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Ovation of the Seas: Australia's First Purpose-built Cruise Giant Sent Down River Ems, Germany
Australia first purpose-built cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, has hit the waters for the first time in Germany. The 346-metre long and 41-metre wide vessel made a 12-hour journey from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, where the ship was constructed, sailing down the River Ems back to the North Sea in northwestern Germany, according to Read more at

‘Playtime is over’: Changing Tax Rules in An Era of Globalization
Special Report: The forthcoming Global Tax Policy Conference in Dublin has attracted the attention of leading players on the international taxation stage. Read more at

Alaska Airlines to Revamp 11 Alaska Airport Terminals
Alaska Airlines is about to spruce up and in some cases overhaul the 11 airport terminal facilities it owns across rural Alaska. The Seattle-based company will put at least $30 million into a three- to five-year project starting this year which will majorly remodel a few of its terminals -- in Kotzebue, Kodiak and Barrow -- and give more minor facelifts to the others, according to Alaska Dispatch News, March 12, 2016. Read more at .

United to Add Fifth China Route from San Francisco
United says it will be the first U.S. carrier ever to offer regularly scheduled service to Hangzhou, located about 100 miles from Shanghai in east-central China. Flights begin July 13, pending regulatory approval. United will use its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for its planned three weekly round-trip flights on the 6,253-mile route, according to USA Today, March 11, 2016. Read more at

U.S. Airlines Set Records for Passenger Traffic in 2015
The U.S. airline industry, already reaping huge profits from a steep drop in fuel costs, is setting records for passenger traffic. For all of 2015, the nation's air carriers broke records for the number of passengers carried (798.4 million), the percentage of filled seats (83.8%) and the total miles traveled with paying customers (902.4 billion), according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more at

New Cargo Handling Measures on Flights from Dhaka International Airport.
Recent security assessments of Dhaka International Airport found that some international security requirements were not being met. As part of a set of interim measures, cargo will not be allowed on direct flights from Dhaka to the UK until further notice. Airlines carrying cargo between Bangladesh and the UK on indirect routes are being asked to ensure it is re-screened before its final leg into the UK. Airlines or importers can contact the Department for Transport for further information. The UK government is working with the government of Bangladesh to support them in improving standards for all aspects of aviation security, according a report from the British Department of Transportation on March 8, 2016.

Hawaiian Airlines Eyes Adding Melbourne to Its Australia schedule
Hawaiian Airlines is eyeing the start of flights from Honolulu to Melbourne as part of the Hawaii airline’s next step to expanding in Australia. Read more at

Austria in 6 Cakes: Poppy Seeds are Popular
Pakistan is the world’s largest producer of poppy seeds, but the Austrians are no slouches, they produce about 1,000 metric tons, annually. The technical term for that is a whole lotta poppy seeds. Poppy seeds show up all over Austria baking – dusting the top of your bread rolls, sprinkled over butter smothered dumplings, and inside your cake, according to a report from Read more at


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