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Paris tries to stop 'love locks'

Thousand of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts bridge earlier this year.

Paris officials have put up plastic panels on an iconic pedestrian bridge in an attempt to stop lovers sealing their passion with padlocks attached to the bridge.

Dirndls for Oktoberfest

COSTUME CHANGE: Lufthansa flight attendants will wear dirndls for Oktoberfest.

Lufthansa flight attendants put on traditional costumes to mark Oktoberfest.

Keep a lid on mobile costs overseas

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If you are roaming the world, it pays to keep your phone on a short leash.

Airbus' quirky patent

SENSORIAL ISOLATION: An ilustration from the patent filing.

After filing a patent for the bicycle-like seat, Airbus has made another quirky patent filing.

Egypt tourism could recover

PIT STOP: A horse rests near the pyramids of Giza outside of Cairo.

Egypt's tourism industry could fully recover by the end of next year.

Lufthansa calls off strike

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A union representing Lufthansa pilots says they have called off plans to walk off the job at Germany's busiest airport.

Air France strike

ON STRIKE: An Air France Airbus A380 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport, near Paris.

Air France cancelled at least half its flights around the world on as pilots began a weeklong strike.

Falling in love

FALLING IN LOVE: After being with Dreamliner on Air New Zealand's inaugural flight from Auckland to Perth on Friday, I know there's no going back my penny-pinching ways.

After being with the Dreamliner on Air NZ's flight to Perth, I know there's no going back my penny-pinching ways.

Air NZ's new 787-9 takes off

BLACK BEAUTY: Air NZ Dreamliner 787-9.

Air New Zealand has dismissed safety concerns about the Boeing 787 ahead of the airline's first regular flight.

'Daddy's yacht' completes final flight video

DADDY'S YACHT: Air NZ's Boeing 747-400 completed its final flight in teal livery today.

Air New Zealand's last Boeing 747-400 affectionately referred to by pilots as "Daddy's yacht" completed its final flight in teal livery today

Virgin Galactic delays first flight

THE MOTHERSHIP: Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo is shown on the tarmac during its public roll-out in Mojave, California.

Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its timeline for launching space-tourism flights.

Tigerair joins cabin bags war

STRICT MEASURES: Tigerair will be clamping down on carry-on baggage rules.

Tigerair Australia has joined its arch-rival, Jetstar, in cracking down on passengers who do not toe the line with its carry-on baggage rules.

Flight test: Melbourne to Abu Dhabi

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Lunch in Akl, dinner in LA

The Kiwi carrier is the most profitable airline in the region, with Qantas and Virgin both expected to report steep losses later this week.

Air New Zealand will add an extra three flights a week between Auckland and Los Angeles.

Demand for Fiji flights grows

News. Photo supplied....Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400

Air New Zealand will add 16,000 seats to its Fijian route next year.

Searches made simple

The Expedia Office.

Expedia's new app features a simplified search that returns results for both hotels and flights.

737 MAX hits Ryanair 'sweet spot'

JUST ENOUGH: The Boeing 737 MAX can fit in enough seats to hit Ryanair's 'sweet spot' according to boss Michael O'Leary.

Ryanair to buy 100 new Boeing 737 MAX jets to fit in enough seats to hit "sweet spot" for budget carriers.

Jetstar: From capital to Gold Coast

NEW ROUTE?  Is a new trans-Tasman service on the cards?

Jetstar announces a new three-times-a-week service from Wellington to the Gold Coast.

World's biggest airport planned

The control tower of Al Maktoum International Airport is seen at Dubai World Central.

Dubai's ruler has endorsed a US$32 (NZ$38.66) billion expansion plan for the city's second airport that aims to make it the world's biggest.

1000 possible flight paths

investigators are considering 1000 possible flight paths MH370 may have taken before crashing into the southern Indian Ocean.

Man leading operation to find missing Malaysia Airlines plane says there is only one certainty.

Top EU court rules on delays

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Europe's highest court rules that a flight has not officially "arrived" at its destination until one of the doors has opened.

Going for gold

COMFORT FIRST: The InterCity Gold offers superior space for an additional S10 to $20.

Catching long-distance buses is something I try avoid at all costs.

Testing Virgin's biz class

MILE HIGH DRINKS: The Sky Bar in Virgin Australia's business class.

Friendly service - always attentive but never over the top - makes up for a small seat width.

Cabin bag crackdown

DOES IT FIT? Jetstar will crack down on oversized carry-on bags.

The days of passengers bending Jetstar's carry-on baggage rules are about to come to an end.

A 'nose-heavy' takeoff

STRUGGLING TO DO THE MATH: Qantas miscalculated a plane's takeoff weight by using adult weight numbers on a flight where children made up more than half of the passengers.

Children on a school trip tipped the balance of a plane when staff overestimated their weight.

NZ targets Aussie tourists

SOUTH ISLAND ROAD TRIP: Christchurch Airport will work with Tourism New Zealand to increase visitor numbers to all regions of the South Island.

Tourism NZ and Chch Airport are joining forces to remind the Aussies that the South Island has a lot to offer.

'Boris Island' airport rejected

The proposed new airport would sit on a purpose-built island off the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, some 80 kilometres east of central London, and would be known as London Britannia Airport.

A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London has been rejected.

Need more speed?

CHECK BEFORE YOU BOOK: The browser extension displays the Wi-Fi-speed information on Hotels.com.

If getting online while you're on the road is important to you, slow Wi-Fi at hotels can be a pain.

BYOD policy should benefit fliers

BRING YOUR OWN: 87 per cent of travellers believe the "bring your own device" policy saves airlines money and want compensation.

Airlines that ask passengers to bring their own laptop computers, tablets or smartphones to watch in-flight movies and television should pass on the airline's savings to fliers.

Airports step out in style

The baggage-claim at Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Canada.

A new generation of terminals is setting the example for airports of the future.