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IATA Grants Oman Air | ‘Airline Retailing Maturity Status’

MUSCAT: Oman Air, the national airline of Oman, has been granted ‘Airline Retailing Maturity status’ under IATA’s ARM Index Programme.  The certification recognises that Oman Air uses Shop/Order capabilities compliant with the standard Enhanced and Simplified Distribution message schema, version 18.2 and the ARM index Capabilities Verification Guidance.
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Sustainable Aviation Fuel | Microsoft Invests In Jet Fuel Biorefinery

GEORGIA: Microsoft is investing $50 million in a LanzaJet facility in Georgia that will produce jet fuel from ethanol next year, LanzaJet said. The airline industry is considered one of the hardest to decarbonize. Renewable aviation fuel accounted for less than 0.1% of current global jet fuel demand of about 330 million tonnes in 2019, […]
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Transforming Tourism Sector | Pakistan To Benefit From UNWTO Expertise: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Pakistan,  Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, January 12,  and congratulated him on his re-election for the next four-year term, i.e. 2022-2025. Commending the productive role of UNWTO, the UN special agency, in promoting
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Rising Omicron Cases | CAA Bans Inflight Meal from Jan 17

KARACHI: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday, January 15, banned serving the inflight meal in line with the directives of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to stem the spread of Omicron, a new variant of coronavirus, from January 17. “Amid rising Omicron cases across the country, the NCOC bans serving meals/snacks onboard […]
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Service With Best Food | PFA Launches Star Rating For Restaurants

LAHORE: The Punjab Foods Authority (PFA) has launched a `Star Rating Programme` in accordance with international standards to motivate and support the restaurant industry and provide good quality and service to customers. PFA Director General Rafaqat Ali Nissoana said this pilot project would help determine the standards of the hotels and restaurants in Lahore, Multan,
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Virgin Atlantic Begins | First External Recruitment In Two Years

Virgin Atlantic has opened applications to recruit 400 new cabin crew as the airline continues to replace staff let go during the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline said its crew are famous for ensuring a safe and memorable in-flight experience for customers – reflecting the adventure that awaits them at their destination. Successful applicants will demonstrate […]
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Rampant Omicron Causes | Sharp Drop In Airline Ticket Sales: IATA

GENEVA: Airline ticket sales fell sharply at the end of 2021, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Wednesday, blaming governments for having “over-reacted” to the Omicron COVID variant by closing borders. The IATA, which groups over 290 airlines, said international air travel had been slowly but steadily recovering from the mass shutdowns of