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Tapis Corp’s  Atago seat with new lining
Can this seat fix ‘swamp-ass’?

Sitting on a hot plane waiting for the cold air to begin flowing after take off is never fun. It makes everyone uncomfortable and you can end up sticking to your seat. But one company says they've solved the problem with their new seat. Plus, we discuss other innovations from the Aircraft Interiors Expo—including some we hope never make it on to a plane.
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Airbus A321XLR
Airbus completes A321XLR first flight

The longest-range A321 completed its first flight this week in Hamburg. The A321XLR is slated to enter service next year with a range of 4,700 nautical miles, enough to make it from Sydney to Tokyo or London to Delhi.
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A Comair 737 in British Airways livery
Airlines and airports continue to struggle with summer demand

Airlines and airports are trying anything and everything they can think of to ease the crush of passengers and hours-long queues. Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has capped the number of passengers it will allow per day at 70,000 (about 16% below what airlines originally planned).

In the UK, the government has instructed airlines to ensure that their schedules are in fact ‘deliverable.’ And in the US, Delta Air Lines pilots penned an open letter to customers explaining the struggles facing the industry.
THE REFERENCE SECTION—MILITARY AIRCRAFT
NATO E-3A Sentry AWACS
Which military aircraft are visible near Ukraine and what are their roles? 
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INFLIGHT WITH GABRIEL LEIGH
Air France 787 Business Cabin
Air France from Paris to Seattle

Gabriel navigates a dreaded transfer at Paris-Charles de Gaulle to take Air France’s 787-9 business class to Seattle. In the coming weeks he’ll head north from Seattle to Alaska for a series of videos from the far north.
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Jetstars Lifghtyear livery A320
To infinity and beyond

Jetstar unveiled its new Lightyear themed special livery A320 ahead of the movie’s release.
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A Norse Atlantic Airways 787
Norse launches its longboats

Norse Atlantic Airways launched commercial flights this week, beginning with their Oslo-New York route. See the Norse fleet and view their route network thus far. 
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
FedEx MD-11
A FedEx MD-11 departing Beijing.
Cathay Pacific A350
A Cathay Pacific A350 preparing to depart Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Two BelugaXL aircraft at Hawarden
A pair of Airbus BelugaXLs at Hawarden.
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Traveling through Spain on an airship?

Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrum has made a ‘reservation agreement’ for ten Airlander 10 airships for delivery from 2026. Yes, we’re just as surprised as you are. 
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Northern lights outside the flight deck of of 747
Aviation acronyms abound, let us help

Check out the Flightradar24 glossary for a helpful guide to aviation lingo. Know the difference between call sign and flight number, METAR and NOTAM.

 
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