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The 400 Seat Passenger Plane With No Customers: The Il-96-400M

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Russian aircraft builder Ilyushin is readying a brand new plane for certification. The Il-96-400M is a widebody quadjet with space for up to 400 passengers onboard. Despite delays to the program, the jet is expected to take its first flight next year. The only problem is, nobody wants it. Two years ago, in early 2018, Russian planemaker Ilyushin revealed plans to build a new widebody aircraft based on the Il-96. It would be capable of accommodating some 400 passengers in a single-class… (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Delta takes delivery of first A220-300

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Today, Thursday October 22nd 2020, Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft. After about an hour and a half flight from Mobile, Alabama KBFM, N302DU Delta Ship number 8302 landed at the airlines headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

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Air Transat Flies 7600km Airbus A321LR Transatlantic Flight

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On Monday morning, Air Transat Flight TS690 landed in Athens, Greece, having flown all the way from Montreal, Canada. The one-time service was operated by a narrowbody Airbus A321LR and covered over 7,600 km. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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The 'Caspian Sea Monster' rises from the grave

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Beached on the western shores of the Caspian Sea, it looks like a colossal aquatic beast -- a bizarre creation more at home in the deep than above the waves. It certainly doesn't look like something that could ever fly. But fly it did -- albeit a long time ago. After lying dormant for more than three decades, the Caspian Sea Monster has been on the move again. One of the most eye-catching flying machines ever built, it's completing what could be its final journey. In July of this year… (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

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Mitsubishi to freeze development of SpaceJet regional jet

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Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd 7011.T plans to freeze development of its Spacejet regional jet as the coronavirus pandemic erodes its finances and that of the aerospace industry, two people with knowledge of the decision said on Thursday. One of the sources said the plan would be announced along with a medium-term business plan on Oct. 30. The sources declined to be identified because the plan is not yet public. (www.nasdaq.com) Ещё...

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Supposedly retired, F-117 stealth fighter seen flying in San Diego

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Two F-117 stealth fighters landed last week at Miramar in CA (www.airway1.com) Ещё...

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First Aircraft For David Neeleman’s New US Airline Breeze Airways Arrives In The US

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Breeze Airways, the new start-up airline of aviation founder and tycoon David Neeleman, has had its first aircraft arrive in the US. Another of Neeleman’s airlines, Azul Brazilian Airways, confirmed that one of its Embraer E195-E1 had been flown to the states for a refit and a paint job. Azul will lease almost 30 Embraer jets to Breeze. Breeze is expected to begin flying early next year. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Boeing Considering Selling Seattle Headquarters

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Boeing has confirmed that the company is looking at not having a brick and mortar head office at all and embracing the mobility that comes with going to work by flipping up a screen. (www.seattletimes.com) Ещё...

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First commercial passenger flight from UAE lands in Israel

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The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv on Monday, further cementing a normalization deal between the two countries. Etihad Airways Flight No. 9607 landed at Israel's Ben-Gurion international airport just after 7 a.m. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed for Abu Dhabi later Monday with an Israeli travel and tourism delegation on board, according to an Etihad statement. Etihad said it plans regular passenger flights… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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First A321 Freighter Takes To The Sky For Qantas Freight

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The first A321P2F (passenger-to-freighter) conversion has taken to the skies thanks to a joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering. (www.gatechecked.com) Ещё...

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Korean War Combat Veteran F4U-5NL Corsair For Sale

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The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair is one of the most revered aircraft to emerge from WWII. With its unconventional, inverted gull-wing profile and brutish good looks, not to mention its legendary accomplishments, it is no wonder that this potent, charismatic fighter has captured the imaginations of so many aviation-minded people. (warbirdsnews.com) Ещё...

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Singapore Airlines is launching the new world's longest flight that will see flyers spending almost 19 hours on a plane nonstop

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Singapore Airlines will start a new route between Singapore and New York that will take the title of the world's longest flight when it launches in November. (www.businessinsider.com) Ещё...

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How Finnair Is Preparing To Transport The COVID-19 Vaccine

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As optimistic voices say that there may be an approved COVID-vaccine before the end of the year, the race is on to ensure its safe and efficient transportation. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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British Airways jumbo saved from scrap heap by film deal

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A British Airways jumbo jet has found a new role as a film set, saving it from the scrap heap where dozens of BA's other retired jumbos have ended up. British Airways said that one of its 747s will fly to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, southern England, later on Thursday, where the airport will preserve it as a commercial TV and film set. Blaming the coronavirus pandemic, BA said in July it would have to retire its entire jumbo jet fleet, a source of huge regret for aero-geeks and fans of… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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If It Ain’t Boeing – I Ain’t Going. The Iconic Boeing 707 Story

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If it ain’t Boeing – I ain’t going is quite a bold statement. However, consider the context at the time. This was the beginning of the jet age – with the de Havilland Comet becoming a synonym for “mid-air explosion”, the Boeing 707 came at the right time. Douglas and SUD were lagging behind and introduced their DC-8 and Caravelle jet aircraft a year later than the 707. The Tupolev Tu-104 was behind the iron curtain. Because of this, it had no chance to impact anything culturally outside the… (www.aerotime.aero) Ещё...

