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Airbus founding father and visionary, Roger Béteille, passes away

Airbus is saddened that one of its founding fathers, Roger Béteille, who not only shaped Airbus’ first commercial aircraft – the A300B – but also Airbus Industrie, passed away on 14 June at the age of 97. Born in Aveyron, France, in 1921, Roger Béteille studied at Supaéro in Toulouse before joining France’s SNCASE, which […]

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Some Caribbean destinations benefit as deaths in Dominican Republic deter US tourists

A spate of unexplained deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic, which have received extensive coverage in the media, and are now being investigated by the FBI, has caused tourist numbers to plummet. However, at the same time, tourism to other Caribbean islands has jumped. Travel experts report that from the 1st to the […]

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Tourism must deliver greater benefit to all

Tourism now dominates most Caribbean economies, drawing huge numbers of visitors and wealth into the region. Despite this, many of those who work in or with the sector have yet to benefit fully from its success. The Author of this column is  David Jessop,  a consultant to the Caribbean Council. Jamaica’s tourism minister, the Hon. […]

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Sad details on 7 more who died in one of Hawaii’s worst plane crashes

A Skydiving adventure turned deadly on Friday in Honolulu, when eleven people were killed. Today, the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of 7 of the 11 victims that died on Friday, June 21 in this horrific crash of a skydiving plane that went down at Dillingham Airfield on the island of Oahu in […]

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Georgian Prime Minister: Georgia is safe for foreign tourists

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said on Monday that Georgia is a safe country for tourists from Russia and other countries. “Georgia is one of the safest countries in Europe and when we speak about Tbilisi, it is the safest city in entire Europe. Tourists know it very well. Georgia is a safe country for […]

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Two Eurofighter jets crash in popular German holiday destination

According to German Interior Ministry, two Eurofighter warplanes have collided in the air and then crashed in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. German media reports that the planes have fallen in a residential area. The two German Air Force fighter jets collided in the air over the small town of Malchow, located some 80km away […]

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Belgian police foil planned terror attack on US embassy in Brussels

Brussels police arrested a man on suspicion of planning an attack on the US embassy in Belgian and European Union capital city, Belgian prosecutors said in a statement. Little is known about the suspect, who was identified only by his initials M.G. He was arrested on Saturday and charged on Monday with “an attempted attack […]

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Armenia offers to facilitate flights between Russia and Georgia after Putin bans direct air travel

Armenian Prime Minister said that the country is ready to become a buffer zone between Georgia and Russia to provide air links. To this end, from July 8, Armenian airlines may allocate five or more passenger aircraft for air transportation. Three Armenian airlines have already expressed their willingness to provide air communication between Russia and […]

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Thousands of American, Delta and United Airlines catering workers authorize airport strike

Workers who prepare, pack and deliver food and beverages served aboard flights for American, Delta, United and other airlines have voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike when released by the National Mediation Board. It was the largest such vote ever to occur in the U.S. airline catering industry, with more than 11,000 workers […]

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‘Unreliable entity’: China may blacklist FedEx amid Huawei row

US multinational courier delivery services company FedEx has apologized after failing to deliver a parcel that belonged to PC Magazine and contained a Huawei smartphone to the US . The incident, which is not the first of its kind to affect Huawei, was explained as an “operational mistake.” PC Magazine tried to send a package […]

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African Tourism Board: The Need for Greater Industry Synergy in West Africa

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The 2019 IATA’s Regional Aviation Forum is being held at the Marriott Hotel in Accra, Ghana. On Tuesday Alain St.Ange, President of the African Tourism Board and the former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Minister of Seychelles will be moderating a session titled “West and Central Africa as Preferred Tourism Destination: The Need for […]

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Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana removes liquor dispensers after 9 American tourists dead in Dominican Republic

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in the Dominican Republic is removing liquor dispensers from guest room minibars at its resort in Punta Cana the general manager said after media including this publication asked if the hotel was slowly poisoning their guests. The hotel wanted to make sure their decision to remove the dispensers was […]

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Not edited: Passengers forgotten and left in the dark on Air Canada flight Quebec City to Toronto

This is an unedited account of Tiffani Adams explaining her adventure on a short Air Canada flight from Quebec City to Toronto. The passenger fell asleep on the flight and when she woke up the was alone in a dark parked aircraft in freezing cold temperature and a phone with batteries dead. She posted this […]

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Air India regional director and captain caught shoplifting in Sydney airport

Sydney Airport’s duty-free shops proved to be too big a temptation for Air India Captain Rohit Bhasin, who was caught shoplifting there. India’s state airline captain, who is also Air India’s regional director, just couldn’t resist picking a wallet in a shop at Sydney International Airport, local media reported, citing an airline statement. Bhasin, an […]

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‘Unprecedented cover-up of design flaws’: Boeing sued by 737 MAX pilots

An airline pilot, identified only as ‘Pilot X’ in court documents, started a class-action lawsuit against Boeing, accusing US plane maker of covering up the 737 MAX’s faulty sensor issue and keeping pilots in the dark about the feature in the pursuit of quick returns. The legal action was joined by over 400 fellow pilots, […]

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Who are the 11 victims in the deadliest airline crash on Oahu?

