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Nigeria Says Uncovers Boko Haram Spy Ring at Abuja Airport

Nigeria has uncovered a spy cell run by militant Islamist group Boko Haram at the international airport in the capital Abuja apparently aimed at selecting targets for attack, the country's national security agency said. In a statement late on Friday, the Department of State Services (DSS) said it discovered the ring on Monday and was working with aviation authorities to pre-empt a...

Airport Delays Expected As Workers Set to Strike Sunday

Airport workers will strike Sunday morning in solidarity with Israel Broadcast Authority employees, shutting down operations for two hours, the union said Saturday. Ben Gurion International Airport's management said they'd attempt to appeal to the Labor Court to prevent the strike, which was expected to cause massive delays for many of the 70,000 passengers expected to pass through...

Flight from Vegas to Germany Diverted over Unruly Passenger

An international flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport escorted by two F-16 fighter jets Friday night after what officials called a "disturbance on the plane." A pilot on the Condor Airlines Boeing 767 reported an in-flight emergency, and the fighter jets were sent as a precaution, said Air Force Capt. Ashleigh A. Peck,...

With Heavy Hearts, Pilots Perform at NY Air Show After Death

The first-ever New York Air Show opened Saturday with a moment of silence and tributes to mark the death a day earlier of a Texas stunt pilot killed when he crashed during practice. Daredevils spiraled, corkscrewed and rolled through sunny skies in New Windsor, about an hour north of New York City, the same day a National Transportation Safety Board investigator arrived to examine the death of...

Qantas's Next Dilemma: Whether to Buy with Blood on the Streets

Qantas Airways Ltd. has just posted its best profit result in seven years. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce must now decide whether to throw the cash at expansion in a region where competitors have lost US$462 million over the last 12 months. The best time to buy is when there's blood on the streets, according to a maxim attributed to a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty....

Lufthansa Offers Direct Booking Savings and Agents Aren't Happy

As Lufthansa Group airlines get ready to charge more for bookings made outside direct channels, travel agents will end up passing the extra fee along to their clients. Lufthansa Group's EUR16 surcharge is still set to go into effect on September 1, despite intense backlash from booking sites and travel agencies.But what does all this mean for travelers? Flyers booking directly...

France Unsure Plane Part Came from MH370, Source Says

Experts in France have not been able to determine with certainty whether a piece of airplane wing found July 29 on an Indian Ocean island belongs to MH370, the Malaysian airliner carrying 239 people that disappeared 2014, a French source close to the investigation told CNN on Saturday. Judicial investigators know the part comes from a Boeing 777, but they say they still need to identi...

Gulfstream streams seamlessly into the Gulf

With a hefty order from Qatar Executive and strong interest in its new aircraft, Savannah-based Gulfstream is enjoying blue skies all the way in the Middle East. Could there be much better news for a business jet manufacturer in the Middle East? Qatar Executive, one of the largest operators in the region, has agreed to buy up to 30 Gulfstream aircraft, including its new babies. The order i...

What to Do If a Cancelled Flight Leaves You Stranded

There's nothing like a flight cancellation to throw your vacation plans into disarray. This week, hundreds of would-be travellers who purchased tickets for SkyGreece Airline flights between Toronto and Athens know that better than anyone. But a cancelled flight is something most people will have to deal with at some point. Here's what you can do if you find yourself strande...

Man linked to JPMorgan hacking in talks to resolve U.S. case: filing

A Florida man accused of running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange and who is among five defendants linked to last summer's massive data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks to resolve his criminal case, according to court papers filed Friday. In a court filing in federal court in Manhattan, a prosecutor said Yuri Lebedev, one of two men charged with operating the bitcoin exchange ser...

Dirtiest Parts of an Aircraft Revealed - and It's Not the Toilet

Next time you catch a flight, you might want to be careful what it is you touch with your hands - or any other part of your bdy. It turns out that aeroplanes are a hotbed of germs, just hanging around waiting to leap on unsuspecting travellers. And some instances of fecal matter have turned up on seats and blankets and even dining trays, showing the toilets aren't even the most disgustin...

Bizarrely Translated Airport Sign Has English Language Travellers in Confused Hysterics

Travelling is sure to bring some funny moments, but it's probably a fair bet that travellers don't expect to be warned againt tucking into the carpet. This funny sign was captured at Chennai International Airport by businessman Justin Ross Lee, owner of Pretentious Pocket. He posted it on Facebook with the message: "What an outrage India. "All I want to do is go down on...

Five Premium Economy Classes That Are Worth Paying Extra for

attle class verges on the painful during a quick flight, but can become incredibly excruciating when you're in it for the long haul. Sometimes, it's just worth it to pay a bit extra for comfort. So instead of starting off your holiday on a sour note, check out this list of premium economy classes that will let you upgrade without blowing your entire budget. 1. Singapore Airlines...

Air Canada Not Honouring "Glitch" That Sold Flight Packages for 90% Off

It seemed like a chance to travel the world at bargain prices. For a short while, Air Canada's website was advertising 10-pack flight passes for C$800 - a deal John Risdon jumped on, thinking it was a deal of a lifetime. "Maybe it's a seat sale, maybe it's a promotion they're offering," Risdon said. "It's advertised on their website, so I've got to get it....

Russia and Egypt signed no deal on Alligator combat helicopters — arms exporter

A military-diplomatic source earlier told TASS that Egypt had ordered Russian KA-52 combat helicopters, without providing further details  Russia and Egypt did not sign a contract to supply Russian Kamov Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopters at the MAKS-2015 International Air Show, the director-general of the Rosoboronexport agency dealing with exports and imports of defense-rel...

Tupolev: сosts of resuming production of Tu-160 bomber to be determined by yearend

"By the end of the year we will make up our mind and say something more specific regarding the costs," the company’s CEO, Nikolai Savitskikh said The costs of resuming the production of strategic bombers Tupolev-160 will be determined by the end of the year, the company’s CEO, Nikolai Savitskikh, told the media on Friday. "We have presented our propos...

easyJet Flight Diverted After Popped Champagne Cork Causes Oxygen Masks to Drop from Ceiling

An easyJet flight from London to Turkey was forced to make an unscheduled landing after a popped champagne cork reportedly caused oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling. A stewardess on the plane, which was flying from Gatwick to Dalaman, apparently accidentally fired the stopper into the roof of the aircraft while opening it for two passengers. The incident caused damage to the ceiling of th...

Payments glitch at HSBC leaves thousands of Britons without wages

Thousands of Britons failed to receive their wages on Friday when a problem at Europe's biggest bank HSBC prevented some of its business customers from making payments. The glitch affected payments made by the companies through Britain's Bacs system, which processes electronic transactions. "Approximately 275,000 payments have been affected, including payments to customers of ot...

United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), which has the best on-time record of U.S. airlines. They reflect...

Carlyle looks to sell Landmark Aviation for $1.7 billion

Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG.O) has been exploring a sale of aircraft leasing and maintenance company Landmark Aviation for as much as $1.7 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The business jet market is slowly recovering from a downturn sparked by the global financial crisis, helping valuations for companies offering services to that industry....

Iran may buy at least two types of aircraft in Russia — vice president

The topic of cooperation in defense-related technologies with Russia makes the Iranians feel somewhat nostalgic, Vice President Sorena Sattari said in an interview Iran may sign an agreement with Russia on buying at least two types of military aircraft, Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari said in an interview with the Moscow-based Kommersant Daily upon the end of a visit to Moscow, in t...