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FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) Mer...

First A321neo Successfully Completes First Flight

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The A321neo begins its flight test campaign ahead of its delivery, expected to take place at the end of the year. (airwaysnews.com) Mer...

British Airways to start Stansted flights

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British Airways is to begin flying from Stansted for the first time this summer. The airline announced today that it will begin flights from the Essex airport to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza from May 28. (e-spaces.eu) Mer...

Porter Airlines denies report it's shopping for a buyer

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The company that operates Toronto-based Porter Airlines has denied a report that it is looking for a buyer. The Globe and Mail, citing "people familiar with the plans," reported Tuesday that the search process is underway and there is no guarantee it will result in a deal. The paper said the company's financial backers "have been actively looking for an exit strategy through a sale." (www.cbc.ca) Mer...

Video Detailing Dubai Baggage Handling

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This video follows the path of a piece of luggage through the inner workings of Dubai International Airport (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) Mer...

Commercial aircraft get their first global emissions standard

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Ground-based vehicles have had emissions standards for a while (just ask Volkswagen), but commercial aircraft like passenger jets? Not so much. However, the world just took one big step toward cleaning up the skies: a total of 23 countries have agreed to set the first international carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft. If the measures are adopted as recommended, new airplane models will have to meet the tougher guidelines in 2020. New aircraft from existing model lines will… (www.engadget.com) Mer...

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

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The average distance between rows of economy class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. (iStock) - See more at: http://www.airlineupdates.net/a-very-pro-consumer-reform-could-make-minimum-sizes-for-airline-seats-a-real-thing/#sthash.ZMsH9bC1.dpuf (www.airlineupdates.net) Mer...

Gol Suspends Venezuela Service On Currency Dispute

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Brazilian airline Gol has suspended operations to Venezuela's capital Caracas until it can settle a dispute over the transfer of money out of the country. The money is being held in Venezuela under the country's strict currency controls, a system that has led other airlines to take write-downs on Venezuelan operations or suspend ticket sales and service to the country. (news.airwise.com) Mer...

Testing Times for London City

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London City Airport (LCY) is facing a series of challenges as it seeks to expand. (airwaysnews.com) Mer...

Pissed-off passenger urinates on fellow flier

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A pissed-off passenger who was not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol aboard a Paris-bound plane took out his frustrations on a fellow flier by urinating on him. (www.foxnews.com) Mer...

GAMA Unveils 2015 Year-End Shipment and Billing Numbers at “State of the Industry” Press Conference

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Shipments of piston-engine airplanes fell for the first time since 2010, down 6.5 percent, from 1,129 units in 2014 to 1,056 units in 2015. Turboprop airplane shipments also declined, from 603 units in 2014 to 557 units in 2015, a 7.6 percent drop. Preliminary business jet shipments were relatively flat, up 1.6 percent, from 644 units in 2014 to 654 units in 2015. (www.gama.aero) Mer...

I flew business class across the world on a top-rated airline and came home on Delta — here's how they stacked up

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Thanks to a last-minute booking, I recently flew to Bangkok, Thailand, on one airline and returned to New York City on another. It gave me the chance to experience business class with two different companies. (www.airlineupdates.net) Mer...

Boeing using more and more Michelin as sole tire provider

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Historical supplier of Airbus, the industrial Auvergne has imposed Boeing by these innovations. Almost the entire range is now delivered with radial tires Kevlar significantly lighter. The maiden flight of the highly anticipated Boeing 737 MAX , which took place on 30 January 2016, has made happy … at Michelin . Through a contract announced within 20 earlier in the factory, it is equipped exclusively by the French manufacturer. The US aircraft manufacturer has chosen its radial tire NZG (Near… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mer...

This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

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THE AIRCRAFT PARACHUTE IS one of the coolest aviation safety technologies of recent years. In the event of trouble—an engine failure, a collision, loss of control—yank a lever, watch a chute blast out of the fuselage, and float safely to the ground. (www.wired.com) Mer...

Newest airliner heading for Auckland

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Grant Bradley Aviation, tourism and energy writer for the Business Herald Newest airliner heading for Auckland 3:00 PM Tuesday Feb 2, 2016 Save Like on Facebook64 Twitter0 Post on LinkedIn0 +1 on Google+0 Airlines Aviation Business Business Travel The Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft during its stopover at Auckland International Airport. Photo / Brett Phibbs The Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft during its stopover at Auckland International Airport. Photo / Brett Phibbs Cathay Pacific is on… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Mer...

PICTURE: Airbus starts final assembly of A350-1000

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Airbus has commenced final assembly of the A350-1000, the stretched version of the airframer’s long-haul twinjet. The -1000 under construction at Toulouse is one of three which will be built for flight tests due to begin this year. It has been transferred to the Station 50 point for fuselage join and fitting of the nose-gear, before being sent to Station 40 for wing mating and installation of main landing-gear and other structures. (www.airbus.com) Mer...

WesJet looking at job cuts because poor economy in Alberta

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is bracing for a prolonged downturn in the Alberta economy with actions that could include job reductions, chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky says. “We are having to look at some voluntary programs to shrink the size of the business,” Mr. Saretsky told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Tuesday. The collapse in the price of oil that has battered the Alberta economy has taken a bite out of WestJet’s revenue, has caused a major shift in capacity out of that… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mer...

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