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Concorde Successor AS2 Takes Leap Forward

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The race is heating up to produce the first supersonic passenger aircraft to enter commercial service in more than 50 years. US planemaker Aerion, whose AS2 jet promises to fly New York to London in 4.5 hours, is seeking to produce the supersonic craft in 2023 after securing $300 million in capital investment. The 8-12 passenger AS2 business jet will travel at Mach 1.4 (more than 1,000 mph), which means it could shave three and a half hours off standard journey times from New York to Cape Town,… (www.cnn.com) Más...

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Man Banned From Airline After Posting Hack To Get Free Carry On Bag

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It just goes to show you that bad decisions can have bad consequences (yourmileagemayvary.net) Más...

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How trust strained by the DC-10 fractured with the 737 Max

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When the European Union Aviation Safety Agency grounded the Max in March 2019, the US FAA initially resisted (www.flightglobal.com) Más...

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USAF final report on E-11A Crash, Kandahar January 27th 2020

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Manual shutdown of the right engine after catastrophic blade fanblade failure in the left engine was stated to be the cause of the crash. (www.afjag.af.mil) Más...

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Shout out to the 125th Fighter Wing

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Today is 1/25. And in Florida, it's been designated 125th Fighter Wing day. I grew up in Jacksonville, and loved seeing these guys come screaming out over the Atlantic from KJAX, especially when they were flying the old F-102s and F-106s. I wanted to say THANK YOU to all the Airmen that have served or are now serving in the 125th! (www.news4jax.com) Más...

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5 things I learned status matching from American to Delta during the pandemic

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After all, you can’t use loyalty benefits when you’re not in the air. That’s why we’ve seen every major airline extend perks through the entirety of the 2021 status year, with some carriers even reducing elite qualification requirements for 2022. (thepointsguy.com) Más...

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Why Airbus Used To Carry New Aircraft Parts In Boeing Aircraft

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Since the early years of Airbus, its decentralized nature has required the planemaker to transport aircraft components from various parts of Europe to a final assembly facility. Before developing its own Beluga and subsequent Beluga XL, it was often said that “every Airbus is delivered on the wings of a Boeing.” Let’s briefly look at how Boeing (very) indirectly gave Airbus a helping hand in those early years and why this was necessary. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Blue Angels show new fighter jet in Loveland ahead of 2021 air show

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The Blue Angels have scheduled an air show Oct. 16-17 in Loveland featuring their new Super Hornet fighter jets. (www.coloradoan.com) Más...

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Cute: Kangaroo Flies Aboard American Airlines Flight Out Of Charlotte

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Even the most jaded passenger would have done a double-take at Charlotte Airport on the weekend. A kangaroo, clearly a long way from home, hopped aboard an American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Newport News. The joey, called Kylo Roo, was lured down the aisle by an American Airlines employee waving a snuggly pouch. After getting more attention from American Airlines than the best Concierge Key passenger, Kylo Roo managed not to disgrace himself and handled the extensive papping with… (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Incredible Story Of A Man Who Stowed Away In The Wheel Well Of 5100 Mile British Airways Flight

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one man hopped a British Airways plane out of Africa and made it the 11 hour journey across 5500 miles – and lived to tell the tale. (viewfromthewing.com) Más...

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Why The Airbus A300 Is Still Popular In Iran

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The A300 was Airbus’ first aircraft. There are only a few places left where it is still in service, though. Iran is one of the countries where the plane flies with several airlines. This is not really by choice; it results from sanctions that prevent airlines from renewing fleets, as this article explores. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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United And Delta Reveal Two Different Outlooks Of The Recovery

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United and Delta have both had their fourth-quarter earnings call. The two airlines offered different perspectives on the recovery. While Delta was more optimistic about an inflection point coming soon, United believes it will take longer for that inflection point to arrive. Here are the two competing views. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Manufacturing of CR929 plane to start in 2021: COMAC

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The long-range wide-body aircraft, CR929, to be jointly developed by China and Russia, will kick off its manufacturing in 2021, said Yang Zhigang, general engineer of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC). (www.globaltimes.cn) Más...

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The Top 20 Safest Airlines 2021

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AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only airline safety, and product rating website, has announced its Top Twenty Safest Airlines 2021 from the 385 different airlines it monitors. Qantas, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, SAS, Finnair, Lufthansa, KLM, and United Airlines. (www.airlineratings.com) Más...

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Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly again 'too early'

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A former senior manager at Boeing's 737 plant in Seattle has raised new concerns over the safety of the company's 737 Max. (www.bbc.com) Más...

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Why Has Airbus Created neo Versions Of Planes?

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The Airbus A320 is the best selling Airbus aircraft and not far behind the Boeing 737 for most popular to date. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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America Has a GPS Problem

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Spoofing or otherwise interfering with GPS satellite signals is cheap and easy now thanks to gadgets costing as little as $20. Teens and delivery drivers use these to cloak their whereabouts. In 2013 a trucker reportedly interfered with KEWR's tracking system after activating a GPS jamming device in his vehicle. GPS' vulnerability has made it ripe for tampering by U.s. adversaries, criminal organizations and other bad actors. At the end of 2018 Congress mandated creation of a… (www.nytimes.com) Más...

