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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
 

Sex ban on the Airbus A380


The A380 may have the world's first airborne double bed, but it won’t be put to the obvious use if Singapore Airlines has its way: "If couples used our double beds to engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist,"...

timesonline.co.uk

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
 

Striking Air France flight attendants disrupt travel for 4th day


Air France flights were disrupted for a fourth day Sunday with striking flight attendants refusing to give in and the transport minister asking for both sides to restart talks.

nytimes.com

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Scandinavian Airlines grounds Bombardiers


Scandinavian Airlines has decided to permanently stop flying Bombardier Q400 turboprops after a string of crash landings blamed on landing gear malfunctions, the airline's chief executive said Sunday.

Source: theglobeandmail.com

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Sunday, October 28, 2007
 

Orlando-To-Dallas Flight Diverted


An American Airlines flight from Orlando, Fla., to Dallas-Fort Worth was diverted to Houston on Saturday night after a passenger tried to open an emergency door.

Source: guardian.co.uk

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Saturday, October 27, 2007
 

Budget airline OK for Malaysia-Singapore


Malaysia's government has agreed to let low-cost carrier AirAsia fly twice daily from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, ahead of liberalization of air travel between the two countries, officials said Thursday.

news.yahoo.com

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U.S. airlines watch fleets age as they wait for new planes


It is not just flights that are getting delayed. U.S. airlines are also putting off purchases of new planes, meaning their fleet of aircraft, on average, is aging right along with passengers.

nytimes.com

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34 hurt as Philippine Airlines jet misses runway


Thirty-four people were hurt when a Philippine Airlines jet overshot a runway at an airport in the southern island of Mindanao, careering into a coconut grove, the flag carrier said on Friday.

hindustantimes.com

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Porter Airlines seeking court order to separate Jazz from Air Canada


Porter Airlines Inc. is seeking a court order to sever the Jazz Air regional airline from the Air Canada mainline carrier.

canadianpress.google.com (page not found)

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Friday, October 26, 2007
 

Easyjet agrees to buy GB Airways


Budget airline Easyjet has expanded further by buying UK carrier GB Airways for £103.5m ($212m).

news.bbc.co.uk

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
 

A380 superjumbo lands in Sydney


The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has landed in Sydney on its first commercial flight, after a seven-hour journey from Singapore.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Most airlines waive flight-change fees for Southern Calif. travel


Almost all airlines are waiving change fees for passengers who need to modify their Southern California travel plans because of devastating wildfires there.

seattletimes.nwsource.com

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Airline passengers to reach 2.75 billion in 2011


The air transport industry will handle 2.75 billion passengers in 2011, around 620 million more than in 2006, the International Air Transport Association said in forecasts announced Wednesday.

nytimes.com

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China Southern Airlines reports 49 pct jump in 3Q net profit


China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd., the country's largest carrier by fleet size, reported a sharp rise in third quarter net profit Thursday, but gave no reason for the increase.

nytimes.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
 

Strike by Portuguese national airline pilots grounds flights


A strike by TAP Air Portugal pilots grounded almost all the national airline's flights Tuesday.

nytimes.com

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JetBlue Q3 Profit Jumps to $23 Million


JetBlue Airways Corp. shares rose more than 5 percent Tuesday after the low-cost carrier reported its first third-quarter profit in two years as it added planes and packed them fuller with passengers.

Source: biz.yahoo.com

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Mauritania liquidates national air carrier


Mauritania has liquidated its state-owned flagship airline Air Mauritanie after it was unable to pay a $2.7 million debt for aircraft hire, company officials said on Friday.

af.reuters.com

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Jetstar to battle with Qantas on European routes


Jetstar plans to fly to destinations in Europe previously abandoned by Qantas but could also go head-to-head with its parent on existing routes by offering fares of $1000 or lower.

theage.com.au

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
 

Delta, other airlines oppose cutting flights at JFK


Delta Air Lines and other major carriers will lodge their objections Tuesday to what they call a federal proposal for "slashing operations" at delay-plagued John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

ajc.com (page not found)

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Monday, October 22, 2007
 

UK International Airlines begins flights to Pakistan


Britian-based UK International Airlines began operating services to Pakistan with the arrival of its inaugural flight to Islamabad on Saturday with 120 passengers.

