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Former Navy aircraft lands without wheels (Crash Landing Video)

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A former Royal Navy aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at RNAS Yeovilton, UK, on May 28, after a hydraulics failure of the landing gear. The aircraft circled around to burn up fuel then made a belly landing. (www.accuweather.com) More...

Bombardier “deliberately misleading” in price dumping case, says Boeing

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Boeing minced no words in its closing brief to the US International Trade Commission in its price dumping complaint against Bombardier. “Bombardier’s intentional obfuscation simply proves that Bombardier has no credible answer to [the] allegations,” Boeing’s lawyers wrote in the second sentence. (leehamnews.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 near Grand Forks on May 19th 2017, odour in cabin

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-GSWJ performing flight WS-1578 from Calgary,AB (Canada) to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at FL370 about 100nm south of Grand Forks,ND (USA) when a strong electrical odour developed in the cabin prompting the crew to divert to Grand Forks (avherald.com) More...

Royal Jordanian – The Little Middle East Airline That’s Aiming High. Appoints Aviation Heavyweight as New CEO

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It only flies to 54 destinations in 33 countries with a fleet of just 26 aircraft but Royal Jordanian Airlines is aiming high with a new CEO appointment. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

China Southern launches Melbourne-Shenzhen flights this week!

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SkyTeam alliance member China Southern Airlines will begin non-stop Melbourne-Shenzhen flights on June 1 2017: less than three weeks before competitor Air China launches its own service on the same route. Initially, China Southern’s flights will run twice per week in each direction, growing to three flights per week in July. Using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, high flyers can relax in one of just four first class suites in the very front row… (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Qantas Cancellations for 29th May

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Qantas have 6 cancellations for today including flight 30 from Hong Kong to Sydney. (theqantassource.com) More...

Delta's Italian-design upgrade in first, business class.

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Delta flyers, prepare to say arrivederci to the plain Jane plates and glasses of the past as the carrier rolls out 86 new pieces from Alessi in its Delta One business class and first class cabins. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

First Delta A350 XWB maiden flight from Toulouse

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The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. The aircraft (MSN 115), registered under French test registration F-WZGP, will soon be the flagship of the Delta fleet under the registration N501DN. The aircraft took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport this morning at 10:24 local, and almost immediately climbed towards the Bay of Biscay where it completed several hours of tests at a variety of altitudes. (www.airlive.net) More...

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR won’t have any economy seats.

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Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A350-900ULR will sport a two-class configuration of business and premium economy, without any economy seats. Both seats will adopt next-generation versions of SQ's current designs, including the new business class set to debut on the airline's factory-fresh Airbus A380 superjumbos arriving from October 2017 (alongside all-new A380 first class suites). (www.airlive.net) More...

British Airways CEO 'profusely sorry' for global computer outage

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British Airways CEO Alex Cruz said he was "profusely sorry" for Saturday's worldwide computer outage that stranded thousands of passengers. In an interview that aired on the BBC, Cruz said that the airline will be back to operating 95 percent of its flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Monday. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Russia's first large airliner of the post-Soviet era takes flight

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The Irkut MC-21 Russia's first large airliner since the fall of the Soviet Union made its maiden flight Sunday. (money.cnn.com) More...

Striking British Airways Cabin Crew Will Get Paid Bonuses – Just Don’t Mention ‘Poverty Pay’

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British Airways will increase pay for Cabin Crew to end a pay dispute only if the employee union stops using the term 'poverty pay' and agrees not to take legal action against the airline in the future (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is Flying Really That Awful? A Look at the Brighter Side.

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IS AIR TRAVEL REALLY AS BAD AS EVERYONE CLAIMS? From Airfares to Safety, Here Are Some Reasons Why Not. An Op-Ed in the New York Times by Patrick Smith. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Bogoslof Erupts Again.

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Volcanic activity is extremely high in the Aleutian Islands. Possible delays due to possible longer transpacific routes expected. (www.usnews.com) More...

United Airlines' Route Network Strategy Makes No Sense

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Some aspects of United Airlines' new route selection strategy make sense -- but others are completely baffling. (www.fool.com) More...

United Airlines President Says If You're Uncomfortable In Coach, It's Your Own Fault

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"Seat pitch has come down because that's what customers voted with their wallets that they wanted," said United Airlines President Scott Kirby. "I know everyone would tell you, 'I would like more seat pitch.' But the history in the airline industry is every time airlines put more seat pitch on, customers choose the lowest price." You see, oh silly passenger. Your discomfort is caused by your parsimoniousness. If you gave the airlines more money, they'd be only too delighted… (www.inc.com) More...

