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April 10, 2017



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FAA Issued a PED Safety Bulletin Following US Carry-On Ban

The FAA has confirmed it issued a safety information bulletin related to the recent carry-on ban on personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights from 10 airports in eight Middle Eastern countries. Air Transport World said the FAA’s response “indicates the agency did more than coordinate and advise.” The contents of the bulletin will not be made public, but according to ATW, it was issued when the US Department of Homeland Security implemented the ban.The Flight Safety Foundation, a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization, issued a statement warning the industry to “fully consider the consequential risk” of increasing the number of PEDs in the cargo hold, noting that there have been incidents of lithium batteries catching fire.

Air Transport World | Related Qatar Airways CEO: An Electronics Ban Will Just Send Terrorists Elsewhere – Fortune



Trump Travel Ban Fails to Dent IATA’s February Air Traffic Figures

The latest air traffic figures from IATA show that demand grew at a “robust rate” in February, despite the publicity surrounding the Trump administration’s attempted travel ban. “We have not seen the attempted US ban on travel from six countries translate into an identifiable traffic trend," IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said. The industry association’s figures show the total number of miles flown by airline passengers around the world grew by 4.8 percent, compared to the same month a year earlier. IATA attributed the sustained demand to low fares and improvements in global economic conditions.

Travel Weekly | Related Laptop cabin ban "ineffective" says IATA – BBC News



Iran Air Could Receive First Boeing 777-300ER Next Month Instead of in 2018

Iran Air could be set to acquire its first new Boeing 777-300ER within a few weeks. The country’s deputy transport minister, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, told Iran’s Mehr News Agency that the wide-body aircraft was one originally built for Turkish Airlines, but no longer needed by the carrier. Iran’s state-owned airline had expected to take delivery of its first 777-300ER in 2018, but now has the option to take delivery in less than a month. This period could be longer if it chooses to change the interior configuration. Iran Air has already begun taking delivery from its order of 100 Airbus jets, including two A330s.

Flight Global | Related IRAN AIR RECEIVES ITS FIRST AIRBUS A330-200 – Airways Magazine



EU Report Concludes Two-Thirds of Travel Websites Display Misleading Prices

The European Commission has released a report on online travel booking, which claims two-thirds of the websites it screened displayed misleading prices. Of the 352 price comparison and travel booking websites examined in October 2016, the EC found 235 displayed final prices that were not the same as the ones initially shown. “The companies concerned need to respect the European consumer rules, just like a travel agent would,” said EU Commissioner Věra Jourová. The EC said it would ensure European Union member states use national enforcement procedures to make sure the 235 websites in question would correct the price discrepancies.

Airwise | Related Travel websites to expand choice after regulation shift – Financial Times



London Stansted Gets Green Light for $160-Million Arrivals Building

London’s Stansted Airport has been given the green light to begin work on building its new $160-million arrivals terminal. Designed by architecture firm Pascall+Watson, the 365,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed within three years. The building is part of its parent company Manchester Airports Group’s plan to expand Stansted so it can handle a projected increase in passenger volume. The terminal will span three levels, featuring larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities and a public forecourt. “Stansted is a national asset and our investment will continue to boost competition and support economic growth, jobs and international connectivity for London and the east of England,” said Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s chief executive.

The Planner | Related Ryanair to reduce number of flights from London Stansted airport – The Guardian



A New Way of Measuring Football’s High-Flying Superstars?

Online travel agency has devised a new method of comparing football’s high flyers, using air mile data as a barometer of success on the pitch. The logic is that players who have won knockout tournaments like the World Cup, the Champions League and European Championship will have traveled by air to play in games around the world because of their team’s progression in such competitions. Topping the list is Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has racked up 564,379.76 air miles in his 21 years as a professional footballer.

APEX Media | Related Emirates unveils AC Milan A380 livery – Business Traveller



Zagreb Airport Nearly Doubles Capacity After Opening New Passenger Terminal

Zagreb Airport in Croatia has recently opened a new 700,000-square-foot passenger terminal, nearly doubling its previous capacity. The building is the first phase in a $315-million construction project financed through a public-private partnership between the Croatian government and MZLZ, the operating company contracted to manage the airport. The new terminal facility includes 30 check-in counters and eight air bridges. With the first phase completed, the terminal will be able to handle up to five million passengers annually, compared to 2.8 million in 2016. Once the second phase is finished, annual passenger capacity is expected to rise to eight million.

Air Transport World | Related Air India in codesharing agreement with Croatia Airlines – The Economic Times




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Association News

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“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.”

Marshall McLuhan


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