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May 21, 2005

Sofitel Jumeirah Beach

The Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Resort will open in late 2007 within the upcoming high-rise Jumeirah Beach Residence. The management contract announcement came yesterday from owner, Abu Dhabi National Hotels. This 450-room hotel is the latest addition to its UAE portfolio. [AMEInfo.com]

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Which airline***s the best? (The Star Online)

Which airline***s the best? Managed by I.Star.

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4 Killed As Plane Hits Coney Island Beach (AP via Yahoo! News)

Four people were killed Saturday afternoon when a small aircraft crashed on the beach in Coney Island, officials said. There was no immediate word of additional injuries.

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Emirates airline plans $550m Islamic bond issue (Channel NewsAsia)

DUBAI : Dubai's Emirates airline announced Saturday it planned to issue its maiden Islamic bond, or sukuk, next month, with a seven-year maturity. "The bond has been benchmarked at around 550 million dollars.

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Emirates airline plans 550-million-dollar Islamic bond issue (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Dubai's Emirates airline announced Saturday it planned to issue its maiden Islamic bond, or sukuk, next month, with a seven-year maturity.

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L-3 Dedicates New Aircraft Hangar Saturday (KWTX-TV Waco)

Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, is among the scheduled speakers Saturday as Waco's L-3 Communications dedicates its newest aircraft hangar. L-3 is one of the region***s largest employers.

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Aviation artist to give City Hall address May 30 (Niles Daily Star)

The Masons of Dowagiac are pleased to announce that aviation artist Rick Herter will be guest speaker at the annual Memorial Day service. The former Dowagiac resident is considered one of the finest aviation artists working today.

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Airline deal is boost to Boston (Boston Globe)

The proposed merger of America West and US Airways stabilizes a shaky air carrier and offers New England travelers the prospect of access to a low-cost, low-fare airline operating across the country and abroad.

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May 20, 2005

ACE Aviation to Sell Stake in Aeroplan Rewards Unit (Update4) (Bloomberg.com)

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. will sell a 15 percent stake in its Aeroplan rewards program through an income trust, the first step in a plan to split off some of its businesses.

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ACE Aviation to Sell Stake in Aeroplan Rewards Unit (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. will sell a 15 percent stake in its Aeroplan rewards program through an income trust, the first step in a plan to split off some of its businesses.

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Ministers set new goals for African aviation (AngolaPress)

Cape Town, South Africa, 05/20 - African transport ministers have raised concerns about the parlous state of affairs of the continent`s aviation industry during a meeting at Sun City near Johannesburg.

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Civil Aviation Authority Details Economic Regulation (IWon - Money)

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- The Civil Aviation Authority Friday published details of its new approach to the economic regulation of BAA's London Airports and Manchester which gives greater weight to direct engagement between airports and their airline customers.

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May 19, 2005

Polar Aviation defends flight record (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An aviation company in the Pilbara which rescued victims of a plane crash earlier this week says it should not be forced to shut down.

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Ace Aviation to invest in U.S. Airways-America West (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Ace Aviation, parent of Air Canada, plans to invest $75 million in the merged airline set to be formed by US Airways Group Inc. and America West Holdings Corp. .

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Thales Adds New Firmware and Hardware Features to DG16 and DG14 GPS Boards for Aviation and Aerospace Systems (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Thales Navigation today introduced more accurate and robust DG16 and DG14 OEM boards for integration in high-end avionics systems. DG16/14 is an excellent replacement for the Thales G12, until now the standard for superior performance in high-accuracy aviation and aerospace applications.

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Emirates, gets EFB-equipped

Emirates Airline has received its fourth Boeing 777-300ER aircraft equipped with the Boeing electronic flight bag. The EFB produces in-flight data needed by pilots in digital format. Emirates will receive 30 777-300ERs equipped with EFB by the end of 2007. [AMEInfo.com]

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Assault on Pension Plans Poses Challenge for United Airline Unions (The NewStandard)

After a US Federal bankruptcy court granted a petition by bankrupt United Airlines to dissolve the company's employee pension plans, the airline and unions are negotiating over issues with far-reaching implications for the future of retirement security.

