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Delta raises fees for checked bags

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The airline on Wednesday quietly raised the prices of the first and second checked bags by $5 each. The first checked bag will now cost $30 -- up from $25 for flights in North America, the Caribbean and Central America. The second checked bag will now cost $40, up from $35. A Delta (DAL) spokesperson confirmed the change, telling CNN that it "routinely makes fee adjustments." Airlines are battling with rising fuel and labor costs and it's taking a toll on their bottom lines. (money.cnn.com) More...

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Vista Global Acquires XOJET

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In a further move towards strengthening its lead in the fragmented and expanding business aviation market, Vista Global, the aviation group founded by Thomas Flohr, announces the acquisition of XOJET’s business aviation fleet and commercial operations. (www.xojet.com) More...

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Student pilot is in custody after he allegedly hopped a fence and boarded a passenger jet at an Orlando airport

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(CNN)A student pilot is in custody after he allegedly hopped a security fence early Thursday at Florida's Orlando Melbourne International Airport and boarded a passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance, an airport spokeswoman said. The student, who is originally from Trinidad and had a Florida driver's license, parked his red sedan curbside around 2 a.m. before jumping the fence, running across the apron and boarding the American Airlines Airbus A321, spokeswoman Lori Booker told reporters… (www.cnn.com) More...

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Emirates Seeks Etihad takeover

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A new world’s largest airline may be in the works. Just announced that Emirates is in talks to take over the unprofitable Etihad which would in turn create the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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Embraer and LOT Polish Airlines extend pool agreement for 34 E-Jets

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Embraer Services & Support and Poland’s LOT Polish Airlines have signed a deal to extend their existing pool agreement to support the airline’s fleet of 34 Embraer E-Jets. (www.aerospace-technology.com) More...

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Airbus needs twelve months to get the A320neo deliveries back on track

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Port Louis - Airbus will need another year to catch up on all A320neo delivery backlogs because of the late deliveries from the engine suppliers. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Video: Maldives' Velana International Airport welcomes the first Airbus A380

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Male - Yesterday (18 September), an Airbus A380 from Etihad Airways landed in the Maldives for the first time in history. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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China Southern Airlines to have a fleet of "two thousand" aircraft in 2035

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Guangzhou - China Southern Airlines, the largest airline operator in China with 800 aircraft in service, has ambitious growth plans. The airline aims to have a fleet of 2000 aircraft by 2035. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Airbus Mobile delivers first biofuel-powered A321 to JetBlue

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Airbus sent JetBlue Airways’ latest A321ceo off on its delivery flight Sept. 19 from Mobile, Alabama, with 15.5% renewable jet fuel onboard, continuing a trend the manufacturer started with its Toulouse delivery flights two years ago. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Small Planet’s German airline to restructure after insolvency

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The German airline of Lithuania’s Small Planet Group has launched insolvency proceedings, but the company said it has permission to continue German and Dutch flight operations while it restructures. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Jet Airways 737 Returns To Mumbai Following Passengers Nosebleed

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A Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 performing flight 9W 697 from Mumbai (BOM) to Jaipur (JAI) was forced to return after 166 passengers suffered from nasal and ear bleeding. According to local news in India, the pilots of this flight forgot to switch the aircraft’s bleed system on following the departure from Mumbai, causing the plane to climb unpressurized. As seen in numerous social media posts, the aircraft’s oxygen masks automatically deployed as it turned back to Mumbai. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Alitalia Cityliner Embraer ERJ-175 at Rome on Sep 15th 2018, burst both right main tyres on departure

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An Alitalia Cityliner Embraer ERJ-175, registration EI-RDM performing flight AZ-568 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Geneva (Switzerland), was accelerating for takeoff from Fiumicino's runway 25 when just before becoming airborne the aircraft experienced excessive vibrations (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Sochi overrun B737 landed nearly halfway down runway

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Russian investigators have disclosed that the Utair Boeing 737-800 which overran at Sochi touched down almost halfway along the runway. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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American Airlines Considers Ending Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees

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American Airlines Group Inc. would consider barring passengers from changing nonrefundable tickets if Congress limits what carriers can charge for the adjustments, Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said Tuesday. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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Qatar's emir 'gives $500m private jet to Turkey'

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it has been given a jet worth around $500m (£380m) by Qatar's emir. Mr Erdogan said Sheikh Tamim Al Thani had donated the Boeing 747-8i to the Turkish state after hearing that it was interested in buying it. (www.bbc.com) More...

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American Airlines offers free live TV through Dish

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You might not be stuck watching a handful of mediocre movies (or your offline copies of streaming shows) the next time you're on a long-haul flight. American Airlines and Dish recently started offering free live TV for domestic US flights aboard 100-plus aircraft with Gogo's 2Ku satellite access. It won't match your service back home, but you will have access to a dozen major networks including CNN, ESPN, NBC and Telemundo. And you don't have to squint at a small seatback display -- you can… (www.engadget.com) More...

