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Airbus Reportedly Planning To Increase A320 Production

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Airbus to open a mega warehouse in Hamburg. Scheduled to open in July, the mega warehouse will allow Airbus to better control its logistics and supply train. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Emirates has been ordered by a judge to pay a passenger $1.63m (£1.2m) after losing his bags 12 years ago.

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Orji Prince Ikem, a Nigerian businessman, was travelling to China for business in 2007 when the loss occurred. Ikem was carrying $1.63m cash in his hand luggage in order to purchase goods in China. He claims he was approached by airline staff who insisted he hand over his luggage. Although he was given two luggage tags with reference numbers, the bags were never located. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

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American Airlines To Get $3.1bn In Additional Government Support

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American Airlines received over $5 billion under the initial PSP enacted right at the start of the crisis. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Delta Boeing 767 Returns To JFK With Landing Gear Troubles

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The crew decided to return to the departure airport and declared an emergency. (simpleflying.com) More...

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So Long (and Good Riddance) to CNN Airport News

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Will we finally get some peace and quiet at the gate? (askthepilot.com) More...

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American Airlines responds to video of pilot threatening to 'dump' passengers in Kansas

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American Airlines has issued a statement defending the actions of a pilot who said he would "put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off" if they didn’t behave on a flight leaving from Washington D.C. on Friday. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Virgin Orbit launches rocket from their modified Boeing 747

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Virgin Orbit successfully launched several satellites into space with a rocket deployed from a modified 747 in flight. The rocket was released from the plane a little before 11:40 AM PST today. See https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N744VG/history/20210117/1800Z/KMHV/KMHV/tracklog (www.bbc.com) More...

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FAA Finally Cracking Down On Unruly Passengers

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had enough of airplane passenger temper tantrums, and has put in place a new order for a stricter legal enforcement policy. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Boeing's MCAS on the 737 MAX may not have been needed at all

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This postscript to the most severe safety crisis in Boeing's history outlines the moments, milestones, and catastrophic missteps that lead to MCAS's fateful implementation. Yet the saga of MCAS lives on with one haunting realization: according to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, in a sentiment shared by many European regulators, the system may not have been necessary at all. (theaircurrent.com) More...

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American Airlines becomes first US airline to introduce "Health Passport" for all international flights to US

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FORT WORTH — American Airlines becomes the first U.S. airline to introduce an easy way to provide results from a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test and other completed documents required for international travel into the United States. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Qantas to revisit "Project Sunrise" before year-end

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SYDNEY — Australian flag carrier Qantas is planning to revive Project Sunrise flights at the end of 2021. CEO Alan Joyce expects that non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London, New York, and Paris will be even more appealing in the post-pandemic era. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Pilot of N8114F spells “God Bless” over Iowa

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The pilot of N8114F, a PA-28-181 Archer II, has spelled the phrase “God Bless” over Iowa on January 11th. The flight lasted nearly 3 hours long and covered a distance of 341 miles as the pilot spelled out the message in bubble letters (flightaware.com) More...

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Man lived inside O’Hare for 3 months before detection

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A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his arrest. Two United Airlines employees approached Singh and asked to see his identification. Singh showed them an airport ID badge that he was wearing around his neck, which actually belonged to an operations manager who had reported it missing Oct. 26. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

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Delta CEO says airline will permanently ban passengers 'who refuse to display basic civility'

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The CEO of Delta Air Lines has announced that the carrier will permanently ban passengers who disrespect fellow customers or crew. CEO Ed Bastian laid down the law in a memo sent to employees Friday, and shared with Fox News. The executive revealed that the airline has already added over 800 people to its no-fly list for refusing to wear mandatory face masks during travel, along with news of the company's latest policy. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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FAA toughens unruly passenger policy after flight disruptions in wake of Capitol riot

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin handing down stricter punishments to unruly airline passengers without a warning, including "fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment." (abcnews.go.com) More...

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Men Who Gave CPR To Dying United Passenger With COVID Given $200 Flight Vouchers

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I think this is one of those “darned if you do, darned if you don’t” sort of things. (yourmileagemayvary.net) More...

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Ted Lumpkin Jr., a Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 100

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Mr. Lumpkin, one of the oldest surviving Tuskegee Airmen, died on Dec. 26 at a hospital in Los Angeles, just a few days before his 101st birthday. He died of complications of Covid-19. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Flight Attendant Union Calls On Airlines To Combine No-Fly Lists

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The AFA-CWA is asking airlines to share their no-fly lists with each other, as a matter of security (yourmileagemayvary.net) More...

