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Why Did Airbus Make Indian Airlines A Special A320 with Different Landing Gear?

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Indian Airlines was primarily a domestic airline, later absorbed into Air India. When Airbus sold the airline a number of Airbus A320s, the European plane maker created a special version with unique landing gear just for them. (travelupdate.com) Más...

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Delta's chief executive hints at a possible Boeing 737 MAX order

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ATLANTA — Delta's CEO Ed Bastian hinted at the possibility of ordering Boeing’s 737 MAX, which was recently approved to fly again by U.S. regulators, in an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday. "We're talking to Boeing about lots of different things, the Max included," Delta's chief executive told the Financial Times. Any Boeing 737 MAX order would be the first for Delta, which did not have the aircraft in its fleet when the plane was grounded in March 2019… (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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Retired British Airways 747 Catches Fire

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British Airways has stored many of its 747s at Castellon Airport in Spain, which has the airport code CDT. Well, unfortunately today one of these parked 747s caught fire, and it caused some significant damage to the plane. (onemileatatime.com) Más...

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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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Aviation Stats Update: November 23 + Thanksgiving Links

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We've compiled a list of important pages for you to watch related to Thanksgiving travel, along with our regular aviation stats breakdown. (flightaware.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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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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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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United Airlines flying Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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United Airlines Holdings Inc., reportedly began operating charter flights on Friday to better position Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for distribution once the shot is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. United will fly the chartered planes between Brussels International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport as part of the “first mass air shipment of a vaccine,” supported by the FAA, The Wall Street Journal reported. (www.foxnews.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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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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US plots to sanction COMAC, AVIC - report

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The US Department of Commerce is planning to impose sanctions on 89 Chinese aerospace firms, including aircraft manufacturers AVIC and COMAC, for their alleged military ties, Reuters has reported. The news agency saw a draft list of sanctions, although the representatives of the US administration refused to comment or acknowledge the plan. According to the draft, the sanctions would be motivated by "national security interest". If enacted, the sanctions would substantially hinder… (www.ch-aviation.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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Alaska Airlines modernizes fleet with deal for more 737 MAX jets

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Alaska Airlines is doing some creative financing and fleet replacement to reduce costs, debt. On Monday it swapped out older A320s for new 737 MAX jets. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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Helicopter pilot finds 'strange' monolith in remote part of Utah

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A mysterious monolith has been discovered in a remote part of Utah, after being spotted by state employees counting sheep from a helicopter. Utah’s highway patrol shared images of both the sheep and the monolith. (www.yahoo.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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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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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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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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ForeFlight Black Friday Deals!

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Now through Cyber Monday, ForeFlight is offering an extra 3 months free when you purchase or upgrade to Performance Plus, or get an extra month free when you purchase or upgrade to Pro Plus!* Save 10% on Sentry and Sentry Mini through Sporty's Pilot Shop Nov 25-30. *Not eligible for renewals of the same plan. Valid on website purchases only. (foreflight.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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Air Canada finalizes decision to convert aircraft to freighters

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Air Canada is thinking outside the box to survive the coronavirus crisis. It's latest innovation is to convert planes to cargo configuration and operate an all-cargo fleet. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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I visited a United Club during the pandemic and saw how the airline is re-imagining the airport lounge as it slowly welcomes back travelers

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United Airlines is slowly reopening its premium lounges, aptly named United Clubs, across the country as more flyers return to the skies. Only 10 lounges have opened their doors with at least one at each of United's hubs in the US but locations at 25 airports across the airline's global network remain closed. (www.businessinsider.com) Más...

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U.S. blocks air cargo flights with aid for Cuba

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The Trump administration continues to erase any Obama-era openings to Cuba. The latest move is an embargo on most air cargo flights, with some exceptions. But air carriers are finding eemptions difficult to obtain. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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Former Thai Airways CEO Jailed For Using Position To Avoid Luggage Fees

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The former chairman of Thai Airways has been sentenced for two years for failing to pay for excess baggage. The case found that Wallop Bhukkanasut, who was chairman of the board at the time, used his status to take bags weighing 300kg above the airline’s limit on a flight in 2009. Wallop Bhukkanasut had one of the shortest tenures of any chairman of an airline board in history. He was appointed in April 2009 but resigned in December that year after details emerged of an abuse of power. Now, a… (simpleflying.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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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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GE warns of more job cuts at aviation business amid sluggish recovery

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General Electric Co on Tuesday warned of more job cuts at its aviation unit, citing a lengthy recovery for the airline industry from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The job cuts are the latest setback for the aviation sector, with the industry’s woes expected to last into 2021 even as U.S. regulators ended a 20-month grounding of Boeing Co’s MAX 737 jets and COVID-19 vaccine developers reported positive data. “As we continue to closely monitor market conditions, we are examining a range of… (www.reuters.com) Más...

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Delta Air Lines Reveals Airbus A350 Seat Map With Comfort+

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A new seat map for Delta’s Airbus A350 aircraft has indicated extra-legroom economy is coming back to the aircraft type. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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COVID vaccine will be mandatory to travel overseas on Qantas, CEO Alan Joyce says

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says there’s one thing all Australians will have to do before they can travel overseas again - and the requirement will be non-negotiable. Proof of COVID vaccination will be a condition of getting on a plane headed for international destinations, Joyce said on Monday. (7news.com.au) 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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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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Air France, KLM to commence Nigeria flights

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Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have announced the resumption of flight operations into Abuja and Lagos from December 7. The airline in a statement on Monday said passengers could now fly Air France and KLM from Nigeria (Abuja and Lagos) to Paris and Amsterdam, with the possibility of transfer to other European and North Atlantic destinations. (punchng.com) Más...

