Airline Industry News

Solar-Powered Two-Seater Will Fly to the Stratosphere from 2018

2 Dec 2016

New Atlas reports that for a mere €55,000 you will be able to take a flight to an altitude of 80,000ft in an unpressurised 450kg aircraft designed by electric- and solar-aircraft firm PC-Aero.

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Virgin America Tops Study of Healthy Airline Food

29 Nov 2016

Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines were at the bottom of the list of US airlines rated on calorie levels, taste and nutritional information in a study by the NYC Food Policy Center, reported by The Daily Mail

Commenting on the Frontier Airlines in-flight menu, diet expert Dr Charles Platkin says: "Bring your own food is the bottom line".

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Ball Bearing Study to Improve Commercial Aircraft Safety

24 Nov 2016

A new three-year study by Cranfield University aims to create a monitoring system that can be integrated into aircraft engines to predict when bearings have reached the end of their useful life.

The research project, iBearing, is a public/private partnership between the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry and seeks to pre-empt the failure of aircraft engine starter/generator bearings in real time.

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Best Airline in the World Winner Announced

14 Nov 2016

Air New Zealand has been named the world's best airline for the fourth consecutive year in a survey that rates airline entertainment, catering, financial performance, environmental policies and staff, according Antipodean website Airline Ratings.

Meanwhile, Etihad was given the award for first class travellers

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Delta's Airline Food "Locally Grown"

10 Nov 2016

The organic produce from Riverview Farms travel fewer than 90 minutes to Delta's Atlanta HQ and seasonal cuisine is created by chef Linton Hopkins - a "household name" in Atlanta.

Michelle Cohan reports on the gourmet airline food movement in an article from the CNN Business Traveller magazine.

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