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FedEx Express retires world's last MD-10-10 freighter jet

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — FedEx Express retired its last, and also the world's last, MD-10-10F on June 4, 2021. The 43.6-year-old aircraft with registration N562FE (MSN 46496) operated in a passenger configuration by American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines before being converted into a freighter for FedEx in 2004. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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American Airlines pilot gives lifesaving advice mid flight (Youtube)

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The engine on the Cessna Aircraft failed mid-flight on Friday right over a busy interstate. With the help of an American Airlines pilot over the radio, the plane was able to land safely. (www.youtube.com) Más...

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'System error' prompts Southwest delays, planes parked on runways at DIA

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DENVER — Multiple 9NEWS viewers and people on Twitter from across the country said their Southwest Airlines flights experienced delays on Monday evening – and photos showed that some planes were parked on the tarmac at Denver International Airport. (www.9news.com) Más...

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A Delta Air Lines flight's unruly passenger shows how we apply frontier justice in the skies

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There are few places on Earth that crowdsource law enforcement services from regular folks. Vigilantism is celebrated in films and video games, but it's criminalized in real life. If Batman were an actual person, he would be public enemy No. 1, not a hero with free access to the police commissioner's office. (www.nbcnews.com) Más...

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Boeing 737-10, the largest member of the MAX family is ready for maiden flight

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Boeing is gearing up for the maiden flight of the largest member of its 737 MAX family today, a person familiar with the matter said, as the planemaker tries to close the aircraft's sales gap with its Airbus counterpart. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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Hawaii-Based F-22s Scrambled On FAA's Request But Nobody Will Say Why

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A pair of F-22 Raptors were launched on an alert scramble out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sunday at around 4:00 PM local time. A third F-22 joined the mission about an hour after pair's departure. A KC-135 was also launched to support the fighters. Hawaii News Now reports that the scramble, described as an "irregular patrol," was initiated at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, which reported an 'incident,' although nobody is providing any clear… (www.thedrive.com) Más...

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US carriers eye unclaimed Boeing 737 MAX jets amidst fast recovery in domestic air travel

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SEATTLE — Boeing finds new customers for its unclaimed 737 Max jets thanks to the faster-than-expected recovery in domestic air travel after more than a year pandemic period that crippled the airline industry severely.Some airlines are now buying these jets from canceled order books amid a vaccine-fueled travel rebound in the U.S. and other parts of the world. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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Off-Duty Delta Flight Attendant Becomes Unruly, Forcing Plane From LA To Atlanta To Land In Oklahoma City

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A cross-country flight from California to Georgia had to be diverted to Oklahoma after a man became unruly and had to be detained by his fellow passengers and the flight crew. Delta Flight 1730 was coming from Los Angeles heading to Atlanta when a man became unruly mid-flight. The aircraft landed in Oklahoma City where the passenger was removed by law enforcement officials. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Más...

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US and Europe end Airbus-Boeing dispute as they eye threat from China

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The United States and the European Union have resolved a long-running trade dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing, a move that could improve transatlantic relations as both sides seek to counter China's rising economic influence. US officials confirmed on Tuesday they struck a truce to end the dispute over government subsidies for the world's leading commercial plane makers during a summit in Brussels. (www.cnn.com) Más...

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Airbus Set To Transform Industrial Setup And Processes By 2025

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When Michael Schoellhorn joined Airbus as part of the new team put together by incoming CEO Guillaume Faury in 2019, the company seemed to be in a really good place. Since Boeing’s MAX program was already struggling, Airbus had a leading share of the narrowbody market and was catching up on widebody... (aviationweek.com) Más...

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Cathay Pacific Working with Airbus On Single-Pilot System for Long-Haul

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Cathay Pacific (0293.HK) is working with Airbus (AIR.PA) to introduce "reduced crew" long-haul flights with a sole pilot in the cockpit much of the time, industry sources told Reuters (www.reuters.com) Más...

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Workers found a plane at the bottom of a California lake, potentially solving a 56-year-old mystery

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A plane that crashed in 1965 and was never found may have been located in a California lake. Workers testing underwater surveying equipment found a plane in Folsom Lake, CNN reported. The plane's propellers and tail match that of the one that crashed 56 years ago. The wreckage of a small airplane was found deep underwater in a California lake as workers were testing surveying equipment, CNN reported. The wreckage in California's Folsom Lake could likely be the remains of a plane that… (www.yahoo.com) Más...