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Atlas Air Orders Final 4 Boeing 747-8Fs

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Atlas Air has agreed to purchase the last Boeing 747-8Fs to be produced by Boeing, with deliveries expected for 2022... This will bring the total number of 747s flown by Atlas to 57 aircraft, keeping them as the largest operator of the type... (aeronewsglobal.com) More...

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Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

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Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep flying calm and orderly, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is checking “hundreds of names” that may be prohibited from boarding aircraft, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cracking down on unruly passengers. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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United Airlines invades Delta's backyard with Atlanta cargo route

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United Airlines goes after Delta's Atlanta hub for cargo share. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines warns of increased cash burn in January

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Alaska Airlines has seen passenger demand and revenue deteriorate since October. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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United Airlines latest to end free travel for emotional-support animals

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United Airlines will stop offering free travel for emotional-support animals next week. The airline announced Friday that beginning Monday, passengers will no longer be able to book travel for their furry companions, The Associated Press reports. Free travel for emotional-support animals will end Feb. 28 for anyone booking ahead of next week’s deadline. (www.msn.com) More...

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FedEx To Retire Its Remaining MD-10s By 2023

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Global freight business FedEx appears set to retire its remaining Boeing MD-10s by 2023. FedEx currently flies a fleet of 17 MD-10s. But buried in FedEx’s second-quarter report for the 2021 fiscal year is the news FedEx will be phasing the planes out over the next couple of years. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Singapore Airlines hopes to be world's first fully-vaccinated airline

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) ... that all of their crew members -- including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public -- have been offered free coronavirus vaccines by the Singaporean government. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Cat Reunited With Owner After 11 Days In LaGuardia Airport Ceiling

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Hooray! What starts as a sad story has a very happy ending! (yourmileagemayvary.net) More...

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FAA now has zero-tolerance policy for unruly airline passengers

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the FAA says passengers who interfere with, threaten or physically assault airline crew members or other passengers will face stiff penalties, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment, if they are convicted. The stricter policy also makes the wearing of face masks mandatory on all flights. (www.wcvb.com) More...

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FAA approves airport coronavirus screenings, paving way for first program to launch in Iowa

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In Cedar Rapids, screeners from a local health-care group, Mercy Medical Center, will ask travelers questions about their health and potential exposure to the coronavirus, and also take their temperatures. The first step should take 10 seconds. Anyone who fails the initial screening will be subject to a second review, which Lenss said in a few weeks could include rapid testing. Those who seem sick would be urged not to travel and be referred back to their airline, which would make the final… (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

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Aviation Stats Update: January 12, 2021

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"With parts of China experiencing new restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, we are seeing a decrease in commercial air traffic. Previously, China was making a strong recovery, coming within -10% of parity to 2019 this past October. This week commercial airline traffic in China hit -26%, which is the largest gap we have seen since July of 2020." (blog.flightaware.com) More...

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Russian Prototype MC-21 Slides Off Runway And Gets Stuck In The Snow

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A test flight for an Irkut MC-21 prototype aircraft ended in a slippery mess when the plane slid off the runway and got stuck in the snow (simpleflying.com) More...

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Canada introduces additional requirements to allow return of the Boeing 737 MAX

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In March 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX passenger airliner was grounded worldwide after 346 people died in two crashes (www.canada.ca) More...

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Electric aviation startup MagniX opens new headquarters and production facility in Everett

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Local aviation startup MagniX, which is developing electric motors to replace the gas turbine engines on commuter airplanes carrying up to 40 passengers, announced Tuesday it is consolidating its operations at a new facility in Everett. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Emirates boss says Boeing must recognize top-down role in MAX flaws

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DUBAI (Reuters) - The head of one of Boeing Co’s biggest customers, Dubai’s Emirates, wants the planemaker to demonstrate fundamental changes after producing a flawed 737 MAX jet and has urged it to recognize “culpability and accountability” from the very top. (www.reuters.com) More...

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The Day 1122 Passengers Flew On A Single 747

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How many passengers can you fit on a Boeing 747? Anywhere between 400 and 500 is normal, but there is one historical case where it was as high as 1,122. (YouTube Video) (www.youtube.com) More...

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British Woman, WW2 Pilot, Dies at 103

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A trailblazing pilot who was one of the last surviving women to have taken on the task of transporting aircraft to the frontlines of the second world war has died at the age of 103. (www.theguardian.com) More...

