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EASA relax rules for electronic devices on flights, pleases business travel agents

Airline airport news - Flightline Travel ManagementThe European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) relaxing the regulations for the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during your whole flight.

This change delights business travel agents, as it is paving the way for corporate travellers on  flights operated by European airlines to use their smartphones, e-readers, mp3 players, IPad and laptop during take-off and landing.

Currently mobile devices are classified as PED’s and could only be used in ‘flight mode’ while the plane is in the air. Europe follows with these new guidelines the US Federal Aviation Administration, who has cleared gadgets for take-offs and landings 3 weeks ago. The new rules are likely to take effect this month. However, the EASA mandates that electronic devices must be used in ‘‘flight mode’’, meaning travellers cannot use voice or text messaging services.

“This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices on-board aircraft without compromise in safety,” says Patrick Ky, EASA executive director.

In addition, the EU-backed agency is evaluating the use of mobile phones on-board aircraft to make phone calls, recognising the “wide proliferation of personal electronic devices and the wish of the travelling public to use them everywhere”.

The relaxed rules are likely to please airlines and travellers across Europe.

Air France Airline: Fly daily with A380 to San Francisco

business-travel-news-air-travel---Flightline-travel-managementFrom 30th March 2014, Air France will offer daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The Flight AF0084 will depart from Paris CDG at 10.40 and will arrive in San Francisco at 13.00 hrs. local time. The return flight will take off in San Francisco at 15.50 and land in Paris at 11.25 the next day.

The French carriers A380 can accommodate 516 passengers in four cabin classes – nine seats in La Première (first class), 80 seats in business, 38 in premium economy and 389 in economy.

In summer 2014 Air France Airline will provide flight services to eleven US business travel destinations from Charles de Gaulle, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.

In September, Air France became the first carrier to deploy the A380 to Shanghai.

For further information, please contact your Flight-Line air business travel agents.

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