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BREAKING: Vistara and Air India to Merge

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Singapore Airlines and Tata have announced the merging of Vistara and Air India. The new combined carrier will become the second largest airline in India. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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TATA Group & Singapore Airlines Agree to Merge Vistara into Air India by March 2024; 25.1% Stake for Singapore Airlines for New "Air India"

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Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Tuesday announced that they will merge Vistara into Air India, with a target to complete the process by March 2024 subject to regulatory approvals (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

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More than 150 flights canceled at Sea-Tac amid Seattle-area snow

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As wintry weather blew into the Seattle area, 162 flights arriving at or departing from Sea-Tac were canceled and 326 were delayed as of noon Tuesday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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British Airways prefers Gatwick over Heathrow for operational expansion

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LONDON, UK — As relations with Britain's busiest airport deteriorate due to a protracted dispute, British Airways aims to boost its operations at Gatwick. The national carrier of the UK will increase its flights from Sussex rather than expanding its Heathrow operations. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Qantas 747s face 80km/h winds in Mojave boneyard – Australian Aviation

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Qantas’ retired 747s face an evening of 80 km/h gale-force winds in their final resting place of the Mojave desert boneyard. The storage facility’s director of public safety sent out an alert on Tuesday after the US National Weather Service issued a wind advisory to the airport. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

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Pilot Who Became Incapacitated During American Airlines Flight Dies

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An airline pilot who became incapacitated during a flight from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, on November 19 has died. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was required flight crew aboard Envoy Air Flight 3556, an Embraer E175 operated as American Eagle, with service from Chicago O’Hare (KORD) to John Glenn International Airport (KCMH). According to LiveATC.com, approximately 30 minutes into the flight, the pilot flying as first officer notified air traffic control: “Need to return, the… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Air Travel is Broken. Can it Be Fixed?

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Up now in Ask the Pilot: The State of Flying in 2022. Air Travel is Broken. Can it Be Fixed? (askthepilot.com) More...

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Sun Country to inaugurate new 85 mile route on December 1st

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On December 1, 2022 Sun Country will inaugurate service between MSP and EAU (Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Eau Claire, Wisconsin) using one of their 737s. Introductory fares begin at a bargain price of $40 each way! (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

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Owner of 12 E2 jets, Helvetic Airways acquires four first-generation leased Embraer E190s

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Helvetic Airways holds an exclusivity on Embraer’s new E2 jets. It is the only carrier to operate both the E190-E2 and the E195-E2, the two versions of the family. There are currently eight E190-E2 and four E195-E2, which were recently received after Helvetic changed its original order, opting for the variant for up to 146 passengers. (www.airdatanews.com) More...

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Croatia Airlines signs firm order for six Airbus A220-300 aircraft

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Croatia Airlines, Croatia’s national flag carrier based in Zagreb, has signed a firm order for six A220-300 aircraft. Croatia Airlines plans to lease an additional nine A220s, taking its total commitment for the type to 15. (www.aviation24.be) More...

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Mooney Crashes Into Power Lines in Gaithersburg, MD

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On Sunday, November 27, 2022, an MFC Corp Mooney M20J departed Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York at 3:00 p.m., before crashing and becoming entangled in power lines approximately two-and-a-half hours later. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Saudi Arabia Reveals Plans For 6 Runway Mega-Airport In Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia is on a mission to increase the country's standing as a tourist destination and transit hub. To that effect, the authorities have envisioned a new mega airport in Riyadh. On Monday, the master plan was announced for what is to be named the King Salman International Airport and is expected to become one of the largest in the world. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Fly Atlantic Could Become A Game-changing Lifestyle for Northern Ireland’s Aviation Industry

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LONDON – Fly Atlantic is the latest UK start-up entrant into the long-haul low-cost market. AviationSource got to sit down with CEO Andrew Pyne. Last week saw the carrier announce a launch date of 2024, with the carrier aiming to rejuvenate operations out of Belfast International following the withdrawal of Virgin Atlantic some time ago. Pyne said that he aims to start with a fleet of six aircraft, with this growing to 30 aircraft by 2034 and handling anywhere between 6-8 million passengers… (aviationsourcenews.com) More...

