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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) May 16, 2010

Afriqiyah Airways Libya's Afriqiyah Airways has identified the Airbus A330-200 involved in an accident at Tripoli today. The carrier tells ATI that the aircraft was registered 5A-ONG, the airframe bearing serial number 1024. All of Afriqiyah's A330s are fitted with General Electric CF6 engines. Aircraft 1024 was just eight months old, one of three A330s ordered by the Tripoli-based airline. A spokeswoman for the carrier is unable to give further details on the accident, but says that it occurred "within the airport". She cannot confirm immediate reports of survivors from among the 104 occupants. May 12, 2010

Cairo Guns are relatively common in U.S. airports. Despite shocked headlines around the world after an Egyptian-American passenger arrived in Cairo carrying two handguns and 250 bullets in his checked luggage, "Americans bring guns to airports all the time," writes Allan Lengel. Hunters, members of the armed forces and others can check guns on U.S. flights, provided the firearms are declared to the airlines and stored safely. Guns in carry-on bags are "clearly illegal," but that doesn't stop plenty of passengers from trying: So far this year, 266 firearms have been confiscated at airport security checkpoints. May 14, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates Airlines is stepping up its preparations to launch flights to Prague, home to the famous Charles Bridge. The airline has taken its message to the Czech capital's historical center that a nonstop bridge to Dubai is just six weeks away. Emirates already carries travelers to and from the Czech Republic on its flights to Vienna, Frankfurt and Munich. The new service, starting July 1, will be served by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering 27 seats in Business Class and 251 in Economy. Prague is one of six new routes to be announced by the airline so far this year. May 12, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates Airlines is flying to Madrid, which kicks off Aug. 1; and Dakar on Sept. 1. May 12, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates will launch thrice-weekly Dubai-Baghdad service July 1 aboard an A330-200. May 11, 2010

Emirates Airlines, Airbus Emirates Airlines said that it will reinstate the Airbus A380 super-jumbo on its Dubai-New York route in October, 15 months after sliding business traffic forced it to use a smaller aircraft. May 12, 2010

Iberia Iberia said it will "substantially increase" its seats to Johannesburg during the...

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