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See inside the Airbus A400M Atlas military cargo plane made famous by Tom Cruise that reportedly cost more than $30 billion to produce

An Airbus A400M at the Dubai Airshow 2021.Thomas Pallini/Insider One of Airbus' latest innovations isn't an airliner but a military troop and cargo transport plane.  The Airbus A400M Atlas can carry up to 37 tons of cargo and be used for transport, air-to-air refueling, and paratroop missions.  European, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries have been Airbus' top customers for the Atlas. Airbus sells more than just commercial airliners, it also sells military transport aircraft. ...
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Airplane cabins are chock-full of secret cameras, but they're not used to spy on passengers. Here's what they're for and where to find them.

An Embraer E195-E2 demonstration aircraft nicknamed "profit hunter" at Dubai Airshow 2021.Thomas Pallini/Insider Airplane cabins have cameras that are primarily used for safety and security reasons.  Cameras can be placed outside the cockpit so pilots are aware of what's going on outside their cockpit door. Flight attendants can use cameras to view a cabin that might otherwise be obstructed from their seats.  It's not at all uncommon to see travelers taking pictures when aboard an a...
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Airbus (AIR) Accuses #Qatar Airways of Engineering A350 Grounding - Bloomberg

Airbus (AIR) Accuses Qatar Airways of Engineering A350 Grounding - Bloomberg Airbus SE turned up the heat in a dispute with one of its biggest customers, accusing Qatar Airways of instigating a local grounding of A350 jetliners in order to claim compensation over alleged surface defects, and terminating a separate order for its hard-to-get A321neos.“There is no reasonable or rational basis” for Qatari regulators to have grounded 21 of the A350s operated by the state-owned carrier, accord...
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Avelo Airlines is raising pay and offering a $20,000 sign-on bonus to attract pilots amid an industry-wide staffing shortage

An Avelo Airlines Boeing 737-800.Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo Air Low-cost startup Avelo Airlines is offering increased pay and sign-on bonuses to first-year pilots. Avelo's effort comes as airlines continue to struggle to find and retain crews amid the pilot shortage.  Airlines like Breeze and GoJet are also offering monetary incentives to attract talent.  The pilot shortage is once again plaguing airlines as travel rebounds to normal levels, and low-cost carriers are approaching ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Planes, US, Trends, Delta Airlines, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Pilots, Delta Air Lines, Incentives, Embraer, Henry Harteveldt


Only one US airline ranked in the top 5 for having the youngest fleet of aircraft in North America, with Canada and Mexico dominating — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A320neo.Carlos Yudica Aviation data firm CH Aviation ranked the airlines with the newest fleet of aircraft. Only one US airline made the list from the North American ranking. Canadian and Mexican ultra-low-cost airlines dominated in North America. Some airlines can now boast about having a new plane smell on their aircraft. Aviation data company CH Aviation recently unveiled its list of airlines with the youngest fleet of aircraft, determined by the average age of a...
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The US government just allowed an Icelandic airline to offer flights between the US and Cuba. But buying tickets comes with restrictions.

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200.Malcolm T Walls Photo's/Shutterstock.com Icelandair will soon fly between the US and Cuba thanks to a Department of Transportation ruling.  US airlines objected to Icelandair's presence in the market but lost out in the end. Travel to Cuba is notoriously restrictive because of ongoing sanctions.  North Americans now have another option when flying to Cuba. Icelandair is known for connecting North America and Europe through its home country of Iceland. But ...
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The US government just allowed an Icelandic airline to offer flights between the US and Cuba. But buying tickets come with restrictions.

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200.Malcolm T Walls Photo's/Shutterstock.com Icelandair will soon fly between the US and Cuba thanks to a Department of Transportation ruling.  US airlines objected to Icelandair's presence in the market but lost out in the end. Travel to Cuba is notoriously restrictive because of ongoing sanctions.  North Americans now have another option when flying to Cuba. Icelandair is known for connecting North America and Europe through its home country of Iceland. But ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, Florida, Texas, News, Air Travel, Planes, Americas, US, Trends, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Houston, Iceland


An Airbus A320 jet crash landed on the Hudson River with no fatalities 13 years ago. Now the plane is a part of a museum in Charlotte.

