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Brussels Airbus A330-300 at Banjul on Feb 16th 2018, bird strike

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A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration OO-SFO performing flight SN-203 from Dakar (Senegal) to Banjul (Gambia), departed Dakar's runway 01 and landed on Banjul's runway 32 completing a seemingly uneventful flight. A post flight inspection revealed the aircraft had received a bird strike during the flight and was unable to continue schedule. A passengers booked onto flight SN-204 from Banjul to Brussels (Belgium) reported they were taken to hotels, the flight was postponed by 49 hours… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

THY Boeing 777-300 at Istanbul on Feb 19th 2018, burst tyre on landing

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration TC-LJD performing flight TK-78 (Dep Feb 18th) from Miami,FL (USA) to Istanbul (Turkey), landed on Istanbul's runway 05 but burst one of the left main tyres. The aircraft was able to vacate the runway and taxied to a remote stand. The occurrence aircraft returned to service after 8 hours on the ground. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Thai Airbus A380 near Bangkok on Feb 19th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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A Thai Airways Airbus A380-800, registration HS-TUA performing flight TG-676 from Bangkok (Thailand) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), was climbing through FL370 out of Bangkok when the crew received indication of one of the engines (Trent 970) overheated and lost power. The crew shut the engine down and decided to return to Bangkok where the aircraft landed safely about 135 minutes after departure. A replacement Boeing 777-300 registration HS-TKQ reached Tokyo with a delay of 17 hours. The occurrence… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

ANA Boeing 777-300 near Tokyo on Feb 19th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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n ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 777-300, registration JA755A performing flight NH-469 from Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa (Japan) with 524 people on board, was climbing out of Tokyo when the crew stopped the climb at FL280 due to a low oil quantity indication for the right hand engine (PW4090) and decided to return to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The crew needed to shut the engine down and performed a safe single engine on Haneda's runway 34R about 45 minutes after departure. A replacement Boeing 777-300… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Sita Air Dornier 228 near Lukla on Feb 20th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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A Sita Air Dornier DO-228, registration 9N-AJH performing flight 603 from Kathmandu to Lukla (Nepal) with 12 passengers and 3 crew, was nearing Lukla when the crew needed to shut the right hand engine down. The crew decided to return to Kathmandu, where the aircraft landed safely about one hour after departure. Nepal Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) opened an investigation into the occurrence. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

United Airlines CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

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With its new Polaris business class service, United Airlines has learned a powerful lesson: Sometimes, in the airline business, simple is best. (skift.com) More...

HNA Group May Sell More Subsidiary Shares After Tianjin Investment

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HNA Group, struggling to raise cash, is likely to sell shares in more of its subsidiary carriers after securing further local government investment in Tianjin Airlines, industry sources close to the group say. (atwonline.com) More...

Qatar Airways Not Intending to Revisit Bombardier CSeries Under Airbus

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Qatar Airways is not interested in revisiting the Bombardier CSeries once the programme transfers to Airbus this year. The Doha-based carrier had previously been linked to the CSeries. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar Airways interested in supersonic potential: Al Baker

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atar Airways has expressed strong interest in the potential of supersonic flight, and would even be prepared to act as a launch customer. Start-up supersonic aircraft developer Boom Aerospace has been working on a programme for a small airliner, around 45 seats, capable of speeds of M2.2. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air Force One To Get New, $24 Million Refrigerators

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The Air Force may be prepping the next jets that will serve as Air Force One, but it will be years before they're ready to take to the skies. In the meantime, the aging VC-25As that currently do the job need some upkeep to make it to the finish line. The latest tune-up? New refrigerators that will cost a total of $24 million. A contract for $23,657,671, awarded to Boeing, will cover two identical fridges, one for each of the jets that serve as Air Force One when the president is on board. And… (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Skywest Canadair CRJ-705 at Appleton on Feb 18th 2018, passenger bag fuming

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A Skywest Canadair CRJ-900 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N802SK performing flight OO-4671/DL-4671 from Minneapolis,MN to Appleton,WI (USA), was about to land on Appleton's runway 21 when smoke began to emanate from a passengers carry on bag. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 21, while taxiing to the apron the crew reported smoke in the cockpit prompting emergency services to respond. The passengers disembarked via stairs. The airport reported smoke began to come from a… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

