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News: Heathrow launches new measures to boost domestic flights

UK fliers are set to save more when flying from Heathrow as the airport announced a 50 per cent increase in the discount for domestic flights. From January, passengers flying to any UK destination from Heathrow will have a £15 discount on the airport charges they pay – the biggest discount in the airport’s history. The airport claims passengers will save nearly £40 million annually. Heathrow has been a long-time and ardent campaigner for boosting domestic flights at the UK’s hub and last year committed to keeping a discounted domestic…

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News: Hainan Airlines launches new flights to Cairns, Australia

Hainan Airlines has launched a non-stop service between Shenzhen, China and Cairns, Australia. The maiden flight of Hainan Airlines HU745, which took off from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport at 22:50 and landed at Cairns Airport at 08:30. Following the roll-out of the Shenzhen-Brisbane service on September 20th, 2017, this will be Hainan Airlines’ second direct flight service from Shenzhen to Queensland as well as the airline’s sixth direct flight service to Australia. With the launch of the new service, Hainan Airlines will have established a route network in Australia spanning…

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Focus: Noise-canceling headphones that will change the way we sleep on long-distance flights

Every frequent traveler knows how crucial it is to find what makes you comfortable on long-distance flights. Ideally, you can doze off and sleep through most of the flight. For a majority of people, this means finding a way to isolate yourself from the surrounding noise. That’s probably one of the reasons for the increasing popularity of noise-canceling headphones we’ve seen over the last few years, culminating in the recent launch of Xiaomi Mi earbuds with 3.5 mm jack. It’s probably the second most important release in the niche in…

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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut grounds flights

A power cut at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson international airport has led to a partial shut-down and major delays to flights. The airport is the world’s busiest, handling more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day. Passengers have been left in darkened terminals or on board aeroplanes. Many flights scheduled to arrive from other airports are being diverted elsewhere or held at their departure airport. In a statement, the airport said they sustained a power outage shortly after 13:00 (18:00 GMT) on Sunday. Georgia Power, who supplies the airport’s electricity,…

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News: Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

Air New Zealand has said problems with some of the Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced it to ground some international flights. Rolls-Royce has advised the carrier that some of the Trent 1000 engines in the airline’s Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance sooner than previously indicated. The engine manufacturer does not have any replacement engines available while this maintenance work is undertaken which means some schedule changes “unavoidable”, the carrier said. Two flights were forced to return to Auckland this week after mechanical trouble, local media reported. In addition…

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News: IAG takes Level brand to Paris with new Orly flights

International Airlines Group will launch flights to Montreal, New York, Guadeloupe and Martinique from Paris Orly from July 2018 via Level – its low cost long-haul airline brand. Level will base two Airbus A330-200 aircraft at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats. Checked luggage (plus a free cabin bag), meals, seat selection and the latest movie releases will be complimentary for customers flying in premium economy. Those travelling in economy can chose what they want to buy based on a menu of choices. Next generation in-flight…

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News: United Airlines offers passengers chance to manage flights through new app

United Airlines has debuted enhancements to its mobile app that add even more convenience for customers to manage their reservations on-the-go. With the newest version of the United app, customers will be able to change and cancel flights in the app, add their MileagePlus and United Club cards to the Apple Wallet and access other helpful travel tools. These updates build on the airline’s recent announcement to allow customers to access boarding passes for 19 other carriers through its mobile app. “Every day 800,000 customers rely on our mobile app…

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