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Top 10 busiest airports in the world

TGIF ! Here is a top 10 of the busiest airports (based on 2017 figures) : 1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Total passengers: 107,394,029  2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) Total passengers: 100,983,290 3. Dubai International...

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RFID is coming on our luggage

In order to prevent passengers from losing their luggage, Air France has decided to implement an RFID chip tracking system on its luggage labels. In 2018, more than 24 million pieces of luggage had problems during transport, whether it was lost, damaged or delayed....

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Timelapse for the manufacture of a Boeing 787-9

In June 2019, Turkish Airlines announced the order of 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the next few years. The company shared a timelapse made during the manufacture of the third aircraft of the order. By the end of the summer, 6 aircraft should be able to operate...

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A Russian plane lands in a cornfield

On August 15, a Russian airline, Ural Airlines, lost control of its engines following a birdstrike. Fortunately for the passengers on the plane, it managed to land in a cornfield without causing any casualties. The aircraft in question was an A321 registered VQ-BOZ,...

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Still no takeovers for Jet Airways

The Indian company Jet Airways has always failed to find new investors to put its aircraft back into flight. Indeed, the company's aircraft have been grounded since April 2019. Etihad Airways, which owns 12% of the Indian airline, recently announced that it does not...

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Wizz Air plane forced to divert

On Thursday, August 15, a Wizz Air W6-2427 aircraft departing from Budapest and bound for Iceland was forced to divert to Stavanger, Norway. A passenger reportedly attempted to enter the aircraft's cockpit in mid-flight while it was en route to the Nordic island. The...

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Cars and house roofs damaged by Boeing 787 engine failure

On Sunday, August 11, in Italy, a Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner lost several fragments of its Rolls Royce engine in flight. Despite the fact that there were no injuries, this incident is another blow to Boeing and the engine manufacturer. The Boeing 787 took off at...

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Protesters shut down Hong-Kong Airport

On Monday August 12, thousands of pro-democracy protesters shut down Hong-Kong Airport resulting in the cancellation of almost 200 departing flights and 70 arriving flights. Numerous passengers were left stranded at the airport. When the authorities decided to shut...

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San Francisco Airport bans plastic bottles

As of next week, travellers passing through San Francisco airport will no longer be able to buy plastic water bottles there. In order to meet the needs of customers, about a hundred water coolers have already been installed. The ban will therefore begin on August 20...

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Traffic decrease for Norwegian

Last July, the low-cost airline Norwegian carried 3.714 million passengers, a decline of 2% or just over 81,000 customers compared to July 2018. However, the occupancy rate of Norwegian aircraft increased by 0.5% making it to a total of 93.5% in average. In terms of...

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International exchanges increased less in 2018 than in 2017

Freight transport statistics grew at a slower rate than in 2017, as did world trade. Indeed, this figure has risen from 9.7% in 2017 to 3.4% in 2018. Here is a classification of freight transport companies in terms of ton-kilometers: 1. Federal Express (17.5...

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Asia has top pairs of airports

According to IATA data for 2018, the main airport pairs in terms of international and regional passengers are all in the Asia-Pacific region: 1. Hong Kong - Taipei-Taoyuan (5.4 million)2. Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi - Hong Kong (3.4 million)3. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta -...

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Brits travel most internationally

According to IATA statistics, the English are the most numerous on international flights. Indeed, here is the ranking of the nationalities that travel the most: 1. United Kingdom (126.2 million or 8.6% of all passengers)2. United States (111.5 million or 7.6% of all...

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USA airlines win in terms of passenger-kilometers

In addition to the article posted on August 5th 2019, and concerning IATA statistics published recently, the most important airlines in terms of total passenger-kilometres on scheduled flights are: 1. American Airlines (330.6 billion)2. Delta Air Lines (330 billion)3....

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IATA Stats for 2018

The IATA (International Air Transport Association) has published its statistics for the year 2018 indicating that global transport is becoming increasingly accessible and efficient. In terms of market share, the Asia-Pacific region ranks first. Here is the ranking of...

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New cancellation for Boeing

Dean Saxby, Account Manager for China Southern, confirmed that China Southern has MAX 26,737 in its fleet. While the flight bans on the 737 MAX following the two accidents that occurred over the past 9 months would not have had a significant impact on the company, the...

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New routes for Alitalia

Alitalia has decided to offer new routes from Italy to France. Starting on August 2nd 2019 it will operate 8 flights per week from Rome and Milan to Ajaccio in Corsica. In November 2019, it will also set up a route between Paris and Milan Linate. For the summer...

