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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Jun 20, 2010

Europe weighs wider use of advanced imaging technology. The EU moved closer to EU-wide use of airport full-body scanners on Tuesday with the release of a report supporting the technology. With scanners currently used on a trial basis in four countries, "passengers are suffering from additional unnecessary screening and cannot benefit from the principle of one-stop security," according to the report. Widespread use of scanners would improve security without compromising "health and fundamental rights," the report concluded. Jun 16, 2010

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus will suspend its four-times-weekly Shannon-New York JFK flights and four-times-weekly SNN-Boston flights Jan. 5-March 27, 2011, stating that both routes have had "significant losses" during the winter months in 14 of the past 15 years. Aer Lingus said it has lost EUR163 million (USD199.4 million) since 1995 on its transatlantic flights from SNN with an average operating loss of almost EUR11 million per winter. In addition, "the airline has sustained declining load factors on these routes for a number of years," it said. It will continue to operate the routes during the remaining nine months of 2011. Jun 16, 2010

Air France, Airbus Before they ever leave New York's Kennedy Airport for Paris, tourists pose to take pictures in front of it, as though it were the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. But this is not a monument, just a monumental airplane. Though it has been a slow-seller with airlines, the USD300 million Airbus A380 has been a hit with travelers. Jason Digby and his wife Susanne came to New York a day early from Mississippi just to connect to the double-deck jet that is the largest passenger airplane in the sky. Even after 32 months, enthusiasts still seek out the airplane with the giant forehead, and airlines say it draws stronger bookings and higher prices than other wide-body jets.

Some people just want to say they've flown the behemoth, which can carry more than 500 passengers. "It made the flight seem short. I wish it had been longer," said Mr. Digby after landing in Paris on Air France Flight 7, on his way to a vacation in Crete. He was dazzled by the A380's unique tail-mounted camera, which gives a birds-eye view of the plane and everything in front of it during takeoff, landing and throughout the flight. Fliers are also amazed at what it doesn't haveNall the engine noise. Part of the novelty is that they are still...

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