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Some Passengers Providing Fake Negative COVID Results To Beat Air Travel Restrictions

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Some travelers in the United Kingdom have resorted to faking negative COVID-19 test results as because of the difficulty of securing legitimate ones. (www.gatechecked.com) Ещё...

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Delta To Take A New A220 Every Day This Week

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There might be a travel downturn, but you wouldn’t know it at Delta Air Lines. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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What Are The Oldest Operating Commercial Aircraft?

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Commercial jet flight as we know it today has been around for almost 50 years. That is an amazing span of time across which many new technologies, aircraft, and even planemakers have arisen and made their names in the market– though some of them are no longer flying. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Delta, United and Alaska Airlines have banned more than 900 passengers for not wearing masks

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With airlines imposing mandatory mask requirements on flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, many unhappy passengers have made headlines for being removed from flights for refusing to wear a mask. And with some carriers keeping no-fly lists of passengers who violated the policy, it is now clear that more than 900 passengers have been banned from airlines because of their refusal to put on a mask. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in a Thursday memo to employees that 460 people are now banned… (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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Airbus tells suppliers: plan now for post-crisis output hike

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Airbus has asked suppliers to be ready to support a conditional 18% increase in production of its best-selling single-aisle A320 jet family once demand recovers from the coronavirus crisis, the European plane-maker said on Thursday. It is among the first visible moves by aerospace firms to prepare for a possible bounce back from the pandemic and comes days after a major buyer, Wizz Air, predicted a quick rebound for the strongest budget carriers. However, the plan for an increase depends on a… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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First Nonstop Flight From Europe Since March Lands At Denver International Airport

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Denver International Airport has re-started nonstop flights to and from parts of Europe. On Sunday it welcomed its first arrival from Europe since March. The Lufthansa plane that departed from Munich, Germany, landed on a snowy runway. (denver.cbslocal.com) Ещё...

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SARS-CoV-2: Should the Middle Seat Stay Empty?

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Risks of contracting the virus reduces by >50% when the middle economy seat is empty for a two hour flight. (medrxiv.org) Ещё...

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A321 converted freighter debuts with Australia Post

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Qantas is the first company to operate an Airbus A321 converted freighter. It's customer is the Australian postal service. Find out why this aircraft is in demand. (www.freightwaves.com) Ещё...

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Southwest Airlines will start filling planes to capacity after Thanksgiving as the airline posts a $1.2 billion 3rd-quarter loss

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Southwest Airlines will begin filling all available seats on its aircraft come December 1. (www.businessinsider.com) Ещё...

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'Bad math': Airlines' COVID safety analysis challenged by expert

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A campaign by coronavirus-stricken aviation giants to persuade the world it’s safe to fly has been questioned by one of the scientists whose research it draws upon. (www.reuters.com) Ещё...

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Air Canada (TSX:AC) BLASTS WestJet Over Refunds: Twitter Spat Ensues!

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Air Canada (TSX:AC) took issue with a Twitter post by WestJet yesterday, leading to a public spat between Canada’s largest two airlines. It started with a post by WestJet that simply read “refunds–it’s about time.” Air Canada replied: “Misleading statement! @WestJet is just now catching up to our policy to refund refundable fares. We have already refunded over $1.2 Billion in refundable fares to date!” In response, WestJet wrote that its cancellation policy covered all passengers whose flights… (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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Saudia Takes Delivery Of 5th Boeing 787-10 After Delay

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Saudi Arabian Airlines (or Saudia) has received its fifth Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. HZ-AR28 is the aircraft’s registration number. The delivery was delayed due to an earlier mechanical problem which saw it towed back to Boeing’s Charleston workshop. The reason for the earlier delay was undisclosed. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Aeroflot Airlines crew members helped smuggle $50 million worth of stolen iPads, iPhones, and more into Russia, a government investigation has found

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The US arrested 10 people in connection with a plot to use current and former Aeroflot Airlines crew members to smuggle $50 million in stolen electronics to Russia. The Department of State has revoked 113 visas of Aeroflot employees in connection to the scheme. Aeroflot reported a loss of $485 million in August due to stunted travel during the coronavirus pandemic. A US investigation found current and former Aeroflot Airlines employees helped to smuggle $50 million in stolen electronic devices… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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Southwest Airlines Will Serve Colorado Springs Next Year

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Travelers flying out of Colorado Springs will have more options starting in 2021. Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday they are expanding to Colorado’s second-largest city. (denver.cbslocal.com) Ещё...

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Almost 200 European Airports Face Insolvency

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Traffic must pick up in the coming months for these small regional airports to survive. (www.reuters.com) Ещё...

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Why the A321 converted freighter looks like a hot ticket

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Older passenger planes go to the secondary market and some get converted to cargo planes. The Airbus A321 converted freighter is the newbie to the market, but it's already generating big interest from leasing companies and operators. (www.freightwaves.com) Ещё...

