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Meet the UKs New, Very British Fighter Jet

Tally-ho, chocks away, and jolly good show: The UK’s new Tempest fighter jet will be a decidedly British affair. In July, the UK’s Ministry of Defense announced its new jet will be developed almost exclusively on British soil. The Brits hope the airplane will exhibit the country's military prowess even as it exits the European Union, and as its traditional defense partners and longtime allies in the United States back into isolationism. The Royal Air Force’s current key aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Lockheed Martin F-35, are both the…

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Israel’s Self-Flying ‘Cormorant’ Whisks Wounded Soldiers to Safety

Five men in white overalls lifted the stretcher off the ground, one of them taking care to lay a clear plastic IV bag that’s connected to the patient onto his stomach. They marched him toward what looks like a black inflatable dinghy on small wheels, crossed with a fly. The stretcher was loaded in through a hatch on the side, and then the men stood back. The patient was actually a medical training mannequin, but that didn’t stop him (it, rather) from taking part in the first “mission representative” demonstration…

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Uber Unveils the Flying Taxi It Wants to Rule the Skies

If you trust the folks with their eyes tilted upward and their hands waving in the air, flying taxis could be a traffic panacea, leveraging the third dimension to make room for everyone. Uber is among the most fervent believers, and today the company revealed the vehicle it hopes will realize this congestion killer: the aspirationally—if not inspirationally—named Common Reference Model. The concept is all-electric, and seats four people plus a pilot, in single file in a slim, cylindrical body with large windows. The design, reminiscent of a catamaran, features…

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How Southwest Flight 1380’s Pilots Landed With a Blown Engine

A Southwest Airlines flight flying from New York City to Dallas turned terrifying this morning, when the left-side engine failed at 31,000 feet. Debris from the engine, which appears to have exploded, punctured the fuselage, leading to the violent depressurization of the cabin. Oxygen masks above every passenger dropped from the ceiling of the plane, and the pilots also quickly descended the Boeing 737 to below 10,000 feet, where the 143 passengers and five crew could breathe, before making an emergency landing about 15 minutes later, in Philadelphia. The National…

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Airlines Draw U.K. Scrutiny Over Extra Fees

Aviation Minister Sugg says passengers need more information Fees can cover passenger details and printing of boarding pass Elizabeth Sugg said in an emailed statement. “When passengers book flights, they can sometimes be hit with additional charges over and above the original quoted flight cost,” Sugg said. “Through our aviation strategy, we will explore ways to improve and enhance the information available, so passengers can make well-informed decisions.” The extra fees represented a large chunk of about $45 billion in ancillary revenue for 66 airlines in 2016, according to a…

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Airlines Wont Dare Use the Fastest Way to Board Planes

Maybe you don’t think you and your favorite airline agree on anything: on how much room an adult human requires, on what counts as food, or on how much it should cost for a soothing, tiny bottle of wine. But surely you agree on at least one point: People take way too long getting to their seats. For passengers, the cumbersome boarding process—watching people insist that yes, this bag will fit in the overhead bin, it has before!—means more time spent jammed in a too-small seat. For airlines, it means…

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Elon Musk Isnt Joking About Sending a Tesla to Mars

Elon Musk fully intends to put a red sports car made by a company that he runs into an enormous rocket ship made by another company that he runs and fire both into Mars orbit. The car, as it hurtles into space, will be playing a song by David Bowie on repeat. It goes without saying that the song will be “cryptic message on Twitter over the weekend. A person familiar with the launch plan at SpaceX Inc. confirmed that it is real. Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars…

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Qatar Airways Buys Cathay Pacific Stake for $662 Million

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., a deal that would help it gain a foothold in the world’s second-biggest aviation market. The Middle Eastern carrier will buy 9.6 percent of Cathay from Hong Kong-based Kingboard Chemical Holdings Ltd. and related companies for HK$5.16 billion ($662 million), according to a filing to the city’s stock exchange Monday. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, confirming the deal, said the investment "further supports Qatar Airways investment strategy.” Shares of Cathay fell as much as 4.9 percent to HK$12.56 on Monday, the biggest intraday drop in…

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Airbus to Buy Majority Stake in Bombardier C Series Jet Program

Bombardier Inc.’s C Series jetliner program, breathing new life into a slow-selling plane and opening a new front in the battle with United Technologies Corp. After the transaction, which is expected to be completed in the second half of next year, the Canadian planemaker will own about 31 percent of the C Series partnership. The province of Quebec, which invested $1 billion in the C Series after the cost overruns and delays, will hold approximately 19 percent. A Canadian government official said the deal is expected to be approved after…

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Private-Jet Glut Spurs Insane Bargains for Aspiring Buyers

Corporate-jet makers are flooding the market, spurring deep discounts for new aircraft and fueling a three-year slide in prices of used planes. Most major manufacturers, including Gulfstream and Bombardier Inc. — which is also contending with rising hurdles in its commercial-jet business — have slowed production in the last couple years as demand for private jets sagged. That still hasn’t been enough to halt declines in aircraft values, say consultants, brokers and analysts in the $18 billion industry. Gone is the optimism stoked by the election of President Donald Trump, a…

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Social airline concepts make flying more fun

(CNN)Flying is about to get a lot more fun. The latest design concepts feature customizable group-seating pods, sleek lounge bars and, soon enough, co-working spaces — all at 35,000 feet. These changes come with a trend toward experiential travel, in which “authenticity and personalized experiences” are key components of a fulfilling journey, according to a 2016 US Experiential Traveler Survey by travel industry intelligence platform Skift.

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