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Nov 30, 2008

Aer Arann, London

Irish regional airline, Aer Arann will be a new airline at London City Airport when it commences scheduled air services from the Isle of Man on 19 January, 2009. The Dublin-based carrier will operate three times daily flights with its latest, 72-seat new-generation ATR72-500 aircraft, pending the type's certification. The move restores one of the most important air services for the Island and gives a massive boost to the Isle of Man's finance sector. Nov 24, 2008 Aeroflot Aeroflot has agreed on a new, fixed jet fuel pricing formula with a Gazprom-led group of Russian oil companies as part of a government bid to stabilise fuel prices. "The newly agreed jet fuel pricing formula will be an effective instrument enabling Russian airlines, like Aeroflot, to become more flexible when planning fuel expenses and hedging risks connected with price fluctuations," says Aeroflot chief executive Valery Okulov. Nov 25, 2008

Amadeus

Amadeus has launched a new version of its self-booking tool for corporations, which includes a feature enabling users with mobility impairments to request special assistance at airports at the time of booking their trip. Visually impaired travelers or those with reduced mobility will be able to easily request assistance, such as a wheelchair or a guide in advance of travel, for every necessary stage of their flight. For more information, visit www.amadeus.com. Nov 26, 2008

British airports

Transport Association of America (ATA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have both expressed stiff opposition to the United Kingdom[sup.1]s decision to revise and greatly increase the amounts collected under its air passenger duty. ATA said this extraterritorial decision by the U.K. government is counterproductive to the airlines[sup.1] environmental progress and is in conflict with established law. Though the U.K. government asserts that it moderated the amount of the air passenger duty increase in light of the world economic crisis, the increases still are substantial. For example, for a one-way flight to the U.K. from the United States, the per-passenger duty in economy class will increase from 40 pounds (approximately $60) per passenger today to 60 pounds (approximately $90) by 2010. ATA said the revised duty is in violation of various provisions under the Convention on International Civil Aviation (commonly known as the Chicago Convention) and the relevant bilateral air services agreements that regulate extraterritorial actions and taxes and charges. For more information, visit www.iata.org. Nov 26, 2008

British airports

The U.K. government's decision to raise departure taxes...

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