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Qantas, Rex chiefs wage war of words — again

April 23, 2021

The heads of Australian arch-rivals Qantas and Regional Express have again traded barbs in the latest escalation of a bitter dogfight between the two carriers. In separate, harshly-worded columns published days apart in the Australian Financial Review, Rex deputy chairman John Sharp and Qantas group chief Alan Joyce did not mince words in criticising each …

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Southeast Asia a focus of concern: Aircastle

April 23, 2021

The sluggish recovery of the aviation market in the Southeast Asian region and the knock-on impact on carriers’ ability to pay their rents remains an area of concern for Aircastle, chief executive Michael Ingelese says, emphasising that some airlines are “struggling pretty significantly”. Speaking on an analyst call on 21 April, Inglese focused on Thailand, …

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US lawmakers slam F-35 programme for sustainment problems

April 23, 2021

US lawmakers unloaded anger against Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and the Department of Defense (DoD) during a 22 April hearing, criticising the group for not meeting F-35 stealth fighter programme sustainment goals. “I’m [going to] take a deep breath and try to contain my anger at what is going on here,” says John Garamendi, chairman of …

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Delta orders 25 A321neos, accelerates Airbus widebody deliveries

April 23, 2021

Delta Air Lines has firmed orders for 25 Airbus A321neos and pulled forward A350 and A330 deliveries, reflecting the airline’s anticipation that passenger demand will accelerate in coming years. The Atlanta-based carrier, which disclosed the move in a 22 April filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, also took options to purchase another 25 A321neos. The …

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Universal Hydrogen lands $20.5m investment, Airbus and JetBlue contribute

April 23, 2021

Airbus and JetBlue Airways are among companies that have invested a combined $20.5 million in Universal Hydrogen, the Paul Eremenko-backed firm developing a hydrogen-fuel distribution and storage system. The investments came from Airbus Ventures and JetBlue Technologies Ventures – the investment arms of the European airframer and New York-based airline, Universal says on 22 April. …

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Southwest swings to Q1 profit, ‘the worst is behind us’

April 22, 2021

Southwest Airlines made a profit in the first quarter thanks to federal payroll support payments, but says passenger demand remains “inconsistent by region” as the airline shuffles its fleet to meet fluctuating demand. The Dallas-based carrier’s chief executive Gary Kelly says on 22 April he is “relieved, enthused, grateful” for revenue and booking developments in …

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Bill to reduce disease transmission on jets targets airworthiness standards

April 22, 2021

US lawmakers have proposed a union-backed bill that seeks to prevent the spread of disease within the commercial aviation sector, including by changing aircraft certification requirements. Released 22 April into the House, the bill would require commercial aircraft designs include features intended to reduce disease transmission. It also would require airlines take steps to keep …

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American sees aviation rebound ‘accelerating’

April 22, 2021

American Airlines sees the pace of the aviation industry rebound “accelerating” as shifts in customer travel behaviour have forced the carrier to be exceedingly flexible when planning its fleet. The Fort-Worth-based airline says on 22 April that it lost $1.3 billion during the first quarter of the year, less than the $2.2 billion it lost in …

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Ryanair chief Wilson hopeful of ‘extended summer’

April 22, 2021

Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson remains optimistic of a strong lift in air travel in Europe this summer and expects consumers will extend holiday plans later into the year Wilson, speaking at the World Aviation Festival today, said the low-cost carrier has loaded capacity into markets it suspects will be open for travel this summer. …

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Alaska stems losses in Q1, buoyed by US government funds

April 22, 2021

Alaska Air Group lost $131 million in the first quarter of 2021, a significant improvement from the previous quarter thanks largely to pandemic-related US government aid. The Seattle-based company, parent to Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, generated $797 million in first quarter operating revenue, down by roughly half from the first quarter of 2020. Its …

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The headless B-17: this Flying Fortress was hit by an 88mm shell but remained in formation giving the chance to those who survived to bail out safely – The Aviation Geek Club
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Here’s why the B-29 could have had a higher loss rate than the B-17 and B-24 over Germany in 1943 – The Aviation Geek Club
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49 years after the F-15 was christened the Eagle, the USAF names the F-15EX the Eagle II – The Aviation Geek Club
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Medal of Honor sought for A-10 pilot who was shot down and killed in his Hog during Operation Desert Storm while trying to save his wingman who was also shot down by the Iraqis – The Aviation Geek Club
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Chinese Marine Corps releases photo of a group of marines in front of dismantled US Navy EP-3 Aries II on 20th anniversary of the Hainan Incident – The Aviation Geek Club
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A Mighty Fortress: why the Boeing B-17 is the best bomber ever built – The Aviation Geek Club

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