hindu.com

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Sunday, October 21, 2007
 

US transportation officials propose flight scheduling limit at JFK airport


Delay-plagued John F. Kennedy International Airport should not try to handle more than 80 takeoffs or landings per hour, substantially fewer than are now scheduled for some peak travel times, U.S. transportation officials say.

nytimes.com

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Open skies ends a closed shop


Passengers will soon have more choice over which airline to fly with from Heathrow to the US.

business.timesonline.co.uk

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Pacific Blue steps up airfare war in NZ


New Zealand's newest domestic airline, Pacific Blue, part-owned by British tycoon Richard Branson's Virgin Group, stepped up a price war by offering flights for only $NZ9 ($A7.59) on the country's main trunk routes.

smh.com.au

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Vietnam Airlines told to finalise Boeing, Airbus deals


Vietnam on Friday ordered the state-run airline to finalise contracts before the end of the year with Airbus and Boeing to buy planes with a total catalogue price of nearly six billion dollars.

afp.google.com

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Friday, October 19, 2007
 

British Airways urges American Airlines tie-up


British Airways has urged its U.S. partner American Airlines to get closer still as it seeks to fend off a transatlantic joint venture between Delta and Air France.

uk.reuters.com

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Continental Airlines profit edges higher


Continental Airlines Inc. said Thursday that international travel supported a slim rise in third-quarter profit, moderated by a charge related to pilot pension-plan settlements.

marketwatch.com

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Emirates waiting on its A380, sees A350 XWB as 'really good plane'


Dubai carrier Emirates expects to take delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo in August next year and hopes to have it in service the following month, airline president Tim Clark said Thursday.

afp.google.com

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
 

Finnair plans fastest air link between India-US


Finnish carrier Finnair, which operates services to Helsinki from here and Mumbai, plans to offer the fastest link from India to the US - a route where it sees demand growing.

economictimes.indiatimes.com

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Struggling African airlines urged to cooperate to survive


Struggling African airlines should cooperate to survive against fierce competition from international carriers, notably from Asia and the Middle East, the industry warned Tuesday.

afp.google.com

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Air India in talks with Star Alliance to join group


Air India, the newly merged Indian national carrier, has began negotiating with Star Alliance to join the group.

gulfnews.com

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Air France, Delta to target Heathrow-U.S. routes


Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines will team up on routes linking major U.S. cities and London's Heathrow airport in a direct challenge to rival British Airways.

uk.reuters.com

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American Airlines to offer Chicago to Moscow flights next summer


American Airlines said Tuesday it will offer direct flights from O'Hare International Airport to the Russian capital beginning next summer, making it just the second U.S. carrier to fly into Moscow and the first to fly there nonstop from Chicago.

nytimes.com

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EgyptAir to join Star Alliance


At a joint ceremony held in Cairo today, the Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance has voted to accept EgyptAir as a future member.

boarding.no

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
 

Airbus delivers first superjumbo


Airbus has delivered its first finished A380 superjumbo jet to Singapore Airlines, 18 months behind schedule.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Aer Lingus pilots likely to endorse deal on Belfast base


Aer Lingus pilots look set to endorse the deal reached earlier this week to end the dispute over the airline's planned new Belfast base.

independent.ie

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Two aircraft collide at Heathrow


Two airliners have been involved in a collision while taxiing at Heathrow airport. One was a British Airways Boeing 747 departing for Singapore and the other was a Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A340.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Monday, October 15, 2007
 

Mexicana to fight Aeromexico takeover ban


Airline Mexicana plans to go to court to challenge a ruling by Mexico's competition watchdog that bans its $200 million takeover bid for rival Aeromexico.

reuters.com

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U.S. Plan for Airline Security Meets Resistance in Canada


Canadian airlines are balking at a Department of Homeland Security plan that would require them to turn over information about passengers flying over the United States to reach another country.

nytimes.com

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Sri Lankan Airlines makes emergency landing


A Sri Lankan Airlines flight on Saturday made an emergency landing at the Kamaraj domestic airport, after it could not land at Goa due to bad weather, airport sources said.

hindu.com

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Airbus set to deliver first A380


The first scheduled A380 flight will take place on 28 October
Airbus is set to hand over its first finished A380 "superjumbo" to Singapore Airlines on Monday, 18 months behind schedule.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Saturday, October 13, 2007
 

