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FlightAware Predictive Technology Added to The United Airlines Operational Toolset

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FlightAware announced today that United Airlines has integrated its predictive data tool into the airline's operational toolset to help decrease the instance of preventable delays; reduce missed passenger connections; and help prevent flight cancellations. FlightAware operates the world's largest flight tracking and data platform, fusing thousands of data sources around the world to provide the most accurate and comprehensive flight tracking intelligence. Over half of all estimated… (flightaware.com) Altro...

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In 2005, Helios flight 522 crashed into a Greek hillside. Was it because one man forgot to flip a switch?

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Early on the morning of 14 August 2005, Alan Irwin, then 44, was with his partner, Donna, and their two young children in an apartment in Larnaca, Cyprus. It was a convenient base, only minutes from the airport. Irwin was an aircraft engineer; he had become obsessed with the technical aspects of planes as a young man in the Royal Air Force, following in the footsteps of his father, also an aircraft engineer and pilot. “I enjoy being around machines,” Irwin says. “If they’re broken, they’re… (www.theguardian.com) Altro...

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NTSB: Pilot's actions likely caused Earnhardt plane crash

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A pilot's inability to maintain proper airspeed and the flight crew's decision to continue an unstable approach and landing likely caused the crash of a small plane carrying race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family in 2019, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday. The NTSB's final accident report points to actions by the pilot and co-pilot in the Aug. 15, 2019 plane crash at an airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Earnhardt was with… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Heart Unveils Electric Propulsion System for ES-19 Airliner

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Heart Aerospace on Wednesday unveiled the electric propulsion system that will power the ES-19 regional airliner it claims will be ready to enter commercial service in the summer of 2026. The Swedish company, which is backed by EQT Ventures, also announced that it has secured €2.5 million ($2.9 million) in financial support from the European Innovation Council Green Deal Accelerator Program. The 19-seat ES-19 features four propellers powered by electric motors. The preliminary design for the… (www.ainonline.com) Altro...

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A History of the Boarding Bridge

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Surprisingly thorough history of the jetbridge, the origins of which date back to 1931... (www.airporthistory.org) Altro...

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FAA Clears Harrison Ford In Hawthorne Runway Mishap

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HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) – Actor Harrison Ford has been cleared following an investigation into a piloting incident which occurred Hawthorne Municipal Airport in April. The Federal Aviation Administration has closed the case after requiring that the 78-year-old Ford take a “remedial runway incursion training course,” an FAA spokesperson told CBSLA in a statement Thursday. On the afternoon of April 24, the “Indiana Jones” star was landing a small plane known as an Aviat Husky when he crossed an airplane… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Altro...

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Last ever Airbus A380 superjumbo assembled in France

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Bye bye big bird, No more A380's being built in France (www.cnn.com) Altro...

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JetBlue Releases First Photos Of “Streamers” Tail on A321LR For London Flights

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JetBlue has lifted the veil on a new and special tail livery, dubbed “streamers”. (www.gatechecked.com) Altro...

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Air Force 2 Reports Bird Strike and Returns - C-17 Becomes Air Force 2

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Air Force 2 Hit By Bird Strike After Takeoff From New Hampshire. Vice President Mike Pence, who attended a rally in Gilford Tuesday, returned to Washington via cargo jet after Air Force 2 was grounded (patch.com) Altro...

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Sydney Airport COVID-19 slowdown hands hobby pilots bucket list take-off experience

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Hobby pilots have been landing and taking off from Sydney Airport during the coronavirus period. Restrictions on air travel mean commercial jets are barely using the airport's runways. Recreational pilot Mark Keech said landing at the airport was a unique opportunity he had to take. (www.abc.net.au) Altro...

