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FAA Awards Type Certification to the Boeing 737 MAX 8

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 a Type Certificate, allowing the first-developed and first-certified 737 MAX version to enter commercial service.

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From April 8, most flight operations, maintenance and dispatch procedures will be identical for all of the two carriers’ flights. Air traffic control communications will refer to all American and US Airways flights with the call sign ‘American’.

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The FAA has restored a Category 1 rating to India under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment program. The restored Category 1 rating permits India’s airlines to add new flights to the United States using their own aircraft and also to carry the flight codes of U.S. carriers on their flights.

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Azul will begin daily non-stop service with A330-200s between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Viracopos/Campinas International Airport near São Paulo on December 2. It will then launch daily Orlando-Campinas service on December 15.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency awarded the Airbus A350-900 its type certificate on September 30. FAA certification will follow shortly, according to Airbus.

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Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate as a passenger airline. If successful in its application, it expects to begin soon the process of FAA certification under FAR Part 121.

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Southwest Airlines says it has become the first airline to offer its passengers gate-to-gate Wi-Fi services. From November 20, all Southwest Airlines passengers may use small portable electronic devices in “airplane mode” from gate to gate.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 battery system, a key step in returning the grounded Boeing widebody type to service.

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Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial Boeing 787 flights, according to the manufacturer, but Boeing does not say how long it expects the process to take.

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FAA certification for 787 operations clears United to fly the type on commercial services, beginning with its inaugural 787 commercial flight departing Houston for Chicago on November 4 at 7:20 a.m. CST.

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Boeing has completed assembling an American Airlines 737-800 which will be used as a flying test bed for environmentally progressive technologies. This ‘ecoDemonstrator’ jet is being outfitted with new technologies and test equipment before starting a month of flight-tests in Montana.

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On July 9 Southwest Airlines revealed it had bought four slots at Washington Reagan National Airport from another airline, the previous week. Southwest will use the slots to provide two daily round-trips between Washington Reagan National and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for a single operating certificate, marking a key milestone in the integration of the two airlines.

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The FAA awarded Boeing an Amended Type Certificate and the amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Intercontinental on December 14. Certification clears the way for deliveries of Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets to customers from early next year.

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WestJet’s successful slot-auction bid for eight slot pairs at New York LaGuardia means it will be able to operate eight round-trips a day to and from there.

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Boeing has received type and production certification for the 787 from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency and will hand over ANA’s first 787 on September 26 in a ceremony at Boeing’s Everett plant.

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Federal air traffic control began on July 6, 1936, when the Bureau of Air Commerce took over the operation of the first airway traffic control centers at Newark, New Jersey; Chicago; and Cleveland.

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Singapore Airlines’ flight SQ37, which the carrier operates non-stop from Los Angeles to Singapore using Airbus A340-500s, will employ enhanced air traffic management operational procedures gate-to-gate between Los Angeles International Airport and Singapore’s Changi International Airport.

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The FAA is issuing an emergency airworthiness directive on April 5 requiring operators of specific early Boeing 737 models to conduct initial and repetitive eddy-current electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage.

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