Airline News - Europe.


New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Jun 6, 2010

Aeroflot Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot is citing a notable reduction in the number of on-board incidents fuelled by intoxication, after banning alcohol sales on specific flights. It has imposed the sales ban in the economy-class cabins. Aeroflot, which stopped distributing free alcoholic beverages in early 2006, started testing the tighter restriction on particular services in February. The carrier selected a number of long-haul flights for the trial, stating that these usually resulted in the highest proportion of passengers engaging in drunken behaviour. Jun 2, 2010

Aeromexico Montreal case shows watch lists at work. The arrest of Abdirahman Ali Gaal in Montreal after his flight was barred from U.S. airspace shows the continuing evolution of federal watch list procedures, writes Newsweek reporter Mark Hosenball. Though officials say Gaal's name was on a watch list, he was allowed to board an Aeromexico flight in Paris because the aircraft was not scheduled to land in the U.S., but merely fly through U.S. airspace. The Department of Homeland Security hoped to have procedures in place by year's end for screening all passengers transiting U.S. airspace, but sources say that deadline looks unlikely. Jun 3, 2010

Aeromexico Passenger captured in Montreal reportedly had al-Qaida ties. Canada has turned over to U.S. authorities a U.S. permanent resident of Somali descent after Canadian border police removed the suspect from a flight in Montreal. Abdirahman Ali Gaal was flying from Paris to Mexico City over the weekend when officials advised Aeromexico "of a passenger who is on the U.S. no-fly list," according to the airline. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security refused to confirm details of the no-fly list, but a spokesman said "Mr. Gaal, a legal permanent resident, was returned to the United States, where he is currently being questioned." NBC News reported that Gaal is suspected by DHS of membership in al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida ally based in Somalia. Jun 2, 2010

Air Canada Air Canada launched its summer schedule to Europe with the inauguration of non-stop seasonal flights to Barcelona and Athens from Toronto and Montreal. Air Canada will operate flights to Athens and Barcelona using 240-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft providing best-value all-economy service for leisure travelers, with the option of enhanced seating comfort and legroom in the forward cabin and the ability to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles. Air Canada's six weekly nonstop flights to Barcelona are timed to offer travelers convenient connections to the carrier's extensive North America network via its Toronto and Montreal hubs to and from: Ottawa, Qubec City, Halifax, Calgary...

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