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Delta CEO says airline will permanently ban passengers 'who refuse to display basic civility'

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The CEO of Delta Air Lines has announced that the carrier will permanently ban passengers who disrespect fellow customers or crew. CEO Ed Bastian laid down the law in a memo sent to employees Friday, and shared with Fox News. The executive revealed that the airline has already added over 800 people to its no-fly list for refusing to wear mandatory face masks during travel, along with news of the company's latest policy. (www.foxnews.com) Ещё...

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Virgin Orbit launches rocket from their modified Boeing 747

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Virgin Orbit successfully launched several satellites into space with a rocket deployed from a modified 747 in flight. The rocket was released from the plane a little before 11:40 AM PST today. See https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N744VG/history/20210117/1800Z/KMHV/KMHV/tracklog (www.bbc.com) Ещё...

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Man lived inside O’Hare for 3 months before detection

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A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his arrest. Two United Airlines employees approached Singh and asked to see his identification. Singh showed them an airport ID badge that he was wearing around his neck, which actually belonged to an operations manager who had reported it missing Oct. 26. (www.chicagotribune.com) Ещё...

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KLM To Halt Intercontinental Flights

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The move is part of the government’s requirement that all travelers, including crew, must undertake both a PCR and antigen test before flying. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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FAA approves airport coronavirus screenings, paving way for first program to launch in Iowa

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In Cedar Rapids, screeners from a local health-care group, Mercy Medical Center, will ask travelers questions about their health and potential exposure to the coronavirus, and also take their temperatures. The first step should take 10 seconds. Anyone who fails the initial screening will be subject to a second review, which Lenss said in a few weeks could include rapid testing. Those who seem sick would be urged not to travel and be referred back to their airline, which would make the final… (www.washingtonpost.com) Ещё...

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Pilot of N8114F spells “God Bless” over Iowa

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The pilot of N8114F, a PA-28-181 Archer II, has spelled the phrase “God Bless” over Iowa on January 11th. The flight lasted nearly 3 hours long and covered a distance of 341 miles as the pilot spelled out the message in bubble letters (flightaware.com) Ещё...

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Men Who Gave CPR To Dying United Passenger With COVID Given $200 Flight Vouchers

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I think this is one of those “darned if you do, darned if you don’t” sort of things. (yourmileagemayvary.net) Ещё...

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Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

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Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep flying calm and orderly, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is checking “hundreds of names” that may be prohibited from boarding aircraft, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cracking down on unruly passengers. (airlinegeeks.com) Ещё...

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FedEx To Retire Its Remaining MD-10s By 2023

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Global freight business FedEx appears set to retire its remaining Boeing MD-10s by 2023. FedEx currently flies a fleet of 17 MD-10s. But buried in FedEx’s second-quarter report for the 2021 fiscal year is the news FedEx will be phasing the planes out over the next couple of years. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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First Air Austral A220/CSeries Emerges In Mirabel, Quebec, Canada Airbus Factory

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Air Austral's very first Airbus A220 has been spotted outside the paintshop with its paintwork all complete. (www.fliegerfaust.com) Ещё...

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Boeing jet's throttle becomes focus in Indonesia Sriwijaya Air crash probe

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Indonesian investigators probing the Jan 9 crash of a Sriwijaya Air flight are looking at the possibility that a malfunctioning automatic throttle could have led to the pilots losing control, according to a person familiar with the investigation. (www.straitstimes.com) Ещё...

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Cat Reunited With Owner After 11 Days In LaGuardia Airport Ceiling

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Hooray! What starts as a sad story has a very happy ending! (yourmileagemayvary.net) Ещё...

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Alphabet will 'wind down' Loon's internet-broadcasting balloons

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Google’s parent company Alphabet is pulling the plug on Loon's internet-broadcasting balloons, apparently because it couldn’t make the whole thing commercially viable. (finance.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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West Atlantic Boeing 737 Suffers Hard Landing at Exeter

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Yesterday a West Atlantic Boeing 737 suffered a hard landing incident at Exeter Airport, UK. The 26 years-old 737-400 freighter, with registration G-JMCY and having just performed flight NPT-05L from the East Midlands, UK, suffered a very hard landing at Exeter airport, UK. The below images show that the aircraft sustained major damage, however the 2 crew on board were not injured. (samchui.com) Ещё...

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Ted Lumpkin Jr., a Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 100

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Mr. Lumpkin, one of the oldest surviving Tuskegee Airmen, died on Dec. 26 at a hospital in Los Angeles, just a few days before his 101st birthday. He died of complications of Covid-19. (www.nytimes.com) Ещё...

