NEWS Bashar Assad tries out role of Su-35 fighter jet pilot at Russia’s Khmeymim airbase (video)

The Russian chief of staff, General Valery Gerasimov, accompanied Assad, according to a statement by Russia’s Defense Ministry. The two discussed coordinating actions of the Syrian government forces with the help of the Russian military against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has tried out the role of fighter jet pilot, as he arrived in Latakia province to inspect the Russian-operated Khmeymim airbase. This marks the first time the Syrian president has visited the military airfield.

BREAKING Jet2 Airbus A330 stuck on runway at Tenerife Airport

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A Jet2 plane is stuck on runway after tires bursted on landing.

  • UPDATE 1902 UTC Tenerife TFS Airport is now open.

The flight #LS917 left Manchester at 09:20 UTC and landed at Tenerife (TFS) at 12:10 UTC. Emergency crew met the plane after tires bursted on landing.

The Airbus A330 (reg. G-VYGL) is stuck on runway for inspection. All inbound flights are diverting.

Passengers disembarked and reached the gate by buses.

VIDEO Antonov An 124 (RA-82074) bird strike during landing at at Leipzig/Halle Airport

NEWS Alaska Airlines to host eclipse-chasing flight in August

Alaska Airlines will be chasing the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in United States history since 1918.

On August 21, a special charter flight for select astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers will allow passengers to see the eclipse from more than 35,000 feet above the earth.

The flight will depart Portland at 7:30 a.m. and fly off the coast of Oregon, allowing passengers on board to be among the first of millions to witness the eclipse.

NEWS China Southern Airlines #CZ380 delayed 5 hours after woman throws coins into engine to pray for peace at Shanghai


A female passenger threw some coins into the aircraft’s engine before boarding a China Southern Airlines flight, which delayed the flight for over four hours at the Pudong International Airport.


The Airbus 320 (reg. B-6702) with Flight CZ380 from Shanghai Pudong to Guangzhou was scheduled to take off at 12:40pm and arrive in Guangzhou at 3:05pm but was delayed for a thorough inspection on its engine.

The woman, surnamed Qiu, 80, threw some coins into the engine when she was about to board the aircraft to “wish a safe flight.”

The passengers who already boarded were then asked to get off and mechanics had to check whether there are remaining coins in the engine.

Mechanics finished the inspection at around 4:50pm and found one coin in and eight around the engine, with a total value of 1.7 yuan.

Flight #CZ380 landed at 20:15 LT.


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NEWS Norwegian to offer low-cost flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires

Norwegian has announced a new route from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, marking the airline’s first ever South American route as its UK expansion plans gather pace.

The new route will start in February 2018, with fares from £299 breaking the current monopoly on direct London to Buenos Aires flights, offering passengers more choice and lower fares. Norwegian already offers affordable long-haul flights from London Gatwick to nine US cities and Singapore. Buenos Aires will become Norwegian’s 11th long-haul route from London Gatwick as part of continued expansion from the UK into a range of new global markets.

From 14th February 2018, Norwegian will start a year-round service of four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport, all on board brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Passengers can choose from a spacious, modern economy cabin with seatback inflight entertainment and fares from £299 one way.

A Premium cabin is also available offering spacious seating with more than a metre of legroom, complimentary meal service, generous baggage allowance and airport lounge access, with Premium fares available from £699 one way.

NEWS Airbus will fit deployable flight data and cockpit voice recorders on new A350 XWB aircraft

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Airbus will fit deployable flight data and cockpit voice recorders on new A350 XWB aircraft beginning in 2019 and on the rest of its long-range fleet soon thereafter.

A deployable flight data recorder is designed to separate itself from the aircraft in a crash. They are particularly useful for crashes over water where accessing or even finding aircraft wreckage may be difficult or impossible.

Although exotic in the commercial market, they have a multi-decade history in the military market. The Boeing F/A-18 Hornet is outfitted with a deployable flight incident recorder system that is ejected from the aircraft shortly after the pilots, which has resulted in several recoveries of recorders that would not otherwise have been possible.

NEWS easyJet becomes first European airline to launch Amazon Alexa skill

easyJet has on June 26 become the first European airline to launch an Amazon Alexa skill that enables passengers to easily and quickly check their flight status.

Skills are Alexa’s in-built capabilities that enable users to interact with devices, like Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot, using just their voice.

easyJet customers can now start a conversation, by simply saying, “Alexa, open easyJet”, and check the latest arrival and departure information of their easyJet flight.

If a passenger knows their flight number they can simply ask for the live flight status but equally if they don’t know the exact flight number, as long as they know the departure airport and destination, Alexa will be able to help find it, according to easyJet.

BREAKING Corendon #CD295 is declaring an emergency and returning to Amsterdam due to fire indication

Corendon flight #CD295 to Kos Island returned to Amsterdam due to Fire indication.

The Boeing 737-800 (reg. PH-CDE) took off at 07:00 UTC from runway 36L at Amsterdam Schiphol when fire alarm triggered.

Due to main wheel well fire indication, the Boeing 737-800 returned to Amsterdam with landing gear down.

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The plane landed safely runway 36R at 07:22 UTC and was inspected by fire brigade and vacated the runway 7 minutes later.