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How Are They Doing It? Qatar Airways Expands with ‘Endless Ambition’ and Recruitment Confirms It

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How well its Qatar Airways handling its business compared to Emirates and Etihad - recruitment might be a really big clue. Unlike its competitors, Qatar Airways has continued to recruit new cabin crew. And even with the blockade on its airspace, its expansion shows no sign of slowing down. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

The Separation of Church and Sky

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In Ask the Pilot: The Separation of Church and Sky. A Pilot Asks Passengers to Pray. It's Not The First Time. And Where It Happened Before Might Surprise You... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Amtrak Names Transportation Veteran Richard Anderson President and CEO

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WASHINGTON – Amtrak announced that it has named Richard Anderson, a 25-year veteran of the aviation industry, as its next president and chief executive officer. Anderson, former chief executive officer of both Delta and Northwest Airlines, will begin his role on July 12. (media.amtrak.com) More...

Allegiant flight to Florida leaves passengers stranded at Pittsburgh airport

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Passengers waiting to take an Allegiant flight to Punta Gorda, Florida on Sunday are not happy after having their flight delayed for several hours and then canceled altogether. Passengers who live close by were told to go home and those from out of town were advised to get a hotel room. (wkbn.com) More...

Delta expands Comfort+ to regional flights

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Aligning with Delta’s focus on improving choice for customers and enhancing the on-board experience, the airline is now continuing to expand Delta Comfort+ on some of its regional aircraft, adding more Delta Comfort+ seats on its E-175, E-170, CRJ-900 and CRJ-700 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing is Reevaluating SST, Blended-Wing Designs for Future Potential

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On Wednesday morning at the 52nd Paris Air Show, Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP Product Development, Mike Sinnett provided an update on the projects Boeing is currently putting attention toward, and what we may see in the future. (airwaysmag.com) More...

United updates transcontinental service

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United Airlines announced updates to its transcontinental service beginning July 1 including (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Air Force May Replace "Doomsday" E-4, E-6 and "Air Force Two" C-32 with Single Type

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Consolidating the E-4B NAOC and E-6B Mercury missions into one common aircraft while also sharing platform commonality with a C-32A replacement makes a ton of sense. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Photos: The Commercial Planes of the 2017 Paris Air Show

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Throughout the week, the Airways team has faithfully and dutifully brought you all of the big news from this year’s Paris Air Show. Having spent countless hours in meeting rooms and at our computers, we felt it’s time to take a step back and enjoy some eye candy! (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 near Milan on Jun 23rd 2017, smoke in cabin

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Updated: 2017-06-25 13:59:52 GMT A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-FON performing flight FR-8886 from Brindisi to Milan Bergamo (Italy), was descending towards Milan Orio al Serio Airport when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cabin (www.aeroinside.com) More...

British Airways to lease in Qatari A320s to cover strike

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British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) is looking to wet-lease nine A320 and/or A321 aircraft from Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) to offset the impact of an impending crew strike set for July 1 to 16. An application filed with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) indicates the contracts may be extended beyond July 16 for a maximum of two months. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Pilot urges prayers as 'technical issue' forces turnaround

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An AirAsia X flight to Malaysia from Perth, Australia, was forced to turn back Sunday after the A330 aircraft began shaking due to what the airline called a "technical issue." (www.cnn.com) More...

New Nigerian carrier jetWest looks to become Africa’s “easyJet”

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New Nigerian airline jetWest aims to start domestic operations in Nigeria in December this year. Nigeria, a country of nearly 200 million, has faced a lot of problems with its air industry lately. Bad airport infrastructure and the partial collapse of its largest airline has made the accessibility to air travel quite bad in the country lately (theworldofaviationblog.wordpress.com) More...

12 New Airlines Commit to Fight Illegal Animal Trafficking – Sign Up to ‘United for Wildlife’ Initiative

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If you've ever seen the special Emirates aircraft livery that supports United for Wildlife then you might know what the initiative is about - this is great news that 12 more airlines have signed up to the Buckingham Palace Declaration. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Lufthansa wants to help, not take over, Air Berlin: Bild

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Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) sees no limit to the number of planes and crews it could lease from Air Berlin (AB1.DE), its chief executive told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, amid criticism that support for its ailing rival is a stealth takeover attempt. "We already support Air Berlin, in that we have leased 38 planes and set them on our routes. I can imagine, however, that we would expand this cooperation and lease further Air Berlin planes and crew," Carsten Spohr said. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Wizz Air opens first UK base at Luton Airport

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Wizz Air has opened its first UK base at London Luton Airport. Wizz will base one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport, increasing operations to 42 routes from Luton, including three new services to Tel Aviv, Prishtina and Kutaisi. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Incident: Delta B767 near Boston on Jun 22nd 2017, problem with minimum/maximum speed indications

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-400, registration N834MH performing flight DL-174 from Atlanta,GA (USA) to Milan Malpensa (Italy), was enroute at FL330 about 190nm southwest of Boston,MA, almost over New York City, when the crew descended the aircraft to FL250 and then FL230 due to problems with the maximum and minimum operating speed indications (avherald.com) More...

