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Boeing 787s set to resume delivery in late 2022

In January, deliveries of the 787 jets were expected to finally resume in April, but now the timestamp has been pushed back to May, and likely longer, according to the sources.

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White House drops transport mask mandate

The decision marks the first relaxation of major COVID-19 restrictions for travel in the US after almost two years of upholding the federal mandate, and many airlines have welcomed the decision. 

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A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER taxiing at Canberra Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

Qatar launches new Adelaide-Auckland route

The news coincides with New Zealand’s borders finally lifting to Australians for the first time on Tuesday since the trans-Tasman bubble was paused last July.

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Union calls for action over Southwest pilot fatigue

The Southwest Airlines Pilot Association (SWAPA), which represents over 10,000 Southwest pilots, said fatigue has become the Dallas-based carrier’s “number one safety threat”, and its leaders are yet to address the issue. 

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Air France-KLM confirms order of 4 A350F jets

The airline signed a Letter of Intent in December 2021 for the aircraft, and has now converted it into a firm order, with purchase rights for an additional four jets, according to the company.

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Heathrow reports highest traffic since pre-pandemic

According to the main travel hub’s March statistics, it saw 4.1 million passengers filter through the airport, a major increase from the 0.5 million during the same time last year.

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FAA issues ‘largest-ever’ unruly passenger fines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has handed out its “largest-ever” fines against two unruly passengers. One fine totalled to US$81,950 and the other was US$77,272, and both are part of US$2 million worth of penalties the agency has issued since January. It comes as the regulator’s Zero Tolerance Policy, which was introduced in January last

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An artist's impression of an Airbus A321XLR in jetBlue livery. (Airbus)

JetBlue offers ‘unsolicited’ deal to buy Spirit for US$3.6bn

JetBlue has offered an “unsolicited” proposal to buy Spirit Airlines for US$3.6 billion, now derailing the merger with Frontier Airlines to become the fifth largest United States carrier.  

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Summer ticket prices to rise 10% above 2019: Ryanair

Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary on Tuesday said lower capacity and rising passenger demand is driving the increased prices over the coming months.

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Delta bolsters frequency to Sydney for Aussie summer

The move has been made in anticipation of increased demand throughout the Australian summer travel season, as well as the busy holiday season.

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Airbus axes third Qatar Airways A350 contract

Reuters reported that “two people familiar with the matter” said now the number of A350 jets grounded by Qatar has reached to 23, bringing the value of compensation sought by the airline to over $1 billion.

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Footage of destroyed Ukrainian Antonov AN-225 revealed

Captured by Ukrainian independent film association Babylon’13, the footage shows the aftermath of Gostomel Airport, which became a target of Russian attacks in the early days of the invasion.

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British Airways delays flights over tech issue

The airline said the problem impacted its operations at Heathrow Terminal 5, and while it was resolved not long after, passengers complained over being stranded on their aircraft for hours, and at least two flights were diverted mid-air to London Gatwick.

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Emirates eyes return to profitability in 2023

“We’ve swung the business back to profitability, we are cash-positive again big time, we have a very strong balance sheet again which we have been rebuilding,” Clark said.

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Second MU5735 black box found, all onboard confirmed dead

The data recorder was found on Sunday morning at around 9:20am local time, according to Chinese state media, and CCTV reported it was located beneath a 1.5-meter layer of soil at the crash site.

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Hong Kong halves 14-day COVID route suspension

While Hong Kong still operates the tightest COVID restrictions in the world, the moves mark the first sign of the aviation industry’s return to pre-pandemic operations.

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The value of good financial advice delivered at the right time

MGD’s Richard Marsden articulates at what times he believes value can be best obtained by those serious about planning to become or to remain financially independent.

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First black box retrieved at MU5735 crash site

The damages have made it unclear as to whether it is the flight data recorder or the cockpit recorder, but according to Mao Yanfeng, the director of the accident division of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), there is a current investigation to retrieve the other one.

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Qatar denies owing Airbus US$220m over A350 spat

In legal documents that were made public on Monday, according to Bloomberg, the Doha-based carrier said it didn’t break its contract when refusing to accept the jets.

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Boeing 737-800 crashes into terrain in China with 132 onboard

The aircraft, registration B-1791, was performing flight MU5735 from Kunming in Yunnan province to Guangzhou in Guangdong Province on Monday with 123 passengers and 9 crew onboard, when its altitude started to quickly drop.

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Delta to increase almost all staff pay by 4%

Meanwhile, the Association of the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), a union representing almost 50,000 flight attendants in America, has said the move is in response to the rising pressure from staff for better working conditions.

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Pilot found dead after M-346 jet crash

Leonardo has confirmed the death of one of two pilots operating a Aermacchi M-346 Master, which crashed on the morning of Wednesday, 16 March.

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Why the Ukraine crisis might make Boeing the number one planemaker again

Boeing has faced a lot of bad press in recent years, and deservedly so. However, Boeing has got a lot right too – and this is becoming apparent as events in Ukraine unfold.

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A file image of a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR at Los Angeles Airport. (Rob Finlayson)

Delta to add fuel surcharge to flight tickets

Ed Bastian said at a Tuesday conference call the fuel surcharge is a must “as the market conditions permit”, and that raising the costs is “no question.”

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Heathrow, Virgin, BA drop mask mandates

For the first time in two years, Heathrow Airport announced on Monday that masks will not be mandatory anymore from 16 March, and Virgin Atlantic and British Airways also welcomed the news.