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Nigeria Air remains on ice - for now

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Nigeria Air (NWB, Lagos) remains on ice for now, with a court case challenging its establishment as a joint venture between the Nigerian government and a consortium led by Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) postponed to February 13, 2023, according to Nigerian news reports. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

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Pilots flying under BasicMed can soon act as safety pilots

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When FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen signed a final rule requiring medical certificates for commercial balloon pilots, it affected a very small number of pilots. But one of two “miscellaneous amendments” to the final rule does impact general aviation pilots who fly under BasicMed. The final rule makes a “minor change” to “allow a required pilot flightcrew member who is not acting as PIC to operate under BasicMed.” Translation? That means the more than 60,000 pilots who now fly under… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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EasyJet and Rolls-Royce Test Hydrogen Propulsion System

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Rolls-Royce and EasyJet have completed ground tests with an early concept demonstrator for a hydrogen propulsion system that they hope will eventually be capable of powering narrowbody airliners. The partners announced on November 28 that they recently ran a modified Rolls-Royce AE 2100 A turboprop airliner engine on green hydrogen made from wind and tidal power inspired by the United Nations-backed Race to Zero campaign to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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UK Sending Retired Sea Kings to Ukraine

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As part of its “unwavering support,” the British government will provide Ukraine with three retired Westland WS-61 Sea King helicopters. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced the deal last week ahead of a regional European meeting to discuss continued military aid to Ukraine. The first helicopter has been delivered and the Royal Navy is providing Ukrainian crews with training. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Norse Atlantic Raises Funds to Launch UK Subsidiary

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DALLAS – Norwegian low-cost, long-haul carrier Norse Atlantic Airways (N0) has successfully raised NK300 million (US$30 million) via an underwritten private share placement to help launch its UK subsidiary. The airline now hopes to move forward with plans to commence services using its fleet of Boeing 787-9s next year. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Air France, EasyJet, Ryanair: Christmas strike threats multiply

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People who are planning to travel by plane during the Christmas holidays may see their journeys disrupted by strikes as unions representing several airlines plan industrial action. Two Air France unions have issued a strike notice for the period between December 22 and January 2. (www.connexionfrance.com) More...

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African passenger airline adds 1st all-cargo aircraft

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RwandAir has enjoyed growth in its cargo business carried on passenger planes. Now it is adding a full freighter to capture more cargo revenue. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Rolls Royce conducts third test of hydrogen powered aircraft engine

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In September, Rolls-Royce presented its AE 2100 test engine at an easyJet conference on the airline's roadmap to net zero aviation. Today the BBC has reported that Rolls-Royce, in partnership with easyJet, has commenced tests running the AE 2100 on hydrogen. (simpleflying.com) More...

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The Mass Appeal of the Airbus A220 Aircraft

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With its latest order, this is why the Airbus A220 is a favorite for airlines and passengers alike (airwaysmag.com) More...

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SKY express is the European company airline with the highest increase in flight operations

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SKY express is the European company airline with the highest increase in flight operations in 2022: +162% vs 2019 (www.aviation24.be) More...

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Boeing certification troubles in Canada ground 1st WestJet freighters

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Canadian passenger airline eyes 2023 for launch of Canada, transborder cargo service (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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First F-16 Fighter Rolls Out at New Greenville Assembly Line

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Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first new-build F-16C/D Block 70/72 fighter. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Flair Airlines Boeing 737 overruns runway during landing at Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada

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On Friday 25 November 2022, a Flair Airlines Boeing 737 overran the runway during landing at Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) near Kitchener-Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. (www.aviation24.be) More...

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Small plane crashes into power lines in Montgomery County causing widespread power outages

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The airplane is hanging in the high tension wires 100 feet up. Two Passengers in the plane are not injured. (www.fox5dc.com) More...

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Stunning: Inside A Concept Boeing 737 MAX Business Jet

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Boeing is well known for its cutting-edge products in the defense and space environment, and is even more familiar to most as a maker of commercial airplanes. But there are other strings to this aerospace giant's bow, one of which is the private jet market. Boeing's first foray into the business jet market was in 1998, when the first 737-700 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) rolled out. Since then, the concept has been expanded to include iterations of its Dreamliner family, its 777 line, and… (www.msn.com) More...

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Analysis: Why IndiGo's 777 Wet Lease Could Influence Its A321XLR Plans

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Indian low-cost giant IndiGo has been in the news since it announced plans to wet lease Boeing 777s from Turkish Airlines. Aside from the new routes and additional capacity the aircraft will open up, its success could have a knock-on effect on IndiGo's future as well. With the A321XLR now two years away from delivery, the carrier must decide how it will lay out the aircraft and whether it will feature any premium cabin. Long-haul test While IndiGo's decision to wet lease the 777 is… (www.msn.com) More...

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Why Virgin Atlantic’s New Business Class Is So Different From Other European Airlines

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Virgin Atlantic launched its last new business seats in 2019 with the A350 Upper Class seat, which had a partial door. (www.forbes.com) More...

