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Spirit Airlines is coming to Richmond

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Spirit Airlines has announced it is coming to Richmon, Virginia. Beginning March 15, 2018, Spirit will begin daily, nonstop service from the Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (worldairlinenews.com) More...

airBaltic carries record number of passengers in October

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During the first ten months of 2017 the Latvian airline airBaltic transported a total of 3,007,034 passengers to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Aer Lingus to Debut Nonstop Seattle to Dublin Service in May

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Aer Lingus is bolstering its transatlantic network with a new service from Dublin to Seattle. (www.travelweekly.co.uk) More...

LAX Debuts New Automated Screening Designed To Cut Wait Times

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel bedlam, authorities at Los Angeles International Airport Friday unveiled five automated screening lanes designed to speed up the security process in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The lanes allow several passengers to concurrently fill trays with personal belongings, and then proceed to the body scanners, allowing more passengers to be screened each hour, according to Los Angeles World Airports. “Once you put your items in… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines' Chief Commercial Officer Peter Ingram to Succeed Mark Dunkerley as CEO

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Hawaiian Holdings chief executive Mark Dunkerley will retire on 1 March 2018, the airline announces. Peter Ingram, currently chief commercial officer of Hawaiian, will succeed Dunkerley on that day, the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines says. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

OPINION: Airbus, Emirates Face Off Over A380 Impasse

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To concentrate on the Emirates A380 order saga in anticipation of writing large figures in Dubai air show headlines is to ignore the fascinating high-stakes poker game being played in the background – one involving numbers far greater than a couple of dozen aircraft and a few billions of dollars. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

PICTURE: IndiGo Takes Delivery of First ATR 72-600

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Indian carrier IndiGo has received its first turboprop, an ATR 72-600. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Gulf Air Names New CEO, Leases Boeing 787-9s

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Gulf Air has appointed the former head of Croatia Airlines, Krešimir Kučko, as CEO, effective immediately. He replaces Maher Salman Al Musallam, who retired earlier this year. (atwonline.com) More...

China orders 300 Boeing jets to meet rising demand

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Co. agreed to buy 300 Boeing aircraft worth about $37 billion as the nation’s airlines ramp up capacity to meet rising demand. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Navy admits to being involved in obscene sky drawings

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OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. – Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County. Photos sent to KREM 2 by multiple sources show skydrawings of what some people are saying is male genitalia. (www.wtsp.com) More...

Mid air collision between aircraft and Helicopter.

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A mid air collision between an aircraft and a Helicopter has resulted in multiple fatalities in England. Wreckage from both aircraft is believed to have landed in the estate grounds of Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, on Friday afternoon. At least seven fire appliances, including three urban search emergency vehicles, were sent to the scene along with six fire officers who also launched the fire brigade drone to look for any survivors. Staff from the Waddesdon Estate, which is managed by… (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Lufthansa to increase flights from Berlin to New York JFK

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Lufthansa flies from Berlin to New York five times a week from Nov. 8. Every day except Fridays and Sundays, a Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 takes off at 17:35 from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to fly over the North Atlantic. Flight LH 406 arrives at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 21:35. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Bombardier set to hire 1,000 as part of ramp up for Global 7000 business jet

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MONTREAL - Bombardier Inc. is planning to go on a hiring spree in Montreal by adding about 1,000 people in the coming months as part of the production ramp-up of its new Global 7000 business jets, according to a source. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Wizz Air orders 146 A320neos

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Wizz Air has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo family aircraft (72 A320neo and 74 A321neo). While deliveries will start in 2022, the bulk of the aircraft will be delivered in 2025 and 2026, following on from the delivery of the 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered by Wizz Air in 2015. (www.aviationnews-online.com) More...

Algerie Boeing 737 near Algiers on Nov 10th 2017, cabin pressure problems

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An Air Algerie Boeing 737-600, registration 7T-VJT performing flight AH-2046 from Algiers (Algeria) to Geneva (Switzerland), was climbing through FL340 out of Algiers when the crew initiated a rapid, later emergency descent reporting cabin pressure problems (www.aeroinside.com) More...