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Ukraine International Rolls Out 13 Hour Boeing 737 Flight To New York

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Ukrainian International Airlines will be resuming service from its hub at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport to JFK Airport in New York City. The service will see spending 12 and a half hours in a Boeing 737-900. The flight will have a technical stop in Iceland. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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European Commission proposes a single European sky for ATC

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Today (September 22), the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This can reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions. (worldairlinenews.com) Altro...

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Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's historic personal plane found rotting in ghostly Arctic aircraft graveyard

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The rusting twin-engine Ilyushin Il-14P was found in Chersky, north Russia A photo shows Cold War tsar Khrushchev with the plane in the late 1950s It lies among other relics of Soviet aviation in the polar village's plane cemetery Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's historic personal plane has been found rotting in an aircraft graveyard in the Arctic. The rusting twin-engine Ilyushin Il-14P, which he flew after succeeding Stalin in the Kremlin, was located in Chersky, in the north of… (www.dailymail.co.uk) Altro...

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Boeing Whistle-Blower Says Proposed 737 Max Fixes Aren’t Enough

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A whistle-blower at Boeing Co. is urging aviation regulators to add additional protections to the grounded 737 Max. (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...

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Boeing Clocks New Orders For Converted 737 Freighters

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Boeing announced it had received two firm orders for converted 737-800 freighters. This means the manufacturer now has a total of 134 orders. With such strong demand, Boeing will open two new conversion lines in Asia to meet its customer’s needs. One line will open in Singapore, and another will open in Guangzhou, China. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Beach landing for airbus A400M

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Huge Airbus A400M Atlas makes spectacular beach landing (www.youtube.com) Altro...

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Lufthansa’s A380s And A340-600s May Never Fly Again

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Lufthansa has announced a third round of restructuring plans after the carrier saw a significant decline in bookings. (www.gatechecked.com) Altro...

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Iran Air Refurbishes One Of Its Boeing 747s

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Iran Air has completed the refurbishment works on one of its Boenig 747-200. The aircraft, registered EP-ICD, is a 32-year-old model and has been in service with Iran Air since 2008. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Would you risk getting COVID-19 for unlimited flights?

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Despite conclusive evidence that COVID-19 can spread rapidly on flights, airlines are attempting to woo passengers back onto planes with unlimited flight promotions. (nypost.com) Altro...

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Pilot may have been attempting aerobatics when crashed in Groton, SD.

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The pilot died and his wife was hospitalized. This was at a Fly In/Drive In event. He was flying a 1997 American Champion 8KCAB (www.argusleader.com) Altro...

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Spirit Airlines reiterates mask policy, CDC standards after passenger refuses to swap gaiter

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Spirit Airlines reiterated its policy for wearing only masks approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after video posted Friday of a guest refusing to wear anything other than his own neck gaiter, which does not meet CDC standards. The video, recorded by the passenger in question and shared to social media last week, shows a flight attendant asking a man wearing an American flag-themed neck gaiter if he was wearing a mask underneath, given that the gaiter on its own does not… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Why JetBlue Is Still Eager to Get the Airbus A220

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Air travel demand plunged earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it isn't expected to recover fully for years. In response, airlines have negotiated aggressively with Boeing and Airbus (OTC:EADSY) to defer aircraft deliveries in order to relieve some of the pressure on their balance sheets. JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) has been no exception. Entering 2020, the leisure-focused airline planned to take delivery of at least 46 -- and possibly as many as 56 -- Airbus A321neos… (www.fool.com) Altro...

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George Biggs, one of the last living Tuskegee Airman, dies at 95

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Biggs joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 after he turned 18, though he had attempted to join in 1941 when he was 16. (www.usatoday.com) Altro...

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Airlines call for COVID-19 tests before all international flights

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Global airlines called on Tuesday for airport COVID-19 tests for all departing international passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for exacerbating the travel slump. (uk.reuters.com) Altro...

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Police Escort For Tennessee Takeoff

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It’s not every day a pilot gets a police escort for takeoff but a Cessna 172 owned by the East Tennessee Pilots Club had motorcycles and cars with lights blazing for its short hop to Island Home Airport near Knoxville on Wednesday morning. (www.avweb.com) Altro...

