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African adventure – taking TAAG Air Angola to Luanda

African adventure – taking TAAG Air Angola to LuandaLUANDA - The national airline of Angola in the southwest of Africa is one of the continent's oldest airlines, having commenced operations already in 1940. Still it is fairly obscure internationally. Its home state Angola is one of the most expensive countries on earth, where a civil war raged until 2002.»
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Taking an Air Seychelles A330 to the islands in the Indian Ocean

Taking an Air Seychelles A330 to the islands in the Indian Ocean DUSSELDORF - Air Seychelles is the national carrier of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. For the country consisting of 115 far flung islands, whose total footprint is a third smaller than the German city of Hamburg, and of which only a few are inhabited by a total of 93,000 people, tourism is the number one source of income.»
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Flying low cost, South African style

Flying low cost, South African styleCAPE TOWN - kulula is a low cost airline rarely known beyond the borders of South Africa. "Kulula" means "easily" in the Zulu language, linguistically almost an African take on easyJet. It was founded 2001 as spinoff of private airline Comair, which flies since 1996 in close relation with British Airways, since then also under the BA name and livery.»
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WOW air goes wide body – taking the purple A330 to Iceland

WOW air goes wide body – taking the purple A330 to IcelandKEFLAVIK - Icelandic LCC WOW air is a prominent newcomer to European aviation, which makes quite a wave not only because of the bright purple color in which its aircraft are painted. Travel writer Monica Suma reviewed the WOW air A330-300 product on behalf of PaxEx.com.»
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Qantas streams Netflix, Spotify into its cabins

Qantas streams Netflix, Spotify into its cabinsSYDNEY - Qantas passengers on Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch their favourite shows, avoid missing out on live sport and listen to almost any song they like, with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify coming on board to provide content in 2017. Long haul flights will follow the lead mid-2017.»
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Condor and its premium products on medium and long haul

Condor and its premium products on medium and long haulFRANKFURT - Holiday flights have been a class-less society for long. Since the 1990s some European holiday carriers have tried out premium offers on long haul flights, but rarely did they exceed the status of a minimally enhanced Economy. The holidaymaker wants to travel on the cheap, that seemed to have been the assumption.»
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American drops IFE-screens on the 737 MAX

American drops IFE-screens on the 737 MAXFORT WORTH - With the improvement of satellite-based systems American sees no need to offer seat-back IFE screens on its Boeing 737 MAX fleet. "More than 90 percent of our passengers already bring a device or screen with them when they fly," American informed its staff about its decision.»
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Iran Air receives first new aircraft since 1994 from Airbus

Iran Air receives first new aircraft since 1994 from AirbusTOULOUSE - January 12, 2017 is a truly memorable day in Iranian aviation history. Iranian television broadcasted live when flight IR700 from Toulouse landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport at about 2.30pm local time. It was the delivery flight of an Airbus A321, registered EP-IFA.»
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Air France Dreamliner features revamped Premium Economy

Air France Dreamliner features revamped Premium EconomyPARIS - For the first time since 2009, Air France is introducing a brand new aircraft type this week into scheduled operation. Eight years ago, it was the Airbus A380, now it is the Boeing 787-9. It took over the carrier's daily service from Paris CDG to Cairo on January 9, a flight lasting 4.5 hours.»
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Five stars for Doha Hamad International

Five stars for Doha Hamad InternationalDOHA - Hamad International Airport (HIA) joins the top tier of global airports becoming the sixth airport in the world to receive the "5-Star Airport"designation by Skytrax, the London-based aviation institute for airport and airline rankings. HIA is first ever airport in the Middle East to earn this title.»

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South African Airways receives its first A330-300

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of its first of five new leased A330-300 widebody jetliners, becoming the first Southern African operator of the aircraft type.»

United strolls into bare fare territory

CHICAGO - United follows Delta along the bare-bone trail and hopes to appeal to cost-sensitive fliers with a new Economy Basic fare option.»

