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O'Hare gets A380 gate

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O’Hare International Airport is a step closer to developing a gate capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, reversing an embarrassing gap at the city’s primary aviation hub. The city’s Department of Aviation yesterday pulled a permit to build out one gate that could handle an Airbus A380 plane, in Terminal 5 at O’Hare, according to the city’s permits website. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Tallahassee to be served by jetBlue?

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Tallahassee keeps pushing for JetBlue to provide direct air service to South Florida. On Wednesday, coordinators rolled out a $2-million pledge goal in a new ‘getBlue’ pledge campaign. With $325,000 in pledges secured, the largest surprise pledge came from Florida State University when the school revealed a $1-million pledge based on estimated travel expenses for its staff. While city officials hesitate to say there’s a deal already in place, FSU’s pledge indicates promise. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

When is a passenger reimbursement policy not a policy? Ask Air Canada

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Beware next time an airline asks for volunteers to forgo a flight... (www.cbc.ca) More...

A Private-Jet Interior Furnished like a Vintage Train

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For travelers who enjoy the comforts of traditional train travel but need the speed of an intercontinental jet, a new interior from Airbus aims to satisfy. The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, in Toulouse, France, has completed an art deco–inspired custom cabin in an jet for a company in Asia. Combining comfort, function, and innovative design, the interior (for up to 19 passengers) features five individual mini-suites—each with its own storage spaces—that evoke the privacy and coziness of a… (robbreport.com) More...

Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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