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Transparency is essential to make aviation climate deal work

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/05/24/transparency-essential-make-aviation-climate-deal-work/ By Connie Hedegaard Last October, many rejoiced when 190 governments reached agreement on a climate deal for international aviation, but it’s not time to sit back and relax. Many details still need to be worked out, with transparency being one of the most important, to ensure the agreement truly helps the environment. Countries are meeting soon to discuss the rules that will govern the agreement. These meetings are highly …

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Business Travel Coalition’s letter to US Congress re airline pricing

By https://www.eturbonews.com/155410/business-travel-coalitions-letter-us-congress-re-airline-pricing Dear Members of Congress, The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) has been an outspoken opponent of Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines’ (Big 3) disingenuous political campaign to thwart much-needed competition by Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways (Gulf Carriers). As emphasized by the recent high profile and deeply troubling customer service meltdowns by the Big 3, now more than ever, consumers need and deserve greater competitive …

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Why Congress needs to pass aircraft certification reform

BY REPS. SAM GRAVES (R-MO.) AND RICK NOLAN (D-MINN.) Wasting our nation’s aviation leadership would be a terrible thing. U.S. ingenuity has led to significant improvements in flight and in safety that have changed the world forever. Congress has a simple choice in the next Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization: We can further aviation manufacturing by removing barriers to aircraft certification, or we can fail to act and allow America’s …

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Delta Air Lines gets more support in battle against Gulf-based airlines

By JANET MOORE , STAR TRIBUNE http://m.startribune.com/delta-rails-about-gulf-based-carriers/422396703/?section=local Delta Air Lines and other major U.S. carriers have been railing against what they deem unfair competition from Middle East-based airlines for several years. On Monday, Delta made a big play for support from the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which operates the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. MAC board members have supported Delta’s position on the issue in the past, and they still seem sympathetic …

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Emirates Battered by Trump Travel Ban

By Nicolas Parasie DUBAI—Emirates Airline said profit plunged in its just-ended fiscal year, slammed by a series of headwinds from weak business travel to a drop in bookings to the U.S. related to recent Trump administration travel directives. Emirates said the turbulence will force it to withhold dividend payments to its Dubai government-controlled owner for the first time in more than 20 years—a sharp turnaround for an airline that has grown …

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The necessity of liberalising our skies | It’s time to talk ATC

By David McMillan | Chair | ATM Policy Institute https://www.internationalairportreview.com/news/34089/atc-liberalising-skies-ansps/ It is hard to realize it now, but in fact the history of air traffic control is a vital part of the history of airports.  At first, airlines each provided their own ATC services, at airports.  It was seen as an airport operational function. Croydon, then London’s airport, took over those services for its customer airlines and built the first …

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Bumped off a flight: you could be next

By GRAEME PATON Up to 50,000 passengers a year are being “bumped off ” British flights as airlines overbook to maximize profits. Experts said that “denied boarding” was becoming increasingly common because of competition among airlines, which led carriers to sell too many tickets to avoid flying with empty seats. The disclosure was made as film emerged of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight by security officers. Footage …

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What will Open Skies bring to ASEAN countries?

By  www.aerotime.aero Almost 20 years after the financial crisis of 1998, ASEAN members are challenging the rest of the world in terms of civil aviation sector growth, with airlines such as AirAsia, Lion Air, VietJet and Cebu Pacific Air having expanded rapidly in the last decade. Consulting company McKinsey forecasted that ASEAN, with its 10 members – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam …

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The ban on electronic devices will not fly

By Mohammad Al Asoomi, Special to Gulf News With Donald Trump coming to power, the US decision-makers have made up their minds to take indirect decisions to disadvantage Gulf airline companies through a number of procedures, the last of which was the recently announced ban on large electronic devices aboard some flights. The measures taken against Gulf airlines by the current US administration follows the footsteps of the previous, due …

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The US government’s electronics ban blindsided the world’s best airlines — and the worst could be yet to come

By Benjamin Zhang – businessinsider.com On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security announced the introduction of an electronic-device ban for flights coming to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. Many of the eight affected airlines seemed to have been blindsided by the news. With only four days to comply, it’s still uncertain how many of the carriers will be able to work out the logistics of …

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