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H.E. Al-Baker placard at the IGHC press conference. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Craig Fischer)

The 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference Opens in Doha

On Monday, the 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) officially began at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The conference started with the playing of the Qatari national anthem. Among those in attendance was Qatar Airways Group's own CEO, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, and other executives from the Qatar Airways Group and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). [caption id="attachment_22022" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Opening the 31st IGHC in Doha. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Craig Fischer)[/caption] Qatar Airways: Then and Now…

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar…