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Russian plane with 91 musician on board crashed into the Black Sea


It was a military plane, but on board were musicians on their way to entertain soldiers in Lahakia in Siberia. The plan took off from Sochi. Russian air traffic controllers have lost contact with a Tu-154 airliner with 91 people on board, which disappeared from radar shortly after take-off in Sochi, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed

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WestJet pilots endorse long-haul expansion plans


WestJet announced today that its 1,380 pilots have voted in favor of the company’s plans to expand its successful wide-body operations. Such approval is required under the airline’s agreement with the WestJet Pilots Association. “Our long-haul, wide-body flights to Hawaii and London (Gatwick) have brought low fares and more choices to hundreds of thousands of

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WestJet sets new single-day record for guests flown


For the second time in 2016, WestJet has set a new record for guests flown in a single day. The airline will fly an estimated 74,600 guests across its network today, surpassing the previous record of 74,247 set on January 3, 2016. “We are proud to be the airline of choice for so many guests

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Japan Sapporo Tourism: Snow disaster shuts down airport and trains


In the Japanese tourism world,  Sapporo, capital city of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is famous for its beer, skiing and annual Sapporo Snow Festival featuring enormous ice sculptures. Hokkaido had heavy snow Friday, with Sapporo observing the heaviest snowfall in 50 years for December, and nearly 50,000 people were affected after air

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Cathay Pacific and Air Canada to introduce codeshare services


Cathay Pacific and Air Canada announced they have finalized a strategic co-operation agreement that will enhance travel services for Cathay Pacific customers when traveling within Canada and for Air Canada customers travelling via Hong Kong to Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. Cathay Pacific and Air Canada customers will be able

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“From our seat to yours” –  Aer Lingus bringing people home since 1936


Aer Lingus, Ireland’s only 4 Star airline, which has been flying Irish people home since 1936. The airline has today released a short film capturing three very special journeys home for Christmas of Irish people living in New York and San Francisco. The emotive video features up and coming Dublin singer-songwriter, Tim Chadwick’s song, ‘Belong’.

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Santa brings Safarilink new Dash 8 aircraft


In time for the peak travel season in Kenya, Safarilink earlier today has taken delivery of a new DHC Dash 8-315 aircraft, boosting their fleet even further after added deliveries of Cessna Grand Caravans throughout the year. The new bird will be adding much needed capacity as the holiday season travel goes into overdrive and

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Afriqiyah Airways hijackers release all passengers, surrender in Malta


All passengers and crew have been released from the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 in Malta, after hijackers from the pro-Gaddafi group Al Fatah Al Gadida surrendered and exited the Libyan plane. “Hijackers surrendered, searched and taken in custody,” tweeted Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after a protracted hostage situation. It’s understood the plane was making

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Tianjin Airlines launches flight from Auckland to two major cities of China


Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines today launched a new non-stop service between Auckland and two major Chinese cities, Chongqing and Tianjin. The Auckland-Chongqing-Tianjin service operates three times a week using a 260-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. This is the first flight from Auckland to Chongqing and Tianjin. “We’re delighted to welcome Tianjin Airlines to Auckland Airport and

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Etihad Airways and Montenegro Airlines sign codeshare agreement


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Montenegro Airlines, the flag carrier of the Republic of Montenegro, have signed a codeshare agreement that provides travellers with enhanced connectivity when flying between Southeast Europe and the Middle East.* The agreement will see Etihad Airways placing its “EY” code on Montenegro Airlines’

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AirAsia adjusts Indonesia flights


Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia announced that it is cancelling Kota Kinabalu–Jakarta route in January 2017. There are currently three weekly flights on this route, served by Airbus A320 aircraft. AK241 BKI1840 – 2020CGK 320 246 AK242 CGK2050 – 0030+1BKI 320 246 The airline’s last scheduled Kota Kinabalu–Jakarta flight will fly on January 9, 2017. From

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Korean Air presents a library to support multicultural families


Korean Air presented a gift of 3,200 books at the opening of a special library at a local community in support of multicultural families in Seoul. The opening ceremony was held on December 21st at ‘Gangseogu Multicultural Family Support Center’ located in Seoul. Mr. Mu Chol Shin, Korean Air Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications,

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Jet Airways expands Indonesia travel options


Jet Airways, an Indian airline based in Mumbai, has expanded travel options to Indonesia this week. The move comes as a result of the Indian carrier’s codeshare partnership expansion with Garuda Indonesia airline. Effective mid-December 2016, Jet Airways’ 9W code will be placed on following routes: Jet Airways operated by Garuda Indonesia Singapore – Medan

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Lufthansa takes new A350-900 jet on German training flights tour


A unique event for aircraft fans: From the 22nd to the 31st of December, 2016 Lufthansa’s new Airbus A350-900 jet will be at various German airports. This will allow the world’s most modern long-haul aircraft to be experienced in the week up to New Year’s Eve outside of Munich. For weather reasons, it may be

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Guide to checking-in at London airports released


