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Jan 17, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has advised all airlines that as of Jan. 20 it will be mandatory for all passengers traveling under the Visa Waiver Program to receive approval to travel through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. British Airways strongly advises all customers traveling to or transferring through the U.S. from this date to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours in advance of their journey. Silla Maizey, director of customer service, said, OIt only takes 15 minutes to complete an ESTA and the vast majority of applicants will receive approval for travel within minutes, although it can take up to 72 hours. Under the new regulations, we will not be able to accept U.S.-bound customers for their flight if they have not received ESTA approval or if they do not hold a valid visa or Green Card. Most of our customers are already familiar with ESTA as it has been in place for more than a year, although not fully implemented.O For more information, visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Jan 14, 2010

China Airlines

Taiwan's China Airlines will arrive in London Heathrow on March 28. Not to be confused with Air China (the flag-carrier of mainland China), CAL will operate a three times a week non-stop service between London and Taipei (Taiwan's capital) using an A340-300 configured for 30 business and 246 economy class seats. Flight CI70 will depart Heathrow at 2115 every Tuesday and Sunday to arrive in Taipei the next day at 1905. Timings on Thursday are at 2205 and 1905 respectively. Inbound daylight flight CI69 will depart Taipei every Tuesday and Sunday at 0945 to land into Heathrow at 1705. Timings on Thursday are ten minutes earlier. The Taiwanese flag-carrier's UK arrival is not before time. Politics can be blamed for the delay. In the past European countries have been wary of granting traffic rights to CAL for fear of upsetting the government of mainland China as the authorities in Beijing consider Taiwan a renegade province. It meant that UK travellers wishing to fly CAL to Taipei had to board their flights in Amsterdam as Holland was one of the few countries to grant landing rights. Jan 14, 2010

China Southern

China Southern Airlines has applied to start a new service between Guangzhou and Male, and another service between Beijing and Istanbul via Urumqi. The carrier plans to operate between Guangzhou and Male twice a week from January 2010, says the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)...

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