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JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) Mer...

FAA restores birthday solos

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Following a request from AOPA, the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their fourteenth or sixteenth birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are operating. (www.aopa.org) Mer...

London City airport expansion gets government approval

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UK Government ministers have given the go-ahead for a £344m expansion of London City airport (LCY - EGLC). The plans include an extended terminal, more space for planes to taxi to and from the runway, and new aircraft stands that will allow bigger, more modern planes to use the airport. (www.theguardian.com) Mer...

Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) Mer...

Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight

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An Air Asia A330 Airbus, the type of aircraft involved in the near-miss with Jetstar. ... Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight. ... AN INQUIRY is under way into a hair-raising near miss in which an Air Asia plane taking off from the Gold Coast came dangerously .. (www.heraldsun.com.au) Mer...

The owner of British Airways got screwed over by Brexit

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International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the company which owns British Airways, is blaming Brexit for a €148 million (£124 million) foreign exchange loss in the first 6 months of 2016. (www.todayaviationnews.com) Mer...

Boeing Delivers 6000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft is a 737-800, delivered to Turkish Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) Mer...

United to drop a hub

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UAL may be poised to drop one of its hubs - either LAX or DCA. (www.fool.com) Mer...

Allegiant pilots ratify Teamsters contract after more than two years of bargaining

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3 years of negotiations finally result in a deal with pilots (www.tampabay.com) Mer...

Is fuel prices and maintenance costs main reason for End of the Boeing's iconic 747?

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The 747 has not been retired, although in terms of popularity it is significantly lower. The 747–8i (the newest 747 variant) has not received many orders from airlines and has survived essentially as a freighter (because that has a special nose-loading capability). Very briefly, the main reason is fuel prices and maintenance costs, which made newer, more efficient aircraft like the 777 significantly more attractive. (aviationsquad.com) Mer...

Incident: IrAero SU95 near Omsk on Jul 27th 2016, engine oil problem

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An IrAero Sukhoi Superjet 100-95, registration RA-89010 performing flight IO-211 from Barnaul to Sochi (Russia) with 60 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Barnaul when the crew stopped the climb at about FL270 about 300nm east of Omsk (Russia) when the crew decided to divert to Omsk due to engine oil problems (avherald.com) Mer...

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