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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Air France 777-300ER
Air France withdraws Transavia Europe; calls for pilots to return ‘immediately’ 
Air France announced late Wednesday it will “immediately withdraw” the Transavia Europe project in a proposal to end the 10-day pilot strike, which is “heavily penalizing” the carrier, its staff and customers. In view of the concession, management has called on pilots to “return to work immediately.”
Finnair operates biofuel flight to New York 
Finnair operated a flight from Helsinki to New York Tuesday with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, it said in a statement.
Airbus plans A320neo first flight Sept. 25 
Airbus is making plans for the A320neo maiden flight Sept. 25 from its Toulouse facility.
Rendering of A320neo in SWISS livery
Lufthansa Group orders 15 A320neos for SWISS subsidiary 
Lufthansa Group has ordered 15 Airbus A320neos, with 10 options for its subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS).
Spirit Airlines A319 new livery
Spirit Airlines unveils new livery 
Florida-based Spirit Airlines has unveiled a new livery that it said “matches the bright and bold branding the company announced in May.”
Lufthansa pilots call off strike 
[UPDATE] The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union has called off an eight-hour strike scheduled for Tuesday, after receiving a new offer from Lufthansa for transition payments for early retirees.
NTSB finds pilot error caused UPS Airlines crash 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has blamed pilot error for the crash of an UPS Airlines Airbus A300-600, which crashed on approach to Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013.
Southwest Airlines new livery and logo
Southwest Airlines unveils new look 
Southwest Airlines has unveiled a new logo and brand overhaul—named Heart—which it said puts the airline’s heart on display after a year of change for the Dallas-based carrier.
Alitalia wing
Alitalia names new CEO 
Alitalia has named Silvano Cassano as CEO of the “New Alitalia,” which will become effective after the Italian flag carrier closes a major investment deal with Etihad Airways to return the carrier to profitability.
Silver Airways names Sami Teittinen as CEO 
Florida-based regional Silver Airways has appointed CFO Sami Teittinen as its new CEO, effective Sept. 5.
Xiamen Airlines 787
Xiamen Airlines takes delivery of first 787 
China Southern subsidiary Xiamen Airlines has taken delivery of the first of six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
Lufthansa A319
Lufthansa Group resumes flights to Erbil 
The Lufthansa Group has resumed flight operations to Erbil in Northern Iraq, based on the most recent assessments of the security situation in Iraq, it said.
NTSB: IPA, UPS Airlines failed to meet confidentiality agreement in crash probe 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revoked the “party status agreement” of the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines from its ongoing investigation of a UPS Airbus A300-600 freighter that crashed on approach to Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013.
FAA bans US flights over Syria citing anti-aircraft weapon concerns 
FAA has issued a new notice to airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US air carriers from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria. FAA cited the “ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria,” which “poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation.”
Airbus A350 XWB in Helsinki
Airbus A350 XWB completes route proving tour 
Airbus A350-900 flight test aircraft, MSN005, has completed a series of route proving trials at 14 cities over the past three weeks and is on track toward type certification in the third quarter of 2014.

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