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Virgin Australia buys out Tiger Airways for A$1
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:09

Virgin Australia will buy out loss-making budget carrier tigerTiger Airways Australia for A$1 (£0.54).

Virgin already has a 60% stake in Tiger but will take full control in an effort to speed up a turnaround, it said.

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Ebola: UK cancels resumption of direct flights to Sierra Leone
Monday, 13 October 2014 15:33

medical supplies at Freetown's airport to help fight Ebola in Sierra Leone.Department of Transport cites deteriorating public health for revoking Gambia Bird’s licence to fly to Ebola-hit country

The first direct flights to resume from the UK to Sierra Leone have been cancelled after the British government revoked Gambia Bird’s recently granted permit because of fears over Ebola.

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Air France pilot strike costs airline 500 million euros
Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:55

AirfranceAir France has warned last month’s two-week pilots’ strike cost it  500 million euros (£393 million), and African low-cost flier fastjet said its Tanzanian operations had been disrupted by an unusually high number of bird strikes.

The French carrier said it had lost 350 million euros from lower takings on its own flights and buying customers tickets on rival airlines.

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NASA to crash helicopter to test safety improvements
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:42

helicopter-drop-004NASA researchers will crash a 45-foot-long  helicopter fuselage from a 30-foot height for the second time in a year — all in the name of safety.

NASA is collaborating with other U.S. and international government agencies on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash test scheduled for Oct. 1, weather permitting, at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research Facility.

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Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:18

If companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But while these tech giants seem to have all the money, expertise, and resolve they need to accomplish that goal—vowing to offer internet connections via things like high-altitude balloons and flying drones—Yael Maguire makes one thing clear: it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Boris Island airport plan rejected
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:55

Boris Island airportA proposal for an island airport in the Thames estuary has been rejected by a commission looking into the UK's airport needs.

Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Airports Commission, said the cost, economic disruption and environmental issues made the plan unviable. The estuary airport proposal was dubbed Boris Island, because of strong backing from Mayor London Boris Johnson.

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Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff after disasters
Saturday, 30 August 2014 12:41

Malaysia airlinesMalaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two disasters this year.

The reduction in staff numbers represents around 30% of its workforce of 20,000. The airline will become completely state owned, and a new chief executive will be put in place.

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MH370: Indian Ocean search for missing plane refined
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:54

signed an agreementAustralia says the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the search area in the Indian Ocean.

Officials said further refinement of satellite data found the plane may have turned south earlier than thought. The announcement came as Australia and Malaysia signed an agreement on the search's next phase, which will see the two countries sharing costs.

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Australian airlines approve phone use on flights
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:26

use of electronicsTravellers on Qantas and Virgin Australia will be able to use their mobile phones and other electronic devices during flights from Tuesday.

The new rule applies to international and domestic passengers flying the two Australian airlines. It will affect tablets, e-readers and small game consoles, as well as smartphones.

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British pilots storm to a double victory in Red Bull Air Race
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:16

Paul BonhommeBritain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at the Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, Aug. 18.

It was the 15th career victory for Bonhomme and also his second win of the season, helping him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season.

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