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MH370 search: 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast

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Australian officials say an "object of interest" in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found, but Malaysia authorities said it was too early to tell if it is a real lead. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets, and said it was recovered on the coast of Western Australia. "It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," he said. "We… (edition.cnn.com) Meer...

Flight 370: Underwater drones find nothing after scouring half of search area

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The underwater drone scanning for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 finished its seventh mission Sunday, having covered about half its intended territory without finding any sign of the missing plane. This has been the case for 44 days now, which seems like an eternity for the relatives of the 239 passengers and crew on board, still hoping for a miracle or, at least, closure. The Bluefin-21 drone started its eighth mission soon after the previous one ended Sunday morning, surveying the bottom of the… (edition.cnn.com) Meer...

G650 on a long 10-hr flight to no-where . . .

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It's not every day you see a flight overfly SEA, SFO, LAX, PHX, SLC, ABQ, and DEN all in one flight. Sorry, this one doesn't spell-out anything. Come on Gulfstrea; get creative next time :) (flightaware.com) Meer...

16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

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A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. (news.yahoo.com) Meer...

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

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Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month. Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

VIDEO Southwest Airlines The Making of Florida One

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An amazing time lapse showing the building through first flight of Southwest Airlines' 73 "Florida One" (www.youtube.com) Meer...

What Happens When You Give A Bunch Of Hotshot Pilots GoPros

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Some of the best pilots in the US Navy are assigned to fly Super Hornets from the USS George Washington. But just because you're the best at what you do, doesn't mean it's all seriousness, hard work, and downright tedium. Most of the time it looks like it's nothing but pure, unadulterated, capital-A Awesome. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Meer...

San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross-Border Airport Plan Gets Green Light

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Plans to build and operate a San Diego-Tijuana International Airport cross-border airport terminal received final approval and construction should begin shortly, officials said last week. The plan calls for a 525-foot (160-meter) long pedestrian bridge that connects the Tijuana airport terminal to a 65,000-square foot structure on the U.S. side.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Four Seasons selling vacations on a 52-seat 757

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The Four Seasons 757 has 52 lie-flat seats and is part of a package vacation with multiple stops around the world, $120K PP. (www.fourseasons.com) Meer...

Inmarsat to Offer Airlines Free Tracking Service

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Satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC plans to offer basic tracking services free of charge to airlines, its chairman said, in the strongest sign yet of the aerospace industry's intentions to enhance monitoring abilities for commercial jets after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (online.wsj.com) Meer...

Video: Aviat Husky Tows Skier Up a Mountain

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Talk about a quick trip back to the top. In a video posted to YouTube a few days ago, U.S. Ski Team member Reese Hanneman can be seen being towed up a mountain somewhere in the Alaska Range behind an Aviat Husky. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

Reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Makes Successful First Flight

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This morning on Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted this video of the Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket making a successful first flight. It ascended to approximately 250 meters before returning back to Earth vertically, on its own "legs." The video was filmed using a hexacopter drone. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Meer...

LOT Embraer 175 "RetroJET" - Livery Timelapse

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"12 days, 200 liters of paint… and here it is! See how the new livery of our Embraer 175 RetroJet has been made." (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Non-Stop Service to Beijing

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Hawaiian Airlines announced the beginning of new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing. The service operates three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

JAL and Korean Air to Expand Codeshare Agreement

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Japan Airlines and Korean Air announced they will increase the number of flights covered by their existing codeshare agreement on April 22. The agreement will cover all flights between South Korea and Japan operated by Korean Air. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’ - Air and Sea Search for Flight 370 Could End This Week

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Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed.. Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years. ... The agency also reported Thursday that the underwater search area has been “significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Mysterious American Jet Spotted in Iran

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A private jet bearing the American flag was spotted this week at an airport in Tehran, an oddity considering the fact that the U.S. is not currently doing business with Iran. The reason for the plane’s visit: Unknown. The plane’s passenger: Also unknown. (www.nytimes.com) Meer...

