The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has voiced concerns over the growing number of close encounters involving commercial aircraft and drones and called for tough penalties for those users of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) who recklessly endanger airliners.
UK leisure airline Jet2 has ordered four additional Boeing 737-800NGs. The expanding carrier—which is based in the north of England but recently expanded its bases to increase London Stansted—already has 30 737-800s on order, eight of which have been delivered in 2016.
[UPDATED] Two Libyan hijackers who took over an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 and forced it to fly to Malta Dec. 23 have been taken into custody after releasing all 118 passengers and crew unharmed, according to the Mediterranean island’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Airbus secured net orders for 731 aircraft in 2016, while deliveries were up 8% at 688 aircraft, exceeding its full-year target. By comparison, Boeing logged net orders for 668 aircraft and delivered 728....More