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ANA receives first A380; plans to double capacity to Hawaii
All Nippon Airways (ANA) received its first of three Airbus A380s March 20, which the carrier plans to use to double capacity between Japan and Hawaii.
Lack of trim runaway warning concerns pilot union association
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) is concerned most flight decks lack tools allowing pilots to be aware of the trim’s position, according to a position paper published March 7.
EASA to analyze Boeing software changes before MAX flies again in Europe 
The Boeing 737 MAX will not fly again in Europe until the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) completes an in-depth analysis of the software changes Boeing is developing for the aircraft, according to EASA executive director Patrick Ky.
CFM LEAP-1A deliveries back on track as -1B falls further behind
CFM International LEAP-1A engine deliveries for Airbus A320neos are now on time after being delayed, but production of LEAP-1Bs for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has fallen further behind.
ATR simulator earns EASA, FAA approval for stall recovery training 
As the industry is assigning an increasing importance to manual piloting skills, regional turboprop manufacturer ATR has received a certification for the use of a full flight simulator in stall recovery training.
Airbus-led alliance works on improved connectivity experience
The Seamless Air Alliance, an Airbus-led consortium of airlines, communications equipment manufacturers and operators of mobile networks and satellites, is working toward a technology demonstration for improved passenger connectivity experience this year.
Eurocontrol lowers 7-year traffic growth outlook
As it continues to seek ways to avoid another summer of record flight delays, Eurocontrol has published a slightly downgraded forecast for aircraft movements over the next seven years.
The future location of Terminal 4 appears in light blue
Paris CDG airport to open consultation for capacity expansion 
Groupe ADP, which manages Paris airports, is preparing for the consultation phase of a major capacity expansion program at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.
ATR: Enhanced vision system, new cargo aircraft on track 
Turboprop manufacturer ATR is on schedule with the development of a wearable enhanced vision system and the ATR 72-600F cargo aircraft, and is gearing up for the launch of a short takeoff and landing (STOL) variant of the ATR 42, CEO Stefano Bortoli said.
Air France Boeing 777-200 at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France-KLM CEO asks for Paris airports improvements 
Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith has asked the French Senate for improvements at Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports, hoping the ongoing privatization process will be an opportunity.
Airbus delivered 20 A220s in 2018
Airbus delivers more aircraft, receives fewer orders in 2018 
Airbus set a new company record last year, at 800 commercial aircraft deliveries, while orders slowed down compared to 2017.
Airbus A330 in production
Airbus achieves 800 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2018 
Airbus has confirmed it “achieved 800 commercial aircraft deliveries” in 2018, thus concluding the year in a close finish against Boeing, which handed over 806 commercial aircraft.
Singapore lessor Avation to acquire eight ATR 72-600s 
Singapore-based lessor Avation has exercised its options with ATR to acquire eight ATR 72-600 turboprops.
Eurocontrol, Brazil ATC begin long-haul flight data exchange 
European air traffic management (ATM) organization Eurocontrol and Brazil’s department of airspace control DECEA have begun exchanging long-haul flight data in real time in a bid to increase airspace capacity.
EASA certifies Airbus-ENAC cadet program 
EASA has certified a pilot cadet training program jointly developed by Airbus and Toulouse-based civil aviation university ENAC.
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Mar 13, 2019

US, under pressure, grounds MAX

A stunning week, beginning with the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX and, three days later, every single MAX is grounded—and the US was last to make that call....More
Mar 13, 2019

FAA, US airline leaders need to speak up on MAX

News this morning that Canada has grounded the Boeing 737 MAX is highly significant and truly leaves the US isolated on this issue....More
Mar 12, 2019

MAX crash divides US from rest of world on aviation safety calls

The immediate aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX crash is stunning. While it is not unprecedented for the aviation authorities and airlines of non-US countries to diverge from FAA on when an aircraft grounding is necessary, it is unusual. And the scale of this divergence is unprecedented....More

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