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A220 begins upgrade into luxury hotel in the sky

The first Airbus A220 is set to begin its transformation into an executive hotel in the sky after the European planemaker delivered the jet to Swiss refitters Comlux.

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Airbus exclusive airline Allegiant to order 50 MAXs

Reports said the deal, which would be worth $5 billion at list price, came after fierce competition to instead purchase the European planemaker’s A220.

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Airbus set to beat Boeing on 2021 jet orders

Airbus received 664 jet orders compared to rival Boeing’s 476, after the European planemaker secured a flurry of late deals.

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Cathay Pacific slashes several international flights

Cathay Pacific has dropped multiple international flights for the rest of the month continuing to January as Hong Kong maintains a stringent zero-COVID strategy. Only weeks after resuming several flights into Australia, the airline has cancelled all but two flights a week to Sydney throughout January, dropping from two a day. Flights to Melbourne, Brisbane

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Qatar Airways sues Airbus over A350 dispute

Qatar Airways has launched legal proceedings against Airbus over the ongoing A350 dispute, claiming the company had “no alternative” but to sue the planemaker. In a press release on Monday, the Doha-based carrier said it has “sadly failed in all our attempts to reach a constructive solution with Airbus in relation to the accelerated surface

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Boeing, Airbus urge 5G rollout delay over safety concerns

Aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus have called for the Biden administration to delay the roll out of the 5G network in fears it will dangerously impact the aviation industry. The C-Band spectrum 5G network deployment, served by providers AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, is set to occur on 5 January. On Monday, a joint

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‘A vital pillar’: Airbus delivers last A380 to Emirates airline

Emirates received its last superjumbo A380 aircraft on Thursday, marking the final delivery of the jet for Airbus after 14 years of service. It was the 123rd A380 for the UAE-based carrier, and it landed in Hamburg on 16 December, welcomed by Airbus and Emirates staff. “The A380 is a truly special aircraft in so many

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

Airbus scores in Qantas’ narrowbody fleet renewal

The Australian flag carrier will initially place an order for 20 A321XLR (extra long-range) and 20 A220s but will have the option to purchase a further 94 over 10 years as its 737-800s and 717s are phased out.

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Whistleblowers condemn FAA oversight of Boeing aircraft

The report criticizes that there is significant pressure to approve designs that may not apply with FAA standards, in the wake of the 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 passengers in 2018-19.

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United, Virgin Australia pen codeshare agreement

The airline said the new arrangement, which will begin in April 2022, will triple its reach and unlock loyalty benefits for Velocity Frequent Flyer members.

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The Airbus A350-1000 is a candidate aircraft for the Qantas Project Sunrise evaluation. (Victor Pody)

Airbus seeks legal assessment over Qatar A350 dispute

Airbus is now seeking an independent legal assessment after the A350 dispute between Qatar Airways “represents a threat” to the company’s appearance on safety matters. Qatar Airways has condemned the planemaker for months over paint issues that have also underpinned further problems with the aircraft’s lightning protection mesh. It led to Qatar’s safety regulator forcing

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Dreamliner delays force American to cut some international services

American Airlines has cancelled a number of international services for summer 2022 due to the continuous delays of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft. It comes as numerous airlines across the globe have suffered from overdue delays of the aircraft due to flaws detected by the Federal Aviation Administration in recent months. The airline will not resume

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IATA boss criticises ‘kneejerk’ travel restrictions due to Omicron

Governments need to stop implementing “kneejerk” travel restrictions in response to new COVID-19 variants, says Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He urges the globe to “move away from the uncoordinated, evidence absent, risk-unassessed mess that travelers face”, to ensure the industry’s recovery is not stunted amid surges in cases.

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Airbus soars with 318 orders in November

The European planemaker reported 318 orders last month and 58 deliveries, heavily led by its single-aisle aircraft.

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EASA issues warning over Airbus A350 lightning protection flaw

The proposal to issue an airworthiness directive from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) comes as numerous airlines have reported similar issues on the same aircraft since 2016, revealed in a private messaging board last week.

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China lifts ban on the 737 MAX after almost 3 years

The decision comes as China was the last key global market to re-introduce the jet to its nation, following hefty safety assessments over the past year.

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United Airlines operates commercial flight on 100% SAF in 1 engine

It carried 500 gallons of SAF and the same amount of common jet fuel in the other engine to prove there are “no operational differences,” according to the Chicago-based carrier.

