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Boeing Teases a New Jet that Could Replace 737 MAX

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Boeing is exploring the possibility of introducing a cutting-edge plane it has been developing alongside NASA into its lineup in the next decade, Boeing's CEO Dave Calhoun confirmed. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American Airlines Pilot Union Trying To Cover For Crew In New York Near-Disaster

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On January 13, an American Airlines Boeing 777 headed to London taxied on the wrong runway as a Delta 737 began its take off roll. This was nearly a disaster of epic proportions, as the American jet crossed right in front of Delta, and the Delta plane hit the brakes. (viewfromthewing.com) More...

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Captains With As Little As 4.5 Months Seniority Are Getting To Fly Delta's Boeing 757/767

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Delta Air Lines is opening up the captaincy for its widebody Boeing fleet to less senior pilots as it contends with the ongoing US pilot shortage. As first reported by Aero Crew News, pilots with as little as 4.5 months of seniority can now bid to become captains on a Delta Boeing 757 or Boeing 767, far lower than the industry standard (simpleflying.com) More...

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NTSB report shows pilot and passenger were in plane “not to be flown”

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A preliminary report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows a pilot and passenger were riding in a plane that was “not to be flown." (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Airbus Introduces New Design for A350 Jets Amidst Ongoing Dsipute with Qatar Airways

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LONDON, UK — Airbus is making design changes to its A350 passenger jets amidst a $2 billion conflict with Qatar Airways over surface damage. The legal battle between the two companies centers around the safety impact of deteriorated surface paint on the aircraft, which has exposed corrosion or gaps in a sub-layer of metallic lightning protection. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Winter Flight Fest returns to Oshkosh

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The annual Winter Flight Fest returns Feb. 11, 2023, at the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, including the popular Skiplane Fly-In. The day is designed for all ages and includes a family-friendly series of activities through the museum and at its Pioneer Airport facility, according to EAA officials. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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Airlines are now facing an airplane shortage

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As airlines grapple with staff shortages and maintenance delays, they’re now facing an airplane shortage. According to Reuters, delegates to the annual Airline Economics conference in Dublin were told that manufacturers are missing their delivery targets and that could hamper an unexpected surge in travel prompted largely by China’s abrupt cancellation of many COVID restrictions. “We are seeing a very strong rebound in travel,” AerCap Chief Executive Aengus Kelly said “I think we will see a full… (www.airguide.info) More...

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Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 first flight at Greenville facility

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Lockheed Martin's F-16 Block 70 performed its first flight on Tuesday at its Greenville, S.C., facility. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Hawaiian pilots land lucrative cargo contract ahead of new Amazon service

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Hawaiian Airlines struck a deal with the pilots union that also covers the new freighter division at industry-leading rates. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Air India's Multi-Billion Dollar Jet Deal Stalls Over Engine Cost Dispute

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CINCINNATI, OHIO — Air India's planned announcement for the order of 495 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing is partly delayed due to a disagreement with the engine manufacturers for the 737 MAX, for which the Indian carrier plans to place an order of 190 copies. This has prolonged what would be one of the largest single purchases in the history of civil aviation. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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The Amazing History of Cygnus Air: From Small Fleet to Global Carrier

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Cygnus Air is a commercial airline based in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1995 by a small group of investors and has since grown into one of the largest carriers in the country. The airline operates flights to more than 60 destinations in more than 20 countries around the world. (avecdotes.com) More...

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Airlines Issue Flight Waivers As Winter Storm Kassandra Brings Major Snowfall Across the U.S.

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A new winter storm has dumped up to a foot of snow in some areas across the south, bringing travel disruptions and airline alerts in its wake. Winter storm Kassandra dropped as much as a foot of snow in northern Arkansas on Tuesday with another 7.2 inches measured in Lubbock, TX, according to The Weather Channel. But the storm isn’t done yet and is expected to track into the eastern Great Lakes and move into the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center. Snow… (www.travelandleisure.com) More...

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UK regional airline Flybe ceases trading, cancels all flights

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British regional airline Flybe on Saturday ceased trading for the second time in three years, cancelling all flights and 276 workers made redundant. (www.reuters.com) More...

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The world’s longest flight spent more than two months in the air

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Late last August, a solar-powered drone called Zephyr almost beat one of aviation’s most enduring records. The unmanned aircraft, operated by the US Army and produced by Airbus, flew for 64 days, 18 hours and 26 minutes before unexpectedly crashing down in Arizona – just four hours shy of breaking the record for the longest ever continuous flight. (www.cnn.com) More...

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The flight tracker that powered @ElonJet has taken a left turn

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A major independent flight tracking platform, which has made enemies of the Saudi royal family and Elon Musk, has been sold to a subsidiary of a private equity firm. And its users are furious. ADS-B Exchange has made headlines in recent months for, as AFP put it, irking “billionaires and baddies.” But in a Wednesday morning press release, aviation intelligence firm Jetnet announced it had acquired the scrappy open source operation for an undisclosed sum. (arstechnica.com) More...

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Data suggests Boeing missed production target of 31 B737 aircraft per month

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS — According to recent data, Boeing fell short of its production targets for the 737 jet in 2022 by producing only 25 jets per month. This outcome was likely due to a combination of supply chain and labor difficulties that plagued the company throughout the year. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Boeing and Airbus respond against accusations of delivery delays

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DUBLIN, IRELAND — On Tuesday, the world's leading commercial aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus, faced backlash over prolonged delivery schedules. A representative from Boeing stated that ramping up production post-pandemic lockdowns is not a simple task like flipping a switch. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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New Quarters Highlight Pioneering Aviator Bessie Coleman

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In life and in death, Bessie Coleman hasn’t always received the same recognition as some of her peers. That’s beginning to change: Schools, airport streets, and a Chicago library all bear her name today. Now the barrier-breaking aviator has a special-edition quarter celebrating her achievements. (www.mentalfloss.com) More...

