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Etihad Airways welcomes first A380 flights to New York

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Etihad Airways has welcomed the highly-anticipated arrival of its Airbus A380 service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The arrival marked the US debut of the airline’s exclusive A380 service, including The Residence by Etihad, the only commercially available three-room suite in the sky. The A380 now serves guests travelling on one of the airline’s two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York. → Read More

Copa Airlines reaches fleet milestone with Boeing delivery

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Copa Airlines has taken delivery of the 100th airplane to join its fleet, a Boeing 737-800 decorated with a special decal celebrating the airline achieving this important milestone. The airplane, leased from SMBC Aviation Capital, flew from Seattle to its Panama City home base, where it was welcomed by a special ceremony. → Read More

easyJet suspends Sharm el-Sheikh flights into 2016

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Low-cost carrier easyJet has cancelled all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt until January 6th. Flights were originally halted after the UK government said the Sinai plane crash, which killed 224 people in October, may have been caused by a bomb. The suspension has now been extended into the new year in an attempt to provide clarity for passengers, easyJet said. → Read More

Vietjet signs partnership with Aviation New Zealand

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Vietjet has signed a memorandum of understanding in Hanoi with Aviation New Zealand. Nguyen Duc Tam, vice president of Vietjet and John Nicholson, chief executive of Aviation New Zealand signed the landmark deal in the presence of dignitaries from the two countries. → Read More

Norwegian increases flight capacity in UK

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Norwegian has put its late summer 2016 schedule on sale with a record 1.1 million seats available on flights to and from the UK. Over 6,000 flights are available for travel between August 15th and October 30th next year – up around five per cent compared to the same period in 2015 as the airline continues its UK growth. Norwegian has made flights available to book from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham to 34 destinations across Europe and America. → Read More

Cargo traffic spikes at Dubai World Central

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Air freight traffic at Dubai World Central rose 15.9 per cent during first nine months of the year according to a report issued by operator Dubai Airports. The year to date cargo as at the end of September reached 662,143 tonnes, up 15.9 per cent from 571,001 tonnes recorded during the first nine months of 2014. Year on year cargo volumes increased despite a dip in volumes during the third quarter when DWC handled 219,131 tonnes of freight, down 15.6 per cent from 259,636 tonnes recorded during same quarter in 2014. → Read More

British Airways signs Skyscanner ticketing partnership

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In an industry first, British Airways is teaming up with Skyscanner to trial a new way to help customers make more informed decisions about the airline they’re flying with when they book with the airline via a travel search engine. The trial will see British Airways become the first global airline to offer tickets using the New Distribution Capability standard, an International Air Transport Association initiative that offers customers a more informative and flexible choice when booking airline tickets. → Read More

Boeing anticipates $350 billion Latin American aviation market

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Boeing has projected the Latin American commercial aviation market will grow at one of the highest rates in the world over the next 20 years. As a result, Boeing forecasts the region's airlines will need 3,050 new airplanes valued at $350 billion. “The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow faster than the rest of the world over the long term,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president, Sales, Latin America, Africa and Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. → Read More

Qantas launches new Group Travel website in UK

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Qantas has launched the new Qantas Group Travel website in the UK, enabling a simpler system for travel agents to process group travel bookings to Dubai, Australia and beyond. The first for any airline in Australia, the Qantas Group Travel website will be available to all UK based travel agents holding a valid IATA number, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. → Read More

United Airlines rolls out enhanced club lounges

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United Airlines will unveil new United Club lounges in both Atlanta and San Francisco, offering customers modern designs with stunning panoramic views of the airfields. Also on offer is comfortable seating to work or relax, fresh and healthy food choices, complimentary beverages and plentiful power outlets throughout. → Read More

Chancellor Merkel welcomes new Lufthansa traffic control centre

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German chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt. The visit to the facility was occasioned by the opening of the new traffic Integrated Operations Control Centre, an exchange with apprentices, as well as the naming ceremony of an Airbus A380. Chancellor Merkel began her visit by officially opening Lufthansa’s new traffic control centre in Frankfurt. → Read More

Air New Zealand signs Flight Centre partnership

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Air New Zealand and Flight Centre Travel Group have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement which aims to create mutual opportunities for both parties to grow their global revenue position across New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and the UK. The three year agreement was signed last night in Brisbane by Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon and Flight Centre Travel Group chief Graham Turner. → Read More

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