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American Airlines plans pilot training on Boeing 737 Max in November

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American Airlines is planning to start training its pilots on the still-grounded Boeing 737 Max this November, according to a company memo sent Monday 21 September. “With the planned return to service for our B737 MAX aircraft in the near future, we will begin conducting B737 MAX Special Training for our B737 pilots,” Ameya Kingaonkar, director of flight training planning and scheduling, said in a pilot memo, which was seen by CNBC. Kingaonkar said that the company expects to train all of its… (www.cnbc.com) Altro...

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Peak shipping season for air cargo heats up to full boil

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Tight capacity for cargo shippers, extreme competition to reserve aircraft space are translating into very high rates, especially out of Asia to the U.S. and Europe. Lots of market forces are all at play now. Freighter aircraft are in extremely high demand. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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Three injured after North American B-25 Mitchell vintage WWII bomber crashes in California, United States

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On 19 September, a North American “Old Glory” TB-25N Mitchell vintage WWII bomber (registered N7946C and built in 1944) was severely damaged in an off-airport landing near Stockton, California, United States. The plane attempted a landing in an open field and appeared to have struck an irrigation ditch. All three people on board sustained injuries, two of them were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. (www.aviation24.be) Altro...

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Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft

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Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035 (www.airbus.com) Altro...

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Ukraine International Airlines plans New York regular service resumption in Dec 2020

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Ukraine International Airlines in recent schedule update plans to resume regular scheduled service to New York during winter season. Current schedule and reservation list the airline to operate Kyiv Borispil – Reykjavik Keflavik – New York JFK routing, on board Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. The twice weekly flights to operate form 09DEC20, and it does not have traffic rights for Reykjavik on PS231/232. PS231 KBP1000 – 1315KEF1415 – 1535JFK 73J 37 PS232 JFK2210 – 0840+1KEF0940+1 – 1630+1KBP 73J 37 (www.routesonline.com) Altro...

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Video: First Fighter FAB Gripen flies in Brazil

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The aircraft landed by ship at the port of Itajaí in Santa Catarina and is already on Brazilian soil at Embraer in Gavião Peixoto, in the interior of São Paulo, where it will continue with the flight tests. The official presentation flight will take place on October 23, Aviator and Brazilian Air Force Day (FAB)... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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FAA Recommends Airlines Warn Pilots About Boeing 787 ILS Issue

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin for owners and operators of Boeing’s Dreamliner on Thursday (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Fiji Airways retires its only Boeing 737-700

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Fiji Airways announced on social media the retirement and end of lease of its only Boeing 737-700 (DQ-FJF) on September 18, 2020: The aircraft, named “Island of Koro”, was ferried to Teesside Airport. (worldairlinenews.com) Altro...

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Return of the MAX 8

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Tests for the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 are underway around the world. In Europe, officials from several countries are meeting to discuss Boeing's plans to train crews. If successful, the aircraft will be deemed airworthy and allowed to fly again after more than a year of being grounded. However, Boeing may have a hard time selling the aircraft due to customer concerns, lack of demand, and newfound issues with 787. (theexplorerblog.com) Altro...

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U.N. aviation agency ICAO advises Pakistan to suspend issuance of new pilot licenses

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has advised Pakistan to undertake "immediate corrective actions" and suspend the issuance of any new pilot licenses in the wake of a scandal over falsified licenses, according to an official and a document seen by Reuters. The recommendations from ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that works to ensure safety in international air transport, come days after Pakistan opened a criminal probe into 50 pilots and five civil… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Airforwarders adjust to new COVID business environment

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A survey by the Airforwarders Association shows how COVID has impacted business for its members, who manage cargo shipments for retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations and other entities. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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JetBlue announces LAS, LAX, SFO, and CUN from Hartford

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JetBlue has today (22 September) said that it will start four new routes from Hartford: to Cancun, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These four markets had over 365,000 passengers last year, OAG Traffic Analyser, using MIDT booking data, shows. 86% were indirect. JetBlue’s four new routes add to multiple other leisure-driven services it has announced recently in its understandable pursuit of the leisure dollar given stronger demand from this segment. And they are the latest in its… (www.anna.aero) Altro...

