First ANA A380 completes maiden flight

The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies today, completing a maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France to the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is now being prepared for cabin installation and painting in the airline’s special A380 livery. ANA placed a firm order for three…

ALERT Russia’s MOD claims that the missile that shot down #MH17 had been produced in 1986 and was owned by Ukrainian authorities

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed on Monday that the missile that shot down flight MH17 in June 2014, killing 298 people on board, had been produced in 1986 and was owned by Ukrainian authorities. Russia said they were able to track down the Buk missile’s paper trail using two serial numbers found on fragments of the…

ALERT Cathay Pacific cancels all flights in/out of Hong Kong for more than 24h, starting early Sunday morning, as Super Typhoon Mangkuat approaches

Airlines across the region canceled more than 100 flights on Saturday as Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines and was set to disrupt travel from Hong Kong to Japan. Cathay Pacific said in a statement it’s canceling all flights in and out of Hong Kong on Sunday beginning at 2:30 a.m., and wouldn’t resume…

A 17 to girl making her first solo flight executed a successful emergency landing in Massachusetts after losing a wheel during takeoff.

A 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo flight executed a successful emergency landing in Massachusetts after losing a wheel during takeoff, authorities said. Shortly after takeoff, Maggie Taraska on commands of the single-engine aircraft reported losing her right main wheel assembly, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. An instructor on the ground talked the…

UK government to prepare a series of bilateral deals with each of the EU 27 members to allow flights to continue to operate in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

A UK CAA spokesman said: “The government, the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the entire aviation industry have been clear that our collective preference is to secure the UK’s ongoing participation in the European Aviation Safety Agency system once the UK withdraws from the European Union. “However, as a responsible regulator, we continue to make…

ALERT Ryanair is expected to cancel 150 flights to and from Germany today after pilots and flight attendants go on strike in Germany

Ryanair is cancelling dozens of flights after pilots and flight attendants in Germany started a one-day strike over pay and conditions, union officials said. The Cockpit union said the 24-hour strike began at 3am Wednesday and would affect all the airline’s bases in Germany, including Frankfurt and Berlin. The union, representing pilots, is being joined…