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Yesterday, 21:12

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

BildCHICAGO - 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.
Airlines
Yesterday, 13:19

Air India opens Mumbai - Stansted route

LONDON - Air India will add services between Mumbai and London Stansted next month.
Fleets
Yesterday, 13:01

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.
Technical equipment
Yesterday, 12:19

Iran seeks help reading downed planes black boxes

BildDUBAI - 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.
Financial difficulties
Yesterday, 08:30

South African Airways cancels "a few domestic flights"

BildJOHANNESBURG - 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.
Eurowings
Yesterday, 08:09

Kosovo and Serbia agree to resume flights

BildPRISTINA - 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.
Airlines
Yesterday, 08:04

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.
Crisis
Yesterday, 07:29

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.
Aerospace
Yesterday, 07:27

Embraer studies turboprop within Boeing venture

BildSAO 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.
Flight PS752
Yesterday, 06:39

Gulf airlines continue to operate in Iranian airspace

BildKUWAIT - 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.
Flights operating normally
2 days ago

South African Airways bailout talks stall

BildJOHANNESBURG - 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.
Manchester Airport
2 days ago

Westjet to offer fast link to Canada

BildMANCHESTER - 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.
Airlines
2 days ago

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.
Airlines
2 days ago

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.
Flight PS752
2 days ago

Iran aims to examine downed plane's black boxes

BildDUBAI -  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.
Analysis
4 days ago

Why PS752 is unlikely to lead to global airspace rules

BildMONTREAL - 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?
Monitoring system
5 days ago

Boeing addresses new 737 MAX software issue

BildWASHINGTON - 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.
Panel
5 days ago

FAA should mandate new safety management systems

BildWASHINGTON - 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.
Carbon emissions
5 days ago

British Airways called "worst performer" on many routes

BildLONDON - British Airways flights can pump out more carbon emissions per passenger than rival airlines on certain routes, according to the consumer group "Which?" It said it compared carbon dioxide emissions on six popular international routes from London and found that on four of them BA was the worst performer.
Airlines
5 days ago

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.
Airlines
6 days ago

Stobart invests 12 million US-Dollars in rescue of Flybe

BildLONDON - Britain's Stobart Group will provide 9 million pounds ($11.8 million) in funding for Flybe as part of this week's government-backed rescue of the regional airline, the infrastructure group said on Thursday. Stobart said it had already invested 45 million pounds in Connect Airways.
Qatar Airways
6 days ago

Al-Baker: "I am very glad Mr Muilenburg has gone"

BildKUWAIT CITY - The chief executive of Qatar Airways and an outspoken past critic of Boeing managers, Akbar Al-Baker, welcomed on Wednesday this month's change at the helm of the U.S. planemaker as it deals with the grounding of its 737 MAX model following two fatal crashes.
DL89
6 days ago

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.
Airports
7 days ago

Heathrow expansion faces delays

BildLONDON - An expansion plan for Britain's Heathrow Airport will be delayed by more than a year and a third runway now will probably be completed between early 2028 and late 2029, the airport said. A new railway link connecting the city the and the British Airways hub is also set to open behind schedule.
Almost 70 persons injured
7 days ago

Delta flight dumps fuel on L.A. school

BildLOS ANGELES - A Delta Airlines jet making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport dumped fuel on the playground of an elementary school in the flight path on Tuesday, inflicting minor injuries on 67 children and adults, local and federal authorities said.
Flight PS752
7 days ago

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.
Regional airline
7 days ago

Britain reaches deal to rescue Flybe

BildLONDON - Flybe was rescued on Tuesday after the British government promised to review taxation of the industry and shareholders pledged more money to prevent its collapse. The agreement comes a day after the emergence of reports suggesting it needed to raise new funds to survive winter.
Fleets
Older than 7 days

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.
David Calhoun
Older than 7 days

Boeing chief executive: planemaker can be much better

BildCHICAGO - Boeing`s new chief executive, David Calhoun, assumed the job on Monday as the U.S. planemaker battles to recover from two fatal crashes of 737 MAX planes that killed 346 people in five months and led to the model's worldwide grounding in March. His job starts with a payment controversy.
"Sky News"
Older than 7 days

Flybe to ask for a government lifeline

BildLONDON - Flybe, the regional British airline, is fighting for survival and the British government is being called upon to help prevent a second airline failure in less than six months, according to media reports. The airline could be deemed "strategically important" within the British aviation sector.
COMAC C919
Older than 7 days

