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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) May 23, 2010

Afriqiyah Airways, Airbus New evidence suggests that the pilots of the Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 that crashed last week on approach to Tripoli International may have mistaken a major road that runs toward and then veers to the right of the airport for the runway. The aircraft crashed 900 m. short of the threshold of Runway 09 and 200 m. to the right, just beside the road was reported last week that Runway 09 does not have an ILS and the VOR navigational aid was suffering from interference. The pilots also may have had their vision impaired by a combination of the rising sun and ground haze. May 17, 2010

Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines Senate panel finds 14 failures in Christmas Day bombing attempt. Senate investigators say 14 different intelligence failures allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board a Northwest Airlines jet despite warnings he might pose a security risk. Roughly a half-dozen federal agencies share the blame for failing to stop the alleged underwear bomber, according to a report issued Tuesday. "It's vital that reforms be made quickly to prevent future attacks by al-Qaida, its affiliates and other terrorist groups," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. But many of the agencies involved say they already have patched holes and increased information sharing, as recommended by the Senate report. May 20, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates said it will operate its twice-daily Dubai-New York JFK service with A380s from Oct. 31. May 19, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates as announced its plans to launch a new service to Al Madinah Al Munawwarah this summer, catering for increased demand during peak travel months. The new temporary service from Al Madinah Al Munawwarah to Dubai will provide travelers with connections to popular destinations in Australia, the Far East, parts of Europe. From July 2 to Sept. 24, the twice weekly flight will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 in a three-class configuration with 12 first class seats, 42 business class seats and 183 economy class seats. The Emirates flight will depart Dubai each Friday and Sunday at 1:15 a.m., arriving in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah at 3 a.m. On the return journey, the flight will depart Al Madinah Al Munawwarah at 4:35 a.m., arriving in Dubai at 8:15 a.m. OThis new, limited-time service means that Emirates will have four gateways into the Kingdom of Saudi...

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