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Airbus taps Spirit AeroSystems to build eVTOL wing

Airbus has awarded its longstanding partner Spirit AeroSystems to build the wing of its CityAirbus NextGen “flying taxi” aircraft. CityAirbus is the planemaker’s subsidiary and is building an all-electric, four-seater vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of reducing congestion in major cities. It comes as the rising aircraft concept is set to enter service

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Airbus leads hydrogen fuel collaboration with Australia

As part of the MOU, the companies are expected to study the challenges of hydrogen regulations, supply, infrastructure and fuelling for aviation, ranging from the production of hydrogen to its delivery to airports and transfer on-board aircraft. 

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US marine company embarks on second MH370 search

The company, Ocean Infinity, concluded its first search in 2018 without any success, but is set to begin the investigation again by the first half of 2023, after investing in more advanced technology.

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Boeing eyes increasing its 737 MAX production rates

While the aviation industry continues to bounce back from the woes of the pandemic, supply chain issues and global lockdowns have continued to hamper production rates for several manufacturers.

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Airbus to upgrade Tiger aircraft in France, Spain

The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation, known as CCAR, has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production, and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack helicopter upgrade program. 

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Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, Avio Aero win C-130J sustainment contract

Italy’s Aeronautical Armaments and Airworthiness Directorate (DAAA) has approved the award of a five-year contract to the Temporary Business Grouping (RTI) – a cooperative formed by Leonardo, Avio Aero and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

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American president bans Russia from US airspace

It was announced during Tuesday night’s State of the Union meeting, following the same move made in Europe, the United Kingdom and Canada days earlier.  

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Airbus seeks US$220m over undelivered A350 jets to Qatar

Airbus has asked a London High Court judge to award the planemaker US$220 million in damages over two A350 aircraft ready to be delivered but rejected by Qatar Airways. The European aerospace giant is hoping to recover the millions in compensation awarded to the Doha-based airline over the grounded widebodies. It comes as the latest

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‘They burned the biggest plane’: Ukraine’s AN-225 reportedly destroyed by Russia

Dubbed ‘Mriya’, which means ‘The Dream’ in Ukrainian, the jet was reportedly under repair and routine maintenance at the Antonov Company site in Gostomel Airport when it was destroyed.

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Civil aircraft ‘suspended’ from Ukraine airspace

Flights are restricted within cities of Ukraine such as Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa, Simferopol FIR, Kyiv UIR, according to the notice.

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US deploys more fighter jets to defend Ukraine

The task force will send up to eight F-35 fighter jets sent from Germany to several NATO eastern flank locations, a battalion of 20 AH-64 Apache helicopters to the Baltic region and 12 Apache helicopters from Greece to Poland.

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American Airlines suspends more flights amid Dreamliner delays

In a regulatory filing in the US, the carrier said that Boeing has delayed deliveries of its new 787 Dreamliner jets, with the airline now planning to accept only 10 of the 13 Dreamliners it had scheduled for delivery this year. The remaining three aircraft will be delivered next year.

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An artist's impression of an Airbus A321P2F in Australia Post/Qantas livery. (Qantas)

Qantas pens deal with Airbus to enhance A321 freighters

The modifications to the “A321P2F” will include upgrading the LCD cockpit display and weather radar as well as the airframe.

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Airbus instructed to delay cancellation of Qatar jet order

According to Reuters, the planemaker has been asked to delay it for several weeks, preventing it from allocating new early delivery slots to other airlines before an April hearing.

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What every aviation professional should know about achieving financial independence

MGD Wealth’s new whitepaper discusses how getting good financial advice at the right time can help people gain financial independence and stay that way.

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British Airways to kickstart Sydney-London route in March

The news comes only days after the Australian federal government announced it would reopen to fully vaccinated tourists and visa holders from 21 February.

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American Airlines flight diverts over ‘passenger disruption’

It comes as unruly passenger numbers continue to rise due to mask mandates, seeing airlines crack down on bad behavior towards staff.

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Frontier, Spirit merge to become fifth largest US airline

In a joint statement released on Monday, the low-cost carriers announced the merger, focusing on serving more routes in Latin America, the US and the Caribbean, and plans to boast more sustainability in its aircraft operations.

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Southwest lifts alcohol ban after 2 years despite union clash

It comes as the low-cost-carrier has seem increased demand for a wider selection of drinks in recent months.

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American replaces deferred Dreamliners with 737 MAX jet order

The news comes six months after Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner deliveries were first halted due to manufacturing issues near the nose, impacted by the company’s shimming process.

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Lockheed Martin delivers first F-16 from Sustainment Depot program to the USAF

In 2020, Lockheed Martin was selected by the US Air Force to oversee the US$900 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the F-16 Sustainment Depot program, receiving the first aircraft received for maintenance at the company’s South Carolina facility early 2021.

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Eastern snowstorm causes mass US flight cancellations

Parts of the East Coast were hit by a blizzard like storm called a Nor’easter, which plunged several states such as New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia into an emergency.

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Southwest Airlines reports first profitable quarter since 2019

In a press release on Thursday, the low-cost carrier reported a fourth quarter net income of US$68 million including special items, with a full year net income of US$977 million.

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Northrop Grumman deploys new autonomous helicopter

The aircraft will initially be used aboard the US Navy’s USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) by Sea Combat Squadron 22, Detachment 5.

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British Army onboards new Apache fleet

The British Army’s Wattisham Flying Station has received 14 new AH-64E Apaches over the last few months, with a further 36 due to arrive by mid-2024.

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