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Aviation Capital Group orders 35 A320 family aircraft
US lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) placed a follow-on firm order Jan. 10 for 35 Airbus A320 family aircraft, with purchase options for 10 additional aircraft. If all options are exercised, total value of the order comes to $4.9 billion. ACG’s new order is comprised of 30 A320neos, two A320ceos and three A321ceos.


Alitalia told to present new business plan to Italian government
Italian national carrier Alitalia has been asked to present the Italian government with a detailed business plan agreed with creditors, banks and shareholders within the next few weeks as it again faces significant financial losses. A meeting in Rome Jan. 9 saw senior Alitalia executives—including CEO Cramer Ball, Etihad Group chairman James Hogan and representatives of three Italian banks who are shareholders or backers of the airline—meet with Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda and Transport Minister Graziano Delrio.

British Airways braces for two-day cabin crew strike
British Airways (BA) said it canceled 11 flights out of London Heathrow Jan. 10 as a two-day strike by some cabin crew began. The dispute is over what the Unite trade union describes as “poverty-level pay” for members of BA’s “mixed fleet” cabin crew. Mixed fleet staff serve both short- and long-haul services out of Heathrow.

EasyJet: Capt Kate McWilliams, airline captain at 26 years old
Have you always been interested in aviation?

When I was very young I wanted to be a veterinarian but after having lots of pets I discovered I wasn't very good at looking after them. I did always have an interest in flying though after going to air shows with my godparents and when I was 13 I joined the air cadets where I got my first experience of flying an aircraft for myself. My school encouraged university but I didn't feel like it was the right option for me – I wanted to travel and see a bit of the world but at the same time make the first steps towards my dream career. So I applied to a flight training school called CTC Aviation which trains cadets to become commercial pilots. It is a UK-based company but the flying training takes place in either New Zealand or Arizona, USA. I spent a year with them flying in New Zealand, and when I wasn't flying, I was sight-seeing. Some would say my experience sounds like a pretty great 'gap year'.

German Prosecutors End Germanwings Crash Probe
German prosecutors have finished their investigation into the 2015 crash of a Germanwings plane, concluding that nobody still alive could be held responsible for the crash. The Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed into the Alps in March 2015, killing all 150 onboard. France's BEA air crash investigation agency found that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane into a mountainside.

Hawaiian Airlines continues growth streak for 12th straight year
Hawaiian Airlines has passed the 11-million passenger milestone. The airline continued its expansion for the 12th year in a row in 2016.

Jeju Air is customer for three unidentified Boeing 737-800NGs
Boeing confirmed Jan. 10 that South Korean low-cost carrier (LCC) Jeju Air is the previously unidentified customer behind a December 2016 order for three 737-800NGs, valued at $288 million at current prices. It is Jeju Air’s first direct-purchase order with Boeing. The LCC operates an all-leased fleet of 26 737-800NGs. “This acquisition is a major step in our growth strategy … [and will] further strengthen our position as a leading low-cost carrier in Northeast Asia,” Jeju Air CEO Ken Choi said.

Lufthansa begins trialing broadband on short- and medium-haul flights
Lufthansa Group said it plans to become the “most digital aviation group” in 2017, chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr said at the company’s digital aviation forum Jan. 10. To kick off the plan, the German company has begun the next phase of testing Lufthansa FlyNet internet access, initially on five Airbus A320s each at Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. The trial, which begins Jan. 10 with plans for a full market launch within the 2017 first quarter, will include free service and will offer internet access on inner-European routes.

Saudia Gets New Chairman In Shake-Up
Saudi Arabia has appointed a new chairman for flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines. Ghassan Bin Abdulrahman Al-Shabal has been appointed, replacing Sulaiman Al-Hamdan in a management shake-up.

Turkish Air Cancels Ataturk Flights Due To Snow
Turkish Airlines cancelled flights at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Monday as heavy snow and poor visibility continued in the region. All flights were cancelled until 18:00 local time, with domestic flights suspended until midnight.

United tests wraparound headset design
United Airlines is testing wraparound headsets for enhanced in-flight entertainment. The headsets produced by Avegant can tap into in-flight Wi-Fi for streaming entertainment.

VIM Avia takes first A330
Russia’s VIM Avia has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, which is configured in a two-class cabin layout with 24 seats in business and 228 in economy class, the airline in a statement.

Virgin Atlantic raises more funding; expands Flybe codeshare
UK carrier Virgin Atlantic has raised an additional £32 million ($39 million) and has extended its codeshare agreement with UK regional carrier Flybe. Virgin raised the funding by extending a transaction secured on its London Heathrow slots that was announced a year ago. This was the first of a kind in Europe and has now been extended to £252 million.


Southwest to add 5 destinations from San Diego in time for summer
Southwest Airlines is adding five destinations out of San Diego International Airport. The airline will offer seasonal flights to Newark, N.J.; Spokane, Wash.; and Indianapolis this summer in addition to launching year-round service to Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho.

S.D. airport to install collection of local art
South Dakota's Sioux Falls Regional Airport will in coming weeks install a collection of local art. "We wanted to make it inviting, and for new people to the area, we wanted to let them know this is more than a prairie city and airport," said Dan Letellier, executive director of the airport.

Air France-KLM sells Heathrow handling firm
Air France-KLM has sold 100% of its London Heathrow ground handling subsidiary, Cobalt Ground Solutions, to French company Groupe CRIT. Cobalt Ground Solutions was founded from the merger of two Air France and KLM’s ground handling subsidiaries—AFSL and KGS—in 2009.


Israel bids farewell to Sea Scan maritime patrol aircraft
Israel’s air force has officially phased out its Israel Aerospace Industries Sea Scan 1124 Shahaf maritime patrol aircraft, ending a service life which began in 1978. Maritime surveillance missions are now performed by the air force’s IAI Heron 1 unmanned air vehicles, with the long-endurance type carrying an Elta Systems EL/M-2022 maritime surveillance radar and Tamam MOSP electro-optical sensor.

Beijing receives first four Su-35s
Beijing has taken delivery of four Sukhoi Su-35 fighters: the first installment in an acquisition that will see it receive 24 examples. News of the jets' arrival in China was revealed in a report by state news organ China Daily.

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The wingman is absolutely indispensable. I look after the wingman. The wingman looks after me. It's another set of eyes protecting you. That the defensive part. Offensively, it gives you a lot more firepower. We work together. We fight together. The wingman knows what his responsibilities are, and knows what mine are. Wars are not won by individuals. They're won by teams.

- Lt. Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski, USAF, 28 victories in WWII and 6.5 MiGs over Korea.

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