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U.S. ultra-low-cost carrier Avatar Airlines gears up to acquire 10 Boeing 747-400

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BOCA RATON — Ultra-low fare newcomer Avatar Airlines has stretched its wings across the globe and extended a letter of intent to Thai Airways to acquire 10 long-haul Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Avatar plans to operate scheduled service between major city pairs throughout the United States and Hawaii with routes including popular domestic vacation destinations and large family-oriented attractions. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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Mesa Airlines Renews Contract with American Airlines for 5 More Years

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Mesa Airlines renewed a long standing contract with American Airlines for 5 more years until December 31st, 2025. Mesa will operate 40 CRJ-900 aircraft under the American Eagle brand. (www.bizjournals.com) Más...

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A forgotten hero of a forgotten war

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An aerial engagement on 18 November, 1952, pitting one F9F-5 Panther against seven superior MiG-15s resulting in four MiGs down. This engagement is unmatched in either the Korean War, the Vietnam War or since then.Yet, the story is just beginning to reach the audience it deserves. (www.avgeekery.com) Más...

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World’s Longest A350 Flight? ‘Merkel One’ Flies Non-Stop To Australia

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Recently the German Air Force has been putting its new Airbus A350, registered 10+03, to the test. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Emirates Expects To Fly 100+ Airbus A380s By Early 2022

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Emirates hasn’t flown many of its A380s since the pandemic began. With large numbers of A380 pilots already laid off, there was concern that much of the fleet might never return to service. However, in an interview today, president of the airline Sir Tim Clark said that he fully expects all the A380s flying by the first quarter of 2022. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Delta Cargo shuts Chicago airport facility for 9 days

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Internal problem at O'Hare forces temporary shut down of cargo operations for Delta Cargo. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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Lufthansa, JetBlue and United Sign On for Alternate COVID-19 Digital Pass

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In the rush to develop a digital health pass for international travelers, a race to launch first could be brewing between aviation giants. The Commons Project Foundation announced the development of their own health pass, CommonTrust, with the backing of Lufthansa, JetBlue and United Airlines. COMMONPASS GETS SUPPORT FROM AIRLINES, AIRPORT COUNCIL AND WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM One of several projects from the Commons Foundation, the goal of CommonPass is to allow flyers to verify their record of… (www.flyertalk.com) Más...

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French finance minister tells Bloomberg TV: I can guarantee survival of Air France

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Bloomberg TV he could guarantee the survival of Air France, which like many airlines around the world has been hit hard by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Le Maire said in the interview that he hoped to keep the alliance between Air France and KLM as it was in the interests of both the Netherlands and France. (Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Edmund Blair) (www.msn.com) Más...

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Philippine Airlines Says It’s Readying Restructuring Plan

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Philippine Airlines Inc. is working on a “comprehensive recovery and restructuring plan,” according to the carrier owned by billionaire Lucio Tan. The plan will enable it to “emerge financially stronger” from the global crisis, it said in a statement. Asia’s oldest airline didn’t provide details of the plan, but said it is gradually increasing flights. The pandemic has devastated the global travel industry, forcing airlines to suspend flights, lay off employees and seek financial help from… (www.msn.com) Más...

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Brazilian regulator clears grounded Boeing plane to fly

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Brazil’s aviation regulator has lifted its order that grounded the Boeing 737 Max, clearing the way for the plane to fly again in Latin America’s biggest country. The move Wednesday by the Brazilian regulator, ANAC, followed similar actions in recent days by U.S. and European officials.ANAC said it agreed with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that all necessary technical changes to address safety issues raised by two deadly crashes have been made. The FAA is requiring the planes to get… (www.msn.com) Más...

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GOL (GOLL4) resumes flights to Jericoacoara, Caldas Novas and Cabo Frio

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Routes will be connected with São Paulo from December 2020 and with quick access to other destinations in Brazil... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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How EASA’s 737 Max requirements differ from the US FAA’s

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While the European airworthiness directive to modify the Boeing 737 Max for return-to-service are the same as those issued by the US FAA, some of the operational requirements will differ. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has invited comments on its proposed directive, which will enable operators of the twinjet to re-introduce it to passenger service after its grounding in March last year. Although the required design updates will parallel those of the FAA – meaning European- and… (www.flightglobal.com) Más...

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Thanksgiving Could Be The ‘Mother Of All Superspreader Events,’ Health Expert Warns

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The US could see an explosion of Covid-19 infections in the weeks following Thanksgiving, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a former White House medical team adviser, told CNN Tuesday. “It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events.” Many health officials believe the Midwest was seeded with Covid-19 last summer from just such an event, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, Reiner said. “Now imagine that on a massive scale — people leaving from every airport in the United States, and… (baltimore.cbslocal.com) Más...

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Volga-Dnepr Grounds Antonov 124 Fleet Following Crash

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ussian cargo airline Volga-Dnepr has grounded its fleet of Antonov An-124 aircraft. According to the airline, the grounding is a proactive and pre-emptive decision following a near catastrophe earlier in November for the An-124 RA-82042. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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This is how air travel’s transformed through the decades

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A history of air travel in pictures From the early days of flight and the "golden age of travel", to modern-day budget airlines and the current regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, air travel has changed a lot over the past century. Here, we take a journey through time to bring you the biggest milestones in commercial aviation history. (www.msn.com) Más...

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JetBlue To Target Los Angeles Operations With 75 Daily Flights By 2025

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JetBlue’s move out of Long Beach had been a long time coming (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Air India To Launch 1st Bengaluru-San Francisco Direct Flight From January 11

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Passengers from Bengaluru can soon fly non-stop to San Francisco as national carrier Air India is set to launch a twice weekly service, scheduled to commence from January 11, 2021. This would be the first non-stop flight between Bengaluru and the United States, connecting the worlds two tech hubs the original Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley of India, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru,said in a release. This is a significant milestone for Bengaluru Airport and would transform the… (www.ndtv.com) Más...

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Solving the dry ice challenge for COVID vaccine

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SkyCell says it will begin manufacturing an airfreight container that takes less ice, enabling flights to be loaded with more COVID vaccines. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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Delta CEO gives airline workers free travel passes as thank-you for work during pandemic

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After a turbulent 2020 for the airline industry, Delta is thanking employees for their work during the pandemic with free travel. Delta CEO Ed Bastian, in a Monday memo to employees obtained by Fox News, said they would be gifted two passes for any travel destination of their choice for their work during COVID-19. (www.foxnews.com) Más...

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EASA Releases Boeing 737 MAX Proposed Airworthiness Directive For Public Comment

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It’s more good news for the Boeing 737 MAX as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released their Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) for public commentary. (www.gatechecked.com) Más...

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