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Houston Intercontinental Airport enjoys solid traffic growth and wins new key long-haul service

Softness in the energy sector is not dampening passenger growth at Houston Intercontinental Airport as the facility during 2015 is adding a mix of new services to Central America, Asia and Australia.  Houston Intercontinental has enjoyed solid expansion into Asia during the last couple of years, which has helped to bolster its international passenger numbers while domestic passenger growth...

Boeing Tanker Plane Makes First Flight

Boeing's first fully equipped KC-46A aerial tanker completed a four-hour inaugural flight on Friday, a milestone for the USD$49 billion aircraft that has run into cost and scheduling issues in recent years. The company tweeted pictures of the tanker as it took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and envi...

American could take similar approach as Delta with domestic 2Ku

Classic air-to-ground (ATG)-supported connectivity is not enough, at least not in the current implementation. That seems to be the conclusion that airlines, passengers (and even Gogo) are drawing these days in the United States. Virgin America is obviously the most recent carrier to indicate as much, both through its signing for 10 planes with Ka-band and hybrid Ka/Ku s...

Spirit Readies for Higher 787 Production with Facility Expansion

Spirit AeroSystems is preparing for higher production rates on the Boeing 787 by expanding the building where it produces the airplane's forward fuselage. Construction is underway on Spirit's Composite Fuselage Facility to add 100,000 square feet. The building, visible from K-15 and 47th Street South, is where Spirit manufactures the composite forward fuselage section of the 787 twin-ai...

Boeing Salt Lake Completes 787-9 Dreamliner Production Expansion

Boeing yesterday celebrated completion of its expansion projects in West Jordan and Salt Lake City and its first 787-9 Dreamliner horizontal stabilizer manufactured start-to-finish in Utah. "This is an exciting time for Boeing and our Salt Lake team," said Larry Coughlin, Boeing Salt Lake general manager. "Our recent progress sets the stage for Boeing Salt Lake to become a major...

Buffalo Airways Plane Makes Hard Landing Near Deline, N.W.T.

A Buffalo Airways C-46 Commando airplane crashed while making an emergency landing in Deline, N.W.T.. Four crew members were on board at the time. An official at the Deline airport told CBC that nobody was injured in the incident. The cargo flight was on its way from Yellowknife to Norman Wells, said Chris Krepski with the Transportation Safety Board, when it experienced engine fai...

Pilots File Complaints About 'Blinding' Lights at 49ers' Levi's Stadium

A commercial airline pilot says she once saw something resembling a laser light show coming out of Levi's Stadium. Unable to look outside for more than moments at a time on that night in March, Christina Kurowicki said, "We were really worried about getting the aircraft on the ground safely." According to a report by NBC Bay Area, Kurowiki isn't the only pilot to have such...

Lawsuit: Plane Toilet Cleaner Poisons Consumer Drinking Water

Five American Airlines workers have accused the airline of using watercooler jugs to carry chemicals aboard planes to decontaminate lavatories -- and then returning the jugs to commercial circulation to be refilled with drinking water and redistributed. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the workers say the practice -- known as "top-filling" -- began in...

GE Capital Aviation Services and Frontier Airlines Sign Purchase-and-Leaseback Deal for Nine New Airbus A321 Aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Frontier Airlines for nine new Airbus A321 aircraft. Delivery of the first new aircraft is scheduled for October 2015 with the remaining new deliveries scheduled in 2015 and 2016. All nine aircraft are powered by CFM56-5B3 engines and a...

American Airlines to Serve Papal Flights

American Airlines (and previously TWA) has the honor for the seventh time of transporting Pope Francis from Washington D.C. to New York City, Philadelphia and back to Rome. Route of the positioning flight from Dallas / Fort Worth to Andrews Air Force Base today. (Image Credits: Flightaware) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops chartered the airliner to American Airline...

JFK’s Iconic TWA Flight Center to Become a Hotel

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the formal approval of a 75-year lease deal to transform the iconic TWA Flight Center located at John F. Kennedy Airport into a hotel complex, which will preserve the national historic landmark while providing additional lodging options and services for travelers. The project, approved yesterday by the Port Authority’s Board...

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Gains Supermajority Support in Senate

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, announced recently that his Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) (S.571) has surpassed 60 cosponsors in the Senate, giving the measure a filibuster-proof, three-fifths supermajority, and boosting hopes that the legislation will become law this year or next. “I appreciate the significant bipartisan support for...