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Cathay Pacific today reiterated that the decision to stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products was made based on sustainable development considerations. The decision was made public two weeks ago.

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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for August 2012 that show an increase in the number of passengers carried alongside a drop in the passenger load factor. The amount of cargo and mail carried showed another year-on-year decline.

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Singapore Airlines has signed a major agreement with Panasonic Avionics for advanced in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for more than 40 new aircraft on firm order with Airbus and Boeing.

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Singapore Airlines is today formally launching In-Flight Connectivity as part of a US$50 million programme to bring Internet and mobile data services to customers, even when flying at 35,000ft.

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Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrived safely in Singapore this morning, flown in comfort on board a Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter. The approximately 4.5 hour flight, which departed Chengdu at 0345hrs, landed at Singapore Changi Airport at 0820hrs today. The departure and arrival timings were scheduled as such to minimise any climate-related discomfort.

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Singapore Airlines will launch daily services to Yangon on 28 October 2012 to cater to rapidly growing demand for travel to Myanmar. Together with regional subsidiary SilkAir, the SIA Group will serve Yangon with 16 weekly flights.

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Boeing (NYSE: BA), China's leading provider of passenger airplanes, projects that China will need 5,260 new commercial airplanes valued at $670 billion over the next 20 years. China is forecast to be the second largest market for new commercial airplanes.

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Singapore Airlines, the Official Airline flying the Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia from China to Singapore, will be raising funds this Saturday for children with special needs, with a limited-edition toy collectible.

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ANA Group, Japan's largest airline group, today announces that it is to equip all of its approximately 2,500 flight crew with an iPad, in addition to the already equipped cabin crew. The move, which will involve ANA producing electronic versions of the flight manual, is part of ANA's Corporate Strategy for FY2012-13 to support corporate structural reform to drive high-quality operations and cost efficiencies. ANA will trial the iPad amongst 300 crew members for three months from September 2012. The iPads will be rolled out for all flight and crew members from February 2013.

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Leading Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways’ fleet expansion proceeds according to plan with its first A330-300 aircraft scheduled for delivery this November.

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