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VIDEO: Bombardier shows off painted Korean CS300

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Bombardier has offered a glimpse of the first CSeries twinjet to be delivered to Korean Air. The aircraft is pictured having been painted in the South Korean airline's distinctive colour scheme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas flight diverted for emergency in US

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A Qantas Airbus A380 has been diverted to Phoenix due to a passenger needing medical care. It is believed the plane was travelling from Sydney to Dallas. (au.news.yahoo.com) More...

IndiGo denies canceling flights due to engine failure, says grounding of Airbus A320 Neo planes was scheduled in June

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The Inter-Globe Aviation-run budget carrier IndiGo airlines on Friday refuted the media reports claiming the airline had to cancel 84 flights due to engine failure in its Airbus A320 NEO aircraft. (www.firstpost.com) More...

Breakthrough in search for MH370

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New evidence released by the air safety bureau may have determined the area in which MH370 disappeared three and a half years ago. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released a pair of reports which analyzed data gathered during the search for the Malaysian Airlines flight. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

New Rules for Space Warfare ?

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space experts make their best predictions about what kind of scenarios might come into play – such as the use of kinetic weapons in space:space experts make their best predictions about what kind of scenarios might come into play – such as the use of kinetic weapons in space (www.army-technology.com) More...

Ryanair calls for alcohol drinking limit at airports

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Ryanair has called on UK airports to enforce a two-drink limit after a BBC Panorama investigation suggested arrests of drunken passengers have risen by 50% in a year. The airline has already banned customers from drinking duty-free alcohol on board. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

The 'boneyard': Where airlines send old planes to be scrapped

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The “boneyard” is the term given to aircraft storage facilities where out-of-use planes are sent to be sold, stored or scrapped. Most are in arid locations. The one here in New Mexico – officially the Roswell International Air Center – is the preferred facility for American. (www.usatoday.com) More...

MH370 in the news again.....

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The crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is a lonely spot in the southern Indian Ocean, 1,250 miles due west of the southern tip of Western Australia and 2,000 miles south-south-west of Kuala Lumpur - the place where the 239 people on board were last seen alive. Seven months to the day after the search for the doomed Boeing 777 was officially called off, leading Australian scientists have calculated “with unprecedented precision and certainty” that the plane crashed at a point 35.6… (www.independent.co.uk) More...

American Airlines Bets Big on Philadelphia While Making Cuts to JFK

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MIAMI — American Airlines will soon add several transatlantic routes from its Philadelphia hub while making large cuts to its international network at New York’s JFK. Today, American announced routes from Philadelphia to Budapest (BUD) and Prague (PRG). (airwaysmag.com) More...

Not enough pilots? United Airlines' top pilot has a lot to say about it

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United Airlines Capt. Todd Insler, head of the airline's powerful pilots union, is upset about what he would undoubtedly classify as "fake news" about the nation's airline industry — namely, all the talk in recent months about an alleged shortage of commercial airline pilots in the United States. (www.9news.com) More...

American adding summer flights from Chicago to Venice next year

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American Airlines will add flights between Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Venice, Italy, next summer. The seasonal daily flights begin May 4 and last through Oct. 27, American said Wednesday. Tickets go on sale Monday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Qantas leads all carriers for on-time performance in 2016/17

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Qantas led Australia’s domestic carriers for punctuality in the 12 months to June 2017, new figures show. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) report on domestic on-time performance said Qantas had 86 per cent of its flights arrive within 15 minutes of schedule in 2016/17, ahead of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) at 85.2 per cent. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Qantas brings Airbus A380 back onto Sydney-Hong Kong

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Qantas will unleash an Airbus A380 onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route between December 2017 and March 2018, with the flagship superjumbo offering first class suites to selected business class passengers. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Virgin Orbit wins contract for Italian smallsat

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Italian small satellite builder Sitael has signed Virgin Orbit to send a technology demonstration satellite into low-Earth orbit next year. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Pilots, check your bearings: Boeing Field catches up with Earth’s magnetic field

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Because the Earth’s magnetic field has shifted over the decades, the runway numbers at Boeing Field have just been changed, requiring pilots to pay attention and change their charts. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Passengers sue Boeing in Cook County court over worst crash in Emirates history

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More than a dozen passengers aboard an Emirates airline flight that crashed in August 2016 sued plane-maker Boeing on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, blaming an allegedly defective switch. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Ryanair accuses Lufthansa of Air Berlin 'conspiracy'

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Ryanair has accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiring to carve up collapsed airline Air Berlin. Lufthansa is negotiating over buying Air Berlin planes, which are still flying following a 150m euro German government loan. (www.bbc.com) More...

