Hot happenings in the skies this week include a breath of fresh air.

This weekly post is my ‘round tuit’. Included are stories which caught my eye and others which I couldn’t cover in-depth during the week, but thought Flight Chic readers would want to know about.

1. Qatar Airways makes huge commitment to Boeing

30 787-9 Dreamliners, 10 777-300ERs with Letter of Intent for up to 60 737 MAX 8s

2. Greek Air Traffic Controllers strike averted, airlines had announced cancellations.

3. LATAM Airlines Brasil and Cathay Pacific Airways sign codeshare agreement. The shared flights will strengthen connectivity for passengers of both carriers traveling between South America and Asia.

Codeshare routes:
· São Paulo (GRU) – London (LHR) – São Paulo (GRU)
· São Paulo (GRU) – Paris (CDG) – São Paulo (GRU)
· Rio de Janeiro (GIG) – New York (JFK) – Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
· São Paulo (GRU) – New York (JFK) – São Paulo (GRU)

4. Government, industry and civil society representatives celebrate agreement on new global market-based measure (GMBM) to control aviation’s CO2 emissions.

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5. Changi Airport Group’s NorthLight Job Attachment career development program is a great way to support the community and foster the workforce of the future.

6. Emirates is still committed to the A380 in a big way.

7. United Airlines donates up to 5 million frequent flyer miles and $100,000 to encourage customer donations for hurricane Matthew relief.

8. TUIfly operations shut down because of mass crew sick-in.

9. Smoking Galaxy Note 7 prompts SWA Flight Evacuation.

Owner claims this was a unit replaced after previous recall.

10. Virgin Atlantic’s “game changing” alternative fuel Lanzanol uses carbon monoxide waste from steel production.

11. Christchurch Airport finds a cool way to keep passengers from sleeping on the terminal floor.

12. Spafax launches dedicated global communications brand Bookmark.

13. Dubai Airport will become busiest airport in the world by 2020, CEO says

14. Iceland plans high-speed airport train for 2020

15. Are child-free zones on planes really a good idea?

16. Improvements in biometric facial recognition technology for airport security

17. Delta pilots agreement puts Southwest Airlines pilots agreement at risk

18. EASA video on lithium batteries and dangerous goods.

19. easyJet reports losses from Brexit.

20. Air New Zealand will introduce inflight Wi-Fi.

21. Changi Airport’s trapezoidal runway improves safety.

22. JetBlue goes after more Virgin America flyers

23. Alaska Air warns of job cuts at Virgin America

24. International Airlines Group launches tech accelerator Hangar 51.

25. Dave. Just. Dave.

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