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JetBlue will deploy the Airbus A220 on 4 more highly competitive routes

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JetBlue is expanding the footprint of its newest jet, the Airbus A220. Over the weekend, the New York-based carrier filed four new routes for the A220, three of which break from the previous strategy of sending the plane to Florida. Specifically, Cirium schedules show that the four new routes include the following from Sept. 8 through Oct. 30. (thepointsguy.com) Altro...

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Aviation Stats Update: May 11, 2021

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"Europe showed a slight jump in commercial air traffic at the beginning of April. Airlines are hopeful for increased summer travel, but with varying restrictions and a slow start to vaccine distribution, air travel is still hovering around -73% of 2019 numbers." -Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware (blog.flightaware.com) Altro...

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Airline passengers fined $20,000 as US agency cracks down on unruly fliers

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced fines totaling $20,000 against two airline passengers who interfered with crews. The civil penalties come as as part of a zero-tolerance policy designed to combat a surge of similar cases in recent months. The agency said it will seek a $10,500 fine against a passenger who repeatedly ignored orders to wear a mask, which is required by federal regulation, then coughed and blew his nose into a blanket during a JetBlue flight from Fort… (www.theguardian.com) Altro...

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Wright Electric Advances Plans For Electric Airliner

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Wright Electric has completed what it says will be a key element in its plans to develop an electric propulsion system that could potentially power a single-aisle airliner to enter commercial service by 2030. The U.S. company reported late last week that it has successfully demonstrated the inverter that will convert DC power from batteries to the AC power that will drive electric motors. The next phase of development work will now focus on integrating the inverter with a 2 MW motor that the… (www.ainonline.com) Altro...

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Hackers Have Affected US Airline Operations By Blocking A Pipeline

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As the Colonial Pipeline remains shut following last week’s malware cyberattack, fuel shortages across the East Coast are beginning to impact US airline operations. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Wakefield man recounts moment door flew off plane during takeoff

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A Wakefield, Michigan man plans to take his concerns to the Gogebic County Board after he says an emergency exit door ripped off a plane just moments before his flight from Minneapolis to Ironwood, MI was about to take off Wednesday. Tom Yon said he was seated just feet from the door on what he described as a small, 8-person plane flown by Boutique Airlines, a private aircraft company. "We were just about to take off, probably going I don't know 100 miles per hour and the door just… (kbjr6.com) Altro...

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Boutique Airlines Fires 2 pilots, pulls out of Gogebic Iron Co. Airport

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The Gogebic Iron County Airport's only commercial airline, Boutique Airlines, will stop serving their region after an emergency exit door flew off moments before take-off last week. The incident happened on a flight from Minneapolis to Ironwood, MI Wednesday, May 5. "We're not trying to hide or deny anything," said Shawn Simpson, CEO of Boutique Airlines during a Gogebic Iron County Airport board meeting Monday. Several Boutique Airline representatives listened to the… (kbjr6.com) Altro...

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American Airlines extends 9 prime leisure routes, increasing summer vacation options

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Long live the summer at American Airlines. Over the weekend, the Fort Worth-based carrier extended the season for a slew of leisure-focused routes, giving travelers more time to explore some of the country’s top outdoor destinations. (thepointsguy.com) Altro...

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This New All-Electric Seaplane Glides Above the Water Like a Hovercraft

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Want to get from New York to the Hamptons in record time? How about Boston to Nantucket? This new electric aircraft takes off and lands on water the same way a floatplane does, but flies at 180 mph just above the water’s surface. Designed by two aerospace engineers, the Regent seaglider will serve as a very fast commuter between urban centers and coastal areas. Regent says the seaglider’s 180-mile range will be at speeds ranging from 145 to 180 mph. After the seaglider lands on the water, it… (robbreport.com) Altro...

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Alexa and Siri coming to the flight deck

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Researchers and engineers at Honeywell Aerospace are working on aircraft systems that can be controlled by voice. Pilots will be able to give commands and have a virtual assistant perform tasks to reduce pilot workload. It's the latest step towards fully autonomous self-flying aircraft that experts say will roam the skies by 2050. (www.businessinsider.com) Altro...

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US, Canadian pilots unions clash over Cargojet and fatigue rules

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The Air Line Pilots Association doesn't like how Cargojet is handling hours-of-service. Unifor doesn't like ALPA's meddling in its territory. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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Alaska Airlines Moves Forward With Boeing 737 Cabin Retrofits

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Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will continue with retrofits on its Boeing 737 cabins. The new cabin design, which has been rolled out in the aftermath of the Alaska-Virgin merger, was paused due to the crisis. Now, the airline is ready to move forward with retrofits on its larger Boeing 737 jets and Q400 turboprops flying for Horizon. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos received its second aircraft

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Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos, the newest Brazilian airline, belonging to the Itapemirim Group, announced the arrival of its second Airbus A320-200 aircraft on Brazilian ground... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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Antonov AN124 at Sao Paulo on May 11th 2021, overran runway on landing

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An Antonov Airlines Antonov AN-124, registration UR-82007 performing flight ADB-3829 from Paramaribo (Suriname) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil) with 60 tons of personal protective equipment to combat Corona for Brazil's Ministry of Health, landed on Sao Paulo's runway 09L at 04:49L (07:49Z) following an ILS approach, tower had reported 1200 meters RVR, but overran the end of the runway and came to a stop with the nose gear on soft ground. There were no injuries, the aircraft did… (avherald.com) Altro...

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ST Engineering forms freighter leasing joint venture

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Two Singapore companies are joining forces to sell converted freighters. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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