United Boeing 737-700 near Washington on Feb 18th 2018, dual autopilot failure

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A United Boeing 737-700, registration N29717 performing flight UA-1068 from Newark,NJ (USA) to Bogota (Colombia), was enroute at FL340 about 100nm eastsoutheast of Washington Dulles,DC (USA) when the crew descended the aircraft to FL280 out of RVSM airspace due to the failure of both autopilots. The aircraft initially continued towards Bogota, but about 30 minutes later turned aorund and diverted to Washington Dulles for a safe landing about 2 hours after leaving FL340. A replacement Boeing… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Southwest Boeing 737-700 near Houston on Feb 18th 2018, loss of cabin pressure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7724A performing flight WN-289 from Belize (Belize) to Denver,CO (USA), was enroute at FL380 over the Gulf of Mexico about 250nm southeast of Houston Intercontinental Airport,TX (USA) when the crew initiated an emergency descent to 10,000 feet due to the loss of cabin pressure. The aircraft diverted to Houston Hobby Airport for a safe landing about 50 minutes after leaving FL380. A replacement Boeing 737-700 registration N7721E continued the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Woman Seen Berating Flight Attendant On Viral Video Now Placed On Leave

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A New York woman seen berating a flight attendant on a viral video is on forced leave from her job. Nearly two million people watched a recording of a woman boarding a Delta Air Lines flight caught not only threatening a flight attendant's job, but also saying she worked for New York Governor Cuomo. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Southwest Airlines to expand cargo business to Mexico

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Three and a half years after launching its first international flights, Southwest Airlines is looking abroad again with plans to add cargo service to several Mexican cities later this year, the company announced Monday. (www.chron.com) More...

Breaking News: The wreck of Iran Aseman's ATR 72 was found

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Tehran - The wreckage of Aseman Airlines' ATR 72, which crashed on February 18 with about 60 people on board, was located today (February 20) in a mountainous area in southwestern Iran. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling

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Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible… (www.thedrive.com) More...

Emirates to Operate First Ever Airbus A380 to Beirut

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Today, Emirates announced that it will operate a special one-off Airbus A380 service to Beirut on March 29, becoming the carrier’s first-ever scheduled A380 service to the Lebanese capital. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Boeing Partners With Oerlikon to Speed Up Adoption of 3D Printing

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Boeing is co-operating with Swiss engineering group Oerlikon to jointly develop additive manufacturing processes in a bid to accelerate the technology's wider employment. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

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The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar Airways acquired a 49 percent stake of Meridiana’s, now Air Italy’s, parent company, AQA Holding in September 2017. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Boeing Aims to Keep Increasing Its Record Pace of Commercial Aircraft Production

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Boeing will produce over 900 planes per year at the end of the decade, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC. Boeing completes the production of its planes at a record pace and aims to maintain climbing. Last year Boeing delivered a record level of commercial aircraft. When you divide the 763 aircraft to the whole year, it makes one new plane every 11,5 hours, and Muilenburg says the company's production speed is going to continue rising. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Air Europa Receives Its First Boeing 787-9

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The Spanish airline operator Air Europa welcomed the first of its sixteen Boeing 787-9 ordered, crossing a new stage in the modernization of its fleet. On February 17, The 787-9 registered EC-MSZ landed at Madrid-Barajas airport at 6:14 am local time following a ferry flight from the Boeing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus A330neo Wears The Colors of Its Launch Operator TAP Air Portugal

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TAP Air Portugal has to wait a few months more for the A330neo. The Portuguese flag carrier who is the launch operator of the aircraft has ordered ten A330-900s directly from Airbus. The first deliveries are scheduled for the summer of 2018. The first aircraft, the MSN1836, already wears the colors of the Lisbon-based airline operator. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

The Boeing 777X And Its Unmatched Foldable Wings

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An unusual scene may become commonplace at airports in a few years if Boeing succeeds in making a new system safe for commercial operation. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Ukraine International Airlines Expands Its Long-Haul Fleet With A Boeing 777-200ER

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On Feb 16, 2018, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) expanded its long-haul fleet with a Boeing 777-200ER. The press service of the Kiev-based airline operator reported that the plane is enrolled in Ukraine as UR-GOA. UIA will configure the new 777-200ER with 361 seats in three classes, Business, Premium, and Economy. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Lufthansa and Munich Airport Introduce Humanoid Robot

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Lufthansa and Munich Airport have started testing of a humanoid robot in Terminal 2 of the airport. The robot, given the name “Josie Pepper,” is there to provide information and answer questions for passengers in Terminal 2. Passengers can ask for directions to their gate or certain shops or restaurants, and Josie Pepper will give them a prompt response. The robot itself is 120 cm (3.9ft.) tall and speaks English. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Emirates Exercises Fifth Freedom Rights with New Bali to Auckland Flight

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Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) joins the ever-expanding list of locations receiving a daily flight from Dubai-based behemoth Emirates, with the announcement of a connecting flight to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

United Airlines Announces Start Date for Boeing 737 MAX 9

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Just three days after the aircraft was cleared for commercial operations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United Airlines announced its initial routes for the carrier’s newest single-aisle addition, the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The announcement comes after an exciting month for Boeing, first with the unveiling of the 737 MAX 7 aircraft two weeks ago and now with the issuance of an amended type rating for the 737 MAX 8 on Friday. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Airbus Readies A350-1000 For Delivery, Dismisses Boeing 777-9

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Airbus will deliver its first A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways within hours, making the end to a nearly two-month wait for the ceremonial handover (leehamnews.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX 9, Second MAX Variant, Certified by FAA

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The Boeing 737 MAX 9 has gained FAA certification, clearing the way for the second variant in the MAX family to enter commercial service. (atwonline.com) More...

