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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Jun 13, 2010

Alleged terrorist sympathizer tried to exit U.S. with fake TSA credentials. Barry Walter Bujol was arraigned Tuesday on federal charges after a two-year investigation by the FBI. Bujol, who lives in Texas, allegedly called al-Qaida operatives his "brothers" and said he wanted to die alongside them. In e-mail communications with a radical Muslim cleric, Bujol allegedly advocated attacks against weapons manufacturers in the U.S. An FBI informant gained his trust in late 2009, helping him obtain forged TSA identification cards that got him into the secure area of a Houston-area port and onto a ship headed for the Middle East. Agents arrested him on the ship. Bujol pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, a federal judge ordered him held without bail. Jun 9, 2010

Al-Maktoum International airport Dubai's Al-Maktoum International airport is to ban older-generation aircraft from the hub later this year. Cargo aircraft failing to meet Chapter 3 standards will be banned from 31 October, and passenger aircraft will follow on 27 March 2011. Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 aircraft may continue operating until 1 April 2012. Jun 8, 2010

Alitalia Alitalia launched four-times-weekly Rome Fiumicino-Amman service aboard an A320. Jun 11, 2010

Continental Airlines Continental Airlines said it is planning daily nonstop flights between Lagos and Houston beginning Nov. 11, (westbound), subject to government approval. It will be the first daily scheduled service offered between Africa and Texas by any carrier. On May 3, Continental announced that it has agreed to merge with United Airlines in a merger of equals to create the world's leading airline. The success of the Lagos-Houston route will be enhanced by the additional traffic flows through Houston that are expected to result from the merger. For more information, visit www.continental.com. Jun 7, 2010

El Al Israel Airlines El Al is offering savings of up to 50 percent when traveling from New York (JFK/Newark) to Israel between July 1 and Aug. 31, 2010. The roundtrip fare is USD2,375 and must be purchased by June 21, 2010. These promotional business class fares should be booked in OWO class and are subject to availability on select flights, and 45 to 50 percent savings based on lowest regular published business class fare, and USD95.69 applicable taxes not included. Throughout the year, El Al business class passengers also pay substantially less. From...

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