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US DOT approves planned American-JetBlue partnership

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WASHINGTON D.C — JetBlue Airways and American Airlines have announced that their strategic alliance is moving ahead following review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both carriers will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering more seamless connectivity and better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA, and EWR) and Boston (BOS). The carriers also expect this alliance will accelerate each airline’s recovery from… (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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The Demise of Eastern at 30

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Up now in Ask the Pilot: The Demise of Eastern at 30. On January 19th, 1991, one of aviation's most storied franchises ceased operations. (askthepilot.com) More...

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How American Airlines Is Keeping Government Payroll Support For Itself, Not Giving It To Employees

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The government’s $900 billion Covid relief bill passed at the end of December included $15 billion to airlines, on top of the $50 billion provisioned to U.S. airlines as part of the original CARES Act. This was pitched as payroll support, meant to cover the cost of the less than 40,000 people who were furloughed or laid off from U.S. carriers. In exchange for the money airlines have to bring these people back onto payroll through March 31, and pay them retroactively to December 1, 2020. At an… (viewfromthewing.com) More...

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What Happened To The Boeing 747s That Flew The Space Shuttle?

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With its unique design, the Boeing 747 is an aesthetically-striking aircraft in its own right. However, two of these iconic double-decker quadjets became perhaps even more conspicuous following the end of their passenger services. Of course, I am referring to the two 747-100s that NASA converted for use as ‘Shuttle Carrier Aircraft’ in the 1970s and ’80s. But what happened to these legendary outsize freighters? (simpleflying.com) More...

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American Airlines Send Man $1000 Bill For Skipping Flights

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“Hidden City” or “Throw-Away” ticketing is not illegal, but it is against an airline’s contract of carriage that you pledge to abide by when you book a ticket. The concept is simple. Airlines often charge more for direct flights so when booking, say, Los Angeles to New York, it may end up costing more for that flight alone than booking Los Angeles to New York to Orlando, even though the LA to NY flight is the same. (liveandletsfly.com) More...

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Pilot Report: My 737 MAX Simulator Ride

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One of the requirements for the return to service of this aircraft is that pilots undergo a training session in a simulator. The purpose of the sim ride is to familiarize pilots with the behavior and possible failure modes of various flight control and indication systems. The ride included demonstrations of the normal function of the speed trim system (STS) and Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) during a stall and failure scenarios of angle of attack (AOA) and airspeed… (www.avgeekery.com) More...

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De Havilland Set To Suspend Q400 Production

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Canadian turboprop manufacturer De Havilland Canada is preparing to press pause on the Q400 project. The total backlog of Dash 8-400s at the present time is just 17 aircraft. Once those are built, no more will be produced unless further orders are received. With plenty of planes on the secondhand market and the lease on DHC’s factory up for renewal, could we be approaching the end of the Dash 8 project? (simpleflying.com) More...

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All Travelers Headed To The U.S. Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test Result

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According to a new report, the CDC will sign off on an order stating that anyone entering the United States from January 26, 2021 and beyond will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines adds to C-suite, cargo teams

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New hires, promotions for the executive chiefs and the cargo division. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Those Mysterious Dark Helicopters Were Landing On Multiple Downtown LA Rooftops Last Night

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Atrio of mysterious gray Bell 407 helicopters equipped with unique antennas, which may belong to an especially secretive U.S. military aviation unit, was up in the skies again over greater Los Angeles yesterday. You can read more about what we've been able to determine about them so far in our initial reporting here. During their most recent flights, two of them landed multiple times on rooftops in downtown L.A. This is very reminiscent of realistic urban training exercises that the U.S.… (www.thedrive.com) More...

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Flying to Cape May (KWWD) for the $500 breakfast with sleepy co-pilot

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We encountered a close bird strike and head-on with a Cessna on our way back. This flight was a sad reminder of Berny, Rosy's son, who flew with us to Cape May on Feb, 2020. Unfortunately, Berny passed away on Nov 1, 2020 at the young age of 33 and is missed by everyone that knew him. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 (and first class) returns to the US in March

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Lufthansa pulled its Boeing 747-8 aircraft from international flights to the U.S. in 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak massively reduced international travel demand, instead operating smaller twin-engine jets on these routes. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Unresponsive Private Jet Prompted Sonic Boom Over England

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A Bombardier private jet lost contact with air traffic control over UK airspace yesterday, forcing the Royal Air Force (RAF) to scramble two military jets in response. While intercepting the plane, the two RAF Typhoon jets broke the sound barrier, emanating a sonic boom that was heard across the East of England. (simpleflying.com) More...

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