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Boeing says 737 MAX may not win FAA approval until mid-year

Boeing says 737 MAX may not win FAA approval until mid-yearCHICAGO - Boeing said on Tuesday it does not expect to win approval for the return of the 737 MAX to service until mid-year due to further potential developments in the certification process and regulatory scrutiny on its flight control system. Still, the planemaker had also positive news to share.»
2 days ago
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Iran seeks help reading downed planes black boxes

Iran seeks help reading downed planes black boxesDUBAI - Iran said it had asked the U.S. and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, potentially angering countries which want the recorders analysed abroad. The Boeing 737 flown by Ukraine International Airlines was shot down in error on Jan. 8.»
2 days ago
Financial difficulties

South African Airways cancels "a few domestic flights"

South African Airways cancels JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled "a few domestic flights," the state airline's spokesman Tlali Tlali said on Tuesday, adding that a statement would be issued shortly. SAA is running short of cash after the government failed to provide 2 billion rand ($137 million) of emergency funding. »
2 days ago

Kosovo and Serbia agree to resume flights

Kosovo and Serbia agree to resume flightsPRISTINA - Kosovo and Serbia agreed on Monday to launch direct commercial flights after a two-decade interval in a deal mediated by the United States in an attempt to push the two former foes closer to normalising relations. Lufthansa lowcost operator Eurowings is set to fetch the flight mandate.»
2 days ago

Embraer studies turboprop within Boeing venture

Embraer studies turboprop within Boeing ventureSAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS - Brazilian planemaker Embraer is in the advanced stages of studying the launch of a new turboprop aircraft to be developed through a venture it is planning with Boeing, subject to necessary approvals, a top executive said on Monday.»
2 days ago
Flight PS752

Gulf airlines continue to operate in Iranian airspace

Gulf airlines continue to operate in Iranian airspaceKUWAIT - Qatar Airways, Emirates and several other Gulf airlines still fly in Iraqi and Iranian airspace and to cities in both countries, even as other international carriers like British Airways and Lufthansa have rerouted planes since the United States and Iran traded military strikes.»
3 days ago
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Westjet to offer fast link to Canada

Westjet to offer fast link to CanadaMANCHESTER - The quickest ever Transatlantic route from Manchester Airport is set for a summer 2020: direct flights to Halifax in June with Westjet will take only six hours. The link is offered four times per week on Boeing 737-700 with two classes and onward connectivity including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.»
3 days ago
Flights operating normally

South African Airways bailout talks stall

South African Airways bailout talks stall    JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) said on Monday that its flights to all destinations were operating normally, after talks over the weekend on a bailout plan for the state carrier ended with no solution. Government officials are scrambling to work out how they can provide $138 million of funds. »
3 days ago
Flight PS752

Iran aims to examine downed plane's black boxes

Iran aims to examine downed plane's black boxesDUBAI -  Iran said on Sunday it was trying to analyse the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that its military shot down this month, denying a report that a decision had been taken to send the voice and flight data recorders to Ukraine. The regime in Tehram also mulled sending the recorders to France.»
5 days ago

Why PS752 is unlikely to lead to global airspace rules

Why PS752 is unlikely to lead to global airspace rulesMONTREAL - Why was the Ukrainian airliner mistakenly shot down near Tehran by Iranian forces last week for the loss of 176 lives even allowed to take off from a country that had just fired missiles towards its neighbour? And why didn't the airline just delay or cancel the flight?»
6 days ago
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Boeing addresses new 737 MAX software issue

Boeing addresses new 737 MAX software issueWASHINGTON - Boeing said on Friday it is addressing a new software issue discovered in Iowa last weekend during a technical review of the proposed update to the grounded Boeing 737 MAX, a development that could further delay the plane’s return to service.»
6 days ago

FAA should mandate new safety management systems

FAA should mandate new safety management systemsWASHINGTON - An expert committee on Thursday recommended the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) require Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers to adopt new safety management tools in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people. Delegation of parts of certification process can continue.»

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Enhanced monitoring at Heathrow airport

LONDON - Britain will start enhanced monitoring of all passengers who arrive on direct flights from the Chinese city of Wuhan to tackle the threat of coronavirus.»

Air India opens Mumbai - Stansted route

LONDON - Air India will add services between Mumbai and London Stansted next month.»

New BA A350-1000 damaged in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV - A shiny new British Airways A350-1000 was damaged during a hard landing in Tel Aviv Monday.»

