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U.S. airports are ‘awful.’ Here’s the problem

When it comes to airports worldwide, US airports are considered “awful.” In a worldwide ranking of airports, the highest ranking for any US airport is number 27, achieved by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. So what makes US airports so bad?

“There’s no question that U.S. airports suffer from an image problem globally, and the main culprit is our nation’s lack of dedicated infrastructure investment, particularly in its aviation infrastructure,” Airports Council International North America President and CEO Kevin M. Burke said.

EU examines Delta, Etihad holdings in European airlines

The European Union is taking a closer look at foreign ownership of European airlines.

In order to obtain an operating license in the EU as a European airline, a carrier must be more than 50 percent owned and “effectively controlled” by an EU member state or EU citizens.

“Accordingly, the Commission has asked the member state concerned to provide further information on how these investments comply with the rules on ownership and control of European airlines,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Boeing reveals first 787-9 in Air New Zealand livery

Boeing has rolled out the new 787-9, a stretched version of the current 787, in Air New Zealand logo. Note that the video above is what the seats inside the 787-9 will be like.

The clock is now ticking on final flight tests ahead of the 787-9’s handover to worldwide launch customer Air New Zealand in July.

Air NZ will roster the advanced passenger jet onto its Auckland-Perth route commencing October 15.

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