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PICTURES: Key airline stories from 2018

A visual journey through of some of the most significant events in the airline industry over the past 12 months.

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EasyJet started operations from Berlin Tegel on 5 January after the airline had earlier acquired a number of assets from Air Berlin (Image credit: Omer Messinger/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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All 162 passengers and six crew members survived an extraordinary runway excursion accident on 13 January, which left a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 precariously balanced on a steep cliff slope at Trabzon (Image credit: Depo Photos Via Zuma Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

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German carrier Lufthansa officially launched its new livery at an event in Frankfurt on 7 February (Image credit: Lewis Harper/FlightGlobal)

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Meridiana was relaunched as Air Italy in February. The chief executive of shareholder Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker pitched the "new airline" as a direct competitor to Alitalia (Image credit: Qatar Airways)

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Ryanair agreed to acquire 75% of Laudamotion in March. As part of the deal, Laudamotion owner Niki Lauda chairs the airline’s board (Image credit: Picturedesk Gmbh/REX/Shutterstock)

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Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce checks in for the first-ever nonstop scheduled passenger flight between Australia and the UK on 24 March. The Perth-London Heathrow flight takes around 17 hours (Image credit: Qantas)

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Air France-KLM non-executive chairwoman Anne-Marie Couderc (left) and outgoing chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac arrive for a shareholder meeting in Paris, days after the latter had resigned following union rejection of a pay deal (Image credit: Christophe Ena/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

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At June's IATA annual general meeting in Sydney, board chairman Akbar Al Baker responded to a question about gender equality by saying that "of course" his own carrier Qatar Airways "has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position" (Image credit: IATA)

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At July's Farnborough air show, VietJet Air signed a memorandum of understanding covering 100 more Boeing 737 Max jets, after ordering the same number in 2016 (Image credit: BillyPix)

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Iran Air received a batch of five ATR 72-600s on 5 August, as it beat a renewed US government sanctions deadline that would have blocked delivery of the turboprops (Image credit: Mohammad Hassanzaden/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

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Widespread flooding across the airfield caused by storm surges forced Osaka's Kansai International airport to suspend operations on 4 September (Image credit: Nobuki Ito/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

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Ryanair was hit by strike action in 2018, including this protest at Frankfurt Main airport in late September (Image credit: ARMANDO BABANI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Northern European carrier Primera Air ceased operations in early October after failing to secure financing to maintain services (Image credit: Geoff Robinson Photographer/REX/Shutterstock)

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Singapore Airlines restarted the world's longest commercial flight on 11 October with its near-19 hour nonstop Singapore-Newark service, operated by an Airbus A350-900ULR (Image credit: Wallace Woon/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 operating the Jakarta-Pangkal Pinang route crashed into the sea on 29 October, killing everyone on board (Image credit: Adriana Adinandra/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)

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More than 2,000 Delta Air Lines employees gathered in Atlanta to mark 10 years since the final approval was given for the merger with Northwest on 29 October 2008. The event also marked the delivery of Delta's first Airbus A220 (Image credit: Delta Air Lines)

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Turkey's new Istanbul airport was opened in late October by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Image credit: Emrah Gurel/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

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It was revealed in late October that a public consultation launched by president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had backed stopping the development of Mexico City's new airport, despite the project being around 30% complete (Image credit: Armando Meneses/Prensa Internacional via ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock)

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Etihad Airways and Gulf Air are to explore "deeper co-operation" after signing a memorandum of understanding during the Bahrain air show in mid-November (Image credit: Etihad)

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Royal Air Maroc is set to become the Oneworld's fourteenth member in 2020, and the first African carrier with full membership in the global alliance, it was announced in early December (Image credit: Oneworld)

This gallery first appeared in a special year-end edition of Airline Business. You can view the issue for freehere.

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