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Suspected Chinese spy balloon found over northern U.S.

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“The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told NBC News. “We continue to track and monitor it closely.” Secondary story with pictures: https://www.kulr8.com/news/report-suspected-chinese-spy-balloon-spotted-over-billings/article_cb4d11b6-a328-11ed-83cb-fbf1388f61fe.html (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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Boeing to Open First 737 MAX Production Line in Everett

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal revealed in an email to staff on 30 January that the company will expand its 737 MAX output by opening a new production line at the Everett facility in 2024, as demand soars for the American aircraft manufacturer's best-selling jet. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Atlas Air To Fly Special "747" Flight Plan on Final Boeing 747 [N863GT] Delivery Flight

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Before leaving Washington State airspace, GTI747's flight plan to KCVG shows it will form the figure of a 747-embossed royal crown over southeast Washington. Aircraft is set to depart KPAE today around 8a PT. See GTI747 on FlightAware. (aviationsourcenews.com) More...

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Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman Who Faced a Lynch Mob, Dies at 98

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One of the last surviving Black pilots from that celebrated group, he was surrounded by an angry mob after parachuting from his P-51 over Austria during World War II. (www.nytimes.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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IATA Director Debunks Hopes for Single-Pilot Flights: "Not Likely to Happen Soon"

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MONTREAL, CANADA — Willie Walsh, the Director General of the current International Air Transport Association (IATA) and former head of International Airlines Group (IAG), said the discussion surrounding single-pilot operations in commercial aviation would continue for several years, with no guarantee that it will be embraced by airlines. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Close call at Austin Airport when a FedEx 767 attempted to land while a Southwest 737 was taking off

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an aborted landing in Austin, Texas, on Saturday morning by a FedEx cargo plane that had been set to land on a runway on which a Southwest Airlines jet was also cleared to depart from, the agencies said. (airlive.net) More...

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Lufthansa Names its A380 Routes

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FRANKFURT, GERMANY — The German flag carrier Lufthansa has confirmed plans to bring back the Airbus A380, with the first destinations for the aircraft being in the United States. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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U.S. military shoots down suspected Chinese surveillance balloon

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The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that had been transiting across the country for several days. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Watch Boeing's Live Webcast of the Last 747 Delivery [N863GT] to Atlas Air - Today (TU 1/31) 4P ET - 1P PT - 21:00 Z

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Ceremony takes place in Boeing's storied Everett, WA factory, the largest building in the world by volume. Hundreds of those who worked on the 747 program over its long history will be on hand for what is sure to be a deeply heartfelt send-off. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

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Pilot Shortage Hinders American Airlines' Expansion Plans

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Despite efforts to ramp up pilot training, the availability of pilots remains a constraint for American Airlines' expansion plans. The airline intends to bolster its active fleet with 32 large jets and recruit roughly 2,000 pilots in 2023, according to a recent announcement by company executives. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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When This Pilot Quit Her Job, Her Employer Billed Her $20,000

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Kate Fredericks quit her job flying for the cargo airline Ameriflight in late November 2021, six and a half months into her stint as a pilot based out of Puerto Rico. It was the most expensive resignation she could imagine. (www.huffpost.com) More...

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Turkey Ground Handling Staff May Stop Servicing Russian Airlines' Boeing Jets

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Although several Russian carriers have started ramping up their international flight schedules, not every airport ground service provider is keen to work with the airlines and their fleets. Turkey's largest ground handling company Havas is one example, as it wrote a letter to Russian and Belarusian airlines warning that it might stop providing ground services to them. Ground services may be denied The letter was sent to these airlines - including Russian flag carrier Aeroflot, Rossiya… (www.msn.com) More...

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Airbus and Qatar edge towards agreement in A350 dispute - sources

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PARIS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Airbus (AIR.PA) and Qatar Airways are edging towards an agreement to settle a bitter dispute over grounded A350 jets, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Air Force’s ‘Big Sexy’ aerial refueler will fly no more starting next year

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The world’s skies will be a little less sexy starting next year. The Air Force on Sept. 1, 2024, will retire its fleet of KC-10A Extenders, aerial refuelers that can also transport troops or cargo, an Air Force news release said. The KC-10, which entered service in 1981 and has been operated by the 70th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., since 1994, is known as “Big Sexy” by aircrews due to its “sleek and graceful wing design.” (www.stripes.com) More...

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Boeing says farewell to 'Queen of the Skies' with last 747 delivery

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More than half a century since the original jumbo jet ushered in a glamorous new jet age, helping bringing affordable air travel to millions of passengers, the last-ever Boeing 747 was scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday, marking the start of the final chapter for the much-loved airplane. (www.cnn.com) More...

