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The Air Current editor Jon Ostrower joins us for a special episode of AvTalk for an update on the state of the 737 MAX
On this special episode of AvTalk, we talk with The Air Current editor Jon Ostrower to understand the numerous reports and recommendations about the 737 MAX that came out in October and how far the aircraft still has to go before it returns to service.
Listen to the special episode
A Qantas 737

Qantas grounds 3 737s with cracked pickle forks

Qantas has removed 3 737NGs from service after inspections revealed they have cracked pickle forks. Inspections were required for 33 of the airline’s 75 737NGs. Multiple airlines have already sent affected aircraft to Boeing’s repair station at Victorville. We discussed in depth the problem of cracked pickle forks on AvTalk episode 68.
Norwegian 787 LN-LND flight path over Rome
Preliminary Report: Norwegian 787 uncontained engine failure 
Italian investigators have released a preliminary report on the uncontained engine failure suffered by DY7115 departing Rome in August. The failure of the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine showered the neighborhood near the airport in debris, though no one was injured and the aircraft returned safely to Rome.
Read the full preliminary report
An Airbus A220
Regulators issue additional directives after Airbus A220 engine failures
Transport Canada and the FAA both issued directives this week regarding the Pratt and Whitney engines on the Airbus A220 following a recent string of engine failures. Transport Canada says to limit the N1 setting on the engines to less than 94% above 29,000 feet and the FAA is requiring additional inspections of the engines. 
Read the full directives and see data from incident flights
FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Korean Air 747 in 11th Drawing Contest livery
Korean Air’s 11th children’s drawing contest livery
Korean Air has unveiled its 11th children’s drawing contest livery on 747-8I HL7630.
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Qantas’ 100th anniversary livery 787
Qantas’ 100th anniversary logo jet takes flight
The 787 VH-ZNJ is now conducting flight tests prior to delivery. As part of its delivery, it will complete the 2nd Project Sunrise test flight, flying from London to Sydney non-stop. 
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Starlux’s first A321neo
New airline Starlux takes delivery of its first aircraft
New airline Starlux took delivery of its first A321neo this week. The airline has orders for 10 A321neos and 17 A350s. The Taiwan-based airline is conducting training flights with the aircraft before service begins early in 2020.
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
South African Airways 1st A350 landing in Johannesburg
The first A350 for South African Airways arriving in Johannesburg. The aircraft formerly operated for Hainan Airlines and still wears a B- registration.
An ANA 777 landing in Oskaka
An ANA 777 landing in Osaka.
KLM’s 100th anniversary 787
KLM’s 100th anniversary 787 departing Amsterdam.
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