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Giant container ship unloads at Port of Los Angeles

The largest container ship ever to visit US shores completed its first stop at the port of Los Angeles ahead of schedule Tuesday night. Analysts, however, say US ports aren’t prepared to regularly handle the peaks in container activity that such megaships present. As global trade volumes swell and shippers seek to drive down costs, they are turning to larger, slower but more efficient vessels that strain the capacity of even the most efficient ports. Leading to the arrival of the 1,300-foot-long Benjamin Franklin, owned by French shipping line CMA CGM SA, officials at the port of Los Angeles undertook an unprecedented level of preparation. The largest container ship to ever make port in North America unloads its cargo in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. …

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China’s state-owned carriers sweep nation’s first airport slot auction

Shanghai— China’s state-owned airlines were the biggest winners in the country’s first auction for coveted airport landing slots, state media reported on Thursday, casting doubt over the effectiveness of efforts to reform the slot-assignment process. China earlier this month said it would put slots for additional 2016 domestic flights at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport up for sale, in a new move predicted to give smaller private airlines a fairer opportunity to apprise some desired slots from dominant state-owned carriers. The state-run China Daily newspaper said nine airport slots were sold on Wednesday to the country’s four largest airlines and their affiliates, including China Eastern Airlines Corp , and units of Hainan Airlines, Air China, and China Southern Airlines. A statement from the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued on Wednesday said 34 …

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Atlanta airport celebrates 100-millionth passenger

Atlanta, Georgia — The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which serves more passengers than any other airport in the world, has reached 100 million passengers since Jan. 1, marking a milestone no other airport has ever reached, officials said. When anointed passenger Larry Kendrick flew in from Gulfport, Mississippi, on Sunday – one of the busiest travel days of the year – he was greeted with several prizes: Two round-trip tickets to anywhere, $500, and a Nissan Altima, presumably to go to places the planes will not fly. “I’m happy I could be part of it,” said the 35-year-old Kendrick in a statement released by the airport. Kendrick took his winning trip aboard Delta Airlines Flight 1256. Hartsfield-Jackson is Delta’s hub. Kendrick was identified through a series of accounting estimates and algorithms, airport officials …

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German court rejects extending Etihad’s Air Berlin code-sharing

A German court rejected an effort by Etihad Airways to prolong a seat-sales sharing accord with Air Berlin Plc on 31 routes during the winter schedule, a potential setback to the German carrier’s struggle to return to profit. Etihad, the biggest shareholder in Air Berlin with a 29 percent stake, is examining the ruling by the administrative court of the state of Lower Saxony and expects to file an appeal next week, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said Wednesday in a statement. The company stands by its German partner, it said. German regulators provided a temporary extension until mid-January to the airlines’ code-sharing pact on the routes in October, when clearance was set to expire. Judges at the court in Braunschweig ruled on Wednesday that Etihad and Air Berlin must halt the practice …

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Airbus pushes back delivery of A320neo aircraft to early 2016

Paris/Berlin— European planemaker Airbus has pushed back the delivery of its first A320neo aircraft to the start of 2016, it said, missing a goal to hand over the revamped version of the jet to its initial customer by the end of 2015. The A320neo, seen as a profit driver for Airbus and its suppliers in coming years, won safety approval in late November, and Airbus said it was working with its development partners to bring the plane into operation. “All three partners continue working with all efforts and full focus towards bringing the fuel-efficient A320neo into service within the next weeks,” Airbus said in a statement, adding that the problem lay with documentation for the delivery, but without giving any further details. German carrier Lufthansa became the first airline due to take delivery …

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