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Qantas 747 flew with landing gear door down after birdstrike

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A birdstrike as it was departing San Francisco saw a Qantas operated Boeing 747-400ER continue its flight to Sydney with one of its left main landing gear door down, causing abnormal vibrations during the flight. (www.flightglobal.com) Plus d'info...

JetBlue to launch self-boarding using facial recognition

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JetBlue announced it will collaborate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and SITA to test a new paperless and deviceless self-boarding process as part of ongoing trials to implement a biometric exit process in the future. (www.airguideonline.com) Plus d'info...

House Panel Advances Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan

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The Trump administration’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system moved forward in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday, despite concerted opposition from Democratic members of Congress. (www.govexec.com) Plus d'info...

Ever wondered where wine dregs go on a plane? Flight attendants mix them into ‘crew juice’ to get drunk

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Cabin crew collect the dregs at the bottom of wine bottles on flights and save them for after they’ve landed EVERYONE loves the free booze on planes… even flight attendants. Cabin crew collect the dregs at the bottom of wine bottles on flights and save them for after they’ve landed. (www.aircrew.in) Plus d'info...

Qantas flight QF93 to make forced landing in Sydney after dumping fuel at sea

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A MELBOURNE woman on Los Angeles-bound flight QF93, which diverted to Sydney on Thursday morning, said crew members asked passengers check an engine, before the decision to turn around was made. Jessica McCallum, 29, praised Qantas crew for their handling of the situation, after an emergency light came on in the cockpit of the A380 about an hour into the flight, which departed Melbourne just before 10.15am. (www.airlineboarding.com) Plus d'info...

Testing for Delta’s ‘Nomad’ device lands in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

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Delta Air Lines is stepping out from behind the counter at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta-based airline announced Wednesday that it has rolled out 100 handheld devices to “help gate agents drive more personal engagements with customers at its home airport in Atlanta.” (P.S. from my experience these work great. Instead of having to really on a Map or wait in a line you can call help over and the can immediately help you) (www.bizjournals.com) Plus d'info...

The day a plane landed in the middle of Canary Wharf

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Yesterday in 1982, a plane landed in the heart of Canary Wharf, right where the Heron Quays DLR station now stands. At the time it wasn’t possible to run a test flight from the Royal Docks site, so that’s when they turned to the derelict land in the heart of Canary Wharf. Mowlem cleared the docks of rubble and laid down a suitable surface for a plane to land on. The temporary runway was around 1,000 metres in length, and granted a license by the Civil Aviation Authority for the test. The idea… (www.ianvisits.co.uk) Plus d'info...

FLYING IN A FORTRESS A history of The B-17 Flying Fortress

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My father flew a B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. Now it's my turn. By Josh Max I'm stunned, fascinated, and obsessed by the B-17 and the experience. I drive home shaken, sleep for two hours, return at sundown for more photos, then a third time the next day for even more. I want to burn the experience into my memory. In between shoots and ever since my flight, I read and feverishly study documentaries all about the B-17 and the men who flew in them. I now hold my father in a new esteem because… (www.popularmechanics.com) Plus d'info...

Athens bound flight returns to Montreal because of partying passengers.

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An Air Transat flight to Athens was disrupted yesterday by party-goers, causing the pilot to turn the flight around and return to Montreal, TVA reports. Two passengers reportedly acted inappropriately with the staff on board. According to a passenger who filmed the scene, the young men were intoxicated. (montrealgazette.com) Plus d'info...

U.S. to unveil enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop ban

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U.S. Homeland Security officials on Wednesday will unveil enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States but not an immediate expansion of an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices because they might carry bombs, sources briefed on the matter said. (www.reuters.com) Plus d'info...

Government Open to Strategic Disinvestment In Air India

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NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said that the government is open to the idea of inducting a strategic partner in Air India and the civil aviation ministry was exploring all possible options for the ailing state-run airline. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) Plus d'info...

Southwest Airlines To Consolidate Cuba Service With Focus On Havana

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced that it will concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana (HAV) and will cease operations in both Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) at the end of day on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Southwest® currently serves Havana twice daily nonstop from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and once daily nonstop from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and has applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a third daily roundtrip… (www.prnewswire.com) Plus d'info...

Airbus starts assembly of first satellites for OneWeb’s broadband constellation

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Airbus has started assembly of the first satellites for OneWeb’s broadband constellation. Work on the first 10 satellites formally started Tuesday at an Airbus factory on France, with a goal of having the satellites completed and launched by next April. Most of the satellites in the initial set of 900 will be built at a factory currently under construction in Florida. [BBC] (spacenews.com) Plus d'info...

Aeroflot Aims to Sign $8.7 Billion Airbus A350 Order This Year

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Aeroflot PJSC is targeting a deal for 28 Airbus SE A350 jets by the end of this year, double an initial outline agreement, as Russia’s biggest airline pushes expansion plans buoyed by a recovering economy. The board authorized the purchase of a second tranche of 14 A350-900s last month, but final terms including cabin configuration, delivery slots and pricing remain to be negotiated, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Giorgio Callegari said in an interview. The total transaction will be worth $8.7… (www.bloomberg.com) Plus d'info...

World’s First Electroluminescent Paint to Light up Skies on Airbus Jets

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Darkside Scientific, creators of LumiLor Light Emitting Coating, is working with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to create electroluminescent exterior markings for aircraft. The announcement was made today. “This is an exciting new product that can turn surfaces into functional elements in an unconventional way” Tweet this LumiLor is the world’s first and only patented electroluminescent paint. The product allows manufacturers to design with light in ways previously impossible. It produces… (www.businesswire.com) Plus d'info...

Iberia Orders 20 Airbus A320neos

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Iberia’s Chairman and CEO, Luis Gallego, disclosed today that the Spanish airline has made a firm order to acquire 20 new Airbus A320neo aircraft to modernise its short- and medium-haul fleet. (aviationtribune.com) Plus d'info...

ANA Adds Third Daily Flight on the Tokyo – Los Angeles Route

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ANA has decided to increase the number of flights on the route between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles, from Sunday, October 29, 2017. (aviationtribune.com) Plus d'info...

Airbus Perlan glider to male high altitude record bid

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The Perlan 2 stratospheric glider, an Airbus-sponsored mission, has arrived in Argentina as the Airbus Perlan Mission II team bids to set a new altitude record for sailplanes. (atwonline.com) Plus d'info...

Qatar Airways Marks 10 Years Flying to the USA by Lighting Up The Empire State Building

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Forget red, white and blue. Last night, Qatar Airways lit up the iconic Empire State Building in the airline's signature colours - burgundy and white. It was all part of the airline's celebrations to mark 10 years of flying between Doha and New York City. Qatar Airways now flies to ten destinations in the USA and plans to add Las Vegas and San Francisco to its route network next year. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Plus d'info...

Delta Retires First MD-90 Ahead of Schedule

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Delta has decided to retire their McDonnel Douglas aircraft early as Delta retires ship N902DA from service on the 23rd of June. Although there is no immediate action for the fleet of now 64 MD-90, Delta plans to do a three year drawdown on their 116 MD-88, which will be replaced by the massive order of 122 Airbus A321. More details in the ULR. (www.flightglobal.com) Plus d'info...