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ANALYSIS: What Does the Future Hold for Singapore Airlines in the US?

Singapore Airlines is set to resume nonstop service to the United States, as it plans to relaunch service to Los Angeles and New York utilizing the newly launched Airbus A350-900ULR. Singapore Airlines will become the launch customer for the type with an order for seven aircraft, with up to 16 additional purchase options linked to the carrier’s existing A350-900 order. The new extended-...

JetBlue Plane Diverted When Flaps Become Stuck

A JetBlue Airways plane headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Worcester, Massachusetts was diverted to Boston's Logan Airport after officials say a mechanical failure caused the plane's flaps to become stuck in an upright position. The Telegram & Gazette reports several passengers aboard Flight 2020 became sick Sunday as the pilot circled for about 10 minutes trying to c...

Southwest Airlines Flight Turns Back to LAX Amid Violence on Board

A Southwest Airlines jetliner bound for San Francisco had to turn around mid-flight and go back to Los Angeles after things got violent between two passengers on board the plane. "Our initial information is that flight attendants swiftly coordinated with pilots on the flight deck to get the aircraft on the ground safely and quickly after a physical altercation by one passenger ag...

Eclipse Flies into the Sunshine

You wouldn’t know to look at it from the outside, but there’s a lot going on in Hangar 4 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK). This is one of two factory-owned service centers for One Aviation’s Eclipse very light twinjets. In any given 12-month period, nearly 150 of the 282 strong Eclipse fleet will pass through these unmarked doors or those at Eclipse’s Albuquerque, N...

FAA Allowing Easy Attitude Indicator Upgrades

In a new policy statement, the FAA announced that electronically driven attitude indicators can directly replace vacuum-driven attitude indicators in aircraft flown under VFR and IFR. The installation can be done as a minor alteration. Under a strict interpretation of the applicable regulations, the previous policy sometimes required installation of an indepen...

NetJets, Pilot Union Near Tentative Labor Agreement

After more than two years of contentious contract negotiations, the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and NetJets Aviation reached an “agreement in principle” on a new collective bargaining agreement late last week. The parties are now finalizing the negotiated language that will form the tentative agreement, which is expected to be released in the coming days...

Final US Airways Flight Completes Journey, Lands in Philly

The final US Airways flight has landed in Philadelphia, completing the last leg of its roundtrip journey. The Airbus A321 landed at Philadelphia International Airport at 5:54 a.m. Saturday after departing from San Francisco at 1:07 a.m. as a red-eye flight. The plane is Flight 1939, named for the airline's founding year. The flight departed from Philadelphia at 10:36 a.m. Fr...

"Electrical Smell" Forces Southwest Airlines Flight to Divert

A Southwest Airlines flight en route from Denver to Seattle had to be diverted Friday when the captain declared an emergency due to an "electrical smell in the cabin," according to a statement released by the airline. The pilot told air traffic controllers that flight attendants and passengers said they smelled burning rubber. The plane returned to Denver and Southwest Airli...

Boeing’s MOP bomb approaching second phase of redesign

Boeing can expect a sole-source contract for redesign, qualification and testing of the US Air Force’s largest non-nuclear penetrating bomb, the 13.6t GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). A redacted notice published by the air force this week says Boeing is being put on contract for the second phase of a classified MOP modification programme, called Enhanced Threat Reduction IV. T...

CEO Garrison leaving Bell for non-aerospace company

Bell Helicopter chief executive John Garrison is leaving the company to take over the top leadership post at a non-aerospace company, parent Textron announced on 15 October. Garrison will become the CEO of Terex, an industrial products company with annual revenues of more than $7 billion, Textron says. The former Textron and Enron executive joined Bell in 2009 at the depth of the company&rsq...

American Flight from Texas to Germany Delayed by Bees

Some unusual travelers caused a delay for one American Airlines flight. The travelers were hundreds of bees, found by a cargo crew under the right wing of a Boeing 767 that landed at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Wednesday. The plane had arrived from Las Vegas and was headed to Frankfurt, Germany. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely (HEWG'-lee) said Thursday that a beekeeper and th...

Boeing Sees Significant Gain in China Traffic on Visa Changes

Boeing Co. is seeing a significant uptick in China traffic as the government eases travel restrictions and moves toward a service-based economy, even as the Chinese economy grows at its slowest pace in more than 20 years. "We see no slowdown in traffic domestically, traffic regionally, and actually see an uptick, significant internationally, especially as the Chinese government has changed...