Qatar Airways to Put First Airbus A350-1000 On London-Heathrow Route

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Qatar Airways is set to operate its first Airbus A350-1000 service to London Heathrow as it prepares to receive the aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Delivers Its First A350-1000 to Launch Customer Qatar Airways

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Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer. (www.airbus.com) More...

Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From Job

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U.S. Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From Job Inside Edition Inside Edition Staff,Inside Edition 16 hours ago Reactions Like Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email A woman who caused a scene on a Delta Air Lines flight after being seated near a baby has been placed on leave from her job. Susan Peirez was caught on cell phone video berating a flight attendant. In the video, which has been viewed nearly two million times online, Peirez threatens the flight attendant's… (www.yahoo.com) More...

Spirit of '67: How Boeing's 'Baby' Jetliner Fuselage Made Its Journey West

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The company’s bold plan was to transport the finished fuselage units in two sections 2,000 miles across six states to Renton by rail. (aviationweek.com) More...

Alaska Air's January Load Factor Declines, Stock Falls

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In fact, Alaska Air Group is not the only carrier which is facing capacity relate issues. We remind investors that shares of United Continental Holdings, Inc. UAL also declined significantly in the last month, even after reporting better-than-expected results in the fourth quarter on issues related to capacity. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Big week for Airbus

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This looks like a big week for Airbus. Early this morning in Toulouse, the first A330neo for Air Portugal was rolled out of the paint shop. (www.airinsight.com) More...

airBaltic boosts its international brand as it becomes the CSeries posterchild

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One of Europe’s smaller flag carriers has gained international brand recognition over the past year as it has showcased the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft at three major air shows over the last seven months (blueswandaily.com) More...

IAG renews calls for air passenger duty reform

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International Airlines Group has warned the government air passenger duty undermines Britain’s position as a global trading nation post-Brexit and reduces the chance of its new long-haul, low-cost airline brand Level flying from UK regions. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

UFO over Oregan

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Air Traffic Control and airline pilots see UFO in October (www.news.com.au) More...

Chinese Comac C919 Delayed Again?

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News from Singapore suggests that the C919 might be delayed again. Tracking, using Flightradar24, of the flight test aircraft show that B-001A last had activity on December 19 and there is nothing on B-001C. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

Leahy remains steadfast in A380 future

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Leahy, who retired last month as COO-Customers, continues to support the transition to Eric Schulz, EVP, Chief of Sales, Marketing & Contracts. One of Leahy’s last deals was to firm up an A380 MOU for 20 orders and 16 options for Emirates Airline. (leehamnews.com) More...

Copa Airlines Launches Service to Barbados

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Copa Airlines this week opened reservation for its planned Panama City – Bridgetown route, announced by the airline earlier this month. Service to Barbados is subject to Government Approval, which sees the airline operating 2 weekly flights with Embraer E190 aircraft, effective 17JUL18. (www.routesonline.com) More...

Air Malta announces new routes from Southend

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Air Malta (Luqa) has announced it wii introduce four new routes, including from Malta to Southend, Malta to Cagliari and flights between Southend, Catania and Cagliari. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

The A350-1000 spreads its wings on a globe-trotting demonstration tour

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Twelve stopovers in three weeks provides high visibility for the latest A350 XWB jetliner version (www.airbus.com) More...

Nok Air De Havilland Dash 8 (400) at Sakon Nakhong on Feb 18th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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A Nok Air de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration HS-DQA performing flight DD-9407 from Sakon Nakhong to Bangkok Don Muang (Thailand) with 84 people, was climbing out of Sakon when the crew needed to shut the left hand engine (PW150A) down. The aircraft returned to Sakon for a safe landing on runway 23. Passengers reported there were two streaks of flames coming from the engine prior to the propeller stopping turning. The occurrence aircraft has not yet returned to service about 32 hours after… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Lufthansa Cityline Embraer ERJ-190 near Frankfurt on Feb 19th 2018, loss of communication, aircraft squawked unlawful interference on error

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A Lufthansa Cityline Embraer ERJ190, registration D-AECC perforing flight LH-975 from Aberdeen,SC (UK) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), had already performed first descent towards Frankfurt/Main and was maintaining FL260 at about 07:48L (06:48Z), when communication with the aircraft was lost. The crew shortly afterwards transmitted the code for unlawful interference on their transponder changing the code to loss of communication a few minutes later while turning away from the aerodrome again. Two… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

United to debut first 737 Max in June

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United Airlines will introduce its new Boeing 737 Max 9 on domestic routes from Houston Intercontinental and Los Angeles International airports in June. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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