Miracle on the Hudson A320.Daniel Barry/Getty Images Exactly 13 years have passed since an Airbus A320 miraculously crash-landed on the Hudson River with no fatalities. Pilots Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles ditched the powerless plane on the river after a bird strike. The damaged aircraft sat on display in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to storage, but will be back in 2022. It has been 13 years since captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and first officer Jeffrey Sk...
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Boeing's new $442.2 million flagship plane is drawing interest from across the aviation industry. But delays are preventing it from realizing its potential.

The Boeing 777X at Dubai Airshow 2021.Thomas Pallini/Insider The Boeing 777X is primed to be a popular seller in the private jet and cargo realms in addition to commercial airlines.  Cargo carriers are looking to grow their fleets amid a boom in demand while a 777X private jet can be sold to governments and heads of state. Delays in the aircraft's certification mean that cargo airlines and private jet buyers will be waiting years for their planes.  Boeing's new flagship aircraft has t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Dubai, Aviation, Airbus, Boeing, Private Jets, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Reuters, Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker


Check out the single-aisle jets that dominated Airbus and Boeing's deliveries for 2021 as airlines continue to downsize to smaller and more efficient aircraft

Boeing and Airbus.Boeing/Airbus Airbus and Boeing revealed their deliveries for 2021, and Airbus maintained its crown as the world's top planemaker. Single-aisle jets dominated as airlines continue to seek smaller aircraft for the long-haul market. Boeing delivered 263 of its 737 family planes while Airbus delivered 483 A320 family aircraft. Airbus and Boeing have had a rivalry for decades, fighting to be the top planemaker in the world. Boeing and Airbus.Boeing/Airbus Boeing starte...
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We went aboard Boeing's largest twin-engine cargo plane and saw how it's tackling the shipping crisis from the air

Touring the Emirates SkyCargo operation in Dubai.Thomas Pallini/Insider Air cargo has seen a surge in popularity thanks to a crisis in ocean shipping.  Emirates SkyCargo is one of the airlines using a fleet of dedicated freighters to get goods to market.  The Boeing 777 Freighter can carry nearly 236,000 pounds of cargo between continents.  The crisis in ocean shipping is seeing companies look to the skies for a faster way to get their goods to market, even if it means paying more. Touring...
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Ultra-low-cost airlines are flocking to Boeing's 737 Max, inking millions in orders as talk of safety concerns vanish

A Ryanair Boeing 737 Max 8200Croatorum / Shutterstock.com Boeing had a successful 2021 with the 737 Max in its first full year of flying the aircraft post-grounding. Ultra-low-cost airlines in particular are choosing the Max over Airbus products.  All-Airbus carrier Allegiant Air placed a firm order for 50 aircraft citing low unit costs and near-term availability. Boeing just successfully completed its first full year of flying the 737 Max since its ungrounding by the Federal Aviation Adminis...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Australia, Planes, India, US, Trends, Flying, Ireland, Ryanair, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Boeing


These are the top 10 safest low-cost carriers in the world, according to experts

JetBlue A320 aircraft.Marcus Mainka/Shutterstock AirlineRatings.com revealed its top 10 safest low-cost carriers in the world for 2022. Three US airlines made the list, including Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue Airways. Mexico-based Volaris also made the list despite the country having a Category 2 safety rating from the FAA. AirlineRatings.com, a website for airline safety and product reviews, announced its top 10 safest low-cost carriers for 2022, and three US carriers made th...
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The top 20 safest airlines in the world, according to experts

Air New Zealand.Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock.com AirlineRatings.com has named Air New Zealand as the safest airline in the world for 2022. The organization publishes the top 20 list every year, and ANZ beat out 2021's top carrier, Australia-based Qantas. Five US carriers made the list in 2022, though Southwest Airlines dropped off after ranking 13 last year. AirlineRatings.com, a source for airline safety and product reviews, has revealed its top 20 safest carriers in the world for 2022, ...
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I flew British Airways on its $1 billion London-New York route in economy class and it was just the quintessentially British flight I wanted

Flying on a British Airways Boeing 777-200 from London to New York.Thomas Pallini/Insider British Airways is a leading airline on the highly lucrative New York-London route.  The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has changed the airline's offering on the route. Boeing 777s now solely fly between New York and London instead of Boeing 747s and premium Airbus A318s. British Airways has long dominated the skies between London and New York, shuttling a lucrative mix of business and leisure travele...
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One of the newest airlines in the US is tackling the pilot shortage by paying them more and hiring from Australia

