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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Feb 28, 2010

Pets in Airline Cabins Pose Allergy Risk, Doctors Say. Air passengers with peanut allergies often have to make special arrangements before flying, but as airlines have started allowing pets in the passenger cabin, many more travelers are being exposed to unnecessary health risks, several Canadian doctors maintain. In an editorial last week in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, the physicians called for banning pets from airplane passenger cabins, warning that exposure to animals can set off discomfort, asthma attacks or even life-threatening reactions. One in 10 people have allergies to animals, and for some, exposure to dogs and cats can set off an asthma attack or a life-threatening reaction like anaphylaxis, said Dr. Matthew B. Stanbrook, the journalOs deputy scientific editor and an asthma specialist. The editorial was in response to Air CanadaOs decision last summer to start allowing small pets, including cats, dogs and birds, to travel in the passenger cabin. Many United States airlines have similar policies. Feb 22, 2010

Air France KLM Air France-KLM, which maintains its largest hub at Charles de Gaulle, said that it expected to operate all of its intercontinental flights for the duration of the French strike, which was due to continue until Saturday. However, short- and medium-haul flights were severely disrupted Tuesday, and significant cancellations and delays were anticipated for Wednesday as well. Feb 23, 2010

Air Macau, Korean Air Air Macau has roped in Korean Air (KAL) as a codeshare partner. Feb 26, 2010

All Nippon Airways ANA will make one lavatory on international widebody flights available to women only beginning March 1 under a plan announced yesterday. The airline said it received "numerous requests" for the service. Lavatories will be located in the rear of the aircraft and will be available to passengers in all service classes. It said men will have access to the facilities in certain circumstances, such as illness, "personal emergency" or if the crew lifts the restriction because there are "very few female passengers" onboard. Feb 24, 2010

Cebu Pacific Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific is starting flights to Pagadian, the capital city of Zamboanga del Sur in Mindanao. Feb 25, 2010

Delta Air Lines Lacking a Japanese partner, Delta eyes slots at Tokyo Haneda. The Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Japan has one "glaring exception" not found in...

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