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Flybe in talks to buy bmi regional, bmi baby

Reuters, quoting The Mail, reports, British airline Flybe is in talks to buy British Midland’s (BMI) subsidiary operations bmi regional and bmi baby. The two airlines are not core to the strategy of British Midland’s new owner, Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), it said. Lufthansa took over British Midland last month, but the German airline has indicated it …

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Air France KLM flights to Phuket instead of Bangkok

As per a press release Air France and KLM will operate “rescue” flights to Phuket on 1 and 2 December from Amsterdam and Paris-CDG respectively. Due to the closure of Bankok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport, Air France and KLM will operate one flight on 1st December and one flight on 2 December 2008 from Phuket Airport. Departure from Phuket on 1 …

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U.S. Embassy message on Bangkok airport situation

banThe US Embassy in Bangkok has posted this message on its website. However, many Americans have been complaining about the unhelpful nature of the embassy staff. More importantly are some contact numbers that may be helpful. American citizens travelling or living in Thailand should be aware that the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has entered and forced the closure of …

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Security at New Delhi airport intensified

PTI reports an anonymous e-mail threatening to blow up the international airport in New Delhi has prompted authorities to step up security by deploying additional forces inside and outside the facility. The information about the e-mail was passed on to higher officials of the CISF, which is handling security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), from Gujarat, CISF sources …

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Lufthansa launches new Lufthansa Italia brand

New Italian airline to be established – Lufthansa Italia to offer direct connections from Milan Malpensa to European destinations – Flights already available for booking from 99 euros Lufthansa has launched its new “Lufthansa Italia” brand in Italy. Lufthansa is to found its own Italian airline under the new brand early next year and apply for an Italian Air Operator …

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National Security Guard – The real Men in Black

They are India’s Men in Black, the “Black Cats”, nicknamed after their black nomex coveralls, and balaclavas. They may not have the toys of Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, but with their specialised equipment and training, they far more deadly. They’re frequently seen guarding the high and the mighty of the land, forming a protecting ring around them with …

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Indian airports on high security, Mumbai flights back to normal

As Mumbai recovers from the dastardly terror attacks, all major airports across India, especially those in the western region, have been put on ultra high alert and extra vigil has been mounted.Image Courtesy FT.comExtra surveillance has been mounted, with additional Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and police personnel being deployed to keep an eye not just around the terminals, but …

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Nutplate issue driving Boeing nutty

Nutplates are small anchoring devices generally attached to the inner skin surface to hold wire and cable bundles in place. These small devices are driving aircraft major, Boeing, nutty. Boeing 737-900ERDuring the recent 57-day long machinists’ strike, which has already led to a 10-week delay on deliveries of all Boeing aircraft, and pushed back the 787 programme into 2009, Boeing …

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Air New Zealand Airbus A320 crashes in Mediterranean

An Air New Zealand Airbus A320 passenger plane, on a test flight, crashed off France’s southern coast Thursday, killing all seven people onboard, authorities said. The plane plunged into the Mediterranean at 4:46p.m. local, officials said. A witness told French radio he saw the Airbus dive and plunge into the sea. “It was flying straight, then it turned brutally towards …

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Singapore Airlines suspends Bangkok services indefinitely

Singapore Airlines will suspend all its flights to and from Bangkok until further notice due to the security situation, and a lack of operational service staff, at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The suspension includes those flights scheduled between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok, in addition to flights between Bangkok and Singapore. Customers booked on flights in the near future are advised to monitor …

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BIAL files default notice against aviation ministry

The Deccan Herald reports that the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) consortium has filed a default notice about 10 days ago against the Union civil aviation ministry asking it to make good losses of Rs 23 crore. BIAL claims it had incurred the losses and indirectly held the ministry responsible for it — its complaint was the failure to clear …

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Protesters close Bangkok Don Muang airport also

Anti-government protests, in Thailand, which have been building for four months now, and have paralyzed the government, battered the stock market, spooked foreign investors, and dealt a serious blow to the tourism industry, sent Thailand in to a bigger tailspin. Thai authorities have shut down the Don Muang airport, which had been receiving some diverted flights from Suvarnabhumi airport. Till …

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Air India, Jet, Kingfisher, withdraw transaction fee

India’s top three airlines have withdrawn a transaction fee on air tickets effective today for tickets sold through their call centres, websites or offices. Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines have withdrawn the fee, which ranges from 350 rupees on a domestic economy ticket to 1,200 to 10,000 rupees on first class international tickets. Earlier this month, airlines had …

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