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Russian Military Jets ‘disrupted UK aviation’

Russian military planes flying near UK airspace caused "disruption to civil aviation" on Wednesday, the Foreign Office has said. It said the two Russian planes did not enter UK airspace, but the manoeuvres were "part of increasing pattern of out-of-area operations" by Russia. The planes were "escorted" by RAF jets "throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest", officials added. Russia's ambassador has been summoned to "account for the incident". Typhoon fighters were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby to escort the Russian aircraft, and the RAF said the mission last 12 hours The Foreign Office refused to give details of the disruption to civil aviation. BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said the Russian planes - two Tu-95 Bear H bombers - came … [Read More...]

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Improving Ground Travel Is The Only Way To Disrupt The Airline Industry

I traveled close to 24,000 miles by air in 2014. During that time, I’ve encountered an industry with an irritating and archaic business model—mundane booking processes, a barrage of fees, inconsistent customer service experiences, and a mode of transportation in need of a breath of fresh air. So how can a business really change the […]

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Skymark Air Files for Bankruptcy After Airbus A380 Deal Flops

Skymark Airlines Inc., Japan’s third-largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection after running short of cash, hastening the downfall of a low-fare airline and its growth ambitions that climaxed in an ill-fated purchase of six Airbus A380 superjumbos. The carrier filed at the Tokyo District Court with 71 billion yen ($603 million) in liabilities, according to […]

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Potential hackers announce threats to airline flights

Several hacker-type accounts on Twitter announced threats to several flights on Monday, leading JetBlue to pull one flight back to the gate due to the safety of passengers, the airline said in a statement. A Twitter account that includes an expletive issued a handful of tweets threatening five flights, including flight 321 that was due […]

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Impending Blizzard Causes 5,200 Flight Cancellations

Air travelers faced chaos Monday in the Northeast, thanks to a major winter blizzard that grounded thousands of airline flights even before the first snowflakes had fallen in the region. Airlines reacted to a major snowstorm that’s expected to wallop parts of the Northeast by cancelling more than 5,200 flights through Wednesday. Of those, at […]

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Air India Considering Order for Fleet Of Boeing 737 Max for Expansion Plan

Air India Ltd (AI) is reportedly considering a fleet expansion and may place an order for Boeing 737-Max planes. A source with knowledge on the developments revealed the news to Bloomberg. The new order, if placed, will not replace the current fleet of Boeing 737s, but add to it. Indian carries are mulling over expanding […]

AirAsia Flight 8501 update: Teams fail to float fuselage

Latest: Indonesian salvage teams failed to raise the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the sea bed Saturday, but recovered four more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed jet. The bid to raise the fuselage came a day after divers were able to enter the main section of the plane, which crashed in the […]

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Etihad Presents the New Alitalia

A plan to reinvent Italy’s flag carrier, Alitalia, unveiled by its new executive team and investors including Etihad, promises new routes, new product and service standards, a new cost management strategy and new branding. As part of Alitalia’s new direction, James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Aviation Group and vice chairman of Alitalia, said […]

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Analyst Lauds Benefits of Potential United 777-300ER Deal

As United Airlines reportedly nears a deal to switch 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into an order of 777-300ERs, as reported by Bloomberg, an industry analyst offers insight into why the United 777-300ER deal is a win-win for the airline and the manufacturer. “While we generally do not discuss specifics about our future fleet plans, we […]

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Luxury on a Budget: The Best Boutique Airlines for an Economy Long Haul Flight

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We can afford to build business jets and the CSeries: Bombardier

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Ryanair to pay Boeing a premium for next generation 737 Max aircraft

Ryanair agreed to pay a “premium” for the next generation of aircraft that it plans to buy from US giant Boeing between 2019 and 2024, according to its chief executive. Last year the Irish airline became the launch customer for the 737 Max that Boeing plans to begin producing towards the end of the decade […]

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Embraer sees E2 as positioned to meet Asian passenger needs

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Airbus to Raise Price of Planes by 3.27 per cent

The price of Airbus planes is going up 3.27 per cent this year. The Toulouse-based company said the price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ “standard escalation formula” and enabled it to continue to enhance its profitability. Increases will push the list price of an A320 – used on New Zealand domestic and transtasman […]

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Emirates Will Buy 100 More A380s If Airbus Upgrades Model

Emirates, the biggest customer for the A380 superjumbo, said it has told Airbus Group NV it would commit to buying 100 more jets worth more than $43 billion at list prices if the manufacturer agrees to equip the plane with a new engine. The world’s largest airliner, typically seating 525 people, has “enormous” possibilities in […]

Airlines adding more flights to Phoenix ahead of Super Bowl

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United Airlines Preparing to Order 10 Boeing 777 Airplanes

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