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Ryanair Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX "Gamechanger" Aircraft

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Ryanair has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-8200 “Gamechanger” aircraft in Seattle, Washington. (www.aviationbusinessnews.com) Más...

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‘WELCOME TO PERTH’: Rooftop Sign Scares Passengers Flying Into Sydney Airport

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A “welcome to Perth” sign painted on a building rooftop is scaring fliers descending to Sydney airport into thinking they have been flown to the wrong Australian city. The prank was spotted by a passenger coming into land at the country’s busiest airport and shared on Reddit. The building, in the Sydney suburb of Sydenham, is directly on the flight path. The building owner, Brad Heasman, told Australia’s Traveller he has been quietly waiting for someone to notice it since painting it three… (www.independent.co.uk) Más...

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GE and Safran tout new ‘open rotor’ engine future for sustainable aviation

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To advance the goal of achieving environmentally sustainable aviation, the jet engine giants of the U.S. and France on Monday unveiled a joint vision that would significantly change both the look of airplane engines and how they work. Their timeline suits Airbus but may be problematic for Boeing. (www.seattletimes.com) Más...

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Boeing and Airbus Meet New Competition: Their Own Used Planes

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Vaccination campaigns are finally giving airlines the visibility they need to buy jets again. This is of particular relief to Boeing , which back in July had about 100 of its 737 MAX planes in storage without an owner. Now the number is only about 10, thanks to a wave of orders from major carriers like United Airlines and Alaska Airlines. (www.wsj.com) Más...

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Argument over elbow placement forces plane back to gate, gets 2 men booted: report

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Two passengers about to take off on a flight from San Francisco bound for Las Vegas were removed over an argument about elbow placement on armrests, a report said. SFGate reported that the incident occurred on a United Airlines flight that was forced to return to the gate right before takeoff. The website pointed to a Google employee on the flight who posted a photo of law enforcement officers on the plane. (www.foxnews.com) Más...

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Boeing Completes Successful 737-10 First Flight

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SEATTLE, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing's [NYSE: BA] 737-10, the largest airplane in the 737 MAX family, today completed a successful first flight. The airplane took off from Renton Field in Renton, Washington, at 10:07 a.m. and landed at 12:38 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle. "The airplane performed beautifully," said 737 Chief Pilot Capt. Jennifer Henderson. "The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane's systems, flight controls and handling qualities,… (boeing.mediaroom.com) Más...

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Shenzhou-12: China to launch first human spaceflight since 2016

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A Chinese spacecraft will blast off from the Gobi Desert on a Long March rocket in the coming days, ferrying three men to an orbiting space module for a three-month stay, the first time China has sent humans into space for nearly five years. (www.aljazeera.com) Más...

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Southwest Airlines Planning Big Caribbean Relaunch

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Southwest Airlines is set for a big Caribbean relaunch this coming fall, Caribbean Journal has learned. The announcement comes as increased vaccinations and traveler confidence continue to lead to a tourism rebound in the Caribbean. “With demand for beach and leisure destinations continuing to increase, Southwest intends to resume service to all of its previously served international destinations by Nov. 7,” the carrier said in a statement. (www.caribjournal.com) Más...

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Germany's Lufthansa plots course for leaner post-pandemic future

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FRANKFURT, June 14 (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) moved closer to a capital increase, outlining plans for a post-pandemic return to profit as a leaner airline with a smaller fleet and fewer staff. (www.reuters.com) Más...

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Airbus focus is on evolving existing jet models, CEO says

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Airbus (AIR.PA) Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said in remarks aired on Thursday that the planemaker is looking at how to evolve existing models, and he also voiced optimism about long-term progress toward hydrogen-powered aviation technology. (www.reuters.com) Más...

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First Air Canada freighter routes include Miami, Mexico and S. America

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Air Canada is becoming a hybrid passenger-cargo airline. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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Time Capsule: Delta Pilot Finds Letter In Parked Aircraft Written In Early 2020 During The Start Of The Pandemic

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Delta Air Lines First Officer Nick Perez was part of a crew tasked with shuttling one of the fleet’s parked Airbus A321s from Victorville to its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub. He was not expecting to find a letter from the previous pilot written 435 days before, just around the time when the pandemic started. (www.gatechecked.com) Más...