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Great Lakes Aviation extending service (Clovis News-Journal)

Great Lakes Aviation is set to extend its passenger service in the region next month, city officials say. Starting June 5, Great Lakes will add service from Clovis to Amarillo, and a flight from Amarillo to Denver.

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Duncan Aviation plans Michigan expansion (Lincoln Journal Star)

Lincoln-based Duncan Aviation plans a $17.5 million expansion that will add 125,000 square feet to its campus in Battle Creek, Mich., the aircraft maintenance, modification and refurbishing company announced.

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May 18, 2005

USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Stops In Oahu (The Hawaii Channel)

PEARL HARBOR, Oahu, Hawaii -- The USS Nimitz stopped at Pearl Harbor Wednesday on its way to helping U.S. forces fighting in Iraq. The 5,000-member crew of the aircraft carrier is expected to spend two days in the islands.

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Palazzo Versace Dubai

The Versace Group is building the Palazzo Versace Dubai in the Arabian Bays on Dubai Creek. The resort development is a joint venture between the VG, Australian-based developer Sunland Group and Emirates International Holdings. The PVD will have suites and villas all furnished with Versace products. Building will start in 2006, with the resort due to open in 2008 [AMEInfo.com]

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Committee OKs funds for aircraft carrier (The Hill)

The House Armed Services Committee yesterday did what military shipbuilding supporters have lobbied for by authorizing an extra $86.7 million to make sure the U.S. Navy** s next new aircraft carrier begins development in 2007.

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Waynoka and Salt Plains Oklahoma Aviation History Included in Oklahoma Book (Towson Times)

The Oklahoma Heritage Association has published The Oklahoma Aviation Story, written by Keith Tolman, Kim Jones, Carl Gregory, and Bill Moore.

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GE Aviation Materials CEO Files Bias Suit (Forbes)

GE Aviation Materials CEO Files Bias Suit

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Hotel Show, 400 exhibitors

More than 400 exhibitors from 41 countries will display the latest hospitality industry products at The Hotel Show in Dubai. Products include the latest high-tech systems such as wireless and wired Internet access points and laptop accessories. The three-day event is organised by dmg world media Dubai and runs from 22-24 May. [AMEInfo.com]

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Tax flight - An Investigation into the exemption from taxation of international aviation (EUActiv)

This working paper by Dani**l Meijers from the International Centre for Integrative Studies (ICIS, Maastricht University) looks at the origins and development of the exemption from various kinds of taxation of international aviation.

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Aviation package set to be approved (RT** News)

The Government is expected to finally approve a package of measures for the aviation industry, including a second terminal at Dublin Airport, at a meeting later today.

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GE sued by aviation unit CEO for race discrimination (Sharewatch)

LONDON (AFX) - The chief executive and president of GE Aviation Materials, has filed a federal race-discrimination lawsuit against the company, claiming it systematically pays African-American managers less than white counterparts and fails to promote them, among other charges, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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May 17, 2005

ET still the best

Jumeirah International's Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai has been judged the best business hotel in Dubai for the fourth consecutive year at the 2005 Business Traveller Middle East Awards, and the best business hotel in the Middle East by readers of Business Traveller Middle East magazine. Since its establishment in 1997, Jumeirah International has won almost 100 awards. [AMEInfo.com]

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Duncan Aviation plans to expand in Battle Creek, adding hundreds of jobs to the area (WOOD TV 8)

(Battle Creek, May 17, 2005, 5:47 p.m.) Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek announced plans Tuesday to expand its facility and add 380 jobs over the next seven years.

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Airshow a backdrop as RCC launches an aviation program (The Robesonian)

LUMBERTON - Officials kicked off the second annual Mid-Atlantic Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention Saturday morning with an event that may have people talking about aviation in Lumberton long after the air show is over - a joint program between Robeson Community College and the University of North Dakota to train students for aviation careers.

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Europe divided over aviation ban against Turkish budget airline (TurkishPress.com)

ANKARA - Europe was divided Tuesday over a four-country aviation ban on Turkish budget airline Onur Air as Turkish, German and Dutch aviation authorities tried to resolve the row that has affected nearly 40,000 passengers.