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Bad results for Lufthansa Group

The German Lufthansa group posted losses in the first half of 2019. While the group's turnover increased by 4% compared to last year (€9.6 billion in 2019 compared to €9.3 billion in 2018), net income fell by 70% to €116 million at the beginning of 2019, mainly due to...

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No 737MAX in 2020 for Ryanair ?

Following recent events concerning the Boeing 737MAX and their grounding, Ryanair has forecast a decrease in its growth for 2020. Indeed, during a conference, Ryanair presented a 21% drop in profits in the third quarter. The head of the Irish company imagines the...

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Massive Air France order for Airbus

Air France is expected to announce an order for about 60 Canadian-made Airbus A220s later this week. This order is part of the renewal of Air France's fleet. These aircraft are intended for medium-haul flights. While the French company will announce these operating...

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British Airways to reoperate flights to Cairo

On July 22nd, we wrote about British Airways’ halt of its Cairo-bound flights. To remind you, British Airways took this decision for “security precaution” which Cairo Airport did not understand as it met all safety standards. The Egyptian aviation ministry was...

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Wizz Air suffered a data breach?

On July 19, 2019, Wizz Air, the Hungarian airline asked 3.4 million customers to change their passwords. The company stated that this was simply a safety and precautionary measure and that it had not been the victim of a cyber attack. Wizz also sent a press release...

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Public approves project for London-Gatwick

Last June, we told you about the expansion and improvement project for London Gatwick Airport. A 12-week public debate had been set up to gather the opinions of the people living near the airport. Here are the results of this survey:- 66% of respondents are in favour...

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Cairo Airport experiencing problems

British Airways has suspended its flights to Cairo airport for a week for safety reasons without giving any further information. All other airlines operate their flights without any problems. BA reportedly cited “an increased risk of terrorism against aviation” in...

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Large losses caused by 737 MAX problems

The grounding of the 737 MAX is expected to result in a charge of $4.9 billion to Boeing for the second quarter. As a reminder, the 737 MAX was involved in two accidents in less than 6 months causing the deaths of 346 passengers. A $5.6 billion reduction in revenues...

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Is Low-Cost always a good deal?

When you are looking for airline tickets for your holiday, you can easily be attracted by flights from low-cost airlines. Often this choice is judicious because you travel at on a budget, allowing you to enjoy yourself a bit more once you get there. However, not...

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Synthetic Kerosene for BOOM?

The start-up BOOM, creating a supersonic private jet have announced they are working with Prometheus Fuels to be able to use carbon-free fuel for their jet. The fuel would be created from the CO2 already in the air. This could be a major change in the aeronautical...

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Air China orders 20 more A350

Air China already owns 10 A350-900 (with option to remodel five of them into A350-1000) and, on July 11th, ordered 20 more from Airbus. This operation should cost more than $6.5B to Air China and the aircraft should be delivered by 2022. With these 20 new planes, Air...

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ADS-B ALERT: New safety position system

Aireon has just deployed their new aircraft emergency location service called ADS-B ALERT. Aireon will work with aircraft operators, search-and-rescue organisations and aviation regulators in order to help them locate aircrafts experiencing disruptions or, in case of...

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New French « Eco-tax »

On July 9th, 2019, France introduced an « eco-tax » going from 1,50€ to 18€ on flight tickets depending on the seat chosen. This tax should be put in place in 2020 for all flights departing from France except for correspondences. This tax should bring in 182M€ to the...

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Air France and « Cité de l’Espace » partnership renewal

The partnership between Air France and the “Cité de l’Espace” (Toulouse, France) allows passengers and visitors to get advantages both for Air France and the “Cité de l’Espace”. The partnership has been extended for 2 years.  Since July 7th, clients who buy tickets...

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Flyadeal cancels orders of 737 MAX for A320neo

Following the disasters that happened on October 29th, 2018 and March 10th, 2019, the Saudi low cost airline has decided to cancel it order for 30 737 MAX. It also announced it had ordered the same amount of A320neo. The airline took the decision to order from...

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Solar Eclipse from a plane

On July 2nd 2019, LATAM Airlines from Chile operated a flight to follow the solar eclipse. To be able to follow the eclipse, the plane had to fly at an altitude of 12,500m at a speed of 900km/h. To achieve such a flight, LATAM worked in partnership with scientist and...

