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DOT calls for audit of 737 Max 8 certification Wed, 20th Mar 2019
The US Department of Transportation has requested its inspector general to carry out an audit of the certification process of the Boeing 737 Max 8, less than a week after US regulators grounded the aircraft.

Former Delta executive nominated to lead FAA Wed, 20th Mar 2019
The White House plans to nominate former Delta Air Lines senior vice-president of flight operations Steve Dickson to lead the Federal Aviation Administration.

PICTURES: 30 years since Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey’s first flight Wed, 20th Mar 2019
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey first flew 30 years ago today on 19 March 1989.

​Air Senegal picks StandardAero for ATR engine support Wed, 20th Mar 2019
StandardAero has won a contract from Air Senegal to maintain the engines of a pair of ATR 72-600 twin-turboprops.

Helicopter firm Bristow gains extension on overdue accounts Wed, 20th Mar 2019
Troubled US oil and gas specialist Bristow Group has secured from two finance providers a vital grace period giving it another month in which to file an overdue set of quarterly accounts.

Metal Master wins permission for LAR 1 flights Wed, 20th Mar 2019
Poland's Metal Master has been given the go-ahead from the country's civil aviation regulator to begin flight testing its Flaris LAR 1 personal jet, and is now preparing the first prototype for its maiden sortie early next month. https:///www.flightglobal.com/Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=76611

AFI KLM E&M to service Air Cote d’Ivoire A320neo jets Wed, 20th Mar 2019
Air Cote d Ivoire has extended a component support agreement with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to include on-order Airbus A320neo and A319neo jets.

Air Canada removes 737 Max flights until July Wed, 20th Mar 2019

Gulfstream makes first sustainable fuel sale Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Gulfstream has made its first direct sale of sustainable alternative jet fuel, with the owner of a G550 becoming the customer. https:///www.flightglobal.com/Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=76603

Corsair to lease A330neos and go all-Airbus under new owner Intro Tue, 19th Mar 2019
French carrier Corsair is to phase out its Boeing aircraft over the next five years, in favour of an expanded, all-Airbus fleet which includes a trio of leased A330-900s.

Embraer closes in on Praetor 600 certification Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Embraer's Praetor 600 has entered the final phase of its flight-test campaign, and remains on track to secure US type approval and enter service early in the second half of the year. https:///www.flightglobal.com/Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=76600

How JetBlue Putting Someone on a Flight 90 Minutes Later Cost the Airline $2500Tue, 19th Mar 2019
I was approached by someone recently about a fascinating interaction with JetBlue, and I thought this was worth sharing here. ... Read More

Taiwan's Starlux firms A350 order Tue, 19th Mar 2019
New Taiwanese operator Starlux Airlines has firmed the agreement for 17 Airbus A350s previously unveiled during last year s Farnborough air show.

Boeing to integrate nuclear-tipped cruise missile on B-52 Tue, 19th Mar 2019
The US Air Force has awarded Boeing Defense Space & Security a $250 million contract to integrate the nuclear-tipped Long Range Stand-Off Cruise Missile on the B-52H bomber.

Boeing chief reinforces safety focus in open letter Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Boeing chairman, president and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg has released an open letter to airlines, passengers and the aviation community reinforcing the company s commitment to safety, as most of the global fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft enters its second week of groundings.

Embraer chief executive to step down in April Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Embraer chief executive and president Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva will step down from his role at the manufacturer on 22 April, and will be replaced with an executive recruited externally.

Porpoising ATR lost nose-wheels in high-speed landing Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Pilots of a White Airways ATR 72-600 failed to follow sterile cockpit procedures and allowed the aircraft to gain excessive energy before the turboprop porpoised on touchdown at Lisbon, suffering serious damage.

Serbia to acquire H215 helicopters Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Serbia intends to acquire three Airbus Helicopters H215 heavy-twins for operation by its ministry of the interior.

OPINION: The F-15's unlikely renaissance Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Not too long ago, the Boeing F-15's days looked numbered.

EasyJet pulls out of Alitalia privatisation process Tue, 19th Mar 2019
EasyJet has given up its interest in Alitalia.

TUI confirms sale of majority stake in Corsair to Intro Tue, 19th Mar 2019
TUI has sold its majority stake in French leisure carrier Corsair to German investment firm Intro Aviation, following through on the agreement-in-principle struck in October 2018.

PICTURES: BA to debut new business-class seat on A350s Mon, 18th Mar 2019
British Airways has unveiled a new business-class seat which will be introduced on its Airbus A350s and rolled out across the rest of its long-haul fleet.