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ACE Aviation's Maintenance Unit Seeking Global Expansion (Dow Jones via Yahoo! Asia News)

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--Air Canada Technical Services, or ACTS, may be the least sexy of ACE Aviation Holding's (ACE.B.T) nine business units - but that could rapidly change.

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Airline Bmi Launches Flights to India (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

British airline bmi on Tuesday began flying between London and Bombay, with officials saying they were keen to fly to other Indian cities as well.

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Briefing - Asia Aviation - May 17, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for May 17, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. INDIA KEEN TO OPERATE MORE FLIGHTS TO PAKISTAN: MINISTER

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India key to UK airline bmi's long-haul plans (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

BOMBAY, May 17 (Reuters) - Bmi, Britain's second-largest full-service airline, plans to launch a daily service between London and Bombay this October that will help take on rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, its chairman said.

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Qatar best duty free operator

Qatar Duty Free has been judged the best duty free operator in the region, at the Mena travel awards. Qatar Duty Free invested more than US$1m in refurbishments completed last year. Turnover is projected to reach $70m for the 2005/06 financial year, up from $40m in 2004/2005, according to a company statement. [AMEInfo.com]

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KABC-TV and Helinet Aviation Services Launch Southern California's First HD News Helicopter (Rotorhub)

LOS ANGELES, May 16 -- Helinet Aviation Services, a best-in-class provider of helicopter flight services to a diversity of markets, announced today that it has launched the market's first high-def news helicopter for KABC-TV, Los Angeles.

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May 16, 2005

Qatar Airways, birthday offer

Qatar Airways' frequent flyer programme, Privilege Club, is offering promotional deals to mark its five years in business. Members can earn triple Qmiles for each stay at selected international Starwood Hotel properties during a three-month period from 1 June 2005, as well as extra miles for flight bookings. [AMEInfo.com]

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Dutch and Turkish aviation officials to continue Onur Air talks Wednesday (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Technical experts from the Dutch and Turkish aviation inspection authorities will meet Wednesday in Istanbul to continue talks about the suspension of Turkish airline Onur Air, the Dutch ANP news agency reported.

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Talks of Dutch and Turkish aviation authorities over Onur Air continue (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Dutch and Turkish aviation authorities are continuing talks on the status of the Turkish airline Onur Air, which was suspended by four European countries leaving 40,000 passengers stranded, a Dutch aviation spokesman said.

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Govt Withdraws Aviation Offences Amendment Bill (Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) -- The government Monday withdrew the Aviation Offences (Amendment) Bill 2005 after several Dewan Negara members pointed out that the bill contains weaknesses in that it only concentrates on airports handling international flights.

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Gulf Air chefs win top awards

In the World Airline Catering Awards published by Skytrax, Gulf Air has clinched top position for both First and Business Class onboard catering on long-haul intercontinental flights. The latest accolades follow a strong showing in the last year's Skytrax poll, in which the airline was recognised for the Best On-board Catering (First Class). [AMEInfo.com]

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Airline merger could be announced this week (BizJournals)

America West and US Airways intend to announce plans to merge at the America West annual shareholders meeting this week, according to Mainland news reports. The result might be a new airline flying to Hawaii.

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Show rocks for aviation fans (L.A. Daily News)

VAN NUYS -- For veteran Rudy Navarro, Rockin' AirFest 2005 was about seeing other veterans and remembering his days aboard an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

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Burbank to relive aviation history City was hub for WWII planes (Pasadena Star-News)

Two bombers that helped propel the United States through World War II when Burbank was a manufacturing hub for the effort will hit the tarmac today at Bob Hope Airport. The arrival of the B-17 Flying Fortress marks a homecoming of sorts, since Lockheed built B- 17s at its Burbank plant.

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A-I Charters plans to buy 18 Boeing aircraft (Rediff.com)

Air-India Charters, the low cost carrier owned by Air-India, has drawn up plans to buy 18 Boeing 737-800 aircraft at a cost of Rs 4951.60 crore (Rs 49.52 billion).

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May 15, 2005

Australia To Enter Next Phase Of JSF Aircraft Program (IWon - Money)

CANBERRA -(Dow Jones)- The Australian government said Monday it will enter the next phase of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program.

