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Boeing Sets Date For 787-10 Dreamliner First Flight

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Boeing has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its maiden sortie. The airframer announced Wednesday that it has plans to fly the jetliner on March 31, subject to weather conditions and further operational factors. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Why business class is booming for Kiwis

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There's a surge in the number of Kiwi travellers turning left as they get on the plane. Travel agents and airlines say demand for business class is booming as fares come down, the range of products expands and the New Zealand economy remains buoyant. Patronage at Auckland Airport's premium lounge has grown 10-fold in the past four years. Flight Centre's general manager of product, Sean Berenson, said that throughout 2016, the number of Kiwis booking business class had increased 120 per cent. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Charter flight to Poland made an emergency landing due to depressurization at Amsterdam

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A Titan Airways charter flight from London Stansted to Poland made an emergency landing this morning at Amsterdam Airport. (www.airlive.net) More...

Boeing, US Army make multibillion, multiyear AH-64E deal official

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The U.S. Army and Boeing signed on the dotted line for the first multiyear AH-64E Apache attack helicopter contract — a deal that’s been years in the making — in a signing ceremony in Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday. Under the base contract worth $3.4 billion, Boeing will deliver to the Army 244 remanufactured AH-64Es. The multiyear deal also includes 24 new-build Apache Echo models for Saudi Arabia. (www.defensenews.com) More...

US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) More...

Jet carrying Michigan basketball team had mechanical issue before failed takeoff

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The National Transportation Safety Board says a mechanical issue was found on the jet carrying the University of Michigan basketball team that aborted takeoff and skidded into a field on March 8. In an update on Wednesday, the department revealed a mechanical issue was found on the aircraft during the ongoing investigation - a damaged component of the airplane's right elevator. (www.mlive.com) More...

Qantas seeks air new zealand decals for there new look

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Well it sounds like the Aussoe carrier is keen to change it's livery colors to the air new zealand livery scheme on all it's aircraft with black and white version but the only differences is the Silver fern will be missing instead the Kangaroo will be on the tail. Qantas are in talks with the Kiwi carrier about using the new livery scheme but due to copy rights it has to seek permission from the airline first. Qantas have sent a 747-438 aircraft to NZAA to be painted up and to see the look a… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

4 helicopters over Westminster after firearms incident

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G-LNDN – London Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (reg. G-LNDN) landed near parliament in Westminster. (www.airlive.net) More...

Embraer's Newest $80 Million Private Jet Is Inspired by Art Deco Designs

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Art Deco is a design style we're accustomed to seeing in skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, or century-old bars and restaurants like Le Dôme Café in Paris. The early 20th-century motif has never really been associated with airplanes. That is until now. (www.architecturaldigest.com) More...

Is The Boeing 797X Going To Unlock $150 Billion In Revenues?

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The Boeing 797X will likely cover the 220-260 seat range. Design range will be 4,500-5,000 nautical miles. Aircraft could unlock a $150B revenue potential. (seekingalpha.com) More...

United Airlines Opening Fully Automated Airport Screening Lanes, Delta & American as well

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The carrier says its plan to partner with the Transportation Security Administration on the newly redesigned screening process is now a reality, with the opening of “a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint” at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C. The checkpoint includes dedicated lanes for Premier Access and TSA Precheck, with 17 automated screening lanes that feature larger bins and individual stations, allowing agents to process more travelers at one time. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Montana airports reporting record business

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Nearly 3.9 million people stepped on or off commercial airplanes in Montana last year. That was 330,000 more than ever before, according to the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation. Four of the state’s six busiest airports – Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena – set passenger records in 2016. Only No. 5 Great Falls International saw a decrease, while Billings Logan International went up slightly. (missoulian.com) More...

An Indian politician admits hitting flight attendant 25 times with slipper

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An Indian politician brazenly admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat. Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight. (www.planeetiquette.com) More...

Alaska Airlines is Killing off the Virgin America Brand

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It was all but inevitable that the Virgin America brand wouldn't survive its merger with Alaska Airlines. The parent company announced Wednesday that all Virgin America flights will fly under one brand with Alaska Airlines, likely sometime in 2019. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

American Airlines is reportedly investing $200 million in China’s largest airline

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American Airlines might be spending some serious cash in China. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that American Airlines is reportedly in advanced talks to invest $200 million in China Southern Airlines at a valuation of $10 billion. According to the publication, American’s investment in the airline’s Hong Kong-listed shares will reportedly buy it a non-voting seat on China Southern’s board. (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

Sunwing defends 6-hour break between flights for pilot who returned to duty drunk

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This article brings up interesting issues surrounding pilot scheduling practices and the rather flimsy regulatory environment around pilot rest. This is not to deflect blame. This guy is undoubtedly bad news flying any aircraft. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Alaska Airlines to scrap Virgin America brand (and seats)

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Alaska Airlines confirms it will axe the Virgin American brand in a phase-out by 2019, and is also removing Virgin's first class and premium economy seating. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...