Travel News: February 6, 2017

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Qatar Airways flight from New Zealand to be longest by flying time

Qatar Airways launched its first service to Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday with the return leg set to be the longest scheduled commercial flight by flying time, according to the airline’s website.

Flight QR920 departed Doha’s Hamed International Airport, a spokeswoman confirmed, and was scheduled to arrive in Auckland on Monday at 0730 local time (1830 GMT).

The flight was expected to take 16 hours and 20 minutes and the return service, taking 17 hours and 30 minutes, would be the world’s longest, according to flight tracking website flightradar24.


Fast-growing MSC Cruises to bring third ship to Miami
USA Today

Get ready to hear a lot more about MSC Cruises in North America.

The Europe-based line plans a big expansion in the region that includes the deployment of a third ship to Miami, the company’s top executive revealed Thursday.

Speaking at a ceremony at a Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said the company would deploy one of its new Meraviglia Class vessels to Miami in 2019.


Norwegian eyes low-cost airline pact with Ryanair and Easyjet

Norwegian Air Shuttle wants to hammer out partnerships with ultra low-cost carriers Ryanair (RYAAY) and Easyjet (ESYJY) that could lay the groundwork for an alliance to challenge more established global carriers.

The agreements, said Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos in an interview with CNN Money in Seattle, would allow the low-cost carriers to compete in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia for customers on a tight budget.


Louvre attack leaves Paris fearing new blow to tourism
The Local France

When a machete-wielding man was shot down by a soldier on Friday morning in a shopping centre at the Louvre museum, it marked another stage in the recent wave of terror attacks to hit Paris and France.

Even though only the attacker was left seriously hurt, the incident marked the first time that a terrorist style attack was carried out at a tourist hot spot in the French capital, something the government, the City Hall and tourism chiefs in Paris have long feared.

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