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How Middle Eastern Airlines Have Responded to the Laptop Ban

 by Nour Al Ali – bloomberg.com   Middle East airlines scrambled to find ways to respond to a ban on electronics introduced this week. The ban targets direct flights headed to the United States and United Kingdom. Some, like Royal Jordanian Airlines, tried to calm or even attract customers through humor, while others, such as Turkish Airlines, boasted about their in-flight entertainment.Royal Jordanian showcased its poetry skills through an original haiku on Twitter, …

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What is the logic behind Trump’s new ‘electronics ban’? People are stumped.

By Max Bearak – washingtonpost.com Citing unspecified threats, the U.S. government told a slew of airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa that they must restrict their U.S.-bound passengers from taking any electronic items larger than cellphones in their carry-on baggage, effective immediately. The new rules affect 10 airports across the region, many of which serve as busy gateways for global business and tourism traffic. Britain followed suit, but its …

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Brexit considerations for aviation: Are the skies becoming any clearer?

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP A great deal was written in the immediate aftermath of last June’s referendum result as to the potential impact of Brexit on aerospace interests in the UK and how the future regulatory landscape might look. Much of the literature was inevitably speculative and could only draw on existing models from other countries’ trading relationships with the EU as a guide to the UK’s possible post-Brexit arrangements. …

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Fixing emissions trading to make aviation and shipping pay their way

By: Andrew Murphy, Aviation Manager The EU’s Environment Council meets Tuesday to discuss Europe’s emissions trading system. The EU ETS is often described as the “flagship” of Europe’s climate policy and is currently the largest carbon market in the world. However it has been malfunctioning since a systematic oversupply of credits built up as a result of both Europe’s economic crisis and weak ambition in setting the cap when the ETS was …

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We won’t build a Global Britain with the highest taxes on air travel in the world

Tim Alderslade and John O’Connell The Prime Minister – in her Lancaster House speech last month – set out her vision for Brexit and her goal of “a truly global Britain”. She has been clear that she seeks to lead “a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe” and “a country that goes into the world to build relationships”. As we disentangle ourselves from the EU those are the …

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Airlines beat nationalist drum, but will Trump play along?

  By Robert Silk In the opening weeks of the Trump presidency, major U.S. airlines and their unions have pressed their cases against the Gulf airlines, against the low-cost transatlantic carrier Norwegian and even against Mexican discount carriers competing for landing rights in Mexico City. But despite Trump’s leanings toward protectionism, his administration has given early indications that those seeking a clampdown on foreign air carriers won’t always get what …

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IATA targeting a unified African sky

Is the unification of Africa’s airspace a mere pipe dream, or a legitimate and tangible goal? Lindi-Lee Kirkman, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) manager for safety and flight operations in Africa, says that the concept is not new as this has been, or is being implemented in various corners of the world. The most prominent of these is the European single sky, where the airspace of different states is …

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Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?

Regulations and commitments will need to be replicated when Britain leaves EU What permissions are required for a passenger plane to fly out of Britain and land overseas? This is a routine matter for the roughly 3,000 departures from UK airports every day. Yet for the officials charged with negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU, that question is about to become very important. Britain’s gains from a quarter of …

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Will Trump put America first and close ‘Open Skies’ to Gulf?

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1047876 Frank Kane | Wednesday 1 February 2017 Arabian Gulf countries have so far been largely left out of the carnage that US President Donald Trump has inflicted on the world. The Muslim travel ban, the scrapping of trade deals, the proposed tariffs on commerce with some of the US’ closest neighbors, are obviously negative for Gulf countries that believe in and depend on thriving global trade. But they can probably …

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