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270 Planes By 2035: Ethiopian Airlines Wants To Double Its Fleet

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Ethiopian Airlines has announced a progressive goal to expand its fleet and enlarge its network. The airline’s “Vision 2035” plans, confirmed last week, will introduce more than a hundred new aircraft to its fleet. Additionally, Ethiopian plans to add more cities to its network, totaling its destination network to more than 200 by 2035. The Star Alliance carrier is currently the largest airline in Africa and has a sizeable operation between Africa and Asia. Becoming more profitable Mesfin Tasew,… (www.msn.com) More...

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"Unruly" passenger forces Southwest flight to make emergency landing in Arkansas

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A Southwest Airlines flight bound from Houston, Texas, to Columbus, Ohio, was forced to make an emergency landing in Little Rock, Arkansas, Saturday afternoon due to a passenger disturbance. Southwest Flight 192 landed at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at about 3:30 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to CBS News in a statement, after "the crew declared an emergency due to a passenger disturbance." An airline spokesperson described the incident to… (www.msn.com) More...

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The First 'Top Gun' Event Starred Not Tom Cruise, But The Tuskegee Airmen

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It is no secret that Americans love military films, whether they are factual or fictional. "Top Gun" is one of the most iconic films from the 1980s and synonymous with Tom Cruise's career. Even his character Maverick's phrase, "Talk to me, Goose" still finds its way onto T-shirts decades later. The film takes place at a military school referred to as Top Gun, reserved for the best fighter pilots in the country. There, they compete to be the best in the class and win… (www.msn.com) More...

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100 Sukhoi Superjets To Be Equipped With Used Engines

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The global supply chain disruption has seen aircraft manufacturers slow down production lines a few months ago, given the shortage of aircraft parts like engines. However, the situation seems unhinged in Russia, as the shortages paired with economic sanctions have resulted in a Russian airline having to soon receive a brand-new aircraft equipped with second-hand engines. Waitlisted for several months Russian carrier Azimuth Airlines was supposed to receive a singular Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100)… (www.msn.com) More...

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Nepal Airlines Loses Revenue After Authorities Cut Schedule To Delhi

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Nepal Airlines is concerned about the loss in revenue due to schedule cuts made to its Kathmandu-Delhi flights. The sector is a major cash cow for the national carrier, and the schedule changes come during the peak traveling season, resulting in losses amounting to millions. From 14 to 10 Nepal Airlines has requested the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to reconsider its decision to cut the carrier's weekly Kathmandu-Delhi schedule from 14 to 10 flights. The airline is facing a… (www.msn.com) More...

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First MC-21 Destined For Rossiya Spotted In Full Livery

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The first of Russia's homegrown narrowbody jets have been spotted in Rossiya Airlines livery. The prototype of the MC-21 aircraft will be operated by the Irkut Corporation (a United Aircraft Corporation subsidiary) to train Rossiya Airlines flight instructors. The Irkut MS-21, bearing registration number 73054, flew from Moscow Zhukovsky to Ulyanovsk on the 10th of November, where it received its makeover. The homegrown jet is set to become the flagship type for the Aeroflot Group, with 210… (www.msn.com) More...

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Removal of EU Laws Creates Uncertainty for UK's Aviation Sector

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UK aerospace and air transport companies are facing further uncertainty over the country’s post-Brexit regulatory framework resulting from a new law that is set to remove at least 2,400 pieces of legislation based on European Union (EU) law. The Retained EU Law (REUL) bill, which has already passed two of three sets of votes in the UK parliament, would remove hundreds of aviation-related laws from the statute books under “sunsetting” rules taking effect on December 31, 2023. Critics of the bill… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Aerostan Boeing 747-200F Engine Catches Fire In Macau

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On November 23rd, an Aerostan Boeing 747-200, registration EX-47001, suffered an incident while departing from Macau International Airport (MFM) en route to Manas International Airport (FRU) in Kyrgyzstan. The aircraft was climbing out of Macau’s runway 16 when engine #2 began emitting bangs and streaks of flames. What happened to Aerostan’s flight KW-4053? Earlier this week, Aerostan’s Boeing 747-200, registration EX-47001, was performing flight KW-4053 between Macau (China) and Bishkek… (www.msn.com) More...

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United States Airports Receive FAA Funding For Winter Operations

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With winter weather on its way for the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has distributed grants to help airports prepare for snow events as a key part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). These airport improvements reduce the risk of flight cancellations and keep air traffic moving. FAA awards more than $76.2 million in grants The FAA has awarded over $76.2 million this year in grant dollars for snowplows, de-icing equipment, and new or upgraded buildings in which to… (www.msn.com) More...