PICTURE: Hawaiian's first A321neo arrives in Honolulu home

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Hawaiian Airlines first Airbus A321neo has arrived at the company's Honolulu hub, a milestone coming about seven weeks before Hawaiian's planned launch of A321neo revenue flights. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Turkey terminates multibillion-dollar local jet program

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Turkey has quietly axed a multibillion-dollar program for the indigenous production of a regional jet with dual civilian and military use. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

WHEN PIGS FLY! Woman Kicked Off Flight After Her Emotional Support PIG Became Too Rowdy

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The woman was given her marching orders after her havoc-wreaking hog began walking up and down the aisles. Even attempts to strap it to an arm rest failed to settle the farmyard animal on the flight from Connecticut. (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley to Retire in 2018

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Mark Dunkerley, who shepherded Hawaiian Airlines through a successful turnaround after joining the carrier in 2002, will retire in March. (www.hawaiinewsnow.com) More...

GE Unveils 3D Metal Printer for Aviation Parts

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GE has unveiled its previously-announced 3D metal printer, suitable for making aircraft parts. At the manufacturing trade show formnext in Germany, the GE Additive team revealed the as-yet-unnamed machine, demonstrating its ability to print parts as large as 1 meter in diameter directly from a computer file. Using additive manufacturing technology, the machine fuses together thin layers of metal powder with a 1-kilowatt laser. (www.engadget.com) More...

Southwest unveils new flights from Oakland Airport

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Southwest Airlines is adding four new flights to Oakland, and the airport will boast a total of 33 cities with nonstop flights in 2018. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing says 777 aircraft production snags won’t cause delayed deliveries

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The Chicago-based aerospace and defense company said it had given workers more time to catch up on “behind-work” on the 777 assembly line in its massive factory in Everett, Washington. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon

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The FAA, the USAF, and air traffic control recordings all confirm the bizarre event did indeed occur last October. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Airbus to complete A350-1000 reliability testing

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Airbus has completed the functional & reliability testing for the A350-1000, bringing the aircraft a step closer to type certification this month.The first customer delivery to Qatar Airways will follow in the coming weeks, according to Airbus. (www.airguide.info) More...

Will Delta Air Lines' Spat With Boeing Weigh On Massive Plane Order?

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As Delta reportedly weighs a new purchase that pits Boeing and Airbus against one another, Boeing might need a better pitch than, you know, "Wait, we have skinnier toilets!" The airline is mulling an order for up to 100 aircraft, worth as much as $12.7 billion, with an option to buy 100 more, according to Bloomberg. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Wataniya Airways to add 25 A320neo Family aircraft

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Airline to upgrade its fleet with fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft (www.airbus.com) More...

Ryanir Boeing 737 at Alghero on Nov 14th 2017, bird strike

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DYE performing flight FR-4708 from Milan Bergamo to Alghero (Italy), was on approach to Alghero's runway 20 when a sea gull was ingested by one of the engines (CFM56). (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Frontier Airlines making massive Airbus purchase

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Frontier Airlines said it's buying 134 new Airbus airplanes worth $15 billion. The Denver-based airline said it will buy 100 A320neo planes and 34 A321neo planes from Airbus that will allow the airline to triple in size over the next 10 years. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Southwest Pilot Arrested With Loaded Gun In St. Louis Airport

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ST. LOUIS (CBSLA) – A 51-year-old Southwest Airlines pilot has been arrested in St. Louis Lambert International Airport after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bags early Wednesday morning, according to airport officials. A TSA agent discovered a loaded 9mm pistol in the pilot’s luggage during screening, the airport said. The pilot was detained before 5 a.m. local time and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. “The suspect did not have any conceal and carry permit or any other… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Trump's Plan to Save Air Force from Collapse due to Pilot Shortage Won't Work, U. S. Military Says

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Trump's order allows the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to ensure it has enough aviators who are combat-ready. By law, all branches of the military are typically only allowed to bring back 25 officers at a time. But the Air Force is short 2,000 pilots as of last week, and pilot recalls aren't sufficient to meet needs. (www.newsweek.com) More...

