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AIRLINES & AIRPORTS

Wizz Air’s Expansion in Europe Reaches a New Record

Wizz Air’s Expansion in Europe Reaches a New Record

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, reveals the latest traffic statistics and reports a new passenger record in the company’s history.

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Austrian Airlines Offers Cockpit Jobs to More Than 100 Future Pilots

Austrian Airlines Offers Cockpit Jobs to More Than 100 Future Pilots

The airline has room for 34 people for the courses this year, and room for 96 future pilots for the training beginning in 2019.

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Air Italy Receives Its First Boeing 737 MAX In Striking New Livery

Air Italy Receives Its First Boeing 737 MAX In Striking New Livery

Air Italy unveiled its long awaited first Boeing 737 MAX in striking new livery at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle.

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Silkair to Be Merged with Singapore Airlines

Silkair to Be Merged with Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) regional wing, SilkAir, is to undergo a significant investment programme to upgrade its cabin products as part of a multi-year initiative that will ultimately see it merged into SIA.

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The Delayed Muscat International Airport Has Now Arrived

The Delayed Muscat International Airport Has Now Arrived

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) successfully opened the new passenger terminal building at New Muscat International Airport last month, as it overcame a plethora of delays over the last two years.

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Saratov Airlines to Stop Operations on Rosaviatsia’s Request May 31

Russia’s air carrier Saratov Airlines to suspend operation following Rosaviatsia notification.

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World’s Worst Passengers 2018

World’s Worst Passengers 2018

Smelly passengers and out of control children have emerged as the leading complaints of passengers in the annual survey.

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MANUFACTURERS & MRO

First A330neo for TAP Air Portugal Completes Maiden Flight

First A330neo for TAP Air Portugal Completes Maiden Flight

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal – MSN1819 – completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight. The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017.

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Second MC-21-300 Aircraft Joined the Flight Test Program

Second MC-21-300 Aircraft Joined the Flight Test Program

On May 12, 2018, the maiden flight of the second MC-21-300 test aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). 

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Demand For Older Engine Types Picking Up

Demand For Older Engine Types Picking Up

Engine MROs and leasing companies are seeing growing demand from customers for some of the older engine types in their portfolios.

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REGULATIONS & SAFETY

Political Instability a Threat to Gulf Airline Industry

Political Instability a Threat to Gulf Airline Industry

Political instability in the Middle East poses a threat to the region’s airline industry growth. 

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UAE and US Reaffirm Open Skies

UAE and US Reaffirm Open Skies

Both countries strongly reaffirmed the 2002 UAE-US Air Transport Agreement (ATA) and the fundamental principles of Open Skies.

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GENERAL AVIATION

Watch Tesla Model X Break World Record by Towing Boeing Dreamliner

Watch Tesla Model X Break World Record by Towing Boeing Dreamliner

A Tesla Model X P100D established a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle by towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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How Business Aviation Thrives Thanks to Commercial Flight’s Inefficiency?

How Business Aviation Thrives Thanks to Commercial Flight’s Inefficiency?

Private aviation is no longer a service for the super-rich, but a means of transportation to get from point A to B in a swift manner.

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ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS

Watch Airbus A330 Shearing Airbus A321 Tail Off

Watch Airbus A330 Shearing Airbus A321 Tail Off

After an Asiana Airlines Airbus A330-300’s wing collided with the tail of a Turkish Airlines A321 while taxiing at Istanbul Airport on May 13, an  investigation has been launched.

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Ryanair Boeing 737 Overran Runway on Landing in Hamburg

Ryanair Boeing 737 Overran Runway on Landing in Hamburg

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 landed on Hamburg’s runway 05 following a non-precision approach but overran the (displaced) end of the runway.

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Eight Passengers Become Sick on Board of the Transavia Boeing 737

Eight Passengers Become Sick on Board of the Transavia Boeing 737

A Transavia Boeing 737-800 with 185 people on board decided to divert to Vienna reporting a number of passengers had become sick.

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Pilot of the Russian An-12 Aircraft Dies During the Flight to Egypt

Pilot of the Russian An-12 Aircraft Dies During the Flight to Egypt

The commander of the Russian An-12 aircraft lost consciousness during the flight to Egypt and died in the hospital. 

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Fatal Military Aviation Crashes Reach A 6-Year High

Fatal Military Aviation Crashes Reach A 6-Year High

The number of military aviation accidents and the number of crews killed has reached a high in years.

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AVIATION TRAINING

Qantas Fires the Starting Gun on Its New Pilot Academy Location

Qantas Fires the Starting Gun on Its New Pilot Academy Location

The Qantas Group has announced the next step in the process to select the location for its new Pilot Academy, due to open its doors in regional Australia in 2019.

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Business Aircraft Utilization in Q1 Breaks the First Record in a Decade

Business Aircraft Utilization in Q1 Breaks the First Record in a Decade

During Q1 2018, the business aviation sector has reached its heights since the activity boom in 2008, reports JSSI.

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Real Benefits to Aviation from a Virtual Source

Real Benefits to Aviation from a Virtual Source

Thanks to rapidly developing technologies virtual reality is earning an invaluable place in the very real field of aviation.

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