Airline Industry

Qatar rejects accusation it sent weapons to Libya


DOHA - Qatar has denied an accusation by Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni that it sent three military aircraft loaded with weapons to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group.

Former Russian paratroopers say lead combat in rebel-held east Ukraine

LUHANSK Ukraine - Surveying a ruined airport in the rebel stronghold of Luhansk, the ex-Russian paratrooper in trademark blue beret boasts that only "professionals" such as him can turn the tide in the conflict with Kiev in eastern Ukraine.

World, Russia 15 Sep 2014

Ukraine PM slams Putin, ceasefire again under strain in east Ukraine

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Fighting flared near an airport in eastern Ukraine on Saturday in breach of a fragile eight-day ceasefire as the prime minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy his country. | Video

Russia, World 13 Sep 2014

Virgin's Branson says flight ban would hurt Russia most

KIEV - Russia would be the biggest loser if it carried out a threat to ban Western airlines from flying over its territory, Richard Branson, the founder of British airline Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL], said on Friday.

South African quarantined in Nigeria tests negative for Ebola

LAGOS - A South African woman who was quarantined overnight in Nigeria as a suspected Ebola case has tested negative for the disease and will be allowed to return home, a U.S. disease expert assisting Nigerian health authorities said on Friday.

Health, Africa 12 Sep 2014

Dutch hope metal shards will lead them to missile that hit MH17

ROTTERDAM - Investigators trying to find out who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine have recovered 25 pieces of metal from baggage and bodies, which could lead them to the missile believed to have torn apart the airliner.

Austrian Airlines dealt setback by EU court ruling

VIENNA - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that collective wage agreements also apply to labour contracts after a transfer of operations, Austrian Airlines (AUA) said, in what appeared to be a setback to its cost-cutting plans.

11 Sep 2014

American Airlines scraps paper manuals for tablets to cut fuel costs

- American Airlines has won regulatory approval to swap flight attendants' paper manuals for lighter Samsung tablets in a change that will save nearly $1 million a year, the company said on Wednesday.

Islamists in Libya's Benghazi probably kidnapped 25 missing soldiers: commander

BENGHAZI Libya - Islamists militants in Libya have probably kidnapped up to 25 soldiers who are missing in the eastern city of Benghazi and killed five others, an army commander said on Wednesday, as the two sides battled over control of the airport.

World, Libya 10 Sep 2014

Malaysia: Dutch report suggests MH-17 shot down from ground

THE HAGUE/GRABOVO - Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 broke apart over Ukraine due to impact from a large number of fragments, the Dutch Safety Board said on Tuesday, in a report that Malaysia's prime minister and several experts said suggested it was shot down from the ground. | Video