute video about the SR22 joining the training fleet for Emirates (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

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Airbus SE is in talks to sell new A380 superjumbo planes to British Airways this year after securing a program-saving deal from Persian Gulf operator Emirates, according to people familiar with the matter. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

A new record from Airbus: 1109 orders and 718 deliveries in 2017

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Toulouse - In 2017, Airbus registered 1109 net orders from 44 customers, and delivered 718 aircraft to 85 clients across the world. 4% higher than the previous year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Delta Air Lines Just Revealed It's Making a Lot of Money From People You'd Never Expect (And Delta Never Expected Either)

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There was a time when businesses understood that if their employees were flying on behalf of the company and the flight was a long one, those employees should fly in First or Business Class. (www.inc.com) More...

Canada, U.K. Renew Demands on Boeing to Drop Bombardier Dispute

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Canada and the U.K. are continuing to press Boeing Co. to drop its trade challenge of Bombardier Inc., with one Canadian minister saying any resolution must also include the cancellation of U.S. punitive tariffs. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

In an Eye-Opening Announcement, United Airlines Claimed It's Going to Finally Tell Passengers the Truth

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Recently, United Airlines has been on something of a please-the-passenger kick. Which is better than kicking the passenger for pleasure, surely. Last week, I wrote about how the airline is finally introducing a long-haul Premium Economy Class -- called Premium Plus -- something passengers have been craving for, oh, 25 years. Now, United is getting positively giddy. It's decided to start telling passengers the truth. Yes, the whole truth. (www.inc.com) More...

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Takes Possession of Gulfstream V

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"Glory to God! Kenneth Copelandd Ministries took possession of the debt-free Gulfstream V on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. " (www.youtube.com) More...

Serial stowaway evades all security, boards and flies O'Hare/Chicago-Heathrow/London

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It's at least the third time she made it past security and flew. She's been arrested at least eight other times four states after getting past security and successfully boarding; in those cases, she was discovered and removed before departure. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope

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The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured. (www.foxnews.com) More...

A Decade Later, TSA Officially Drops LASP

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Nearly a decade after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and was met with an outpouring of opposition, the agency has quietly withdrawn the rule. NBAA noted its official withdrawal, saying that, as originally written, the rule would have imposed “new, onerous, and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation.” Instead, the association said, the business aviation community is continuing to work with the agency on… (www.ainonline.com) More...

American Airlines flight attendants complain about the tiny bathrooms on the 737 MAX

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Passengers who fly on American Airlines’ 737 Max planes will probably notice that the lavatories are extra small, with sinks so tiny that fliers can only wash one hand at a time. (www.latimes.com) More...

Technical Glitches Prompt Southwest Airlines Flight Problems

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LOS ANGELES — Southwest Airlines says computer problems delayed or canceled flights in and out of airports in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, but they've been resolved. Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish says Friday afternoon's problems at LAX lasted about 3 ½ hours. He says gate systems and lobby check-in systems were affected. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Press Release – FAA Proposes $75,000 Civil Penalty Against Commercial Jet, Inc.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $75,000 civil penalty against Commercial Jet, Inc. of Miami, Fla., for allegedly conducting improper repairs on the landing gear of a Boeing 767 aircraft. (www.faa.gov) More...

GA Groups ask DOT To Reopen Aircraft Registry During Shutdown

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AOPA and five other general aviation groups sent a letter asking Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao to reopen the FAA aircraft registry, which is closed because of the ongoing federal government shutdown. (www.aopa.org) More...

Ethiopian Airlines to Take 45% Stake in Zambia Airways

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Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines has finalized a strategic partnership with the Zambian government on the re-launch of Zambia Airways, taking a 45% stake in the airline. (atwonline.com) More...

Rolls-Royce sets up new jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Texas

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Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has recently leased the entire 440,000 square feet of the former Texas Aero Engine Services LLC (TAESL) facility to operate a jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. (www.stattimes.com) More...

Frontier and Volaris to Launch Codeshare

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Frontier Airlines and Volaris have signed a codeshare agreement, with sales to begin in the coming months. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing 747, Airbus A380 Operators Rank Low on Transpacific Fuel Efficiency

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Operating four-engined jets such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 has placed Qantas, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines at the bottom of a recent ranking of airline fuel efficiency on transpacific flights. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

IATA: 2018 Passenger Growth to Stay Above Trend, But Slower Than 2017

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Worldwide air passenger traffic was up 8% year-over-year (YOY) in November, the sector’s strongest rise in five months, according to IATA’s November Air Passenger Market Analysis. For the first 11 months of 2017, passenger traffic increased 7.7% over 2016, considerably ahead of the 5.5% ten-year average pace. (atwonline.com) More...

New Delhi to Divide Air India Into Four Units for Sale

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New Delhi has detailed that it will split state-owned Air India into four companies and offer at least 51% in each for sale, as part of its divestment plan for the airline. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Alaska Airlines Announces Eight West Coast Routes From Paine Field

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Alaska Airlines has announced eight routes they will fly out of Paine Field in Everett, WA. The cities they will fly to include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Orange County. Along with the previously-announced United flights to Denver and San Francisco, all flights are scheduled to begin September 2018. (www.heraldnet.com) More...

Canada triggers NAFTA Chapter 19 over hefty Bombardier tariffs

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OTTAWA – The federal government has filed requests for panel reviews under NAFTA Chapter 19 to appeal final U.S. decisions to impose duties on imports of Bombardier C Series aircraft and softwood lumber from Canada. (globalnews.ca) More...

Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico order

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Airbus got an early jump on rival Boeing for 2018 with news on Tuesday (Jan 16) that low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has ordered 80 of its popular A320 planes for a total US$9.3 billion. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

United Boeing 767 over Atlantic on Jan 19th 2018, 15 people fell unwell

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A United Boeing 767-300, registration N644UA performing flight UA-71 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Newark,NJ (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 30 minutes into the Atlantic Crossing west of Ireland when the crew decided to turn around and return to Amsterdam declaring a medical emergency reporting 15 people on board felt unwell and sick. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Embraer’s Pratt-Powered E2 Crossover Jet Readied for Launch

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Embraer’s newest generation of E-jets, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine, will enter into service on schedule this April. Launch customer Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will take delivery of the first E2-190. The E2 family promises to deliver 15% better fuel efficiency through streamlined and lighter airframe design combined with the most fuel-efficient, latest-technology engine architecture – the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine. (aviationweek.com) More...

Spirit Airlines Now Delivers More Flights On Time Than American Or United

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The most recent reporting of airline on time performance data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) came with a big surprise: low cost carrier Spirit Airlines has turned into one of the most punctual carriers in the country. (www.forbes.com) More...

Electric Airplanes Could Remake Aviation

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Electric airplanes could completely make over the regional airline sector -- fundamentally changing the way we move around and creating new economic opportunities. (www.greentechmedia.com) More...

Airbus chief Enders condemns protectionism and Brexit

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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders last night launched a blistering attack on "protectionism" in the aerospace and aviation industries, linking the election of US president Donald Trump and the 2016 UK vote to leave the European Union as moves that could damage free trade and aircraft manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus A321neo Opens Up Long Haul Narrowbody Opportunities For Australia

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Brisbane-Manila could be the first of several long haul narrowbody routes for the Australia market over the next few years as over 500 A321neos are delivered to Asia Pacific airlines. (blueswandaily.com) More...

BA eyes second A380 order

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Airbus is in talks to sell new A380 superjumbo planes to British Airways this year after securing a program-saving deal from Emirates, according to people familiar with the matter. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

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