His smile went on for days. This is how a friend describes one of the 11 people who vanished last night. The Northshore of Oahu has been home for this publication. Our entire community here is in a state of shock and disbelieve. This is after so many people died last night in Hawaii’s deadliest commercial air […]

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UFO over Kansas City? ‘It’s a balloon’….again

Kansas City skywatchers’ interest was piqued this week when even the US National Weather Service seemed stumped over the origin of the strange orbs in the sky over the city, admitting in a tweet that they “honestly have no explanation for the floating objects over Kansas City.” The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) floated […]

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport: Will the German ‘ghost hub’ EVER open?

Renowned German punctuality doesn’t apply when it comes to the Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Its opening, originally scheduled for 2011, has been postponed several times and there are doubts it will finally open its doors in 2020. The German capital has been waiting for a new international airport, to be named after the late politician Willy […]

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Passenger safety highest priority: Etihad Airways suspends flights through Iranian airspace

Following the decision yesterday of the US Federal Aviation Administration to restrict US airline operations in Iranian-controlled airspace, Etihad Airways consulted closely with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and other UAE airlines to evaluate the US action. Etihad Airways has subsequently suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf […]

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Barbaric and inhuman: India reintroduces Muslim ‘triple talaq’ divorce bill

The party of Indian PM Narendra Modi faced tough opposition as it made another attempt to push through a bill that would criminalize divorcing a woman by saying the word ‘talaq’ three times. The draft legislation, known as the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, was tabled by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad […]

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Deadly Plane Crash: 11 including visitors died on Oahu’s North Shore

Parachuting is a big tourism business on Oahu’s North Shore. Tonight at 6:25 pm Hawaii time, a twin-engine KingAir A90 plane operated and owned by Oahu Parachute Center crashed minutes after taking off with at Dillingham Airfield on the Northshore of Oahu,  Hawaii USA. The plane is seen as s the fastest plane to altitude […]

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Death by Vacation: Think you’re safe?

No one plans to die on a vacation! We have learned to take precautions that will keep sickness and death at bay. We know to pack handwipes for cruising and OTC meds while traveling in Europe, Asia and Africa. We have been alerted to avoid contaminated water and reused water bottles, date rape drugs, and […]

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International airlines steer clear from Iranian airspace over Gulf

British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and other European carriers are avoiding Iranian airspace by rerouting their flights, after an American drone was downed by Tehran. The UK’s flagship airline, British Airways, announced that it will adhere to the guidance issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “Our safety and security team are constantly liaising with […]

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India celebrates International Yoga Day in inventive ways and in strange places

Indians celebrated the International Yoga Day at large and inventive events across the subcontinent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations in Ranchi, Jharkhand, where 40,000 yogis gathered to practice alongside the limber leader. “Let our motto be – Yoga for peace, harmony, and progress,” he said. The Indian Army showed off a number of […]

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Putin bans Russian airlines from flying to Georgia

Russia’s President Putin has signed a decree prohibiting Russian airlines from transporting Russian citizens to Georgia from July 8. The decision comes after anti-government and anti-Russian protests in Tbilisi. “Starting from July 8, Russian carriers are temporarily forbidden from undertaking air transportation of citizens from the territory of Russia to Georgia,” the decree reads. It […]

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Airbus steals Le Bourget show with 595 orders vs. Boeing’s 234

Airbus easily outpaced US rival Boeing with the number of orders for its aircraft, as it dominated Le Bourget airfield on the final day of trading at the Paris Air Show. The business program at one of the world’s largest aerospace-industry exhibitions closed on Thursday. Over the four days, Airbus secured firm orders, letters of […]

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Iranian general: Iran ‘refrained’ from shooting down US plane with 35 on board

The commander of the Iranian Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claims that the downing of a US drone was a warning to an American military aircraft that was flying alongside its UAV. Brigadier General Hajizadeh told state TV that the main reason for shooting down the drone, which marked a serious escalation […]

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RIU Palace Sunny Beach opened in Bulgaria after deadly safety issues at RIU Hotels in the Caribbean

RIU Hotels & Resorts has opened  Riu Palace Sunny Beach in Bulgaria a new adults-only resort with all-inclusive service. Located in the Sunny Beach area, it is the chain’s third hotel in this seaside location and the seventh RIU hotel in Bulgaria. The property is located on the coast of the Black Sea and it […]

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Guam achieves best tourism month numbers

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The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) Research Department confirmed that visitor arrivals for May 2019 have broken a 22-year-old record to become the top May in Guam’s tourism history. The island welcomed 120,082 visitors (+5.3%) to its shores during Tourism Month. Taking the weighted average of $595.51 from second quarter on-island expenditures, the amount of visitors […]

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FAA bans all US airlines from flying over Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned all US civil aircraft from flying in Iranian airspace above the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, noting that “numerous” planes were in the area when a US drone was shut down. The US aviation agency daid the nearest civil aircraft was flying some 45 […]

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