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Boeing Selects TRU for 777X Full-Flight Simulators

As of April 19, 2016, Boeing announced that they have selected TRU Simulation+Training as their supplier for their full-flight 777X simulators. These simulators will be used for pro forma training, a service offered to airlines who take delivery of the aircraft. Scheduled to be functional in 2019, the full-flight suites include a flat-panel classroom trainer among numerous other advantageous features. In addition to the simulators Boeing has on order for their customers, TRU will build an extra simulator that will…

Alitalia to Return to China With Service to Beijing

Italy's flag carrier, Alitalia, announced it will resume service to China in July 2016. Alitalia will begin a nonstop flight between Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK) on July 18, 2016. This will be Alitalia's third new international route for 2016, following Santiago, Chile and Mexico City,…

JetBlue to Expand Mint Service

JetBlue announced today it will expand its Mint service to seven more transcontinental routes. The airline launched its premium Mint service in 2014 on its flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from its main hub at New York’s JFK airport. Currently, JetBlue operates Mint service to Los Angeles and…

Virgin Atlantic to Launch New US Routes from Manchester, Unveils…

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will begin new nonstop service to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester. In addition, the airline announced a codeshare with FlyBe. The codeshare aims to bring passengers from small European cities to Virgin Atlantic flights to the Caribbean and America. The new deal will attract…

KLM is First Airline to Use Facebook Messenger

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be the first airline to use the Facebook Messenger app to communicate with its customers. David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging at Facebook announced the news in a post: The airline has always been a social media pioneer, asking travelers for their Twitter handle in…

First US Manufactured Airbus Aircraft Takes Flight

As of March 21, 2016, the first airplane manufactured at Airbus' manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama took its maiden flight. The Airbus A321 took off at 9:36 AM, flying for 3 hours 26 minutes before landing back in Mobile at 1:02 PM. “We’ve come to an exciting milestone in the production…

FlyDubai 981 Crashes in Rostov-on-Don

Media outlets in Southern Russia are reporting the crash of FlyDubai 981. The Boeing 737-800, A6-FDN, was flying from FlyDubai's hub at Dubai International Airport to Rostov-on-Don in the south of Russia. The aircraft is reported to have crashed on landing. Reports from the city indicate there were 62 people…

TAM Brings Airbus A350 to Miami

On March 17, 2016, Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines brought their new Airbus A350 to Miami International Airport, marking their first international service with the airplane. Operated as TAM 9601, the airplane arrived at Miami following a flight from Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Brazil early Thursday morning. Upon arrival at around 7:15 a.m.,…

Delta Enters Codeshare with KLM, Jet Airways

As of March 14, 2016, Delta Air Lines announced that they have entered a codeshare with Jet Airways and KLM. This new partnership entails guaranteed connection flights from North America to India via Amsterdam. The agreement will become effective starting March 27, 2016, when Jet Airways, India's international airline, is set…

Is United Losing the Horse-Race?

As CEO Oscar Munoz returns to work, one of the first issues he is being made to deal with is strong criticism from some of the board members. Expressing deep dissatisfaction with the direction of United Airlines, two of the carrier’s shareholders are nominating a slate of six new directors…