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  1. Pretty similar to this one. Payne Stewart, What Happened? - CBS News
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  3. Somebody probably used a bad word...
  4. American Airlines to buy supersonic jets as it bets on ultra-fast travel (msn.com) (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc on Tuesday agreed to buy up to 20 ultra-fast jets from Boom Supersonic, with an option to purchase 40 more, becoming the second major U.S. airline to bet on supersonic passenger travel. © Reuters/JOSHUA ROBERTSFILE PHOTO: An American Airlines aircraft lands at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia American has made a non-refundable deposit on the initial 20 Overture jets, the companies said in a joint statement, without disclosing the size of the deposit. The era of regular commercial supersonic flights appeared to have ended in 2003 when Concorde, flown by Air France and British Airways, was retired after 27 years of service. But last year, United Airlines Holdings Inc agreed to buy 15 Boom Overture aircraft after they met certain safety, operating and sustainability requirements. A similar condition was revealed in American Airlines' agreement on Tuesday. Boom's Overture jet is expected to carry passengers at twice the speed of the fastest commercial aircraft currently available, the company said. The jet is scheduled to roll out in 2025 and carry its first passengers by 2029, Boom added. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents pilots of American Airlines, criticized the deal, saying the carrier should instead focus on reducing cancellations and delays which have hit its operations this year. (Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru and additional reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh in Chicago; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi) And the airplane... Boom - Overture (boomsupersonic.com) Pretty cool stuff!
  5. Agreed! Finally a good decision from this government.
  6. Canada moves forward with the acquisition of aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force From: National Defence News release July 14, 2022 – Ottawa – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Today, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada has finalized a contract to acquire the first two aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that will replace and renew the capability currently fulfilled by the CC-150 Polaris fleet and later become part of the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) fleet. The contract for the procurement and preparation of two Airbus A330-200 aircraft, manufactured in 2015, was awarded to International AirFinance Corporation and is valued at $102M USD (taxes excluded). Since 1992, the CC-150 Polaris aircraft and its crews have provided outstanding service to Canada. The Polaris is the aircraft that provides the majority of air-to-air refueling for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fighter fleet, allowing the RCAF to extend their range and operating time. This capability has seen extensive use at home and abroad, including on Operation IMPACT, where it delivered more than 65 million pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft. The fleet also fulfills many other roles, including military personnel and cargo airlift; strategic Government of Canada personnel transport; and medical evacuations. After nearly 30 years of outstanding service, the RCAF is looking to the future of this crucial capability, and with today’s announcement, we are moving forward to the next step of the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) project. This project, which is Initiative #47 of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE), will replace and renew the RCAF’s air-to-air refueling capability for the next generation. The STTC project, within its currently approved scope, will acquire sufficient aircraft to provide the RCAF with three continuous lines of tasking to deliver on Canada’s defence policy, to defend Canadians, to meet Canada’s NORAD and NATO commitments, and allow our Canadian Armed Forces to continue to contribute to peace and stability abroad through their operations. The STTC aircraft will also be equipped to airlift large numbers of CAF personnel and their equipment in support of operations and training activities within Canada, including in Canada’s Arctic regions, and around the world, which will enhance the existing transport capacity provided by the CC-177 Globemaster and CC-130J Hercules fleets, allowing for the more efficient movement of personnel and equipment. And, as a multi-role aircraft, the STTC aircraft will provide the RCAF with increased flexibility, allowing planners to select the most appropriate aircraft for a specific airlift mission, and it will increase the RCAF’s ability to respond to unexpected operational requirements, such as domestic or international emergencies or humanitarian relief missions. The exact number of aircraft in the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability fleet is currently anticipated to be six aircraft (including these two Airbus A330-200 aircraft). These two commercial aircraft will later be modified by Airbus Defence and Space to military specifications required to serve as multirole aircraft within the STTC fleet, and they will play an integral role in providing air-to-air refuelling, strategic airlift, aeromedical evacuations, and strategic Government of Canada personnel transport, including transport of the Prime Minister, Governor General, and others, for decades to come. Quotes Quick facts These two used A330-200 aircraft, manufactured in 2015, are being procured at the best value for money for Canadians and they will meet the requirements of the Royal Canadian Air Force for decades to come. The modification to transform a commercial Airbus A330-200 into a strategic tanker, named by Airbus as the Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), can be applied to either new or used aircraft. Several allied nations have procured used A330-200 aircraft and have worked or are working with Airbus to convert those aircraft to the MRTT configuration to support their operations. All modifications, whether for new or used aircraft, will be completed through the Government’s contract with Airbus. Ten-year average CC-150 Polaris Mission type: Air-to-Air Refuelling: 30% Strategic Airlift for the RCAF: 55% Strategic Government of Canada Transport: 10% Aeromedical: 5% The aircraft are expected to arrive in Canada in winter 2023, where they may be placed into early service in passenger/cargo roles as we await their modification to military specifications.The aircraft being purchased are currently configured for long-haul commercial use. These aircraft may initially be used to perform cargo, troop and passenger airlift operations. This could include, for example, the deployment of CAF troops and gear within Canada or overseas, the movement of civilian passengers in support of humanitarian relief operations, and transport of the Prime Minister, Governor General, and others. The Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, including the value proposition, will apply to this procurement to leverage economic benefits for Canada equal to the value of the contract. Through the ITB Policy, the STTC project will leverage investments and business activities in support of Canada’s key industrial capabilities – supporting the defence industry and good Canadian jobs in regional economies. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2022/07/canada-moves-forward-with-the-acquisition-of-aircraft-for-the-royal-canadian-air-force.html
