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IS IT THE END

Alitalia expected to start bankruptcy procedures
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26 APR 2017: Alitalia is expected to start bankruptcy procedures after employees rejected proposed salary cuts and layoffs cuts aimed at saving Italy's financially troubled flagship airline.   MORE

STAY OFF THE TRACKS

Find a safer spot for selfies and prom pics
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26 APR 2017: It seems pretty obvious, but transportation officials and railroad companies are sounding a warning: Active railroad tracks are a bad backdrop for prom pictures or selfies.   MORE

PRESERVATION OR DEVELOPMENT

An unnecessary rush to judgement
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26 APR 2017: Action for the sake of it. Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as “national monuments,” an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days.   MORE

BILLY BISHOP IN TOP 10

Most scenic landings in the world
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26 PAR 2017: Private Fly announced that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was voted as having one of the top ten Most Scenic Airport Landings in the world in a global poll. Billy Bishop Airport ranked tenth, making it the only Canadian airport to be recognized alongside airports located in some of the world's most scenic destinations. MORE

STILL A PUZZLE

Emirates CEO still perplexed by US laptop carry on ban
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26 APR 2017: The chairman and CEO of Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he “can't dig into somebody's mind” to understand why the US instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries. MORE

SEEKING ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

Officials seek to ban city travel on United
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26 APR 2017: Officials in a Massachusetts city are trying to ban employees from using public funds to fly on United Airlines after a passenger was dragged off a flight in Chicago. The Boston Globe reports the Cambridge City Council passed a proposal Monday asking the city manager to ban official city travel on the airline so long as there are alternative options.   MORE

FOOD FIGHT

Strike forces South African Airways to cancel some flights
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26 APR 2017: South African Airways says it is experiencing some domestic flight delays and cancellations because of a strike by some cabin crew. The airline said Wednesday that it doesn't have enough crewmembers to operate all its flights and that it is considering options for passengers affected by cancellations. MORE

UP IN THE AIR

Uber takes to the skies with next ride hailing project
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26 APR 2017: Uber is taking to the skies with its next project - “flying cars” - even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. On Tuesday, the embattled ride-hailing company announced plans for an on-demand network of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. It wants to test a network for such vehicles by 2020.   MORE

THE RABBIT DIED

Another headache for beleaguered United
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26 APR 2017: United Airlines is investigating a report that a giant rabbit died on one of its trans-Atlantic flights. Distraught breeder Annette Edwards from Worcestershire in central England told The Associated Press Wednesday, that Simon, a 10-month-old, 3-foot-long continental rabbit, had a vet check shortly before travelling from London's Heathrow airport to Chicago's O'Hare airport. She said Simon had been purchased by a celebrity whom she did not identify.   MORE

CHIANG MAI

Rose of Northern Thailand
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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26 Apr 2017:Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, was known as the Lanna Kingdom in the 13th century. Apart from being cooler and less hectic than bustling Bangkok, Chiang Mai, is a captivating mix of ancient and modern. You’ll encounter lush highlands, hill tribe villages, traditional cuisine and remarkable temples along with a hip urban vibe, luxury hotels and shopping nirvana. Where to spend your baht? Read on. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

KEEPING AVIATION SAFE

Global standards, cooperation and data are key
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25 APR 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. "Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel.” Said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO. MORE

JUST A BIT CARELESS

Air marshal leaves loaded gun in aircraft bathroom
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25 APR 2017: After using the bathroom facilities on a plane during a transatlantic flight, a federal air marshal walked out leaving a loaded gun in the bathroom. The weapon was then discovered by a passenger who gave it to a crew member who returned it to the air marshal.   MORE

LAWYERING UP

Same attorney will represent both United and American passenger
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25 APR 2017: The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer - the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month.   MORE

TEENS ROB OAKLAND REGIONAL TRAIN

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25 APR 2017: Dozens of teens robbed and assaulted passengers on a regional transit train in Oakland over the weekend in an apparently orchestrated attack, authorities said Monday. Witness accounts and surveillance video showed 40 to 60 teens jumping the fare gate at the Coliseum Station Saturday night.   MORE

ORLANDO AIRPORT SHUTTLE STOPS AGAIN

Third time in week
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25 APR 2017: Shuttle problems at Orlando International Airport caused headaches for travellers on Monday for the third time in a week. One of the trams that connect the main terminal building to a section of gates was shut down for less than an hour Monday because of mechanical problems, airport officials said in a statement.   MORE

MANAGEABLE DECLINE

Qatar Airways CEO says US is not the entire world
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25 APR 2017: The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said uncertainty about travel to the United States is “affecting the business, but to a very small extent.”   MORE

CELEBRATING THE BEST IN LUXURY TRAVEL

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25 APR 2017: A trio of royals will be part of the biggest day in luxury travel in the UK this year, with Sarah, Duchess of York, HRH Princess Beatrice of York HRH Princess Eugenie of York all set to attend the ULTRAs - the UK’s largest awards event focused purely on celebrating the best companies, places and people in luxury travel that takes place on May 22 in London.   MORE

ISRAEL

Transat takes agents on a voyage of discovery
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25 APR2017: On a recent familiarization trip, from April 2 to 10, 20 travel agents from across the province of Quebec had an opportunity to explore Transat’s new destination, Tel Aviv, Israel, which will be offered by direct flight as of June 18.   MORE

PIA FIRES ACTING CHIEF

Accusations of corruption
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25 APR 2017: Pakistan International Airlines has fired acting chief executive officer Bernd Hildenbrand, who has been relieved of his duties as CEO over corruption allegations. The CEO was due to go on annual leave earlier this month but was barred from leaving the country. MORE

BEG PACKING

Shame of the west
By PAM STELLINI
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25 APR 2017: My daughter is hooked on travelling, ever since her first Contiki Tour to Ireland a few years ago. She travels on her own, and sometimes with friends. Truth is most of her pals can’t keep up with her travel frequency or how she budgets for a trip. I joke with her that she gets to the UK more often than I get to Costco.   MORE
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