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Plane catches fire on runway at Fort Lauderdale airport

The engine of a Boeing 767 carrying 101 people caught fire as the plane taxied for departure Thursday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, officials said. It was bound for Caracas, Venezuela. Seventeen people were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, according to a spokeswoman there. Among those transported were a child and a trauma patient. Two of the 17 had b...

Delta to discontinue services to Dubai International

US airline Delta Air Lines is to pull out its service to Dubai. The airline will end its flights between Atlanta and Dubai on February 11 2016.  A Delta spokeswoman said: “The B777 aircraft used to operate ATL-DXB will be redeployed to other transatlantic markets where it can compete on a level playing field that’s not distorted by subsidised state-owned airlines.”&nbs...

Alcoa Opens Advanced Jet Engine Parts Facility in Indiana

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa today officially opened its state-of-the-art jet engine parts facility in La Porte, Indiana. The facility doubles Alcoa’s capacity in La Porte and provides new capabilities that broaden its reach in engines for large commercial aircraft. The new plant will meet increasing demand from makers of best-selling jet engines, growing Alcoa’s value-add busi...

Alaska Airlines: "Technical Issues" Causing Flight Delays

Technical problems were delaying some Alaska Airlines flights, the company said. Intermittent problems with the company's website and mobile app began late Wednesday night, airline spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. He said some flights have been delayed as a result of the "technical issues" but didn't know how many. The airline was trying to fix the problem but Cosgrove...

U.S. Jet Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger's "Alarming 9/11 Statements"

A flight in America has been forced into an emergency landing after a passenger stood up and made "alarming" statements about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. The jet, carrying 150 people, had to make a dramatic diversion in the U.S. today amid a terror scare after the passenger starting making "9/11 statements". The man got up shortly after take-off, walked t...

CFM Delivers First LEAP-1B Engines to Boeing

CFM International has delivered the first advanced LEAP-1B engines to Boeing to support factory rollout of the first 737 MAX airplane before year end and first flight in early 2016. “The entire team has done an outstanding job getting the LEAP-1B engine to this point,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice president of CFM International. “We have put...

Virgin America Reports Third Quarter 2015 Earnings

 Virgin America (NASDAQ: VA) today reports its financial results for the third quarter of 2015. Key highlights from the third quarter include: Third quarter 2015 net income was $73.0 million excluding special items1, an increase of $31.3 million from the third quarter of 2014. Operating income and operating margin excluding special items were $75.0 million and 18.2 percent, respectively.&n...

JetBlue Drops Cargo Business to Add More Human Cargo on Each Plane

JetBlue officially got out of the cargo business about a week ago, and one of the factors leading to that business line’s cessation was the airline’s move to place — some would say cram — 15 additional seats into its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft in the coach section starting in the second half of 2016. The multiyear project to increase the A320 seat numbers to 165, up f...

Jet Lands Safely in San Diego After Being Hit by Laser Beam

An American Airlines plane landed safely after it was hit with a laser beam on approach to San Diego International Airport, airline officials said Wednesday. The pilot of Airbus A321 from Phoenix reported the laser in the cockpit shortly after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday before it landed about 10 minutes later without incident. The plane had 168 passengers and a crew of six aboard. No injuries we...

Family Escorted Off JetBlue Flight, Says Airline Called Them "Animals"

A woman who claims her family was escorted off a JetBlue flight on Tuesday says a flight attendant "antagonized" her family prior to the confrontations that she says led all nine family members to being detained. Keren Kimchy and her family -- a total of five adults and four children -- had boarded the flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and were headed to t...

AOPA, NBAA Join UAS Registry Task Force

NBAA and AOPA are joining a new task force charged with devising a proposed registration system for private and recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx detailed plans this month for a UAS national registry and announced the creation of the UAS Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee (AR...

Gulfstream Aerospace Climbs Ever Higher in 3Q

Gulfstream Aerospace continues to be a star performer at parent company General Dynamics, with the aerospace segment reporting its highest-ever quarterly revenue and the fifth consecutive quarterly profit exceeding $400 million. Year-over-year, third-quarter aerospace revenue climbed $548 million, to $2.343 billion, while profits rose by $15 million, to $426 million, General Dynamics chairman and&...