  7. London’s Heathrow Airport asks airlines to stop selling summer tickets Jul. 12, 2022 10:16 AM ETInternational Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. (ICAGY)EJTTF, RYAAY, DLAKF, AFRAF, DRTGF, WZZAF, AERZY, FNNNF, NWARF, AIBEF, DLAKY, AFLYY, AAL, ACDVF, UAL, DAL, CGJTFBy: Kevin P. Curran, SA News Editor19 Comments Carl Court/Getty Images News London’s Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in Europe prior to the pandemic, has asked airlines to discontinue summer sales as it struggles with staff shortages and delays. A statement released on Tuesday explained that the airport cannot cope with surging passenger traffic that has regularly exceeded 100K per day with current staffing. Amid this rapid rise in travelers, service has fallen to “a level that is not acceptable” and safety has become a concern with many new hires struggling to keep up with the travel chaos. “New colleagues are learning fast but are not yet up to full speed. However, there are some critical functions in the airport which are still significantly under-resourced, in particular ground handlers, who are contracted by airlines to provide check-in staff, load and unload bags and turnaround aircraft,” a statement from Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye explained. “They are doing the very best they can with the resources available and we are giving them as much support as possible, but this is a significant constraint to the airport's overall capacity.” As such, the airport asked airlines for assistance in curbing the increasing passenger issues. “Some airlines have taken significant action, but others have not, and we believe that further action is needed now to ensure passengers have a safe and reliable journey,” the statement read. “We have therefore made the difficult decision to introduce a capacity cap with effect from 12 July to 11 September.” The new measures place a limit at 100K passengers per day, 4K below the current summer trend. Holland-Kaye advised that the airport is significantly upping its efforts to hire more staff, though he cautioned that this effort will take time. London’s Heathrow Airport asks airlines to stop selling summer tickets (OTCMKTS:ICAGY) | Seeking Alpha
  8. For the life of me I can't understand why they're using 737 classics and not NG's? There are literally hundreds of lower time and much newer 737NG's out there that are still supported by Boeing engineering and they are also a better suited aircraft for what they're doing.
  9. Easyjet Flight Escorted by F18 Fighter After Bomb Threat Was Made by Passenger Mid-flight | Watch (msn.com)
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  11. I'm seeing 13 flights today...
  12. Major aircraft lessor Avolon says Boeing has 'lost its way' By Conor Humphries and Tim Hepher 3 minute read A Boeing logo is seen at the company's facility in Everett after it was announced that their 777X model will make its first test flight later in the week in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register DUBLIN, May 5 (Reuters) - The head of the world's second-largest aircraft leasing company said on Thursday Boeing had "lost its way" and might need new leadership to fix a flawed culture that overshadowed its revival. The comments by Avolon Chief Executive Domhnal Slattery represented a rare public rebuke of Boeing by a significant customer, albeit one that cancelled orders for over 100 737 MAX jets during the COVID pandemic. Report ad Boeing declined comment. "I think it's fair to say that Boeing has lost its way," Slattery told the Airfinance Journal conference in Dublin, a gathering of the world's aircraft lessors who together own most of the world's passenger jets. "Boeing has to fundamentally re-imagine its strategic relevance in the marketplace," he said, adding that this would require "fresh vision, maybe fresh leadership." Report ad However, he said the issues could eventually be resolved. "I have faith that they will figure it out," Slattery said. Shares of Boeing fell to a nearly 1-1/2 year low last week after the U.S. planemaker posted a quarterly loss, unveiled $2.7 billion in charges and added costs and expressed doubts over hitting 737 MAX delivery targets. read more Boeing also announced it was halting 777X production through 2023 and failed to specify when it would resume deliveries of its key twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner model after a year-long halt. Report ad "They are burning cash at an unprecedented level. They're probably going to get downgraded," Slattery said. "Boeing has a storied history...They build great airplanes. But it's said that culture eats strategy for breakfast and that is what has happened at Boeing," Slattery said. A succession of crises from fatal crashes that led to a two-year grounding of the 737 MAX, to external regulatory pressures that interrupted 787 deliveries and delayed the 777X, have left America's biggest exporter badly shaken, another top buyer said. Underscoring Boeing's woes, European rival Airbus (AIR.PA) pushed ahead on Wednesday with plans to raise competing single-aisle jet production by 50% from current levels to 75 a month in 2025, just as Boeing is struggling to certify its 737 MAX 10. Slattery voiced concerns that the market could tilt too heavily in favour of Airbus if it delivers on its production plans, though some lessors say it remains to be seen how soon Airbus can reach its target due to fragile supply chains. Longstanding board member Dave Calhoun became Boeing CEO in 2019 promising greater transparency after the group's earlier handling of the MAX crisis drew widespread criticism. On Thursday, Boeing announced plans to move its headquarters from Chicago to the Washington, DC, area, highlighting efforts to bring decision-making closer to customers and regulators. read more But Calhoun's promise of a reboot has been eclipsed by fresh problems on several core civil and defence projects, while another influential customer, Emirates airline president Tim Clark, has urged Boeing to "get its act together." Boeing says it is working through the multiple challenges. Calhoun told investors after the company's board was reaffirmed by shareholders last week that Boeing would overcome new problems with the T-7 military trainer and Air Force One jets and also felt good about progress on the 787 and 737 MAX. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Jan Harvey, Bernadette Baum and Diane Craft Major aircraft lessor Avolon says Boeing has 'lost its way' | Reuters
  13. https://globalnews.ca/news/8806094/flair-airlines-ownership-deadline/?utm_source=%40globalnews&utm_medium=Twitter
  14. Wasn't the A340 susceptible to bird strikes from the back?
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