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Air New Zealand Cuts Boeing 787 Flights as Trent Engine Checks Continue

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Air New Zealand is suspending two routes from its international network partly because of aircraft shortages caused by ongoing Boeing 787 engine issues. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Huge spelling mistake on Cathay Pacific plane

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(CNN) — Sometimes, a massive typo is right in front of your eyes and you can't see it. For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, it was between the "i"s -- on the livery of its Boeing 777-367. In a move that's had the Internet asking "WTF?" ("Where's the F?"), photos emerged Wednesday morning appearing to show a plane on the tarmac at Hong Kong airport, proudly emblazoned with the words "CATHAY PACIIC." (www.cnn.com) More...

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Monstrously Powerful AC-130 Showing its Power at Training Range

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The Lockheed AC-130 is a gunship ground attack and close air support (CAS) aircraft. The base of the aircraft is manufactured by Lockheed. Boeing is responsible for converting to gunship. This is a variant of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Airbus Boosts ACJ Fleet in Russia, CIS

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The number of VIP-configured Airbus aircraft operating in the Commonwealth of Independent States has increased to 29, Airbus Corporate Jets announced last week at the Russian Business Aviation Exposition (RUBAE 2018) in Moscow. The most recent example is an ACJ320, first flown on August 14 and handed over shortly to Moscow-based business jet company Meridian. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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Boeing to launch the 797 NMA officially at Paris Air Show in June 2019

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Seattle - Dennis Muilenburg, the Boeing boss, revealed nothing new about the Boeing's long-discussed NMA program at Farnborough Airshow this year. But internally, Boeing follows a precise timeline for its New Mid-market Airplane that is unofficially dubbed 797 by the industry. Teams in Seattle are working towards a program launch announcement at the Paris Air Show in June 2019 Jon Ostrower reports (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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United Airlines Launches A New Boarding Process That Cuts Down On Congestion

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Saddle up to the gate on your next United flight and you may notice that there's now a different system in place for loading passengers. Just this week, Chicago-based United Airlines updated its boarding process to rely on fewer boarding lanes, a move that will cut down on congestion and potentially speed up passenger loading. (www.forbes.com) More...

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Airbus to use aircraft as runway safety sensors

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Airports today use a combination of visual observations and spot-checks to assess runway contamination, ground surface friction and braking action reports from pilots although checking the entire width and length of the runway is difficult. (airtrafficmanagement.keypublishing.com) More...

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Air France Boeing 777 near Paris on Sep 18th 2018, burning smell on board

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An Air France Boeing 777-200, registration F-GSPP performing flight AF-474 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Panama City (Panama), was enroute at FL300 about 190nm southwest of Paris when the crew decided to return to Paris due to a light burning odour on board (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Ryanair cabin crew in five countries to strike Sept 28

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Ryanair cabin crew from five European countries will go on strike on September 28, threatening hundreds of flights in the latest round of a bitter tussle between unions and the budget airline's management. (phys.org) More...

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Turkish Airlines Hints Nonstop Flights To Australia Ahead Of New Airport Opening

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Ilker Aycı, Turkish Airline’s Chairman, hinted that the carrier might start flying to Sydney in June 2019 following the arrival of the first batch of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Just a few weeks ahead of the grand opening of Istanbul’s new mega-hub, Aycı asserted that his airline will continue pushing forward to retain its title as the largest in the world. The Istanbul-based carrier currently flies to 199 international and 42 domestic destinations—the most of any in the world. And it’s not… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Pictures: Lufthansa releases images of the new business class for its upcoming Boeing 777X

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Frankfurt - Business Class configuration of Luthansa for its upcoming 777X, which will enter into service in 2020, will offer passengers a new level of comfort. Lufthansa, the launch customer of the Boeing 777-9, has already revealed a new Business Class cabin concept for the new widebody jetliner. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Saudi’s Flyadeal to decide on 50-plane order with Airbus or Boeing next month

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Saudi budget carrier Flyadeal has said it will choose between narrow-body jets made by Airbus and Boeing in October, according to reports. The plans come after the airline indicated it would issue a request for proposal bids towards the end of last year. (gulfbusiness.com) More...

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Hawaiian Airlines to remove its 767-300ERs from service earlier than expected

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Honolulu - Hawaiian Airlines is removing its Boeing 767s from its fleet earlier than expected. There are still six Boeing 767-300ER are in service with Hawaiian Airlines. The youngest 767 is twelve, and the oldest one is 17 years old. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Tigerair grounded Boeing 737 maintained by an offshore maintenance facility

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Tigerair Australia grounded a Boeing 737 aircraft maintained by an offshore maintenance facility in Phillipines last month. The Boeing 737 underwent heavy maintenance at SIA Engineering Philippines (SIAEP) owned by Singapore Airlines at Clark International Airport in Phillipines between July 17 and July 31, 2018. (newsinflight.com) More...

