Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

An Australian pilot is set to become the first person to fly the 10,500 miles from Sydney to London powered by a fuel created by household plastic waste. He will have to fly 1,500 miles a day at a speed of about 115mph (in stretches of up to 15 hours) in order to accomplish the feat. [Telegraph]

Jet Blue has imagined how the coming launch of Google Glass might change our airport experience, and the future looks bright according to the airline's images. [Skift]

A panda-themed hotel is set to open in Sichaun, China. From paintings to plush animals to headboards, pandas are everywhere. Check out photos here. [Telegraph]

In-flight entertainment
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

The only thing that might be more lovely than photographer Murad Osmann's travel photos from around the globe is his (often scantily clad) girlfriend leading him by the hand into the stunning scenes. The photos have earned Osmann more than 40,000 Instagram followers. [Daily Mail]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

The verdict is still out on whether Australian billionaire Clive Palmer's decision to build the Titanic II will prove to be a great idea or a grand disaster, but his vision for the ship is clear. The plans for the ship look nearly identical to the original, but let's hope it doesn't have the same fate as its namesake. [Telegraph]

Can you sleep on planes? A Dutch hotelier is betting on it by transforming a disused Soviet aircraft into luxurious hotel suite, complete with a jacuzzi, bar and perhaps a dose of claustrophobia. [Daily Mail]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

Four years after a series of crashes in Egypt, a hot-air balloon accident in Luxor has left 19 people dead and bruised Egypt's already crippled tourism industry. [Guardian]

It’s a no-go

The European Union antitrust authority has blocked Ryanair's bid to take control of rival Irish carrier Aer Lingus, ruling it would create a monopoly or a dominant position resulting in diminished competition and higher ticket prices in Ireland. [USA Today]

The nightmare continues for Boeing and All Nippon Airways, as the Japanese carrier cancels all 1,714 of its scheduled Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights through May. The aeroplanes have been grounded since one caught fire on 16 January in Boston, but there may be an end in sight as Boeing has proposed a plan to fix the aircraft and get them back in the sky. [Bangkok Post/USA Today]

North Korea has officially launched Instagram, allowing the world to get a peak of its insular land through hipstamatic filters (not that North Korea needs to look any more retro). Of course, the people who live in this communist country don't actually have the technology to use Instagram, or any other social media. [Gizmodo]  

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