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Malaysia Airlines Hopes To Be #FlyingHigh After Rebranding

After the loss of two aircraft, Malaysia Airlines is planning to rebrand. Support has come from around the world thanks to viral social media campaigns. Malaysia Airlines has faced enormous challenges since losing two Boeing 777’s earlier this year. First came the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to…

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Gold Smuggling Passengers on the Rise in India

Gold smuggling at airports in India is increasing. In Mumbai, almost 500 cases have been reported within the past four months. Customs authorities in Mumbai confiscated more than 30 pounds of gold in three separate smuggling attempts on Saturday. Four people were arrested. The offences happened at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) and Santa Cruz…

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Cathay Pacific Aims to Be Carbon Neutral by 2020

Cathay Pacific Airways has made an equity investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a producer of biofuel in the United States. The airline says it is developing a “biofuel strategy” and aims to be carbon neutral by 2020. The announcement was made in a press release issued Thursday. Cathay Pacific has reserved the option for further…

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Thousands of Russians Stranded as Tour Companies Go Bankrupt

Hordes of vacationing Russian tourists are stranded all along the trodden summer venues of Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Spain and Bulgaria. They are stuck without tickets to return home, sidelined by the thousands, and all victims of bankruptcies forced on Russian travel agencies by the falling ruble and a mash-up of imposed sanctions. Orenburg Airlines, a…

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Pack of Rats Grounds Air India Flight

Air India had to ground an Airbus A-321 on Monday after a pack of rats was seen running around the economy seating in the rear of the cabin. The aircraft had just landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) from Kolkata in West Bengal. As soon as the passengers disembarked, the plane was taken…

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Russia Threatens to Close Airspace to European Carriers

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he might ban European airlines from flying over Siberia, the route that most carriers fly to Asia. The action would be in retaliation for last week’s European Union sanctions, which included cancelling the leasing agreement on Boeing 737s used by Aeroflot’s new low-cost carrier Dobrolyot, resulting in the suspension…

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Emergency Exit Hijinks Tops Weekend of Airport Mischief

Philippine Airlines Flight 434 from Cebu had just arrived at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) last Saturday afternoon when a 33-year-old man opened an emergency exit and jumped as the plane taxied to the terminal. He ran but couldn’t hide before airport security caught him. Police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Hirokatsu Tachihara. Witnesses on…

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Airports Safeguarding Against Ebola

Twenty airports across the United States have been outfitted with quarantine stations, and staff members are on the lookout for potential Ebola carriers. Trained health officials are watching passengers, prepared to isolate and monitor anyone with Ebola-like symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, vomiting and diarrhea. “If you’re a passenger on a…

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Qantas and LAN Expand Codeshare

Beginning August 1, Qantas will be tacking on more South American destinations to its network by expanding an existing codeshare with oneworld partner LAN. The new agreement means Qantas passengers can travel on codeshare services operated by LAN from Santiago, Chile to six destinations across South America. Codeshare services (Qantas’ “QF” code on LAN’s flights)…

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SkyTeam Introduces “Mini Round-the-World” Ticket

It sounds like a bar bet: SkyTeam’s new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass fit in your pocket, it’s flexible, it’s got legs, and you can travel to a menagerie of 26 Asian countries. You’re entitled to as many as 11 stopovers while frequent flyer miles accumulate at redline pace. Think about that…

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