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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Delta Announces Eclipse-Chasing Flight

3-Hour A220 Flight Offers Constant Look at Stellar Phenomena

Delta Air Lines will be offering passengers a chance to view the upcoming solar eclipse from the air, using an Airbus A220-300 with "premium viewing, extra-large windows" to follow the path of the eclipse at its peak. Delta Flight DL 1218 will take off from Austin, Texas at 12:15 Central, and land in Detroit, Michigan at 16:20 Eastern, following a track that will provide them with the greatest exposure to the eclipse throughout the flight. That is subject, as always, to ATC routing, weather, and assorted variables.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Air Canada Forced to Honor AI Chatbot's Promises

Canadian Verdict Provides Passenger $1,216 for Trouble

Air Canada found out the hidden costs of entrusting its customer service to a bright-but-maybe-not-too intelligent AI assistant when a court found they remained liable for the virtual employee's promises. A passenger researching the carrier's bereavement travel policies used the Air Canada customer service chatbot, an "artificially intelligent" Large Language Model that's currently in vogue across the IT industry. The 'agent' sent Jake Moffatt to a landing page outlining the carrier's policies, but failed to accurately convey them when he inquired about the ticketing process. Moffatt's grandmother had recently passed, and he wanted to avail himself of Air Canada's special ticket fares extended to those attending the death of an immediate family member. 

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Breeze Airways Bolsters Airbus Fleet with Order for 10

Carrier Climbs Ranking to 3rd Largest A220 Customer

Breeze Airways has been building out its collection pretty quick since receiving its first A220 in 2021, with 20 planes in service and 90 more on order. Breeze ends up being the 3rd largest customer for the A220 family with its most recent order for 10 more A220-300 aircraft. The carrier is going all-in on the type, hyperfocusing its maintenance and operations departments on one airframe to get down-pat. Airbus figures it's a no-brainer to opt for their Euro-accented narrowbody aircraft, given its 3,600-nm range, reduced fuel burn, and emissions footprint.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Genesys Aerosystems Releases Ultra-Compact Air Data Computer

NanoADC Boasts Tiny, Flyweight Footprint Great for "Optionally Piloted Aircraft"

Genesys Aerosystems of Moog has seen its TSOA certification of the new NanoADC, a tiny, 304 gram/10.7 ounce Air Data Computer. "Approximately the size of a deck of cards", the NanoADC is tailor-made for applications where small footprints and light weight are vital, like the ever-expanding market of uncrewed, semi-autonomous vehicles. The first certified application of the NanoADC was a 440-lb Leonardo Rotary UAS, proving out the system's military bonafides right out the gate.

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Mon, Feb 19, 2024

Hawaiian Airlines MEC Expresses 'Expectations' As Merger Comes Together

The HAL MEC Represents More Than 1,100 Hawaiian Airlines Pilots

The shareholders of Hawaiian Holdings have voted to approve the agreement and plan of merger negotiated with Alaska Air Group Inc. Hawaiian Airlines announced that the proposed Alaska merger deal was supported by a majority of shareholders.  The stock purchase offer made by Alaska, which shareholders have now approved, acknowledges the tremendous brand value of Hawaiian Airlines. This brand value was both created and fostered by its employees, including the Hawaiian Airlines pilots who are represented by ALPA. 

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Mon, Feb 19, 2024

CAAS and IFALPA Collaborate on Aviation Safety Training-Competency

Agreement Will Also Build Up A Pool Of Instructors And Resource Persons

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on aviation safety training and competency development. The partnership will help equip aviation professionals with competencies to manage safety challenges and raise aviation safety standards. The MOU was signed by Mr. Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS and Capt. Amornvaj Mansumitchai, President of IFALPA at the sidelines of the Changi Aviation Summit.

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