US will discuss JFK schedules with foreign airlines


Overseas airlines will join domestic carriers at an unusual meeting next month with U.S. authorities about flight scheduling practices at delay plagued New York's John F. Kennedy airport, officials said on Friday.

investing.reuters.co.uk (page not found)

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FAA, airlines brainstorm on NYC airport gridlock


Simple mathematics explain why New York has become the United States' worst air-travel bottleneck. Almost every day, more planes are jockeying for space in the sky than the region's beleaguered air traffic control system can handle.

iht.com

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Marsans unveils $7.5 bln Airbus order, with A380s


Spain's Marsans travel group unveiled a massive $7.5 billion deal for 61 new Airbus planes on Thursday, four of them the aircraft maker's A380 'superjumbo'.

reuters.com

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Friday, October 12, 2007
 

Air NZ says no truth to Virgin Blue rumours


Trans-Tasman carrier Air New Zealand says there is no substance to rumours that it is interested in buying a stake in Australian low cost carrier Virgin Blue.

smh.com.au

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Qantas to seek compo for Boeing 787 delays


Qantas will seek compensation from Boeing after the aircraft maker announced a six month delay in the delivery of the initial order of 15 787 Dreamliners.

theage.com.au

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Thursday, October 11, 2007
 

Dreamliner hit by six-month delay


Deliveries of US planemaker Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner aircraft will fall six months behind schedule, the company has announced.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Air India expected to unload 15 percent stake in IPO


State owned Air India will likely unload 15 percent of its equity in an initial public offer (IPO) when its merger with domestic counterpart Indian Airlines is completed, a report said.

afp.google.com

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American Airlines pilots threaten to picket


The head of American Airlines' pilots union threatened to see American's CEO "on the picket line" and in court after the carrier's management have failed to meet the union's demand for a bigger share of the company's profits.

marketwatch.com

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Singapore budget carrier confirms order for 30 Airbus A320 planes


Singapore low-cost carrier Tiger Airways has signed a contract to buy 30 Airbus A320s, with 20 more on option, the European aircraft manufacturer said.

afp.google.com

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Aer Lingus confirms plans to challenge Ryanair's stake


ALMOST 30pc of Aer Lingus' could come onto the market by the middle of next year, if Aer Lingus succeeds in a new legal bid to remove Ryanair from its share register.

independent.ie

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
 

Aviation: Airlines must fly more full planes


The aviation industry yesterday reacted angrily to the UK Chancellor's plan to replace air passenger duty (APD) with a per-plane "green" tax .

independent.co.uk

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Sharp turn for Qantas on NZ flights


Qantas is attempting to loosen Air New Zealand's stranglehold on the New Zealand domestic market with a multi million dollar investment to begin next month.

theage.com.au

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Alitalia expects deal on sale soon


The chairman of Alitalia told union officials Tuesday that he expected to reach a deal on the sale of the Italian government's 49.9 percent interest in the ailing airline within a month, prompting speculation that the government had abandoned most of the conditions that led to the collapse of an auction of the stake in June.

nytimes.com

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
 

Air France-KLM says traffic rose 5.3 percent in September


Air France-KLM, the world's largest airline by revenue, said Monday that its passenger traffic rose 5.3 percent in September after the company boosted capacity.

nytimes.com

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China airlines set passenger record over holiday


Chinese airlines carried a record number of people on a single day over the just ended week-long National Day holiday - more than half a million passengers, the regulator said on Monday.

uk.reuters.com

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Australia to US flights could quadruple


THE aircraft manufacturer Boeing has predicted air traffic on the Qantas dominated Australia-North America route could nearly quadruple over the next two decades if the route were opened to more competition.

smh.com.au

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Monday, October 08, 2007
 

Emirates inks deals with two Latin American airlines


Emirates airline said it has cemented deals with two Latin American airlines and several tour operators to develop its new service to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

gulfnews.com (page not found)

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Sunday, October 07, 2007
 

Malaysia Airlines to increase Chennai, Bangalore flights


Anticipating higher tourist influx from India during the coming holiday season, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has decided to increase its flight frequencies to Chennai and Bangalore.

thehindubusinessline.com

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Alaska Airlines plane from San Jose evacuated in Seattle


An Alaska Airlines passenger plane was evacuated when it landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday, after a passenger found an unclaimed cell phone tucked in his seat, an airport spokeswoman said.

