Archive for September 2014

Airbus seen set to win A350 certification this week

Airbus looks set to win European safety certification for its newest airliner, the A350, on Tuesday, people familiar with the plans said. The stamp of approval will allow Europe’s newest wide-body jetliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to…

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Lufthansa pilots’ 15-hour strike affects 9,000 travelers

Luftansa pilots' strike

The pilots, represented by union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), are striking from 0600 to 1700 ET on long-haul routes from Frankfurt, Europe’s third-largest airport and Lufthansa’s main hub. The strike, affecting around 9,000 travelers, is the longest since a three-day nationwide walkout in April, and the union threatened more. Three strikes since the end of August…

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Airbus Forecasts $US4.6 Trillion Jetliner Market

Airbus Group has forecast a global jetliner market of $US4.6 trillion ($5.1 trillion) over the next two decades, raising its outlook from last year and encouraging the plane maker to consider increasing aircraft production. Plane makers will combine to deliver 31,400 passenger jets that seat more than 100 passengers as well as freighters through 2033,…

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Boeing Agrees to Fire-Suppression Fix on Some 787 Dreamliners

Boeing Co. and aviation regulators have agreed on mandatory replacement of certain foamlike blocks inside the structures of more than 80 of the company’s 787 Dreamliner jets to ensure fire-suppression systems will work properly in case of an emergency. A safety directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration this week calls for replacement of missing…

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Chicago Disruption Wreaks Havoc on All Aspects of Airline Operations


The reduction in air-traffic control capacity in Chicago after a fire at a key facility is akin to a winter storm for airlines, but one that drags on for days—or even weeks—if a complete restoration of service doesn’t occur until mid-October, as the FAA projects. Airlines are burning extra fuel by flying circuitous routes to…

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Qantas makes history; Airbus A380 now flies world’s longest route

QANTAS made aviation history as the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the super jumbo A380, started flying the world’s longest route — a non-stop trip lasting nearly 16 hours. Well, it’s 14 hours 50 minutes to get from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth, but a longer 15 hours 30 minutes to return. Passengers travelling on the route…

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Airbus Raises Jet demand Forecast, Sees China Growth

Airbus raised its 20-year forecast for jet demand on Wednesday, citing growth in emerging markets, with China on the brink of becoming the world’s aviation powerhouse. The European planemaker said it saw strong demand for wide-body long-distance jets as airport constraints force airlines to upgrade from smaller planes on some routes, and said it might…

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Global demand for aircraft projected at 27,000 in next 20 years

The global airlines will need an additional 27,000 planes in the next two decades, which is more than 1,000 aircraft per year, said a senior official of Airbus ProSky here on Wednesday. Addressing the fourth Arab Aviation and Media Summit 2014, Paul-Franck Bijou, chief executive officer of Airbus ProSky, said the Middle East region is…

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Southwest Airlines to use biofuels made from ‘forest residues’ beginning in 2016

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood, for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years. To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is purchasing “low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western…

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Lack of Appropriate Tests May Have Contributed to Dreamliner Battery Overheating – Japan

Japan’s transport authority said on Thursday a lack of appropriate testing may have contributed to a lithium-ion battery overheating on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by ANA Holdings, which led to the grounding of the Dreamliner fleet globally for more than three months. In its final report on the ANA incident, the Japan Transport…

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Virgin Atlantic Edges Closer to First Dreamliner Delivery

Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner

Virgin Atlantic Airways will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its launch by introducing the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its ‘Old England to New England’ route between London and Boston this winter, the carrier confirmed earlier this year. The airline’s first 787-9 is currently in assembly and is due to roll-out and fly this month and…

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Emirates in Market for up to 70 Airbus A380Neo [VIDEO]

Every day, posts a cool plane spotting video for airliners. Check out all of our plane spotting videos. Want to submit your plane spotting video for consideration for Video of the Day? Message us HERE. A few planes filmed at the the Montréal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) in September 2014. Airlines include Swiss Internation Air, Air…

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