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AIR CANADA SKIDS OFF RUNWAY AT HALIFAX

Hit antenna array before landing
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30 MAR 2015:  The Transportation Safety Board says an Air Canada plane that crashed at the Halifax airport early Sunday hit an antenna array before landing on the runway. Mike Cunningham, the regional manager of air investigations, says the landing gear on AC624 came off and it skidded on a runway for nearly 340 metres before it came to a stop. MORE

EARTHQUAKE STRIKES PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Tsunami warnings issued
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30 MAR 2015: A powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, prompting officials to warn that hazardous tsunami waves could affect some coastlines in the Pacific. MORE

YOU CAN GO NOW

Voice recorder reveals last minutes on Germanwings flight
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30 MAR 2015: Leaked details of the black box transcript reveal that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the ill-fated Germanwings flight, seemingly planned his decision to lock the captain out of the cockpit and crash the aircraft. MORE

LIGHTS OUT

Canadians mark annual Earth Hour
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30 MAR 2015:  Canadians joined millions around the world Saturday night in turning off their lights to mark Earth Hour, celebrating the ninth year of the annual event. But as participation appeared to be on the decline in recent years, supporters emphasized the goal was to raise awareness of climate change - 24 hours a day. MORE

AIRBNB OFFICIAL OLYMPIC SPONSOR

But who regulates price and quality
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30 MAR 2015:  Rio de Janeiro's hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as Airbnb inked a deal to be the official “alternative accommodations” sponsor of the 2016 Olympic games. The deal, which saw online homeshare service Airbnb pay an undisclosed amount to local Olympic organizers, means official Olympic sites will feature a link to Airbnb's site and encourage spectators travelling to Rio for the games to use the service to rent space in private homes and apartments. MORE

SMOKE.NO FIRE.

Carnival Liberty in St. Maarten
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30 MAR 2015: Smoke billowing from a cruise ship forced prompted the evacuation of a few passengers and crewmembers and sent a fire crew racing to the docks on the Dutch Caribbean nation of St. Maarten, but officials say there were no reported injuries. MORE

CLOSE SCRUTINY

Thailand faces bans on international flights
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30 MAR 2015: Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. MORE

CDG TO YVR

Air France begins non stop service
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30 MAR 2015:  Air France has inaugurated its non-stop service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Vancouver International Airport. Five weekly flights are operated by Boeing 777-200 equipped with 309 seats – 35 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy. MORE

CHOWING DOWN IN CHARLESTON

By MARGARET SWAINE
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30 MAR 2015: The Conde Nast Traveler’s readers’ choice for the number one US city comes as a surprise to many Canadians and yet readers of that magazine have voted it the tops four years in a row. It’s Charleston, South Carolina.  MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

TWO IN THE COCKPIT

Canada moves quickly
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27 MAR 2015:  Canadian airlines and the federal government moved swiftly on Thursday to tighten security policies after it was revealed the pilot of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps this week was locked outside the cockpit. MORE

SLIPPED THROUGH THE SAFETY NET

The question is WHY
By JEN SAVEDRA
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27 MAR 2015:  In a bluntly honest  admission, Carsten Spohr, the head of Lufthansa which owns Germanwings,  admitted yesterday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had slipped through the safety net with devastating consequences. MORE

JOLLY GOOD

Disney will offer UK cruises
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27 MAR 2015: Disney in 2016 will offer its first cruise to the British Isles and will return to Norway and Iceland for a second year, the line announced today. Disney says the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic will sail a 12-night voyage departing from Dover, England on June 5, 2016.   MORE

NEW BROCHURE FOR SUNWING

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27 MAR 2015: Sunwing Vacations 2015-16 brochure is now available. Boasting a fresh new look with an updated logo, it features over 30 different vacation destinations across the Caribbean, Cuba, Mexico and Central America on direct Sunwing flights from 32 gateways. MORE

QUITE A STORY

Author christens Avalon Tapestry ll
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27 MAR 2015: On a rainy, good-luck-kind-of-day in Les Andelys, Avalon Waterways christened its ninth Suite Ship, the Avalon Tapestry II. Acting as the ship’s godmother, Diana Gabaldon – author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times -bestselling OUTLANDER novels - led the christening ceremony. MORE

TRANSAT ADDS SUN FROM WESTERN CANADA

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27 MAR 2015: Transat Holidays has announced that it will be enhancing its flight offering by adding new routes to its 2015-2016 South programme in Western Canada. Departures are offered in the systems and are available for sale effective immediately. MORE

ALLURE AND OASIS HEAD FOR PUERTO RICO

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27 MAR 2015: Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world's two largest cruise ships for the first time next year. The executive director of the island's Tourism Company says Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will bring an estimated 60,000 passengers to San Juan in 2016. Next year's visits are expected to generate an estimated US $6.4 million in revenue. MORE

BIGGER AND BETTER

Carnival will add nine ships
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27 MAR 2015:   Carnival Corporation  has signed two strategic memorandums of agreement that will add a total of nine new cruise ships to the company's fleet over a four-year period from 2019 - 2022. The shipbuilding agreements, which include options for additional ship builds in the coming years, are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing. MORE

MIAMI NICE

Metropolitan by COMO gives retro a chic new vibe
By WALLACE IMMEN
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27 MAR 2017:  There must be a million mojito muddlers in Miami, but I’m nominating  the crew at  the Metropolitan by COMO hotel as numero uno bar team. No, I haven’t had one too many; it’s a fact that the staff at this hotel pay so much attention to every detail that I can’t imagine getting a finer, fresher drink north of Havana.  MORE
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