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So much for no litter left-behind! Burning Man's 747 plane is STILL in Nevada desert two weeks after the festival ended

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A 747 airplane that was a main attraction at this year's Burning Man is still in the Nevada desert - two weeks after the festival ended. One of the main rules for Burning Man's 80,000 attendees is to 'leave no trace' at the site after the week-long event ends. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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JetBlue introduces “Bluericua” as a salute to Puerto Rico

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JetBlue Airways has introduced a new “Bluericua” special livery as a salute to Puerto Rico on the pictured Airbus A320-232 N779JB (msn 3811). (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Delta Boeing 757 at San Francisco on Sep 16th 2018, rejected takeoff due to engine fire

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-300, registration N581NW performing flight DL-1658 from San Francisco,CA to Detroit,MI (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from San Francisco's runway 01R when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed (about 123 knots over ground) due to a right hand engine (PW2043) engine fire (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Cathay Pacific to donate world’s first Boeing 777-200 to museum

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Cathay Pacific and Boeing have announced they will be donating the world’s first Boeing 777 to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Air Force finds new KC-46 deficiencies

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The U.S. Air Force has added two new technical issues to the KC-46 tanker’s list of problems, potentially throwing a wrench into the projected delivery of the first tanker in October. (www.defensenews.com) More...

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First ANA A380 takes to the skies

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The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies today, completing a maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France to the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is now being prepared for cabin installation and painting in the airline’s special A380 livery. (www.airbus.com) More...

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Mexico’s Interjet to Restructure Fleet, Phase Out Some SSJ100s

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Mexican LCC Interjet Airlines, the only operator of Sukhoi Superjets in the Americas, is planning to phase out some of its 22 Superjet 100s as part of a fleet restructuring and overall strategic growth plan through 2021 announced Sept. 14. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Supply Chain Ramp-Up Bodes Well For Boeing 737 Production Recovery

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After months of engine and fuselage delivery delays to Boeing’s 737 assembly line, CFM International and Spirit AeroSystems say shipments from a healthier supply chain have improved, boosting confidence in their ability to meet Boeing’s goal of being back on track by year-end. (www.aviationweek.com) More...

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Airbus launches construction of Flight Works Alabama

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Mobile - Last week (September 12), Airbus executives met Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and officials from the Mobile County, as well as industry and educational partners to formalize the launch of Flight Works Alabama, the new aviation experience center to be built in Mobile. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Virgin to use eco-friendly jet fuel on commercial flight this October

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Virgin Atlantic is about conduct a real-world test of its greener jet fuel. The airline plans to use LanzaTech's sustainable fuel for the first time in a commercial flight this October, with a Boeing 747 relying on the low-carbon liquid for a trip from Orlando to London's Gatwick airport. (www.engadget.com) More...

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Singapore Airlines flight cancelled after pilot fails alcohol test

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A Singapore Airlines flight to Wellington was cancelled yesterday after a pilot failed an alcohol test. Singapore Airlines spokesman Karl Schubert said flight SQ247 from Melbourne to Wellington was cancelled due to an operating crew member being deemed unfit to fly. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

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Pilot Association Offers Policy Guidance on Pilot Shortage

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With an ongoing pilot shortage affecting service in small airports, the Air Line Pilots Association is offering a series of solutions that focus on drawing in new pilots and improving the financial stability of the airports. (associationsnow.com) More...

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 near Gander on Sep 15th 2018, cargo fire detection fault

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A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, registration G-VROY performing flight VS-128 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Manchester,EN (UK), was enroute at FL340 about 170nm northeast of Gander,NL (Canada) when the crew decided to return to New York JFK advising a cargo fire detection system had shown a fault. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Europe’s Answer To The 787: The Airbus A330neo

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The A330-900neo will be the first aircraft to feature the new “Airspace by Airbus” cabin. On the Airbus website the Airspace cabin is described as “Airspace by Airbus is a cabin experience, that gives passenger and airlines more of what really matters. You will find we have elevated the feeling of space inside our aircraft to another level.” (simpleflying.com) More...

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How United’s Working to Right the Ship: An Interview With UA Leaders

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Despite its vast network, United has long been seen as the snakebitten, dysfunctional laggard of US network carriers. Some things are turning around but there's lots of work left to be done as learned in an extensive interview with United's Chief Operations Officer Greg Hart and Chief Customer Officer Andrew Nocealla. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Pilot Beard Ban Debunked

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A Canadian study has found that there is no significant difference between the sealing of O2 mask with or without a beard. Time for a policy change? (www.avweb.com) More...

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Ryanair passenger catches baggage handler on camera opening suitcase and stealing speaker

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One passenger on a Ryanair flight from Ibiza to Madrid in Spain filmed the worker before alerting an air steward. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Seoul-Jeju remains busiest passenger airline route

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The busiest passenger air routes on earth have been revealed in a new study published by Routes. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

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