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Pilot lost flying "the Hump" in WWII returning home.

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Capt. Fulton Pershing Lanier's remains will be returned home and will be buried at Harnett Memorial Park in Lillington on Sept. 28. His plane a C-87 Liberator went missing on a return flight to India in Jan of 1944. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

American Airlines Is Totally in Love With Its New $2.5 Billion Hub - Here's Why

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When Charlotte Douglas International Airport announced last month that it would spend $70 million to renovate Concourse B, one of the two concourses used exclusively by hub carrier American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL - Get Report) , the news wasn't exactly earth-shattering. (www.thestreet.com) More...

Airbus Sees Market For 60-100 A380s In China

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Airbus remains optimistic about selling A380s in China over the next five to seven years on the back of growing passenger demand. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus A330neo Prepares For First Flight But Airbus Yet to Fix Date

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Airbus is yet to commit to a maiden flight date for its A330neo, but both engines have been fitted to the initial test aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair to Take $30 Million Hit From Flight Cancellations

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Irish LCC Ryanair estimates that crew-related cancellations over the next six weeks will cost around €25 million ($29.9 million), with CEO Michael O’Leary describing the situation as “a mess of our own making.” (atwonline.com) More...

Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage Prompts Scores of Cancellations

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A damaged pipeline has led to rationing by the oil company supplying New Zealand’s Auckland Airport with jet fuel, prompting delays and cancellations on scores of flights operating out of the country’s biggest airport. (atwonline.com) More...

Alaska launches ”sports car inspired” first class seating

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Manufacturer Recaro Aircraft Seating showed off its latest design at its Fort Worth facility, unveiling a new luxury seat for Alaska Airlines that packs all the modern amenities into a roomy, well-cushioned package. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Trudeau: Canada could stop dealing with Boeing over dispute

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Trudeau said Canada “won’t do business with a company that’s busy trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business.” (www.defensenews.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Las Vegas on Sep 18th 2017, smoke in cockpit

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N8319F performing flight WN-1119 from Las Vegas,NV to Denver,CO (USA) with 181 people on board, was climbing out of Las Vegas' runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at about 11500 feet reporting smoke in the cockpit (avherald.com) More...

Airbus ready to assemble 50th U.S.-built jet

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Airbus’ production line in Mobile, Ala., has hit a manufacturing milestone as it is now ready to begin assembly of the 50th jet it has built at the plant. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push

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Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world’s fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm’s profitable but ageing wide-body jets. (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Boeing: 637,000 new pilots needed by 2036

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“Is there a shortage of pilots? No. I have never yet come across a worldwide shortage of pilots. We don’t have a shortage of pilots here at Ryanair. We have 4,200 pilots. We fully operated the entire of the summer schedule, June, July, and August, which is our busiest period of the year,” Mr O’Leary said on Monday. (www.irishexaminer.com) More...

First delivery of Boeing’s KC-46 Air Force tanker slides into next year

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Following new development problems, Boeing won’t be able to deliver its first KC-46 air refueling tanker to the Air Force this year as previously expected. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

British Airways to resume flights to Seychelles in major boost for tourism

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British Airways will resume direct flights to Seychelles in March after a decade-long absence, (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

Canada won't buy Boeing aircraft until company drops trade complaint against Bombardier: Trudeau

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'We won’t do business with a company that is busy trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business,' Trudeau said Monday (ottawacitizen.com) More...

Ryanair faces 20m euro compensation bill over cancellations

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Ryanair could face up to 20m euros (£18m) in compensation claims after cancelling thousands of flights due to a shortage of pilots, it has warned. (www.bbc.com) More...

Incident: Spicejet B737 at Mumbai on Sep 19th 2017, overran runway on landing

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A Spicejet Boeing 737-800, registration VT-SGZ performing flight SG-703 from Varanasi to Mumbai (India) with 183 people on board, landed on Mumbai's runway 27 in heavy rain at 21:57L (16:27Z) but overran the end of the runway and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground (avherald.com) More...

