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Aviation Stats Update: February 23, 2021

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"Winter storms brought a decline in US commercial flight traffic last week. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), one of the biggest and busiest airports in the US, saw major cancellations for the majority of the week while some other Texas airports including IAH, HOU, and AUS closed their airfields completely at the height of the storm. Meanwhile, after a difficult start to the year, China saw almost a 30% increase in flight traffic within the last week." -Daniel Baker, CEO,… (blog.flightaware.com) Altro...

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What would've happened if United flight 328 experienced its scary engine failure over the ocean

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A United Airlines flight from Denver to Honolulu successfully executed a safe emergency landing on Saturday after suffering an fiery engine failure shortly after takeoff. Though debris spewed across Denver suburbs, the aircraft was able to quickly turn around and land back at Denver International Airport with no injuries or lives lost. The entire ordeal lasted less than 30 minutes since the failure occurred just miles from a major international airport. But as this aircraft was heading to… (www.businessinsider.com) Altro...

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From Parcels to Passengers- UPS Airlines

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In March 1997 a Boeing 727-100 more used to carrying parcels than passengers took off from Pittsburgh Int'l (PIT) bound for Orlando (MCO). It marked the beginning of a short-lived foray into passenger services by cargo carrier United Parcel Service (UPS). (airwaysmag.com) Altro...

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Pilots Sentenced To Jail For Helping Nissan Boss Escape Japan

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A court in Turkey has sentenced two pilots to four years in jail after they were found guilty of helping Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape Japan (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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NASA wants to play a big part in the development of electric aircraft

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While everyone's eyes are trained on its mission to Mars, NASA is also working to make flights back here on Earth more eco-friendly. By way of a new partnership with the aviation industry, the space agency wants to advance design and modelling tools for future aircraft that use an Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) system. It's also seeking proposals for ground and flight demonstrations for subsonic aircraft with integrated megawatt-class powertrain systems. (www.engadget.com) Altro...

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Photos: Embraer (ERJ) delivers the first E2 in the KLM fleet.

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This first delivery to KLM takes place through the leasing company “ICBC Aviation Leasing” and increases Embraer's total number of jets to 50... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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KLM Takes Delivery of Its First Embraer E2

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KLM took delivery of its first Embraer E195-E2 for its KLM Cityhopper regional subsidiary in a ceremony held Tuesday at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos facility in Brazil. The first E2 delivery to KLM—via lessor ICBC Aviation Leasing—brings the total number of Embraer jets in the KLM Cityhopper fleet to 50. KLM signed a lease deal with ICBC covering 10 of the 25 airplanes on firm order and another with Aircastle for 15. The Dutch airline recently exercised options on four of the airplanes, all… (www.ainonline.com) Altro...

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Spirit Airlines Announces Service to Louisville

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Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines has announced that it will be adding its first destination in Kentucky, the Bluegrass State. Beginning May 27, the airline will launch four routes to Louisville, Kentucky. Spirit has been able to utilize the ongoing pandemic to focus on growth in new markets. Like many low-cost carriers, the lack of business travel has been less impactful to the airline than the impact to its full-service counterparts. The four routes will be operated daily from Fort… (airlinegeeks.com) Altro...

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Airliner Encountered Unidentified Fast-Moving Cylindrical Object Over New Mexico

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American Airlines Flight 2292, an Airbus A320 flying between Cincinnati and Phoenix on February 21st, 2021, had a bizarre close encounter with what its crew described as a "long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile" moving extremely fast over the top of their aircraft as it cruised along at 36,000 feet and 400 knots. The incident occurred over the remote northeast corner of New Mexico, to the west of the tiny town of Des Moines. Steve Douglass, an experienced… (www.thedrive.com) Altro...

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Emirates makes its first flight with all crew vaccinated with the second dose

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Nearly 26,000 Emirates Group frontline employees have already received the second dose of the vaccine... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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British Airways A380 refurbishment approved?

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This is, I should stress, from the BA rumour mill, albeit from a well placed source. The story is that British Airways has signed off on a full refurbishment of the 12 x A380 aircraft. First Suite and Club Suite will be installed, with the layout tweaked so that the upper deck is exclusively Club Suite. (www.headforpoints.com) Altro...

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After 25 Years, NTSB to Dismantle TWA 800 Reconstruction

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will soon dismantle the skeletal reconstruction of Trans World Airlines flight 800, the Boeing 747-100 that exploded over the Atlantic Ocean nearly 25 years ago. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

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Stunning: A Look Inside A Concept Airbus A220 Private Jet

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Dubbed the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, it has broken new ground in the extra-large bizjet market and is set to launch in 2023 (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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