The inaugural flight of David Neeleman's Breeze Airways.Thomas Pallini/Insider Breeze Airways is one of many airlines bracing for the global shortage of pilots as air travel ramps up. The startup airline is looking to fill about 280 open pilot spots as more aircraft are delivered.  Hourly pilot wages are being increased and Australian nationals can also fly for Breeze under the E-3 visa program. The airline industry is returning to normal, and that means once again contending with a globa...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Australia, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Pilots, United Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, Jetblue Airways


For #Israel Aerospace Industries, #AbuDhabi hub offers route to soaring global demand for freighter conversions | Aviation – Gulf News

For Israel Aerospace Industries, Abu Dhabi hub offers route to soaring global demand for freighter conversions | Aviation – Gulf News The UAE market will assume a central role in Israel Aerospace Industries’ push for a bigger share of the surging global demand for cargo freighters. The Israeli company already has signed freight conversion agreements with Emirates airline and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.“The issue of conversion of passenger aircraft to cargo is very ‘in’ right now because the pa...
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Airlines around the world have raised concerns about Airbus' A350 paint issues, and now Qatar is seeking over $600 million in damages from the planemaker

A Qatar Airways jet arriving from Doha, Qatar, at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, in January 2015.AP Photo/Michael Probst, File Qatar Airways wants $618 million from Airbus over paint-related damages on the airline's A350 jets. Qatar has grounded 21 of its A350s, citing airworthiness issues due to cracked paint and exposed copper mesh. The two have been at a stalemate for months, with Airbus claiming the paint issues do not impact safety. Paint issues on Airbus' A350 jets have rais...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Planes, Trends, Qatar, Aircraft, Delta, Airbus, Airlines, Etihad, Doha, Airbus A350, A350, Lufthansa, A380


Ultra-low-cost airline Allegiant is flipping its business strategy by buying 50 Boeing 737 MAX jets

Rendering of Allegiant 737 MAX jets.Allegiant Air Allegiant Air announced it has purchased 50 new Boeing 737 MAX jets to add to its all-Airbus fleet. The decision breaks from the typical low-cost business strategy of operating just one aircraft type. Industry expert Henry Harteveldt said the order makes sense because of the jet's operating capabilities. Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it is buying 50 new Boeing 737 MAX jets as it continues to modernize and gr...
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#Qatar Airways seeks more than $600 mln in Airbus A350 dispute | Reuters

Qatar Airways seeks more than $600 mln in Airbus A350 dispute | Reuters Qatar Airways is claiming $618 million in compensation from planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) in a dispute over erosion to the surface of A350 jetliners, a court document showed on Thursday.The Gulf airline is also seeking extra compensation of $4 million for every day that 21 of its A350 airplanes remain grounded by Qatar's regulator over the skin damage, which includes erosion and gaps in a layer of lightning protection.The Eur...
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Emirates is giving 52 of its Airbus A380s a brand-new look including upgrades in every cabin and premium economy seating — see inside

Emirates' refurbished Airbus A380 at Dubai Airshow 2021.Thomas Pallini/Insider Emirates is upgrading 52 of its Airbus A380 with new cabin enhancements and the addition of a premium economy class cabin.  Long-haul routes between Dubai and destinations like London, Paris, and New York will receive the aircraft. Emirates is the first Middle Eastern mega carrier to introduce a premium economy class cabin.  Emirates is giving the world's largest passenger jet a new lease on life. Emirat...
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Airlines are expanding their international networks as the world's borders slowly open after nearly 2 years of uncertainty — here are 13 high-profile long-haul routes coming in 2022

United Airlines at LAXAngel DiBilio/Shutterstock Airlines are expanding their international networks to and from the US in 2022 despite the Omicron variant. New destinations include places like Jordan, Qatar, India, Spain, Portugal, Norway, and Finland.  However, some experts say country border restrictions in response to Omicron could impact the routes. The airline industry has been on a rollercoaster ride of uncertainty as the pandemic continues into 2022, but that is not stopping airlines ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, New York, Washington, China, Germany, India, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Trends, Aer Lingus, Beijing


I flew on Delta's regional aircraft and although it lacked some luxuries offered by JetBlue's, I was still impressed by its plush seats and roomy cabin

Flying on a Delta Embraer 170 from Boston to Philadelphia.Taylor Rains/Insider I flew on JetBlue and Delta's regional jets and I was impressed by both, though one was slightly better. JetBlue's amenity-heavy product included a few more features than Delta, like seatback screens and free WiFi. However, I appreciated both planes' 2x2 configuration, meaning no one would get stuck in the middle seat. Delta and JetBlue are giant competitors in the Northeast, both claiming a large sha...
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Airbus has a $260 million wide-body jet that it just can't sell. See inside the A330-800neo that's proving to be a commercial flop.

