Aviation News

March 12, 2012

Final Call: Did Irish Government Try to Dump Aer Lingus on JetBlue?

Emergency meeting at the UN about the situation in Syria brought some special visitors to JFK on Monday, including this IL-96 carrying the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

• Ireland’s Transport Minister dismissed reports that his government is attempting to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus to JetBlue. [RTTNews via NASDAQ]

• A New Jersey man didn’t realize daggers aren’t allowed onboard airliners until his bag was searched at Newark Liberty Airport. [Newark Star-Ledger]

Airbus and a group of European airlines are warning lawmakers of the European Commission that its emissions trading plan will spark a trade war. [WSJ]

Lufthansa‘s new Business Class seats will offer full lie-flat capability. [Jaunted]

• A 2010 New Jersey plane crash was caused by the pilot attempting a steep climb after a high-speed, low-altitude fly-by in a twin-engine Cessna 337 Skymaster. Subsequently, the right wing failed, and the plane went down at Monmouth Executive Airport, killing all five people onboard. [AP via NJ.com]

• Tennessee state coffers will shell out a $5 million grant for a new general aviation hangar at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

• A JetBlue flight from Boston to Chicago made an emergency landing in Buffalo after someone phoned in a bomb threat. [WKBW]

• Authorities have declined to charge an American Airlines flight attendant whose frightening rant about the plane crashing forced passengers to restrain her and the pilots to return to the gate. The woman experienced a “mental episode,” said the FBI. [NBC DFW]

• SpaceX is in talks with NASA to use the famed Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center to launch its Falcon heavy lift rocket.



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