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Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Skift, 23 February 2017
How much do consumers in smaller markets crave cheap trans-Atlantic flights? We’ll find out by this summer, when European discounter Norwegian Air launches 10 new routes from three smaller U.S. airports — Stewart International Airport in New York’s Southern Hudson Valley about 65 miles north of Manhattan, Hartford Bradley International Airport in Central Connecticut, and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Norwegian will operate all flights with a new single-aisle airplane, the Boeing 737 Max.
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Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific seeks 80pc emissions reductions on some long flights with big switch to biofuels

South China Morning Post, 30 January 2017
Cathay Pacific Airways has pledged an 80% cut in the amount of climate-changing gases some of its longest flights pump into the Earth’s atmosphere, by betting big on biofuels. The Hong Kong carrier will be one of the first airlines in the world to switch to cleaner jet fuels on an industrial scale.
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Emirates forced to change pilot, crew rosters on US flights after Trump order

Traveller, 30 January 2017
Emirates airline has changed pilot and flight attendant rosters on flights to the United States following the sudden US travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, highlighting the challenges facing airlines to deal with the new rules. The world’s largest long-haul carrier, which flies daily to 11 US cities, has made “the necessary adjustments to our crewing, to comply with the latest requirements,” an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters by email on Sunday. She added US flights continue to operate to schedule.
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Airline pilot wins major legal victory on fatigue

BALPA, 13 December 2016
An airline captain and member of the British Airline Pilots’ Association has accepted an apology from an airline after being sanctioned for refusing to fly due to fatigue, as well as assurances that the company remains committed to passenger safety. Captain Mike Simkins was suspended by Thomas Cook Airlines for six months and threatened with dismissal after refusing to fly his Boeing 767 with over 200 passengers due to being fatigued. Captain Simkins took the case to an Employment Tribunal which unanimously found in his favour and against the airline.

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BA boss shocked to find out that third Heathrow runway will raze his HQ

The Guardian, 23 November 2016
The boss of Heathrow’s biggest customer, British Airways, only discovered that building the airport’s planned third runway would require the demolition of his airline’s head office after looking at a map. Willie Walsh, the chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, claimed that despite the group being responsible for about half of all flights at the London hub, he received no formal warning of the proposed demolition. He said: “We were never actually informed or advised by Heathrow that they intended to knock down our headquarters.”
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Trump’s rhetorical retreats leave room for aviation mayhem

Crikey, 13 November 2016
There has been a deathly silence from Australia’s airlines and indeed most of the world’s carriers and organisations like IATA, as to the consequences of a Trump administration making good on its protectionist trade platform.
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Aviation to consume half of UK’s 1.5C carbon budget by 2050

Carbon Brief, 24 October 2016
Aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions could consume around half the carbon budget available to the UK in 2050, even if the sector’s emissions growth is constrained. If aviation emissions increase with rising demand for flights, the sector could claim as much as two-thirds of the budget for 1.5C, Carbon Brief analysis of the latest official climate advice shows.

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13 October 2016- Statement by Member for Belmont
MRS G.J. GODFREY (Belmont) [12.55 pm]: I inform the house that Tuesday, 25 October marks a significant milestone for the travelling public of Western Australia. Thirty years ago the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, officially opened Perth Airport’s international terminal and the iconic air traffic control tower on the airport estate.
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Queensland gets breakthrough 747-8F service for new country airport

Crikey, 13 October 2016
It’s quite a sight in Queensland’s Darling Downs when a 747-8 Freighter turns up at a rural airport, and from next month it will happen weekly.
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US sets safety rule to stop cabin oxygen fires in jets like MH370

Crikey, 13 September 2016
The world’s peak air safety authority, America’s FAA, has ruled that the cabin oxygen system in some Boeing 777’s, including the one that was in missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, must be changed to prevent the risk of a flash fire breaking out.
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