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Week Ending March 7, 2014
Oil slick first sign Malaysia Airlines plane may have crashed NYT
A 12-mile long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam Saturday afternoon is thought to be the first sign that a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people aboard went down in the waters between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam’s director of civil aviation.
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The art of the airfare deal Buying Business Travel
Airline negotiations used to be so easy. If old-timers are to be believed, the airline sales rep arrived at the customer’s office for morning coffee, a few headline figures would be glanced over, the customer would be lightly admonished if they hadn’t booked quite as many seats as they promised 12 months earlier, the same level of discount would be shaken hands upon anyway, and then the ecstatic rep and client would link arms and disappear to the nearest watering-hole for a long and refreshing celebratory lunch.
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EU beefs up' consumer rights The Parliament
The adoption of the current package travel directive in 1990 created important rights for European travellers purchasing package holidays, typically consisting of passenger transport and accommodation. This directive ensures that consumers receive essential information before and after signing a package travel contract.
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Mexican airlines review, Part 1 CAPA
Mexican low-cost carrier VivaAerobus began 2014 on a down note – cancelling a planned public offering valued at roughly USD226 million as it concluded market conditions were too dour and unpredictable to achieve an IPO successfully. The cancellation occurred as VivaAerobus prepared for the first delivery of an Airbus A320. Its acceptance of the new jet marks a pivotal transition from older Boeing 737-300 narrowbodies to similar aircraft operated by its fellow low-cost rivals Interjet and Volaris.
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Airbus orders more A380 wing fatigue checks Reuters
Airbus has ordered more frequent inspections of the wings of the A380 after discovering unexpected levels of metal fatigue during testing on a factory mock-up, industry sources said on Thursday. The plane maker has asked airlines to inspect the wing's "spars" or main internal beams during regular major overhauls carried out after six years in service, and then again at 12 years, instead of waiting for the 12-year overhaul, they said.
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