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Delta 'in fabulous shape' as CEO discusses upgrades, Bombardier and more

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ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines “is in fabulous shape” as it enters the final quarter of the year, CEO Ed Bastian said this week at the Delta Flight Museum. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Bombardier SOLD The Q400 Division - Fliegerfaust Exclusive

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I've no idea how trustworthy this is, we'll see soon: According to sources very close the Q400 division, Bombardier Inc. should be announcing very soon the sale of its Q400 business. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Spate of Emergency landings in Europe-Saharan dust and wildfires to blame

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This video is just an example of what was happening at many airports in Europe recently. On Monday 16th October two EasyJet aircraft made emergency landings at Manchester airport within an hour of each other. These emergencies were 2 of 4 which took place on that day and all four were due to a smoke smell in the cockpit and cabin. The smell was later discovered to be due to dust and smoke in the air between 10,000ft and 15,000ft which has been carried up from the Saharan dessert during storm… (www.youtube.com) More...

Incident: Jet Airways B737 enroute on Oct 20th 2017, smartphone with visual ring signal

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A Jet Airways Boeing 737-800, registration VT-JGT performing flight 9W-791 from Delhi to Indore (India), was enroute when a passenger noticed noise from his similiar to the passenger's smartphone ringing and observed smoke coming from the bag placed near his feet. (avherald.com) More...

Smaller airlines face more competition for crews as Air Force plans to recall 1,000 pilots

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The Air Force plan announced Friday to recall 1,000 pilots from retirement could hurt smaller airlines in the competition to hire trained crews to fly their planes. "We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years," the Pentagon said in a statement. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Air Mauritius receives first A350

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The jet, an A350-900 being leased from AerCap, is configured in a two-class layout with 28 seats in business and 298 in economy, says Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus to sell 'thousands' of Bombardier's aircraft

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The boss of Airbus has said the firm expects to sell "thousands" of Bombardier's passenger aircraft after an international tie-up with the planemaker. Airbus is taking a majority stake in the Canadian company's C Series aircraft, which are part-made in Belfast. (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk) More...

Qantas flight to San Francisco turns back after 'technical issue'

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Engineers were inspecting the Boeing 747 after it landed at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport, a Qantas spokeswoman said, declining to say how many people were aboard. No injuries were reported. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Frontier Airlines Inaugural flight into Long Island MacArthur Airport.

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Frontier Airlines Flight 1778 flew in direct from Orlando and touched down at Long Island MacArthur Airport around 9:36 a.m. Wednesday, heralding the carrier’s first service to the Ronkonkoma airport. (www.youtube.com) More...

FAA proposes ban on large electronics in checked baggage

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While most of us probably keep our laptops and other large electronics in our carry-on bags, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still wants to avoid the risk associated with exploding lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold of passenger aircraft. According to an official FAA document uploaded by PetaPixel's Michael Zhang, the agency is proposing a ban on large personal electronics (anything bigger than a cell phone) in checked baggage. (www.engadget.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to start service to Hawaii in 2018

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Finally, it looks like Southwest Airlines will start service to Hawaii in 2018. More competition on those routes is a good thing! (www.msn.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney to reveal GTF engine fix soon

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Your descriptU.S. airplane engine maker Pratt & Whitney is close to outlining a fix for problems with the combustion chamber lining in its new Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, which have hit deliveries of Airbus A320neo planes, a person aware of the issue told Reuters.ion or brief synopsis here . . . (www.nasdaq.com) More...

Widerøe announced as launch carrier for the Embraer E2

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Embraer scheduled (18-Oct-2017) delivery of the first E190-E2 aircraft (LN-WEA) to Widerøe for Apr-2018. Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO John Slattery stated: "From the beginning the E2 program has been, and remains on time, on budget and better than the initial specification. We'll deliver to the market a mature and robust aircraft". (centreforaviation.com) More...

