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Emirates Launches World’s Shortest A380 Route

Muscat Airport is set to receive Airbus A380s after Emirates announced it is to use the super jumbo on two of its three routes from Dubai effective July 1. The upgrading of the carrier’s EK862/3 and EK864/5 services creates the

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Swedavia’s Green Credentials

Swedavia, the Swedish airport operator, is driving efforts to transform the air transport industry’s efforts to tackle climate change, by refuelling aircraft at several of its airport’s, including Stockholm/Arlanda with bio jet fuel over a few days in early June.

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Air New Zealand Selects 787-10

Pacific carrier Air New Zealand (ANZ) is to bolster its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet after signing a letter of intent to purchase eight 787-10s, plus options for a further 12 examples. The firm commitment is valued at $2.7bn at current

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Delta Receives First North American A330neo

Launch customer for the type, Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A330-900 from an order for 35 examples. The jet, N401DZ (c/n 1915) was handed over at Toulouse on May 23 and made a non-stop delivery flight

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Performance Improvements for the A220 Family

Airbus has revealed performance improvements to its latest single-aisle aircraft – the A220 Family. Starting from the second half of 2020, the aircraft’s maximum take-off weight (MTOW) is being increased by 5,000lb (2,268kg) to 2.3 tonnes. This will improve the

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Royal Seal of Approval

Her Majesty The Queen has visited British Airways headquarters at Waterside, Heathrow, as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations. During her visit on May 23, the Queen was introduced to cabin crew who were dressed in heritage uniforms from across

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ePassport Gates Extended

The UK government has expanded the use of ePassport gates to seven more countries allowing passengers to enter the UK quickly and securely in changes made to the border from May 20. Visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore,

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Forest-themed West Pier Opened at Helsinki

Airport operator Finavia has opened the first phase of its forest-themed West Pier at Helsinki Airport, part of a €1bn, eight-year investment programme aimed at strengthening the facility’s competitive position and to ensure Finland’s accessibility. The extension project is aimed

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Canadian Mega-merger Proposed

Air Canada announced on May 16 that it is in exclusive talks with the company that owns leisure carrier Air Transat. The flag carrier proposes an all-cash purchase at CA$13 per share, valuing the deal at approximately CA$520m. The two Quebec firms

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Virgin Atlantic Returns to Mumbai

Virgin Atlantic has announced the latest addition to its growing network. The Crawley-based carrier is due to resume service between London/Heathrow and Mumbai/Chhatrapati Shivaji after a four year hiatus. The re-launched route is due to start on October 27, and

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