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World’s First Electroluminescent Paint to Light up Skies on Airbus Jets

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Darkside Scientific, creators of LumiLor Light Emitting Coating, is working with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to create electroluminescent exterior markings for aircraft. The announcement was made today. “This is an exciting new product that can turn surfaces into functional elements in an unconventional way” Tweet this LumiLor is the world’s first and only patented electroluminescent paint. The product allows manufacturers to design with light in ways previously impossible. It produces… (www.businesswire.com) עוד...

A Bonkers Private Jet Brings Electric Flight to the Rich

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IF YOU’RE JUST coming around to the idea of battery powered cars, prepare for the next onslaught, because the future of flight is electric too. And just as with ground vehicles, nothing pushes along new tech like some sex appeal. Tesla did that for cars, with sleek looks and ludicrous acceleration. Now, Eviation Aircraft wants to do the same for the sky. (www.wired.com) עוד...

Delta Retires First MD-90 Ahead of Schedule

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Delta has decided to retire their McDonnel Douglas aircraft early as Delta retires ship N902DA from service on the 23rd of June. Although there is no immediate action for the fleet of now 64 MD-90, Delta plans to do a three year drawdown on their 116 MD-88, which will be replaced by the massive order of 122 Airbus A321. More details in the ULR. (www.flightglobal.com) עוד...

Southwest Airlines To Consolidate Cuba Service With Focus On Havana

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced that it will concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana (HAV) and will cease operations in both Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) at the end of day on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Southwest® currently serves Havana twice daily nonstop from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and once daily nonstop from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and has applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a third daily roundtrip… (www.prnewswire.com) עוד...

Elderly flight passenger throws coins into engine for ‘luck’, delays take-off for hours

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A flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed after an elderly woman passenger was suspected of throwing coins into the plane’s engine to ensure “good luck”, mainland media reported. (www.scmp.com) עוד...

Iberia Orders 20 Airbus A320neos

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Iberia’s Chairman and CEO, Luis Gallego, disclosed today that the Spanish airline has made a firm order to acquire 20 new Airbus A320neo aircraft to modernise its short- and medium-haul fleet. (aviationtribune.com) עוד...

Airbus augments A350-1000 capability

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Airbus has quietly announced it will augment the payload and range capability of the Airbus A350-1000 when certified. The latest Aircraft Characteristics for Airport and Maintenance Planning guide (ACAP) for A350 increases the aircraft’s maximum weight before fuel is loaded and its maximum take-off weight. (leehamnews.com) עוד...

Athens bound flight returns to Montreal because of partying passengers.

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An Air Transat flight to Athens was disrupted yesterday by party-goers, causing the pilot to turn the flight around and return to Montreal, TVA reports. Two passengers reportedly acted inappropriately with the staff on board. According to a passenger who filmed the scene, the young men were intoxicated. (montrealgazette.com) עוד...

Testing for Delta’s ‘Nomad’ device lands in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

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Delta Air Lines is stepping out from behind the counter at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta-based airline announced Wednesday that it has rolled out 100 handheld devices to “help gate agents drive more personal engagements with customers at its home airport in Atlanta.” (P.S. from my experience these work great. Instead of having to really on a Map or wait in a line you can call help over and the can immediately help you) (www.bizjournals.com) עוד...

WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

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Salvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane. (japantoday.com) עוד...

The day a plane landed in the middle of Canary Wharf

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Yesterday in 1982, a plane landed in the heart of Canary Wharf, right where the Heron Quays DLR station now stands. At the time it wasn’t possible to run a test flight from the Royal Docks site, so that’s when they turned to the derelict land in the heart of Canary Wharf. Mowlem cleared the docks of rubble and laid down a suitable surface for a plane to land on. The temporary runway was around 1,000 metres in length, and granted a license by the Civil Aviation Authority for the test. The idea… (www.ianvisits.co.uk) עוד...