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An electric jet start-up just signed a $1 billion deal with a commercial airliner

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Lilium, a German start-up making electric jets that can take off and land vertically, has announced plans to sell 220 of its vehicles for up to $1 billion to Brazilian airliner Azul. The two firms said on Monday that they plan to build an eVTOL (electric vehicle takeoff and landing) aircraft network across Brazil between now and 2025. (www.cnbc.com) Más...

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Boeing set to retry test flight in bid to take on SpaceX

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Boeing is slated to launch its long-anticipated Starliner spacecraft — which is built to carry NASA astronauts — on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station, a follow-up to the company's botched first attempt 18 months ago, tomorrow. It will be a decisive moment for Boeing and NASA, as the traditional aerospace giant seeks to join SpaceX in ferrying people to the station. (www.cnn.com) Más...

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Op-Ed: Diving Into The Electric Air Taxi Fallacy

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There has been a lot of chatter in the news about urban air taxi services, particularly electric vertical take-off & landing (EVTOL) vehicles. A couple of companies, in particular, have been receiving quite a lot of buzz. (insideevs.com) Más...

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The Benefits Of The MC-21’s Wider Cabin

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The Irkut MC-21 is expected to enter service in Russia next year. The short and medium-haul aircraft is billed to dominate domestic fleets in the country by the time this decade is over.One of the plane’s unique attributes is its wide cabin. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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LATAM reopens 4 destinations with its resumption in Brazil

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Investments reinforce its presence in the Northeast and allow LATAM to end 2021 with 49 destinations in Brazil, surpassing the 44 airports served before the pandemic... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com.br) Más...

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Stuck seat led to wild brawl on American Airlines flight: witness

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A wild fistfight broke out between two passengers on an American Airlines flight — over a reclined seat that got stuck, footage shows. The clip, obtained by KXAN, shows two men trading blows in the cramped cabin as other travelers look on and beg them to stop during Sunday’s trip from New Orleans to Austin, Texas. (www.foxnews.com) Más...

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Airlines are changing schedules; here’s how to handle inconvenient new flight times

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Back in June, when Southwest Airlines was having its 50-year anniversary sale, I jumped at the chance to book flights through November. But a funny thing happened since I made my bookings — all of my flights, except for one, have had major changes. (thepointsguy.com) Más...

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American Airlines, Spirit Airlines passengers face hundreds of cancellations after storms

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American Airlines passengers faced hundreds of cancellations and delays on Monday, as the carrier struggled to recover from disruptions caused by severe thunderstorms that swept through its Dallas/Fort Worth International hub. (www.cnbc.com) Más...

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Why United Airlines Flew The Boeing 737-500 After The Type’s Retirement

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United’s history with the Boeing 737 Classic ended eight years ago. Not helped by the rising price of fuel and other economic problems from the global financial crisis, United withdrew the B737-300 on October 28th, 2009 – three months after the last scheduled B737-500 flight. These retirements temporarily ended United’s use of the B737, but it didn’t last long. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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DFW and American Airlines are flooded with cancellations and delays after Sunday’s thunderstorms

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Nearly 300 flights were canceled or delayed Monday at DFW International Airport after weather problems sidelined hundreds more flights Sunday. It was another problematic weekend for airlines as they attempt to get travel back to normal. (www.dallasnews.com) Más...

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FlightAware Aviator on Just Plane Radio 7-31-21

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"Now [flight schools] can actually see when their students are on a cross-country flight... Instead of just watching the clock, hoping ya know, here's the flight plan, but where's our airplane? [Flight schools now] know right down to the minute, and I think their instructors will find [Aviator] equally as valuable." - Dennis Hayes "Captain Dennis" | Just Plane Radio (www.justplaneradio.com) Más...

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Brazil's Azul Joins Carriers Planning eVTOL Service

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Brazil's Azul today became the latest airline to announce plans for eVTOL aircraft operations, placing a provisional order for 220 of Lilium's seven-seat Lilium Jet. The deal is valued at $1 billion, implying a $4,5 million unit price for the all-electric Lilium Jet. Azul and Lilium intend to co-brand scheduled services in a country that typically has around 100 million domestic airline passengers each year. The new operation is expected to begin in 2025. Brazil is a strong market for… (www.ainonline.com) Más...

