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King Power group takes control of Thai AirAsia 
Thailand-based duty-free conglomerate King Power International Group purchased a 39% shareholding in low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia (TAA) in June, giving it a controlling stake.
Regional carriers look to Myanmar market expansion 
Asian regional carriers—including Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and AirAsia—are looking to expand operations into Myanmar following the opening up of international visa access at the end of 2016.
EgyptAir MS804 flight data recorder repaired  1
French air accident investigation agency BEA has repaired the damaged flight data recorder from the EgyptAir Airbus A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in May.
Melbourne Airport trials self-boarding international gates 
Melbourne Airport (MEL) has completed a three-month trial of self-boarding gates on selected international flights at Terminal 2.
JAL, Alaska Airlines to codeshare 
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Alaska Airlines are to sign codeshare and frequent flier agreements for flights across Japan and the US Pacific Northwest.
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AirAsia pushes to rename KLIA2 
Malaysian low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia is backing a campaign to rename the second terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from KLIA2 to Low Cost Carrier Terminal 2 (LCCT2 or LCC2), to emphasize its role as AirAsia’s main hub.
ATSB: Latest wreckage not from MH370 
The Australian Air Transport Safety Board (ATSB) has said aircraft wreckage recently washed up on the shores of the Indian Ocean has been categorized as “not from MH370.”
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Air Astana looks to dual-offering IPO 
Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana is eyeing a double listing for an initial public offering (IPO) in 2018, with one in Kazakhstan and one in London, Hong Kong or Singapore.
India relaxes FDI restrictions; keeps 49% limit for foreign airlines  1
The Indian government has announced it will relax previous restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI) rules, allowing up to 100% investment by overseas businesses into Indian carriers, up from an existing maximum of 49%.
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Fiji Airways expands US network 
Fiji Airways has launched a new San Francisco–Fiji service to complement its existing Fiji-Los Angeles and Honolulu schedules.
Philippine Airlines eyes new Davao hub 
Filipino flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is looking to establish a regional hub at Davao, Mindanao Island, Philippines to serve both Southeast Asian and Australasian destinations.
Nigeria unlocks currency to help settle aviation fee debt 
Nigeria will allow its currency, the naira, to trade freely against the US dollar from June 20, following a move by several international airlines to stop flights into the country.
Air China to open Shanghai-San Jose service 
Beijing-based Air China plans to start direct Shanghai Pudong-San Jose, California (SJC) service from September.
London Gatwick runway closure causes delays 
Recent heavy rains and higher-than-normal temperatures may have caused surface deterioration at London’s Gatwick Airport on June 12, resulting in a runway closure for several hours and associated flight disruptions while an inspection was made.
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Explosion at Shanghai airport check-in causes passenger injuries 
At least three passengers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport were injured when a man exploded two apparently homemade bombs on June 12.
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Nov 14, 2019

Wizz CEO’s attack on premium cabins is a sustainability red herring

The CEO and co-founder of Budapest LCC Wizz Air has issued a statement calling for all airlines to ban premium cabins on flights of less than five hours....More
Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

Korean Air has just released details of its new safety video and it is certainly different; it’s a music video featuring K-pop band SuperM, which created a song for this purpose....More
Oct 30, 2019

Boeing scrutiny by lawmakers tough but necessary

While Boeing employees—and particularly CEO Dennis Muilenburg—have endured an awful two days at the US Senate and House hearings into the 737 MAX crashes today and yesterday, these hearings were necessary, and the questions posed by lawmakers were fair if often tough....More

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