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Air France Workers Rip Shirts from Top Managers in Jobs Protest

Air France executives were forced to flee with their clothes in tatters after workers stormed a meeting at Charles de Gaulle airport in protest at 2,900 planned job cuts. Human resources chief Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plissonnier, head of long-haul flights, scaled an eight-foot fence t...

Airbus Helicopters positive despite sluggish rotorcraft market

Despite the subdued market for new helicopters – particularly in the oil and gas segment – Airbus Helicopters remains confident that it can end the year in positive territory. Aided by some hefty commitments for the 7.5t H175 – it has taken in almost 40 orders for the type this...


Crew of crashed Trigana ATR received no GPWS alerts

A preliminary report into to the fatal crash of a Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300 on 16 August indicates that the crew received no ground proximity warning system (GPWS) alerts before crashing into an 8,300ft ridge. The National Transportation Safety Committee’s (NTSC) initial report into the crash, which killed 49 passengers and five crew, is based on data from the aircraft...

Fraport Begins Construction of Frankfurt Airport Terminal 3

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) operator Fraport AG began construction on Terminal 3 (T3) on Oct. 5. The first phase, which will handle up to 14 million passengers annually, is expected to open in 2022. The new terminal, which has been in the planning stages for more than 15 years, is an integral part of Fraport's airport expansion program. Fraport AG's investment in T3 is reportedly...

Airbus Faces A380 Test as Singapore Weighs Lease Renewal: Banker

Airbus faces a double test of confidence in the A380 superjumbo in the coming months as Singapore Airlines ponders whether to renew its first lease while the planemaker seeks to bolster new sales, a leading industry banker said. The Southeast Asian airline was the first to fly the world's largest airliner in 2007 and a 10-year lease for its first aircraft expires in 2017. Airlines...

Boston-Bound Airline Pilot Dies; Co-Pilot Lands Safely in NY

An American Airlines captain became gravely ill and incapacitated while flying from Phoenix to Boston and later died, but his first officer safely diverted and landed the nearly 150-passenger plane, an airline spokeswoman said. Passengers on the flight were told the pilot was sick and it was making an emergency landing in Syracuse, and they later learned of his death in a scenario tha...

Rolls-Royce to invest over one-half billion dollars to transform Indianapolis facilities

Today, Rolls-Royce announced the company will invest nearly $600 million to modernize its manufacturing operations in Indianapolis and to conduct technology research, ensuring that Indiana remains a leader in the aerospace industry for decades to come. The modernization plan will enable the company to become more competitive by replacing outdated facilities and accelerating the introduction of...

Airbus flies past Boeing with 875 plane orders

Airbus said it won orders for a further 121 aircraft last month, including the sale of 110 A321neo jets to low-cost carrier Wizz Air, taking the number of gross orders for the first nine months of the year to 875 planes. The European planemaker said on Monday that it delivered 446 aircraft to customers between January and September, including 19 Airbus A380 superjumbos. Net orders after canc...

Airfix Aviation is becoming history

In less than a month Finnish business operator Airfix Aviation lost some key clients. Owners of aircraft, after Airfix Aviation got on the US sanctions list, choosed different, safer management companies. So in September at least 6 aircraft were withdrawn of the operator's certificate: Bombardier Global XRS / 5000, Dassault Falcon 7X / 2000EX / 900EX EASy / 900LX (OH-TNF, OH-MAL, OH-...

Final Vulcan bomber flight: Crowds urged to stay away from XH558's farewell

Police warn the very last flights by the only airworthy Avro Vulcan may have to be cancelled if crowds ignore warnings to stay away from its home airport. The final flights of Britain's last airworthy Vulcan bomber may have to be cancelled because of fears a huge influx of sightseers will create havoc on roads around its home airport. Police have warned the charity which plans to stage t...

Russian air force using laser-guided KH-29L missiles in Syria

The Russian air force is using KH-29L air-to-surface laser-guided missiles in Syria, the RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing Colonel Igor Klimov, an air force spokesman. The high-precision missiles are being used by Su-34 and Su-24 aircraft, Klimov said. On Saturday, Russia said it would step up its air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakenin...

Air France announced its restructuring plan to employees

Paris - Tense Monday for Air France agents: they are called to strike against the restructuring plan threatening in the short term 3,000 jobs, which should be announced in the morning at a central works council. Three unions (CGT, FO and Unsa) at national level, and CFDT, in the South, called for the mobilization, but the strike rate is unknown, some agents opting to strike a few hour...

ANALYSIS: Will Boeing's next aircraft be an oval or a circle?

With speculation continuing about Boeing's plans for its future aircraft development programme, two reports now predict that the airframer's next clean-sheet design will feature the aviation novelty of an oval fuselage cross-section. Most recently, Merrill Lynch analyst and former Boeing applied research scientist Ron Epstein published a report for investors earlier this month, saying B...

ANALYSIS: USAF crash marks sixth hull loss for C-130J

The fatal accident involving a US Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin C-130J in Afghanistan on 2 October is the sixth hull loss to have involved a “Super Hercules”, and the first in which US personnel have died. Eleven people – the tactical transport’s six-person crew and five civilians – were killed when the aircraft crashed, reportedly shortly after taking off fro...

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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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Wizz Air intents to form a new airline in Malta

Wizz Air announces that based on the ‘Arrangement on Reallocation of Responsibility’ document signed today between the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the Malta Civil A...

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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Piston single, turboprop aircraft values still gaining altitude despite continued growth in inventory levels

The latest Sandhills Global market report on the aviation industry reflects a third consecutive month of inventory expansion across all categories after a long, steady decline. However, the recen...

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

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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

Embraer announced the opening of a thousand job vacancies in Brazil with a focus on production rate recovering, Services and Support area growth, product development and new businesses. Appl...

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

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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...