Bombardier Selects McCann Canada as Its Newest Agency Partner

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Multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier selected McCann Canada as its new agency partner, following a review launched this spring involving Canadian and international agencies. (www.adweek.com) More...

One Bird Kills Two Engines

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A Eurowings A319 at Stuttgart suffered dual engine failure after a bird was ingested in one and fragments were ingested in the other. The aircraft rejected takeoff. (avherald.com) More...

Boeing’s and NASA’s new Blended Wing design

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NASA and Boeing are working together on the development of a new wing design called ”blended wing” to take air travel into the future.The idea is to create a more fuel efficient plane that not only reduces air pollution but noise pollution too. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

German Media Reports: airberlin to be Snapped Up By Two or More Buyers

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airberlin could be wound up and sold on by the end of September. The airline's CEO has told German media that two aviation companies are in advanced talks to acquire assets from the business. Lufthansa is already confirmed and sources suggest easyJet is the second. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

American will fly its first Boeing 737 Max from LGA to MIA

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American Airlines announced that its first Boeing 737 Max will be deployed on the carrier’s route between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Miami International Airport on November 29. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

As the Scourge of Human Trafficking Intensifies, AirAsia Trains its Cabin Crew to Spot Traffickers and Their Victims

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AirAsia is to train up to 10,000 frontline staff to spot human trafficking victims and the criminals behind it. According to the UN, the global crime is worth an estimated $150 billion USD (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

New Indonesian N219 turboprop complete maiden flight

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Indonesia's State owned PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has completed maiden flight of the indigenous N219 twin turboprop commuter aircraft. The first prototype completed a 30 minute test flight and landed back at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung on Wednesday. (www.reddit.com) More...

How TAP Portugal Honors its Past and Looks to the Future From Onboard Their Retrojet’s First Flight

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TAP celebrated the retrojet’s first flight to the U.S. in Miami by creating an authentic retro-flight experience. Known as “A Present with a Past” – a clever play on words – the airline welcomed passengers on a journey back in time with “a flight to the glorious 70s”. (airwaysmag.com) More...

GAMA: Piston planes give Cessna, industry Q2 lift

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General aviation manufacturers delivered more planes in the second quarter of 2017 than the same period a year ago, an industry trade group reported on Tuesday. (www.kansas.com) More...

A nightmare at the Laredo International Airport

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A bad experience at the airport is prompting a local woman to question the Laredo Airport’s services. The woman says she has had bad flying experiences with Allegiant Air in the past, but the most recent one occurred this past Sunday. (www.kgns.tv) More...

The Boarding Blues

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In Ask the Pilot: the Boarding Blues. Why is Getting On and Off a Plane So Difficult? A look at jet bridges, airplane size, and the mysterious HSBC bank... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Retired RAF Tristars Will Get New Lives As Contracted Aerial Refuellers

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Tempus Applied Solutions of Texas plans to purchase six of the RAF's nine retired Tristars with the intention of entering the contracted aerial refueling market. Two of the Tristars that Tempus plans on acquiring are setup for cargo-passenger transport, while the other four are in the tanker configuration. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Iran Selecting Financiers For 200 Jets: New Iran Air CEO

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Iran is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 new passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air, the new CEO of the national airline Farzaneh Sharafbafi said Tuesday. (www.presstv.ir) More...

ExpressJet will not fly for Delta anymore

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A longtime Delta Connection contract carrier based in Atlanta will soon part ways with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

US Army bans Chinese-made drone

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The U.S. Army reportedly will no longer use drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI over security concerns. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss

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The FAA, which was responsible for having only one air controller working traffic in the tower at the time, took more than 24 hours to notify the NTSB. The delay allowed Air Canada to use the plane for three flights in which the cockpit recorder was taped over multiple times. (www.eastbaytimes.com) More...