seattlepi.nwsource.com (page not found)

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Airlines could see more green by abandoning cash


Major U.S. airlines, struggling to keep pace with their younger low-cost rivals, are rushing to enable wider use of credit and debit cards for in-flight purchases, a step that could spur both revenue and cost savings for the recovering industry.

uk.reuters.com

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Saturday, October 06, 2007
 

Air France, Lufthansa Are Holding Talks on Alitalia


Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe's two biggest airlines, are holding talks with Alitalia SpA as the Italian government seeks a buyer for the unprofitable carrier, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

bloomberg.com

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Singapore says reaches Open Skies air pact with UK


Singapore said on Wednesday it had reached an open skies agreement with the United Kingdom to remove restrictions on air services run by carriers of both countries.

uk.news.yahoo.com (page not found)

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Friday, October 05, 2007
 

US Airways confirms order for 92 Airbus planes


US Airways has confirmed an agreement signed at the Paris Air Show in June to buy 92 aircraft from Airbus, the European planemaker said Friday.

news.yahoo.com (page not found)

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DR Congo plane crash 'kills many'


Many people are feared dead in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo after a plane crashed into a residential area soon after take-off.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Sweden's SAS compensates turboprop accident passengers


Each passenger aboard the two SAS AB turboprop planes made by Bombardier that crashed in Denmark and Lithuania has been awarded cash compensation of 2,000 euros (US$2,800), a company official said Thursday.

canadianpress.google.com (page not found)

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American Airlines to fly Stansted-JFK


American Airlines is to go head-to-head with Eos and MAXjet at Stansted on the transatlantic route to New York JFK. The airline announced today that it will launch daily services from the Essex airport from 29 October and will add a second daily service from March 2008.

timesonline.co.uk

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Easyjet to open two new French hubs in 2008


Europe's second biggest budget airline, easyJet, plans to open two new hubs in France in 2008, stepping up pressure on national carrier Air France.

uk.news.yahoo.com (page not found)

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Continental Airlines eyes more flights to Asia


Continental Airlines will add more destinations in India and China, tapping their booming economies to boost the carrier's international revenues, a top company official said on Wednesday.

uk.reuters.com

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Mexicana airline joins race to buy Aeromexico


Mexican airline Mexicana said on Wednesday it offered to buy rival Aeromexico for $200 million, the highest amount so far for the struggling carrier in a bidding war that has attracted three groups.

uk.reuters.com

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Thursday, October 04, 2007
 

Airline delays worsen in August


Washington: The airline industry's dismal on-time performance in 2007 continued in August with nearly 30 percent of flights delayed.

news.yahoo.com (page not found)

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
 

Biofuel trial flight set for 747


Air New Zealand says it plans to mount the first test flight of a commercial airliner partially powered by biofuel.

news.bbc.co.uk

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Gulf airlines keen to expand in India


India is fast becoming the favoured destination for international airlines especially from the Gulf who are lobbying hard for increasing frequency to various Indian cities and towns.

thestatesman.net

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Three Indonesian airlines upgraded to top safety rank


Indonesian aviation authorities have upgraded the safety rankings of three domestic airlines to its top category, where previously only flag carrier Garuda Indonesia sat, reports said Tuesday.

smh.com.au

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Alitalia to Be Sold by Government 'Soon', Prodi Says


Alitalia SpA, Italy's unprofitable state-owned airline, will be sold "soon" and the government won't oppose any of the foreign companies that have shown interest in a bid, such as Air France-KLM Group, Prime Minister Romano Prodi said.

bloomberg.com

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Virgin Blue set to grab a slice of US pie


Virgin Blue's plans to fly to North America have been given a boost after the Australian and US governments announced their intention to "conclude a comprehensive open-skies aviation agreement" early next year.

Footloose Adventure Travel

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007
 

Airlines soar on football, holidays


A combination of football fever and school holidays helped Virgin Blue to record the busiest day in its seven year history on Friday.

theaustralian.news.com.au

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Vietnam Airlines Plans to Buy Jets


In an order split between fierce rivals, Vietnam Airlines has said it plans to buy 10 long range, mid size Airbus A350s while adding to a previous order for Boeing 787s, the aircraft makers said Monday.

ap.google.com (page not found)

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