Whether the MAX Should Have Been Grounded or Not, Boeing Finds Itself in Hot WaterMon, 18th Mar 2019
In my post last Thursday, I laid out why I thought the 737 MAX shouldn’t have been grounded with the ... Read More

​Australia to obtain four G550s equipped for EW mission Mon, 18th Mar 2019
Canberra will obtain four modified Gulfstream G550 business jets that will be modified for the electronic warfare (EW) mission in the USA.

Jet Airways to miss interest payment, grounds four more jets Mon, 18th Mar 2019
Jet Airways has delayed paying interest on debentures coming due on 19 March, and grounded four more jets over defaults on lease rentals as the carrier s cash crunch show little sign of abating.

Ethiopian 737 flight data shows 'similarities' to Lion Air crash Mon, 18th Mar 2019
Data retrieved from the recently crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 shows "clear similarities" with the October 2018 crash of a Lion Air aircraft, according to Ethiopia transport minister Dagmawit Moges.

Atlas 767 crash probe strives to comprehend pitch upset Sun, 17th Mar 2019
US investigators probing the Atlas Air Boeing 767-300 freighter crash have yet to explain fully the initiating circumstances behind the elevator deflection which pushed the aircraft into a fatal dive on approach to Houston.

Cranky on the Web: Hidden City Ticketing Can Get You in TroubleSat, 16th Mar 2019
If you’re going to miss your flight, call the airline. Immediately. And be nice – Los Angeles TimesI got further into the ... Read More

PICTURES: Third test MC-21 lifts off on maiden flight Sat, 16th Mar 2019
Russian airframer Irkut has commenced flight-testing with a third MC-21-300, which lifted off from its Irkutsk assembly centre on 16 March.

Avianca cancels 17 A320neo family aircraft, defers 35 Sat, 16th Mar 2019
Colombia's Avianca has cancelled deliveries of 17 Airbus A320neo family aircraft from a 100-aircraft order signed in 2015, and rescheduled deliveries of another 35 jets.

US Air Force takes first Block 30 AC-130J Ghostrider gunship Sat, 16th Mar 2019
The US Air Force s (USAF) 4th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida took delivery of the first Block 30 AC-130J Ghostrider gunship on 6 March.

Lockheed Martin names new head of fighter aircraft group Sat, 16th Mar 2019
Lockheed Martin named Bridget Lauderdale as the incoming vice-president and general manager for its Integrated Fighter Group, the part of the company responsible for the development, manufacturing and sustainment of the F-16 and F-22 aircraft.

Leonardo targets role on UK's Tempest next-gen fighter Sat, 16th Mar 2019
Leonardo is hopeful that Italy can join the UK's Tempest sixth-generation fighter programme, building on the involvement of its defence electronics division in the effort.

3 Links I Love: Azul To Buy Parts of Avianca, More BA Airplane Porn, Buzz is BackFri, 15th Mar 2019
Azul Signs Non-Binding Agreement to Acquire Selected Assets of Avianca Brasil – AzulThings keep moving in Brazil, and Azul keeps ... Read More

In Defense of Not Grounding the 737 MAX… Even Though It’s Now GroundedThu, 14th Mar 2019
When the 737 MAX operating Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed on takeoff from Addis Ababa last Sunday, the pressure immediately ... Read More

Flying as a Gold Elite on American Isn’t Anything Special (Trip Report)Tue, 12th Mar 2019
As you know, last month was the annual American Leadership Conference, and once again I was invited as a member ... Read More

Up All Night with American – Part 2: Simulators, Hangars, and Ops TowersMon, 11th Mar 2019
Welcome to the second half of my long night with American. In my post about the first half of the ... Read More

3 Links I Love: Sun Country Cuts Costs, Paine Field Flies Commercial, Hawai’i Reacts to SouthwestFri, 8th Mar 2019
Sun Country CEO gets very real on the airline’s quest for financial sustainability – MinnPostHere’s a good interview with Sun ... Read More

The Cranky Flier Interview: Janet Lamkin, United Airlines, President of CaliforniaThu, 7th Mar 2019
It’s a lofty title to be sure. Janet joined United in November 2017 to fill the first regional president position ... Read More

Reading the Tea Leaves: Southwest Starts Selling Tickets to Hawai’iTue, 5th Mar 2019
It has been anticipated for years, and as of yesterday, Southwest has finally started selling tickets for its first Hawai’i ... Read More



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