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Secondary Cockpit Barriers Finally Become Mandatory On Commercial Aircraft More Than 20 Years After 9/11

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President Joe Biden has ‘fixed’ one of the most tragic flaws that led to the darkest day in American aviation, 9/11. This week, the president signed into law the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024,” which now requires a secondary cockpit barrier to be installed on all commercial aircraft. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Frontier Airlines Passenger Refuses Exit Row Instructions, Prompting Plane to Deboard

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A Frontier Airlines passenger’s refusal to comply with exit row instructions led to the entire flight being deboarded. In a viral TikTok video posted on May 9th, travel blogger Tia (@travelwithtia23) recounted an incident where an unidentified woman, wearing glasses, engaged in a heated argument with airline staff. Despite fellow passengers urging her to cooperate, she adamantly refused, escalating tensions on board. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Joby Aviation to introduce air taxis in Saudi Arabia via Saudi Aramco subsidiary

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. & DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia - Joby Aviation , Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), an all-electric air taxi developer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mukamalah, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco (TADAWUL:2222), aiming to bring its eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft to Saudi Arabia. This partnership is expected to lead to the direct sale of Joby aircraft for use in Mukamalah's fleet. The MoU was signed today at the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh by Joby… (in.investing.com) More...

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Airbus hiring additional 400 engineers to increase production in UK

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Airbus is to hire 400 engineers at its wing manufacturing plant in Wales as the company races to extend its lead over crisis-hit Boeing in the market for single-aisle jets. Additional staff will be required at the plant in Broughton, near Chester, as Airbus transforms a building that made wings for the A380 superjumbo into a production line for the best-selling A320neo model. Covering an area larger than 10 football pitches, the West Factory site is key to plans to lift monthly A320 output from… (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

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Collins Aerospace announces $200 million West Plains factory expansion

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Collins Aerospace, an airplane parts manufacturer, announced Monday plans to spend $200 million to expand its carbon brake factory on the West Plains. The spending will add about 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space, more than doubling its facility footprint with up to three new buildings at the 11135 W. Westbow Blvd. location, according to a company release. Collins’ parent company, RTX, purchased the factory from Goodrich, which first opened the plant in 1999. Today, Collins employs about… (www.spokesman.com) More...

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COMAC: Destined for Failure or Success?

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, COMAC, or the "Dream of a Nation," is referred to by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Founded in 2008, the state-backed Chinese aircraft manufacturer laid out its ambitions to become a global leader in aircraft manufacturing, taking on the likes of industry giants Boeing and Airbus. After successfully developing and launching two aircraft models in the 16 years the company has been in business, the question of whether COMAC is destined for… (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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A Record Number of Travelers Will Fly This Memorial Day and Summer—Here’s What to Do as Soon as Your Flight Is Disrupted

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If your air travel plans are less than smooth, use these tips and strategies to get your trip back on track. (www.afar.com) More...

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Iberia to Become Global Launch Operator for Airbus A321neo(XLR)

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Iberia has been designated as the global launch operator for the A321neo(XLR). This announcement comes after IAG International Airlines Group, Iberia’s parent company, shifted the launch responsibilities from Aer Lingus due to operational considerations. (www.airguide.info) More...

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