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Free WiFi and meditation as airlines grapple with laptop ban


ISTANBUL/DUBAI Turkish and Gulf airlines are touting free WiFi and better in-flight connectivity for smart phones as they scramble to mitigate the impact of a ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the United States.


Bombardier's CSeries jet nears approval for London City airport 24 Mar 2017

MONTREAL Bombardier Inc said its CSeries will soon become the largest commercial aircraft capable of landing at London City Airport, a feat the Canadian planemaker expects will whet buyer interest at a time of sluggish market demand for new jets.


Cabin or hold? Tech ban latest step in bomb detection battle 23 Mar 2017

PARIS/DUBAI A ban on large carry-on electronics on some international flights lays bare a high-stakes scientific battle between militant groups and security chiefs that has already dramatically altered airline travel, especially since the September 2001 attacks in the United States.


Dubai Duty Free expects $2 million sales hit from electronics ban 23 Mar 2017

DUBAI Dubai International Airport's duty free operator estimates that it will lose about $2 million (1.60 million pounds) in sales this year from the ban on carrying most electronic devices on United States-bound flights, a senior executive said on Thursday.


Malaysia Airlines seeks new widebody planes as jets fill up 23 Mar 2017

LONDON Malaysia Airlines is looking to lease widebody planes to boost its network from next year and will make a decision on a order of new planes for delivery from 2019 later this year, the carrier's chief executive told Reuters.

Laptop ban hits Gulf airlines in battle for business travellers 22 Mar 2017

LONDON A ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the United States from some cities could deal a blow to the big, fast-growing Gulf airlines, which depend on business-class flyers stopping over in places like Dubai or Doha for far-flung destinations.


U.S., Britain curb electronics on flights from Middle East, North Africa 22 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON/LONDON The United States and Britain on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats. | Video


European airports call on EU, Britain to agree back-up plan for aviation 21 Mar 2017

BRUSSELS/LONDON European airports on Tuesday called on Britain and the EU to agree a back-up plan for post-Brexit flying should they fail to agree a new relationship before Britain quits the bloc, saying a return to decades-old traffic rights deals should be avoided.


EU plans to relax rules on airlines' transatlantic wet leasing deals 20 Mar 2017

BRUSSELS The European Commission wants to scrap restrictions placed on EU airlines leasing planes and crew from U.S. carriers, to resolve a long-standing dispute between the two sides.


Man killed at Paris airport planned to 'die for Allah' - prosecutor 18 Mar 2017

PARIS A man shot dead by French soldiers at Paris Orly airport on Saturday shouted he was there to "die for Allah" and tried to seize a soldier's assault rifle, apparently intending to open fire on passengers, a prosecutor said.