Chinese bid to challenge Boeing and Airbus falters

BildPARIS - Development of China’s C919 single-aisle plane, already at least five years behind schedule, is going slower than expected, a dozen people familiar with the programme told "Reuters", as the state-owned COMAC struggles with a range of technical issues that have severely restricted test flights.
Flight PS752
Older than 7 days

Iran says military shot down plane in error

BildDUBAI - "Disastrous mistake": Iran said on Saturday it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane by "human error" killing all 176 aboard and voiced deep regret, after initially denying it brought down the aircraft in the tense aftermath of Iranian missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

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.
Internal messages
Older than 7 days

Boeing 737 MAX "designed by clowns"

BildSEATTLE - Boeing on Thursday released hundreds of internal messages that contained harshly critical comments about the development of the 737 MAX, including one that said the plane was "designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys". The correspondance is evaluated by the FAA.
Tor-M1
Older than 7 days

The missile system suspected of bringing down airliner

BildOTTAWA - Canada said on Thursday that a surface-to-air missile brought down a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran, while the Ukrainian government said it was investigating reports of debris from a Russian-made Tor-M1 missile. This is what is publically known about the anti-missile defense system.
Flight PS752
Older than 7 days

Iran mostly likely brought down 737 with anti-aircraft missiles

BildOTTAWA - A Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was likely brought down by an Iranian missile, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Thursday, citing intelligence from Canadian and other sources. A video spread through Twitter might support this finding.
IAG
Older than 7 days

Willie Walsh to stand down

BildLONDON - Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways-owner IAG, will step down from the airlines group he helped to build later this year and hand the reins to a key lieutenant, Luis Gallego. Walsh had said in November that succession planning was underway as he intended to retire in the next two years.
Flight PS752
Older than 7 days

Investigators say Ukrainian jet was on fire before crash

BildTEHRAN - A Ukrainian airliner was on fire immediately before it crashed southwest of Tehran, killing all 176 on board, according to an initial report by Iranian investigators. Sources from threee western intelligence agencies do not rule out that the jet might have been brought down by a technical issue.
Certification process
Older than 7 days

EASA to meet with Boeing on 737 MAX software audit

BildSEATTLE - U.S. and European aviation safety regulators will meet with Boeing this week in an effort to complete a 737 MAX software documentation audit - a key step toward the grounded plane's eventual return to service. They will start in the Seattle-area before heading to a Rockwell Collins facility in Iowa in an effort to complete the audit.
Pilots
Older than 7 days

Boeing now recommends 737 MAX simulator training

BildCHICAGO - Boeing said it was recommending that airline pilots undergo simulator training before they resume flying the 737 MAX, a shift from its previous position that pilots only needed computer-based training. Boeing has been working on revised pilot training and software updates to win regulatory approval for the 737 MAX to fly again.
Escalation
Older than 7 days

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.
Flight PS752
Older than 7 days

Boeing 737-800 crashes near Tehran

BildTEHRAN - A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran early on Wednesday, bursting into flames and killing all 176 people on board. The incident took place in the wake of Iranian strikes against U.S. military facilities in Iraq. International airlines avoid Iranian and Iraqi airspace.
737 MAX
Older than 7 days

Boeing reassigns 3,000 workers to interim tasks

BildSEATTLE - Boeing will reassign 3,000 workers to other jobs as it halts production of the grounded 737 MAX in mid-January. The announcement came after American Airlines and Aeromexico disclosed they were the latest carriers to reach settlements with Boeing over losses resulting from the grounding.
737 MAX
Older than 7 days

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.
Flight BA633
Older than 7 days

Strong odour causes Mayday emergency

LONDON - Mayday emergency on Heathrow finals: a strong smell left a British Airways first officer incapacitated.
Strikes
Older than 7 days

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.
Safety
Older than 7 days

FAA reviewing wiring issue on grounded 737 MAX

BildSEATTLE - Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Sunday they are reviewing a wiring issue that could potentially cause a short circuit on the grounded 737 MAX. The short circuit risk may become the latest setback in Boeing`s efforts to gain re-certification for the troubled program.
"Unnerving"
Older than 7 days

FAA probes clusters of mysterious drones

BildWASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation into nighttime sightings of unidentified drones flying in formation over rural northeastern Colorado and southwest Nebraska over the last two weeks, the agency said this week.
New service
Older than 7 days

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.
737-crisis
Older than 7 days

Ryanair braces for additional MAX delays

BildFRANKFURT - Ryanair is prepared for further delays to the delivery of its Boeing 737 MAX airliners, its chief executive Michael O'Leary told German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, adding that he would only discuss compensation after the aircraft had been delivered. Deliveries might slip into the next winter season.

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