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Le nouveau Boeing 787-9 dreamliner d'Air France se posera à l'aéroport de Vatry (source : France Bleu Berry)

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Actuellement en phase de test - fera des allers retours entre Châteauroux ( Indre) et Vatry (Marne). L'avion devrait ainsi être visible dans le ciel marnais le vendredi 16 décembre puis le lundi 19 décembre. ;) (www.francebleu.fr) Plus d'info...

Décès d'Albert Maltret, le "Baron Noir".

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Celui qui a défrayé la chronique notamment en atterrissant sur les Champs Elysées le 10 août 1986 est décédé le 15 octobre. (www.letelegramme.fr) Plus d'info...

Woman could not board a JetBlue flight because her shorts were ‘inappropriate’

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A burlesque dancer from Seattle, Washington, was informed that she would need to change her clothing if she wanted to board a flight from Boston to Seattle because her shorts were deemed “too short” by the flight crew. (www.airlive.net) Plus d'info...

Vueling A320 flight #VY8749 was damaged by a tow vehicle today at Manchester airport

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A full investigation is expected to be launched. First report says the tow vehicle had issues and the plane didn’t stop when the tow stopped. (www.airlive.net) Plus d'info...

Un Boeing 707 d'Air France

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L'aéronef sert de décor à une séance de «lipsing» de la chanson «Ruby Baby», de Dion DiMucci. On a une idée de la tenue vestimentaire des hôtesses de l'époque. Cette version de la chanson est de 1962. (www.youtube.com) Plus d'info...

Pilot killed in CF-18 crash on Cold Lake Air Weapons Range

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A pilot is dead after a CF - 18 crashed earlier today while on a training mission on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. Military officials confirmed earlier today the plane, a single-seated CF-18 Hornet jet, had gone down in the Saskatchewan portion of the air weapons range. (www.coldlakesun.com) Plus d'info...

Canada considers buying 18 Super Hornet fighter jets

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The federal Liberal government says it will ``explore the acquisition'' of 18 new Boeing-made Super Hornet jets on an interim basis until it can decide on a permanent replacement for Canada's aging fleet of fighter planes. (www.thestar.com) Plus d'info...

Porter plane in near-miss with possible drone

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A Porter Airlines flight approaching Toronto was forced to take evasive action to avoid a drone Monday. (www.thestar.com) Plus d'info...

Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing due to possible engine fire

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Flight 636 with 163 passengers and crew was about 10 minutes from landing in Dayton, Ohio, just before noon when a cockpit warning light indicated a fire in the aircraft's right engine, according to an internal Allegiant memo obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. (www.tampabay.com) Plus d'info...

American Airlines ties up partnership with China Southern

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The US airline will buy $200m (£159m) worth of shares in the Chinese firm and the two will "seek to increase cooperation". China Southern is the latest of China's top airlines to bring in an investor from outside the mainland. The deal should offer American Airlines more possibilities to tap into China's growing aviation market. (www.bbc.com) Plus d'info...

Two women killed by plane while taking selfies

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Two young women were hit and killed by a small aircraft as they were taking selfies by the side of a landing strip in northern Mexico, media reported on Monday (Mar 27). The victims of the grisly accident, which took place Saturday afternoon in the town of Chinipas (www.kwiknews.my) Plus d'info...

Accident: Taban B737 at Ardabil on Mar 27th 2017, right main gear collapse on landing

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A Taban Air Boeing 737-400, registration EP-TBJ performing flight HH-6243 from Mashhad to Ardabil (Iran) with 163 people on board, landed on Ardabil's runway 33 at 10:03L (05:33Z) but came to a stop on the runway with the right hand main gear collapsed (avherald.com) Plus d'info...

Bombardier CS100 completed test flights to 5.5-degree London City approach.

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Bombardier capped a series of CS100 tests at London City Airport (LCY) with a nonstop transatlantic flight to New York JFK on March 25, demonstrating the range capability of the smallest CSeries airliner from the airport closest to central London. CS100 flight-test aircraft FTV2 completed eight flights from LCY over two days on Mach 22-23, to validate the aircraft’s ability to operate into the airport, with its 5.5-degree approach and short runway. (www.airlive.net) Plus d'info...

Virgin Atlantic Predicts Rollercoaster Profits as Weak Pound Starts to Bite

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Virgin Atlantic made profits of £23 million last year but the CEO predicts 2017 will be loss making - blames Brexit and the weak pound. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Plus d'info...

Gigantic drones may be the key to low-cost air shipping

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Wonder why some companies still ship products on boats instead of speedy aircraft? It's because air freight is much more expensive -- the costs of the crew and fuel quickly add up. Natilus, however, thinks drones might offer a solution. The startup is prepping enormous, 200ft-long drones (roughly the size of a Boeing 777) that would haul up to 200,000lbs of cargo over the ocean. (www.engadget.com) Plus d'info...

Sheriff: No charges for woman who called in airport bomb threat

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TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) -- Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Broome County Sheriff's Office and Endicott Bomb Squad, were called to the Greater Binghamton Airport Monday morning. (www.wbng.com) Plus d'info...

