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Germanwings crash raises concerns with Airbus cockpit design

The tragic crash, along with others recently involving Airbus aircraft, show that it’s too easy for junior officers to take control of a plane. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on Tuesday sent a stark message that aircraft manufacturer Airbus needs to address issues with the design and layout of its cockpits. The crash, along […]

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Air India Pilots Voice Concern Over 26-Year-Old Airbus A320s

Voicing its concern over the 26-year-old fleet of Airbus A320s in the national carrier Air India, one of its pilots’ union has sought grounding of these planes from aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which represents erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots in the now combined entity Air […]

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PAL buys 2 Airbus Jets, Revises Orders

The Philippines’ struggling flag carrier said Sunday, March 29, it has purchased an additional two Airbus jets as part of its re-fleeting program. The two Airbus A321 NEO planes bring to 40 the total number of deliveries that Philippine Airlines (PAL) will receive from Airbus up to 2024, the carrier said in a statement. “The […]

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Cockpit Voice Tape Studied in Germanwings Crash; Pilot Was Locked Out

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that crashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, officials said on Wednesday. The New York Times reported that evidence from the recordings showed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before […]

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Airbus A380, the Big Star at Dubai Airport, Faces a Pivotal Year

A new report said the Airbus A380, the airplane that landed in the middle of the controversy involving the Gulf airlines, is entering a pivotal year. That’s because the airplane’s principal buyer, Emirates President Tim Clark, is calling for an updated, more efficient, re-engined version, an A380neo. Clark wants seat costs to decline by 10%. […]

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Why did Germanwings Airbus A320 crash?

Aviation experts are focusing on the possibility that key sensors on the Germanwings Airbus A320 could have iced up, causing the aircraft to descend rapidly. Oher theories being advanced in the immediate aftermath of the crash was that the crew could have been incapacitated by a sudden loss of pressure. Even though it will take […]

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Germanwings Plane Crash: Glide to Destruction ‘took 18 minutes not 8′

Evidence emerged today that the unexplained, gradual dive to destruction of Germanwings Flight 9525 took at least 18 minutes, not eight. The French environment and transport minister, Ségolène Royal, said that the crew of the Airbus A320 had stopped responding on radio at 10.30am yesterday when the aircraft was over the Mediterranean. The aircraft slammed […]

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Bombardier Inc to upgrade CRJ regional jets after ‘so much focus on the CSeries’

Bombardier Inc. plans to upgrade the regional jets that have been neglected during the company’s struggle to build its biggest-ever plane, the CSeries. Design changes such as new winglets and a modified wing are under development that would cut the jets’ fuel burn by at least 4.5% by 2020, said executives including Jean-Francois Tessier, director […]

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Tragic France Crash: Germanwings Plane Data Recorder Found

Latest Developments • 3:24 p.m. ET: Lufthansa Group said the company will look after the relatives of those on board Germanwings Flight 9525. “There will be a contact center established in France; relatives who would like to take advantage of this will be transferred to the contact center at no cost — and their accommodation […]

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Airbus delivers its 9,000th aircraft

Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 9,000 aircraft on Friday, with the milestone plane – an Airbus A321 – going to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir. “The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, says in a statement commemorating the […]

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Why Boeing May Take Years To Replace The 757

Some Boeing customers see a hole in its lineup of passenger jets and are pushing for a new midsize model to fill it. But a $500 billion backlog and development of other planes may keep that idea from getting off the ground anytime soon. The world’s largest aerospace firm ended production of its 200- to […]

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Germanwings Airbus Carrying 150 Crashes in French Alps

Search and rescue teams were scrambling on Tuesday to reach a remote and rugged site in the southern French Alps where the French aviation authorities confirmed that a German plane carrying 144 passengers and six crew members had crashed while en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona. It was feared that there were no survivors. The […]

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France, Germany Protest Gulf Carrier Encroachment

As U.S. airlines and labor unions launch their campaign against alleged subsidies for the “Big Three” Gulf carriers, the debate is already well underway in Europe. Key players in transport policy seek a new agreement with Gulf states to regulate subsidies, but Gulf countries and carriers are strongly resisting the effort. While the white paper […]

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Airbus Group Demands $700 Million Against Skymark Airlines Inc Cancelled Orders

AIRBUS GROUP has filed a request with the Tokyo District Court demanding $700 million from Japanese Skymark Airlines Inc, which was earlier unable to pay the installment fees of its order of 6 Airbus A380 super jumbos in July 2014. The airline has liabilities of over 200 billion Yen ($1.7 billion), which it has to […]

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Lufthansa airliner nearly crashed in November, airline admits

Photo Source An Airbus A321 plane operated by Lufthansa nearly crashed four months ago after some of its outside sensors iced over, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday. Lufthansa confirmed Friday to dpa that there had been an incident which was not made public at the time of the November 5 flight from Bilbao, […]

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Air India Held A Job Fair And No One Showed Up

Air India hosted a job fair earlier this week in hopes of filling at least some of the 197 vacant pilot spots for its Airbus fleet, alone. Not a single applicant showed up. Not. One. Air India’s shortage of cabin crew is well known. The problem is so severe that it’s faced frequent flight delays […]

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The HondaJet’s Brand-New Engine Is Finally Approved For Flight

Honda Aircraft recently debuted their first production HondaJet, and the over-the-wing aircraft design is anticipated to revolutionize the light jet market. The engines are also new and so is the company created specifically to build them. Honda Aero is the first new company approved to build jet engines in 23 years. The majority of the […]