Turkish Airlines profits in Africa, where others avoid flying

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When Turkish Airlines opened a direct daily route to a war-ravaged African failed state plagued by militants, industry insiders were skeptical but not anymore. “Somalia is one of our most profitable destinations worldwide,” Mustafa Ozkahraman, Kenya country manager for Turkish Airlines said. “Because we are the only international airline. The first and the only one.” (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Air Canada Seeks Credit-Card Deal for $1.6 Billion Loyalty Plan

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Air Canada said it’s seeking a credit-card partner for its own frequent-flier program as it prepares to sever ties with Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan in 2020. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

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JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on Monday criticized United, American and Delta airlines for opposing the three-largest Gulf carriers as they expand in the United States, calling the situation “…the perfect illustration of how we see mega-carriers trying to use their muscle and deep pockets to limit competition.” (skift.com) More...

United to launch four new Europe routes

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United Airlines is adding seasonal service on four new routes to Europe. The new routes – two from United’s hub in Newark and one each from its hubs in Washington and San Francisco – continue a recent international growth spurt for the company. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing wins contract to design the next Air Force One

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Boeing's $600 million deal calls for new 747-8 planes to replace two of the aging presidential support planes. In the next step of a months long process, Boeing won an U.S. Air Force contract to begin designing the next Air Force One presidential aircraft in a deal worth just under $600 million. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

747 Visits SXM after hurricane Irma

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KLM's 747 once again touched down on St Martin airport. (www.forbes.com) More...

Airbus eyes bigger presence in China's huge aviation market

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Airbus today said it plans to tap the potential of the Chinese aviation market by channelising more energy into the country and other emerging economies of the region. "We are fully confident in the Chinese market, which is set to be the largest civil aviation market in the world," president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, Eric Chen said at an aviation expo here. (www.zeebiz.com) More...

Canada won't do business with Boeing while it's 'busy trying to sue us': PM

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped the gloves Monday in his fight with Boeing, saying the government won't do business with a company that he's accusing of attacking Canadian industry and trying to put aerospace employees out of work. (www.obj.ca) More...

Ryanair Lists Six Week Flight Cancellations

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Ryanair published a list of flights it will cancel over the next six weeks as it seeks to extract itself from its self-inflicted problems over pilot leave. The Irish airline said last week it would cancel up to 2 percent of all flights .. (news.airwise.com) More...

Airbus to the rescue after Irma

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The Airbus Foundation and the French Red Cross have sent an Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft with 30 t of emergency goods and 84 medical personnel from France, to Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe). (www.transportjournal.com) More...

Incident: ANA B737 at Nagoya on Sep 18th 2017, burning odour in cabin

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An ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 737-500, registration JA303K performing flight NH-435 from Nagoya to Fukuoka (Japan) with 126 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Nagoya when the crew reported a burning odour in the cabin, stopped the climb.. (avherald.com) More...

Justin Trudeau to Boeing: Stop suing Bombardier

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has renewed his threat to scrap a potential deal to buy fighter jets from Boeing. (money.cnn.com) More...

The United States Air Force turned 70 today

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The United States' position as the sole remaining superpower on Earth is in large part thanks to its air force. That organization—the United States Air Force, or USAF—turns 70 years old today, and since we know there are plenty of plane spotters and aviation geeks here at Ars, we thought we'd assemble a gallery of some of our favorite USAF planes to celebrate. (arstechnica.com) More...

Northrop to buy Orbital for $7.8 billion to boost space business

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Northrop Grumman has agreed to buy Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion as one of the largest U.S. defense contractors looks to bolster its missile and space businesses. (www.msn.com) More...

Next steps in Boeing-Bombardier trade complaint

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Department of Commerce is due next Monday to hand down its preliminary decision on whether to impose tariffs on Bombardier’s C Series sold to Delta Air Lines. (leehamnews.com) More...

