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Air France Pilots on strike

Air France Pilots on strike | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Only 40% of flights are operated up today. It seems that tomorrow it will be a little better with 45%. Very sad to see the Charles de Gaulle Airport with so many planes "sleeping".

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Accident: Easyjet A319 near Naples on Sep 1st 2014, severe turbulence injures 3

Accident: Easyjet A319 near Naples on Sep 1st 2014, severe turbulence injures 3 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZIM performing flight U2-8529 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Naples (Italy) with 154 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Naples maintaining FL120 when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing altitude deviations of +150 and -100 feet and causing injuries to three flight attendants. The crew decided to divert to Rome Fiumicino where the aircraft landed safely about 35 minutes after the turbulence encounter. The injured flight attendants were taken to a hospital.

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easyJet says finalised $2 bn Airbus order

easyJet says finalised $2 bn Airbus order | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

British no frills airline easyJet said on Thursday it had finalised a deal to buy 27 single aisle A320 jets worth $2.05 billion (1.59 billion euros) at list prices from European aircraft maker Airbus.
The group also plans to raise its shareholder dividend payout, it said in a statement before a capital markets day in London.

“easyJet has reached agreement with Airbus to exercise existing purchase rights over 27 current generation A320 aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2018,” the airline announced.

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Qatar Airways May Order More Airbus A380s

Qatar Airways May Order More Airbus A380s | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Qatar Airways said it may buy more of Airbus Group NV's A380 super jumbos, a rare bright spot for the European plane maker as it tries to shed the jet's image as a commercial flop.

Qatar Airways, which will start flying the A380 next month from its Doha hub to London Heathrow, has ordered 10 A380s and has options for three more. "There is a possibility we will order even more," Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in an interview as he received the first of the super jumbos. The airline's network could accommodate 20 to 25 of the aircraft, he said.

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The brand new First Class on Air France's Boeing 777 fleet

The brand new First Class on Air France's Boeing 777 fleet | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

We visited the Expo Air France in Paris at the Grand Palais on yesterday. We were impressed by the new interior cabin layouts to be put in place very soon by Air France on their Boeing 777 fleet (for certain routes). The French distinguished taste is refined as well as plenty of new additional services. What a pleasure to be flying with Air France.

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An Air France advertisement from early 50's with the Super Constellation

An Air France advertisement from early 50's with the Super Constellation | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

I found this historical advertisement on an aviation magazine. Air France's Lockheed Super Constellation with Premium Service ! 

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First Airbus A380 Qatar A7-APA delivered

First Airbus A380 Qatar A7-APA delivered | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Qatar received its first A380 "the newest aircraft in its fleet"

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Update: Lufthansa warns of 'severe inconvenience' from strike

Update: Lufthansa warns of 'severe inconvenience' from strike | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

UPDATE: Lufthansa has provided guidance for customers ticket to fly though Munich on Wednesday, when the airline's pilots say they'll walk off the job from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. local time.

The carrier posted "a special flight schedule" on Tuesday evening to aid customers flying through Munich on Wednesday. In a bit of good news, Lufthansa says its long-haul flights from Munich "are unlikely to be affected since pilots have volunteered to fly despite the announced stoppage.

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Italy's Montezemolo says becoming Alitalia Chairman a possibility... Al - Italia?

Italy's Montezemolo says becoming Alitalia Chairman a possibility... Al - Italia? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Outgoing Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said on Wednesday that taking on the chairmanship of Alitalia was a possibility but he would decide only after leaving the sports car maker in October.

The CEO of UniCredit , one of the main shareholders of Alitalia, said on Wednesday Montezemolo would be a good candidate for the chairmanship of the Italian carrier.

 Montezemolo will step down as chairman of Ferrari on October 13. REUTERS
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The brand new Al- Italia !

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British Airways to Bring New A380 to San Francisco | Business Wire

British Airways to Bring New A380 to San Francisco | Business Wire | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
British Airways announces it will begin servicing it's San Francisco to London route with the Airbus A380 in April 2015.

From the Golden Gate Bridge to Tower Bridge, customers can now purchase tickets to travel on British Airways’ luxurious new Airbus A380 aircraft. In service from April 2015, this is the first time that an A380 will be available for customers traveling between San Francisco International Airport and London Heathrow.