Wizz Air Launches New Route to Frankfurt from Sofia

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Germany has been a growth area for Wizz Air as the airline carried over 2.7 million passengers from Germany in 2016 alone. Wizz Air has also provided over 2,000 jobs across Germany, operating 11 routes across Europe. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Trade Row Threatens Canada’s Fighter Replacement Plans

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Boeing’s complaint has been taken up by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which has initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into imports of Canadian large civil aircraft. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Aeroflot sues Sukhoi over SSJ100 leases

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Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) has filed a lawsuit against Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Ramenskoye) in the Moscow Arbitration Court, reports Vedomosti. The case relates to state subsidies for a RUB576 million (USD10.1 million) contract for the lease of ten SSJ 100-95s in June, 2011. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Ramadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises

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amadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises. Here’s a rundown of what some of the biggest airline’s are offering their passengers this year: (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

MC-21-300 commercial airliner has completed maiden flight

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On 28 May, 2017, the maiden flight of MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of the flight was 30 minutes at the altitude of 1000 meters, at the speed of 300 km/hour. The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and controllability, and also the controllability of the power plant. (mc21eng.irkut.com) More...

British Airways and Iberia adopting GDS booking surcharge

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British Airways and Iberia will implement a $10 surcharge per "fare component" on bookings through the GDS, beginning Nov. 1. The carriers, both owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced the policy in a letter to U.K. travel agents. (www.travelweekly.com) More...

French officials are investigating whether an iPhone and iPad played a role in a terrifying plane crash that killed 66 people

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French investigators are looking into the possibility that a pair of Apple mobile devices caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in 2016. According to a report by Le Parisien, French officials have ordered an investigation into whether the plane was brought down by a fire resulting from overheated mobile devices. Officials say an Apple iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the flight's first officer may have been plugged into an improper socket in the plane's cockpit — possibly causing a… (www.bigbozz.com) More...

UK jets dispatched to intercept Russian planes near its airspace

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Britain's Ministry of Defense says it dispatched two fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian planes that approached its airspace. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that two Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in north east Scotland on Saturday morning. (www.bbc.com) More...

Incident: Asiana B747 at Brussels on May 27th 2017, gear door remained open

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An Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration HL7413 performing freight flight OZ-588 from Brussels (Belgium) to Seoul (South Korea), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting the left hand main gear doors did not close (avherald.com) More...

New Airbus A330-300 joins Aer Lingus fleet as transatlantic routes grow

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Aer Lingus has welcomed a brand new Airbus A330-300 into its fleet. The new A330 aircraft, named Saint Carthage, registration EI-GAJ, has a total capacity of 313 seats, which is made up of 30 business class seats and 283 economy seats. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Incident: Morningstar B757 enroute on May 24th 2017, jammed thrust lever

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A Morningstar Air Express Boeing 757-200 freighter, registration C-FMEP performing freight flight MAL-7070 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 2 crew, was enroute at FL390 when the crew selected a lower speed due to light to moderate turbulence. Autothrust retarded the right hand thrust lever, the left thrust lever however did not move (avherald.com) More...

Incident: TAROM B737 near Brno on May 26th 2017, loss of cabin pressure

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A TAROM Boeing 737-700, registration YR-BGI performing flight RO-306 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Bucharest Otopeni (Romania) with 91 people on board, was enroute at FL390 about 20nm southwest of Brno (Czech Republic) when the crew initiated an emergency descent due to the loss of cabin pressure. (avherald.com) More...

Co-pilot convicted of operating plane while drunk

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A Michigan jury has convicted a Florida co-pilot of being drunk while preparing for a charter airline flight last summer. (www.mlive.com) More...

