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What We Already Know About the Southwest Airlines Engine That Failed

“Around ten years ago, the FAA launched a major audit of several airlines, including Southwest, for not performing required maintenance checks” writes Barbara Peterson for popularmechanics.com. The CFM56 engine, made by a joint venture of GE and France’s Safran SA, is used by 300 airlines on approximately 6,700 planes.Following two worrying incidents in 2016—one also involving a Southwest 737-700, the same model in this week’s accident—GE issued a service bulletin in June 2017 advising airlines to inspect the engines. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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This might be the uncomfortable future of air travel

“This is what the future of flying will look like if Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors has a say” writes Kate Schneider for nypost.com. The one appeal is the thought of cheaper flights; according to the company it’s “the new frontier for low-cost tickets.”. This image shows what one company wants to do to economy class on flights and it appears to be rather painful.The design would allow airlines to squeeze in an extra 20 percent more seats, with the “ultra high-density” seats reducing the space between rows. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Airlines must compensate for delays during wildcat strikes: EU court

“BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Airlines have to pay compensation to passengers for delays caused by wildcat strikes that result from management decisions, the European Union’s top court said on Tuesday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Several cases were brought to the EU’s Court of Justice after German airline TUIfly said a 2016 wildcat strike – one not formally initiated by a trade union – was an extraordinary event, and so it was not liable to compensate for delays. The court added that making a distinction between wildcat strikes and those…

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FAA imposes restrictions on Boeing 787s powered by some Rolls engines

“Airlines flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets powered by one model of Rolls-Royce engines face substantial disruption after an FAA safety ruling” writes Seattle Times Aerospace for seattletimes.com. Airlines flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets powered by a particular model of Rolls-Royce engines face substantial disruption after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) placed restrictions on how far from an airport the airplanes can fly. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Etihad’s CEO says it’s still business as usual at the airline

“This is a very agile business in a very agile environment, so it’s kind of business as usual,” he said” writes Cheang Ming for cnbc.com. Etihad Airways may have faced turbulence in the last financial year, posting a $1.87 billion annual loss in 2016, but its chief executive said it was still business as usual at the Abu Dhabi airline.The airline will be cutting some of its routes in the year ahead as it continues with a review to turn its business around.The collapse in oil prices in 2016 hit…

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Airlines are making more money than ever — but they’re facing a mountain of problems

“Even as profitability remains solid, the problems that plague airlines have not gone away” writes Benjamin Zhang for businessinsider.com. Here’s a closer look a handful of the challenges that plague the airline industry:. The state of the airline industry is strong.The airline industry for all of its power and prestige is unique in the sheer number of factors that could negatively affect its business. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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One of the men who dragged a United passenger off a flight last year is suing the airline

“In March, United Airlines said it would temporarily stop transporting pets in the cargo holds of its aircraft as it reviewed its pet transport program following three dog-related incidents in one week” reports businessinsider.com. Before the incident, Chicago aviation police officers were making an effort to be able to carry guns while working.United CEO Oscar Munoz was criticized for his initial response to the incident, in which he called Dao “disruptive and belligerent.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Officer who dragged bloodied doctor from overbooked plane sues United Airlines 

“A former aviation security officer who lost his job after assisting in dragging a man from an overbooked United Airlines flight in an incident that drew global outrage is suing the airline” writes Mark Molloy for telegraph.co.uk. Footage of the shocking incident captured by horrified passengers was shared globally, with the controversy resulting in the airline apologising and changing its policy on overbooked flights.Mr Long, who was sacked from his job in August last year following a disciplinary investigation, has filed a lawsuit against the airline, the city, Chicago’s Department…

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Fly now, pay later: Are travel loans a good deal?

“Travel lenders say they appeal to people with average credit scores who may not qualify for travel reward cards that require excellent credit” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Major airlines including American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines integrate buy-now-pay-later concepts into their online booking.UpLift considers borrowers with average to low credit scores and looks at data beyond credit scores, such as the person’s travel history with an airline, says Barth.Travel deal sites such as CheapAir.com, Expedia and Groupon Getaways offer loans through Affirm, a San Francisco-based online…

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has warned airlines

“SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol on Tuesday warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours” writes Jamie Freed for reuters.com. There has been heightened awareness by regulators and airlines of the risks that conflict zones pose to commercial jets since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.Last year, North Korea tested missiles without warning, leading some airlines to…

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