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Canada keeps Boeing 737 Max grounded, despite U.S. approval

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While the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has allowed the Boeing 737 Max to return to service, the aircraft remains grounded in Canada. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement released Wednesday that the flight restrictions on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft remain in effect, “and will not be lifted until the department is fully satisfied that all its safety concerns have been addressed, and that enhanced flight crew procedures and training are in place." Transport… (www.yahoo.com) Más...

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Top 10 fake airlines

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There are real airlines and there are fictional ones. Fake airlines lie in between: they pretend to be real, but have never conducted a flight in their lifetime. A few of them are outright scams, intended to extract money without providing any services. Others market themselves as airlines, yet in reality are just cover-ups for some other (usually illegal) activities. There is also the third kind of fake airlines: the ones that tried to be real, but failed due to some circumstances, usually a… (www.aerotime.aero) 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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DIA Begins Weekly Coronavirus Testing For Employees Amid Holiday Travel Season

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DIA, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is providing weekly COVID-19 testing for full-time employees. Those airport employees who interact with travelers like maintenance, customer service, concessions and airline, will be tested for COVID-19 once a week. (denver.cbslocal.com) Más...

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Japanese budget airline launches amid pandemic

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The first passenger flight for Japan's new low-cost carrier, ZIPAIR, took off last month--but there were more crew on board than passengers. Just two people bought tickets for the October 16 service from Narita Airport near Tokyo to Seoul. (www3.nhk.or.jp) Más...

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Airlines stir doubts among health experts with claims of safe flying

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Airlines have loudly insisted that it's safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic, and U.S. travel is surging before the Thanksgiving holiday despite a nationwide spike in virus cases. Yet top U.S. infectious-disease experts say the findings underpinning the carriers' safety claims aren't that conclusive. (www.stripes.com) Más...

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Japanese Government Suggests Merging ANA & Japan Airlines

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A Japanese government advisor has suggested that ANA and Japan Airlines should consider merging as the crisis continues. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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The “Russian Spitfire” Completes Her Flight Testing

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Affectionately known as the “Russian Spitfire” due to her combat heritage flying with the Soviet Air Force during WWII, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX PT879 has completed her flight testing following a long-term restoration effort. Following a number of successful engine runs on October 26th, at Biggin Hill, near London, England, she then underwent preparations for final CAA inspections and the issue of her all-important “permit to test” approvals which took place soon after. The momentous occasion… (warbirdsnews.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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GOL (GOLL4) performs the first technical flight with the Boeing 737 MAX

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With more than 600 days “banned” from flying, MAX wins the Brazilian skies with technical flight “homologation” with the new updates... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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Starting in December, Lufthansa will have daily flights to Brazil and SWISS 5 flights a week

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"Before the pandemic, Brazil was already positioned as a strategic market for the Lufthansa Group. The pandemic crisis highlighted the importance of the country for the group and confirmed that... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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Delta Pilots Approve Cost-Cutting Measures to Avoid Furloughs Until 2022

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Delta pilots voted for a cost-cutting deal that would avoid more than 1,700 furloughs. The deal would cut pilots hours 5% and slash minimum pay for pilots who were on the furlough list. Delta Air Lines pilots voted in favor of pay cuts that would avoid furloughs until 2022 as the industry reels from the coronavirus pandemic, their labor union said Wednesday. The deal allows the company to lower pilots' guaranteed hours by as much 5%. The more than 1,700 pilots who would have been furloughed… (www.nbcboston.com) Más...

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Sky Express orders four Airbus A320neo

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At the end of September 2020, the A320neo Family received 7,450 firm orders from more than 110 customers worldwide... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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Future of Etihad's Airbus A380 in limbo

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Having grounded its flagship Airbus A380s in March 2020, and removed them from its schedule until at least September 2021, time could be running out for Etihad Airways' luxe-laden superjumbos. According to the Gulf carrier, the best case scenario will see the ten-strong A380 fleet return to the skies once there's sufficient demand. (www.executivetraveller.com) Más...

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Invasive wasp species forcing aeroplanes to abandon take-off in Australia

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An imported wasp species is posing a “significant risk” to aircraft safety in Australia, new research has found. Planes were forced to abandon take-off and, in some cases, return shortly after departure in a series of incidents at Brisbane Airport, prompting research behind a study published in the journal PLOS One on Thursday. An experiment found that the invasive species Pachodynerus nasidens was building nests in aircraft speedometers, blocking the instruments within minutes of the wasps… (www.yahoo.com) Más...

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Embraer and Porsche announce “Duet package”, a “Car + Airplane” combo

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Both renowned for their world-class engineering, performance and design, manufacturers will produce a small number of pairs of business jets and sports cars, providing a truly seamless experience from the road to the clouds for the first time in history... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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Emirates’ Boss Has ‘No Idea’ When Boeing Will Deliver 777X Jet

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Emirates remains in the dark about when Boeing Co. will deliver its new 777X jet after a series of delays as the model is yet to be certified. “I have no idea,” President Tim Clark said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. “They were due to be delivered this year in June, then it was 2021, then it was 2022. It hasn’t finished its certification program yet, both airframe and engine.” (www.msn.com) Más...

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