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India’s Vistara Shelves Plan to Fly to US on 787 Delivery Delays

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Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Indian venture has shelved plans to start direct flights to the US following disruptions in deliveries of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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Air France-KLM doubles order for Airbus A350 freighters

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KLM Cargo will get four A350 freighters in three years. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Condor Retires Its Retro Livery Boeing 767

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Condor has chosen to retire one of its oldest aircraft, a 28-year-old Boeing 767. This particular 767 is unique as it sports a retro livery matching the airline's fleet from the 1980s. The aircraft recently embarked on its final flight, which will take it to the airplane graveyards of the Southwestern US. Fortunately for the airliner, snow and freezing fog forced it to divert to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), giving the aging aircraft a little more time before it is scrapped. (www.msn.com) More...

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Passenger gives birth on Emirates flight from Tokyo to Dubai

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CNN— An Emirates flight from Tokyo Narita to Dubai International on January 19 touched down with an extra traveler on board, after a passenger gave birth in the air. The new arrival made their appearance on the 12-hour overnight Flight EK 319, which landed on schedule despite the medical emergency, the airline confirmed to CNN. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Singapore to Hold Inaugural Asia Pacific Summit for Aviation Safety

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Wed, January 25, 2023 at 5:00 AM CST·3 min read SINGAPORE, Jan. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Some 300 government and industry leaders from countries across the Asia Pacific will gather in Singapore for an inaugural region-wide summit to discuss how to ensure aviation safety as the aviation sector recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has added unprecedented challenges to aviation safety, including the availability and proficiency of skilled personnel, the airworthiness of… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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ZeroAvia Makes History with Largest Hydrogen-Electric Powered Aircraft

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A California manufacturer named ZeroAvia has just paved a significantly bigger path toward the mass use of sustainable aviation fuel with a Dornier 228. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Airbus seeks outside investment for solar-powered Zephyr drone programme

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Jan 23 (Reuters) - Airbus (AIR.PA) said on Monday it was seeking outside investment for its high-altitude surveillance and communications drone programme Zephyr, in a bid to scale the business and accelerate its commercialization. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Heavy snow causes havoc in Japan as cold snap sweeps through Asia

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TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Heavy snow blanketed wide swathes of Japan on Wednesday, snarling traffic, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, disrupting train travel and leaving at least one person dead. An unusually cold weather front and extreme low pressure systems set snow falling and strong winds blowing across Japan from Tuesday after causing havoc in other Asia countries earlier this week. (www.reuters.com) More...

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CDC figuring out ‘logistical and legal’ aspects of testing airplane wastewater for coronavirus variants, source says

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ironing out the “logistical and legal” aspects of testing wastewater from airplanes for coronavirus variants as it continues to explore such an infectious disease monitoring program. The agency is still “figuring out how to operationalize this program,” a person close to CDC discussions said, adding that there are “logistical and legal” hurdles that need to be sorted out before the program “would be operational.” (www.cnn.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines lost $800 million due to holiday travel meltdown

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Southwest Airlines reported a loss for the fourth quarter, as the company took an $800 million pretax hit to earnings due to the computer system failure that led to the airline’s holiday travel meltdown (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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American Airlines' cargo revenue tops $1.2B despite market slide

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The fourth quarter was worse for cargo, but AA still pulled out a strong year in cargo revenue. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines Firms Salt Lake City Expansion

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DALLAS – Delta Air Lines (DL) has firmed its ongoing commitment to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) after finalising a new lease agreement at the facility. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Off again: Alaska appears to cut another destination from Boise Airport

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Alaska Airlines is no longer offering flights from Boise to Everett, Washington. The airline first started flying to the Pain Field Airport in the Seattle Metro area in 2019. Then due to COVID-19, it stopped but started again in the fall of 2021. (boisedev.com) More...

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Boom Breaks Ground on North Carolina Overture Plant

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Boom Supersonic has started construction of a 400,000-sq-ft factory in Greensboro, North Carolina, meant to house production of its Overture supersonic airliner, the Colorado-based company said on Thursday. What the company calls its Overture Superfactory sits on a 62-acre campus at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Plans call for the facility to house the final assembly line, a test facility, and a customer delivery center for the Overture. "Today's groundbreaking for the… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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44,500 new aircraft worth US$2.7 trillion will be delivered by 2043

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The new Cirium Fleet Forecast, an independent forecast of the global passenger and freighter market, reveals demand for approximately 44,500 new aircraft globally over the next two decades, worth US$2.9 trillion. The forecast reaffirms an encouraging long-term projection for the aviation industry and its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, predicting that 20-year aircraft deliveries will be just 1% lower globally than predicted a year ago. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Helicopter Used To Transport Putin, Top Officials Crash Lands in Moscow

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A helicopter which is part of a fleet that transports top Russian officials including President Vladimir Putin has reportedly crashed into the ground while landing in Moscow. The Mil Mi-8 helicopter struck the ground with its blades and tail while landing at Vnukovo international airport located around 16 miles southwest of the center of the Russian capital on Friday, according to Russian state news agency Interfax. Aviation publication Aerotime Hub reported that the helicopter belonged to the… (www.msn.com) More...

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