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A 14-year-old AvGeek-in-training gets the aviation experience of a lifetime

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When it comes to traveling with kids, our motto here at TPG is “start ’em young.” When it comes to building a love for aviation, 14-year-old Kael Wilson puts even the most experienced AvGeek to shame. Wilson, who has a severe blood disorder, recently got to fulfill his wish of getting a jump start on his future career as a pilot by visiting FlightSafety International in Columbus, OH, and training in its best-in-class $20M flight simulator — all thanks to the organization Make-A-Wish. Wilson is… (thepointsguy.com) Más...

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Canceled Spirit Airlines flights leave Philly International scrambling

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At least 10 Spirit Airlines flights to and from Philadelphia International Airport were canceled Monday morning, some at the last minute. According to airline tracking site Flight Aware, those 10 flights account for about 34% of Spirit’s daily operations in Philly. A spokesperson for Spirit Airlines said the cancellations were “proactive” and they are getting back on track from “a series of weather and operational challenges” over the weekend. (www.audacy.com) Más...

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Congress wants to make going to the airport less miserable

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If you’re flying out of Singapore Changi, which aviation survey and research group Skytrax ranks as the world’s best airport, you can spend time before your flight in the airport’s tropical butterfly garden. At second-ranked Tokyo Haneda, you can enjoy one of several open-air rooftop restaurants and a rapid transit monorail system that links terminals. At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, rated ninth, you can go to a free art museum annex before heading to one of 223 gates spread around a… (www.vox.com) Más...

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Aer Lingus poised to name Emerald Airlines as its new regional carrier

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Aer Lingus is poised to name Emerald Airlines as its new regional carrier this week, with the new service likely to begin in January. The airline has been in talks with Emerald, founded by aviation entrepreneur Conor McCarthy, since December on taking over the Aer Lingus Regional contract formerly held by Stobart Air. “Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines are at the final stages of agreement, and Aer Lingus is hopeful that an announcement will be made in the coming days,” the Irish flag-carrier said… (www.irishtimes.com) Más...

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Norway's new Transatlantic LCC Norse Atlantic Airways adds six Dreamliner jets

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OSLO, NORWAY — Norway's new Transatlantic low-cost operator Norse Atlantic Airways has entered into a lease agreement for six new Boeing 787 aircraft. The airline will lease the planes from Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation Limited, Norse Atlantic wrote in a stock exchange announcement on August 2nd. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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Frankfurt Airport opens a multi-media Visitor Center

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Frankfurt Airport's new visitor center is now open where FlightAware's data powers the 'The Globe' which "is said to be the most technologically sophisticated exhibit, its interactive LCD wall designed to visualise all active flights around the world in real time." (airport-world.com) Más...

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American Airlines flight from Miami to Ben Gurion announces emergency

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The American Airlines AA52 flight from Miami to Ben Gurion Airport declared a state of emergency before landing due to a flat tire. 190 passengers are on board the plane. Emergency forces were dispatched to the runway. (www.israelnationalnews.com) Más...

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Spirit cancels 227 flights, stranding hundreds at Orlando airport

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Frustration was the name of the game at Orlando International Airport after 227 Spirit Airlines flights were canceled nationwide since Sunday night. Hundreds of passengers lined up Monday morning at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter, waiting to speak to an airline employee and reschedule their flights. (www.clickorlando.com) Más...

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New audit recommends enhancements for DHS air cargo security programs

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U.S. Customs data sharing and TSA's technology evaluation for explosive detection should be improved, the Government Accountability Office says. (www.freightwaves.com) Más...

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Dassault’s Falcon 10X Might Just Be the Most Comfortable Ultra-Long-Range Business Jet

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The short list for ultra-long-range, purpose-built business jets has been very short indeed, comprised of the Bombardier Global 7500 and Gulfstream’s G700—full stop. Now there’s a third entry in the premium category, known for offering the longest ranges, fastest speeds and most high-tech, ergonomically advanced interiors: the Dassault Falcon 10X. (robbreport.com) Más...

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JetBlue ready to launch low-cost New York to London flights

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Alow-cost airline service with a brand new business class cabin, flying London to New York? As Frank Sinatra might have said: if you can make it there, in the teeth of a global pandemic when the US bars British citizens and advises its own to stay put … well, you can make it anywhere. (www.theguardian.com) Más...

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Airbus Is Using A350 Lighting To Help Passengers Social Distance

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On each flight, there are passengers that are always eager to get up and make their way for the exit after the plane arrives at the gate and the seatbelt sign is turned off. However, amid the pandemic, airlines have a responsibility to avoid this rush. Therefore, Airbus is assisting operators with safe disembarking with the use of lighting. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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The Embraer ERJ Family: What Are The Different Models?