The Bay area will become the third destination in North America to receive the largest and grandest aircraft in British Airways’ fleet. The new aircraft spans two full decks and can accommodate up to 469 customers across four cabins. With 14 First class suites and 97 Club World business seats, the British Airways A380 will have more full flatbeds than any other flight departing from San Francisco.

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Boeing feels strong pressure to increase 737 jet output

Boeing feels strong pressure to increase 737 jet output | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

NEW YORK - Ray Conner, chief executive of Boeing Co's commercial airplanes business, said on Monday the planemaker is being pressured to raise the production rate of its 737 jetliner, another signal the company is about to announce rate increases beyond current targets.
"There's incredible pressure to go higher," Conner said at a news conference in New York to announce the $11 billion sale of 737 MAX planes to Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair Holdings Plc , starting in 2019.
"We still see tremendous demand across the board, way beyond 47 a month," Conner said, referring to Boeing's target to produce 47 737s a month, starting in 2017.

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10 Jaw-Dropping Times When Flight Attendants Went Beyond The Call of Duty

10 Jaw-Dropping Times When Flight Attendants Went Beyond The Call of Duty | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Flight attendants do more than pour your drinks and point out the emergency exits. Here are ten examples of cabin crew going well beyond the call of duty.

You’re not just paying for service with a smile when it comes to airline cabin crew. It’s hard to remember this sometimes when they’re pouring your champagne but flight attendants are the most important safety feature on your plane. They undergo rigorous training to comply with the industry standards. The International Civil Aviation Organisation sets the standard globally and requires crew to annually demonstrate the ability tofight fires and perform CPR, along with other life-saving duties.

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Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper

Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Photo of the Cockpit with Technical Crew. The Boeing 314 Clipper was a long-range flying boat produced by the Boeing Airplane Company between 1938 and 1941. One of the largest aircraft of the time, it used the massive wing of Boeing’s earlier XB-15bomber prototype to achieve the range necessary for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Twelve Clippers were built; nine were brought into service for Pan Am

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That was a huge cockpit !

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The future of flying could include Google Glass-type headrests

The future of flying could include Google Glass-type headrests | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Aircraft designers at Airbus are getting inventive again with their latest patent: a headrest that doubles as a virtual reality-type helmet that can diffuse music, movies and even smells to help flyers relax.

Drawings for the patent, filed recently by the aircraft manufacturer, show seat-mounted helmets that look not unlike professional hair salon dryers. Only instead of coiffing travellers, the helmet is meant to offer "sensorial isolation" to the external environment, with music, films, and interestingly, "olfactory isolation."

 
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Oooo.... I'm not too keen on the idea of having Google Glass on planes o.O

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Is Flying in Africa Unsafe?

Is Flying in Africa Unsafe? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Aviation in Africa has a poor reputation for safety, but many African nations are stepping up efforts to improve flight safety in the continent.

Being a pilot in Africa, one of the questions that is frequently heard from time to time is, “Is this thing safe?” This is due in part because in the passenger’s eyes it is a small aircraft, but also because they’re flying on an airline in Africa. Most of the passengers that are seen here arrive on South African Airways, which was ticketed through their travel agent thus to them meaning it is safe. But what is safe in Africa? And are there things to actually be concerned about if travelling around the continent or even on one of its airlines who seem to have an ever-growing number of 5th freedom routes around the world?


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Lufthansa Orders 15 More Airbus A320neo for Swiss & 10 A320ceo Aircraft - Quick Facts

Lufthansa Orders 15 More Airbus A320neo for Swiss & 10 A320ceo Aircraft - Quick Facts | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

German aviation group Lufthansa Group (DLAKF.PK, DLAKY.PK) said its Supervisory Board has agreed to buy 15 state-of-the-art aircraft from the Airbus A320neo or New Engine Option family and ten Airbus A320ceo or Current Engine Option aircraft.

The new A320neo orders would be delivered to Lufthansa Group airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) from 2019 onwards, where they are planned to replace older aircraft from the same family. The ten new A320ceo aircraft would be delivered to Eurowings in 2016 and 2017 and would replace older Bombardier CRJ900s.