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Airbus Is Reportedly Preparing To Delay A320 Family Deliveries In 2023

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Airbus is reportedly planning to delay the delivery of some 2023 A320neo deliveries as the company grapples with global shortages. In particular, a lack of new engines and labor availability has meant the European planemaker is looking to miss its 2023 targets. Let's find out more. Situation not improving Supply chain problems are hardly news to planemakers, who have been struggling since last year. However, as demand ramps up to near pre-COVID levels, Airbus is preparing to potentially… (www.msn.com) More...

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A Christmas Delivery? Air Greenland's A330-800 Completes Customer Acceptance Flight

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Air Greenland's long-awaited Airbus A330-800 may arrive just in time for Christmas, as the next-generation aircraft has just completed its customer acceptance flight. The airline plans to push the widebody aircraft into service as soon as possible to replace its aging A330ceo. Customer acceptance flight A customer acceptance flight is conducted by the ordering airline, which sends pilots and cabin crew to do a test flight to ensure that the aircraft is working as expected. They also ensure… (www.msn.com) More...

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Wreckage Still Being Discovered: The Story Of Japan Airlines Flight 123

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The crash of Japan Airlines flight 123 has stayed in the news since the disaster occurred, because, 37 years on, wreckage is still being discovered. The most recent instance of this involved an oxygen mask, which was likely unearthed by Typhoon Hagibis in 2019. Let's take a look at how exactly the accident unfolded. Japan Airlines flight 123 was a domestic service that originated at Tokyo's Haneda Airport (HND), a facility that remains one of the national carrier's key hubs today.… (www.msn.com) More...

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Cathay Pacific Inaugurates Hong Kong's Third Runway

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Cathay Pacific officially inaugurated Hong Kong International Airport's (HKG) third runway on Friday, November 25th. The runway greatly expands the airport's capacity for cargo and passenger air traffic, allowing it to become an even larger center for air transit in the region. The runway has been in use since July and services an average of 140 daily flights. Due to pandemic restrictions and scheduling conflicts, the official commission was pushed back until yesterday. Runway… (www.msn.com) More...

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Extreme Storm In Saudi Arabia Sees Multiple Aircraft Damaged

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Heavy rainfall and violent hailstorms over Jeddah on November 24th resulted in disruption at the city’s airport and damage to at least two aircraft as they came in to land. An Airbus A330-300 belonging to Saudia was operating flight SV452 from Khartoum (KRT) to King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) when it encountered the inclement weather. The aircraft, registration HZ-AQ25, entered a hold at high altitude prior to landing to wait for conditions to improve. The onboard crew attempted an… (www.msn.com) More...

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Flair Airlines plane from Vancouver to Kitchener-Waterloo runs off runway during landing

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A Flair Airlines plane has run off the runway in Kitchener-Waterloo, south-west of Toronto, Friday morning. According to Flair, the plane, which originated in Vancouver, “exited the runway” at the end of its landing at around 6:30 a.m. (vancouver.citynews.ca) More...

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The US regulator mandates additional measure for inadvertent autopilot engagement in A220s during take-off

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration revealed two of 38 Airbus A220 take-off incidents were nearly catastrophic. The unintentional autopilot engagement requires additional precautionary measures to prevent a recurrence, the US regulator says. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Frontier Airlines CEO Gave A Bizarre CNN Interview, What Was He Thinking?

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Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle appeared on CNN, where he was questioned about Frontier being the only airline that won’t reimburse passengers for hotels when they cancel a flight for controllable reasons – like mechanical problems or lack of crew. (viewfromthewing.com) More...

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British Airways to Begin Service to Cincinnati

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British Airways announced that it will commence service to the American city of Cincinnati starting in June of 2023. This comes with the airline's continuous expansion to its North American network following its string of new partnerships with multiple European and North American airlines. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Cirrus goes down near Indy Regional

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MOUNT COMFORT, Ind. — Zach King was spending his Friday morning like any other, in the backyard. "We were outside playing with the dog and we heard a very loud noise, like a jet engine. Extremely loud for this area," said King, who lives near the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Hancock County. "Normally we hear them all the time, but it was really loud. Shaking the windows kind of loud." Emergency crews responded to a small plane crash around 8 a.m. in the area Friday. (www.wthr.com) More...

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Avianca Reveals A New Retro Aircraft With A LACSA Livery

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On Thursday, Avianca introduced a third vintage aircraft, painted with a livery of LACSA. This Costa Rican airline existed between 1945 and 2017 when Avianca decided to end the brand and merge it entirely into its ranks. A third retro livery Earlier this month, Avianca revealed an Airbus A320 painted with a retro livery, showing the logo of the former TACA, an airline that existed between 1931 and 2009 and merged with Avianca. This was the second retro livery introduced by the Colombian… (www.msn.com) More...

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