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Hawaii military base mysteriously launched three F-22s in response to unknown incident

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Three F-22 fighter jets were launched from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii by an apparent request from the Federal Aviation Administration, but the details are shrouded in mystery. The military has remained tight-lipped about what prompted the patrol but did confirm it was not a training exercise and came at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration. (www.foxnews.com) Más...

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What Was The Boeing 747 ASB?

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The Boeing 747 family has proven to be a very diverse line of aircraft. In terms of passenger variants alone, the US manufacturer has produced six variants. These have ranged from the original 747-100 to the next-generation 747-8. The only short-fuselage version has been the 747SP, whose suffix stands for Special Performance. However, did you know that Boeing also proposed another shortened version? This is the story of the 747 ASB. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Opinion: United’s Pilot Recruitment Policy Is the Right Move — If Done Correctly

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“Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people onboard our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color.” That is the leading line from United’s announcement last week that it intends to boost the diversity of those who sit at the front of its airplanes thanks to a new training scheme, causing quite a number of headlines that have even spilled into the mainstream news across the U.S. (airlinegeeks.com) Más...

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Ryanair and airport group launch legal action over travel ‘traffic light’ system

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Ryanair and the UK’s largest airport group have announced that they have launched a legal challenge calling for transparency in the government’s handling of its contentious “traffic light” travel system. The move by Europe’s biggest airline and Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which also runs Stansted and East Midlands airports, is backed by several other major UK carriers. (www.theguardian.com) Más...

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Boeing CEO's Dreamliner Recovery Prediction Is a Pipe Dream

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Just two years ago, Boeing (NYSE:BA) was building 14 787 Dreamliner jets per month: a record pace for a wide-body jet. However, the COVID-19 pandemic crushed demand, forcing the aerospace giant to slash output to just five per month. (www.fool.com) Más...

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B-52 Re-Engining Cost Up 9% Due to Fresh Data, ‘Industrial ‘Realities’

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he total program cost of re-engining the B-52H fleet of 76 airplanes will be about $11 billion, a 9 percent jump over a previous estimate because of more up-to-date data, Acting Air Force Secretary John P. Roth told lawmakers June 17. (www.airforcemag.com) Más...

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A strategy session at 40,000 feet: How Southwest Airlines used the pandemic to outmaneuver the majors

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Gary Kelly had no visibility. The numbers that the Southwest Airlines CEO surveyed in April of last year were unspeakably catastrophic, and he had no indicators to foresee if the pandemic signaled a brief nosedive or a slow-motion crash. “Each week when the finance team sent me the figures for our operations, they would provide commentary that was typically upbeat,” he told Fortune. But the “color” that accompanied the report for the week of April 5, 2020, evoked the lowest of low-down blues.… (fortune.com) Más...

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American Airlines is Rapidly Expanding their Austin Network

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Austin Airport, already one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States just received new city pairs commencing this fall thanks to American Airlines. American Airlines is now adding 14 new routes from AUS set to begin daily this fall. (aeroxplorer.com) Más...

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Now Qantas eyes 107% pre-COVID capacity and Jetstar 120%

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Victoria’s lockdown appears to have done little to stem Australian aviation’s escalating network wars after Qantas announced it would increase its capacity to 107 per cent of pre-COVID levels and Jetstar to 120 per cent. (australianaviation.com.au) Más...

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With less than 15 days of operations debut, Itapemirim receives its fourth aircraft

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Itapemirim Transportes Aereos, an airline of the Itapemirim Group, announced the arrival of its fourth aircraft on Brazilian ground... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

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Twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the island’s government said, the largest reported incursion to date. (www.reuters.com) Más...

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737 Max report calls for overhaul of Canada’s approval process for new planes

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Transport Canada needs more stringent procedures for vetting new aircraft, and less reliance on the U.S. federal aviation authority, in the aftermath of the Boeing 737 Max disasters, says a new federal report that examined the department’s approval of the plane. The long-awaited report from the House of Commons Transport Committee comes after hearings were held last year into the government’s role in clearing the 737 Max to fly. It recommends Transport Canada review several of its policies,… (www.theglobeandmail.com) Más...