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Oman Air, Indian flights

Oman Air is to add Hyderabad and New Delhi to its direct flights to India on June 1, and has negotiated additional seats on present flights. This will increase weekly capacity to India from 3,700 to 5,275 seats per week. Air India Express has also been granted approval to fly to Muscat. [AMEInfo.com]

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Airline deal gives Commerciant wings (BizJournals)

A Houston start-up has just taken off, thanks to a recent deal with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Spirit Airlines.

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Aviation firms gear up for takeoff of new market (BizJournals)

Look out your window and you are likely to find yourself gazing up at a perfect New Mexico sky, that dome of blue that graces the Land of Enchantment for more than 300 days a year.

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Aviation work driving growth at architectural firm (BizJournals)

Emerging trends in commercial aviation are proving a business boon for Dallas-based architectural firm Corgan Associates Inc.

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Navy Trainer Is Latest Addition To Aviation Museum (KLTV Texas)

Nicknamed "Scooter," the two-seater airplane is the newest member of the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum collection.

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Singapore Airlines, high yields

Double-digit growth in both revenue and passenger numbers on the 10 flights from Dubai to Singapore helped Singapore Airlines to boost passenger yield by 9.8% in the year to end of March. Profits almost doubled to $1.4bn, with revenues up 23% to $12bn. [AMEInfo.com]

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SAFETY FIRST Airline meals may not be gourmet treats, but factors beyond their control limit caterers (Bangkok Post)

Have you ever considered changing your domestic flight to an earlier one, even though you're fully aware that for the same fare the airline only serves snacks and drinks on that flight and not full-course meals?

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Civil aviation takes off on UPA thrust (The Hindu)

The last one year of the UPA rule saw the birth of a low cost state-owned airline, Air-India Express. IN THE one-year that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has been in power much has moved in the civil aviation sector.

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Suspended Turkish airline denies defective engine claim (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Turkish airline Onur Air, suspended by four European countries leaving 40,000 passengers stranded, denied that it had defective aircraft and said it was redirecting its flights to Belgium.

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SAFETY FIRST Airline meals may not be gourmet treats, but factors beyond their control limit caterers (Bangkok Post)

Have you ever considered changing your domestic flight to an earlier one, even though you're fully aware that for the same fare the airline only serves snacks and drinks on that flight and not full-course meals?

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Discord over plans for aviation tax to boost funding (Financial Times)

France proposes to impose a levy on airline tickets

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Suspended Turkish airline denies defective engine claim (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Turkish airline Onur Air, suspended by four European countries leaving 40,000 passengers stranded, denied that it had defective engines and worn out tyres as stated by a Dutch civil aviation official.

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Suspended Turkish airline denies defective engine claim (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Turkish airline Onur Air, suspended by four European countries leaving 40,000 passengers stranded, denied that it had defective engines and worn out tyres as stated by a Dutch civil aviation official.

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Airline food should not make you groan... (Independent Online)

Like "estate agent", "airline food" is a term guaranteed to elicit a groan. Kate Simon investigates...

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Curbs on small aircraft frustrating some pilots (The Arizona Republic)

The image of confused small-aircraft pilots flying into restricted airspace was brought sharply into focus last week when two fliers accidentally wandered too close to the White House, prompting an Air Force scramble and widespread evacuation.

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Russia developing new aircraft carrier (Interfax)

MOSCOW. May 15 (Interfax) - The Russian Navy is launching a project to develop a new aircraft carrier, the navy's commander Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov told Interfax.

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Dubai's Moscow Hotel to open

The $41m four-star Moscow Hotel, owned by the Capitol Group, will open this week in Dubai. Its lobby recreates the ambience of the famous Bolshoi Theatre, and the interior is designed around Russian themes. [AMEInfo.com]

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AD, 10 new hotels by 2010

Abu Dhabi is to build at least 10 new hotels by 2010, or around 7,000 rooms to cope with around 3m holidaymakers a year, MD of the National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels, Abdullah Khalfan Al Rumaithi told Gulf News. NCTHC achieved 90% occupancy in the first four months of 2005. [AMEInfo.com]

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