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UK Flights Axed as IT Fail Downs British Airways Systems

British Airways thought it was going to have a decent week thanks to pilots cancelling a planned strike, but oh no, it's all gone wrong anyway, thanks to an IT disaster taking out UK-facing check-in systems and forcing the airline to cancel numerous flights. Read More >>

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BA Fined a Boeing 747’s Worth of Cash for Data Breach

British Airways is facing a fine of around £183m for allowing the personal data of its passengers to be scammed out of users attempting to use its network, with the Information Commissioner's Office accusing the airline of running a poor security shop. Read More >>

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A Bird Strike Caused a U.S. Air Force Plane to Accidentally Drop Three Training Bombs on Florida

According to the United States Federal Aviation Administration, more than 14,000 bird strikes happen every year at US airports. Most of the time they’re inconsequential, occasionally they can cause a lot of damage, but things could have been especially catastrophic on Monday when a bird strike caused an A-10C Thunderbolt II to accidentally release three bombs over the state of Florida. Thankfully, they were just dummies designed for trainings. Read More >>

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Cumbria’s Airport Opens for Business After 25-Year Rest

There's a new airport populating the drop-down menu of exotic places to fly to and see if it's any better there from today, with Carlisle Lake District Airport now open for your staycation consideration. Read More >>

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Germany Refuses to Let Boeing’s 737 Max Fly Over it

Boeing's troubled 737 Max aeroplane has been troubling German air traffic officials this week, who refused to let one of the controversial planes fly over the country. Read More >>

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Boeing Reports Up to 148 Parts For Its Aircraft Were ‘Improperly Manufactured’

Adding to an ever-growing list of Boeing public relations issues, the aircraft manufacturer has informed the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that some of its 737 jets may have “improperly manufactured” wing parts that don’t meet strength and durability standards. Read More >>

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America’s Failed Airlines That Were Too Weird for This World

Flying can be an excruciating experience these days. The CEO of United Airlines recently admitted that by the time passengers sit down on his planes, they’re already “pissed at the world.” But plenty of airlines have tried to make things more fun over the years, even if they were incredibly weird. So weird, in fact, that they went out of business. Read More >>

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Experimental Plane Shows Supersonic Blasts of Air Could Simplify the Way We Pilot Aircraft

The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to eventually fail. It’s an especially problematic rule of thumb for aircraft given the fact that a mechanical failure during a flight can be catastrophic. To help remedy this, BAE Systems recently tested a unique plane that replaces its wing’s adjustable ailerons with powerful blasts of air to steer the craft. Read More >>

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Virgin Flight into Heathrow in Drone Near-Miss

This happened back in February, so the fact that it didn't make the proper TV news and the BBC didn't interrupt Pointless to tell us about it means nothing bad happened. What did happen, though, is that a Virgin Atlantic flight reported drones breaching safety guidelines and getting within around 90 feet of an airplane as it came in over Essex. Read More >>

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Airlines May Start Secretly Weighing Us All

A UK-based startup thinks it's happened upon a sly way of saving the airlines a bit of money on each flight, and is pitching the idea of quickly and unobtrusively weighing each passenger before they board their flights -- so the plane can be fuelled with precisely the right amount of flying petrol. Read More >>

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A New Design Promises to Quiet the Terrifying Roar of Flushing an Aeroplane Toilet

Flying has become an altogether unpleasant experience, from long security lines at the airport to cramped, uncomfortable seats. But one of the more unsettling parts of flying, those aeroplane toilets that sound like jet engines when flushed, might soon be much quieter thanks to some long overdue research from Brigham Young University. Read More >>

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Boeing Promises to Release Software Update For 737 Max Planes by April

Boeing announced overnight that the company would release a software update for its 737 Max planes “no later” than next month. The announcement, which was posted to Boeing’s website, calls the software release an “enhancement” and explains that it’s related to the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 which killed 189 people. Sunday’s crash that killed 157 in Ethiopia is only mentioned in passing. Read More >>

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Virgin Atlantic Flight Tops 800mph

A Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner running from from Los Angeles to London has set an astonishing new speed record thanks to the good old mysteries of the jet stream, hitting a maximum speed of 801mph in tailwinds at 35,000 feet above the US. Read More >>

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£32 For a Sit Down in Gatwick’s Newest Posh Lounge

Gatwick's South Terminal is the latest part of our airport infrastructure to be diseased by a stupidly expensive luxury pre-flight seating area, with the aspirational chairs of No1 Lounges taking over another key spot in the departures zone. Read More >>

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Drone Pilot 10 Feet Away From Hitting Passenger Jet Jackpot Over London

The nearest near-miss in the short history of drone enthusiasts flying their toys too close to passenger aeroplanes has been recorded, with the UK's aviation collision police reporting that a drone came within just 10 feet of a Virgin Atlantic plane as it was coming in to land at Heathrow. Read More >>