Archive for April 2013

FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 777 Jets, Elevator Fittings

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Boeing 777 model airplanes regarding elevator actuator fittings: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the elevator actuator fittings.…

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FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive for Certain Airbus A330 and A340 Jets, Landing Gear

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Airworthiness Directive for certain Airbus A330 and A340 airplanes regarding the landing gear: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that revealed the wheel axles of the main landing…

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FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive for Boeing DC-10, MD-10 and MD-11s, Fuel System

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Boeing model DC-10, MD-10 and MD-11 aircraft to address a fuel system issue: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, MD-10-30F, MD-11, and MD-11F airplanes.…

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FAA Air Controller Furloughs to End After Congress Passes Measure

The U.S. Congress has passed a measure that will end furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily. The measure was approved this morning by a vote of 361-41 in the House of Representatives. The Senate had already agreed to the bill yesterday. The Federal Aviation Administration has furloughed the controllers…

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Ethiopian Airlines Leases Two New Boeing 777-300ERs from Air Lease Corp.

Air Lease Corporation has announced a lease agreement with Ethiopian Airlines for two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, both on lease for twelve years. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in May and June 2015. “We are proud to expand our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines by placing two brand new 777-300ERs into their long haul fleet. These…

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FlyersRights.org Demands Answers To Air Traffic Controller Furloughs

Paul Hudson, President of FlyersRights.org called on DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Huerta explain to the public why it did not designate FAA air traffic controllers (ATC) as essential federal employees making them exempt from the sequestration and why it has not followed the principle of “graceful degradation” instead of across-the-board cuts at choke…

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Vast Majority of Americans Say “No” to Cell Phone Use and Pocket Knives Inflight

In a new, nationwide survey, Travel Leaders Group asked Americans across the country if they are in favor of allowing knives on planes. 73% of those polled do not want pocket knives allowed in airplane cabins. Also, a vast majority (nearly 80%) indicate they do not want fellow airline passengers to have the ability to…

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Spirit Airlines Flies its First Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Spirit Airlines is celebrating Earth Day today as it begins flying its new Airbus A320 Sharklet-equipped aircraft, further solidifying the carrier as “Earth’s Favorite Way to Fly.” Sharklets are Airbus’ new wingtip device that improves the aircraft’s aerodynamics which significantly reduces fuel burn by up to four percent and lowers emissions. The technology reduces annual greenhouse…

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Alaska Airlines Spending $100 Million on Cabin Upgrades

Alaska Airlines Cabin Upgrades

Travelers flying on Alaska Airlines starting this fall will enjoy new aircraft seats that feature a personal space-enhancing design and are equipped with power outlets. The airline is also nearing a decision on an enhanced inflight entertainment system that will allow customers to watch movies, television shows and other programming streamed to any Wi-Fi-enabled device. The…

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Boeing Winnipeg Announces Site Expansion and 737 MAX Work

Boeing Canada Winnipeg today announced plans to increase its Murray Park Road manufacturing site by more than 22 percent, primarily to house new composites work for Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane. The building will be expanded by 14,000 square meters (150,000 square feet) to a total of 62,000 square meters (665,000 square feet) of manufacturing space.…

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