Easyjet to raise winter guidance

LUTON - British low-cost airline Easyjet said its first-half winter performance would improve from last year, helped by robust travel demand and a slight easing of competition in the European short-haul flying market.»

Boeing borrows 10 billion to cover 737 MAX expenses

SEATTLE - Boeing is in talks with banks about borrowing 10 billion US Dollars or more amid rising costs after the two fatal 737 Max crashes, CNBC reported on Monday citing people familiar with the matter.»

British Airways to upgrade some lounges

LONDON - British Airways has announced it is refreshing its First and Club lounges at Chicago O’Hare Airport, as well as revealing more details on its lounge improvements at Edinburgh and Berlin.»

Five rescue proposals for Malaysia Airlines

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has received five proposals for its debt-laden national carrier Malaysia Airlines, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed said at a group media briefing on Monday.»

SAA puts nine A340s up for sale

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has put up for sale nine of its Airbus aircraft, according to a tender document seeking proposals from interested buyers that was seen by Reuters on Thursday.»

Delta crew failed to warn controllers about fuel dump

LOS ANGELES - A Delta Air Lines flight crew that dumped fuel on several Los Angeles area schools before making an emergency landing did not inform air traffic controllers it planned to do so, the FAA said Wednesday.»

Plane in Iran hit by two missiles

NEW YORK - The "New York Times" has published security camera footages that show what seems to be the Ukrainian plane being hit by two missiles.»

Ryanair mulls first 737 MAX deliveries by April

MADRID - Ryanair could receive its first deliveries of up to ten grounded 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing by April, Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said on Tuesday, but cautioned the timing was dependent on regulators.»

Ryanair to raise profit forecast

DUBLIN - Ryanair raised its full-year profit forecast on Friday after a better-than-expected performance over Christmas and New Year, lifting shares in other airlines as analysts said the outlook boded well for the sector.»

FAA bans airlines from flying over Iran and Iraq

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Tuesday it would ban U.S. carriers from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia.»

Boeing settles with American Airlines

FORT WORTH - American Airlines Group Inc said on Monday it had reached a confidential agreement with Boeing Co to address damages the airline incurred in 2019 due to the ongoing grounding of its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.»

Strong odour causes Mayday emergency

LONDON - Mayday emergency on Heathrow finals: a strong smell left a British Airways first officer incapacitated.»

Air France plans to run full flight schedule

PARIS - Air France said on Sunday it planned to run its entire flight schedule on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, despite calls by some crew unions to strike as part of ongoing nationwide protests over the government's efforts to reform the pension system.»

Ural Airlines connects Stansted and Moscow

LONDON - London Stansted’s first ever scheduled flight to Moscow took to the skies with the Devember launch of a new direct service by Russian carrier Ural Airlines.»

Less fatal accidents in commercial aviation

AMSTERDAM -. he number of people killed in large commercial airplane crashes fell by more than 50% in 2019 despite a high-profile Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia in March, a Dutch consulting firm said on Wednesday.»

British Airways and China Southern ink joint business

LONDON - British Airways has signed a joint business agreement with China Southern Airlines for travel from January 2nd 2020.»

Lufthansa fails in bid to avert cabin crew strike

FRANKFURT - An attempt by Deutsche Lufthansa to avert a planned cabin crew strike at the airline's Germanwings unit failed as their trade union rejected management concessions as insufficient.»

Boeing adviser Michael Luttig to retire

SEATTLE - Boeing said on Thursday Michael Luttig, who was appointed senior adviser to the planemaker's board amid the 737 MAX crisis in May, will retire at the end of the year.»

Italy will not pour more taxpayer money into Alitalia

ROME - Italy will not pump more public money into Alitalia, Industry Minister Stefano Patuanelli said on Saturday, warning that the troubled airline could shut down by mid-2020 without a buyer.»

Embraer plans to develop light military transport plane

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS - Brazilian planemaker Embraer said it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Brazilian Air Force on Thursday to jointly study the potential development of a new light military transport aircraft.»

British Airways adds Portland flights

LONDON - British Airways will soon become the first airline to offer a year round direct flight from the UK to Portland, Oregon. From June 1, 2020, the airline will launch a five-per-week service to the city from Heathrow Terminal 5. »

British Airways pilots vote to settle pay dispute

LONDON - British Airways pilots have voted to accept an agreement to end a dispute over pay which resulted in the first walkout by pilots in the airline's history, the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said.»



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