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the History of the United States Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron

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The Blue Angels are the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. The team was established in 1946 by the U.S. Navy, and is one of the oldest flight demonstration teams in the world. The Blue Angels have performed in over 3,000 air shows in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries around the world. (avecdotes.com) More...

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U.S. Demands Turkey Stop Russian Flights on Boeing Jets

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY — U.S. officials have been putting pressure on Turkey to halt Russian airlines from using American-made planes to fly in and out of the country, according to sources familiar with the matter. This marks a new effort from Washington to ensure that countries comply with sanctions imposed in response to Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Google Project Loon Still Flying Balloons

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Caught two Google Project Loon balloons taking off near Santa Fe NM and are still in the sky HBAL616, HBAL617. Although the loon project was reportedly cancelled last January, the Balloons are still being flown. Hmm. (flightaware.com) More...

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Investigation Launched Into Close Call Between Southwest Airlines & FedEx Planes

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The two aircraft reportedly came within 100 ft of one another during the near miss. (simpleflying.com) More...

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FAA iissues ground stops at East Coast Airports, Ballon Shot Down

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Esst Coast Airports, NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC(CRE), WILMINGTON, NC(ILM), MYRTLE BEACH, SC(MYR), CHARLESTON, SC(CHS) Are on ground stops by the FAA in an apparant anticipation of the shooting down of the Chinese Ballon when it reaches open waters of the Atlantic. News reports shows ballon after being shot. Disregard the Narritive. 0 (www.youtube.com) More...

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Tracing the Evolution of Scoot: From Local Budget Airline to Major International Player

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Scoot is a Singaporean airline founded in 2011, and it represents a major milestone in Singapore’s aviation history. The airline was born out of a joint venture between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Nok Air, and it has grown to become a major player in the budget airline industry. (avecdotes.com) More...

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Delta's Free WiFi, Sync Platform Point to More Connected Future

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Delta Air Lines Inc. on Wednesday launched free WiFi on 75% of its domestic mainline aircraft, an early step toward its overhaul of in-flight entertainment in favor of personalization and free services like Paramount+ streaming, New York Times puzzles and more. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

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Air France launches new route from Paris to Ottawa, Canada

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Air France continues to increase capacity to Canada. In summer 2023, the airline will operate up to 50 weekly flights to 5 destinations in Canada: Ottawa (new service in 2023), Quebec City (new service in 2022), Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (destinations served year-round by Air France). (www.aviation24.be) More...

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Burrell Aviation taps former Southwest exec for cargo push

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Cargo is migrating to smaller airports, but they don't have the resources to build warehouses and ramps. Enter Burrell Aviation. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Trip Report: The Breeze Airways Experience in California

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I had the chance to fly Breeze Airways on one of their new intra-California routes. Read the review to find out what one of America's newest airlines is like. (aeroxplorer.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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Amsterdam Schiphol Passengers Could Be Charged $3 Suitcase Fee Amid Staff Recruitment Goals

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Here we go again. European airports might face another challenge as handling companies do not have enough personnel to accommodate increasing demand during peak holiday seasons. For instance, Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), one of Europe's largest hubs, is unhappy with the number of baggage handlers currently employed. However, a solution to the lack of staff might have been found. Nonetheless, it might not sound ideal to Schiphol's passengers. Let's see why. (www.msn.com) More...

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F-35s Have Debuted At Greenland’s Strategic Thule Air Base

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F-35A stealth fighters from the U.S. Air Force have, for the first time, deployed to America’s northernmost military base, at Thule in Greenland, where they took part in a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) exercise that ran from January 15-31. Located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Thule Air Base is playing an increasingly important strategic role in regards to Russia, in particular, which is looking to expand its capabilities in the region, while U.S. officials have been… (www.msn.com) More...

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Voodoo 1: The Raytheon Technologies Boeing 727 With A Pointy Nose

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Since the first world war, many popular civilian aircraft designs have been remodeled and repurposed to assist military efforts. This trend of repurposing civilian airplanes as military planes continues today as two Boeing 747-8s are being repurposed to become Air Force One jets. However, the changes made to these jets are primarily found inside the aircraft, like many other repurposed military aircraft. Occasionally a specific plane will get a few exterior modifications as well, making it… (www.msn.com) More...

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Lima Airport To Open New Runway And ATC Tower In April

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Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) is set to open the next stage of a significant expansion and overhaul in the coming months. The airport's new Air Traffic Control Tower and a second runway are officially due to begin operations on April 1st, 2023. The facilities were completed at the end of last year and have been undergoing final checks and certification processes ahead of their entry into commercial service. The new tower and runaway were initially scheduled to open… (www.msn.com) More...