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China Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo

China Airlines received the jet from lesser Air Lease Corporation, and is slated to acquire 25 A321neo aircraft in the future – 11 ordered from Airbus and 14 under lease agreements.

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Qatar is not the only airline to report A350 cosmetic defects

According to a private maintenance messaging board used by operators of the aircraft seen by Reuters, at least five other carriers have experienced similar cosmetic damage.

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South Africa president urges global borders to lift as Omicron variant spreads

South Africa’s President urges nations to lift border closures amid the new variant being spread, claiming it an “unjustified” response in fears its recovering economy will be further damaged.

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TSA records highest US travel day since the pandemic began

The surge in numbers comes as the nation continues to celebrate the Thanksgiving season which runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 November, and last week the Transport Security Administration (TSA) said it expected around 20 million passengers across the holiday.

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What every expat needs to know before returning to or retiring in Australia

MGD Wealth discusses the tax and financial implications residents face before returning home as COVID border rules begin to ease worldwide.

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Ryanair fears reduced bookings amid Austria lockdown

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is concerned the next COVID-19 wave over Europe will severely impact bookings in the holiday season, after reporting passenger volumes were returning to 100 per cent of pre-pandemic numbers. It comes as Austria was plunged into a major lockdown on Monday, the fourth since the pandemic began, to curb the

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‘We were writing history’: Airbus A340 lands in Antarctica for the first time

According to a press release this week, the wide-body aircraft travelled just over five hours from Cape Town in South Africa to the White Continent, landing on Wolf’s Fang Runway (WFR) on 2 November.

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British Airways warns it may drop flights from Heathrow

At an airlines conference in Westminster this week, British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group chief executive Luis Gallego said the hike in prices would push them to “reconsidering” its airlines’ use of Heathrow.

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Airbus secures 408 orders and commitments from Dubai air show

Airbus bags 269 firm aircraft orders at the Dubai Air Show as the planemaker seeks to ramp up production in the post-pandemic recovery.

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New Canadian budget carrier Lynx Air to launch in 2022

While the airline will initially service domestic routes, there are plans to expand into the US and international destinations, with its fleet of 737 MAX jets.

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Cathay Pacific tightens rules for aircrew to maintain zero COVID

It comes only days after the Hong Kong-based airline imposed tough new rules for aircrew to undergo mandatory quarantining for 21 days after entering the nation.

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Planemakers prepare for freight aircraft demand surge

Planemakers are gearing up for a rise in freight demand as Boeing opens up three new freighter conversion lines and Airbus inches closer to launching the A350 freighter. Boeing said it is also in advanced talks to sell the freighter version of its 777X aircraft, after previously flagging it as a strong possibility. The announcements

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Passenger on Blue Origin NS-18 spaceflight dies in plane crash

Entrepreneur Glen de Vries who travelled on Blue Origin’s second crewed spaceflight has died in a plane crash late last week. On Thursday, 11 November, the 49-year-old was onboard a single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft as it crashed into a wooded area in Hampton Township, in Northern New Jersey, according to state police. The Federal Aviation

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Boeing admits responsibility for Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash

Boeing said it does not “blame” that a person or other entity was responsible for the crash.

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Qatar Airways ‘reluctantly’ flies A380 after two-years parked

One of Qatar Airways’ Airbus A380 jets returned to the skies for the first time in over 18 months as the carrier “reluctantly” enters it into service again due to ongoing capacity shortage. The superjumbo lifted off from Doha International Airport earlier this week to Hamad International Airport, the state-owned airline said in a statement.

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Boeing 777X completes first international flight for Dubai air show

Boeing’s latest 777X aircraft has completed both its longest and first international flight to Dubai for the biennial air show. The 777-9 twin engine test aircraft travelled 15 hours nonstop from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Dubai World Central, landing at 2:02pm GST Tuesday, 9 November. The Dubai Airshow 2021 will be the first major international

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A file image of Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 G-VLUX. (Wikimedia Commons/Adam Moreira)

‘A time for celebration’: trans-Atlantic travel restarts after 20-month pause

For the first time in almost 20 months, trans-Atlantic travel kickstarted again on Monday, 8 November after the pandemic imposed major border closures between nations. The White House made a decision in late September to open up international borders to fully vaccinated foreign travellers at the beginning of November. The long-lasting pause on trans-Atlantic travel

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Boeing, shareholders reach $237m settlement over 737 MAX crashes

Boeing has reached a US$237.5 million proposed settlement with shareholders over a lawsuit filed last year following the 737 MAX crashes. Under the proposed agreement – yet to be approved by the court – the compensations will be paid out by insurers, not the board members or executives. Middle of last year, a lawsuit was

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Wright Electric 100-seat jet to enter service by 2026

The start-up began operations in 2016 and is developing a 100-seater, zero-emissions jet converted from the British Aerospace 146 regional aircraft which stopped production in 2001.

