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October 31, 2011

A Truly Gross Weight -- Emirates SkyCargo Transports its 'Heaviest-Ever' Item

36 Ton Ship's Rudder Shipped By Air

Emirates SkyCargo came to the rescue of a ship undergoing repairs when it transported a 36-ton rudder part - the heaviest single item ever carried by the freight division of Emirates Airline. The rudder stock, which measured 9.16 meters long and 1.05 meters wide, was required for urgent repairs to a vessel at Dubai Dry Docks.

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Surprise! Teamsters Not Happy With Qantas

Condemns Qantas CEO Alan Joyce for Attack On Workers

Well; you knew this was coming... more outrage from a union after union issues shut down Qantas for a short while... The International Brotherhood of Teamsters called on Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to 'end his campaign to destroy good Australian jobs. The Teamsters stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of locked-out airline employees who dedicate their working lives to help their company succeed.'

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UK Engineers Look To Aerospace Future

But Institution of Mechanical Engineers Warns Work Is Needed

The UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers, or IMechE for short, has issued a report titled "Aero 2075" which anticipates aircraft with blended-wing designs to improve efficiency and reduce noise, the return of supersonic airliners, hypersonic scramjets which could carry passengers at five times the speed of sound, and even the flying of airliners in a "V" formation to take advantage of the aerodynamic secrets of the birds, all by the end of the current century.

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Air Pacific Selects A330 For Fleet Renewal And Growth

Airline Becomes Latest Airbus Customer

Fiji’s national carrier has selected Airbus aircraft to renew and to grow its fleet. After a thorough evaluation of several different aircraft, Air Pacific has signed a firm contract to buy three new A330-200 aircraft in a fleet renewal program.

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Gulfstream International Airlines Upgrades Fleet

Leasing Six Saab 340Bplus Turboprops

Gulfstream International Airlines (“Gulfstream”) has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to purchase six, 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft. The Fort Lauderdale-based airline, which primarily serves desitnationsin the Bahamas, will deploy all six Saab’s along its Florida/Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

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Short-Lived Qantas Grounding Over... Flights To Resume

Government Puts A Stop To Labor Dispute... For Now

Qantas tells ANN that flights will resume today, and should be in full-swing by mid-afternoon, on Monday 31 October 2011 subject to further instructions from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). A petition by Fair Work Australia was granted and allows the Australian Government to terminate all industrial action by the Australian Licensed Engineers Union, the Transport Workers Union, the Australian and International Pilots Union and Qantas.

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Big Business: Transaero Airlines Commits To Four Buying A380s

We'll Bet They Got the Quantity Discount...

It looks like Airbus ended last week with a win... Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for four A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed by Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO and Christopher Buckley, Airbus’ Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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JetBlue Passengers Stranded On Plane 7 Hours At Wrong Airport

Freak Winter Storm Diverts Flight With No Place To Deplane Passengers, Investigation Underway

Passengers on board a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Newark were diverted to Hartford Bradley International Airport in Connecticut Saturday, but with airports shut down all over the northeast due to a heavy snowstorm, there was no gate at which to park the plane.

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