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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Ruili Airlines 737-700
China’s Ruili Airlines receives first Boeing 737-700
China’s Ruili Airlines has received its first direct-purchase Boeing 737-700.
Boeing begins final assembly of first 787-9 at South Carolina facility
Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility.
WestJet 737-8
WestJet flight attendants fail to ratify tentative agreement
Calgary-based WestJet flight attendants did not ratify the tentative agreement reached at the end of October. WestJet flight attendants are represented by the Flight Attendant Association Board (FAAB).
Air China Boeing 777-300ER
Air China, Air New Zealand to form alliance
Air China and Air Zealand announced they have signed a statement of intent that will pave the way for a strategic alliance on services between China and New Zealand.
Rendering of A350-900 in Delta Air Lines’ livery
Delta orders 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft, comprising 25 A350-900s and 25 A330-900neos.
Boeing: Kuwait Airways to purchase 10 777-300ERs
Boeing has announced Kuwait Airways intends to purchase 10 777-300ERs worth $3.3 billion at current list prices.
SkyWest to divest Embraer EMB-120 aircraft 
Utah-based SkyWest Inc., parent of regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, plans to remove from service all Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia 30-seat turboprop aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines by mid-2015, as it aims to improve overall efficiency and long-term profitability.
Boeing ecoDemonstrator ZA004
Boeing begins flight testing ecoDemonstrator 787 
Boeing has begun flight testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving aviation’s environmental performance through every phase of flight.
WestJet, pilots reach tentative labor agreement 
WestJet, pilots reach tentative labor agreement
Airbus to develop five new Beluga transport aircraft 
Airbus will launch the development and production of five new Beluga transport aircraft following its decision to ramp up production of the A350 XWB and other aircraft production rate increases.
A350 XWB MSN5 leaves on an 11-day demonstration tour of Asia
Airbus A350 XWB begins demonstration tour of Asia 
The Airbus A350 XWB (MSN5) has embarked on an 11-day demonstration tour of Asia. The tour follows the completion of the A350-900 flight test campaign, which recently led to certifications by FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Virgin America A320
Virgin America raises $307 million in IPO 
Virgin America has raised about $307 million in its initial public offering (IPO), according to Reuters.
LAN and TAM tails
LATAM Group reports 3Q net loss of $107.8 million 
Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group reported a third-quarter net loss of $107.8 million, reversed from a net profit of $52.1 million in the year-ago period.
Sukhoi Superjet 100
Sukhoi Superjet 100 certified for reduced thrust takeoff 
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate for its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to perform reduced thrust takeoff.
Airbus A350 XWB
Airbus A350-900 receives FAA type certification 
The Airbus A350-900 has received FAA type certification.

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