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British Airways goes to once-daily service at PHL

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British Airways has dropped BA69/68 from its daily rotation at PHL. BA67/66 continues on, and has a change of equipment to a 744 (from a 777). (www.philly.com) More...

Satellite Eutelsat 172B is blocked in an Antonov An-124 at Cayenne Airport, Guyana

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The first all-electric satellite in Europe has been blocked for several days in a container at Cayenne Airport, in Guyana because of the social crisis that paralyzes the territory. This satellite, Eutelsat 172B, blocked in an Antonov An-124, was not scheduled for Ariane 5’s postponed launch on 21 March but for another scheduled launch on 25 April. “Leaving this satellite in a container in his Antonov is not ideal, but there is air conditioning in the Antonov and there is no risk of degradation”… (www.airlive.net) More...

Satellite Eutelsat 172B is blocked in an Antonov An-124 at Cayenne Airport, Guyana

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The first all-electric satellite in Europe has been blocked for several days in a container at Cayenne Airport, in Guyana because of the social crisis that paralyzes the territory. This satellite, Eutelsat 172B, blocked in an Antonov An-124, was not scheduled for Ariane 5’s postponed launch on 21 March but for another scheduled launch on 25 April. “Leaving this satellite in a container in his Antonov is not ideal, but there is air conditioning in the Antonov and there is no risk of degradation”… (www.airlive.net) More...

Embraer Shows Boeing, Airbus and Other Big Boys How it’s Done

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Following the fortunes of Boeing and Airbus, you could be forgiven for thinking that aircraft manufacturers always run late, over budget, and the resulting end product can struggle to meet initial expectations. (agmetalminer.com) More...

British Airways Begins Daily A380 Service to Boston Logan - Windy Whale Makes Beantown Debut

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British Airways has served Logan with 777s, 747s, and 787s, but today was the first day scheduled A380 service started, with "Speedbird 213 Super" doing the honors. Go to 8:55 for the touchdown, this is shaky, someone forgot their tripod, better images for the taxi portion. We're all excited in Boston to have BA, EK, and eventually LH come in with 380s; the team has built a whole new terminal wing just for this on the Northwest side of Terminal E. (www.youtube.com) More...

Elevator Malfunctions In MD-83’s Rejected Takeoff

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This was a pretty quick investigation for an initial finding. From the article: Ameristar Jet Charter pilots attempting to takeoff from Runway 23L at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on March 8, were not able to lift the nose of the aircraft at the 152-kt. takeoff speed due to a jammed right elevator. (I think this link shouldn't be subscription only). (aviationweek.com) More...

Air NZ looking at flying direct to KMEM by July 2017

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Air NZ may soon be flying to Memphis in the USA a direct flight from Akl/nzaa USING A B773 JET capable of flying this long haul flight. The tourism Minister for New Zealand says it's a boost to the NZ economy and air new zealand. Many people want to visit the stae and it's the home town of the famous King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Airbus to cut the size of superjumbo's 'grand staircase' - to squeeze in more seats

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The world's largest commercial aircraft, the giant Airbus A380, is to have the size of its "grand staircase" trimmed to make room for 40-50 more seats. The wide staircase at the front of the plane will be replaced with a more compact design, while the slimmer spiral staircase at the back of the aircraft will also be modified. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Incident: British Airways B787-9 near Frankfurt on Mar 24th 2017, fumes in cabin

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The aircraft diverted to Frankfurt for a safe landing on runway 07R about 25 minutes later and stopped on the runway, where emergency services checked the aircraft. (avherald.com) More...

London-Paris electric flight 'in decade'

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A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years. Its plane, yet to go into development, would carry 150 people on journeys of less than 300 miles. (www.bbc.com) More...

Shanghai bound Air Canada B787 had to return to Montreal due to engine problems

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Passenger video of the fuel dump in this text: (Careful, if you are allergic to French do not click on this link!) http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/faits-divers/201703/25/01-5082256-atterrissage-durgence-a-montreal.php (flightaware.com) More...

Lockheed Adds F-35 Jobs

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Yesterday, Lockheed Martin announced that it will expand production for components of the F-35 Lightning II with a new facility in Johnstown, PA, including more than 40 new jobs by the end of 2018. (www.ien.com) More...

