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Dec 21, 2008

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) welcomed today's vote by the European Parliament to omit aviation from the revised Emissions Trading Mother' Directive. It demonstrates a victory of common sense over environmental extremism. Today's vote ensures that the European Parliament's legislation, agreed only a few weeks ago, that brings aviation into the existing Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012 remains unaltered. Dec 18, 2008

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is to set up a base at London Gatwick Airport next April serving eight destinations. The Irish carrier, which is facing a hostile takeover from rival Ryanair, said it hoped to operate eight A320s running 122 flights a week within 12 months. Dec 19, 2008

Air France

Air France will begin twice-daily Paris Orly-Bern service on Jan. 19 aboard an Airlinair ATR42. Dec 17, 2008

Bmi

Bmi regional is to remove all fuel surcharges on flights booked from December 17.The airline, owned by bmi, flies from seven UK airports to 14 destinations across the UK and Europe.The carrier removed fuel charges in November from all flights in and out of London Heathrow.Peter Kenworthy, bmi regional's commercial director, said: "The abolition of fuel surcharges on these short haul flights is designed to help encourage more business and leisure travel."www.flybmi.com Dec 15, 2008

Bmi, London

Bmi, London Heathrow's second-largest airline, has become the first British carrier to offer its passengers an inflight communications service including the use of SMS-enabled mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants). It will also allow access to the internet and email from laptop computers fitted with GSM data cards.The service, which is being supplied by industry leader OnAir, is being trialled for six months on a single Airbus A320 aircraft operating between Heathrow and Moscow . The UK launch follows the granting of telecommunications regulatory approval by Ofcom.Peter Spencer, managing director of bmi, said: "We are delighted to be working with OnAir to make this service available to customers. It opens up an exciting new era of travellers being able to stay in touch by text message and email whilst in the air. Dec 15, 2008

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have announced reductions in their fuel surcharges. Both plan to lower fuel surcharges by as much as a third on long haul flights effective from December 18. Both said the reductions are the result of the...

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