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  • Travelling while disabled is hell. We need major change – and kindnessvery day brings news of novel, cruel and unusual indignities inflicted on a human daring to travel while disabled. In the latest demoralising example, Steve Smithers was prevented from flying for the crime of carrying spanners, in case he used them to “dismantle the plane” instead of adjusting his wheelchair. It would take a time-rich, engineering-genius-meets-world’s strongest man to do that, not someone paralysed from the chest down.

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  • Ryanair’s German pilots to strike Aug. 10Ryanair's German pilots, represented by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union, have called for a 24-hour strike Aug. 10, becoming the latest European pilot union to announce strike action.
  • WTO asked to verify compliance on Airbus subsidiesThe European Union (EU) has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to confirm that it is complying with WTO rulings on subsidies to Airbus, in the latest step in a 14-year-old dispute between the US and the EU over alleged subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.
  • Air Italy increases frequencies on long-haul routesNewly rebranded Air Italy plans to increase frequencies this winter on its new long-haul network because of strong demand.
  • Germany’s Fraport to sell 30% stake in Hanover AirportGerman airports operator Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide (Fraport AG) plans to sell its 30% stake in Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen (FHLG) to iCON Flughafen (iCON), part of the iCON Infrastructure Group. read more
  • Inmarsat: Wi-Fi crucial to 74% of business travelers A survey by aircraft-connectivity supplier Inmarsat has revealed that 83% of business travelers would rebook with airlines that offer high-quality connectivity and 74% of business travelers now see inflight Wi-Fi as crucial.
  • Boeing: 737 production problems could cause delivery delaysBoeing continues to experience 737 production issues as cumulative problems with late and incomplete fuselages, a shortage of skilled mechanics, and the late arrival of CFM engines impact deliveries, which are not expected to recover until year-end, the company said.

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