Following the opening of easyJet’s new self-service bag drop area at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal earlier this year, the check-in queuing time will now be reduced to less than five minutes. With this in mind, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has created a guide comparing the different ways passengers can check-in at UK airports, helping

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Frontier Airlines: Fragile like a house of cards


The head of Frontier’s pilot’s union compared the airline to a “house of cards” in a letter to their members today. Capt. Brian Ketchum, Chairman of the Frontier Airlines Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association stated: “It goes without saying that this has been a horrible week for Frontier Airlines,” A passenger tweeted today:

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Passengers claim: Kicked off Delta flight for speaking Arabic


A YouTube star known for pranks and hoaxing said he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after he spoke in Arabic on the phone. Adam Saleh described the incident on Delta Flight 1 from London Heathrow Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport via tweets and videos on twitter saying, “We got

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New premium amenity kits complement Qatar Airways’ Business and First Class experience


Qatar Airways has signed an exclusive three-year partnership with premium purveyors BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio to elevate the airline’s premium cabin experience. BRICS, the Italian maker of stylish travel bags, has created a bespoke premium amenity bag inspired by their world-famous Bellagio series. The First Class amenity kit will come in four colours:

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United takes delivery of newest Boeing 777


Today United Airlines took delivery of the company’s first 777-300ER from Boeing in Everett, Washington. The airline’s newest aircraft type features the all-new United Polaris business class seat and will start regularly scheduled service in February 2017. This is the first of 14 777-300ER aircraft United expects to place into service in 2017.

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Seychelles and Mauritius discuss extended air connectivity possibilities


Sir Anerood Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, last week received Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, at his offices in Port Louis Mauritius. Minister St.Ange and Prime Minister Jugnauth discussed extended air connectivity between Seychelles and Mauritius and the request by Seychelles to increase Air Seychelles

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Travel Trends Survey: Steady growth for corporate travel in 2017


Today, Travel Leaders Group revealed the results of its 2017 Business Travel Trends Survey, which indicates that there is no slowing down for business travel. According to the survey, 86% of Travel Leaders Group’s business travel-focused agents are reporting that they expect bookings to remain as high or higher than the same time last year.

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New Cargo Center to boost Kenya Airways’ freight operations


Kenya Airways Cargo will open a new state of the art Express Center to handle express shipments in the fast-growing e-commerce industry. The Express Center targets major courier and e-commerce players globally and is aimed at improving KQ Cargo revenue as part of Operation Pride. The Express Center will be a one-stop shop for airlines

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FAA: Drone registration marks first anniversary


Over the last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made great strides toward integrating unmanned aircraft – popularly called “drones” – into the nation’s airspace. The first big step took place last December 21, when a new, web-based drone registration system went online. During the last year, the system has registered more than 616,000

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New Lufthansa Hub Munich CEO named


In the first quarter of 2017, Wilken Bormann will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lufthansa Hub Munich. In this role, Bormann will be responsible for the commercial management and ongoing development of the second-largest hub of the Lufthansa Group, as well as for operations. He succeeds Thomas Winkelmann, who will be joining Air

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Dubai Airports partners with Mawgif


Following a competitive process, Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB), the world’s busiest international airport and Dubai World Central (DWC), has awarded a 10-year parking concession to Saudi-based National Parking Company (Mawgif) to manage, operate and maintain all car parks at both the airports. The agreement, which will see Mawgif deploy its state of

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Welcome home! Lufthansa A350-900 lands in Munich


It is one of the most important events for the year for the Lufthansa Group: The first Lufthansa A350-900 landed at its home airport of Munich airport today. With a total of ten aircraft, Lufthansa stations the world’s most modern long-haul fleet at the Munich hub. Captain Martin Hoell flew the A350-900 “home” today, and

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Qatar Airways and Hasbro refresh children’s in-flight experience


Qatar Airways, in partnership with Hasbro Inc. has updated its range of plush toys, children’s activity kits and in-flight lunch boxes designed to entertain and delight the global airline’s youngest travelers. Plush infant toys Elefun and Mr. Potato Head are joined on board by classic favourites such as Clue Junior, Guess Who, Monopoly Here and

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Five killed in AeroSucre plane crash in Colombia


An AeroSucre cargo flight with six people on board has crashed en route from Puerto Carreno to the Colombian capital of Bogota. According to videos recorded by witnesses, the aircraft seemed to have overshot the runway on takeoff and crashed shortly afterwards. The Boeing 727 aircraft crashed at 5:23pm local time (2323 GMT) 10 miles

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What is service? What really defines service?


What is “service?” What really defines “service?” What does it mean when it comes to serving the billions of local, regional and international travelers of the world? Especially at a time of year when the world’s travelling community seems to be on the move to be able to be with what, and who, is most

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Emirates: First Class now is even more


Emirates has enhanced comfort in the air with a host of exclusive, new products introduced to its First and Business Class cabins. Customers will travel in luxury with new additions including First Class lounge wear, luxury blankets, skincare from VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari. Emirates’ ongoing investment in product reinforces

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