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FAA requires fuel-sealant inspections on some Boeing 737 Max

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The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing inspections of 25 Boeing 737 Max 9s after determining that a fuel sealant was not applied during manufacturing. (travelandaviation.com) Ещё...

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Electric aviation startup MagniX opens new headquarters and production facility in Everett

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Local aviation startup MagniX, which is developing electric motors to replace the gas turbine engines on commuter airplanes carrying up to 40 passengers, announced Tuesday it is consolidating its operations at a new facility in Everett. (www.seattletimes.com) Ещё...

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Airport for the supersonic age

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In the late 1960s, the expectation was that, by the late 20th century, the majority of long-haul passengers would fly in supersonic aircraft. Read here how major airports were preparing for that reality. Full of great images! (www.airporthistory.org) Ещё...

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Boutique Air PC-12 gas wheel fall off

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A Boutique Air wheel fell into a yard near ORD. No injuries. (www.nbcchicago.com) Ещё...

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So Long (and Good Riddance) to CNN Airport News

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Will we finally get some peace and quiet at the gate? (askthepilot.com) Ещё...

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Lufthansa Plans Its Longest Flight – 15 Hours In An Airbus A350

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It will be the longest flight that Lufthansa has carried out since it began operations 66 years ago. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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FAA now has zero-tolerance policy for unruly airline passengers

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the FAA says passengers who interfere with, threaten or physically assault airline crew members or other passengers will face stiff penalties, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment, if they are convicted. The stricter policy also makes the wearing of face masks mandatory on all flights. (www.wcvb.com) Ещё...

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Singapore Airlines hopes to be world's first fully-vaccinated airline

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) ... that all of their crew members -- including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public -- have been offered free coronavirus vaccines by the Singaporean government. (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

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Airbus Reportedly Planning To Increase A320 Production

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Airbus to open a mega warehouse in Hamburg. Scheduled to open in July, the mega warehouse will allow Airbus to better control its logistics and supply train. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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United Goes Big And Bold With Seven Changes To The Airline

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United Airlines is going big and bold with seven new changes to the airline. The carrier is promoting seven areas of focus for the “new United.” The changes are designed to transform the airline for a post-crisis world, which will be in 2023 or beyond. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Lufthansa Doesn’t Intend To Resume Airbus A340-600 Flights

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It’s looking increasingly likely that any of the Lufthansa jets sent to Teruel for long term storage will ever leave the facility. While the A380s aren’t due to return, it seems as though the entire A340-600 fleet will suffer a similar fate, according to new comments from the airline’s CEO, Carsten Spohr. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Canada introduces additional requirements to allow return of the Boeing 737 MAX

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In March 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX passenger airliner was grounded worldwide after 346 people died in two crashes (www.canada.ca) Ещё...

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America Has a GPS Problem

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Spoofing or otherwise interfering with GPS satellite signals is cheap and easy now thanks to gadgets costing as little as $20. Teens and delivery drivers use these to cloak their whereabouts. In 2013 a trucker reportedly interfered with KEWR's tracking system after activating a GPS jamming device in his vehicle. GPS' vulnerability has made it ripe for tampering by U.s. adversaries, criminal organizations and other bad actors. At the end of 2018 Congress mandated creation of a… (www.nytimes.com) Ещё...

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Lufthansa to carry out its longest passenger flight with polar explorers on board

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On behalf of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, the Lufthansa Group's most sustainable aircraft, an Airbus A350-900, will be flying 13,700 kilometers nonstop from Hamburg to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. The flight time is calculated at around 15:00 hours. There are 92 passengers booked for this charter flight LH2574, half of which are scientists and the other half, being the ship crew for the upcoming expedition with… (www.airlinerwatch.com) Ещё...

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Russian Prototype MC-21 Slides Off Runway And Gets Stuck In The Snow

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A test flight for an Irkut MC-21 prototype aircraft ended in a slippery mess when the plane slid off the runway and got stuck in the snow (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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The Demise of Eastern at 30

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Up now in Ask the Pilot: The Demise of Eastern at 30. On January 19th, 1991, one of aviation's most storied franchises ceased operations. (askthepilot.com) Ещё...

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Supply-demand imbalance continues to vex air cargo shippers

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Commercial aircraft are full with international cargo as manufacturers, retailers and food producers show no let up in moving goods in what is normally a slow period. (www.freightwaves.com) Ещё...