Photo of Russian Fighter buzzing US RC-135

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The U.S. has released a photo of when a Russian fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane earlier this week over the Baltic Sea in an unsafe maneuver. The move came just after Russia announced it would begin targeting the U.S. west of the Euphrates in an escalation of tensions in the Syrian conflict. (www.axios.com) More...

Delta orders additional A321 aircrafts

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For all you Delta fans out there that hadn't heard the news yet, Delta is adding an additional 10 aircrafts announced on Tuesday of last week. This brings the total number of orders to 122. Delta began the order in 2013, with 30 domestic narrowbody aircrafts, then again ordered additional aircrafts in 2014, and 2016 of last year. Just recently, Delta added 30 additional orders last month in May, and in Tuesday of last week ordered an additional 10 aircrafts to the order. Delta currently operates… (www.ajc.com) More...

Video: Delta Air Lines Says Gulf Carriers Coming for American Jobs – Tells Employees to Fight for Their Future

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A new internal, staff video from Delta Air Line is urging all 80,000 employees of the carrier to oppose the expansion of Middle East airlines in the U.S. Delta is asking its staff to write to Congress and the White House and use the hashtag #OurFutureOurFight on social media. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Boeing to reveal more insight about its plan to fly commercial planes without pilots or with less experienced pilots

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Boeing is serious about flying commercial planes via artificial intelligence algorithms without human intervention. The US giant aircraft manufacturer gave some insight about its bold plans at Paris Air Show. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

DOT Decides To Develop Long Underused Clark (CRK) Field

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Over the years, one domestic and three international terminals have been built at NAIA but the number of plane arrivals and departures have been limited to 40 an hour, because NAIA has only... (news.mb.com.ph) More...

Airbus A400M Atlas Tactical Transport Completes Beach Landing Trials

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Interesting Exercise Demonstrates A400M Unimproved Takeoff/Landing Capabilities. (theaviationist.com) More...

Air Force 'doomsday' planes damaged in tornado

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Washington (CNN)Ten US Air Force planes, including two E-4B "doomsday" aircraft, were damaged when a tornado hit near Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska last week, the service told CNN on Friday. Nicknamed the Air Force's "doomsday" plane, the Boeing-made E-4B serves as an aerial command center in case of national emergency or destruction of ground bases. (www.cnn.com) More...

Delta and Korean Air Launch Joint Venture

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Delta Air Lines and fellow SkyTeam partner Korean Air officially signed a joint venture agreement in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, which will become a major contender in the trans-pacific market against longstanding joint ventures of similar size and scale, such as American Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) and United Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA). (airwaysmag.com) More...

Boeing wins the battle of orders at Le Bourget

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During the Paris Air Show 2017 The US manufacturer Boeing recorded 571 new orders or order commitments for $ 74.8 billion at list prices, winning the race in front of its European competitor Airbus. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

AOPA Backs New Senate FAA Bill

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The U.S. Senate released a draft FAA reauthorization bill June 22, the day after a controversial bill to continue FAA operations was introduced in the House of Representatives. Unlike the proposed House bill, the Senate version would keep air traffic control in the hands of the FAA. (www.aopa.org) More...

Thunderbird F-16 flips at Dayton, Ohio

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Reports are coming in that one of the Thunderbird's F-16s flipped after landing at Dayton, Ohio and trapped the two occupants inside. This is a developing story. (www.daytondailynews.com) More...

The Polish Air Force Takes Delivery Of Its First Gulfstream G550 VIP Aircraft

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The first of the new Polish Air Force’s G550 VIP jets (with the second one expected to be received in mid July, and with the first operational flights to take place in the autumn) has landed at the Warsaw Chopin International Airport on Jun. 21. The delivery of the aircraft is a tangible effect of the effort made by the Polish government to replace the aging VIP transport fleet, until now consisting of Tu-154M and Yak-40 post-soviet jets. The introduction of the G550 paves the way for this… (theaviationist.com) More...