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US formally retires Open Skies aircraft

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The retirement of the second Boeing OC-135B aircraft, tail number 670, came some seven months after the former Trump administration ended US participation in the international treaty on 22 November 2022. “The 55th Wing has supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and travelled around the world as part of the Open Skies Treaty mission since 1996,” the US Air Force (USAF) said, adding, “A 45th Reconnaissance Squadron aircrew will now fly the aircraft to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base [AFB],… (www.janes.com) Más...

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United Airlines Has Big Plans With Their Supersonic Jets

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In the latter days of the 20th century, the Concorde represented the ultimate in high-speed transatlantic travel. Capable of traveling at twice the speed of sound, this supersonic jet made it possible to get from New York to Paris in less time than it now takes to get from New York to Denver. (www.architecturaldigest.com) Más...

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FAA mandates Boeing 737 MAX inspections for key automated flight system

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Planes with more than 6,000 flight hours be subject to specific electronic checks (www.foxbusiness.com) Más...

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Flying with world leaders: How pilots land big aircraft into small airfields

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This week, President Biden made his first trip to the U.K. for the G7 Summit, making the transatlantic journey in his modified Boeing 747 with the callsign Air Force One. The aircraft departed from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. After addressing American servicemen and women at the predominantly U.S. Air Force-used base, he then made a much shorter flight across the U.K. to Newquay Airport (NQY) in Cornwall. (thepointsguy.com) Más...

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Use the codeshare trick – buy a seat on the same flight via a partner airline for less…much less

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It doesn’t work for every fare, and you have to seek it out but, when you do find them, they’re a great money saver. If you like flying with a particular airline or know the exact flight you want, ‘codesharing’ could be a way to get a flight with that airline via another one. It’s when airlines buddy up to sell seats on each other’s flights, quite often at a different price. (aviationrepublic.com) Más...

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Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 Returns To Minneapolis After Multiple Issues

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A series of faults saw a Delta Air Lines Airbus return to Minneapolis on Thursday, May 27. The incident, which has only recently come to light, caused the pilots to declare an emergency and, facing braking problems, ask for the longest available runway. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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United Airlines Updating Employee Appearance Standards To Be More Inclusive

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As of September 1, 2021, United Airlines will be adjusting its appearance standards for uniformed, customer-facing employees, including customer service representatives and flight attendants. Then as of later this year these relaxed standards will apply to other work groups, including pilots, ramp service employees, etc. (onemileatatime.com) Más...

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IAG carriers begin temporary schedule on seven Stobart Air routes

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A temporary schedule has been put in place on some of the routes previously served by collapsed carrier Stobart Air, which operated regional flights in the UK and Ireland on behalf of Aer Lingus. (www.routesonline.com) Más...

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VOEPASS sells MAP Airlines to GOL Airlines

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The controllers of VOEPASS Linhas Aereas announced on June 8, 2021, the formalization of a contract for the purchase and sale of the company MAP Linhas Aereas, with the purchaser being GOL Linhas Aereas (NYSE: GOL || B3 - IBOVESPA: GOLL4). The negotiation involves the assumption by... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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Alaska Airlines And Qatar Airways File For US Codeshares

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The newest member of the oneworld alliance, Alaska Airlines, and Qatar Airways have filed with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to codeshare on US routes. If granted by the DOT, this codeshare will see Qatar Airways place its QR designator code on many of Alaska’s flights. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Inside SWISS’ Airbus A340 Operations

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WISS’ widebody fleet is comprised of the A340-300, A330-300, and B777-300ER. Its A340s have operated 113,000 flights in the past 17 years, almost exclusively from Zurich. We look at the most important destinations for the A340, and where the type is flying for the rest of this year. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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KLM Analyzing The 737 MAX And A320neo Aircraft Families

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KLM’s ambitious carbon reduction targets will only be achieved with ongoing fleet renewal. Its aging fleet of narrowbody Boeings is dragging its statistics down, and with many of the members now well over 15 years old, they’re ripe for renewal. CEO Pieter Elbers says the airline is studying both the 737 MAX and the A320neo family for their replacement. Which way will it go? (simpleflying.com) Más...

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FAA official defends SpaceX despite unauthorized December launch

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The associate administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defended SpaceX during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, even though the company launched a Starship prototype in December without authorization. (thehill.com) Más...

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