Emirates has become the first international airline to join aireg, the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany. The airline pledged its membership earlier at ILA Berlin 2024 in an official signing ceremony, a significant move that underscores Emirates’ commitment towards improving the sustainability of its operations and to the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The pledge will see the airline contribute to efforts to ramp up locally produced SAF in Germany, complementing several other SAF-related initiatives Emirates has launched in the past few months.

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Indochina Rail Tourist Service joint stock company and Wafaifo Optimisers have signed a management agreement for Wafaifo Optimisers to manage the Revolution Express steam train, a remarkable new tourist experience in central Vietnam, which is expected to launch late 2024 or early 2025. Two original steam locomotives from the 1960s have been lovingly restored to working condition. The locomotives will pull two fully appointed retro-styled carriages that can seat up to 57 passengers each, as well as a custom-made kitchen carriage and a baggage carriage. The locomotives are the last remaining working steam ones in Vietnam, dating from the pre-independence era, both built locally in Vietnam, based on the French Mikado design.

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Rex, Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline, is launching a new Melbourne-to-Perth route. This service, set to commence on June 28, 2024, will operate five days a week on Boeing 737 aircraft, with fares starting at $299. The addition of this route will bring nearly 90,000 seats to one of Australia’s busiest travel corridors.

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Brisbane will host Australia’s largest annual tourism trade event, the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), for the first time in almost two decades in 2025. The event will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center from Monday 28 April to Thursday 1 May 2025, with the Queensland capital confirmed as host city for the first time since 2007. This will be the fourth time Brisbane has hosted ATE, having previously held it in 2001, 2002 and 2007.

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An ambitious expansion plan has been unveiled for the Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as Dubai World Central. With an estimated value of AED 128 billion (around USD 35 billion), this project will elevate Al Maktoum into an aviation colossus, dwarfing even the size of the current Dubai International Airport.

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TUI CARE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW DESTINATION ZERO WASTE PROGRAMME IN TUNISIA.Destination Zero Waste Tunisia aims to address glass, plastic, and paper pollution, by collecting waste to upcycle it into high-quality products. Over the course of three years, workshops will be held to provide visitors with practical knowledge on how to create products out of recycled glass with their own hands

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