Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Sydney, Oct. 20. After completing familiarization flights around Australia, the aircraft will enter International service Dec. 15, operating from Melbourne to Los Angeles. The first four aircraft will be based in Melbourne, and from March next year the 787 will operate the first-ever scheduled, nonstop flight between Australia and the UK, Perth London. Those four aircraft will then operate London-Perth-Melbourne-Los Angeles services.
Delta CEO speaks out on Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal
Alaska Airlines is set to officially retire its fleet of five Boeing 737-400 “combi” (half-cargo, half 72-passenger) aircraft Oct. 18 after a decade in service. The fleet will be replaced by three Boeing 737-700 freighters, converted from their previous lives as passenger aircraft, by the end of 2017. To see a YouTube video on the combi retirement, click here.
ATCA 2017 conference on NextGen
FAA administrator Michael Huerta gave akeynote address to the Air Traffic Controller Association annual conference on NextGen.
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