Propeller recovered from Revesby bushland after falling off REX plane

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A 100-kilogram propeller that fell off a Regional Express (REX) plane over south-western Sydney last week has been winched out of bushland, as investigators try to determine what went wrong. NSW Police and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) officials on Wednesday morning used a PolAir helicopter to lift the propeller from bushland in the Georges River National Park, where it came to rest after (www.smh.com.au) More...

Domestic airfares hit five-year high

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Australian domestic airfares have hit a five-year high, government data shows, as airlines draw a line under a price and capacity war. Data from the the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows that in March, average economy fares reached their highest levels since May 2011 while business class fares were at their highest since November 2011. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Finnair issues €200 million bond

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Finnair has issued a senior unsecured €200 million bond, due 29 March 2022, with a fixed annual interest at the rate of 2.250 percent and an issue price of 99.925 percent. The bond is callable before its final maturity. “Finnair’s prudent execution of its accelerated growth strategy and continued improvement in financial performance are reflected in pricing of the long-term funding. With this transaction, Finnair utilised the favourable market conditions and was able to lengthen the average… (www.aviationnews-online.com) More...

Tigerair Australia whips into Whitsunday Coast

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Tigerair Australia commenced services between Brisbane (BNE) and Proserpine (PPP) on the Whitsunday Coast on 23 March. The LCC will operate four weekly rotations on the sector, which was made possible by an additional (third) A320 which arrived in Brisbane the day before the inaugural flight. Tigerair Australia Head of Communications Vanessa Regan said: “The Sunshine State is an integral part of our network with over 50% of all Tigerair domestic services touching Queensland. (www.anna.aero) More...

Singapore Airlines and Airbus Sign Flight Hour Services

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a ‘Flight Hour Services - Tailored Support Package’ (FHSTSP) contract with Airbus to integrate and provide full component support, line and base airframe maintenance, as well as fleet technical management services for SIA’s 19 A380s. Under this 10-year agreement with Airbus, Singapore Airlines will benefit from the experience and expertise offered by Airbus in the areas of maintenance, engineering, reliability and supply chain management – partnering together… (50skyshades.com) More...

ROLLS-ROYCE Expands Asian Trent 1000 Parts MANUFACTURING

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Rolls-Royce (R-R) has expanded its involvement in the Asia/Pacific aerospace industry with arrangements for producing Trent 1000 engine fan cases in Malaysia. The engine maker has signed a 25-year agreement covering manufacture, assembly, and supply of the assemblies with UMW M&E, the investment arm of Malaysian conglomerate UMW, and the latter's newly established UMW Aerospace subsidiary. The deal is part of the UK company’s strategy to create a supply chain closer to customers in… (50skyshades.com) More...

ENGINE alliance ESTABLISHES GP7200 engine LOW PRESSURE COMPRESSOR OVERHAUL CENTER IN SINGAPORE

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The Engine Alliance (EA) has named Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia Pte Ltd (“ESA”) as a center of excellence for GP7200 low pressure compressor (LPC) overhauls.ESA will support Airbus A380 operators around the globe with the first shop visits scheduled for LPCperformance restoration. “With ESA, we continue to build on the strengths of our member companies,” said Dean Athans, president of the Engine Alliance. “Building the best engine for the A380 is just the start. We’re committed to… (50skyshades.com) More...

Hawaiian Air Pilots Ratify Contract

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Hawaiian Airlines pilots have ratified a new contract due to take effect from April 1, the ALPA union said. The Air Line Pilots Association said 76 percent of the vote approved the contract on a 97 percent turnout. The agreement will run for five years and three months from April 2017 to July 1, 2022. A portion of the increase will be backdated to September 2015, with pay increasing by between 20 and 45 percent for the airline’s 665 pilots. ALPA said that by the end of the contract, overall pay… (news.airwise.com) More...

Bombardier's CSeries jet nears approval for London City airport

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Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said its CSeries will soon become the largest commercial aircraft capable of landing at London City Airport, a feat the Canadian planemaker expects will whet buyer interest at a time of sluggish market demand for new jets. Bombardier, which this week completed a series of dedicated flight trials, expects to receive "steep approach" certification in the second quarter so that airlines can land the 110-seat CS100 variant at the urban airport, which has the… (uk.reuters.com) More...

Update: MyCargo B747 at Bishkek on Jan 16th 2017, impacted terrain on go around

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All 4 crew on board the 747 as well as 35 people on the ground perished, 8 people on the ground received injuries and were taken to hospitals. (avherald.com) More...

