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Southwest flight canceled? Here's why the airline won't book you on another carrier

Southwest flight canceled? Here's why the airline won't book you on another carrierFrustrated Southwest Airlines passengers have bombarded the airline with questions in the wake of heavy Boeing 737 Max 8 flight cancellations.



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Updated: Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flights

Updated: Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flightsThe collapse of the troubled airline, which transports more than a third of those travelling to Iceland, comes after buyout talks with rival Icelandair collapsed earlier this week. WOW Air, founded in 2011, exploited Iceland’s location in the middle of the North Atlantic to offer a low-cost service between Europe and North America as well as tapping into a tourist boom to the volcanic island. On Monday WOW Air said it was in talks to restructure its debt with its creditors after Icelandair ended brief negotiations over buying a stake in the no-frills airline.



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Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flights

Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flightsIceland’s budget carrier WOW Air said it had ceased operations and cancelled all flights on Thursday, stranding thousands of passengers. The collapse of the troubled airline, which transports more than a third of those travelling to Iceland, comes after buyout talks with rival Icelandair collapsed earlier this week. Passengers are advised to check available flights with other airlines,” the carrier said in a statement.



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Boeing sets briefing on 737 MAX as Ethiopian carrier expresses confidence in planemaker

Boeing sets briefing on 737 MAX as Ethiopian carrier expresses confidence in planemakerThe carrier will work with Boeing and other airlines to make air travel safer, its chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, said, after regulators this month grounded the worldwide fleet of the aircraft following a crash that killed 157 people. “Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future,” he said in a statement on Monday. “Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing.



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Wreck of long-lost WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet found after 76 years, nearly 17,500 feet under water

Wreck of long-lost WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet found after 76 years, nearly 17,500 feet under waterFor 76 years, she lay on the ocean floor, a quiet tomb for 140 sailors who died the day she sank. Now, for the first time since then, humans have laid eyes on the Hornet.



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China's Worst F-35 and Aircraft Carrier Nightmare Is About to Come True

China's Worst F-35 and Aircraft Carrier Nightmare Is About to Come TrueJapan's cabinet on Dec. 18, 2018 approved a plan to modify the Japanese navy's two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to embark F-35B stealth fighters.



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US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missiles

US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missilesThe US Navy could still send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in spite of Chinese military technology advances which pose a greater threat to American warships than ever before, the US chief of naval operations has said. Such an operation would inevitably increase the risk of military conflict between the world’s largest superpowers, which are currently locked in an escalating trade war and ongoing disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, three times last year, but has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.



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First F-35 crash occurs on same day stealth jet lands on British carrier

First F-35 crash occurs on same day stealth jet lands on British carrierThe US military has announced an F-35B Lightning II stealth jet has crashed, the first such loss to the programme. The US Marine Corps said the plane came down near Beaufort, South Carolina, on Friday. The American pilot safely ejected and was evaluated by medical personnel. There were no civilian casualties. An investigation into the crash was launched although the fleet was not grounded, suggesting the cause was not thought to be a fundamental design or safety flaw. Britain has said it will buy 138 F-35B jets, the same variant as the one that crashed, and has committed money for the first 48. The crash occurred on the same day as the Ministry of Defence announced the first F-35B jets had landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, marking Britain’s return to carrier strike operations. An MoD spokesman told the Telegraph the UK was not looking to ground its fleet of F-35 aircraft, but that the Aviation Safety Authority would keep that decision under review. An F-35B Lightning II jet on the flight deck of the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after making one of the first ever vertical landings. September 25 2018.   Credit: Lockheed Martin/MoD/Crown copyright/PA The 17-year F-35 programme has been widely criticised for cost and combat effectiveness. Of the three aircraft variants, the ‘B’ model is designed for vertical take-off and landing. The engineering constraints necessary for such manoeuvres reduces the room for weapons and fuel. However, both the US Marine Corps and the British government decided the flexibility afforded by vertical lift, combined with shorter – and therefore cheaper – aircraft carriers, meant the ‘B’ model was the preferred option. On Friday Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the F-35 programme, announced a deal with the US government for an additional 141 jets had reduced the unit cost of future purchases across all variants. As a result, the next batch of British F-35B aircraft will be reduced in cost by 5.7 per cent to $ 115.5 million (£88.6 million) per airframe.   Vice Admiral Mat Winter, the F-35 programme executive officer, said: “driving down cost is critical to the success of this program. “We are delivering on our commitment to get the best price for taxpayers and war fighters.”



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Could China Turn Russia Into an Aircraft Carrier Superpower?

Could China Turn Russia Into an Aircraft Carrier Superpower?The only downside for China would be that a Russian carrier would take up space and industrial capacity in Chinese yards, but this is a small price to pay. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has entered what is expected to be a substantial refit.



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The Reason the Navy Is Exploding Bombs Near Its New Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

The Reason the Navy Is Exploding Bombs Near Its New Nuclear Aircraft CarrierWill the new USS Ford carrier be able to withstand major underwater explosions? The US Navy is planning to finalize weapons integration on its new USS Ford carrier and explode bombs in various sea conditions near the ship to prepare for major combat on the open seas, service officials said. Service weapons testers will detonate a wide range of bombs, to include a variety of underwater sea mines to assess the carrier’s ability to withstand enemy attacks “Shock Trials,” as they are called, are typically one of the final stages in the Navy process designed to bring warships from development to operational deployment.



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