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Lufthansa outflies Ryanair in Europe's skies

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German airline giant Lufthansa said on Wednesday, 10 January, it had carried 130 million passengers in 2017, nosing ahead of budget Irish carrier Ryanair to become Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers. (www.traveller24.com) More...

Firm to receive up to $70 mn if MH370 found in new hunt

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Malaysia signed a deal with an American firm on Wednesday to resume the search for MH370 almost four years after the plane disappeared, with the company to receive up to $70 million if successful. The new hunt, which will last 90 days, is expected to start in mid-January when a high-tech vessel leased by the seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, reaches a new search zone in the southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people -- mostly from China --… (www.msn.com) More...

Horizon flight lands on taxiway instead of runway; FAA is investigating

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About 3 miles from the airport, the crew positioned the aircraft for landing and attempted to activate the remote-controlled runway lights, said Horizon Air spokesman Ray Lane in an email. "The crew having not been informed of the non-operational runway lights, misidentified (the taxiway as the runway), lined up to it and safely landed," Lane said. (lmtribune.com) More...

Boeing posts a video of the 787-10 on ground and flight tests

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Los Angeles - Boeing posted a video of the 787-10's recent flight and ground tests, the largest model in the Dreamliner family. In particular, low and high-speed take-off tests were conducted at the Edwards US Air Force base in California and aerodynamic flight tests a few feet above the ground, one of the most exciting for pilots. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Here we go again: FAA investigating another SFO landing mishap

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SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest pilot landing incident at San Francisco International Airport, federal investigators Tuesday launched an investigation after an Aeromexico passenger jet was ordered to abort a landing when it lined up on the wrong runway which was occupied by another commercial jet. (www.mercurynews.com) More...

(Video) Bonanza forced landing in field after engine failure

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With smoke billowing from inside the cockpit, this is the moment a co-pilot of a small airplane filmed his own crash-landing as he was on his way to a Thanksgiving family reunion. The pilot, a retired naval aviator and test pilot, was flying from Virginia Beach in Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama, with his son and his girlfriend on November 28, 2013, in a Beech V35 when he was forced to make an emergency landing. After three hours flying, the pilot heard a “loud pop” and the engine then lost… (www.liveleak.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...

Autonomous Submarines to Make 90-Day Search For Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Undersea mapping firm Ocean Infinity will use autonomous underwater vehicles to search for the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

China orders 184 Airbus A320 planes: France

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China has ordered 184 Airbus A320 planes to be delivered to 13 airlines, French officials said Wednesday as President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up a state visit to the country. (www.channelnewsasia.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...

Area 51 flights? Top-secret government airline seeks flight attendant

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Are you a Las Vegas-based flight attendant looking for work and able to keep a secret(s)? Do you feel positively about working for an airline that sort of doesn’t exist? Happen to have a Top-Secret clearance with the U.S. government, or think you could snag one? If so, the perfect job just opened up. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Norwegian Air Shuttle Changes Engines On Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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Norwegian Airlines must switch engines in 21 of their ’Dreamliner’ aircraft Norwegian Airline will replace the engines in 21 of their ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft. The bill will end up with the supplier. (norwaytoday.info) More...

Boeing’s Bid to Buy Embraer Could See Brazilian Engineers Work On the 797

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According to people involved with the history, Boeing took serious looks alternately at Embraer and at its Canadian rival Bombardier over the past 18 years. Its renewed move on Embraer could herald the acquisition of engineering talent to work on its next new jet, the 797. (www.seattletimes.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...

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...

Toronto-Bound Porter Airlines Passengers Told to Delete Videos or Face Arrest

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Porter Airlines passengers stranded in Boston on Friday were told by a representative they would have to delete videos of an encounter with an agent or face arrest. (globalnews.ca) More...

At CES, Volocopter's Air Taxi Takes Flight For First Time in US

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Once known as E-volo, Volocopter isn’t exactly a new kid on the flying taxi block. In fact, we covered the company’s first ever flight on the second day of The Verge’s existence. The company has pumped out a handful of videos over the last few years of the first test flights and demos of the prototype, the Volocopter VC200, in action. It recently followed that with the Volocopter 2X, a more polished version that’s supposed to be company’s first true production vehicle. (Intel also showed a video… (www.theverge.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...

Airbus Tops Up A330 Tanker Backlog

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Airbus closed 2017 with the formal receipt of an order for five A330-200s to be adapted to the multirole tanker/transport (MRTT) configuration to equip a future pooled European fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

ANALYSIS: Airbus powers up its other assets in Romania

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Its helicopters division is not the only Airbus unit to have set up shop in Romania. In 2011, Premium Aerotec, the group’s wholly owned but autonomous aerostructures subsidiary, opened its first factory outside Germany next to the Airbus Helicopters facility in Brasov. The plant has since almost doubled in size to 26,000m2 (280,000ft2) and has just expanded its workforce from around 850 to 1,000. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

American Airlines’ Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

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The most successful businesses try to understand their customers, figure out how to add more value, sometimes even before customers themselves know what they need. Executives work to understand a product, how it’s experienced by customers, even before it’s introduced to customers. That’s the very opposite of doing the least amount possible for customers. Doug Parker spoke with employees American Airlines ‘Crew News’ this past week, and he seemed to reveal which approach they take at American… (viewfromthewing.boardingarea.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...

Delta to keep the MD-88s flying until 2020 due to replacement Bombardier CS100 delays

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Boeing has previously accused Bombardier of dumping the aircraft on to the US market after Bombardier reported a $500 million (CA) loss due mainly to three orders it negotiated probably at a loss. Delta is now being forced to spend more money on the aging MD-88s for maintenance until the type is fully replaced. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Part falls from United plane onto moving car during takeoff

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Apart fell from an airliner taking off from John Wayne Airport and landed on a moving vehicle recently in Newport Beach, officials confirmed Wednesday. (www.orlandosentinel.com) More...

Airbus Progresses With Clearing Parked A320neo Backlog

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Airbus delivered a total of 181 A320neo-family aircraft last year, as it began to overcome the powerplant snags which had held up deliveries of the re-engined jets. (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...

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...

'Scramble, scramble': What happens when NATO call on fighter jets to intercept Russian aircraft

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US pilots have been scrambled 30 times in the last four months to intercept Russian aircraft flying into Baltic airspace (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

Delta Raises 2018 Earnings Guidance 20% Due to Tax Law

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Delta Air Lines on Thursday posted fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street's expectations, and it raised its 2018 guidance about 20 percent. (www.cnbc.com) More...

Tianjin Airlines to Introduce Airbus A350; Grow Long-Haul Network

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Tianjin Airlines will induct Airbus A350s into its fleet in 2018, with plans to launch services to popular long-haul destinations such as Los Angeles and Madrid. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bell Helicopter To Unveil Urban Air Taxi at CES 2018

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Bell Helicopter will unveil its design for an urban air-taxi design tomorrow at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The four-passenger design will offer full connectivity, including video conferencing capability. (www.ainonline.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...

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