Bird smashes into American Airlines flight, gets embedded in nose of plane

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An airplane experiencing a bird strike isn’t an entirely uncommon phenomenon — but it’s much less common that the bird itself continues on for the rest of the trip. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Alaska Airbus to End Los Angeles-Havana Flights

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Alaska Airlines will discontinue its daily Los Angeles-Havana flight on 22 January, roughly one year after the carrier launched the route. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing, FlyDubai Sign Historic Deal for 225 737 MAX Airplanes

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and flydubai signed a landmark agreement today for 225 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $27 billion. The deal represents the largest-ever single-aisle jet order – by number of airplanes and total value – from a Middle East carrier. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Boeing, AerCap Announce EGYPTAIR as Newest 787 Dreamliner Operator

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and AerCap announced at the 2017 Dubai Airshow that EGYPTAIR will lease six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

DUBAI: EgyptAir to Lease 15 Airbus A320neos From AerCap

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EgyptAir has committed to lease 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft from AerCap. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

DUBAI: Indigo Partners Signs MoU For 430 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft

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Private equity firm Indigo Partners has signed a memorandum of understanding for 430 Airbus A320neo family aircraft at the Dubai air show. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

CDB Aviation Confirms Order For 58 Airbus A320neos and 32 A321neos

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Dublin based CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (CDB Aviation) announces a firm order for 90 A320neo Family aircraft during the Dubai Airshow 2017. The agreement was reached in two steps: an original purchase agreement signed in 2014 for 45 A320neo Family aircraft, which remained undisclosed to date, and the firming up of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced at the 2017 Le Bourget Paris Airshow in June 2017 for an additional 30 A320neo and 15 A321neo aircraft. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus Seals $50 Billion Jet Deal to Outdo Boeing in Dubai

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Airbus SE announced the biggest commercial-plane transaction in its history, securing an order for single-aisle aircraft valued at nearly $50 billion at the Dubai Air Show, outdoing Boeing Co.’s own $20 billion mega-deal. Wednesday’s pact for 430 A320neo planes with U.S. investor Indigo Partners marked a turnaround for Airbus at the Gulf expo, where it had been trailing its rival. It’s also a crowning achievement for sales chief John Leahy, who is set to retire after a career in which he has… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Incident: Azur B757 at Goa on Nov 11th 2017, engine problem, passengers left behind but luggage on aircraft

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An Azur Air Boeing 757-200, registration VQ-BQA performing flight ZF-7728 from Goa (India) to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia), was in the initial climb out of Goa's runway 26 when the left hand engine emitted bangs and rumbling noises prompting the crew to stop (avherald.com) More...

British Airways Boeing 777 near London on Nov 13th 2017, fumes on board

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A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-VIIJ performing flight BA-196 from Houston,TX (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), had already left cruise level 410 and was maintaining FL330 overhead Wales (UK) when the crew requested medical services to attend the aircraft after landing (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Video: Bombardier Dubai Air Show 2017 Day 3 Recap

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Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft talks about the excitement of today's EgyptAir announcement. Fred Cromer, président, Bombardier Avions Commerciaux parle de l'excitation engendrée après l'annonce aujourd'hui d'EgyptAir. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Indigo Partners doubles existing A320neo Family order

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Valued at $49.5 billion, this is Airbus’ largest single announcement ever (www.airbus.com) More...

Hannover airport lockdown lifted: Bomb disposal experts explode suspect package

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HANNOVER Airport is no longer on lockdown after a suspect package was destroyed by bomb disposal experts. (www.express.co.uk) More...

This Airline's Cabin Crew Say They Were Arrested For Not Upgrading a Politician's Daughter

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The daughter of a former minister of Argentina allegedly demanded to be upgraded to Business Class. She didn't like the person she was sitting next to. --------------------------------------------- People = It's a world gone mad. AWAALUM (www.inc.com) More...

American adds Iceland flights as competition surges

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American Airlines will begin flying to Iceland, becoming the last of the USA’s “big three” legacy carriers to add service to the nation. (www.usatoday.com) More...