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Passenger Demand Surges in April – Laptop Ban May Be Affecting Middle East-US Traffic

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for April 2017 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 10.7% compared to April 2016, which was the fastest pace in six years. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 7.1%, and load factor climbed 2.7 percentage points to 82.0%- a record…

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British Airways cancels flights after massive global computer system failure

A “major IT system failure” has caused serious problems for British Airways. The airline has been forced to cancel all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports while it works to resolve the issue. It is not believed that the computer failure was caused by a cyberattack or hackers but this has not lessened the impact. Both of the affected airports…

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Internet Above The Clouds – From Now On, Lufthansa And Austrian Airlines Will Offer High Speed Internet On Many Of Their Short- And Medium-Haul Flights

Unlimited surfing and streaming in the skies over Europe – from now on, this will be the reality on many Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines aircraft. Internet access will also be available on Eurowings flights in a few weeks’ time. Up to now, 19 Lufthansa A320 family fleet aircraft, as well 31 Austrian Airlines and 29 Eurowings aircraft have been fitted…

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67% of websites displayed unreliable Flights pricing

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (11 Apr) welcomed a European Commission study which revealed that two thirds of more than 350 travel comparison and booking websites checked were displaying unreliable pricing, which will now be the subject of EU enforcement procedures. The European Commission and EU consumer protection authorities launched a coordinated screening of 352 price comparison and travel booking…

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Emirates introduces laptop and tablet handling service for US flights

Emirates will introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US. Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then…

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Airline electronics ban: What you need to know

Flying to the U.S. and Britain from airports in the Middle East and North Africa just got a lot more complicated The Trump administration has ordered nine airlines to stop passengers from bringing most types of electronic devices — except smartphones — into the cabin for U.S.-bound flights. Instead, they’ll have to check them in. The U.K. government announced similar…

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The eight airlines that offer in-flight Wi-Fi for free

With in-flight Wi-Fi increasingly provided by airlines, more and more digital addicts are able to remain connected in the sky. The budget-conscious among you will also be glad to know there are some carriers, though currently only a handful, that offer the service for free. Norwegian, Europe’s third largest lowcost carrier, is one of them, offering free Wi-Fi on most…

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Emirates Teams Up With Google For Creative On-Ground Digital Experiences

Emirates and Google are engaging visitors at this year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature with innovative on-ground experiences ranging from virtual reality 3D painting tools to an e-book reading lounge. Emirates’ on-ground activations run until 11th March at the InterContinental Hotel Festival City. Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand for Emirates said: ‘Technology impacts…

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The Airport Jacket – suitcase you can wear

Have a problems with excessive baggage every time you take a flight? Than keep on reading… The convertible coat can be worn in three ways including as a hip-length waist coat (eight pockets), a three-quarter length jacket (11 pockets) and longer full-length coat (14 pockets). Its two detachable panels come with three extra pockets that can together up to six kilograms….

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Schipol Airport tests facial recognition to speed up boarding

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has begun a three-month trial of facial recognition technology at one of its boarding gates. Passengers register by having their faces, passports and boarding passes scanned, and then use a separate biometric gate to board their plane. READ MORE: Marriott Reimagines Its Mobile App To Meet The Needs Of Modern World Travelers Schiphol and Dutch airline KLM say…

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