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Pilot accused of buzzing boaters and crashing plane faces charges, may have left country

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The pilot accused of buzzing boaters on Horsetooth Reservoir before crashing in September is facing multiple charges, but Larimer County Sheriff's Office says he left the country. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Garmin GFC 600 Autopilot Gets FAA Nod for King Air 200s

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Garmin has received FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for the GFC 600 autopilot in 200-series Beechcraft King Airs, the company said today. The GFC 600 provides owners of King Air 200, 200C, A200, A200CT, B200, B200C, and B200GT turboprop twins with a digital autopilot upgrade that features capabilities such as altitude preselect, VNAV1, level mode, underspeed and overspeed protection, and select/couple/fly instrument approaches. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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JetBlue Airlines Has Good News For Its Passengers

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In the wake of rival Southwest's struggles, JetBlue has decided to make some key changes. Travel points are huge if you know how to earn them, since they can be used for free or discounted flights and hotels, as well as other travel incidentals. In some cases, expensive trips can become affordable or even free if points are earned and used properly. Airline JetBlue's (JBLU) - Get Free Report travel points can be earned by being a TrueBlue member when booking car rentals, hotel stays,… (www.msn.com) More...

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Textron Soars in Q4 Performance

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U.S. general aviation giant Textron Aviation has reported numerous profits and revenue and large amounts of turboprop and jet aircraft produced and delivered in the fourth quarter of 2022. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Thermal testing for NASA X-57 electric plane before first flight

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NASA’s X-57 Maxwell all-electric aircraft reached another milestone recently toward its first flight with the successful thermal testing of its cruise motor controllers. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Flyr's Bankruptcy: What Went Wrong?

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Coming just four days after the failure of Flybe in the UK, Norwegian low-cost carrier Flyr has thrown the towel in and called in the receivers. Having launched in June 2021 and managed to survive just 20 months of operations, the airline's twelve aircraft are now grounded, and thousands of passengers are left with their travel plans in disarray. With the announcement yesterday that Norwegian carrier Flyr has ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy, we look at the reasons behind the… (www.msn.com) More...

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Hainan Airlines Resumes Flights with Boeing 737 MAX 8, Becomes Second Chinese Carrier to Reintroduce Grounded Jet

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HAINAN, CHINA — Hainan Airlines resumed its flights on the Boeing 737 MAX 8, becoming the second airline in China to bring back the single-aisle aircraft to service after a four-year grounding. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Hawaiian Airlines faces higher costs for training Amazon pilots

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Hawaiian Airlines is beefing up its pilot ranks to fly cargo jets for Amazon and that is adding extra costs. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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No floaty Hercs just yet!

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MC-130Js on floats were announced in Sept. 2021, expected to demo in 2023 but now put on the back burner. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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UPS begins phaseout of older MD-11 cargo jets

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UPS is facing cost pressures as demand declines, but the retirement of aircraft was already planned. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Hundreds of flights canceled, delayed at Denver airport

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More than 800 flights have been canceled and delayed at Denver International Airport (DIA) while sub-zero temperatures hover over the Rocky Mountain region. (www.msn.com) More...

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Airlines face flight disruptions to/from Paris Orly due to French strike action

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Airlines across Europe and Northern Africa are grappling with disruptions to scheduled operations to Paris-Orly (ORY) due to ongoing nationwide strike action in France. (www.aerotime.aero) 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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Air Force orders 15 more KC-46A Pegasus tankers under $2.3 billion contract

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $2.3 billion contract for the ninth production lot of 15 KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, expanding its fleet of multi-mission aerial refuelers. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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FAA Approves Aspen Pro MAX, Garmin GFC 600 Integration Software

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Aspen Avionics has received FAA approval for new software that will allow Garmin’s GFC 600 digital autopilot to be integrated with the Aspen EFD1000 Pro MAX primary flight display (PFD). The Pro MAX v2.12 software update will enable GFC 600 interface features... (www.avweb.com) More...

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Finnair Modifies 10 Airbus A350s With Increased Maximum Take Off Weight

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Finnish flag carrier and oneworld alliance member Finnair announced on January 30th that it has modified 10 of its 17 Airbus A350-900s to carry more customers and cargo. Let's examine what the carrier did to accomplish this increase in capacity. In cooperation with Airbus According to Finnair, the modifications were carried out in cooperation with Airbus. The main factor was to safely increase the aircraft's maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the specific aircraft. The purpose of this… (www.msn.com) More...

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FAA proposes more than $1 million fine on United Airlines over preflight safety checks

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The FAA alleged United removed a fire-system warning check from its Boeing 777 checklist. The agency said the carrier operated more than 100,000 flights that didn't meet airworthiness requirements. United has 30 days to respond to the FAA's enforcement letter. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a more than $1.1 million penalty against United Airlines for allegedly failing to perform required fire system safety checks on its Boeing 777s. (www.msn.com) More...

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