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S7 flight diverted after Kremlin critic suspected poisoned
Airlines

A Moscow-bound S7 Airlines flight carrying Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny diverted to the Siberian city of Omsk on Thursday, following a suspected poisoning. The 737-800, registered VP-BQF, departed Tomsk Bogashevo Airport in the country’s east at 8:06am. After nearly an hour in the air,  the politician was heard screaming from an onboard lavatory. Passengers […]

Graded Costa Rican reopening sees six US states permitted entry
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Costa Rica plans to reopen to US tourists from September onwards, shortly after readmitting travellers flying from a handful of countries deemed "low risk".

Virgin Atlantic defers Airbus deliveries
Airlines

Virgin Atlantic reportedly plans to delay the delivery of a number of aircraft produced by French plane maker Airbus.

SIA burns through half funds raised in just two months
Airlines

Around half the proceeds of a US$6.4 billion capital raise have already been spent by Singapore Airlines’ parent company SIA Group since it was first completed on 5 June. Operating at less than 10 per cent capacity, the Singaporean carrier has burned through more money in the two months leading up August than SIA, Cathay […]

UAE police dogs deployed to sniff out COVID-19
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As the UAE emerges from one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, sniffer dogs have been deployed at Dubai International Airport. The world-first procedure involves – according to Emirati broadsheet The National – taking perspiration samples from arriving visitors before being placed under the noses of specially trained dogs. Dubai only reopened its doors to international […]

‘Fly now, pay later’: JetBlue rolls out lay-by scheme
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JetBlue customers will be able to fly before paying a single dollar, under a new partnership with New York-based Goldman Sachs. The low-cost carrier – which has recently made headlines for achieving carbon neutrality across its domestic network – began trialling its MarcusPay option to recreational travellers in April. However, this feature is now available […]

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