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Star Alliance celebrates 20 years; you have a chance to become a mileage millionaire

Star Alliance returned to Frankfurt, the place of its birth, to celebrate 20 years of “Connecting People and Cultures”. The Alliance’s Chief Executive Board, comprising the CEOs of all 28 member airlines, will hold its summer board meeting in Frankfurt today (May 14), during which the CEOs will be briefed on the progress of the Alliance’s current business plan and future strategy.

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This Year's Most Satisfying Airline Companies in North America

airlinesLower fares, better on-time performance, fewer lost bags, better in-flight services, aircraft, and flight crew are some of the factors that determine this year’s most satisfying airline companies. A new study, which reveals the most satisfying airline companies in North America, finds out that overall customer satisfaction with airlines has reached its highest level ever, continuing a trend that now stretches five consecutive years.

Delta connects Rio de Janeiro with New York-JFK

Brazil Rio de JaneiroDelta Air Lines expands route network between Brazil and the United States with a new nonstop flight between Rio de Janeiro and New York-JFK. Delta will connect the two cities with a daily service, starting southbound Dec. 21, 2017, and northbound the next day.

Thai Airways recertified as safe to fly

Thai a320Thailand's flag carrier, Thai Airways International has been successfully recertified to the international safety standards of ICAO. Thai Airways is the third of Thailand’s international airlines to receive its AOC recertification as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), the advisory arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA).

airberlin flies non-stop from Dusseldorf to Orlando

air berlin tailOn May 6, airberlin started its new non-stop connection from Dusseldorf to Orlando. airberlin flight AB 7006 with Captain Peter Hackenberg and his 10 crew members took off right on time at 11 am from the Dusseldorf airport for the United States with 220 passengers on board.

New Flights connect Riga with Geneva

genevaThe Latvian airline airBaltic on May 4, 2017, launched a direct route linking Riga and Geneva. The route offers convenient travel options for travellers from Switzerland and Baltic States.

Laptop Travel Ban expands to other countries

no laptop handbagOn March 21, the UK and US governments announced a ban on laptops and tablets in all hand luggage on board direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.New Zealand is also considering similar restrictions and there is a speculation that the UK may be next to join the list of those banned countries.

Alitalia files for Bankruptcy

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Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia started bankruptcy proceedings for the second time. Shareholders voted unanimously to file for insolvency administration. Etihad Airways said today it was disappointed that despite its significant investments in Alitalia, the Italian airline had today entered extraordinary administration.

Hawaiian Airlines unveils new freshly-painted livery

hawaiian newlogo2017Hawaiian Airlines revealed an updated brand identity and the freshly-painted livery of a Boeing 717 (N488HA), the first of its fleet of more than 50 aircraft that will feature the new design.

Oman Air wins the “Best Arab Air Carrier supporting Arab Tourism” Award

oman air award2017Oman Air, the National Carrier of Sultanate of Oman, is celebrating the latest in a string of prestigious wins, following the presentation to the airline of the ‘Best Arab Air Carrier supporting Arab Tourism’ award. The 2017 Arab Tourism Media Awards ceremony organised by the Arab Centre for Tourism Media was held at Roda Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Discover Doha with free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas

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Qatar Airways is offering transit passengers the opportunity to discover Doha with free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas. The unique offer is part of a broader campaign called +Qatar which looks to encourage all transit passengers to consider adding Qatar to their itinerary.

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