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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Feb 22, 2010

Al-Qaida focused on finding airline security gaps. According to a Feb. 12 CBS News report, international terrorists are focused on finding ways to circumvent airline security measures. Armen Keteyian, CBS News chief investigative correspondent, reports that U.S. intelligence officials have reportedly seen increased Internet "chatter" involving al-Qaida operatives in Yemen concerned with security gaps in explosive detection devices, 3-D scanners and the TSA rules for searching passengers. Feb 15, 2010

Air France, Airbus

Air France yesterday operated its first A380 flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Johannesburg, becoming the first airline to fly the aircraft to Africa. The 538-seat aircraft will operate three of AF's 10 weekly flights between the airports to March 28, at which point the route's overall frequency will fall to daily. When AF's third A380 enters service in April, CDG-JNB will be operated exclusively by the type. Its other A380 flies to New York JFK, and Tokyo Narita is scheduled to come online this year. Feb 19, 2010

Ariana Afghan Airlines

Ariana Afghan Airlines launched service from Kabul to Frankfurt and Al Ain and from Kandahar to Ankara. Feb 18, 2010

El Al Airlines

El Al will launch thrice-daily Tel Aviv-Eilat service in the spring. Feb 19, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing

Search teams have recovered the chassis of the cockpit voice recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 that crashed off the coast of Lebanon on 25 January killing all 90 on board, but are still looking for its memory unit and locator beacon. The flight data recorder was recovered and sent to French investigation agency BEA for examination. Ethiopian says nothing - including sabotage - can be ruled out as a possible cause of the accident. Feb 16, 2010

Jet Airways

India's Jet Airways plans to start a daily service between Mumbai and Johannesburg from 14 April. It will operate the service on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, says the carrier. Johannesburg is its first African destination, it adds. Feb 17, 2010

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways confirmed the launch of flights from Doha to Copenhagen (four-times-weekly...

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