Delta Reports Increase in First Quarter Profit

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Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The Atlanta-based airline reported a profit of $281 million, an increase of $196 million from $85 million in the first quarter of 2013. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Cuba Travel Services to Offer New Miami-Holguin Flight

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Cuba Travel Services announced it will launch a new, non-stop flight between Miami and Holguin, a city on the eastern shore of Cuba, on June 5. The new flight will offered once a week and will be operated by Sun Country Airlines, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft configured with two classes of service. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

UAV Pilot Charged with Felony

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The owner of a video-camera-equipped Hexacopter flying near the scene of a car accident in Springfield, Ohio, earlier this week was charged with felony obstruction after police said he refused to land his UAV even as a medevac helicopter prepared to touch down. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

Malaysian Officials: Hunt for Flight 370 at 'Critical Stage' - Current Underwater Search Could End Within a Week

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The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is at a ‘critical’ stage, according to Malaysian officials, as Australian officials announced a plan to end underwater searches for the jet’s flight data recorders within a week. The narrowing of the search is at a very critical juncture,” said, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense and acting transport minister, at a news conference Saturday. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Bluefin 21 Completes Two-Thirds of Flight 370 Sea Floor Search - Bluefin 21 Completes Two-Thirds of Flight 370 Sea Floor Search

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As the 45-day mark in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet struck, a Malaysian government met with relatives of the passengers who were on the ill-fated flight to discuss possible compensation, while an autonomous underwater vehicle continued to scour the ocean floor looking for signs of wreckage. Malaysia’s deputy foreign affairs minister, Hamzah Zainuddin, who heads a government committee overseeing the needs of the next of kin, held meetings with passengers’ relatives in Kuala… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

JetBlue joins Air Line Pilots Association

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What are some thoughts of your about the news that jetBlues pilots are joining ALPA (investor.jetblue.com) Meer...

Most Incredible Air to Air Footage

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A must watch! There's a lot of great air-to-air footage out there, but sometimes you see something and just say "WOW". This is one of those videos. Wolfe Air, maker of this incredible video, is the self-proclaimed leader in aviation cinema. They shoot using a Lear 25B, Cessna Skymaster and A-Star helicopter. (www.boldmethod.com) Meer...

Emirates, Alaska Airlines Promotion Offers Double Miles, Discounted Fares

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Emirates Airline announced a new promotion that allows members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program to earn double miles on any Emirates-operated flights completed by November 30. In addition, Emirates is offering special discounted fares on select flights between the United States and Dubai, also before November 30. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Lufthansa to Continue Partnership with US Airways - Codeshares to Continue Despite US Move to Oneworld

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German flag carrier Lufthansa announced plans to it to continue its long-time partnership with US Airways as well as its non-stop flight between Munich to Charlotte, North Carolina. The airline, which first launched the Munich-Charlotte flight in 2004, currently operates the route with a three-class Airbus A340-600 between the two cities. According to Lufthansa, it is the only airline to offer a first-class cabin on that route.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Japanese Stealth Demonstrator To Fly This Year

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Speaking to the foreign affairs and defense committee of Japan’s upper house, defense minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed that the Mitsubishi ATD-X (advanced technology demonstrator - experimental) future fighter demonstrator is on course to fly later this year, albeit with a slight delay. (www.ainonline.com) Meer...

Video: AWACS Aerial Refueling over Afghanistan, March 2014

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A U.S. Air force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, refuels a NATO E-3 AWACS over northern Afghanistan Mar. 4, 2014, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The crew of the Stratotanker provided fuel for coalition aircraft during their more than seven hour combat sortie, off-loading over 70,000 lbs. of fuel. (www.aviationvideos.co) Meer...

Heathrow Express Workers Plan 48-Hour Strike

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Rail workers who operate the Heathrow Express service will go on strike, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said. Members of the union plan to walk off the job ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

American Airlines to Expand Miami-Martinique Service

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American Airlines announced it will launch an additional weekly flight between Miami and Fort-de-France, the capital city of Martinique, from June 11 to August 13 of this year. The new flight will operate once a week, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Flight Review: KLM Europe Business Class Geneva-Amsterdam

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Geneva does airport security very well. An unmanned Priority lane is available to business-class passengers as well as those with higher level status on many airlines flying out of Geneva. All I had to do was scan my boarding pass, already present on my smartphone, and the gate parted. While this only led into the general security line, compared with over 100 people waiting on that side, I had only a moment’s wait to proceed through the checkpoint. Laptop out? Check! IPad out? Check. Shoes? No… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

GOL to Launch Buenos Aires-Fortaleza, Brazil Service

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Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced it will commence once-weekly non-stop service between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, on May 10. The flight will operate on Saturdays, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Korean Air A380 Hits 2 Light Poles At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard. The Korean Air flight arrived from Seoul on Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard and an airport operations vehicle misguided the jet, which caused the incident, said airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Meer...

