SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled more than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday as pilots enter a fifth day of strikes. Pilots at the airline went on strike on Friday, grounding 70 per cent of flights. More than 300,000 travellers have been affected so far, with Wednesday’s strikes set to ground a further 47,000. The SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95 per cent of the airline’s pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has said the dispute…

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FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in United States airspace as of immediate effect. The move follows an emergency order issued by President Donald Trump to ground the aircraft following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, which killed all 157 people on board. The disaster was the second in five months to involve Boeing’s latest generation 737 aircraft. The FAA had previously held…

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EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in EU airspace. The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX 8 model in less than five months. The move follows similar steps by regulators in several European and Asian countries and airlines in Brazil and Mexico….

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Airlines ground 737 MAX 8 as Ethiopian flight recorders recovered

Airlines ground 737 MAX 8 as Ethiopian flight recorders recovered

Investigators have announced that the flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed on Sunday have been recovered. The devices recovered from the Boeing 737 MAX-8 include the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder. Flight ET302, en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. Airlines ground 737 MAX 8 as Boeing’s stocks plummet Several airlines have grounded their 737 MAX…

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British Airways to order up to 42 Boeing 777X aircraft

British Airways to order up to 42 Boeing 777X aircraft

British Airways parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) has committed to buying up to 42 Boeing 777 aircraft in a deal valued at $18.6 billion. IAG is ordering 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft with a further 24 options, which will be used to replace British Airways’ Boeing 747-400 and four 777-200 aircraft between 2022 and 2025. Each aircraft will be fitted with 325 seats in four cabins. “The new 777-9 is the world’s most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft…

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Looking back on the A380: where did it go wrong?

Looking back on the A380: where did it go wrong?

Last week, Airbus announced plans to close its A380 programme, stopping deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft in 2021. The decision came as primary customer Emirates reduced its A380 order from 162 to 123 aircraft, opting instead for 40 of the A330-900neo and 30 A350-900XWB. The airline will now only be taking delivery of 14 more A380s over the next two years until production comes to an end. Emirates hinted at an uncertain future for its…

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Delta orders 15 additional A220 aircraft, converts order on 35

Delta orders 15 additional A220 aircraft, converts order on 35

Delta Air Lines has ordered an additional 15 Airbus A220 aircraft and converted 35 A220-100s to the larger variant. The deal increases Delta’s A220 commitment to 90 aircraft, which includes 50 of the A220-300 variant. The Atlanta-based carrier expects to take delivery of its first A220-300 in 2020. The aircraft will be configured with 130 seats in a three-class configuration, including first-class, economy, and Delta’s larger “Comfort+” extra-legroom economy product. “These additional A220 aircraft will continue…

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Heathrow and Gatwick to invest in anti-drone technology

Heathrow and Gatwick to invest in anti-drone technology

Heathrow and Gatwick airports will invest millions of pounds in anti-drone technology to prevent a repeat of the disruption caused at Gatwick last month. A spokesperson for Gatwick said the airport had spent £5 million on new defences after flights were grounded and the airport was repeatedly forced to close following a series of drone sightings between 19 and 21 December. The disruption caused mass cancellations and delays at the Sussex hub, affecting about 1,000 flights…

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VINCI Airports to buy £2.9bn stake in Gatwick

VINCI Airports to buy £2.9bn stake in Gatwick

VINCI Airports has signed an agreement to acquire a 50.01 per cent stake in London Gatwick Airport from Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) in a deal worth £2.9bn. GIP, which acquired Gatwick in 2009, will continue to operate the remaining 49.99 per cent of the airport after the transaction is completed later this year. Nicolas Notebaert, chief executive officer of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports, said: “As Gatwick’s new industrial partner, VINCI Airports will support…

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ANA unveils first Airbus A380

ANA unveils first Airbus A380

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways’ first Airbus A380 aircraft rolled out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany yesterday, bearing the airline’s unique Hawaiian blue sea turtle livery. The “Flying Honu” aircraft – which took 21 days to paint – will enter service for ANA on 24 May 2019, operating on the airline’s Tokyo Narita – Honolulu route. ANA will become the first Japanese customer to operate the A380 when the aircraft is delivered next March….

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