Tears and joy on St. Helena as ‘world’s most useless airport’ finally opens

JAMESTOWN, St. Helena - One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight. As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped a...

Boeing and Airbus sales of planes to Iran safe for now

President Donald Trump’s decision not to re-impose sanctions against Iran is good news for Boeing and its European rival, Airbus, which can continue doing business with Iranian airlines that are desperate for new planes. Between them, Boeing and Airbus have announced deals with Iranian airlines that, if finalized, could cover nearly 300 planes worth $40 billion. Still, those numbers pale...

Belarussian student becomes first-ever Miss Wheelchair World

WARSAW : A psychology student from Belarus, Aleksandra Chichikova, was chosen Miss Wheelchair World in the first-ever edition of the beauty pageant held in Warsaw today. “Fight your anxiety and your fears,” the 23-year-old Chichikova said at a gala evening, after the contestants had presented themselves in national costumes and evening dresses in elaborate choreographies. Lebohang Mony...

Air France says flight AF 066 suffered serious engine damage

BERLIN, Air France said an engine on flight AF066 from Paris to Los Angeles had suffered "serious damage", forcing it to divert to Canada. "Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF 066 operated by A380 from Paris-CDG to Los Angeles decided to divert to Goose Bay airport (Canada) following serious damage to one of its four engines," it said in a statement on Saturday. The plane land...

Qatar Airways expects Meridiana to be Italy’s ‘real’ national carrier

DOHA : Qatar Airways will back Meridiana to be Italy's top airline, supplying it with wide and narrow bodied jets to help expand its network, the Middle East carrier's chief executive said on Saturday. Qatar Airways announced on Thursday it had acquired a 49 percent stake in Meridiana's new parent AQA Holding, with previous sole owner Alisarda retaining 51 percent. Qatar Airways will "ma...

Turkish Airlines to place orders for 40 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

TURKEY: Boeing Co said on Thursday that Turkish Airlines intends to buy 40 787-9 Dreamliners, indicating demand for long-haul aircraft amid declining orders for many wide-body models. The agreement, valued at $10.8 billion at Boeing list prices, comes at a time when Turkish Airlines is looking to strengthen fleet capacity to meet demand for the wide-body airliners. Earlier this month Boe...

Lufthansa plane hijacked 40 years ago returns to Germany in pieces

GERMANY:  The Landshut, a Lufthansa airlines jet that was hijacked and the scene of a dramatic hostage rescue nearly 40 years ago, was returned to Germany on Saturday. The majority of the aircraft was brought from an aeroplane graveyard in Brazil in pieces by an Antonov 124 cargo plane to the southern German city of Friedrichshafen. The remaining pieces are to arrive on Wednesday and t...

Air Berlin hits turbulence, cancels 100 flights over sick pilots

BERLIN: Air Berlin passengers faced fresh chaos on Tuesday after the beleaguered German airline cancelled 100 flights due to a surge in the number of pilots reporting sick. The reason for the cancellations is "an extraordinary number of sick reports in the cockpit," said a spokesman for Germany's second-biggest airline, which last month filed for insolvency. Air Berlin has asked passen...

Qatar Airways ‘Global Travel Boutique’ promo launched

DOHA: Qatar Airways has announced the launch of its ‘Global Travel Boutique’ promotion, offering passengers from around the world amazing fares on flights in both Economy and Premium, as well as the opportunity to win once-in-a-lifetime Mega prizes, including the chance to fly free to any Qatar Airways destination for one year. Valid from September 12 to 19, the promotion will offer discoun...

Qatar Airways launches service to Adana, Turkey

DOHA : Qatar Airways has responded to increased customer demand for service to Turkey by launching direct flights to the southern city of Adana, the airline's fourth route to the country. The new three-times-a-week service is in addition to the airline's existing flights to the capital Ankara, and services to historic Istanbul's two main airports. From 6 November 2017, Qatar Airways will...