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DREAMLINER NIGHTMARE

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29 JUL 2015:  One of American Airlines’ new Boeing 787 Dreamliners was pounded by hail on a flight to Dallas and had to turn back to Beijing after sustaining hail damage 44 minutes into the flight. MORE

SCREENING SERVICES FOR SMALLER CANADIAN AIRPORTS

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29 JUL 2015: The Government of Canada has announced new regulations to allow airports that don't have access to security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to obtain them on a cost-recovery basis. Over the last few years, several small airports have expressed interest in obtaining screening services. MORE

CHOICE AND INNOVATION

Etihad CEO discusses the future of global airline competition
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29 JUL 2015:  Etihad Airways president and CEO James Hogan emphasized the importance of consumer choice and innovation as the fundamental drivers of competition in the international airline industry at the 2015 Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention in Orlando, Florida. MORE

FUEL CRISIS

Three minutes left
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29 JUL 2015:  With just three minutes of fuel left, an Allegiant Air flight requesting permission to land, was told to go to an airport 70 miles away because the airport he was attempting to land at was out of service as the US Navy's Blue Angels were practicing for an air show. MORE

TOURISME QUEBEC SELECTS VOX INTERNATIONAL

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29 JUL 2015:  VoX International has been appointed as the destinations representation office in Canada for Tourisme Quebec. The overall objective is to position Quebec to Canadians as a viable vacation option and to continue to grow awareness of Quebec in Canada. MORE

PONANT SOLD TO LUXURY GROUP ARTEMIS

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29 JUL 2015:  Private equity firm Bridgepoint is selling luxury cruise operator Ponant to Artemis Group, the holding company of France’s billionaire Pinault family. Artemis controls assets such as auction house Christie’s and Bordeaux wine estate Chateau Latour. It also controls Kering with its fashion brands such as Gucci and Saint Laurent. MORE

A COWARDLY DENTIST

Killing of protected lion causes outrage
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29 JUL 2015:  Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion called Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. MORE

THE ART OF LIFE

Let the pampering begin
By SAM ION
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29 JUL 2015:  The pampering at Zoetry Villa Yolandi starts when you board the private yacht for the half hour sail to Isle of Mujeres.  A glass of champagne adds to the pampering.  MORE
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WILL IT DO THE TRICK

Airlines turning to biofuels
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28 JUL 2015:  The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. MORE

SEAWEED WASHING UP IN CANCUN

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28 JUL 2015:  Authorities on Mexico's Caribbean coast said Monday they are redoubling efforts to remove tons of sargassum seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks. Gov. Roberto Borge said the seaweed removal efforts will focus on much of the coast, from Holbox in the north down past Tulum to the south. MORE

SO MUCH FOR SECURITY

Man with no ticket arrested for trespassing after boarding plane
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28 JUL 2015: Police have arrested a man who got through security at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and boarded a plane without a ticket. Airport officials said Monday that a car parked curbside outside a terminal was searched and no threat was found. MORE

WELCOME TO LAGUARDIA

Worst airport in US to be rebuilt
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28 JUL 2015:  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport, replacing the cramped, outdated hub with a unified terminal that will have more than double the operational space for airliners. MORE

WESTJET INCREASES SERVICE FROM YEG

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28 JUL 2015:  WestJet has announced new non-stop service between Edmonton and Nanaimo, British Columbia, as well as more flights between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Kelowna, Regina and Saskatoon. MORE

THAI AIRWAYS MAKES ROUTE CHANGES

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28 JUL 2015: Thailand's beleaguered national airline said Monday it will suspend four unprofitable roundtrip flights per week from Bangkok to Los Angeles and from Bangkok to Rome, starting October 25, as part of efforts to end years of losses. MORE

DRONE IN NEAR COLLISION WITH PLANE

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28 JUL 2015:  Polish authorities confiscated a drone and questioned a man after a Lufthansa passenger plane approaching Warsaw's international airport last week nearly collided with a flying object, police said. MORE

BRAZILIAN BODY BLISS

By CHRIS RYALL
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28 JUL 2015: I wrote about Kurotel Longevity Medical Center in a previous column though more from the viewpoint of the variety of top medical services they offer their guests.  Situated on the edge of the picturesque town of Gramado, Kurotel embodies the natural essence of the Bavarian forest laden area with its lush vegetation, meticulously landscaped streets and neighbourhoods.    MORE
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