Embraer Announces Order for Six A-29 Super Tucano for an Undisclosed Customer

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Embraer announced today a firm order for 6 (six) A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft from an undisclosed customer. The aircraft can be used for tactical and advanced training as well as light attack and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions. Deliveries will be concluded in 2018. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Hawaiian Seeking Airbus A330-800neo Alternatives: CEO

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Hawaiian Airlines confirms it is considering acquiring other aircraft types instead of the six Airbus A330-800neos it currently has on order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

OPINION: Why New Models Are Good For Airline Industry

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Compiling Flight International’s annual World Airliner Directory – the first part of which appears in our 24-30 October issue – is often a repetitive task. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

VIDEO: Mid-2018 Deliveries Targeted As Airbus A330neo Flies Its Maiden Flight

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Airbus on 19 October kicked off the A330neo's three-aircraft 1,400h flight-test programme which should lead to certification and first deliveries of the initial -900 variant in the middle of 2018. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

OPINION: Is Airbus The Winner in Bombardier CSeries Trade Dispute?

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Whatever Bombardier’s goal was for launching the CSeries programme nearly a decade ago, it certainly was not to shepherd both the CS100 and CS300 into service before handing them over as relatively mature products, free, to Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Investigators Seek Details Over Missile-Launcher Photo

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Investigators pursuing a criminal case over the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine are seeking information about a new image of a mobile missile launcher. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

China Southern to Take 38 Boeing Jets Including 777s

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China Southern Airlines has agreed to order eight Boeing 777-300ERs as well as 30 737 Max 8 jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Ponders Restart of 767-300ER Passenger Line

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Boeing is nearing a decision whether to restart the 767-300ER passenger line, LNC has learned. (leehamnews.com) More...

Twin-engine Cessna crash lands in St. Petersburg, FL street

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Twin-engine Cessna emergency landing in St. Petersburg, FL street... (www.fox13news.com) More...

Winners And Losers As Airbus Bails Out Bombardier's C-Series

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Richard Aboulafia: Let’s keep this simple: the winners and the losers in the new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership deal. (www.forbes.com) More...

Dreamliner touches down after maiden voyage

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The Qantas' Boeing 787-9 plane, which took 700 people to build, brings an unprecedented level of mid-air service to Australia and the world. The highly-anticipated addition to the Flying Kangaroo's fleet will give Australian customers the ability to fly direct from Perth to London when in what Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce describes as a "game-changer" for the company. The plane is scheduled to do a flyaround over Sydney. 9NEWS reporter Lara Vella was one of the lucky few to hitch… (www.msn.com) More...

Crescent City Airport Board Chooses Contour

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In the aftermath of PenAir's bankruptcy and upcoming end to EAS service between CEC and PDX, it looks like a new airline will serve Crescent City with service to OAK. The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority rejected proposals submitted by Boutique Air and Great Lake Airlines and chose Contour Aviation (d/b/a Contour Airlines) and their ERJ-135. (www.triplicate.com) More...

United begins installing Polaris on its Boeing 767, 777 fleets

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United's first 767-300ER has already flown with the Polaris product, and its first Boeing 777 has already gone to Xiamen, China for reconfiguration. (layoverhub.net) More...

AirAsia to launch operations this month

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AirAsia’s Japanese sector is making a comeback. AirAsia Japan announced on Monday, October 16 that it will begin its first flights later this month. The first routes will be served out of Nagoya. The announcement comes two years after AirAsia Bhd, based in Malaysia, announced plans to re-enter the Japanese market with new partners. (layoverhub.net) More...

