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  • German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

    11/16/2017 6:43:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2017 10:35 AM EST
    A German court has ruled that Kuwait’s national airline didn’t have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did. The Frankfurt state court noted in its verdict Thursday that Kuwait Airways is not allowed to close contracts with Israelis under Kuwaiti law because of the Middle Eastern country’s boycott of Israel. […] An Israeli citizen sued the airline after he booked a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok with a stop-over in Kuwait City. …
  • Delta details Boeing 747 farewell tour that ends in Minneapolis

    11/14/2017 6:45:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Delta Air Lines will fly a Boeing 747 on an farewell tour that wraps up in Minneapolis with a hangar party in December. Atlanta-based Delta (NYSE: DAL) is retiring its jumbo jets by the end of the year as it brings new Airbus A350 jets into service.
  • Mercedes and NASA help Emirates make latest luxury Boeing 777 suites

    11/12/2017 9:36:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Newburgh Gazette ^ | November 12, 2017 | Diane Wilson
    The six fully enclosed cabins for its Boeing 777 jets feature seats that recline into flat beds and a 32-inch television. These virtual windows - which are used in some cruise ships - project the view from outside the aircraft using real-time camera technology. "Emirates pioneered the First Class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it's the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel". Emirates, the largest airline in the world, unveiled a new first class suite on the first day of the Dubai Air Show for its Boeing 777 fleet- and said it is rolling...
  • Dubai Air Show opens with Emirates' $15.1B Boeing buy

    11/12/2017 8:22:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 11, 2017 | Jon Gambrell and Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press |
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners on Sunday at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show, a $15.1 billion deal certain to please U.S. President Donald Trump who has touted the plane's sales as a job creator in America. The deal appeared to surprise Boeing's archrival Airbus, whose staff had attended a long-delayed news conference and left the room just moments before the announcement. Airbus has pinned hopes of continuing production of its double-decker jumbo jet on Emirates, the world's largest operator of the aircraft which took delivery of its...
  • The Unfriendly Skies

    11/09/2017 7:41:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    When pollsters survey Americans' views about specific companies, cable television providers -- both large conglomerates and smaller regional players -- compose the absolute dregs of the results. Comcast, in particular, has frequently been dubbed America's "most hated company" from the results of these surveys.It's not so hard to understand why this is: lack of competition. Thanks to government deals, most people have one or maybe two options for cable TV and Internet. From a purely profit-driven perspective, there's not a lot of incentive to spend money ensuring the customer experience is fantastic. We’re all familiar with the “4-hour service window”...
  • United Airlines' last Boeing 747 completes its final flight after 47 years of service [tr]

    11/08/2017 7:22:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    It is known as the Queen of the Skies - the world's first jumbo jet that forever changed the face of plane travel. And on Tuesday United Airlines' last Boeing 747 was given a send-off befitting royalty as the last aircraft in the company's service completed its final flight. United Flight 747 took off from San Francisco airport around midday bound for Hawaii, the same route the company's first version of the aircraft flew back in 1970. Tickets for the specially chartered voyage sold out within hours of being released, according to USA Today, despite selling for upwards of $550...
  • Clinton Foundation Donor Violated US Iran Sanctions (as usual, clueless Obama knows nothing)

    07/11/2015 5:07:29 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 7/10/15 | w/ Jackie Kucinich
    EDITED EXCERPT An Iranian businessman accused by the US government of violating sanctions on Tehran donated money to the Clinton Foundation, The Daily Beast has confirmed. Vahid Alaghband’s Balli Aviation Ltd, a London-based subsidiary of his commodities trading firm tried to sell 747's to Iran, despite a US federal ban. The company pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal information. The hefty sum imposed was “a direct consequence of the level of deception used to mislead investigators," Thomas Madigan, a top DOJ official, said at the time. Balli Aviation agreed to pay a $2 million criminal fine, serve five years...
  • Check out Singapore Airlines' stunning new Airbus A380 luxury suites

    11/03/2017 10:15:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 2, 2017 | Benjamin Zhang
    Singapore Airlines has unveiled the new interior for its fleet of Airbus A380s. •Features include an all-new first class suite, business class seat, as well as new premium economy, and economy products. •The new interior for its 19 superjumbos will cost the airline $850 million. On Thursday, Singapore Airlines unveiled the all-new cabins that will be installed on its fleet of Airbus A380 Superjumbos. Singapore Airlines is the A380's launch customer and the aircraft's second largest operator. After a decade in the airline's inventory, the double-decker fleet is getting an all-new look. "The significant investment that we are making with...
  • Pentagon nominee Griffin: Procurement a ‘mess,’ U.S. losing edge in aviation, space

    10/29/2017 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    Space News ^ | 10/28/2017 | Sandra Erwin and Jeff Foust
    If confirmed by the Senate, Griffin could become a key voice in advancing U.S. technology in areas where the United States has long dominated — such as aviation and space — and is now being challenged. WASHINGTON — President Trump tapped former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin for a top Pentagon job, giving him a key role in shaping investments in defense and aerospace technologies at a time when other nations are gaining ground on the United States. Griffin’s nomination to be principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics had been anticipated for weeks, and the White House...
  • VTMAE Plant On Schedule For March Opening, Will Create 400 Jobs (Florida)