Fascinating timelapse video shows five-tonne Airbus jet engine being changed hours before take-off

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Virgin Atlantic has released a timelapse video of its engineers replacing a five-tonne engine worth millions of pounds on one of its aircraft just hours before it flew across the Atlantic. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Flying DeLorean becomes a reality with DR-7

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The DR-7 is a commuter plane with autonomous capabilities and with an expected top speed of 240 mph or 385 km/h which can seat two. It certainly brings back some of those feelings you once felt when the DeLorean car was featured in the hit movie Back To The Future. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

‘Incredible’ Boeing Everett site turns 50 years young

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In May 1967, Boeing employees moved into a new factory built beside Paine Field near Everett, Wash. Thirteen months later, the group that became known in aerospace legend as “The Incredibles” rolled out the 747. (www.bellevuereporter.com) More...

Royal Jordanian is Latest Middle East Airline to Offer Paid Access to Lounges. Also Introduces Upgrade Bidding System.

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Royal Jordanian Airlines is introducing a paid access option for its business class lounge in Amman. The airline also plans to let economy class passengers bid for upgrades to business class (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Ryanair Accuses Lufthansa of Foul Play Over its Bid for airberlin. Is Etihad Airways to Blame?

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Ryanair is not happy with the proposed takeover of airberlin by fellow German carrier, Lufthansa. It says it's an "obvious conspiracy" and airberlin's demise is a "manufactured insolvency". Ouch. And then there's the possibility that Etihad Airways is involved as well. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Swiss Says Goodbye to the Avro “Jumbolino”

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Swiss International Airlines has retired its last Avro RJ100 regional jet. To mark the occasion, the airline flew the 15-year veteran aircraft on a special final flight between Geneva and Zurich. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Taxi at Large Airports Like a Pro

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An iPad can be a pilot's best friend during one of the most confusing parts of any flight: after landing at a busy, unfamiliar airport. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Bombardier Delivers its First Challenger 350 Aircraft in Argentina

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Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today it delivered the first Challenger 350 aircraft to be based in Argentina, joining Bombardier's fleet of 122 Challenger aircraft in Latin America. Bombardier’s business jet fleet in Latin America is comprised of approximately 685 aircraft in service – spanning Bombardier’s full product portfolio of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. (www.bombardier.com) More...

The Ruler of Dubai Takes a Trip to the Airbus Plant in Hamburg to Personally Inspect the Next Emirates A380

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The ruler of Dubai spent a day in the Airbus manufacturing plant in Hamburg to take a look at the latest A380 set to be delivered to Emirates soon (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

U.K. Looks At Licensing Lasers

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British authorities are proposing to regulate the sale of laser pointers to curb attacks on aircraft. The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial has issued a “call for evidence” into possibly licensing the sale of small lasers. “Used irresponsibly or maliciously, these products can and do wreak havoc and harm others, with potentially catastrophic consequences,” said Business Minister Margot James. “That’s why we want to hear from business groups, retailers and consumers about the… (www.avweb.com) More...

First Delta A350

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Delta Airlines first Airbus A350, N501DN, departing from Detroit metro, DTW runway 22L. 8-14-17 (www.youtube.com) More...

Meggitt signs carbon/carbon brake deal with Airbus

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International aerospace and defense engineering group Meggitt plc (Christchurch, Dorset, UK) reported on Aug. 1 that it has finalized the terms of a long­-term supply agreement with Airbus whereby Meggitt will supply Airbus’ A321neos with its latest NuCarb carbon/carbon brake, and a new wheel specifically designed to improve the performance characteristics of the aircraft. (www.compositesworld.com) More...

Taking flight: How an Airbus jetliner is made in Mobile

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Later this year, Airbus executives expect to see the Final Assembly Line in Mobile hit a target rate of four jets per month. Here's how it all comes together. (www.al.com) More...

American’s $1.6bn investment on LAX

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A continued investment in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with more than US$1.6bn committed over the next five years to improve Terminals 4 and 5 was announced last week by American Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). (www.airguideonline.com) More...