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Southwest bolsters the Southwest Promise by keeping middle seats open for fall travel

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Southwest Airlines today renewed its ongoing commitment to supporting the well-being and comfort of its Customers and Employees by announcing that the carrier will continue limiting the amount of seats sold on every flight to allow middle seats to remain open through Nov. 30, 2020. Additionally, as part of The Southwest Promise, the airline requires face masks to be worn at all times, has implemented physical distancing measures in airports and onboard aircraft, and maintains a stringent… (worldairlinenews.com) Altro...

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GOL (GOLL4) now has 302 flights and reopens 3 bases in September

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Brazil: The company has also started flying in partnership with VoePASS for Sorriso (SMT) and Rondonopolis (ROO) in the state of Mato Grosso. In resumption, Londrina, PR (LDB), Juiz de Fora, MG (IZA) and Presidente Prudente, SP (PPB) are the news in search of greater connectivity with the hubs of Guarulhos (GRU), Brasilia (BSB) and Rio de Janeiro / Galeão (GIG) and gain reinforcement for the Belém (BEL), Fortaleza (FOR) and Salvador (SSA) bases, responsible for serving rising regional markets... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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Boeing licenses UV wand to Healthe, Inc. to counter COVID-19

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Boeing entered into a patent and technology license with Florida-based Healthe® Inc. on Tuesday under which Healthe will manufacture an ultraviolet (UV) wand designed to sanitize airplane interiors. Boeing designed and developed the UV wand as part of the company’s Confident Travel Initiative (CTI) to support customers and enhance the safety and well-being of passengers and crews during the COVID-19 pandemic. (guyanaaviation.com) Altro...

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Etihad To Increase Boeing 787 Fleet to 51 | Airways Magazine

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Etihad Airways (EY) has unveiled to Middle-Eastern media that it will increase its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet to 51 by next year. (airwaysmag.com) Altro...

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Nowhere beckons for Asia-Pacific airlines

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‘Flights to Nowhere’ are smart public relations for Asia-Pacific airlines, but that such flights are even under consideration underlines the immense challenges they face. Reports recently emerged that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering what local reports refer to as ’Flights to Nowhere,’ whereby passengers board in Singapore, fly around a few hours enjoying SIA’s in-flight service, and land again in Singapore. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

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Embraer (ERJ) suffers impacts of the pandemic and reduces employees

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The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer worsened in situations with the break of partnership with Boeing and with the time of the pandemic... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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Emirates Airbus A380 returns to Moscow

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Due to the high demand for passengers, Emirates announced the resumption of flights with the Airbus A380 aircraft to Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME)... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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Qantas Considering More “Flights To Nowhere” After First Flight Near Record Sell Out

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Qantas considering running more "Flights To Nowhere" after Great Southern Land 787 tour sold on in just 10 minutes. (www.gatechecked.com) Altro...

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Last in, first out: Female pilots bear brunt of airline job cuts

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In the United States alone, the top two airlines are set to furlough more than 3,000 pilots when government stimulus expires this month, and a disproportionate number of those are women. Under layoff agreements between airlines and unions, junior pilots lose their jobs before senior ones, regardless of gender, race or age. (www.reuters.com) Altro...

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Midsize forwarder makes big charter commitment to Pittsburgh airport

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Pittsburgh International Airport is a diamond in the rough when it comes to cargo. Unique Logistics secures full planeloads to multiple cities; Cathay Pacific leads Pittsburgh push with no-seat passenger freighters. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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