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U-2 Spy Plane Responsible for Delaying Flights at Los Angeles Airport

U-2 Spy Plane Responsible for Delaying Flights at Los Angeles Airport

U-2 spy plane has been blamed for computer glitch at a California air traffic control center and delaying number of flights to and from several airports in the Southwestern United States. Technical failures at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) center resulted in delay of arrival and departure of flights at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Air Berlin Calls Investors to Invest €450m for Restructuring

Air Berlin Calls Investors to Invest €450m for Restructuring

Air Berlin, German low-cost airline, has requested investors to invest €450m to finance a 'comprehensive restructuring' of the business. The airline does not want its own ownership structure to be affected, after facing loss last year.

Etihad Airways, main shareholder of the airline, has subscribed to a subordinated bond worth €300m, which will issue a new bond of at least €150m. Etihad will offer new bonds with maturity in 2019 and will make exchange offer to bondholders with notes due in 2014 and 2015.

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Swiss International Air Lines, World’s First Allergy Friendly Airline

Swiss International Air Lines, World’s First Allergy Friendly Airline

The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) has declared Swiss International Air Lines as the world's first airline to be ‘allergy friendly’. The airline offers an individualized service product for travelers with allergies.

It will offer its passengers lactose and gluten-free food and beverage alternatives such as lactose-free coffee cream and a lactose-free version of the popular Swiss chocolate bar. Moreover, the pillows in airlines will be stuffed with synthetic materials as an alternative to down in the first and business class cabins.

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Ocean Floor of Search Zone for MH370 is mostly Flat

Ocean Floor of Search Zone for MH370 is mostly Flat

Satellites and planes are leaving no stone unturned to find debris of the missing Malaysian jet in southern Indian Ocean. Three kilometers down, the ocean floor is cold, dark and mostly flat. It has the cover of a squishy muck of dead plankton.

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Comair Orders 8 Boeing 737 Max

Comair Orders 8 Boeing 737 Max

Comair Limited has ordered eight Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes as per the official statement released by CEO Erik Venter. The order has been valued at $830 million. Comair has become the first African airline to upgrade its fleet with 737 Max.

The order was booked by Boeing in December 2013. Comair will get the delivery of four planes by 2019 and 4 more by 2021.

Comair stock was trading with gain of nearly 3 percent in Johannesburg. The stock has given more than 35% returns to investors in 2014. Comair increased fares by 17 per cent last year.

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Goodyear Unveils its Newer, Faster and Efficient Model, GZ-20

Goodyear Unveils its Newer, Faster and Efficient Model, GZ-20

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has come up with its all-new faster and more efficient blimp, the first change in 45 years, which will fly the skies later this month. The new blimp, technically called as zeppelin or GZ-20, is capable of performing high-profile outdoor events when it tours the country.

ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, Friedrichshafen, Germany-based company has designed the blimp, usually termed as an airship with non-rigid inflatable balloon. The GZ-20, so-called ‘new technology’ (NT) zeppelin, is a semi-rigid skeleton holding up helium gasbag.

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Cathay Pacific plane lands at Johannesburg Airport due to bird strike

Cathay Pacific plane lands at Johannesburg Airport due to bird strike

Cathay Pacific has informed that a Boeing 747-400 plane had to make an emergency landing at Johannesburg after a bird strike moments after take-off. The flight bound for Hong Kong from O. R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg made a safe landing as the pilot decided to return.

Cathay Pacific official statement said that the plane encountered multiple bird strikes. The captain decided to make a U-turn shortly after take-off.

Flight CX748 for Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday was rescheduled.

The plane had 213 passengers and 21 crew members.

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Another Shock for SAA, Qantas Cancels Code Sharing Agreement

Another Shock for SAA, Qantas Cancels Code Sharing Agreement

After posting loss due to non-profitable routes, South African Airways got another shock from Qantas Airways as the Australian airline cancelled code sharing agreement.

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Labour union Solidarity Plans Strike

Labour union Solidarity Plans Strike

Low cost airline Mango is the next company to face strike threat with labour union Solidarity asking for wage hike. All over the country, workers are demanding higher salaries and managements are trying to escape the bigger staff expense.

Labour union Solidarity said that the management of low cost airline Mango agreed to increase wages of pilots by year 2014. The agreement between the union and management was signed in year 2011.

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Lucky Travelers Fetch Really Cheap Flights on Delta Air Lines

Lucky Travelers Fetch Really Cheap Flights on Delta Air Lines

Website glitch helped some consumers to get really low fares on some flights with Delta Air Lines. Due to a server malfunction, some fortunate travelers have received very cheap flights on c and the company has confirmed those tickets.

From nearly 10 in morning till noon on Thursday, certain Delta charges on the airline's own website and other airfare booking sites were screening up incorrectly. These sites were presenting unbelievable deals to some of the technology savvy deal hunters.

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