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Egyptian Government to appoint a global security company to review airport security

The Egyptian Tourism Authority has just made this announcement:

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The Egyptian government met with world-leading security and risk advisory companies in Cairo on December 10, 2015 to hear proposals to review and enhance airport security in the country.

The global security companies, which were chosen for their specific expertise in aviation security, presented to members of the Egyptian government’s Cabinet of Ministers, including His Excellency the Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail; Captain Hassan Kamal, Minister of Civil Aviation; Mr. Magdi Abdel-Ghaffar, Minister of Interior; and Mr. Hesham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism.

The assignment covers the requirement to audit aviation security at airports across Egypt, encompassing a review of security and safety procedures, equipment and training. The chosen company will then make recommendations to the government to ensure Egyptian airport security is world-class gold standard, and work alongside the government to support the implementation of the recommendations, additional training of security personnel as well as conducting ongoing and regular assessments.

The government is due to make a decision on which company to appoint in the coming days, following a thorough review of proposals and capabilities. An announcement is expected before the end of December.

The decision to appoint international security experts was made by the government’s security committee, established to review and enhance security across airports. The group is headed by the Prime Minister and includes the Interior Ministry, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Tourism. The government is committed to take swift, transparent action in order to provide the best practices in security measures.

In addition, the government is already working closely with international authorities to enhance security, based on international best practices. Egypt recently passed an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which included representatives from Russian, Dutch, Emirati and Italian airlines. Furthermore, Egypt is collaborating with British, German and Russian government delegations which have been reviewing and providing recommendations related to security.

His Excellency Hesham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism, said, “Foreign visitors make a vital contribution to the Egyptian economy, and we are taking all necessary steps to further strengthen security for the tourism sector. Key ministries, under leadership of the Prime Minister, are working in close collaboration to make urgent enhancements to airport security.”

An Air France Boeing 777 to wear a special “accent” logo

Air France (Paris) has issued this statement:

Air France teamed up with New York-born painter and graffiti artist JonOne to redesign the Air France accent. Measuring four meters by seven meters, the giant accent was unveiled yesterday, November 10 at the heart of Air France Industries’ hangars at Paris Orly. The art represents the French flag and symbolizes freedom, one of the values held dear to France and the artist alike while echoing the company’s slogan: Air France, France is in the Air.  An Air France Boeing 777 equipped with the airline’s new travel cabins will don the accent serving the Company’s global network for one year.

The aircraft sporting this exceptional livery will then fly for the first time to New York, a legendary and historic route for Air France.

In December 2015, a selection of exclusive items including notebooks, tote bags and models of the aircraft with the Air France redesigned accent will be available for purchase on airfranceshopping.com.

Air France, Ambassador of Contemporary Art

For the past 80 years, Air France has had a special relationship with the contemporary art world – from the spiritual artist Zao Wou-Ki to the electrifying JonOne, via Jeff Koons, David Mach, and many more.

Air France has previously worked with JonOne –in September 2012, during their time spent in the La Premiere lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, La Premiere customers were able to discover exclusive creations signed by JonOne. In the La Premiere cabin, on board long-haul flights, new menu and wine list covers also designed by JonOne stimulated the appetite and turned the flight into a gastronomic interlude.

In each travel cabin, throughout the year, the “Arts & Culture” TV program provokes Air France’s visual reflection around masters such as Le Corbusier, fun artists including Keith Haring, or sublime architectures such as the Louis Vuitton / Frank Gehry Foundation. In December 2015, Air France will show a video by JonOne as a tribute to abbé Pierre. And to make the most of this cultural showcase in the sky, the gigantic Air France Airbus A380s are equipped with genuine art galleries comprising wide video screens.

About JonOne

The person still known to many as John Andreas Perello was born in New York, to two Dominican parents who had fled Trujillo’s regime and met in New York to secure their chance at the American dream. The young man evokes the pitiless status quo of his childhood – “No Hope, No Future”, akin to the British punks’ nihilist movement. This paved the way for a found image – the dazzling trail of dynamic color and movement left by a spray-painted subway train.

So it would be the subway. The street. Graffiti.

The budding artist behind JonOne rapidly signed flamboyant murals, and “entered the world of art”. He visited museums and galleries, built his own culture – like Jean-Michel Basquiat, who he resembles in many aspects – and his graffiti took inspiration from his spiritual fathers (Kandinsky, Miro) and the lyrical abstraction which was a major influence in painting during this era – Pollock, of course, but also De Kooning, Motherwell, Rothko, etc. His life was punctuated by decisive encounters and trips, notable to Paris, where the artist had two major experiences – at the Hôpital Ephémère – a legal squat for artists at the end of the 90s – and his active collaboration for the Abbé Pierre Foundation (2011). In addition to reclaiming his Dominican roots, a perfect fusion between street art and High Art – the noble art of painting – his reputation was swiftly forged and fame followed. After multiple international exhibitions, on January 21, 2015, a monumental work, significantly titled “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” was inaugurated at the National Assembly, in Salon des Mariannes. This painting even became the new French stamp in September 2015.

Qatar Airways takes delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners

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Qatar Airways (Doha) took delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787 Dreamliners yesterday (November 4) in a ceremony at Boeing’s production facility in Everett, Washington.

As the Middle East launch customer for the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways received its first Dreamliner in November 2012. Since then the airline has continued to expand as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and it now flies to more than 150 destinations, with its fleet of Dreamliners serving 30 of those global destinations, including Amsterdam, Casablanca, Cape Town, Rome, and Tokyo Haneda.
Qatar Airways logoQatar Airways will fly its 25th Dreamliner directly to its home in Doha, the State of Qatar, and then on to the Dubai Airshow where it will be on display.

Qatar Airways 787 has 254 custom-made seats across its Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.

The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both the Business and Economy cabins.

Top Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCY (msn 38343) carries a special “25th 787 Dreamliner” emblem. Celebrating the official handover to Qatar Airways of its 24th and 25th B787 Dreamliner in Seattle are, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (second from right) and Boeing Commercial President and CEO Ray Conner.

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Below Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners A7-BCX (msn 38342) and A7-BCY together at the dual-delivery ceremony.

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Air Europa introduces a new look

Air Europa (Palma de Mallorca) yesterday (October 20) unveiled its new livery as pictured on EC-KRJ, an Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) which was just painted at East Midlands. The carrier has removed red from its color scheme.

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Top Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. EC-KRJ is seen on its arrival at its Palma de Mallorca base as flight AEA007.

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