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Stored 737 MAX in Seattle
NTSB issues 7 safety recommendations to FAA regarding 737 MAX investigations
The National Transportation Safety Board issued 7 safety recommendations to the FAA regarding the crashes of 2 737 MAX aircraft in November 2018 and March 2019. The safety recommendation report does not address the cause of either crash, which is the responsibility of the investigators in charge in Indonesia and Ethiopia, respectively.
The recommendations stem from the NTSB’s review of the ‘safety assessments conducted as part of the original design of Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS)’, which has emerged as a potential key factor in both crashes.
Read the NTSB’s recommendations
A Thomas Cook A321

Thomas Cook files for insolvency, UK fleet grounded
Thomas Cook entered receivership on Monday, capping a week of intense speculation about the future of the company. While the UK airline has ceased flying, Thomas Cook Scandinavia and German subsidiary Condor continue to operate.


The UK’s civil aviation authority is now conducting what it has called the world largest peace-time repatriation effort in history, drawing on aircraft from over a dozen different airlines.

Follow the repatriation flights
Swiss A220 engine failures fligh tracks
Two Swiss A220 engine failures spur inspection order
Two similar failures of Swiss A220 PW1500G engines just months apart have lead the FAA to require checks of the low-pressure compressor on similar engines. HB-JBM was operating from Geneva to London on 25 July when its left engine failed. The flight diverted to Paris without further incident. In August, the French BEA asked the public for assistance in recovering pieces from the low-pressure compressor that were ejected from the engine.

Then on 16 September HB-JCA was operating the same route when its left engine failed. The flight returned safely to Geneva.
Playback and data from HB-JCM
Playback and data from HB-JCA
A Delta A350
Delta to purchase a 20% stake in LATAM
In a surprise announcement, Delta Air Lines says it will purchase a 20% stake in Latin American carrier LATAM. Delta will also take 4 of LATAM’s A350s and their order book for 10 additional A350s. 

As part of the purchase, Delta will divest its 9% stake in Brazilian carrier Gol. Delta’s stake in LATAM also ends the pursuit of a joint venture between LATAM and American Airlines and LATAM will exit the One World alliance in due course.
Delta fleet and route information
LATAM (ex-LAN) fleet and route information
LATAM (ex-TAM) fleet and route information
United’s first Her Art Here 757
United unveils first ‘Her Art Here’ 757
United unveiled the first of two 757s that will wear special liveries designed by women artists. N14102 wears a design by New Jersey native 
Corinne Antonelli. 
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Virgin Atlantic 747 in Star Wars livery
Virgin Atlantic does the Kessel Run in a 747
To celebrate the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World, Virgin Atlantic has added the Millennium Falcon to its 747 G-VLIP, now named ‘Falcon’.
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American Airline’s Stand Up to Cancer A321
American Airlines dedicates its Stand Up To Cancer A321
American Airlines dedicated its latest Stand Up to Cancer special livery Airbus A321 this week, featuring the names of 22,627 survivors, patients, and those lost to cancer on the fuselage inside the SU2C arrows.
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Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora 757
Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora 757 departing Chicago.
A Finnair A350 in Helsinki
A Finnair A350 in Helsinki.
Two 777-9s at Paine Field
A pair of 777-9s at Paine Field.
The flight deck of  a Qantas 787
Captain Lisa Norman, Qantas 787 fleet manager 
We sit down for a fascinating conversation with Captain Lisa Norman as she prepares to pilot two of the three Project Sunrise test flights in starting next month. What’ll happen on the flight deck and what do the pilots and Qantas hope to learn?
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A terrible week for European airlines
Multiple European airlines went bankrupt in the past week. We review the aftermath and what might be next.
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