Kirby resigns as American’s president, named United’s president

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Published: August 30, 2016

American Airlines president Scott Kirby has resigned, effective immediately, to take the same position with rival United Airlines. United CEO Oscar Munoz, who had also held the title of president, will relinquish that title to Kirby, who has been closely associated with American chairman and CEO Doug Parker for more than two decades; the two […]

LAX issues ground stop after false shooter alert

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Published: August 29, 2016

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) issued a ground stop Sunday evening, Aug. 28, after an alert about a possible shooter.  The ground stop lasted 30 minutes and caused 27 arriving flights to be diverted. No shooter was found.  According to LAX operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), approximately 281 flights were delayed.  LAX police had earlier […]

Former SunExpress CEO joins Thomas Cook Group

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Published: August 29, 2016

UK-based tour operator Thomas Cook Group has appointed former SunExpress CEO Paul Schwaiger as commercial director-Continental Europe, effective Sept. 1. Schwaiger will be responsible for developing the short- and medium-haul network of the group’s Germany-based leisure carrier Condor and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. Schwaiger has been with SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish […]

Third Embraer E190-E2 joins flight test program

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Published: August 29, 2016

The third of four Embraer E190-E2 flight test aircraft has flown for the first time, the Brazilian manufacturer confirmed. The flight test program for the next-generation E-Jet powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1900G geared turbofan (GTF) engines was launched ahead of schedule May 23. The second E2 prototype took to the skies July 8. The […]

Russia lifts ban on charter flights to Turkey

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Published: August 29, 2016

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a resolution lifting the ban on charter flights to Turkey Aug. 28, leading the way for Russian leisure carriers to file requests to begin charter flights between the two countries. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency said in a statement it is ready to allow airlines to resume charter flights. […]

China’s aero-engine group begins formal operations

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Published: August 29, 2016

China’s state-owned aero-engine group has started formal operations in an effort to develop domestic, high-tech businesses to compete in international markets. The new entity—China Aviation Engine Group—has a registered capital of CNY50 billion ($ 7.62 billion). Its stakeholders include the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, Chinese aerospace firm AVIC International Holding Corp. […]

Avionica teams with GigSky for airline data services

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Published: August 29, 2016

Data collection and transmission company Avionica has joined forces with mobile connectivity provider GigSky to provide turnkey global data services to airlines. The partnership agreement means that Miami-based Avionica can also be the “face” for network coverage and reliability on the data boxes it installs on airliners, as well as provide a flat-rate, single bill […]

FAA grants 76 waivers to new UAV rule on first day

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Published: August 29, 2016

FAA approved 76 waivers to the new regulations for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating commercially on just the first morning the agency’s small UAV rule, or Part 107, was in effect. The waivers allow operators of commercial UAVs weighing less than 55 lbs. to operate beyond the restrictions of the regulations that went into effect […]

Technical fault forces Mitsubishi to abort US ferry flight

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Published: August 28, 2016

Mitsubishi’s first MRJ90, which was positioning to the US for flight testing, has been forced to return to Tokyo because of an air management system fault. The Japanese manufacturer is planning to send four of its five test aircraft to Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, to do the majority of their flight […]

NTSB investigates “uncontained engine failure” on SWA 737

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Published: August 28, 2016

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 diverted Saturday morning after a major engine malfunction, but landed safely without any injuries caused. The aircraft, operating flight 3472, was enroute from New Orleans to Orlando Aug. 27. It diverted to Pensacola, Florida, after reporting an engine malfunction. Southwest confirmed the incident, saying the captain decided to divert because […]

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