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US Feds push for airlines to prohibit laptops in checked luggage

The United States government is pushing the global airline community to prohibit personal electronic devices the size of laptops from checked-in baggage to mitigate the risk of a catastrophic fire. In a paper submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), tests showed that a laptop’s lithium-ion battery overheats in close contact to an aerosol spray can, it can cause an explosion that can …

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EASA and FAA make certification processes easier

Simpler certifications are on the horizon after Europe’s air transport regulator, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and its counterpart in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), updated their aviation safety agreement. The EASA and the FAA already have a mutual agreement being implemented, under which aircraft certifications given by one authority are acknowledged and validated by the other. “The new technical implementation procedures (TIP) revision will permit …

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Thai Airways intends to return to United States market after safety upgrade

Thai Airways International intends to return to the United States market after completing a United Nations safety upgrade of its aviation sector bolstered the odds of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following suit. The carrier is keen on adding flights to America in 2018 if the FAA endorses Thailand to its top safety pro, said Krittaphon Chantalitanon, Vice-President of Alliances and Commercial strategy. He mentioned that the airline would add …

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US-bound South Korean passengers to undergo stringent security checks

Passengers departing South Korea for the United States will be made to go through a more rigid check-in screening starting on October 26 following concerns regarding terrorist attacks. “Local passengers who travel to the US using low-cost carriers are subject to a security interview at the airlines’ ticket desks from Oct 26,” said a Ministry official who requested that he be not named. Local budget carriers currently operate flights to …

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Vietnam Airlines set to launch direct flight service to United States in 2019

Vietnam Airlines (VNA) General Director Duong Tri Thanh announced that they may be launching the much-anticipated direct air service between Vietnam and the United States in 2019. Thanh said that those carriers that are interested in operating the said flights must first conform this country’s aviation standards. “Vietnam Airlines has made necessary preparations such as aircraft and pilots to open the new route. However, the U.S.’s assessment of management quality …

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UAE Ambassador to the United States pays visit to Boeing facility, stresses benefits of “Open Skies” agreement

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, recently paid a visit to the Charleston-area Boeing facility whose employees would build the 500 airplanes UAE carriers ordered. During the visit, Al Otaiba spotlighted the many mutual benefits of the commercial aviation sector and of the UAE-US “Open Skies” aviation agreement to both countries. “With more than 500 aircraft purchased or on order, UAE airlines continue …

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US-bound passengers of Philippine Airlines to expect more stringent security measures

Passengers of the Philippines’ flagship carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), bound for the United States are in for stricter security measures as the US Department of Homeland Security imposes a dry run of enhanced regulations. The tougher security measures for the US-bound flights—Manila-Los Angeles, Manila-San Francisco, Manila-Honolulu, Manila-Guam and Vancouver-New York—shall be in the form of “additional/expanded check-in procedures,” said PAL in a statement. “This planned move is in line with …

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New foreign ban not expected to hinder US carriers’ operations

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) advised United States airlines that they aren’t expecting any operational hitches following the September 24 issuance of a foreign ban travel to the US by the Trump administration. “Much like the previous executive order regarding travel—which did not impact our operations—this order impacts the visa issuance process,” said a spokesperson for Airlines for America. A spokesperson for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) also …

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US: Air safety advocates react to calls to change pilot training rules

Air safety campaigners are up in arms over calls to amend pilot training rules along with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) panel’s endorsed reductions to some aviation regulations. Minimum training requirements for commercial pilots are at issue, after an aviation bill rose the minimum hours of training from 250 to 1,500 for officers who want a commercial passenger airline license. Regional airlines say that the rule has resulted in a …

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US Department of Transportation gives approval for Norwegian UK to start transatlantic operations

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has given the green signal for LCC Norwegian’s UK subsidiary, Norwegian UK (NUK), to begin transatlantic operations. The DOT gave its approval on September 22, cementing an earlier tentative agreement, which came after a rather long decision-making process. Norwegian established London Gatwick-based NUK in 2015 to gain European Union (EU) traffic rights and back its determined expansion campaign. However, the US foreign air …

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