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Lufthansa pilots hold another strike

Lufthansa pilots hold another strike | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Lufthansa says a pilots' strike has meant cancelling 200 flights and that the stoppage has also hit the travel plans of about 25,000 passengers.

The German airline has been locked in a dispute with the Vereinigung Cockpit union over an early retirement scheme.

Lufthansa said short-haul and medium-haul flights leaving Frankfurt airport, Europe's third largest, had been hit.

Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings went on strike last week over early retirement.

Friday's strike involves a six-hour stoppage from 1500 - 2100 GMT.

"We will continue to strike until Lufthansa brings an end to the confrontational way in which they deal with staff," union official Joerg Handwerg told the Reuters news agency.

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Lufthansa and Air France at they same time.... that will make something to happen !

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▶ Airbus’ Beluga celebrates 20 years in the air - YouTube

The Beluga, both the oddest looking and one of the most popular aircraft in the Airbus family is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the air. The cargo plane affectionately named after the Arctic white whale is responsible for ferrying crucial parts including new wings and fuselage sections between factories across Europe.

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Air France Expo, France Is in The Air

Air France Expo, France Is in The Air | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
80 years of history together. We have discovered the world, pushed back boundaries, and defied time zones to bring the East closer to the West, and the past closer to the future. Pushing ourselves that little bit further to reach new heights... Anything is possible.
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Looking forward to be there !

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NTSB finds pilot error caused UPS Airlines crash | Safety content from ATWOnline

NTSB finds pilot error caused UPS Airlines crash | Safety content from ATWOnline | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has blamed pilot error for the crash of an UPS Airlines Airbus A300-600, which crashed on approach to Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The accident killed both pilots when the aircraft burst into flames after hitting a hill less than a mile short of the airport. UPS Airlines is owned by United Parcel Service.

According to NTSB, UPS Flight 1354 crashed “because the crew continued an unstabilized approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. In addition, the crew failed to monitor the altitude and inadvertently descended below the minimum descent altitude when the runway was not yet in sight.”

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Airline capacity war over as clock ticks on cheap tickets

Airline capacity war over as clock ticks on cheap tickets | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The end is in sight for the days of falling airfares and empty planes with both major Australian domestic airlines saying the battle for customers is too bruising.

The fierce war for customers between Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia has seen the average price of the lowest-cost domestic economy class tickets fall by 32 per cent since September 2011, according to government data.

The constant discounting has taken its toll on both airlines and turned the domestic market from one which churned out $1 billion in profits a year to one where losses totalled $100 million.

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Alitalia board designates Silvano Cassano as CEO of 'new Alitalia'

Alitalia board designates Silvano Cassano as CEO of 'new Alitalia' | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian airline Alitalia said on Friday it had designated Silvano Cassano as CEO of the new company that will be formed when its tie-up with Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad is completed.Etihad
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All the best for this new venture

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Air France-KLM to invest 1b euros into low-cost brand Transavia

Air France-KLM to invest 1b euros into low-cost brand Transavia | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Air France-KLM plans to invest one billion euros (US$1.3 billion) in growing its Transavia low-cost unit in Europe, the company said.

The plan will create up to 250 new pilot jobs by 2019 and grow Transavia's fleet to over 100 aircraft, Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac was quoted as telling French daily Les Echos in the newspaper's Wednesday edition.

A spokesman for Air France-KLM confirmed the report.

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How does a black box work? | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 09.09.2014

How does a black box work? | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 09.09.2014 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Authorities will publish a first report on the July crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Tuesday, including data from the black box. The indestructible recorder helps experts reconstruct aircraft accidents.

Essentially, a black box flight recorder is heavily protected recording device, similar to a hard disk or a memory card. The black box records all relevant flight data, in addition to conversations in the cockpit. Previously, this data had to be recorded on two different devices. But today there are also units that can do both. According to regulations, however, every airplane must have two of these devices on board.

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BAC-Sud Aviation Concorde F-BTSD> Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace - Site officiel

BAC-Sud Aviation Concorde F-BTSD> Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace - Site officiel | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Aérospatiale-BAe Concorde Sierra Delta 213 F-BTSD Air France can be visited at the Air & Space Museum in Le Bourget
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