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Aircalin's first A330neo during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse (Photo: Airbus)

Aircalin Returns Airbus A330neo After Cabin Odor Reports

Aircalin, a carrier based in the Pacific island of New Caledonia, has withdrawn one of its new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft from service and has sent it back to Toulouse, France for further inspection. The airline has reported that it sent the aircraft back after staff noticed a strong smell of oil. or as some have reported "smelly socks" within the cabin on flights. The crew had even complained of headaches, respiratory, and eye irritation, according to CAPA. Employees from Airbus…

Spirit Airlines Unveils Newly-Redesigned Cabin Seats to be Installed on…

Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will be installing new, ergonomically-designed cabin seats starting from Nov. 2019 on its new Airbus A320 jets. According to Spirit, the design of the latest cabin seats focus on guest comfort and is in response to feedback and survey results from its flying customers. The seats…

New CEO Decides Fate of Air France’s A380 Fleet

Benjamin Smith was recently appointed as the new Air France-KLM CEO following the departure of Jean-Marc Janaillac. He assumed the CEO role on Sept. 30, 2018. Just over two weeks into the job, Smith and employee representative unions successfully signed an agreement regarding employee compensation. The unions in the accord…

New App Allows Passengers to Report Uncomfortable Cabin Conditions

A new app released by the Association of Flight Attendants will now allow passengers to report high or low temperatures onboard an aircraft. The app, which is available to passengers and crew free of charge, is called 2Hot2Cold and is part of an effort to introduce standards for climate control…

Photos: United Debuts Premium Plus Seating on a Boeing 777-200

United is joining other major U.S. carriers with the addition of a premium economy cabin. This new cabin, called Premium Plus, will serve as the airline's first premium economy product and will officially debut as early as the fall. For now, these seats are being sold as Economy Plus until the…

Delta’s Refurbished 777 is a Win For Passengers

Earlier this month, Delta unveiled its first refurbished Boeing 777-200 featuring the carrier’s new business and premium economy classes. The airline operates a fleet of 18 Boeing 777-200s, with ten Long Range (LR) variants and eight Extended Range (ER) variants. With an average age of 16.7 years, Delta is also…

Photos: A First Look as United Kicks Off 737 MAX…

On Thursday, just minutes before 8:00 a.m., UA686 took to the skies from Houston (IAH) for Orlando, marking the first ever revenue Boeing 737 MAX 9 flight in North America. Just about two hours later, the airline’s third MAX 9, N27503, departed Houston for Austin signifying that the airline officially…

Photos: What It’s Like Inside JetBlue’s New A320 Interior

On Wednesday, JetBlue unveiled a new cabin interior for its fleet of over 100 Airbus A320 aircraft. The cabin refresh marked the first time that the airline had updated the interior of the A320 aircraft, the airline's first aircraft type and backbone of the fleet, since the airline's inception in 2000.…

JetBlue Unveils New A320 Cabin Interior and Future Plans

At long last, JetBlue Airways has revealed the new cabin interior for its Airbus A320 fleet. The aircraft are the workhorses and backbone of the fleet and have not received a cabin refresh in the entirety of the type's 18-year service with JetBlue. The current cabin interior is consistent across its…

Airbus Presents Option for Beds in Cargo Hold

Airbus has presented plans to add sleeping pods to its aircraft — in the cargo hold. The airplane maker plans to include the option of having beds in the cargo hold of its A330 aircraft from 2020 onwards. Sleeper compartments on the A350 XWB airliner is also being studied. Airbus…