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Bay Area man convicted of assault over reclining airline seat

Los Angeles - A San Francisco Bay Area man was convicted Wednesday of assaulting an airline passenger aboard a delayed flight from Los Angeles after he became enraged when the victim reclined the back of her seat.

Calgary-bound passengers furious over 8-hour wait on tarmac

Hamilton - Sunwing airline passengers trying to get home to Calgary are furious over the plane's stopover in Hamilton, Ontario where they were forced to endure an eight-hour wait on the tarmac.

Man subdued on Lufthansa flight after tampering with door

Berlin - Lufthansa crew and passengers overpowered a man who tampered with a cabin door on a Frankfurt-to-Belgrade flight on Sunday, the German carrier said, insisting the safety of the plane had not been threatened.

Egypt crash pilots 'totally' lost control: Russian airline

Moscow - The pilots of the Russian passenger jet that crashed in Egypt 'totally' lost control of the plane and did not try to make any radio contact before it crashed, an airline official said Monday.

Vancouver student scoops top prize at Intel science fair

Vancouver - Canadian student Raymond Wang has won $75,000 at an international science and engineering fair. This is for designing a way to better protect airline passengers from pathogens.

Searchers stymied by weather in effort to recover AirAsia jet

Jakarta - Indonesia has temporarily suspended efforts to raise the main fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the floor of the Java Sea because of bad weather, but the difficult and emotionally draining work is expected to resume today.

US Ebola patient 'flew on domestic airplane'

Washington - The second US health care worker infected with Ebola flew on a domestic airplane a day before her diagnosis, and health authorities said Wednesday they are seeking to interview 132 people on that flight.

Airline uses beagle to help passengers find lost luggage

If you ever fly with KLM and are in the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, a beagle may help you find any luggage you might lose, as a video that has gone viral shows.

UPDATED: Malaysian passenger airliner shot down with 295 on board

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board has been reportedly shot down in Donetsk, Ukraine near the Russian border.

Air New Zealand pulls bikini model ads after complaints

Air New Zealand (ANZ) thought that everything would be fine after it released a comical safety video featuring supermodels from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. That was until quite a few flyers took offense.

Search for plane debris on ocean surface ending

Perth - Authorities investigating the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say their search for debris floating in the Indian Ocean is ending and efforts will shift to the seabed.

Dozens of people tweet 'joke' bomb threats to American Airlines

Dozens of people are now known to have tweeted joke 'humorous' bomb threats to American Airlines after the incident on Sunday night when a Dutch teenager tweeted the company.

Strike grounds hundreds of flights in Germany

Frankfurt - Air passengers in Germany faced delays, disruption and hundreds of flight cancellations across the country Thursday as ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers walked out over pay.

Air Berlin seeks recapitalisation, delays 2013 results

Frankfurt - Air Berlin, Germany's second biggest airline, announced that it will postpone its annual earnings news conference as it continues to work on its recapitalisation plans.

Germany faces air traffic chaos over strike

Frankfurt - German airports were bracing for widespread disruption and hundreds of flight cancellations from Thursday as ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers threatened to walk out over pay.

Lufthansa to cancel 600 flights Thursday due to strike

Frankfurt - Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said it will cancel around 600 European and domestic flights on Thursday due to a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers.The giant services sector union Verdi has called for the walkout at...

EasyJet predicts smaller losses

London - British no-frills airline easyJet said on Tuesday it expected to report lower losses than thought for its first half year, and its shares rose sharply.EasyJet said in a statement that it expected pre-tax losses of £55-65 million ($91-107 million, 65-7...

Germany's Lufthansa pilots back strike action

Berlin - Pilots at German flag carrier Lufthansa have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions, a union said Friday.No date has yet been announced for the stoppage which won more than 95 percent approval in a vote, the pilots'...

Turkish Airlines allegedly ships arms to Nigeria, tape reveals

Istanbul - Turkish Airlines allegedly shipped weapons to unknown groups in Nigeria, which has been ravaged by violence between the army and Boko Haram militants, a new incriminating phone call revealed on Tuesday.

Maduro threatens airlines over Venezuela payment row

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro warned airlines on Friday not to cut services for Venezuela over billions of dollars they are owed and threatened them with permanent expulsion.Airlines that serve Venezuela are battling to recover $3.7 billion blocked by the g...

Spain airline Iberia says cutbacks dispute settled

Madrid - Spanish flag-carrier Iberia on Friday settled months of bitter dispute over layoffs and cutbacks by striking a final deal with unions to cut ground staff's salaries, managers said.Management and labour unions representing a majority of ground staff agr...

Airline sector 2014 profit forecast slashed by $1 bn

Geneva - Airline body IATA on Wednesday cut its 2014 earnings forecast for the sector to $18.7 billion, after oil prices soared over the Ukraine crisis.The new figure is a decrease of $1.0 billion from the previous forecast issued in December, said the Internat...

Cathay Pacific says net profit tripled in 2013

Hong Kong - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said on Wednesday its net profit tripled last year, thanks to fuel cost savings and an increase in passengers.The airline said profit jumped to HK$2.62 billion ($338 million) from HK$862 million in 2012 as revenue ...

Mini-skirt turbulence at Japan budget airline

Tokyo - A Japanese budget airline has flown into rough air over its decision to outfit flight attendants in revealing mini-skirts, drawing criticism that it could invite sexual harassment.Skymark Airlines came under fire from the cabin crew's labour union, whi...

Global air passenger traffic climbs 8% in January

Geneva - Global air passenger traffic rose by 8.0 percent in January compared to the same month in 2013, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Wednesday.The year "is off to a strong start, with travel demand accelerating over the healthy resul...

IAG airlines group rebounds into 2013 net profit

London - International Airlines Group rebounded into net profit in 2013, boosted by a strong performance from British Airways and recently-acquired Spanish budget carrier Vueling, it said on Friday.Profits after tax stood at 122 million euros ($167 million) las...

Air France-KLM returns to operating profit as net loss mounts

Paris - French airline Air France-KLM, struggling against low-cost competition, raised operating performance last year despite an increased net loss, the company reported on Thursday.The Air France group, the second-biggest airline in Europe after Lufthansa of...

Australian PM says no handouts for struggling Qantas

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday said there will be no taxpayer handouts for struggling national carrier Qantas, but flagged support for lifting foreign ownership restrictions on the airline.Qantas has been lobbying the government to eas...

South African Airways reports another loss but raises revenue

Johannesburg - South Africa's national carrier reported a loss of 1.2 billion rand ($107 million) before tax in results for 2012 and 2013, published months late on Wednesday."The airline reported total revenue of 27.1 billion rand ($2.

Japanese airline sorry over 'racist' commercial

Tokyo - Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Monday it was modifying a TV commercial after apologising to customers who complained it used racist stereotyping, but insisted they had meant no offence.
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