Russia To Allow Airlines To Hire Foreign Pilots

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President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows Russian airlines to hire foreign pilots, a move the Kremlin said was needed to end a shortage of pilots on civilian flights as passenger numbers grow. The law comes five months after 50 people were killed in the crash of a Tatarstan Airlines jet, blamed on pilot error, which highlighted concerns that Russia does not have enough pilots to meet growing demand. (news.airwise.com) Meer...

Delta Completes Installation of Lie-Flat Seats on International Widebody Fleet

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Delta Air Lines announced it has finished outfitting its BusinessElite cabins on all of its international widebody planes with fully lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access. Aircraft in Delta’s fleet which offer the lie-flat seats include all of its Airbus A330-200, A330-300, Boeing 767-300ER, 737-400ER, 747, 777-200ER, and 777-200LR planes. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Former Blue Angels Commander Relieved of Duty

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A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said. Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he had served since November, officials said in a statement. (abcnews.go.com) Meer...

Newark Airport Shuts 1 of 3 Runways for Repaving and New Taxiways in $100 Million Project

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it has shut down one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s two main runways for repaving and the creation of four new taxiways. One of the new taxiways will allow incoming aircraft to exit the runway and get to a gate faster, while the other three will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, thereby reducing takeoff delays.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

81 Turn World Record Inverted Flat Spin - Helmet Cam

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Spencer Suderman, of Santa Clarita, California, set a new world record for inverted flat spins by making 81 spins on March 13, 2014. He started at 23,000 feet and ended at 2,000 feet. (youtu.be) Meer...

Alaska Airlines to Re-Launch Oregon Wines Fly Free Program

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Alaska Airlines announced that it will resume its Oregon Wines Fly Free program on May 1. The program, which allows travelers on the airline’s flights to check a case of Oregon wine at no charge, was first launched as a two-month trial period last fall, and is now being renewed and extended for a year. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Malaysia on the Fence on Making First Flight 370 Investigation Report Public - No Way ‘We Can Avoid It’ Versus ‘Have Not Made Any Decision’

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As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner gets close to the two-month point, the Malaysian government is debating whether to make public an initial report that it submitted to international aviation authorities. Malaysia has filed a preliminary report on the incident with the International Civil Aviation Organization, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the country’s director-general of civil aviation at a news conference Wednesday... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Boeing nets more than double Airbus' orders for new planes in 1Q 2014

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Boeing said on Thursday it had won 275 gross orders or 234 net orders in the first quarter. Airbus ended the quarter with 158 new orders or 103 net orders after adjusting for cancellations. Some suggest the dramatic drop-off at Airbus is related to a deliberate attempt to decrease and/or completely eliminate the smaller A350-800 variant, in favor of a reengined but much older A330neo, that might be announced later in the year. (www.reuters.com) Meer...

Search-and-rescue drone mission, grounded by FAA, sues for right to fly

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A Texas volunteer search-and-rescue outfit grounded by federal regulators is fighting back, suing the government that maintains that its humanitarian efforts are illegal. Federal Aviation Administration officials in February grounded Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team, which deploys five-pound styrofoam drones to find the missing—all for free. "There is no legal basis for the FAA to prohibit the operation of model aircraft for volunteer search-and-rescue activities,"… (arstechnica.com) Meer...

Opinion: Commercial Aviation Safer Than Ever, But Problems Remain

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its 50th Flight Safety Report, an impressive document covering the airline industry's relentless efforts to further diminish incidents and accidents. IATA member airlines (which carry 86% of the world's 3.1 billion annual passengers) last year suffered a small number of fatal accidents. No more than 210 of their passengers lost their lives, suggesting that flying is safer than ever. Although the “zero-accident” goal may be… (www.aviationweek.com) Meer...