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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Sep 5, 2010

Air France, Airbus Air France started operating an A380 on the Paris Charles de Gaulle Paris[ETH]Tokyo Narita route Wednesday. This is the third route served by an A380, following CDG-New York JFK in November 2009 and CDG-Johannesburg in February. Air FranceOs A380s are equipped with 538 seats in three cabin classes with nine in first class, 80 in business and 449 in economy. The airline has ordered 12 A380s, four of which have been delivered. Sep 2, 2010

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Two men are detained in Amsterdam on terrorism charges. Police in Amsterdam detained two men on Sunday night after U.S. security screeners found suspicious items in their checked luggage. Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Hezem al Murisi of Memphis, Tenn., were arrested in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and charged with preparing for a terrorist attack after security officials in the U.S. detected multiple knives, cell phones, a box cutter and a bundle of watches in al-Soofi's checked luggage. The men were flying from Chicago to Amsterdam on Sunday night with plans to continue on to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. U.S. officials said passengers on the United Airlines flight were never at risk and noted that federal air marshals were on the flight. Aug 31, 2010

Anadolujet Anadolujet will launch thrice-weekly Ankara[ETH]Moscow Domodedovo service from Oct. 31 aboard a 737-700. Sep 2, 2010

British Airways, Boeing Two passengers attempted to stop a British Airways Boeing 777-200 from taking off from a Caribbean airport last September, after realising the crew had lined up at the wrong runway intersection, but were too late to prevent the departure. The pilots of the twin-jet, bound for Antigua, had intended to depart from the southwestern end of runway 07 - the 'A' intersection - at St Kitts' Bradshaw International Airport. Despite specifically requesting a departure from 'A', the aircraft mistakenly taxied instead for the 'B' intersection, near the runway's midpoint, leaving available take-off distance of just 1,220m (4,000ft). The take-off performance calculations had been based on a distance of 1,915m. The oversight escaped detection despite several references and queries in the communications between the crew and air traffic control. In details of the event released today, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch reveals that the carrier's station engineer and airport duty manager were on...

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