Linda Blachly


Linda joined the staff of Penton Aviation Media in July 2010. She works in the Silver Spring office as Editor, ATW Online and is responsible for writing, copyediting and online content management. She has been in journalism for more than 30 years and is a former newspaper editor and publisher of her own travel magazine.
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Lessor SMBC Aviation Capital orders 70 Boeing 737 MAX 8s
SMBC Aviation Capital has placed an order for 80 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5 billion at list prices, making this the largest single order for 737 MAXs from a leasing company.
Delta Air Lines A330 at FAL
Airbus begins final assembly of first A330 with 242-tonne MTOW
Airbus has begun the final assembly of its first A330 with the new 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability in Toulouse, France.
VietJetAir A320
VietJetAir’s first Airbus A320 completes first flight
VietJetAir’s first Airbus A320 has completed its first flight in Toulouse, France, entering the final acceptance phase prior to delivery by the end of 2014.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America 3Q net income up 24.2%
Virgin America reported 2014 third-quarter net income of $41.6 million, up 24.2% from $33.5 million the same period in 2013.
Boeing 737 MAX 8
Monarch Airlines finalizes order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s
Monarch Airlines has finalized an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices.
Six US airports receive $10.2 million in environmental grants
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $10.2 million FAA grants to six airports to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program.
WestJet Q400
WestJet, flight attendants reach tentative agreement
Calgary-based WestJet has reached a tentative agreement with flight attendants, represented by the Flight Attendant Association Board (FAAB).
Southwest, IAM workers reach tentative agreement
Southwest Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)—representing the carrier’s approximately 6,000 customer service agents and customer support and services representatives—have reached a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract. The current contract became amendable in October 2012.
Allegiant Air MD-80
Allegiant posts $14.2 million net income in 3Q 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent of Allegiant Air, is reporting third-quarter net income of $14.2 million, down 17.2% from net income of $17.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Boeing, COMAC open biofuel facility 
Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have opened a demonstration facility—called the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project—that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel.
Rendering of Boeing 777X
Boeing breaks ground on new $1 billion 777X composite wing center in Everett 
Boeing has broken ground on its new 1 million sq. ft. 777X composite wing center at the Everett, Washington campus.
Embraer makes first metal cut of E-jets E2 
Embraer has made the first metal cut of the E-jets E2, second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial jets at its Évora plant in Portugal.
Airline News-Oct. 16, 2014 
Airline News-Oct. 16, 2014
Rendering of Airbus A320neo in IndiGo livery
IndiGo commits to 250 Airbus A320neos 
Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has signed a memorandum of understanding for 250 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
Airbus A350 XWB
EASA grants ETOPS approval for Airbus A350-900 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved extended operations (ETOPS) for the Airbus A350-900 for beyond 180 minutes diversion time.

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