Easyjet launches Apple Pay on web bookings

LUTON - Easyjet announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay for bookings made on its website. "This makes payment a seamless 2 touch process", Easyjet said.»

Emirates to charge passengers for seat reservation

DUBAI - Emirates will start charging a seat selection fee in its bottom Economy fares Special and Saver by October.»

Cathay Pacific relaxes its baggage policy

HONGKONG - Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair announced the introduction of a new baggage policy, which will see passengers benefit from increased check-in allowances and lower excess baggage charges.»

American introduces premium IFE content on domestic flights

HOUSTON - American Airlines elevates its passenger experience by adding complimentary premium movies, TV shows, music and games in the main cabin on all domestic flights offering seatback entertainment systems or Wi-Fi.»

"Do you want fries with your flight?"

BRUSSELS - Belgium is known for Tintin, for surrealism, chocolate and above all… fries, something Brussels Airlines did not offer yet on board, until today. The airline has put fries on its in-flight menu, wíth mayo or ketchup, of course.»

American introduces Premium-Coach in November

DALLAS - American Airlines Group will be the first U.S. carrier to offer a premium economy cabin with more legroom, in a bid to win overseas travelers seeking extra perks at a lower price than in business class.»

Singapore Airlines to allow passengers to bid for seat upgrades

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has introduced a system that would allow a few select passengers to bid online for a seat upgrade a few days before their departure.»

Easyjet invents the smart shoe

LONDON - Easyjet has unveiled a prototype smart shoe - named the "Sneakairs" - which with their built-in technology could help passengers explore new cities (or navigate through unfamiliar airports) with ease.»

World`s largest self-service bag drop opens at Gatwick

LONDON - Easyjet opened its new check in area in the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport which is the world`s largest self-service bag drop, according to the airline.»

Emirates mulls premium economy service

DUBAI - Emirates mulls introducing a Premium Economy service as load factors drop at the world`s largest international airline.»

IAG partners with Gogo for in-flight connectivity

LONDON - Gogo will equip 118 British Airways aircraft, four Aer Lingus Boeing 757 and up to 15 Iberia long-haul aircraft with its Ku2 WiFi-technology.»

APEX wants to collect "genuine" passenger feedback

HAMBURG - Arrive. Rate. This is the seamless approach APEX, the industry network for passenger experience, takes with its app-based passenger-survey tool "Official Airline Ratings".»

Recaro books orders from Air China, SIA and Alaska Airlines

HAMBURG - Ten Air China Airbus A350 aircraft will soon be taking off with Recaro seats. The airline has ordered 2,500 units of the CL3710 seats from the German aircraft seat manufacturer.»

Experience your flight live on your tablet

HAMBURG - Making its premiere at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik will introduce an interactive system that lets passengers track their own flight live on their tablet or smartphone.»

Emirates increases lead time for check-in

DUBAI - Emirates extended its online check-in from 24 to 48 hours before departure in a move to encourage more passengers to use this option.»

Air Canada offers Gogo 2Ku WiFi on its 777s

MONTREAL - Air Canada announced it will offer satellite connectivity on international flights so customers can email, surf the internet and stream entertainment at broadband speeds while flying.»

United goes 10-abreast on domestic 777s

CHICAGO - United will retrofit 19 Boeing 777-200 of its fleet into a high-density cabin layout for domestic flights. A 10-abreast Ecomony seating will increase capacity by 20 to 364 seats, United confirmed to "USA Today".»

Air Europa to offer Wi-Fi on long haul fleet

PALMA - Air Europa continues to press ahead with its plan to offer Wi-Fi service to passengers on-board its three Airbus A330. The eXConnect system is supplied by Panasonic Avionics Corporation.»

American pulls the plug on air-to-ground WiFi

FORT WORTH - Gogo pioneered the in-flight WiFi industry but has to keep up with changing airline and passenger demands, as a public clash with Amercian showed.»

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