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Lufthansa pilots announce three-day strike for next week

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> pilots will hold a three-day strike from April 2 to April 4, their union said on Friday, as they seek to pressure the German airline in pay and contract negotiations. "We won't let ourselves be given the run around by Lufthansa," union Vereinigung Cockpit, which represents around 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, said in a statement on Friday. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Ludwig Burger)

Strike grounds hundreds of flights in Germany

Air passengers in Germany faced delays, disruption and hundreds of flight cancellations across the country Thursday as ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers walked out over pay. But Fraport, the company which operates Germany's biggest airport in Frankfurt, insisted that the situation for passengers was far from chaotic because passengers had been warned in advance and were able to make alternative travel arrangements.

Japan's ANA orders 40 Boeing, 30 Airbus planes worth $16.4 bn

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Thursday it would buy 70 new planes worth $16.4 billion, with almost half from Airbus in move that marked a victory for the European aircraft maker as it tries to prise open the lucrative Japanese market. The airline will buy 40 planes from Boeing, its major supplier that has had a virtual stranglehold in Japan for decades, and 30 from Airbus to increase its fleet ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a statement said. The order includes 14 of Boeing's troubled Dreamliner as well as 20 units of the 777-9X, and six 777-300ERs.

Japan's ANA orders 40 Boeing, 30 Airbus planes worth $16.4 bn

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Thursday it would buy 40 Boeing and 30 Airbus planes, with a list price of $16.4 billion. The airline decided to make the orders, including 14 units of Boeing's trouble-hit Dreamliner, to increase its fleet ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a statement said. hih/hg/dan

Lufthansa to cancel 600 flights Thursday due to strike

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said it will cancel around 600 European and domestic flights on Thursday due to a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers. The giant services sector union Verdi has called for the walkout at Germany's major airports over a pay dispute. "The airlines of the Lufthansa group expect substantial disruptions to air traffic tomorrow, due to the strikes called by Verdi," it said in a statement on Wednesday. It quoted media estimates that around 6,000 employees in Frankfurt alone would take part in the strike.

Lufthansa to cancel 600 flights Thursday due to strike

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said Wednesday that it will cancel around 600 European and domestic flights on Thursday due to a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers. The giant services sector union Verdi has called for the walkout at Germany's major airports over a pay dispute. spm/gd

Lufthansa confident about Bombardier CSeries jets despite delay

By Susan Taylor TORONTO (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa AG <LHAG.DE> said on Monday that it is disappointed by development delays with Bombardier Inc's <BBDb.TO> all-new CSeries jetliner, but the airline said it remains confident it picked the right aircraft. Lufthansa's chief plane buyer, executive vice president of fleet management Nico Buchholz, said he has seen schedules for other new planes slip in the past and has no reason to believe that Bombardier will not meet its new delivery target.

Germany's Lufthansa pilots back strike action

Pilots at German flag carrier Lufthansa have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions, a union said Friday. No date has yet been announced for the stoppage which won more than 95 percent approval in a vote, the pilots' union Cockpit said. Strikes will be announced at least 48 hours in advance, Ilona Ritter of the union said, adding however that stoppages over Easter were not planned. As well as salary increases, the union is also demanding improved conditions for pilots at the end of their careers. ck-kjm/fz/ric

Transfixing mystery of Malaysia Airlines jet unfolding in region where air travel is booming

HONG KONG - The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people. The still unknown fate of Flight 370, which vanished from civilian radar on a nighttime flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, has riveted the flying public and baffled experts. The backdrop is also compelling even if far removed from the headlines.

Boeing in talks with India airlines on 737 MAX jet

By Devidutta Tripathy HYDERABAD (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> is in talks with Indian airlines Jet Airways <JET.NS> and Air India <AIN.UL> about the sale of its 737 MAX jets, a Boeing executive told Reuters on Thursday, as the aircraft manufacturer raised its forecast for demand in India. Boeing now expects India's commercial aviation fleet to grow more than five times in size over the next 20 years, with demand for 1,600 new airplanes valued at $205 billion.
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