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Airline Maintenance Workers Honored Despite Difficult Season for Airlines

As the aviation industry grapples with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, many airlines took the time to publicly recognize their aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) for their dedication and hard work in providing safe and excellence in air transportation. May 24 is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, meant to honor the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible. The date is also the birthday of Charles Taylor, the Wright brothers' first engine mechanic.…

Photos: Arizona’s Pinal Airpark Houses Airline Fleets from Around the…

Located north of Tucson, Ariz., Pinal Airpark is a small, single-runway airfield that bears witness to some of the world's most iconic jets. The airport has several vendors on-site who manage the storage and reclamation processes for these aircraft. For years, Pinal Airpark has served as a so-called "boneyard," where…

London Stansted Airport Resurfaces Runway During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the majority of airline operations around the globe. London’s Stansted Airport, the fourth busiest airport in the U.K., has taken the time as a chance to keep enhancing its facilities for the future. The airport is spending 11 days to resurface its 3,048-meter runway from…

The Process of Preparing Aircraft for Long-Term Storage

With COVID-19 decimating the travel industry, demand has dropped to almost nothing. Planes have been sent to storage for who knows how long. Many aircraft will be brought into service as demand picks up but some will be kept in storage longer since it will likely take some time before…

Emirates Probing Damage of Airbus A380 During Routine Maintenance

Dubai-based Emirates is currently investigating an incident in which one of its Airbus A380s was damaged during routine maintenance. The incident, which occurred on August 20, happened during an A-check at the airline's maintenance hangar in Dubai. A-checks are performed every 400 to 600 flight hours and are usually lighter…

Emirates Probing Damage of Airbus A380 During Routine Maintenance

Dubai-based Emirates is currently investigating an incident in which one of its Airbus A380s was damaged during routine maintenance. The incident, which occurred on August 20, happened during an A-check at the airline's maintenance hangar in Dubai. A-checks are performed every 400 to 600 flight hours and are usually lighter…

American Files Lawsuit Against Maintenance Unions

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU). The airline cites that the two unions, which support the carrier's maintenance employees, have organized a work slowdown that has affected…

American Airlines Plans Line Maintenance Base at Houston’s Bush Airport

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has announced that it will be opening a new Line Maintenance station at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new station will provide jobs for approximately 46 aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) as well as additional support staff to support Boeing 737, Airbus A319, A320 and…

Airbus and Japan Airlines Announce FHS Contract

On Monday, Airbus announced a new contract with Japan Airlines for its Flight Hour Services (FHS) program. The announcement comes only three days after Airbus announced that the first JAL A350-900 has begun final assembly at their Toulouse factory. That aircraft is scheduled for delivery later this year. Airbus offers…

Nippon Cargo Airlines Suspends Flights Due to Maintenance Discrepancies

Nippon Cargo Airlines, also known as NCA, has announced that it will be suspending all departures from Tokyo as of June 16 and will be suspending all operations from June 17. The decision comes after inconsistencies were found regarding the application of lubricating oil to one of their Boeing 747-8Fs in…