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Virgin Galactic space tourism could begin in 2013
Thursday, 27 October 2011 09:46

Virgin-Galactic-space-tourismSir Richard Branson's space tourism venture said it hopes to launch the service in two years time, but even that date is not fixed.

The firm's commercial director, Stephen Attenborough, told the BBC that its customers' safety is paramount. Test flights are currently underway, with rocket-powered tests scheduled to start next year. Almost 500 people have bought tickets.

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Dubai Air Show
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:17

Dubai Air ShowThe Dubai Airshow, organized once in two years in Dubai, is the foremost aerospace event in the Middle East, and the fastest growing airshow in the world. It is organized by “Fairs & Exhibitions Limited” since the year 1989, together with support of the Government of Dubai, the Dubai International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation, and the UAE Union Defense Forces.

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UK urged to research pilot-free planes
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:58

Researchers say formation flying could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25%Investment in new aeroplane technologies is the key to the UK maintaining its status as an aerospace leader, according to a report.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) said the country's research and development spending has "flat-lined" since the 2008 financial crisis.

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Boeing's Dreamliner finally flies passengers
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 09:40

Boeing's-787-Dreamliner-at-Narita-airport-east-of-Tokyo-before-its-first-commercial-flight.Boeing's long-delayed 787 Dreamliner jet finally began commercial service here today, taking off from Tokyo's Narita airport at 12:42 p.m. on a charter flight to Hong Kong with some 230 passengers.

Operator All Nippon Airways (ANA) will have seven Dreamliners in its fleet by the end of December, ANA President Shinichiro Ito told those attending a press conference marking the event, which included a ceremonial breaking of a barrel of sake.

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10 final recordings of airline crashes
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:35

Cargo-crashWhen a plane crashes we can often recover the black box to determine what happened. This box keeps a recording of any talk in the cockpit. Here we present the recordings of the final moments of 10 crashes as found on the black box. Due to the nature of the recording method, some of the audio is very difficult to hear, so listen very carefully. Some content may disturb.

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Kuwait's Alafco plans to double fleet by 2018
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:24

AlafcoKuwait's Aviation Lease & Finance Co (Alafco) plans to double its aircraft fleet to 100 by 2018, and is in negotiations with Airbus for a new order, its chairman said on Monday.

"The first part of our plan was to reach a fleet of 50 aircraft, and we are almost there ... Now our plan is to reach 100 aircraft by 2018," Ahmad al-Zabin told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in Kuwait.

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China's Sichuan Airlines orders 20 C919 jets
Monday, 24 October 2011 13:13

Sichuan-AirlinesSichuan Airlines, partly owned by China Southern Airlines, has placed an initial order of 20 C919 jets, bringing the total order for the country's self-developed commercial jets to 165 units.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a statement released by C919's maker, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China.

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Airport expansion back on government agenda
Monday, 24 October 2011 09:54

HeathrowThe government's consultation on what its future aviation policy should be closed in October and the aviation industry is pushing hard to be allowed to expand, particularly in the South East.

In its submission, the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) says the lack of a clear aviation policy is damaging the UK and hindering business development.

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Lufthansa cargo says curfew impact is massive
Friday, 21 October 2011 11:17

Lufthansa-CargoLufthansa Cargo is moving five of its nightly flights from Frankfurt to Cologne/Bonn and is canceling several China flights per week to comply with the newly imposed curfew at Frankfurt Airport.

CEO Karl-Ulrich Garnadt said that estimates of a €30-50 million ($41-69 million) impact on profits are likely correct.

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Emission standards dispute: Europeans acting like 'sheriffs'
Friday, 21 October 2011 10:59

Air-Canada-jetCanada's four main airlines accused Europeans Thursday of acting like far-west sheriffs, laying down the law with stringent regulations to curb aircraft greenhouse-gas emissions.

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