Boeing Surges Ahead of Airbus at 2017 Paris Air Show with 737MAX-10 Launch

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The 2017 Paris Air Show (PAS) is in the books for global aircraft manufacturing giants Boeing and Airbus, and transaction volume at the show exceeded even that of the most optimistic pre-show prognostications. Airbus and Boeing together announced 937 new orders and commitments (including memoranda of understanding [MoU] but excluding purchase options) for aircraft during the show, more than tripling their year-to-date sales figures through the end of May (205 for Boeing, 73 for Airbus). In all,… (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus to Introduce Deployable Black Boxes

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Airbus will fit deployable flight data and cockpit voice recorders on new A350 XWB aircraft beginning in 2019 and on the rest of its long-range fleet soon thereafter. A deployable flight data recorder is designed to separate itself from the aircraft in a crash. They are particularly useful for crashes over water where accessing or even finding aircraft wreckage may be difficult or impossible. Although exotic in the commercial market, they have a multi-decade history in the military market. The… (www.avweb.com) More...

Boeing’s Phantom Express will disrupt the satellite launch process

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U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Boeing are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing factory where Trump delivered jobs speech to lay off 200 workers

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The South Carolina Boeing plant where President Trump gave a speech promising to protect U.S. jobs says it's laying off workers. Boeing confirmed to CNNMoney Thursday that it's cutting about 200 jobs at its plant in South Carolina. This is the first round of layoffs at the factory since it began making the 787 Dreamliner there in 2009. Speaking at the plant in February, Trump promised a crowd of assembly workers, managers and executives that "jobs is one of the primary reasons I'm… (money.cnn.com) More...

Incident: KLM B777 and KLM B737 at Amsterdam on Jun 22nd 2017, conflicting takeoff clearances

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Immediately after this instruction the incoming controller cleared KL-31 for takeoff, the crew of KL-1385 immediately reported they were still departing conflicting with KL-31's jet blast, the controller immediately cancelled takeoff clearance for KL-31 and instructed them to hold position, the aircraft had not yet moved. (avherald.com) More...

Subscription-based airline Surf Air launches in Europe

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U.S. subscription-based airline Surf Air launched in Europe on Friday as it bids to tap into the frequent flyer market, challenging the continent's traditional airlines with a model of unlimited flights for a monthly fee. Surf Air Europe's first flight will be from London Luton to Ibiza, and for a subscription of 1,750 pounds ($2,216.55) a month, customers will be able to fly within Europe to destinations such as Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan as much as they like. Surf Air Europe Chief… (www.reuters.com) More...

Qatar Airways is the "World's Best Airline." Do They Deserve It?

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Gulf Carrier wings annual Skytrax award. But I'm not so impressed, and here's why. A story in Ask the Pilot... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

American Airlines Flight 730 CLT-London diverted back to CLT

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Anyone know anymore about this? I caught the pilot saying they had to return due to possible flap fairing damage. He circled my area at 8k feet for over 3hrs to burn off excess fuel before landing. Anyhow was pretty cool to see so low. (www.wfmynews2.com) More...

Flight 3407 families may face off against Air Force general on pilot experience rules

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 Monday renewed their fight to preserve pilot experience requirements they got written into the law seven years ago, but this time they could be facing their most daunting opponent yet: the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (buffalonews.com) More...

Aviation Industry Seeks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses

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Escalating concerns about cyberthreats are prompting the aviation industry to devise an unlikely new safeguard: real-time warnings to pilots about potential hacking attempts. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Bombardier Continues to Build Momentum with Successful Paris Air Show

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft concluded a successful week at the 2017 International Paris Air Show, where it had the opportunity to connect with customers from around the world and announced up to US$2 billion in orders and other commitments. (www.bombardier.com) More...

Boeing Displays MAX Momentum at Record Paris Air Show

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) strengthened its market position with important announcements and multi-billion dollar orders and commitments for commercial airplanes and commercial and defense services at the 2017 Paris Air Show. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Boeing Outsells Airbus at Paris Air Show

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On the final business day of the Paris Air Show, Boeing emerged the clear winner over rival Airbus, thanks largely to sales of the 737 MAX. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Airbus Secures $40 Billion of New Commercial Aircraft Orders at Paris Air Show 2017

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Providing strong evidence that the commercial aircraft market remains healthy, Airbus announced $39.7 billion worth of new business during the 2017 Paris Air Show. The company won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft, including firm orders for 144 aircraft worth $18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth $21.2 billion. (www.airbus.com) More...

Tibet Financial Leasing Signs For 20 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

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Tibet Financial Leasing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 Airbus A321neos at the Paris Airshow to meet strong market demand for more modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. (www.airbus.com) More...

Iran Airtour Commits to 45 Airbus A320neo Aircraft

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Tehran based Iran Airtour Airlines, has become Airbus’ newest customer for the A320neo Family after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft at the Paris Air Show. (www.airbus.com) More...

AirAsia to Order 14 More Airbus A320ceos

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AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network. The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show today. (www.airbus.com) More...