Boeing 737 Max
Boeing 737 MAX Cleared By European Regulators

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March 2019, following two fatal crashes. For the past 20 months Boeing has been making fixes to the plane and working on getting it certified once again. Last week the US Federal Aviation Administration…

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Boeing 737 Max
Official: Boeing 737 MAX “Ungrounded” By FAA

The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019, following two fatal crashed. Boeing has spent the last 20 months making fixes to the plane so that it can once again be certified by international aviation authorities. Well, a major milestone has been reached…

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American Airlines Nuts
Nuts: People Have Bought 50 Tons Of Airline Nuts

I'm not sure whether people just wanted to support a struggling business, really love airline mixed nuts, or a combination of both... It's not just airlines that have been impacted by the decline in air travel, but also all the businesses relying on…

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Luxury Golden Lamp With Blur Bar Or Pub Party At Night Orange Li
Reserve Your Spot For The New OMAAT Community!

We're planning on making some improvements to the community aspect of OMAAT, including the comments section and Ask Lucky section. Yes, there will be some sort of status system and gamification element to this, because why wouldn't there be? ;) This…

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Crystal Boeing 777 6
Kim Kardashian Charters 777, Rents Private Island In French Polynesia

There are few things in life I'm less passionate about than keeping up with the Kardashians, but I'll make an exception here, given the lack of details otherwise in the media about the airplane and private island involved. As an aviation and hotel geek…

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China Airlines 777
Pilots Report Mysterious Jetpack Near LAX… Again!

This situation just keeps getting stranger... Yesterday the pilots of China Airlines flight CI6 from Taipei to Los Angeles reported seeing a jetpack at around 6,000 feet while on approach. The pilots reported this while on a downwind leg to LAX, flying…

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Moncler Rimowa Bag
Rimowa & Moncler Debut $3,200 Reflective Carry-On

Rimowa has quite a loyal following for its high quality hard shell luggage. Rimowa luggage is quite expensive under normal circumstances, but that pales in comparison to a new product that has just been introduced as part of a collaboration. Rimowa has…

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Fall Apples Tree
Chicago Seminars Go Online For 2020

One of the longest standing annual miles & points “events” is the Chicago Seminars, which has been held at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove, Illinois (nearish to the Chicago O’Hare Airport) for the past ten years. Ten years. I'm getting old. Ben and I actually…

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Airbus A220 Business Jet
Airbus Launches Swanky A220 Business Jet

Today Airbus has unveiled its newest business jet, based on the Airbus A220. The newest plane in the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) lineup is the TwoTwenty business jet. The plane is based on the Airbus A220-100, though they're choosing to write out the…

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Southwest Airlines Cabin 737
Investors Could Soon Trade Frequent Flyer Miles

Investors may soon be trading parts of frequent flyer programs, and that's probably not great news for consumers... Frequent flyer programs are often the most valuable assets that airlines have. While these programs were initially founded -- as the name…

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E 6b Mercury
Was “Flying Nuclear Command Center” Deployed When Trump Tested Positive For Coronavirus?

People in the US are waking up today to the news that President Trump has tested positive for coronavirus. Around the same time, something fascinating gained a lot of traction on aviation Twitter. Specifically, did the Boeing E-6 Mercury, often referred…

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Stelia Opera Seat
New Narrow Body Business Class Seat Features Doors & Direct Aisle Access

STELIA Aerospace, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, has today unveiled a new business class seat that I expect will become quite popular within a few years. STELIA Aerospace's new business class seat is called "OPERA," and it's specifically…

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Last A380 1
Sad: The Final Airbus A380 Has Been Assembled

This week marks another milestone for the plane that never really reached its full potential... Yesterday the final Airbus A380 to ever be produced rolled out from the final assembly line in Toulouse, France. Airbus held a special event for employees…

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Air Force 2
Video: Air Force 2 Suffers Bird Strike On Takeoff

Last night a US Air Force aircraft had a bird strike on takeoff. Specifically, this was Air Force 2, carrying Vice President Mike Pence. The plane involved in the incident was a Boeing 757-200, referred to in this configuration as the Boeing C-32. The…

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Airbus Zero Emission Aircraft
WOW: Airbus’ Zero-Emission Commercial Aircraft Concept

The future is officially here. Well, or at least only 15 years away... maybe. Airbus has today revealed three concepts for the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft, which could enter service by 2035. Each concept represents a difference approach…

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Nike Plane 4
Cool Concept: Special Nike Boeing 787 For Athletes

Here's a really cool concept that will almost certainly never see the light of day... Professional athletes travel quite a bit, and the logistics of that can be complicated. Teams travel with a lot of people, and more often than not they charter planes.…

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Delta Masks
Flight Attendants Getting COVID-19 At Lower Rate Than General Population

It's now being claimed that flight attendants are getting coronavirus at a lower rate than the general population. While it might seem counterintuitive at first, maybe there's some merit to it? We're seeing both airline management and unions claim that…

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Oneplus Buds
CBP Doubles Down On Seizing “Counterfeit” Apple AirPods

Yesterday I wrote about how US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) seized "counterfeit" Apple AirPods, though the story just keeps getting more interesting. Last Friday, CBP put out a press release bragging about how it confiscated counterfeit Apple…

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Global Entry
Global Entry Fee To Increase, And More Changes

The United States Customs and Border Protection Bureau (USCBP) is intending to make some changes to the Global Entry program, and is currently seeking public feedback on these changes. There are some positive and negative changes, so let's go through…

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Pilots Warn Of Risky, Vomit-Inducing Takeoffs From New Berlin Airport

Berlin Brandenburg Airport is finally supposed to open next month, only nine years late, and several billion dollars over budget. Well, before the new airport even opens, pilots are sharing safety concerns about takeoffs from the new airport, as reported…

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Lufthansa A350
Why Most US Airports Still Can’t Accept Flights From “Travel Ban” Destinations

I was recently trying to help someone book a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Philadelphia for October. The flight showed as bookable and wide open, and then a few days later it didn't show in the schedule anymore. I was initially confused about that,…

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Flight Attendant Note
American Airlines Bans Passenger Who Handed Flight Attendant Vicious Note

Update: See the bottom of this post for the latest on this situation, as American Airlines has confirmed that this passenger has been banned, as noted by @xJonNYC. Twitter user @hibiscuslacroix shares a handwritten note that a passenger handed to a flight…

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David Blaine Balloons
David Blaine Ascends To 25,000 Feet, Suspended By 52 Balloons

Well, my hands are most definitely sweating at this point, as this is probably simultaneously the most incredible and terrifying thing I've ever seen. Illusionist David Blaine just spent quite a bit of time suspended above the Arizona desert by 52 helium…

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