Ebola Outbreak

Ebola causes some people to change travel plans

Travel agents say customers are asking whether it's safe to fly, and what steps they should take to guard against Ebola.The virus has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the current outbreak began several months ago. Several people who contracted the disease there have been treated in the United States, but only three cases have been diagnosed in the U.S., all in Dallas.Two of those victims flew on commercial flights shortly before falling ill. To put that in perspective, on an average day, about 2 million people fly on domestic and international flights operated by U.S. airlines.Still, Ebola fear increased when officials disclosed that a nurse tested positive for the virus just over 24 hours after getting off a Frontier Airlines plane from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort … [Read More...]

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Gulfstream’s New Jets Are Packed With Touchscreens for Pilots

Touchscreens have established themselves as the best interface for smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Tesla and other car companies, they appear to be the future of automotive controls. And now, Gulfstream, maker of the world’s priciest business jets, thinks they’re the best choice in the cockpit as well. The Georgia-based firm introduced two swanky aircraft […]

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Airbus Cuts Production Plan for A330 Jetliner

Airbus said it would reduce the build-rate for the A330 to nine aircraft a month in the fourth quarter of next year. It currently builds 10 A330s a month, a record for the company. The A330 is a key profit contributor for the European plane maker. The Toulouse-based company is working on an updated model […]

Delta Airlines Boeing 747

Boeing 747s will be retired by 2017 – Delta CEO

If you want to book a flight on one of Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 747s, the clock is ticking. The carrier plans to retire the last of the 16 747s in its fleet by 2017, CEO Richard Anderson said during the carrier’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday. The move is no surprise, but the timeline guidance […]

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Airline Passenger Showing Signs of Ebola Taken to Hospital

An airline passenger showing symptoms of the Ebola virus on board an Air France flight to Madrid was taken to hospital on Thursday when the aircraft landed. Officials for the French airline, the Spanish government and the Madrid airport said that the passenger had been shaking and shown signs of a fever during the Air […]

Ebola Outbreak

Frontier Air puts 6 crew on leave as precaution amid Ebola worry

Frontier Airlines said six crew members were placed on paid leave for 21 days “out of an abundance of caution,” after learning that a nurse who had treated an Ebola victim may have been symptomatic when she flew on the airline earlier this week. The leave affects two pilots and four flight attendants aboard flight […]

Transavia Boeing 737-800

Air France pilots see Transavia deal signed by mid-November

Air France and its main pilots’ union SNPL said on Thursday they reached a tentative deal aimed at ending a dispute over the airline’s low cost unit Transavia France, sending shares in the airline up 6 percent. Air France said it expected the text they had agreed on to be signed in mid-November. Air France-KLM’s […]

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Airbus A350 cleared to fly record distance on one engine

The European Aviation Safety Agency granted the Airbus jet Extended Operations, known as ETOPS, of “beyond 180 minutes”, but will allow pilots to fly the A350 for up to 370 minutes if one engine shuts down, Airbus said. ETOPS rules determine the maximum flying time on one engine that jets can stray from the nearest […]

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Indian Airline Indigo agrees to order 250 jets from Airbus, worth $26 Billion

Airbus looks set to exceed 1,000 net orders this year after securing a provisional deal with Indian carrier IndiGo for 250 revamped A320neo jets, its sales chief said on Wednesday. Indian budget airline IndiGo has agreed to buy 250 A320 planes from Airbus, a purchase that could be worth nearly $26 billion and rank as […]

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Airplane’s cabin walls crack midair, force emergency landing

An American Airlines flight was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing in San Francisco on Monday after wall panels in the cabin cracked, frightening passengers on the Dallas-bound flight. Flight 2293 from San Francisco landed at 2:15 p.m., a little more than an hour after takeoff, when passengers felt the Boeing 757 […]

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Japan’s First Airliner in 50 Years – Delivery Expected in 2017

In a building where designers once worked on the World War II-era Zero fighter, engineers are toiling away on a new project: Japan’s first commercial airliner in half a century. “Many people have been asking, ‘When is your aircraft going to be ready?’” said the company’s president, Teruaki Kawai, in an interview Wednesday. “Now we […]

Ebola

US Ebola patient ‘flew on domestic airplane’

The second US health care worker infected with Ebola flew on a domestic airplane a day before her diagnosis, and health authorities said Wednesday they are seeking to interview 132 people on that flight. The US Centers for Disease Control said the woman “exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according […]

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And the best airline for a coast-to-coast flight is …

Having recently test-flown “transcon” (i.e., transcontinental, New York to L.A., San Francisco or Seattle) non-stop in business or first class on the five competing airlines that fly these routes, I can now give my verdict as to who does it best. And the winner is American Airlines. Yep, American. They bought all new planes, they […]

Gulfstream G650ER

Gulfstream deepens challenge to Bombardier with new business jets

The battle between the world’s largest business jet manufacturers heated up Tuesday as Gulfstream unveiled two new luxury planes to challenge Bombardier. The division of General Dynamics said the G500 and G600 large-cabin aircraft will enter into service in 2018 and 2019. Both versions will be powered with Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PWC800 engines […]

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Etihad Airways offers free Flying Nannies

Small feet kicking the back of seats, screaming babies, bored youngsters running around in the aisles. Flying with children can sometimes be a nightmare. But one airline has come up with a solution for families travelling with youngsters. Clad in their orange aprons, these modern-day Mary Poppin’s bustle about on Etihad Airways flights, making sure […]

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Swiss airline Darwin waters down Etihad deal to get green light

Etihad Airways, which plans to buy a third of Switzerland’s Darwin Airline, has agreed to relinquish a role in the appointment of top executives in order to secure approval for the deal, the Swiss carrier said on Tuesday. Maurizio Merlo, chief executive of Darwin, now rebranded Etihad Regional, said he now expected a green light […]

Airbus A380 and Boeing 747

Boeing and Airbus: The Wide-Body Tug of War

Wide-body planes form an essential part of aircraft makers’ business as they support a higher price tag than their narrow-body counterparts. Boeing predicts that in the coming two decades, 36,770 commercial planes valued at $5.2 trillion would be delivered by plane makers. The wide-body planes would account for 8,600 or 23% of the deliveries, but […]

Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner

Virgin Atlantic war with British Airways continues

Standing in a brand new British Airways A380, at an altitude of 35,000ft over the Atlantic, Willie Walsh couldn’t resist having a dig at an old rival. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline had, he said, made a bad mistake launching a domestic service from London’s Heathrow airport. “It’s looking terrible. The fact is they […]

Virgin America

Virgin America relocates from D/FW to Love Field

Virgin America’s last flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was its first to Dallas Love Field Monday morning as the airline permanently moved its base of operations after the Wright Amendment expired. The flight, normally about five minutes in the air, lasted about an hour as a ceremonial moving of operations. The airline also had […]