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News: Airbus: South Pacific fleet to double in size by 2036

The passenger aircraft fleet above 100 seats serving Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific region is set to increase by more than 600 aircraft, almost doubling in the next 20 years, according to predications from Airbus. If realised, the forecast will see the fleet in the region increase from a size of 750 to over 1,350 aircraft by 2036, according to Airbus’ latest market forecast. Some 360 of this larger fleet will be single aisle and 250 will be twin aisles including 50 aircraft with 400 or more seats….

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Ireland 23-20 Fiji: Joe Schmidt's side narrowly avoid embarrassing result against Pacific Islanders

Ian Keatley’s two late penalties dug Ireland out of a hole as Joe Schmidt’s experimental side edged out Fiji 23-20 in Dublin. Joe Schmidt’s men squandered a 17-3 lead built up by tries from Darren Sweetnam, Dave Kearney and Jack Conan, and almost paid the price for young fly-half Joey Carbery’s two missed conversions. Ireland made 13 changes from last weekend’s record 38-3 victory over South Africa, and endured some nervy moments en route to their slender win over the eye-catching Pacific Islanders. Henry Seniloli and Timoci Nagusa claimed tries…

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News: Qatar Airways takes $662m stake in Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways has entered into an agreement to purchase an amount of 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific Airways, being approximately 9.61 per cent of the total issued share capital. Completion of the transaction is expected to take place later today in Hong Kong. Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is very pleased to complete its financial investment in Cathay Pacific. “Cathay Pacific is a fellow oneworld member and is one of the strongest airlines in the world, respected throughout the industry and with massive potential…

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News: Langham Hospitality debuts flagship Cordis brand in Pacific region

The Langham, Auckland, has rebranded to Cordis, Auckland, making it the first in the Pacific region for this new upper upscale brand by Langham Hospitality Group. The 411-room hotel joins other Cordis hotels already in operation in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, with future hotels in destinations such as Bali, Phuket, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Ningbo, Donqian Lake. “The launch of Cordis Auckland marks a significant milestone in our long-term growth plan to introduce Cordis Hotels and Resorts here in the Pacific,” said Simon Manning, chief sales and marketing officer of…

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News: American Cruise Lines triples capacity in Pacific Northwest

American Cruise Lines has announced two new itineraries for 2018 in Puget Sound – five-day Highlights of Puget Sound and 11-day Grand Puget Sound. These spectacular cruises are round-trip from Seattle, Washington, and will triple the line’s capacity in the region. American Cruise Lines already offers a popular eight-day cruise to Puget Sound & the San Juan Islands and cruises to Alaska. Earlier this year, American Cruise Lines announced it was sending its newest ship, American Constellation to Alaska for the 2018 season, doubling its capacity there. The new ship…

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Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumn

Seasoned D.C. museumgoers know that the Freer and Sackler galleries, reopening October 14, are prime destinations for those looking to explore the breadth of Asian culture. its ever-expanding diaspora and its role in shaping America’s collective identity. But Freer|Sackler is by no means the only place in town to see affecting Asian museum collections. For those seeking a longer, more meandering journey through the stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders this fall, this new Smithsonian-wide tour, “Stories Across Asian Pacific America,” put together by curator Adriel Luis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center,…

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Earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes off Mexico's Pacific coast

A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck in the Pacific off the southern coast of Mexico, killing at least three people. The epicentre was about 87km (54 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 70km, the United States Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. The quake was felt in Mexico City, with people running into the street. The tremors there were reported to have lasted up to a minute. Two…

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