Emirates sets date to take 100th A380

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Middle Eastern carrier Emirates will take its Airbus A380 fleet into triple figures next month when it takes delivery of its 100th aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Air Lines takes Airbus A350 to Amsterdam

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Delta Air Lines has scheduled its flagship A350-900 aircraft on one of four daily flights between Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

A4E: Abolishing air passenger taxes would boost European GDP by €215 billion

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A new study commissioned by A4E from PwC - “The economic impact of air taxes in Europe” - shows that abolishing all air passenger taxes in the European Economic Area would boost European GDP by €215 billion (cumulative) over the next 12 years. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Malaysia to resume search for MH370

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The statement says that Ocean Infinity will look for the lost Boeing 777-200ER in yet unsearched area where it is believed the aircraft could be. Canberra will provide technical assistance for the effort. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The 747 in Winter (And an Airline Logo Quiz)

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The Boeing 747 is arguably the most important and influential commercial aircraft of all time. And after 47 years, it will soon be retiring from passenger service in North America. Looking at these archival images from Boeing of the 747 prototype, can you identify all 27 of the jet's original customers? Who were these airlines, and what has happened to them? (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Private plane crash in Cochise County AZ, pilot flying alone is deceased

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The crash occurred north of I-10 in SE AZ near mile post 355, which is the Page Ranch Road area. (www.tucsonnewsnow.com) More...

How the CSeries deal could end up changing the world's aerospace industry

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Strategically, the alliance between Airbus and Bombardier extends well beyond the noise of Boeing's spat with the Canadian planemaker. (business.financialpost.com) More...

First A330neo becomes airborne for its maiden flight

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Airbus's first A330neo has lifted off from Toulouse on its maiden flight, commencing the airborne test programme for the re-engined twinjet. (www.airbus.com) More...

CNN Awarded First FAA Waiver Allowing Drone Flights Over Crowds

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The approval is the first time the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted a waiver for unlimited flights over people, the news network said in an emailed statement. The standards used in the application can be applied to other applicants, potentially opening vast new uses by the media and other industries for so-called unmanned aerial systems, or UAS. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Boeing’s future plans threatened by Airbus-Bombardier pact

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Airbus’s surprise move to swallow Bombardier’s CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family on the cheap, threatening the Renton-built 737 and potentially forcing Boeing to redraw its road map of new airplane development. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

United – A Fond Farewell to our Boeing 747

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With United Airlines set to retire the iconic Boeing 747 on November 7, they created a tribute to the awe-inspiring aircraft. Enjoy! (www.youtube.com) More...

Boeing, Air India Celebrate Airline's 125th Delivery

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air India celebrated today the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner for the national carrier. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Touring Delta One, Premium Select and Coach on Delta’s First Airbus A350

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Typically when an airline takes delivery of an entirely new type of aircraft, it takes some time to get up to speed before the plane’s ready to welcome passengers. Case in point: Delta and the Airbus A350. Delta Air Lines’ first A350 was delivered back in July and flew to Atlanta in early August, but Tuesday afternoon was the first time “real passengers” were allowed on board. (thepointsguy.com) More...

US-Built Bombardier CSeries Jets Still Subject to Import Tax: Boeing

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Boeing insists that Airbus's intention to deliver Bombardier CSeries aircraft from an Alabama final assembly site would not exempt the aircraft from potential US import taxes. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Etihad Trials Hand Luggage-Only Fares

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is to trial a lower-fare hand luggage-only product this winter on two routes, Abu Dhabi-Bahrain and Abu Dhabi-Kuwait, as part of a wider strategy review. (atwonline.com) More...

Embraer to Deliver First E190-E2 in April 2018

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has confirmed it will deliver its first E190-E2 to Norwegian regional airline Widerøe, the type’s launch customer, in April 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

Alitalia Administrators Receive Seven Binding Offers

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Administrators at Italian carrier Alitalia have confirmed they have received seven offers for the airline’s assets, following the expiration of the extended Oct. 16 bid deadline. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing statement on Airbus/Bombardier announcement

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Boeing statement on Airbus/Bombardier announcement (twitter.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Will Avoid 300% Duties With US Assembly: Executives

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Bombardier and Airbus executives confirm that plans to open a CSeries final assembly line in the USA would enable the companies to avoid a potentially disastrous 300% tariff on imports of CS100s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...