Fog fears for several lower South Island airports tonight, after a blanket of fog caused a day of travel disruption in Auckland

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There are fresh fog warnings for parts of New Zealand tonight, after air travel was severely affected when fog blanketed our biggest city this morning. Air New Zealand put out a media statement late this afternoon warning forecast weather conditions were likely to affect flight operations in the lower South Island this evening. "Air New Zealand is advising customers booked to travel to or from ports such as Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill to consult the arrivals and… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Passengers vent over accommodation after Rarotonga-Auckland flight VA90 forced to turn back

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Kiwi travellers stranded in Rarotonga say they spent several hours in the dark on hard, metal benches before they were offered water or food after their flight was forced to return to the island early this morning. Virgin Australia flight VA90 was heading to Auckland from Rarotonga and had been in the air for about two hours when had to turn around because of a technical issue. The plane left the Cook Islands at 11.10pm on Thursday local time (9am Friday NZ time) and was scheduled to land in… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Israeli Air Force 707 arrives in Perth

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An Israeli Air Force Boeing 707 tanker has touched down at Perth on Monday morning. The otherwise unmarked aircraft wears the serial ‘272’, and arrived at Perth a little after 11am using the callsign ‘IAF401’. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Virgin Australia begins codeshare with Air Canada

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Virgin Australia has switched on its codeshare agreement with Air Canada, adding its VA airline code on flights from Los Angeles to Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Similarly, Air Canada has added its AC airline code on Virgin domestic flights from Sydney and Brisbane to 10 destinations across Australia and New Zealand, including Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The codeshare flights became available for booking on Friday for… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

White House proposes to privatize Air Traffic Control

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President Donald Trump is proposing to shift oversight of the United States Air Traffic Control from the federal government to an independent group, according to budget documents released on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (www.reuters.com) More...

Singapore-based BOC Aviation orders six Airbus jets for US$1.05b

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Singapore-based aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said today it has ordered six new Airbus planes worth around US$1.05 billion (RM4.5 billion). The order comprises four planes from the A320 NEO family and two Airbus A330-900 aircraft, the leasing company said in a statement. “All six Airbus aircraft have been committed for lease to Portugal’s flag-carrier TAP Portugal and will be delivered between 2018 and 2020,” BOC said in a statement. - See more at:… (www.themalaymailonline.com) More...

History The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Could Have Been Replaced by This Strange Looking Plane the X32

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The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies. Boeing served up the X-32; Lockheed the X-35. (nationalinterest.org) More...

History YF-23: The Almost Forgotten Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-22 Raptor

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The F-23 included some characteristics that may eventually find themselves in a sixth generation fighter, or perhaps in the Air Force’s “deep interceptor” intended to support B-21 Raiders on the way to their targets. For example, the V-tail aspect has been mentioned in some of the early conceptualization for a next generation fighter. And Boeing will undoubtedly hearken back to its experience with the F-23 when thinking about its next fighter. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Chicago could change who can remove passengers from planes following United incident

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The proposed ordinance states: "No employee of the City of Chicago shall aid airline personnel in the removal of a passenger from an airplane at any public airport owned or operated by the city or from entering an aircraft unless a crime was committed, or in the case of a medical emergency." It now heads to the full City Council, which is set to meet Wednesday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

FAA: Airlines must remove unsafe seats from some regional planes

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At issue are the "Slim" or "Slimplus" seats made by Zodiac Seats California LLC. The seats are on planes such as Boeing’s 717-200 and MD-90-30 aircraft, Bombardier’s CRJ700, CRJ900 and Q400 aircraft, and Embraer’s E170 and E190 planes. Videos reviewed by the FAA and Brazil’s civil aviation organization found that in a collision, a passenger might slide down the seat with the chin to hit the tray table on the seat ahead in a way that seriously injures the neck. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing and Bombardier Face Off Over Delta CSeries Order

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Boeing claims that the deal between Bombardier and Delta Air Lines for 75 CSeries jets (with 50 additional purchase options) puts the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and Boeing itself, at risk. (airwaysmag.com) More...

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Chooses X-37 Builder Boeing to Craft a Revolutionary Space Plane

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DARPA and Boeing plan "to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space," the military research and development organization said in a press release. "The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today – launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit." (www.thedrive.com) More...

Incident: Europa B787 near Miami on May 24th 2017, windshield cracked after lightning strike

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An Air Europa Boeing 787-800, registration EC-MOM performing flight UX-98 from Miami,FL (USA) to Madrid,SP (Spain) with 178 people on board, was climbing out of Miami's runway 27 when the aircraft was struck by lightning. In the absence of abnormal indications the crew continued the climb and was enroute at FL330 about 190nm eastnortheast of Miami when the crew decided to turn around and return to Miami (avherald.com) More...

Bombardier-Delta deal can put Boeing out of business, company claims

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Boeing says its very future, and that of US aerospace industry, is at risk if Bombardier’s deal with Delta Air Lines for 75 CS100s and 50 options is not fined for price dumping. That’s the claim company officials made in testimony before the US International Trade Commission May 18. (leehamnews.com) More...

NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash

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NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) More...