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Biden to impose South Africa travel ban, & other entry bans, to combat new COVID-19 variant

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WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, U.S. public health officials told Reuters. Biden on Monday is also reimposing an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders, said the sources, who… (news.trust.org) Más...

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Turkmenistan Airlines becomes Airbus customer by ordering two Airbus A330-200P2F

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Turkmenistan Airlines has placed an order for two A330-200 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. The order marks the first time an Airbus aircraft is sold in Turkmenistan. The A330-200P2F will enable the airline to further develop and boost its international cargo route network. The deliveries of the aircraft are planned in 2022, making Turkmenistan Airlines the first operator of this type in Central Asia. (www.aviation24.be) Más...

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IAG Moves on Purchase of Air Europa at Discounted Price

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British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group (IAG) is moving ahead with the planned acquisition of Air Europa in spite of Covid-19, though the pandemic and the collapse in air travel has cut the purchase price in half. Iberia—which will buy Air Europa on behalf of IAG—will pay only €500 million ($607 million) for its Spanish rival, down from the €1 billion in cash to which the parties agreed when they announced the deal in November 2019. In addition, Iberia will defer payment… (www.ainonline.com) Más...

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Wrong Engine Shutdown Causes Global Express Fatal Crash

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The fatal crash of a U.S. Air Force special-mission Bombardier Global Express on Jan. 27, 2020, was caused by the flight crew’s error in determining which Rolls-Royce BR710 engine had catastrophically failed and subsequently shutting down the working, right-hand-side powerplant, according to a USAF Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report released yesterday. Contributing factors were the crew’s failure to airstart the right-hand-side engine and their decision to “recover the aircraft… (www.ainonline.com) Más...

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JSX To Continue Ops Indefinitely at John Wayne Airport

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JSX will continue to operate its hop-on service in one of its largest markets following recent action by the Orange County (California) board of supervisors. The board voted to strike language from leases with its FBOs at John Wayne Airport (SNA) that would have prevented JSX from using their facilities for scheduled charter service. "We are pleased by recent action by the county and look forward to establishing our permanent home at John Wayne Airport,” said JSX CEO Alex Wilcox. According… (www.ainonline.com) Más...

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Southwest Airlines just announced 5 new routes to new destinations on the West Coast from across the US - here's the full list

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Southwest Airlines is growing its West Coast route network with five new routes to two new cities. The Californian cities of Santa Barbara and Fresno are the focus of this expansion. The expansion continues a rivalry between Southwest and Alaska Airlines for domination in the region. Southwest Airlines is moving into two new Californian cities this April and just announced five new routes as a housewarming gift. Santa Barbara and Fresno will become the 12th and 13th cities in California served… (www.yahoo.com) Más...

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KLM to keep long haul flights as COVID testing demands are softened

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Dutch airline KLM will keep operating long haul flights, including for vaccine distribution, after agreeing with the government on softer demands for returning air crews to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests. The Dutch arm of Air France-KLM said earlier in the week it would cancel all its 270 weekly long-haul flights to the Netherlands as a result of new COVID-19 rules, requiring passengers and crew to show evidence of a negative rapid coronavirus test taken just before departure. (www.yahoo.com) Más...

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Report: Delta CEO threatens to ban rude passengers for life

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Delta threatens to permanently ban rude passengers, according to a travel blog quoting a memorandum to employees of the airline's CEO. "Those who refuse to show basic courtesy to our people or their fellow travelers are not welcome in Delta," Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote. "Your actions will not be tolerated and you will never again have the privilege of flying with our airline." Bastian preceded this by saying that "respect and courtesy for others on our planes, at… (www.msn.com) Más...

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One man arrested after making false security threat on Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle

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A spokesperson with the Port of Seattle says a man is in custody after he called in a false security threat on an Alaska Airlines flight departing from Seattle Saturday morning. The flight was bound for Ketchikan. The Port of Seattle says all passengers deplaned and the plane was taken to a secure location for further investigation out of an abundance of caution. All passengers are being scheduled for the next available flight. (www.msn.com) Más...

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Airlines have banned more than 2,500 passengers for not wearing masks - here are the carriers that have booted the most

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More than 2,500 passengers have been banned from US airlines for non-compliance with mask policies. Delta Air Lines banned 880 passengers, including six on a flight where Mitt Romney was harassed. President Joe Biden signed a mask mandate for air travelers on his first full day in office. Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden just signed an executive order to mandate masks when flying travelers but it's clear that airlines haven't been waiting on the government for guidance. New data… (www.msn.com) Más...

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Boeing Aims To Use Biofuel By 2030

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Biofuels are all the rage these days as companies look for natural and more sustainable ways to power race cars and airplanes. Boeing has joined the party now, too, with its promise that 100 percent of its fleet will be running on biofuels by 2030. That’s a pretty big promise considering the fact that it’s still going to take a lot of work—only some of which can be done by Boeing. It might be able to tackle making advancements to its own jet systems, but it won’t be able to actually use those… (www.msn.com) Más...

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