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FAA Announces Guidance on Recalled Samsung Phone

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a general guidance to airlines regarding the rules of carrying “recalled or defective lithium devices” both in the cabin and in the cargo hold following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. According to an FAA press release, “U.S. hazardous material regulations prohibit air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered devices, and passengers may not turn on or charge the devices when they carry them on board a…

Fresh from Charleston: American Takes Delivery of Their First 787-9…

In reflection of their fleet modernization efforts, American has taken delivery of their first 787-9 Dreamliner. The extended Dreamliner variant was delivered to the airline on Tuesday from Boeing's manufacturing facility in Charleston, South Carolina. American's new 787-9 Dreamliner has 285 seats, with 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy…

Emirates Expands A380 Service to New Zealand

Emirates, the world's largest Airbus A380 Operator announced today it will begin A380 service to Christchurch, New Zealand beginning October 30th which will coincide with the launch of the A380 on its Dubai to Auckland nonstop route. The airline will be the first to begin regularly-scheduled Airbus A380 flights to…

Lufthansa Becomes First European Airline to Join PreCheck

On Wednesday August 31st, a new airline joined the TSA PreCheck program. This airline, however, was different from the other 17 airlines currently participating in the PreCheck program. European giant, Lufthansa has become the 18th airline to join the TSA’s PreCheck program. Lufthansa marks the first European airline to join…

American and United Appoint New Presidents

There has been an interesting shakeup in the airline executive world this afternoon as American Airlines and United Airlines both name new company presidents. American's New President American announced Robert Isom as their new President who will report directly to the Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. The 52-year-old began his…

Qantas Group Reports Record Profits

The Qantas Group, parent company of Sydney-based Qantas Airways, reported record profits Wednesday of $1.42 billion AUD ($1.07 billion USD) for the financial year ending in June 2016. The owner of numerous other passenger and cargo carriers, including Jetstar Airways, Qantas Freight, and QantasLink, also announced pre-tax earnings of AU$820…

Southwest 737 Experiences “Uncontained Engine Failure:” Lands Safely in Pensacola

Southwest flight 3472 from New Orleans to Orlando diverted to Pensacola, Florida after an incident involving the number two engine. The aircraft involved was N766SW, a 16 year old 737-7H4 with CFM56 engines. There were 99 passengers and 5 crew members onboard, who safely deplaned in Pensacola. The engine appears…

World’s Largest Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight

The world’s largest aircraft had a successful first flight on Wednesday. The Airlander 10, a modern version of mid-19th century helium-filled airships owned by British aerospace company Hybrid Air Vehicles, flew around Bedfordshire, England for less than 20 minutes due to a delayed departure. “All test objectives were met during…

FAA Grants Safety Rating for Indonesian Carriers

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that Indonesia now meets International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and has received a Category 1 rating. This means Indonesian carriers will now be able to fly to the U.S., pending authority from the FAA and DOT, and can codeshare with U.S. carriers. The…

United Flight Attendants Agree On New Contract

Chicago based United Airlines has over 25,000 flight attendants and for the first time in six years, they will all be operating under a single contract. Since the integration with Continental Airlines in 2010, there have been various rules in place for both legacy United and legacy Continental flight attendants.…