One dead after plane crashed into Georgia home

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A small private jet has crashed into a home about two and a quarter miles away from the end of the runway at Cobb County International Airport. Some of the residents in the neighborhood said they witnessed the plane as it came down while they were hanging out in their backyard. "I look up and I see a plane, i don't hear it, i just see it first, and I see it do a spin," said Hunter Scoggins. "It went over its nose and we just all covered our ears because we thought it would be… (www.foxnews.com) More...

US Air Force considers retiring F-15

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Top US Air Force brass told the House Armed Services Committee that they are considering the retirement of the F-15 C and D. (www.cnn.com) More...

Already a year delayed, KC-46 program at risk of further schedule slips

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The $44 billion KC-46 program is at risk of further schedule delays, the Government Accountability Office stated in a new report. KC-46A manufacturer Boeing has struggled to meet key milestones throughout the duration of the program and is already at least one year behind by most measures (www.defensenews.com) More...

FAA forecast: Slow general aviation growth, drone explosion

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A tale of different segments will mean slow growth over the next 20 years for general aviation, according to the FAA (www.bizjournals.com) More...

San Diego’s New Service to Europe — on Edelweiss?

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Recently, I received a press release email from my local airport, San Diego International. The title read: “Edelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego.” You’ve got to love it when your local airport adds new service, but this time was a little different than usual. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

Airlines and airports worldwide adapt to US electronic device ban in planes

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Airports around the world affected by President Trump’s new ban on in-flight electronic devices are examining ways they can make life easier for travellers despite the new American rules. (www.euronews.com) More...

Major makeover for Greek regional airports

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Germany airport management company Fraport has detailed plans to modernize and develop 14 Greek airports. Local arm Fraport Greece plans to invest a minimum of €330 million ($355 million) through 2021 to upgrade the airports’ facilities, with the intention of improving the travel experience and preparing for an anticipated uptick in passenger traffic. The company has a 40-year operating concession at the 14 airports. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: India B787 at London on Mar 22nd 2017, bird strike

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANJ performing flight AI-171 from Ahmedabad (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was on approach to London Heathrow when a bird impacted the radome and left a large dent. (avherald.com) More...

American Airlines Offers Flight Attendants New Uniform Option After Union Compiled Complaints

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American Airlines’ 25,000 flight attendants won a victory when their union convinced the airline to offer alternate uniforms after the troubled rollout of new uniforms in September, union president Bob Ross said Wednesday. Some of the new uniforms triggered adverse reactions including itching, rashes and breathing difficulties, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said. (www.forbes.com) More...

American Airlines May Be Close to Buying Stake in China Southern

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American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s largest carrier, is in advanced talks to acquire a stake in China Southern Airlines Co., according to people familiar with the matter. The negotiations focus on an investment of about $200 million by Fort Worth, Texas-based American in China Southern’s Hong Kong-listed shares, said the people, asking not to be identified as talks are confidential. The sale will likely take place via a private placement, one of the people said. China Southern has a market… (skift.com) More...

Loooong T/O Run: Heavy LH MD-11F going airborne from high-elevation Nairobi!

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Air Clips joined Lufthansa Cargo's Captain Fokko and First Officer Johannes on a full rotation from Frankfurt (Germany) via Nairobi (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa) and back on the same routing. (www.youtube.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted

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VIDEO CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted (www.airlive.net) More...

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 #VS65 suffered lighting strike and returned to London Gatwick

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Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 flight #VS65 from London Gatwick to Montego Bay was struck by lightning shortly after take off at 1150 UTC this morning. (www.airlive.net) More...

Malindo Air to get new Boeing planes

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Lion Group is spending US$23bil to buy new Boeing 737 Max and Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft for Malindo Air. Co-founder of Lion Group, Rusdi Kirana said Malindo Air would be the first in the world to use the Boeing 737 Max, which could generate 20% savings in fuel cost. “The first of the Boeing 737 Max will be delivered over a 10-year period starting in May. “The Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) are in the process of being delivered,” Kirana said after making the announcement at Lima… (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Brussels Airport in memory of the victims of #BrusselsAttacks

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Remembering this terrible day when there was a bomb attack. Watch the video. (www.airlive.net) More...

21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

Plane crashes, no pilot found

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Plane was on auto pilot and crashed after it ran out of fuel. (www.foxnews.com) More...