South Korea to allow scenic flights from secondary airports

South Korea plans to allow the operation of non-landing international scenic flights at Seoul Gimpo International, Daegu International, and Busan Gimhae International airports. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) expects this to commence early May, after the necessary clearances are obtained, and each airport will operate up to three daily flights, it said in an 18 April …

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US lawmakers slam F-35 programme for sustainment problems

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

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

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’

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

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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