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American Airlines captain becomes the first FAA-certified A350 XWB pilot

It was all smiles for American Airlines’ John Dudley, as he became the first airline pilot certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB jetliner. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for eight years,” Dudley said at the Airbus training centre in Toulouse, France. “Being an A350 XWB captain is a dream come true, a...

Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson rolls out new Raytheon ATC system

The Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility in Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now operating exclusively with automation technology from Raytheon Company. Raytheon is providing the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) as part of the FAA's Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement contract. "The STARS implement...

Police Standoff Halts Landings at San Diego Airport

A standoff between San Diego police and a gunman who was firing rounds at officers Wednesday forced a halt to landings at San Diego International Airport, authorities said. "Active gun fire. Residents near 2445 Brant St. Little Italy. Stay away from all windows until further notice and Shelter in place," San Diego police tweeted. Police shut down streets in the area and were evacua...

Boeing says will not make changes to Dreamliner stretch for Emirates

Boeing will not make changes to the stretched version of its Dreamliner aircraft despite major client Emirates' request for better performance in hot climates, a company executive said on Wednesday. "The plan is not to change the aircraft, we really like what we have," Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told reporters in Dubai when...

Satcom Direct Sets the Gold Standard for Connectivity

The Satcom Direct exhibit at the Dubai Airshow (Stand 1938) features a special gold-colored version of its Satcom Direct Router (SDR). The device manages multiple inflight cabin connectivity functions, including voice calls, text messages, emails and Internet access. For a limited time, and with a limited production run, customers will be able to order the special gold unit to install in their&nbs...

Boeing Forecasts Demand in the Middle East for 3,180 New Airplanes Over the Next 20 Years

Aviation market worth an estimated $730 billion Hub aggregation, diverse business strategies, infrastructure investment drive regional traffic growth Boeing forecasts airlines in the Middle East will require 3,180 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at an estimated $730 billion. 70 percent of the demand is expected to be driven by rapid fleet expansion in the reg...

NTSB Investigative Update on Dynamic International Airways Flight 405

As part of its ongoing investigation into the October 29, 2015, airplane fire during taxi of Dynamic International Airways flight 405, a Boeing 767, at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the NTSB today released the following investigative update. The NTSB found that the main fuel supply line coupling assembly had disconnecte...

Six Passengers Were Kicked Off Plane at LAX Accused Of Being Unruly, They Claim Discrimination

Six black passengers, who were kicked off a Spirit Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night, accused a flight attendant of discrimination. The African-American travelers said they were singled out and booted off the aircraft because of their skin color. "I'm really humiliated just for the simple fact that you hear about this type of stuff happening in Am...

Small Airlines Push for More Access at New York Airports

Virgin America Inc. and four other small carriers are pressing federal regulators to change "slot management" practices at New York's three big airports to boost competition in the largest U.S. air market, said Virgin America Chief Executive David Cush. His San Francisco-based discount carrier and the other four filed a letter on Tuesday urging the chiefs of the Federal Aviat...

Nextant G90XT certification "imminent"

Nextant Aerospace has completed certification testing of its G90XT twin-engined turboprop, and says US approval for the remanufactured Beechcraft King Air C90 is “imminent”. The programme was launched by Nextant two years ago in partnership with engine manufacturer GE Aviation, with the G90XT having made its first flight in January 2015. The upgraded aircraft features GE H75-10...

Alaska Airlines begins flying to Costa Rica

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) inaugurated new service between Los Angeles International Airport and Costa Rica’s two major international airports. The eight weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR), Costa Rica, started Saturday and Sunday respectively, and is the first international destination Alaska has launched since 1991, when the Seattl...

ANALYSIS: Boeing damps down expectations for Dubai

Dubai’s last major air show in 2013 set a high bar for order expectations. In the span of less than three hours on the first day of the show, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways signed orders and commitments for a total of 225 777X aircraft.Etihad Airways added another order for 30 787-10s. Not least, Flydubai committed to buy up 100 737 Max and 11 737NGs. If any...