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Bombardier Aerospace, a Canadian aircraft manufacturer, has said that its 70-seat CRJ700 series regional jet aircraft and 70-seat Q400 high-speed turboprop will make their debut in Australia during the Australian International Airshow being held 13-18 February. The Learjet 45 business jet will also be shown for the first time at the show.

Pilots at Delta Air Lines, a US carrier, have voted to authorise a strike if talks with management over a new labour contract fail. The airline and the union have set a deadline of 28 February to reach a deal, after which they will ask the National Mediation Board to arbitrate any remaining disputes. Either side could reject arbitration and push the parties into a 30-day cooling-off period, with strike action possible as early as 1 April according to the Air Line Pilots Association.

America West Airlines has indicated that it will be waiving its stopover fee in Las Vegas for travel through 10 June 2001. Tickets for coast-to-coast travel including a Las Vegas stopover can be purchased until 30 April and the airline will help customers find accommodation from USD25 per night. Certain restrictions and charges may apply.

Bahrain Airport Services is to host a meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) later this month. The IATA Aviation Services Agreements Working Group will meet in Bahrain from 27 February-2 March, according to the Bahrain Tribune.

Previ, a Brazilian pension fund, has apparently sought authorisation to sell off stock in Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. Previ owns 19% of Embraer's preferred stocks and the transaction would represent 4% of common stock and some preferred stock, Gazeta Mercantil reported.

BAA Plc, a British airports operator, said on 12 February that passenger traffic increased by 8.6% to 8.3m passengers during January 2001. The continued disruption in UK rail services was said to account for a 14% increase in UK mainland domestic routes, while long-haul traffic rose 11.7%. Stansted was the operator's fastest-growing airport.

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