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When is a passenger reimbursement policy not a policy? Ask Air Canada

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Beware next time an airline asks for volunteers to forgo a flight... (www.cbc.ca) Mer...

O'Hare gets A380 gate

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O’Hare International Airport is a step closer to developing a gate capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, reversing an embarrassing gap at the city’s primary aviation hub. The city’s Department of Aviation yesterday pulled a permit to build out one gate that could handle an Airbus A380 plane, in Terminal 5 at O’Hare, according to the city’s permits website. (www.aviationgazette.com) Mer...

Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

Hainan Airlines Launches Beijing to Tel Aviv Service

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Flights from Israel to Beijing are to take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday using Airbus A330 aircraft. The planes will take off from Ben Gurion International Airport at 2:00pm IST, and land in Beijing at 5:00am CST the next day. Meanwhile, return flights will take off from Beijing at 2:00am CST, and land in Israel at 8:00am IST. (www.ynetnews.com) Mer...

Boeing stock price tumbles on fraud report

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Boeing’s stock price is flirting with setting a one-day decline record on 11 February after a morning news report linked the company to a fraud investigation. The Bloomberg news report cited anonymous sources saying the US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Boeing’s programme accounting methods on the 787 and 747-8. Boeing executives “typically do not comment on media inquiries of this nature”, a spokesman says. (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

A Private-Jet Interior Furnished like a Vintage Train

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For travelers who enjoy the comforts of traditional train travel but need the speed of an intercontinental jet, a new interior from Airbus aims to satisfy. The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, in Toulouse, France, has completed an art deco–inspired custom cabin in an jet for a company in Asia. Combining comfort, function, and innovative design, the interior (for up to 19 passengers) features five individual mini-suites—each with its own storage spaces—that evoke the privacy and coziness of a… (robbreport.com) Mer...

Lufthansa Formalizes Delivery of its First Airbus A320neo

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The German carrier has received the two first A320neo family aircraft out of an order for 116 aircraft to be delivered in the coming years. (airwaysnews.com) Mer...

Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossing

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Cool photographs of a historic achievement. On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight. It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the… (theaviationist.com) Mer...

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