A Uganda Airlines Airbus A330-800neo.Thomas Pallini/Insider Airbus has only sold 15 of its A330-800neo aircraft, the next-generation variant of the popular A330-200. Uganda Airlines, Air Greenland, Kuwait Airlines, and Garuda Indonesia are the only four airlines to purchase the aircraft. One expert says that airlines don't want to pay for a smaller plane compared to the larger A330-900neo since the two have comparable per-seat costs.  Airbus doesn't usually have a problem selling ai...
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The demand for airline-sized private jets has boomed over the years and Boeing has stepped up with its fleet of luxury bizliners — see the 25-year history of Boeing Business Jets

Boeing Business Jets.Boeing Boeing Business Jets celebrated its 25-year anniversary in July, having dreamt up the first BBJ concept in 1996. The program targeted a niche market of ultra-wealthy customers who wanted bigger, more comfortable bizjets. Boeing has added many aircraft types to the BBJ line, like the 737 MAX, 787 Dreamliner, 777, and the 747-8. 2021 marks the 25-year anniversary of Boeing Business Jets, which launched in 1996. The company has a long history of manufacturing aircra...
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Airbus has a $260 million wide-body jet that it just can't sell. See inside the A330-800neo, which is proving to be a commercial flop.

A Uganda Airlines Airbus A330-800neo.Thomas Pallini/Insider Airbus has sold 15 of the A330-800neo, the next-generation variant of the popular A330-200. Uganda Airlines, Air Greenland, Kuwait Airways, and Garuda Indonesia are the only buyers so far. An expert says airlines don't want the smaller plane when others have comparable per-seat costs.  Airbus doesn't usually have a problem selling airplanes. A Uganda Airlines Airbus A330-800neo.Thomas Pallini/Insider As of October, more...
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The pandemic paved the way for a boom in cheap new US airlines this year — here are the newcomers the industry welcomed in 2021

The inaugural flight of David Neeleman's Breeze Airways.Thomas Pallini/Insider Three low-cost startup airlines were introduced in 2021, including Avelo Airlines, Breeze Airways, and Aha! COVID-19 created openings for the carriers to enter markets, acquire cheap planes, and hire highly-trained staff. More budget carriers are hoping to start in 2022, including Airbahn and Northern Pacific Airways. The airline industry had a tumultuous year of pandemic-driven ups and downs, but one sector ap...
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Airbus' flagship single-aisle jet will complete a 4,100-mile transatlantic passenger flight on Wednesday as more airlines downsize long-haul flights

A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A321neoLR.Scandinavian Airlines Scandinavian Airlines will fly its Copenhagen to Washington, DC flight on Wednesday using a single-aisle plane.  The 4,100-mile route will be one of the longest ever flown by the aircraft, and the longest scheduled A321neoLR route once officially inaugurated in March.  More airlines are using single-aisle aircraft to lower costs on long-haul routes.  SAS Scandinavian Airlines will become the latest airline to complete a revenu...
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The air cargo boom has airlines from UPS to Air France spending billions on Boeing and Airbus freighter aircraft — and new jets can't come soon enough

A UPS Airlines Boeing 767-300 Freighter.Aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group via Getty Airlines are expecting a boom in air cargo to remain and buying new aircraft to take advantage. UPS Airlines just ordered 19 of Boeing's 767-300 Freighter aircraft to be delivered through 2025. Airbus is landing new orders for its recently launched A350 Freighter that won't fly until late in the decade. Airlines are going on a shopping spree for aircraft on which most travelers will never fly....
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Airbus delivered the final Airbus A380 ever to be built just as airlines learn to love the world's largest passenger jet again

An Emirates Airbus A380.kamilpetran/Shutterstock.com Airbus has delivered the last A380 it will ever build to Emirates Airlines. The 251st A380 to be delivered to an airline and the 123rd A380 delivered to Emirates marks the end of the superjumbo-building era at Airbus.  Airlines are just beginning to bring their A380s back into flying service after grounding them for most of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Airbus has delivered its 251st and final A380 to a customer after 14 years of airline delive...
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