Incident: TuiFly B737 at Fuerteventura on Sep 18th 2017, rejected takeoff due to both left main tyres blown

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A TuiFly Boeing 737-800, registration D-ASUN performing flight X3-2149 from Fuerteventura,CI (Spain) to Hanover (Germany) with 170 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Fuerteventura's runway 01 when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed (about 100 knots over ground) due to both left hand main tyres being blown and separating from the wheels. (avherald.com) More...

Pressure grows on Ryanair to release full list of cancelled flights

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The low-cost carrier said it “messed up” staff holiday applications, meaning it would be forced to cancel two per cent of its flights each day in order to give pilots and other employees sufficient time off in the coming weeks. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Spirit cutting flights from Akron-Canton to Vegas

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GREEN Spirit Airlines will end its service from Akron-Canton Airport to Las Vegas in November. The low-fare airline has dropped the Las Vegas route for now, but Akron-Canton officials hope it resumes in the future. The airport is working with Spirit to find other markets and wants to revisit the Las Vegas service later, spokeswoman Amy Dalesandro said in an email. (www.cantonrep.com) More...

United: Final Boeing 747 flight will be to Hawaii on Nov. 7

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United Airlines will make its last-ever Boeing 747 passenger flight on Nov. 7. The carrier has added a special “farewell” flight from San Francisco to Honolulu that will serve as its final passenger operation on the beloved jetliner. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Flight draws Texas-shaped track over Texas

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Piper Cherokee draws Texas-shaped track over Texas (flightaware.com) More...

OPINION: Airbus A350-1000 Order Swaps Are No Reason For Panic - Yet

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Airbus would undoubtedly have preferred that two high-profile conversions away from its newest aircraft, the A350-1000, hadn't emerged within a week of one another, but the big league, with its big money, is not an arena for those short on resilience. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ramp Strike Damages WOW's First Airbus A320neo

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Icelandic budget airline Wow Air's first Airbus A320neo has suffered ramp-collision damage just five months after the jet was delivered. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

EasyJet Confirms Interest in Air Berlin Assets

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EasyJet is to participate in the insolvency process for German carrier Air Berlin, confirming its interest in possible asset acquisition. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Will Stop Serving Guam

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Delta will be eliminating service to Guam, which it flies to via Narita, leaving United as the only US airline servicing the island. (viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com) More...

American-LATAM JV Moves Closer to Approval in Brazil

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The general superintendence of Brazilian regulatory agency Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) has recommended that CADE’s administrative tribunal approve the American Airlines-LATAM Airlines Group joint venture (JV) without conditions. (atwonline.com) More...

British Airways Tries Again On Waste-Based Biofuels

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UK carrier British Airways has partnered with renewable fuels company Velocys, after an earlier waste-to-fuel initiative - named ‘GreenSky’ - with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell through. (atwonline.com) More...

It's not easy trying to help after a disaster

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TRF's, drones, limited radar coverage are just a few of the hurdles (www.avweb.com) More...

Airbus in Mobile set to hit major milestone with Alabama plant

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From zero to 50 in two years would be bad if talking about automobile acceleration, but when talking about the A320 family of aircraft production in the U.S., the timing is just right. (alabamanewscenter.com) More...

Airbus hits back against Austria in Eurofighter row

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Airbus has filed a legal submission to Austrian prosecutors denying any wrongdoing in response to allegations of fraud and wilful deception linked to a $2 billion fighter deal. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Thousands stranded in New Zealand after digger punctures jet fuel pipe

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New Zealand has been hit by a severe shortage of jet fuel, with thousands of domestic and international passengers stranded after a digger struck an airport supply pipe in Auckland, the country’s biggest city. International and domestic flights have been affected, with airlines told to fill plane tanks to capacity in other domestic airports before flying to Auckland, and long-haul international flights told to plan for re-fuelling stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands, according to Air New… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Small plane slams into 2 elk, spins to a stop, pilot and passenger OK

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Two people in a small airplane emerged from a freak accident Saturday evening unscathed -- after two elk ran into their plane just as it was landing on an Oregon Coast airstrip. (www.oregonlive.com) More...