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Singapore Airlines bets on non-stop services expansion to the US

Singapore Airlines (SIA) continues to expand its non-stop services, focusing on the Southeast Asia-U.S. market. The flag carrier has launched the first non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Singapore, operated by Airbus A350 XWB, the airline’s go-to aircraft for non-stop services....


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RAF Red Arrows join USAF Thunderbirds in stunning NYC flypast

The British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” Aerobatic Team, led by the United States Air Force “Thunderbirds” Air Demonstration Squadron, performed a stunning display over the Big Apple on August 22, 2019, painting the New York’s skyline in red, white and blue smoke trails. Hundreds of thousands of onlookers watched as the formation of 19 aircraft flew down the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty in what has b...


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Southwest in “operational emergency” as dozens jets grounded

If the delay of the FAA’s authorization for Southwest’s Hawaii service launch as well as the fallout from the shocking in-flight tragedy in which a passenger was killed last year were not enough, Southwest has now been hit with another major setback. On Friday, February 15, 2019, news emerged that Southwest has declared an “operational emergency” after a significant number of aircraft were taken out of service for maintena...


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Southwest and off to Hawaii: soaring past range in test flight

Southwest has begun conducting test flights to Hawaii as it seeks regulatory approval to start its long-anticipated service to the popular travel destination. The airline carried out a one-time non-stop flight to Honolulu on February 5, 2019, using one of its Boeing 737s with plans to conduct a second flight the following day, and this time, passing the distance limit of its jetliners....


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Qatar Airways reaches Open Skies deal with the EU

Updated. While the fiery dispute between U.S. legacy carriers and three major Gulf airlines continues to rage, the focus of Qatar Airways has now shifted to Europe. Reuters reported early on February 5, 2019, that the State of Qatar and the European Union (EU) are getting closer to finalizing a comprehensive air services agreement. The deal was signed later in the day, hailed by Qatar Airways chief as a "landmark" agreeme...


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Full throttle: Vietnam scrambles to achieve FAA safety rating

Reports indicate the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could grant Category 1 rating to Vietnam “soon”, allowing the Southeast Asian nation’s airlines to fly to the U.S. and codeshare with American carriers. Vietnam’s efforts to gain the top safety ranking have been backed by U.S. giant Boeing, as the country’s airlines are major customers of both Boeing and Airbus jets....


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United, Delta admit worries over impact of government shutdown

UPDATED. Since the partial U.S. government shutdown began on December 22, 2018, most of the attention has been focused on federal employees, and yes, the economy. But as the shutdown drags on, major U.S. carriers are hemorrhaging too: their aircraft, new routes and tickets sales are stalling. And it seems like they are getting a little worried....


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Norwegian’s brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 ‘stuck’ in Iran for weeks

One of Norwegian Air Shuttle’s brand-new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has been ‘stuck’ in an airport in Iran since December 14, 2018, after it was forced to perform an unscheduled landing in the city of Shiraz due to engine problems. Over three weeks later, Norwegian’s engineers are still trying to repair the jet....


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Qatar Airways makes 2nd move in Asia, buys China Southern stake

The Qatari flag carrier has purchased a 5% stake in one of China’s Big Three airlines – China Southern. With its strategy to invest into “strongest airlines”, why was Qatar Airways' move met with surprise?...


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New corruption allegations: US joins in on Airbus investigations

A new report U.S. lawmakers have opened an investigation into European aircraft manufacturer Airbus on suspicions of bribery. The probe follows British and French prosecutors, which have opened their investigations into Airbus corruption allegations back in 2017....