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Back same-sex marriage, Qantas boss urges Australia firms

Corporate Australia should speak out in support of same-sex marriage, Qantas chief Alan Joyce said Friday as he pledged to donate a «significant amount» of money to boosting the «Yes» campaign in an upcoming national vote.

Australian carrier Qantas records strong profits

Australian carrier Qantas posted healthy annual net profits Friday backed by a strong domestic market, as it announced a share buyback and flagged plans to offer direct flights to London and New York.

Made-in-China jet takes maiden flight

The first large made-in-China passenger plane took off on its maiden test flight Friday, marking a key milestone on the country's ambitious journey to compete with the world's leading aircraft makers.

Qatar Airways chief accuses US carriers of «bullying»

The chief of Qatar Airways on Monday accused American carriers complaining over alleged subsidies to Gulf airlines of "bullying", as he announced new US routes in defiance of mounting airport restrictions.

United CEO Munoz no longer to become chairman

United Airlines said Friday it no longer plans to name chief executive Oscar Munoz chairman as it revised its compensation program following an uproar over its treatment of a passenger.

Emirates cuts flights to US as demand weakens

Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, said Wednesday that it will reduce flights to the United States after tightened visa and security measures under President Donald Trump hit demand.

United won't fire anyone over manhandled passenger

United's widely-condemned violent removal of a passenger from a flight was a «system failure» and no employees will lose their jobs as a result, United Continental chief Oscar Munoz said Tuesday.

United reports solid profits, vows better customer treatment

United Continental reported sharply lower first-quarter earnings Monday but they still bested analyst expectations, and the airline vowed to remake its customer service after its rough treatment of a passenger stoked global outrage.

Delta to pay up to $10,000 to bumped customers

Delta Air Lines has increased the maximum possible payout to passengers to nearly $10,000 if they voluntarily give up a seat on an overbooked flight, the company told AFP Monday.

Qatar Airways launches world's longest flight

Qatar Airways launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland taking off eight minutes early on Sunday, a company spokeswoman said.


Russia, the black box of the Tupolev brought to the surface

The discovery of the black box took place at 1,600 meters from the shore, at a depth of 17 meters. The box, immersed in water so that the air does not deteriorate the recorded material, will reach the Central Institute of Lyubertsy research center of excellence in the South East suburbs of Moscow.

Second Sydney airport cleared for take off

Sydney is to get its second international airport after the Australian government approved plans on Monday, ending decades of indecision over a facility that will initially handle 10 million passengers a year.


Chapecoense, the video of the last party before the tragedy

Brazil has decreed three days of national mourning for the death of 75 people, mostly members of the football team Chapecoense, in the plane crash near Medellin, leading the team to Colombia to play the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atletico Nacional.

UPS to buy 14 Boeing freighter planes

US shipping company UPS announced Thursday it will buy 14 Boeing freighter aircraft, and has an option to buy 14 more, to increase fleet capacity.

Smoking Samsung phone sparks alert on Indian flight

A smoking Samsung phone sparked alarm on an Indian flight on Friday, the airline said, weeks after the manufacturer recalled 2.5-million units of its latest model when batteries began catching fire while charging.


Hong Kong: typhoon Nida arrives, flights canceled for 16 hours

Hundreds of flights were canceled, schools were closed, as well as most of the shops and the Stock Exchange. The winds have lashed 150 per hour throughout the night the city and many areas are closely monitored for the risk flooding.


The second airport of Brussels «stormed» by passengers

Everything works, but to its capacity limits. And Easter is expected a greater influx of its history: 100 flights, almost 40 thousand people. The main port of call, however, will remain closed at least until Sunday included.

Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels Tuesday after a series of bombs blasts killed around 35 people in the city's airport and a metro train, sparking a broad security response.

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