JetBlue Thinks of Replacements for the Embraer E190, Also looking into Long Haul Fleet

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JetBlue begins to think of replacing their E190 fleet. Many people are suggesting a replacement with either the C series, A319, or E190-E2. JetBlue is also looking into adding addition aircraft to the fleet for long-haul flights to Europe. Possible options are the A321LR or the A330neo. (www.airliners.net) Plus d'info...

Emirates Airline launches new A380 destinations in 3 continents on same day

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Emirates Airline, the world’s largest operator of A380s, today celebrated the launch of three A380 destinations, bringing its flagship three-class double-decker aircraft from Dubai to Tokyo- Narita, Casablanca and Sao Paulo on the same day... (www.aviationfigures.com) Plus d'info...

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

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After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs. (www.yahoo.com) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

Cabin Tour - Two-class Airbus A380 - Emirates Airline

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More than 220,000 passengers have flown the two-class A380 on over 450 flights since it first entered service in December 2015. The Emirates’ two class configured A380 features 58 flatbed seats in Business Class and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class, as well as Emirates’ popular OnBoard Lounge. Emirates has 4 two-class configured A380s in its fleet of 74 A380s. SHOW MORE (www.facebook.com) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

Crashed 747's crew aware of excessive height: inquiry

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Russian investigators indicate that the crew of a Turkish-operated Boeing 747-400F knew the aircraft was too high on its approach before it overflew Bishkek airport and crashed far beyond the end of the runway. (www.flightglobal.com) Plus d'info...

How do you memorialize TWA, a dead airline? Attendant uniforms, planes and a voodoo doll

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The history of TWA is also the history of American business itself in the 20th century — of expansion and innovation after World War II, of battles for civil rights and against sexism, of business mergers and corporate raiders. TWA’s birthplace is also its graveyard. This is where the world’s last employee-owned airline came to die in 2001 when TWA merged with American Airlines and its name was retired. (www.airlineinfo.in) Plus d'info...

Incident: Norwegian B737 at Milwaukee on Mar 23rd 2017, rejected takeoff on ATC instruction

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A Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NGZ performing flight DY-9856 from Milwaukee,WI (USA) to Cancun (Mexico), had been cleared for takeoff from runway 19R and was accelerating for takeoff about 55 seconds after the takeoff clearance when ATC called "Stop!" (avherald.com) Plus d'info...

Finally Resolved? The American Airlines Uniform Crisis Goes Oldschool

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American Airline flight attendants have been authorised to wear their old uniforms or buy their own uniform as 3,000 crew report 'reactions' to their new uniform. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Plus d'info...

Snake hitches a ride to Auckland Airport on a private jet

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Biosecurity staff at Auckland Airport were greeted by an unexpected passenger hitching a ride on a private jet on the weekend. A snake was spotted on the tarmac after the aircraft landed on Sunday and was initially contained with a bucket by airport staff. The snake has yet to be identified, although it is likely to be a brown tree snake. Craig Hughes, from the Ministry for Primary Industries, said a snake handler was quickly on the scene. "It appears the snake had crawled into the wheel… (www.stuff.co.nz) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

United Airlines is accused of body shaming and sexism after refusing to let girl, 10, board flight because she was wearing spandex leggings

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United Airlines has been accused of body shaming and sexism after refusing to allow a 10-year-old girl to board a flight because she was wearing spandex leggings. The airline defended its decision to not allow the child and two others on their flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday, telling outraged Twitter users who complained about it that they reserved the right to refuse anyone who did not meet its dress code. (www.planeetiquette.com) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

Air Canada flight forced to return to Montreal because of engine trouble

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An Air Canada flight that took off from Montreal-Trudeau airport en route to Shanghai Saturday was forced to return to the airport shortly after takeoff. The plane had engine problems and was forced to dump fuel over the Laurentians before landing safely. The aircraft, a Boeing 787 with 213 passengers on board, had to unload some of its fuel over the Laurentians to land safely... (www.aviationfigures.com) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

Your chance to walk on a 747 wing, coming soon to … Atlanta?

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A Delta 747 becomes a museum piece, with opportunities to look into the innards. Also, Jeff Bezos goes inside a giant robot. Seattle’s Museum of Flight has the first Boeing 747 ever built, serial number 001. But if you want to get the view from standing atop a 747’s wing, you may need to go to Atlanta. (www.planeetiquette.com) Plus d'info...

12 weird and wonderful airline rules you probably didn’t know!

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Most airline rules and policies seem pretty straightforward and understandable…but there are some golden ones in there that might make you chuckle or just say wwhhhat?! rules and regulations on airlines Not hidden from the public, but just amongst the “legal” section on most airlines’ websites there are some fascinating rules…we’d love to know who came up with them! (www.ondtravel.net) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

British Airways Starts Scanning Faces To Enable Faster Boarding

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British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition. Biometric devices at the main security-screening area in Terminal 5 capture a traveler’s features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person’s identity, allowing them to get on the plane without showing documents, BA said in a letter to staff... (www.aviationfigures.com) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...

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) Plus d'info...