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Terry BakerTerry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation related Trivia and Travel Tips for you, our readers, to peruse.

Canada Bans Ships Until 2022; Move Kills 2021 Alaska and New England seasons.

The orders prohibit any cruise vessel carrying 100 or more people from operating in Canadian waters, effectively cancelling the 2021 Alaska and Canada New England seasons for most ships.

Source: cruisecritic.com

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Answer for the mystery airline in 'Odds and Ends'.

brussel airlines emblemBrussels Airlines is the flag carrier of Belgium. This aircraft is part of their "Belgian Icons" series, and the livery is honoring Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel The Elder.  

The history of Brussels Airlines dates back to 2002 when mother company SN Airholding was created by a group of about 40 investors.

The primary aim of the investors was to ensure the continuity of a reliable air connection to and from Brussels, the capital of Europe, and this in the context of the extensive perturbations caused by Sabena’s cessation.

The new company was called SN Brussels Airlines, and it posted its first positive results already in 2003.

In October 2004, it was decided that SN Brussels Airlines and the low-cost airline Virgin Express would join together under the general ownership of SN Airholding, but would each retain their brand and operations independence in the market.

Brussels Airlines is backed up by more than 90 years of Belgian aeronautical experience.

On September 15th 2008, the Lufthansa Group announced its purchase of a stake in the Belgian airline company. In June 2009 the EU Commission granted regulatory approval for this strategic partnership between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa. The decision paved the way for Lufthansa to acquire an initial 45% stake in SN Airholding SA/NV, the parent company of Brussels Airlines.

As from January 2017, SN Airholding is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Brussels Airlines is an official member of Star Alliance since December 9th 2009.

Source:

brusselsairlines.com/en-be/corporate/company/history.aspx


Billionaire offering ‘free ticket to the moon’ on SpaceX Starship.

Eccentric fashion designer Yusaku Maezawa has launched an international search for eight people to join him on the planned voyage around the moon, which Elon Musk hopes to accomplish as soon as 2023.

Editors' note: If we hear of any interline rates, we will pass them along.

Source: globalnews.ca/news


Here are some of the wacky ideas for new airports - they never got off the ground!

Seine airport, Paris, France

This floating airport on the River Seine, sitting not far from the Eiffel Tower, was proposed in 1932 by André Lurcast.

 The Modernist architect's idea wasn't taken seriously at the time though interestingly, the principal was more or less adopted decades later in the UK capital: London City Airport is basically a 'floating' repurposed quay on the River Thames.
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Thames Airport, London, UK.

A wacky idea for an elevated airport straddling the River Thames at Westminster appeared in Popular Science magazine back in 1934. This render by Barratt Homes shows how it might have looked.

Though clearly unfeasible, the megaproject was sort of realized in the form of London City Airport (2nd photo), which was completed in 1987.
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Manhattan airport, New York, USA.

An airport on a roof covering 144 blocks in Midtown Manhattan – what could possibly go wrong?

This bizarre plan was the brainchild of real estate developer William Zeckendorf and featured in a 1946 issue of Time magazine.

As might have been expected, the projected $3 billion price tag – $39 billion (£30bn) in today's money – not to mention the massive disruption the megaproject would have caused, scuppered Zeckendorf's dream.

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London Britannia Airport, Thames Estuary, UK.

Nicknamed 'Boris Island' after the then-Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who backed the megaproject, London Britannia Airport, which was proposed in 2012, would have boasted six runways and a terminal built on an artificial island in the Thames Estuary.

While the airport had its fair share of powerful supporters, it was deemed too costly and a third runway for Heathrow was planned instead.

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Source: www.msn.com/en-ca

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