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UK passenger tax to rise yet again

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APD is already the world’s highest tax of this nature. Currently, rates for economy-class passengers are £13 ($17) for short-haul flights (within 2,000 miles of London) and £75 for long-haul (more than 2,000 miles). Business-class passengers pay £26 and £150 for short- and long-haul journeys respectively. (atwonline.com) More...

Latin America and Caribbean’s in-service fleet to more than double by 2036

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Region’s economy predicted to grow above world’s average in the next two decades (www.airbus.com) More...

Leasing company plans to operate its own A380 airline

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Amedeo intends to sell seats in its own A380 to other providers such as airlines, travel agencies as well as non-sector companies such as Airbnb. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 certified. How good is it?

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The Airbus A350-1000 received its airworthiness certificate Tuesday, after a smooth flight test campaign. The first serial aircraft is in final assembly, for delivery to Qatar Airways next month. (leehamnews.com) More...

WestJet Introduces WestJet Link

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Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet has announced a new regional subsidiary called WestJet Link. The new regional air service will operate under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines and their Saab 340B turboprops (to be painted in WestJet livery). WestJet Link will be based out of Calgary, with service offerings to Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook, and Prince George. (markets.businessinsider.com) More...

PICTURE: Thai Lion Air Receives First Widebody Aircraft

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Thai Lion Air has received its first widebody, an Airbus A330-300. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Outlines Brexit Risks to UK Facilities

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Airbus has warned that Brexit could jeopardise the UK's role as the airframer's primary location for wing design and manufacturing. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 Features Automated Rapid-Descent Capability

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Airbus has incorporated an automatic emergency descent function into the newly-certified A350-1000, which it intends to introduce into the smaller -900. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

US Probing Additional Runway Incidents at SFO

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FAA recorded 1,704 runway incursions in the FY just ended, including the recent ACA incident. FAA is looking into two additional incursions at SFO. Given the number of daily flights nationally, is 1,704 a relatively large number? (www.sfchronicle.com) More...