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KLM to keep long haul flights as COVID testing demands are softened

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Dutch airline KLM will keep operating long haul flights, including for vaccine distribution, after agreeing with the government on softer demands for returning air crews to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests. The Dutch arm of Air France-KLM said earlier in the week it would cancel all its 270 weekly long-haul flights to the Netherlands as a result of new COVID-19 rules, requiring passengers and crew to show evidence of a negative rapid coronavirus test taken just before departure. (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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Denver airport says it’s time to build long-delayed 7th runway

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Denver International Airport officials have talked about building a 7th runway for more than a decade. Now they’re ready to pull the trigger — but planes won’t begin landing and taking off on it for nearly eight years. (www.denverpost.com) Ещё...

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IAG Moves on Purchase of Air Europa at Discounted Price

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British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group (IAG) is moving ahead with the planned acquisition of Air Europa in spite of Covid-19, though the pandemic and the collapse in air travel has cut the purchase price in half. Iberia—which will buy Air Europa on behalf of IAG—will pay only €500 million ($607 million) for its Spanish rival, down from the €1 billion in cash to which the parties agreed when they announced the deal in November 2019. In addition, Iberia will defer payment… (www.ainonline.com) Ещё...

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A stay-at-home dad is turning a Boeing 737 plane into a camper trailer for family vacations

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A former aircraft technician turned stay-at-home dad, Jones has found a creative way to combine his love of planes with his duties at home. (www.insider.com) Ещё...

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Delta Boeing 767 Returns To JFK With Landing Gear Troubles

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The crew decided to return to the departure airport and declared an emergency. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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JSX To Continue Ops Indefinitely at John Wayne Airport

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JSX will continue to operate its hop-on service in one of its largest markets following recent action by the Orange County (California) board of supervisors. The board voted to strike language from leases with its FBOs at John Wayne Airport (SNA) that would have prevented JSX from using their facilities for scheduled charter service. "We are pleased by recent action by the county and look forward to establishing our permanent home at John Wayne Airport,” said JSX CEO Alex Wilcox. According… (www.ainonline.com) Ещё...

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Europe Explores Standardized COVID Passports

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The European Commission is working on a standard COVID vaccine passport, which would allow for an easy verification that one is vaccinated. If completed, this would allow for more effortless travel between participants. Officials from these countries plan to meet virtually this week to look deeper into making this a reality. So far, a number of countries have already shown their support for this idea, hinting that it could be widely approved in the near future. (theexplorerblog.com) Ещё...

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This New 6-Passenger Electric Aircraft Could Revolutionize Commuting

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A UK startup has just released a redesigned six-seat eVTOL that it plans to start flying next year. Autonomous Flight revamped its initial two-seat Y6S design into a larger-cabin all-electric aircraft called, appropriately, the Y6SPlus. The aircraft will have a range of 80 nautical miles, with speeds of up to 125 mph. (robbreport.com) Ещё...

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What Happened To The Boeing 747s That Flew The Space Shuttle?

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With its unique design, the Boeing 747 is an aesthetically-striking aircraft in its own right. However, two of these iconic double-decker quadjets became perhaps even more conspicuous following the end of their passenger services. Of course, I am referring to the two 747-100s that NASA converted for use as ‘Shuttle Carrier Aircraft’ in the 1970s and ’80s. But what happened to these legendary outsize freighters? (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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Biden to impose South Africa travel ban, & other entry bans, to combat new COVID-19 variant

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WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, U.S. public health officials told Reuters. Biden on Monday is also reimposing an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders, said the sources, who… (news.trust.org) Ещё...

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JetBlue and American Airlines Announce More Details of Codeshare Partnership

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JetBlue and American Airlines have announced the latest updates and received Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for their new partnership. The new codeshare is expected to further round out American’s domestic network in regions of the country where it has a smaller influence such as the Northeast and will give more slots to JetBlue at busy airports like JFK. (theexplorerblog.com) Ещё...

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American Airlines To Get $3.1bn In Additional Government Support

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American Airlines received over $5 billion under the initial PSP enacted right at the start of the crisis. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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ANA 777 Suffers Engine Issues over Chicago

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Japanese Airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) suffered an engine issue shortly after takeoff from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, reporting vibrations in engine no. 1 after departing ORD. (theexplorerblog.com) Ещё...

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United Airlines plots 2022 rebound with big dose of IT

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United Airlines is betting that technology is going to help it navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately rebound in 2022. The company said that it is aiming to hit $2 billion in annual cost savings. These savings will be critical since United lost $7.1 billion for 2020 and $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter. United's fourth quarter revenue was $3.4 billion, down 69% from a year ago. United burned through $19 million a day on its core operations in the fourth quarter, a $5 billion… (www.zdnet.com) Ещё...

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