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China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines announced that it has begun offering in-flight Wi-Fi access on select domestic flights.  The service is provided by China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect system.
Wi-Fi is currently available on one of the airline’s Airbus A330 planes used to operate flights between Beijing and Shanghai.  The carrier plans to eventually install the service on 26 more aircraft in its fleet, including 20 Boeing 777 and six …

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that the two black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines 777 will be turned over to Malaysian officials and that the country will take custody of the victims’ bodies as well.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country has held behind-the-scenes discussions with “those in charge of the MH17 crash site” and those led to the announcement.  He emphasized the importance of “recovering the remains …

FAA Prohibits Flying Over Eastern Ukraine

FAA Prohibits Flying Over Eastern Ukraine

As a result of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which the Ukrainian government has termed a terrorist attack, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airman, often referred to as a Notam, that prohibits U.S. airlines from flying in the airspace over eastern Ukraine.
The restricted area includes the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions and is an expansion of prohibitions in the area that were …

Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down Fighter Jet on Wednesday

Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down Fighter Jet on Wednesday

The Ukrainian government said that a Russian plane had shot down a Ukrainian fighter over Ukrainian airspace on Wednesday, an accusation that brought no confirmation or denial from the Russian government.
“Military aircraft of the Russian Federation carried out a rocket attack on a Su-25 plane of the armed forces of Ukraine, which was on a mission in Ukraine,” said Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense …

Malaysia Passenger Jet Crashes in Ukraine, 295 Dead

Malaysia Passenger Jet Crashes in Ukraine, 295 Dead

Malaysia Airlines reported it lost contact with a a Boeing 777 aircraft en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was last over Ukrainian territory.  The news follows a report that a Ukrainian military jet was shot down over the Luhansk region near the Russian border on Monday.
Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, said in a statement that he was calling for an immediate investigation of the crash.
Flight 17 was believed to …

Farnborough Day 3: Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus Report 150+ Orders at Airshow

Farnborough Day 3: Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus Report 150+ Orders at Airshow

The Farnborough International Airshow, which opened Monday, continued as tens of thousands of people, including airline executives and aircraft manufacturers, flocked to an airfield in rural England to see the aviation industry’s newest planes and place orders for them.
The biggest news Wednesday was Qatar Airways’ order for 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The order includes the purchase rights for an additional 50 and the total value of the announcement is $37.7 …

Boeing to Use Robots to Assemble 777 Aircraft

Boeing to Use Robots to Assemble 777 Aircraft

Boeing announced a major change in how it assembles its largest, twin-engine aircraft.
Utilizing what the Chicago-based plane maker calls Fuselage Automated Upright Build, Boeing will use guided robots to fasten the panels of a plane’s fuselage together.  The robots will drill and fill over 60,000 fasteners.  Currently, that work is done by hand.
The new robot technology has been in development by Boeing since 2012, and the company says it is …