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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Apr 18, 2010

AirBaltic AirBaltic announced an insurance agreement with ERGO/ERV to offer passengers traveling on the airline "improved travel insurance," including coverage for sports injuries and sports equipment. ERGO Baltic States Management Board Chairman Kestutis Bagdonavicius said the "main advantage" of the "completely new travel insurance product" is that "winter sport and snorkeling [are] included into insurance coverage without any extra insurance payment." Apr 12, 2010

Ak Bars Aero Ak Bars Aero of Russia launched its first CRJ200 service (Begishevo-Moscow Domodedovo, frequency not disclosed). The previously owned jet is under a lease agreement with a third party. The airline, which connects airports in Tatarstan with destinations in Russia, plans to add another four CRJ200s to its fleet "in the near future." Apr 16, 2010

American Airlines, Boeing American Airlines Boeing 767-300 carrying 145 passengers and crew made an emergency landing yesterday morning at Reykjavik Keflavik after five flight attendants "became aware of some fumes in the cabin," a spokesperson for AA said. The fumes "might suggest something associated with the galley," the spokesperson added, but cautioned that AA did not yet know the cause. Flight 49 was en route from Paris de Gaulle to Dallas/Fort Worth. A 767-300 was sent from London Heathrow to pick up the 133 passengers and 12 crew and bring AA mechanics to inspect the grounded aircraft. All affected crew were pronounced "okay" by medical personnel, the spokesperson said. Apr 14, 2010

Apple TSA rules iPad can stay in carry-on bag during screening. While laptop-lugging travelers will continue to remove their computers when traveling through airport security checkpoints, passengers carting the new Apple iPad can keep their devices packed away in their carry-on bags. The Transportation Safety Administration ruled the sleek half-inch thick iPad has no internal parts or accessories that can evade screening machines. Apr 12, 2010

ATR European safety regulators have ordered checks on seven new ATR 72-500 turboprops that may have been fitted with faulty rudder-pedal rods. The problem, caused by a manufacturing error, was detected after pre-departure flight-control checks on two ATR 72s resulted in rudder pedals sticking after their rods broke. In an emergency airworthiness directive the European Aviation Safety Agency says that most of the rods in the affected pedal...

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