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Has the LAPD solved the mystery of LAX’s jet pack man?

Following at least three sightings of what appeared to be a man wearing a jetpack zooming along beside passenger aircraft in LA, the LAPD has said one possible explanation could be the use of a human-sized balloon connected to a dummy body.

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A file image of Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR C-FNNH. (Wikimedia Commons/Mark Harkin)

Air Canada suspends 800 unvaccinated employees amid boost in revenue

Air Canada has suspended over 800 employees for not getting the COVID-19 vaccination and have not received an exemption. The news comes as the airline released its third quarter financial results on Tuesday, seeing its operating revenues triple compared to the same quarter in 2020. The Montreal-based airline employs around 27,000 cabin crew, customer service

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Emirates upcycles first retired A380 for customer purchase

As part of a contract signed with UAE-based Falcon Aircraft Recycling, the company will deconstruct and repurpose the aircraft to reduce environmental footprint.

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American Airlines flight diverts to Denver after passenger assault

American Airlines is “outraged” after an unruly passenger assaulted a flight attendant on Wednesday, causing the aircraft to divert its course. Witnesses told local media the male passenger had been drinking, and other reports and tweets alluded his violence to mask wearing, but a source familiar with the investigation told ABC News it was unprovoked.

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Delta Air Lines implements facial recognition check-in

The Atlanta-based airline will commence the TSA PreCheck in November at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the company said in a statement.

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A supplied image of the Boeing 777-200, Eco Demonstrator. (Boeing)

Boeing, Airbus and others push for 100% SAF allowance in aircraft

In a joint statement, the Chief Technical Officers of Boeing, Airbus, Dassault Aviation, GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, Safran and Pratt & Whitney said they are progressing towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

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An artist's impression of an Airbus A350-900 in United livery. (Airbus)

Unvaccinated workers costing United Airlines $3m a month

According to Bloomberg, the Chicago-based company told a federal judge vaccinated colleagues also “refuse to risk their safety” by flying with pilots who have not received the jab for personal reasons.

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Southwest Airlines’ mass cancellations costed $75m

Southwest Airlines has faced a slew of roadblocks over the past few months, and now has announced the recent mass cancellations cost the company US$75 million. In its third quarter earnings release on Thursday, the low-cost carrier also said its low level of available staffing led to the company missing numerous operational targets. “Third quarter

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FAA to announce changes to safety oversights at hearing

It comes three years after the Lion Air crash on Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft in 2018 which killed 189 passengers, shortly followed by an Ethiopian Airlines crash on the same jet, killing 157 passengers.

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Southwest scraps plan to place unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave

Southwest Airlines has turned back on its former plan to put unvaccinated employees yet to receive an exemption on unpaid leave. The Dallas-based company was originally set on placing employees on unpaid leave if they did not receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons following the mandate announced in early October. Southwest is giving

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737 MAX technical pilot indicted for fraud over crashes

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a former Boeing chief technical pilot of “deceiving” regulators over evaluations made on the 737 MAX aircraft, which led to two fatal crashes. The indictment from the Northern District of Texas revealed 49-year-old Mark A Forkner provided the Federal Aviation Administration with “false, inaccurate and incomplete”

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Alitalia operates last flight after 74 years of service

Bankrupt Alitalia has officially operated its last ever flight after 74 years of service, now set for successor Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) to take its place. The Airbus A320 jet took off at 10:05pm on 14 October from Cagliari and landed in Rome at 11:23pm, Flightradar24 shows. ITA is set to operate its first flight

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Airbus UH-72 Lakota hits operational milestone

The fleet has achieved a major operational milestone 15 years after entering service with the US Army. The Airbus Helicopters’ UH-72 Lakota fleet has exceeded 1 million flight-hours with the US Army since entering service in 2006. The flight hours have been shared cross 463 platforms, delivered over the past 14 years. “Many of the

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An artist's impression of an Airbus A350-900 in United livery. (Airbus)

United Airlines is firing 232 unvaccinated workers

On Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago-based airline Scott Kirby sent a memo to staff claiming 232 employees would be terminated.

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