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Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited delivered another two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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American Air Sets New Daily Miami-N.Y. Flight for 737 Max Debut

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American Airlines Group Inc. plans to make Boeing Co. 737 Max passenger flights at the end of this year for the first time since the aircraft’s grounding in March 2019. The Max will serve the busy Miami-New York corridor once a day starting Dec. 29 through Jan. 4, American said. The airline will “take a phased approach” to returning the Max to service once it’s approved to fly, including whether to extend the Miami-New York flight beyond Jan. 4. (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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Qatar Under Australian Scrutiny Over Search Of Female Passengers

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The Qatari Government is coming under fire after scores of female passengers were detained at Doha’s Hamad International Airport earlier this month and subjected to searches described as “invasive” and “traumatic.” (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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All Nippon Airways Reveals Plan To Launch New Widebody LCC

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to create a new low-cost widebody unit and cut back its mainline fleet as part of a major overhaul of its strategy spurred by the COVID-19 crisis. The new carrier is expected to be launched during the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2022. It will use Boeing 787s to fly routes to Southeast Asia and Oceania. ANA intends to use its existing Air Japan entity–primarily a charter operation–as the basis for the new carrier. ANA told Aviation Daily the name is still to be… (aviationweek.com) Ещё...

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Singapore Airlines has cancelled its proposed 'flights to nowhere' after criticism from environmental campaigners

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has made a U-turn on its proposed no-destination flights. (www.insider.com) Ещё...

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Singapore Airlines doesn't want to dethrone the OG world's longest flight even though the new one is 3 miles longer – here's how the two will differ

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The new Singapore-New York route is one of the few new international routes to launch during the pandemic, but the airline is keeping it low-key. (www.businessinsider.com) Ещё...

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Why Alaska Airlines can’t retire its Airbus A320s all at once

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The word from Alaska Airlines headquarters is that they want out of the Airbus A320. The airline industry has contracted dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic. Every carrier is focused on cutting costs — including furloughing employees at some — and streamlining where they can to survive. As part of that effort, airlines have shed hundreds of jets, from the Boeing 757s and 767s at American Airlines to the McDonnell Douglas MD-88s and MD-90s at Delta Air Lines. Analysts at Cowen estimate… (thepointsguy.com) Ещё...

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Kalitta Air to be Launch Operator of The Big Twin with Agreement to Lease Three 777-300ERSF from GECAS Cargo

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GECAS Cargo announced an agreement with Kalitta Air for three 777-300ERSF aircraft. With this agreement, Kalitta will be the first operator of the new passenger-to-freighter type, adding to their already sizable all-cargo fleet when these aircraft deliver in 2023. Dubbed “The Big Twin,” the 777-300ERSF will be the largest ever twin-engine freighter. As announced a year ago, the conversion program is jointly funded by GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), with GECAS delivering the… (www.gecas.aero) Ещё...

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JetBlue Reveals Its First Ever Airbus A220

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JetBlue today revealed its first Airbus A220 to the world. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Boeing discussing new mid-market plane with leasing companies and suppliers

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Boeing has held conversations with a few customers, including airplane leasing companies, and suppliers about potential interest in a single-aisle aircraft with improved engines that could carry 200-250 passengers, according to the report. (seekingalpha.com) Ещё...

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Helibras delivers another ACH145 Line helicopter to Brazilian customer

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Aircraft family member H145 already counts with more than 300 aircraft in operation in the world and with more than 10 aircraft operating in Brazil.... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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1 Airline Is Already Recovering From COVID-19

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For most airlines, the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Cash burn has slowed compared to the spring, but revenue remains at a fraction of 2019 levels and breakeven is months away (at best). Furthermore, it could take three years or more for many airlines to return to their 2019 size. Mexican budget airline Volaris (NYSE: VLRS) is one of the few exceptions to the rule. In fact, the carrier's recent third-quarter earnings report should bolster investors' confidence that… (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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US Airlines Still Piling Up Losses, But Say Demand Is Rising

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Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic chokes off air travel, but a recent uptick in passengers, however modest, has provided some hope. (apnews.com) Ещё...

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Emirates optimizes with self-service kiosks for check-in and baggage handling at Dubai airport

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The new service is part of the airline's ongoing investment in products and services to provide unparalleled travel experience on the ground and on board... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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British Airways introduces flight from London Heathrow to Bermuda

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It will be the first time that the airline has flown from London Heathrow to Bermuda since 1989... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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Israel’s Arkia to open Dubai services in early 2021

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sraeli carrier Arkia has disclosed that intends to open services to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, from the beginning of next year. (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

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The operator of this Boeing 767 private jet says its air system is so advanced it kills COVID so passengers don't need to wear a mask onboard

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European aircraft operator Comlux just welcomed back its second-largest plane, a Boeing Business Jet 767, that underwent a four-month refurbishment in the US. (www.businessinsider.com) Ещё...

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Video: Unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft performs first taxi test

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The Boeing Loyal Wingman aircraft being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force recently moved under its own power for the first time, a key milestone for the aircraft that’s expected to make its first flight this year. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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US military outlines approach to Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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The Department of Defense is hosting a virtual industry open house on Friday to outline its approach to Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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