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Treaty could save airlines billions. A treaty known as the Cape Town Convention aims to reduce the risk of financing the purchase or lease of aircraft, and it could save airlines billions of dollars. Lowering the risk for creditors could lower the cost of borrowing. Feb 27, 2006

Air Gabon

Air Gabon International is the newly formed flag carrier of the Central African country. After the signing of a shareholder agreement between the transport minister of Gabon and Royal Air Maroc President and GM Driss Benhima, the new carrier will begin operations at the end of the first quarter with a fleet of two aircraft, probably 737-700s. It will provide services from Libreville to France, Morocco, South Africa, Malawi, Brazzaville and Angola. Mar 3, 2006

Emirates

Emirates will operate eight-times-weekly service to Bangalore beginning Oct. 29 using both A330-200s and 777-200s. Mar 3, 2006

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways took delivery Tuesday of its first new 262-seat A330-200.

Mar 2, 2006

Etihad Airways will start four-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Jakarta service on March 16 aboard an A330-200. Mar 1, 2006

Korean Air

Korean Air and AeroMexico announced a codeshare agreement effective March 1 allowing Korean Air passengers arriving in Los Angeles to connect to AeroMexico flights to Mexico City and Guadalajara. AeroMexico passengers will be able to connect through LAX to KAL's Seoul service. The airlines already share loyalty program reciprocity through SkyTeam. Mar 3, 2006

QantasLink

QantasLink said it will begin operating its new Q400s on its Queensland routes today. The five 72-seat aircraft will join the carrier's 50- and 36-seat Dash 8s on services between Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Feb 28, 2006

Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc was selected to participate following a consultation launched by the Gabonese government. The shareholder agreement calls for RAM and Air Gabon International to maximize possible synergies from a commercial, technical and economic standpoint. The former Air Gabon was often criticized for lax safety standards and the operation of old aircraft. RAM is cooperating in a similar flag-carrier project in Senegal with Air Senegal International based in Dakar. Mar 3, 2006

Royal Air Maroc finalized a GEnx engine order for its five 787s. The deal is worth more than $100 million and deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2008. Feb 27, 2006

South African Airways

South African Airways selected ARINC's OpCenter ACARS message-handling service to host and manage its air operations data link message traffic. Feb 28, 2006
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