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Vienna Airport testing panels to reduce wake vortices

In the air, wake vortices tend to disappear quite fast but near the ground they can hover a bit before dissipating. These vortices are one of the reasons airplanes, depending on their size, have to respect a certain distance with other aircrafts for the landing. For...

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NASA is preparing a new Lunar mission

Fifty years after Apollo 11, NASA is planning to send two astronauts, a man and a woman, back on the moon with a program called Artemis. On July 2nd, 2019, NASA has successfully tested the emergency ejection system of the Orion capsule that would take the astronauts...

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A380 parts found burried under Greenland snow

Investigators of the BEA (Bureau d'enquêtes et d'analyses pour la sécurité de l'aviation civile) searching for AF66’s Airbus A380 engine parts managed to recover what looks like a fan. During the flight, the engine suffered a severe failure which led to the fan...

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Zero emission for Nice Airport

During ACI Europe congress, Nice Airport signed an agreement to cut its CO2 emissions to 0 by 2050. This initiative is part of the NetZero2050 project. The ACI Europe unites executives of European airports to discuss on important issues. This commitment was signed by...

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Say goodbye to JOON

Air France’s low cost subsidiary ended its operations yesterday, on June 27th, 2019. JOON was created a year and a half ago on October 29th, 2017 in order to offer a new kind of service initially intended for “millennials”. JOON operated 18 routes going from...

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Brussels to Brussels in 9 hours

On June 22nd, the flight SN515 took-off from Brussels with a 2 hour and 15 minutes’ delay because of a technical problem. The airline had to change its Airbus A330-200 with a A330-300 from Eurowings. This operation was allowed because Brussels Airlines and Eurowings...

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Air France to refund a passenger after a no-show 

After judgement on June 21st, Air France lost against passenger after cancelling his return ticket because he did not board the first flight. Air France will have to refund the ticket the passenger had to buy. The company must also pay 500€ for moral damage and 800€...

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First A350 for Virgin Atlantic 35th birthday

After Air France last week, it is Virgin Atlantic’s and Japan Airlines’ turn to show their first A350. For Virgin Atlantic, its first A350 is a A350-1000 whereas Japan Airlines’ is a A350-900. The British Company, hopes to see its first A350-1000, number one of their...

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New recession for Iceland?

Wow Air’s bankruptcy could lead Iceland to enter its second recession in 10 years. With Wow Air going to the dogs because of competition from Norwegian on transatlantic flights and the increase of fuel price, 1100 employees lost their jobs. Iceland’s central bank has...

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IAG’s massive order to Boeing

At the Paris Air Show, IAG (International Airlines Group) committed to buying 200 B737 MAXs. This massive order might revive the B737 Max as it is still not authorized to fly after the two important crashes causing the death of 346 passengers. The order amounts to 24...

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Third landing runway for Heathrow?

In its project for 2050, London Heathrow Airport plans to add a third runway. To discuss this project, a 12-week long debate was opened to public opinion. This plan has been confirmed a year ago by the Parliament but is contested. This development for the airport is...

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Advertisement on Ryanair boarding passes

On June 18th, Ryanair launched boarding pass advertising which allows companies to publish advertisement on Ryanair’s boarding passes. This can be a very convenient way to advertise as Ryanair carries more than 153 million passengers every year and serves 200...

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First A350 for Air France

Air France should soon receive its first A350. The assembly of this A350-900, started at the end of March and the aircraft just came out, on June 17th, of the painting facilities in Toulouse. Although it should be soon delivered, the engines still have to be added to...

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Traveling within Schengen: lost or stolen passport or identity card

For EU citizens. In principle, there are no border controls between Schengen countries (some temporary exceptions may apply). An ID is the minimum type of identification that may be required in case of control. The first advice is to make sure you keep these documents...

Canada New compensation rules

Canada: New rules for compensation. Federal government announces new rules on airline passenger protection starting as early as july 2019, while some will come in force in December.The regulation will apply to flights to, from and within Canada, including connecting...

Travel Smart

Travel Smart, Fly European. Compensation rules are more favourable in the EU. and when flying from outside of the EU, its better to fly with a European company.European airlines get higher rankings than American Airlines, they have Newer aircraft meaning fewer...

winglets

Winglets have appeared quite recently on airplanes - do you know why aircraft companies now use them so much?Winglets reduce wingtip vortices, the twin tornados formed by the difference between the pressure on the upper surface of the wing and that on the lower...

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