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Passengers vent over accommodation after Rarotonga-Auckland flight VA90 forced to turn back

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Kiwi travellers stranded in Rarotonga say they spent several hours in the dark on hard, metal benches before they were offered water or food after their flight was forced to return to the island early this morning. Virgin Australia flight VA90 was heading to Auckland from Rarotonga and had been in the air for about two hours when had to turn around because of a technical issue. The plane left the Cook Islands at 11.10pm on Thursday local time (9am Friday NZ time) and was scheduled to land in… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Mer...

Israeli Air Force 707 arrives in Perth

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An Israeli Air Force Boeing 707 tanker has touched down at Perth on Monday morning. The otherwise unmarked aircraft wears the serial ‘272’, and arrived at Perth a little after 11am using the callsign ‘IAF401’. (australianaviation.com.au) Mer...

Virgin Australia begins codeshare with Air Canada

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Virgin Australia has switched on its codeshare agreement with Air Canada, adding its VA airline code on flights from Los Angeles to Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Similarly, Air Canada has added its AC airline code on Virgin domestic flights from Sydney and Brisbane to 10 destinations across Australia and New Zealand, including Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The codeshare flights became available for booking on Friday for… (australianaviation.com.au) Mer...

Pagani was the designer of an Airbus jet cabin

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It’s interesting to see how the tide can turn – Italian hypercar manufacturer Pagani has never made it a secret about drawing inspirations from aeronautics for its high-end machines, and now a plane manufacturer asked it to return the favor. (www.inautonews.com) Mer...

White House proposes to privatize Air Traffic Control

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President Donald Trump is proposing to shift oversight of the United States Air Traffic Control from the federal government to an independent group, according to budget documents released on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (www.reuters.com) Mer...

This is the cheapest private jet in the world – and it’s a true game changer

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The Airbus A380 superjumbo may be the next big thing in private jets, but the tiny Cirrus Vision Jet is the next true game changer. At $1.96 million, the diminutive Cirrus represents the most affordable private jet on sale today. In fact, it’s roughly half the price of its nearest jet-powered competitor. (www.aviationheart.com) Mer...

Swiss adds maiden CS300; commercial debut due on June 1

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Swiss (LX, Zurich) has taken possession of its maiden CS300 following the handing over of HB-JCA (msn 55010) on Friday, May 26. The aircraft will shortly be positioned to the carrier's Geneva hub ahead of its entry into service on June 1 on flights to London Heathrow. (www.ch-aviation.com) Mer...

Forget Supersonic. Hypersonic Is the U.S. Military’s New Speed

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In the future, military dominance will depend partly on how fast you can fly and how quickly you can get into space. That’s one of the guiding principles behind an advanced Pentagon project to build a spacecraft able to launch smaller payloads into low-earth orbit on short notice, and at lower cost. (www.aviationrepublic.com) Mer...

Breaking : Man allegedly tried to bite flight attendant before jumping from plane

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First the passenger got out of his seat. Then he tried to bite a flight attendant. Finally, Tu Lon Sein forced open the galley door of American Airlines flight 5242 on Thursday, and took flight himself … landing on the tarmac of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Friday morning, Sein, 22, was in federal court, charged with assaulting/intimidating a flight crew member, a crime that carries up to 20 years in prison. (www.airlineboarding.net) Mer...

A First Look At American Airlines Flagship First Dining. What A Meal!

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When American Airlines announced they would be rolling out a premium lounge product last year, the initial images looked fantastic. While American Airlines has had Flagship lounges in a handful of airports, these were moderate upgrades from the Admirals Club experience. Not anymore. We’ve now seen how awesome the new Flagship Lounge at JFK is. How about Flagship First Dining? (www.airlineboarding.net) Mer...

Singapore-based BOC Aviation orders six Airbus jets for US$1.05b

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Singapore-based aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said today it has ordered six new Airbus planes worth around US$1.05 billion (RM4.5 billion). The order comprises four planes from the A320 NEO family and two Airbus A330-900 aircraft, the leasing company said in a statement. “All six Airbus aircraft have been committed for lease to Portugal’s flag-carrier TAP Portugal and will be delivered between 2018 and 2020,” BOC said in a statement. - See more at:… (www.themalaymailonline.com) Mer...