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Air France has a new message to its customers

Dear Sir, Madam, I am sure that like all of us, you were shocked by the events that took place at the end of Air France’s Central Works Council meeting last Monday. What we all saw does not represent Air France. These violent acts were the work of isolated individuals and do not refle...

KEEP IT TIGHT: 10 flight display teams of note

With the South Korea air force “Black Eagles” display team featuring on the cover of this week’s Flight International, what better excuse to celebrate – somewhat at random and in no particular order – 10 military flight display teams that may be coming to an air show ne...


How flight attendants see themselves and their job

1. Not all of us are so glamorous Contrary to the popular belief, not every flight attendant is a 6 feet tall Venus with blond hair and perfect proportions. Flight attendant should look beautiful, well mannered and decent, but they don’t have to be supermodels. What makes a flight attendant a flight attendant is not so much the look but the ability to cope with different situations (at ti...

Bombardier Says in Talks with North American Airlines on CSeries Jet Orders

Canada's Bombardier Inc said on Friday it is in advanced discussions to sell its new CSeries jet to airlines in North America, without identifying the prospective buyers. Montreal-based Bombardier has redoubled efforts to win a landmark order for the CSeries after failing to sell the program to rival Airbus, and is pitching the jets hard to airlines in North America, said two sources famili...

easyJet Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Passes Out

An easyJet aircraft flying from Gatwick airport was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot fell unconscious mid-flight. Flight 5461, which was carrying 164 passengers, was diverted at around midday UK time after taking off at 7:25 a.m. for the Greek island of Crete. The co-pilot then took over the controls and landed the plane safety at Marco Polo airport in Venice, It...

Could Air France shrink like Alitalia?

In 2008, air passenger demand was dipping, Gulf countries were building up their national fleets, and easyJet set up shop in Paris. Other European airlines cut routes and jobs in response. Air France did not. It has not made a profit since. The timing of its attempt to catch up seven years later plays into the hands of aggressive competitors, former airline executives, analysts and union offici...

FAA Considers Total Ban on Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Airlines

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. “We believe the risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela Stubblefield, a Federal Aviation Administration hazardous materials safety official, said at a public meeting on Thursday. She cited research showing the batterie...

Information on Boarding Pass Barcodes Poses Personal Security Risk

You probably don't realize it, but the data stored within the barcode at the bottom of your airlineboarding pass can hold personal information that could be valuable to hackers, identity thieves or even stalkers. In a post on his blog, computer security expert Brian Krebs suggested that you might want to shred your old boarding passes - and definitely resist posting pictures of them to...

Swissport starts handling operations in Astana

Swissport started ground handling operations at Astana International Airport Kazakhstan 1 October. Swissport Kazakhstan as the venture will be known, is a cooperation between the airport and the Airport Management Group (AMG) – the trust management company for the chain of airports in Kazakhstan. They will jointly aim to raise the quality of ground handling services to intern...

OPINION: Are Bombardier's woes getting CSerious?

Until the late hours of 6 October, matters seemed relatively under control in Montreal, where a new leadership team at cash-strapped Bombardier seemed to have opened some financial breathing space. With $3.1 billion in the bank and no major debt payments due until 2018, the transformation plan looked to be working, leaving management to focus on getting the CSeries through entry-into-service. M...

266 New Aircraft Delivered to China in First 9 Months

Chinese carriers have taken delivery of 255 passenger aircraft and 11 cargo planes totally in the first three quarters of 2015, including 41 wide-bodies and 225 narrow-bodies and regional jets, according to CARNOC fleet data base CADAS. The 266 new aircraft delivered in the first nine months consist of 109 Boeing 737s, 93 A320s, 11 A330-300s, eight A330-200s, eight 737-700s, seven 777-200F...

Buk missile producer staged experiment attacking Boeing liner

A Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antei conducted a reconstruction of the missile launch that downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in order to establish who was responsible. The results to be presented on 13th of October 2015. The same day is scheduled to present final MH17 investigation report. "If necessary, we will be prepared to stage a full-scale real-life experiment attend...

EASA approved Gama Aviation landing trainings for 7 types of aircraft

Gama Aviation announced Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved Training Organisation (ATO) approval to conduct the landing training required for the issue of aircraft type ratings. This enables Gama to carry out training programmes under the new interpretation of the EASA Part-FCL training requirements for base training. The ATO initially covers seven types of aircraft including Challenge...

Southwest Airlines Plans to Roll Out First New Employee Uniforms in 20 Years, Other Changes

Southwest Airlines is in the midst of rolling some changes, including uniforms for employees and a new inflight drinks menu for passengers, as it continues to grow. The company's last complete uniform redo was 20 years ago, Teresa Laraba, Southwest's senior vice president of customers said today at a company event in Houston. "I remember because I was wearing it,"...

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VoltAero launches European fractional ownership for its Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft at the EBACE show

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Air France-KLM and CMA CGM join forces and sign a major long-term strategic partnership in global air cargo

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The Registry of Aruba launches sustainability communication 4Ward celebrating imperfect action towards meaningful change

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Wizz Air intents to form a new airline in Malta

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Republic of Korea selects Bell 505 as its new military helicopter trainer

Republic of Korea selected Bell 505 as the new Republic of Korea military helicopter trainer. The new Bell 505 helicopters will be used by both the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of K...

16 students graduate airBaltic Pilot Academy

On May 16, 2022, 16 students graduated from the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy, receiving a commercial pilot license upon completion of the full-time airline transport...

Discover uniquely versatile Pilatus PC-24 cabin

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VoloIQ Aerospace Cloud Project - Volocopter collaborates with Microsoft

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Amid year of record sales Embraer delivers 1500th Ipanema aircraft

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Next generation - ATR EVO family to be even more economical and sustainable

ATR announced its plans for the next generation of its best-selling family of regional aircraft by 2030, the ATR ‘EVO’. The plan foresees advanced design features and a new power...

SWISS & SBB intensify their strategic partnership: Munich-Zurich Airport to be the first international ‘SWISS Air Rail’ route

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Desert Jet renews WYVERN Wingman certification

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St.Louis expansion supports growing demand for new Gulfstream aircraft & refurbishments

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VistaJet announces its VIP partnership with Frieze Art Fairs

Ahead of the upcoming 2022 edition of Frieze New York, VistaJet announces its new global partnership with Frieze Art Fairs. With over 80% of VistaJet’s Members sharing a passion for ar...

Smart Lander - ATR and Safran develop a groundbreaking service to analyse hard landings

ATR and Safran Landing Systems have developed ‘Smart Lander’, an innovative landing gear diagnostics service that uses state-of-the-art knowledge in data analysis to optimise the...

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DA62 MPP North America demonstration tour - Diamond Aircraft & Air Bear

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Embraer opens 1,000 job vacancies in Brazil

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Daher & LIST will develop a welding technology for the assembly of aircraft substructures produced with thermoplastic composites

Daher has established a large partnership with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) to mature and optimize a welding technology that enables the assembly of primary aircraft subst...

Accidental human errors in aircraft exterior cleaning – one mistake can cause serious damage to aircraft

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Etihad Airways wins at the Business Traveller Awards 2022

Etihad Airways has been recognised as the airline with the ‘Best Cabin Crew’ as well as being awarded the ‘Best First Class’ at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2...

airBaltic starts recruitment of 120 pilots

In line with the gradual recovery of the aviation market, airBaltic announces that it has started recruitment of a total of 120 additional pilots, including graduates of the airBaltic P...