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Frontier welcomes first A321

Denver-based Frontier Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321. The ultra low-cost carrier will operate the type initially on routes from Orlando to Philadelphia, Denver, Cleveland and Detroit. The airline has a base in Orlando to support the A320 family's largest variant. “All of us at Team Frontier are excited to welcome our first A321 into our fam...

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...

Fitch Affirms VA 2013-1 Class A Notes; Upgrades Class B, C & D Notes

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the class A notes at ‘A’ and upgraded class B (to ‘BBB’ from ‘BB+’), class C (to ‘BB’ from ‘B+’) and class D (to ‘B+’ from ‘B’) notes for Virgin Australia Holdings Limited’s (VAH, not rated publically) enhanced equipment notes (EEN) series 2013-1. Fitch’s ratings cover approxi...

CAL happy with launch of Atlanta service

CAL Cargo Airlines tells Air Cargo Week (ACW) it has had a good start to 2015 as it launches twice-weekly flights to Atlanta but has shelved plans for services to China. The airline launched flights to the USLi city of Atlanta in the state of Georgia on 25 September from Liege Airport in Belgium. In May this year, CAL chief executive officer, Eyal Zagagi told ACW t...

Boeing and Lockheed JV needs relief on Russian engines before GPS launch bid

A joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, United Launch Alliance, aid it cannot bid in a U.S. Air Force competition to launch a GPS satellite unless it gets some relief from a ban on use of Russian rocket engines. ULA Chief Executive Officer Tory Bruno told reporters in Cape Canaveral, Florida, that the company was seeking a partial waiver on trade sanctions enacted...

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,"...

Boeing Wins 182 Commercial Plane Orders in Third Quarter, Delivers 580

Boeing Co booked 182 commercial aircraft orders in the third quarter and delivered a record 580 planes, putting it on track to easily hit its delivery target for the year and keep its title as the world's biggest plane maker. However, Boeing's order tally, released Thursday, remained far below arch-rival Airbus Group. Boeing has booked 507 orders this year, compared with 875 for Ai...

Delta Flight Turns Back, Lands Safely After Striking Bird

A Delta Air Lines flight headed from Seattle to Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon has turned back and landed safely after striking a bird, officials with the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said. The airbus A330 struck a bird shortly after takeoff, affecting one of the engines, airport spokesman Kevin Jeffries said. An alert was issued for Flight 281 about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Th...

Agreement on Capitol Hill: Drones are on collision path with airliners

With airline pilots reporting close encounters with unmanned drones more than three times a day, it’s just a matter of time before there is a mid-air collision that could carry deadly consequences. That was the virtual consensus on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as lawmakers, pilots, experts and the Federal Aviation Administration gathered to discuss how to keep millions of privately owned dro...

Lockheed reaffirms F-35 production target despite supplier statement

Lockheed Martin has re-affirmed the full-rate production goal for the F-35 programme remains 17 aircraft per month, despite a supplier’s statement on 7 October that it is significantly less. Full rate production volume is factored into the production learning curves that drive Lockheed’s cost reduction targets for the F-35. In the early years of the programme, Lockheed expected to b...

Air Charter Service transports containers for California wildfire residents

Air Charter Services (ACS) has transported seven tonnes of plastic containers for California residents to pack belongings and evacuate their homes to escape wildfires in the North of the state. ACS used a Boeing 737-300 from Arlington Municipal Airport in Texas to McClellan Airport in Sacramento before the containers were distributed to those in need. The wildfires in the Valley...

Delta Sues Regional Airline After Pilot Action Grounds Planes

Delta Air Lines Inc. is suing Republic Airways Holdings Inc., claiming that the regional airline company failed to fly some Delta Connection flights. Republic has said it curtailed flying for regional affiliates of Delta, American and United because of a pilot shortage that it has blamed partly on a labor dispute with pilots. Delta sued Republic in a state court in Atlanta on Monday. In the...