    10/27/2017 11:15:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    WUWF-FM ^ | October 27, 2017 | Dave Dunwoody
    As construction rolls on at the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering aviation plant in Pensacola, company officials and local leaders provided an update on the project on Friday at Pensacola State College. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was the M.C. at groundbreaking ceremonies near Pensacola International Airport one year ago. “Today marks an important milestone for a project that we first started talking about close to five years ago,” Hayward said at the groundbreaking. On Friday at PSC, he spoke of the plant’s role in helping create and bolster a business environment. “Where businesses want to move to Pensacola and northwest Florida,”...
  • What the hell: Southwest to expand live music on flights

    10/27/2017 2:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 27, 2017 | Allahpundit
    To cleanse the palate, I feel about this the way I do about Smalt. I can’t believe someone had the idea, let alone that they pulled together a critical mass of people willing to make it a reality. Imagine the confluence of circumstances in which an airlines’ executives greenlight a live concert for a captive audience in the cattle-car environs of an airplane and then actually find artists willing to play it. And not struggling artists either. You’ll know some of the names. You sell a million albums and then one day you wake up and ask your manager where...
  • Trump says Boeing, Singapore aircraft deal means US jobs

    10/23/2017 4:55:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    AP ^ | October 23, 2017
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Singapore’s purchase of nearly $14 billion worth of Boeing aircraft will create 70,000 jobs in the U.S. Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong signed paperwork at the White House on Monday as the country’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and Trump looked on. Lee is at the White House for talks with Trump. The agreement includes 39 airplanes: 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s. Singapore Airlines also has options for 12 more planes. The order was previously reported to an unidentified customer.
  • Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired military pilots to address 'acute shortage'

    10/21/2017 11:21:10 AM PDT · by be-baw · 153 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Morgan Winsor
    The United States Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to call back to service up to 1,000 retired aviation officers who wish to return, the White House and the Pentagon announced.
  • The USAF's AC-130W Gunships Are in Desperate Need of Special Ammunition

    10/17/2017 6:50:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    thedrive.com/ ^ | 10/12/2017 | Joseph Trevithick
    The U.S. Army has made an urgent purchase of a specific type of 30mm cannon shells on behalf of U.S. Special Operations Command. Without the ammunition, the service said the U.S. Air Force’s AC-130W Stinger II gunships would be forced to use alternative rounds that would be unacceptably inaccurate and dangerously unreliable. In June 2017, the Army approved a plan to purchase up to 200,000 PGU-46/B 30mm cannon rounds from Orbital ATK. The service did not publicly disclose the total potential dollar value of the contract, but had to issue a so-called justification and approval document to explain why they...
  • Delta Crew Wouldn’t Let Me Sing National Anthem: Passenger

    10/16/2017 8:52:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2017
    A Georgia physician said her plan to honor a fallen soldier by singing the U.S. national anthem aboard a Delta Air Lines plane carrying the soldier’s casket was stopped by a flight attendant who told her it would violate company policy. Dr. Pamela Gaudry of Savannah said she and fellow passengers were told “to stay quietly in our seats” as an honor guard escorted the casket from the plane Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A flight attendant told her that singing “The Star Spangled Banner” would make passengers from other countries uncomfortable, she said. “I couldn’t put up with...
  • Britain 'prepares for war with North Korea' while 'new carrier could be rushed into service'

    10/08/2017 10:41:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2017 | Staff
    Britain is reportedly preparing for the possibility of war breaking out with North Korea as concerns rise that another provocative missile test could trigger a military response by the US. North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party. Bellicose rhetoric from Donald Trump has heightened tensions in the region in recent months, prompting British officials to draw up military plans for a response to a break out of hostilities, it was reported. Among the plans disclosed by the Daily Mail...
  • That scary-looking crosswind A 380 landing

    10/08/2017 8:04:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/8/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Millions of people have been viewing and forwarding or posting an alarming-looking video (embedded below) of a giant A 380 airliner landing in heavy crosswinds at Dusseldorf. It’s scary-fun, but actually nothing unique to the Airbus or all that unusual. There is an entire genre of crosswind landings on YouTube. But owing to size, it is impressive.
  • The B-21's Three Decade Old Shape Hints At New High Altitude Capabilities

    10/07/2017 6:42:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Detailed information on the B-21 Raider is still scarce to say the least, but for over a year and a half we have had a rendering supposedly depicting the multi-role strategic stealth platform's basic shape and features. Recently, other simple planform renderings have trickled out from the marketing department of the stealth bomber's manufacturer, Northrop Grumman. Although there can be no doubt that the aircraft will feature a whole slew of cutting edge technologies, will be constructed using the latest manufacturing techniques, and will be covered in the most advanced radar absorbent coatings, the general configuration of the aircraft doesn't...
  • Woman taken off plane after demanding dogs be removed claims... because she’s Muslim

    10/06/2017 6:50:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 87 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/05/2017 | Robert Spencer
    Jihad Watch reported on September 28 about this incident: a woman got on an airplane, saw dogs on it, and demanded they be removed because she had, she said, “life-threatening allergies.” When she could not produce documentation of that fact, she was herself removed from the plane. “She was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer, and resisting arrest.” It turned out that she was a Muslim and a professor of Islamic studies, which was noteworthy because Islam has a notable hostility to...
  • Southwest Flight Attendant: I'm Pro-Life And Criticized My Union So They Fired Me

    10/06/2017 6:24:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    If you’ve ever seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or Meet The Parents—two films I can think of from the top of my head that show flight attendant abuse (for lack of a better word)—you know that the job is difficult. Heck, forget the movies, I’m sure there has been some instance in which an unruly passenger just lays into a flight attendant. And then there are cases where the flight attendants are just as curt and surly towards the passengers. Well, for one Southwest flight attendant, Charlene Carter, she found herself out of a job because she was pro-life and...