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Voted world’s best low-cost long-haul airline, Norwegian continues its global expansion by launching its first route from London Gatwick to Asia which becomes the world’s longest low-cost route.

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dubai air taxiDubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) tested an autonomous air taxi service being developed by Volocopter, a specialist manufacturer of autonomous air vehicles based in Germany. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the maiden concept flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT).

Qatar Airways announced the completion of its acquisition of a 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Meridiana fly (Meridiana), while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda has kept 51 per cent. Meridiana is the second largest Italian carrier, with an extensive network, which connects the main Italian airports with Sardinia and provides connectivity with hubs in Europe as well as in the U.S. and Africa.

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pegasus a320neoFlights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish region will be suspended from Friday evening. However, Turkish Airlines has announced its flights to Erbil and Sulaimaniya in the Kurdish region would continue for now, as any formal request was not delivered to the company yet from Iraqi authorities.

joon airline airfranceAir France Group has launched a new airline to offer new generation travel experience to meet the expectations of a new generation of travelers. Joon, to be based at Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris, is set to begin flying this December.

Chinese Lucky Air commences flights to Finland in winter 2018. The new Lucky Air route will bring two major cities in China within reach of Finnish people and passengers travelling via Helsinki Airport.

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Boeing says Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and projects a demand for 4,210 new airplanes, valued at $650 billion, over the next 20 years. According to Boeing's annual report, the region will continue its strong annual traffic growth at 6.2 percent, outpacing the world's average growth rate by 1.5 percent.

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Hainan Airlines launched direct air service between Shenzhen and Brisbane on September 20, 2017. The roll-out of the new service will not only further expand the Chinese airline's international route network but also provide passengers travelling between China and Australia with more travel options.

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United Airlines released its latest ’Safety is Global’ safety video, which will be on board flights starting this month. The video follows United employees representing flight attendants, pilots, ramp operations, customer service representatives and tech ops through dream destinations around the world as they demonstrate the safety features of the aircraft.

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cancun beachFrom 1 November, Condor announces Caribbean routes flying from Düsseldorf for the winter 2017/18 season. With an Airbus A330-200, the leisure carrier will extend its route to the Caribbean by begin flying to Punta Cana and La Romana in the Dominican Republic, Cancun in Mexico, Montego Bay in Jamaica as well as the island state of Barbados.

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