Airline Industry

Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia

KIEV - Ukraine's military said on Monday it had pulled its forces back from defending a vital airport in the east against Russian tanks, as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of "direct and open aggression".

NY storms end Electric Zoo music festival, halt U.S. Open, delay flights

NEW YORK - Severe thunderstorms on Sunday forced an early end to New York's Electric Zoo music festival, delayed flights at area airports and injured two people after a lightning strike near a Bronx beach.

Environment, U.S. 31 Aug 2014

F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.

- Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.

Finnish PM says Russia trying to irritate with airspace violation

HELSINKI - Russia is trying to irritate Finland by its repeated violations of Finnish airspace, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said on Saturday, while playing down suggestions that the Nordic country was edging closer to NATO.

World, Russia 30 Aug 2014

Poland, Ukraine bar overflight by Russian defense minister's plane

WARSAW - Poland and Ukraine refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to use their airspace on Friday while returning home from a visit to Slovakia.

World, Russia 29 Aug 2014

U.S. slaps more sanctions on Iranian banks, firms

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday penalized a number of Iranian and other foreign companies, banks and airlines for violating sanctions against Tehran largely tied to its nuclear program.

Poland, Ukraine bar overflight by Russian defense minister's plane

PRAGUE/MOSCOW - Poland and Ukraine refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to use its airspace on Friday while returning home from a visit to Slovakia, the Slovak Interior Ministry said.

World, Russia 29 Aug 2014

Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to lose 6,000 jobs in bold revamp

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will slash nearly a third of its 20,000 workforce and cut back its global route network as part of a radical 6 billion ringgit ($1.9 billion) restructuring following the devastating impact of two jetliner disasters.

29 Aug 2014

After disasters, stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts

KUALA LUMPUR - As bodies from downed Flight MH17 were brought home last week, a group of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants, in black mourning headscarves contrasting with their pink and turquoise uniforms, sobbed and clung to each other in grief.

27 Aug 2014

U.N. agency to launch plan for warning airlines of risks in conflict zones

- The United Nations' civil aviation body will launch two pilot projects designed to help airlines and states better share information about risks in conflict zones, the organization said on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine.