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Korean Air to recommence Incheon-Irkutsk flights in May

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea's top carrier, said Tuesday it will recommence flights between Incheon International Airport and Irkutsk in Russian Siberia starting next month. The first flight this year will be made on May 19 with two weekly services scheduled until Oct. 25. Flights will take off on Mondays and Fridays with the twin-engined B737-900ER jet that can seat 159 passengers.

Southwest Airlines says it's setting aside record $228 million for profit-sharing

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines says employees will get a record $228 million in profit-sharing this year, nearly double the payout of a year ago. The airline said Monday that the payout is based on results from 2013, when net income hit a record $754 million. Earnings and stock prices for airlines soared last year, and employees at some carriers are benefiting. Delta Air Lines Inc. said in February that it would pay $506 million in profit-sharing.

Faster Wi-Fi on flights leads to battle in the sky

By Alwyn Scott and Victoria Bryan NEW YORK/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Wi-Fi in the sky is taking off, promising much better connections for travelers and a bonanza for the companies that sell the systems. With satellite-based Wi-Fi, Internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travelers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground - and at lower cost.

Month-long mystery of Flight 370 wears on some air travellers, though others have 'no fear'

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Indonesian mother of three had flown without her kids before, but this was the first time she gave her eldest a to-do list in case something happened on the flight she and her husband were taking. "I never worried like this before what happened with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane," Yulveri, who like many Indonesians uses only a single name, said at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Month-long mystery of Flight 370 wears on some air travellers, though others have 'no fear'

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Indonesian mother of three had flown without her kids before, but this was the first time she gave her eldest a to-do list in case something happened on the flight she and her husband were taking. "I never worried like this before what happened with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane," Yulveri, who like many Indonesians uses only a single name, said at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

IATA wants crackdown on unruly flight passengers

The International Air Transport Association urged governments Thursday to take stronger action against unruly passengers on commercial flights. The International Civil Aviation Organization agreed at a diplomatic conference last week on changes to the Tokyo Convention of 1963, which provides the legal framework for dealing with passengers whose unruly or otherwise disruptive behavior leads to violence or threatens flight safety.

Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal

Swiss voters are set to sink a massive defence deal with Swedish firm Saab to buy 22 fighter planes, an opinion poll showed Friday ahead of a referendum next month. The survey by the gfs.bern polling institute showed that 52 percent of voters opposed the plan, while 42 percent were in favour. With just six percent of voters still to make up their minds, a turnaround by supporters of the fighter purchase appeared unlikely, the polling institute said.

Exclusive: Malaysia starts investigating confused initial response to missing jet

By Siva Govindasamy and Niluksi Koswanage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's government has begun investigating civil aviation and military authorities to determine why opportunities to identify and track Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were missed in the chaotic hours after it vanished, two officials said.

Italian court bars Emirates from flying key route

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian court has ruled that Emirates cannot operate flights directly between Milan Malpensa airport and New York, upholding a legal challenge brought against the Gulf airline by the Italian carrier association Assaereo. Assaereo, whose biggest member is domestic flagship airline Alitalia, had complained that Italy's civil aviation authority ENAC had granted Emirates the right to extend flights from Dubai to Malpensa onwards to New York's John F Kennedy airport.

Etihad boss meets Italian PM with Alitalia deal close

Etihad Airways boss James Hogan met with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday, as his company nears a deal to purchase a stake in debt-laden Alitalia airline, Italian media reported. The meeting took place in the prime minister's official residence with Renzi's right-hand man cabinet secretary Graziano Delrio also attending. The Ansa news agency cited sources saying that a deal on could be in place "within hours".
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