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After noticing that Airbus and Boeing were concentrating on building larger planes, the Brazilian aerospace company saw a gap in the market for smaller regional jets. Designed for what Embraer perceived would be a new market for regional jet aircraft where speed and comfort would trump the fuel savings of turboprop planes, Embraer created the ERJ-family. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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How Avelo Airlines Is Boosting Flight Efficiency With Data Analytics

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Avelo Airlines got operations off to a flying start at the end of April. Following the successful run so far at Burbank, California, the airline is set to open up another base in New Haven, Connecticut, during the third quarter of this year. With this momentum, the carrier is keen to get the most out of its data to fully optimize its services. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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IndiGo Makes Progress On More Sustainable Operations

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IndiGo has released its first-ever ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) report this week. The report highlights a significant decrease in CO2 emission, falling nearly 14% between 2016 and 2021. Let’s find out how IndiGo has cut its carbon dioxide figures and its plans for the future. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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EAA officials call 2021 AirVenture a success

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After nearly two years, EAA AirVenture took off once again. "24 months is a long time to not do something that is as big and as complicated, and has as many moving pieces as this has," EAA CEO Jack Pelton said. EAA visitor Phil Klump was happy to return to EAA after last year's event was canceled. (fox11online.biz) Más...

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Startup Norse Atlantic Airways Signs For 6 Boeing 787s From BOC

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Norse Atlantic Airways will take six Boeing 787 Dreamliners on lease from BOC Aviation. In a statement released today, it was announced that the Norwegian startup will receive these units in the third quarter of this year. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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ANA Revals $465m Quarterly Loss – The Lowest Since 2019

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While Japan’s borders are still closed, and travel restrictions remain fairly restrictive, ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) financial performance is at least moving in the right direction- posting a smaller quarterly loss than in previous periods. In fact, this latest figure represents the airline’s smallest quarterly loss since the fourth quarter of 2019. Let’s take a look at how the airline managed to achieve this. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Jetpack man is back, adding to the flying mystery over LAX

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The mysterious figure known as the "jetpack man" was spotted again over Los Angeles. A pilot spotted a flying object that resembled a person wearing a jetpack on Wednesday evening near Los Angeles International Airport, where at least four "jetpack" sightings have been reported in the last year, CBS News reports. Upon the pilot's sighting, air traffic control warned other flights to watch out for what's since been dubbed "the jetpack man." (mashable.com) Más...

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The charter airline flying one of the world's cheapest private jets is expanding to the West Coast. One-way flights start at $3,000.

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One of America's newest charter airlines is expanding to the West Coast, and bringing the Cirrus Vision Jet with it. Starting July 26, VeriJet is offering flights across the West Coast and American Southwest in the airline's furthest venture outside of its home region of the Southeast. (news.yahoo.com) Más...

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Emirates Adds Just 1 New A380 Destination For August

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July saw Emirates adding a modest number of destinations to its recovering Airbus A380 network. Unfortunately, the recovery has less oomph in August, with only one new scheduled Airbus A380 destination joining the pack. The airline also has a one-off Airbus A380 flight planned for next week. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Amazon’s ATR Cargo Planes – What We Know So Far

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eCommerce giant Amazon is continuing to expand its air division with the acquisition of ATR72 freighters. While the operator’s Boeing 767s are used for longer distances, its growing fleet of ATR72s will naturally be used for shorter routes, connecting small towns. Let’s take a look at the latest developments for this part of the Amazon fleet. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Boeing Sees Chinese Max Certification by Year-end

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Boeing expects China’s civil aviation authority to certify the 737 Max for return to service in that country by the end of the year, an eventuality that will allow its plan to increase production rates from 16 to 31 in early 2022. Although the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s approval by year-end remains an assumption, Boeing CEO David Calhoun reported during the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday that he feels confident in the projection given the feedback he has… (www.ainonline.com) Más...

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Aviation heavyweights flock to U.S. grassroots air jamboree to fill pilot shortage

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The wings of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner swept over green fields populated by colorful small planes, lending a rare corporate touch to the world's largest grassroots air show this past week. EAA AirVenture brought together more than half a million aviation enthusiasts and thousands of vintage or homebuilt aircraft and aerobatic showstoppers to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for a celebration dubbed the Woodstock of aviation. For one week, the annual summer event becomes the world's busiest airspace… (www.yahoo.com) Más...

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SKY, Chile airline receives its first Airbus A321neo

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Low-cost Chilean airline, SKY received its first leased A321neo from Air... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Más...

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