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American Airlines Unveils its New Airbus A321 Transcontinental

Posted December 18, 2013 by Douglas Wint and Mark Hsiung

Big changes are happening at American Airlines. We go behind the scenes to preview its first Airbus A321 Transcontinental (A321T) scheduled to begin revenue service in January 2014.

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Aerolineas Argentinas Makes A Triumphant Return to JFK

Posted December 16, 2013 by Eric Dunetz

On Monday morning, Aerolineas Argentinas resumed its service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after a 5 year break. The service will operate daily using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

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COMMENTARY: NTSB Briefing on Asiana 214

Posted December 12, 2013 by Eric Auxier

The San Francisco crash of Asiana 214 during perfect VMC conditions (but with the ILS out of service) has prompted many questions. The answers have prompted many more questions about why the Boeing 777 was allowed to crash at all.

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In With a Bang: American Places Large Regional Jet Order

Posted December 12, 2013 by Ben Granucci

On Thursday morning, American Airlines Group announced that they had ordered 90 large regional jets with options for an additional 130. The orders will be split between Embraer S.A. of Brazil and Bombardier, Inc. of Canada, and are expected to replace the 44- and 50- seat regional jets currently operating under the American Eagle brand.

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EMERGING DETAILS: American’s Tim Ahern Talks About the New American Airlines

Posted December 9, 2013 by Mark Lawrence

Fresh from this morning’s close of the American Airlines / US Airways Merger, American Airlines Group’s vice president of gateways and hub coordination, Tim Ahern, spoke with NYCAviation about the impact of the merger on both consumers and employees.

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BREAKING: American Airlines and US Airways Close Merger, Create Worlds Largest Airline

Posted December 9, 2013 by Ken McQuillan

In Dallas early Monday morning, officials from AMR Corporation and US Airways formally finalized the merger of the two carriers, forming American Airlines Group, Inc. The merged carriers have, with the stroke of a pen, become the largest airline in the world.

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Alaska Airlines Announces New Flights into Delta’s Hub

Posted December 6, 2013 by Douglas Wint

Alaska Airlines Group has announced an expansion of their service from Delta Air Lines’ western hub to four west coast destinations.

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Indigo Partners Buys Frontier Airlines

Posted December 5, 2013 by Mark Lawrence

Private investor group Indigo partners has finalized its purchase of Denver-based Frontier Airlines.

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Video: WestJet Introduces New Disney-Themed 737

Posted December 3, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

WestJet unveiled the “Magic Plane”, a Disney-themed 737-800.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle flight 7041 arriving at the gate. Photo courtesy Daniel Morales
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South Florida Welcomes First Boeing 787 Service to the Region

Posted December 2, 2013 by Mark Lawrence

On Friday, November 29th, Norwegian Air Shuttle began its 787 service between Fort Lauderdale FL and 3 Scandinavian cities. This new service marks the first year-round scheduled service to Europe from Fort Lauderdale, and comes as a part of the European low cost carrier’s expansion into several US markets.

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Judge Approves AMR Exit from Bankruptcy

Posted November 27, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

In a New York City courtroom Wednesday morning, a Federal Bankruptcy judge cleared American Airlines parent AMR to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The judge’s actions cleared all remaining legal obstacles to the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.

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Photos: JFK Airport Rescue Truck Takes a Licking and Needs Rescuing of its Own

Posted November 25, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

In what may be a $750,000 mistake for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, one of their airport rescue trucks at JFK became several damaged while driving around the airport’s taxiways.

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Commentary: Why Did a B747 DreamLifter Land at Jabara?

Posted November 22, 2013 by Justin Schlechter

Many people wonder how this could happen, given the advanced avionics coupled with the impressive training all 747 pilots receive. This is a difficult question to answer, but consider these facts: it wasn’t the first time this has happened, as commercial flights have landed at incorrect destinations in the past. If history repeats itself, an errant landing will almost certainly happen again.

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American Takes Delivery of First A321

Posted November 21, 2013 by Mark Lawrence

American Airlines took the next step in its fleet renewal process by taking delivery of their first Airbus A321. Revenue service is expected to begin in January 2014.

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Boeing Dreamlifter Lands at Wrong Airport; Can It Leave?

Posted November 21, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

Overnight, a boeing 747-400LCK (AKA, the Dreamlifter), landed at tiny Jabara Airport instead of its intended destination at McConnell Air Force Base. In the aftermath many questions have been raised, including whether or not there is enough runway for it to take off.

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UPDATED x2: 2013 Dubai Airshow Order Roundup

Posted November 18, 2013 by Ben Granucci

Within hours of opening, the 2013 Dubai Airshow had already seen multiple aircraft order records broken. But just who ordered all of those planes and what did they get for their billions?

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Record-Breaking Launch for Boeing’s New 777X

Posted November 18, 2013 by Ben Granucci

Boeing launched the 777X series on Sunday morning with a total of 259 orders and commitments from 4 airlines. The new airplane will build upon the success of the current 777 series by using new, more efficient engines and wings in addition to other improvements.

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This Tatarstan Air Boeing 737-500, tail registration VQ-BBN, was involved in a deadly crash at Kazan, Russia. (Photo courtesy of Planespotters.net)
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Video: Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 Crashes at Kazan; All Aboard Perish

Posted November 18, 2013 by Eric McKirdy

NYCAviation has learned that at approximately 10:30 AM EST, Tatarstan Airlines flight U9-363/2B-363 from Moscow Domodedovo to Kazan Russia crashed after attempting a go-around from its second aborted landing attempt, instead impacting the ground and killing all 44 passengers and six crew aboard.

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New Airline Service Seeks to TAME the New York to South American Market

Posted November 15, 2013 by Ben Granucci

More new service between New York and South America is scheduled to begin next week as TAME Airlines begins service between Ecuador and JFK.

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BREAKING: Settlement Agreement in American/US Airways Merger

Posted November 12, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

Late Tuesday morning, NYCAviation recieved word that American Airlines and US Airways had reached an antitrust settlement with the United States Department of Justice. This settlement will allow the merger to move forward, but at a significant cost in terms of both slot pairs and gates at both airlines hubs.

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