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American Airlines says US Airways to join trans-Atlantic venture

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group <AAL.O> said on Thursday that US Airways will join its venture with British Airways <ICAG.L>, Iberia and Finnair that operates flights between the United States and Europe. The addition of US Airways will add 28 routes to the joint business, American said in its statement. US Airways has hubs in Charlotte, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Finnair may shed hundreds of jobs to cut losses

Finnish national carrier Finnair said Thursday that negotiations were underway with staff that could lead to the loss of 680 jobs. "Finnair plans to rationalise its administration and support functions, which could lead to a reduction of approximately 140 employees at this stage," the airline's chief executive Pekka Vauramo said in a statement, adding that a further 540 flight attendants may also be made redundant.

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 a move that marks 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, and one that has had a virtual stranglehold in Japan for decades, and 30 from Airbus, to expand 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.

ANA orders 70 Boeing, Airbus jets listed at $17 billion in bid to be leading airline

TOKYO - ANA is ordering 70 aircraft with a list price of 1.7 trillion yen ($17 billion) from Boeing Co. and Airbus, in the largest order in the Japanese carrier's history. Thursday's orders underline ANA's ambition to become one of the world's leading airlines as well as Japan's tourism drive leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The country is aiming to boost overseas visitors to 20 million a year.

Airlines scale back Venezuela operations

International airlines have scaled back their operations in Venezuela amid a dispute over dollar payments with the government, it was reported here Monday. Ultimas Noticias said 11 of the 26 airlines operating in the country have either reduced the frequency of their flights or were using smaller aircraft to service Venezuelan routes. The report linked the shrinkage to the government's failure to reimburse airlines some $3.7 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Airbus wins Saudi contract for 4 A320s

European aerospace giant Airbus said Monday it had won an order worth some $375 million from a new Saudi Arabian airline for four A320 jets. The planes will be delivered at the beginning of next year, Airbus said. SaudiGulf is expected to start flights in early 2015 and will operate initially out of Dammam, then Jeddah and Riyadh.

Spain airline Iberia says cutbacks dispute settled

Spanish flag-carrier Iberia on Friday settled months of bitter dispute over layoffs and cutbacks by striking a final deal with unions to cut ground staff's salaries, managers said. Management and labour unions representing a majority of ground staff agreed on a seven-percent pay cut and a salary freeze until 2015, Iberia management said in a statement. The agreement, yet to be formally approved by the labour groups, followed thousands of job cuts last year and deals with cabin crew and pilots who accepted a 14-percent pay cut.

Cathay Pacific plane in forced landing after bird strike

A Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 with 234 people on board made an emergency landing in Johannesburg after a bird strike just after take-off at the weekend, the firm said Monday. The flight had taken off Sunday from South Africa's Johannesburg OR International Airport heading to Hong Kong when it returned and safely landed after dumping fuel. "Shortly after take-off, the aircraft encountered a multiple bird strike," it said in a statement. The captain decided to make a U-turn.

American Airlines, JetBlue to end ticketing agreement

(Reuters) - American Airlines <AAL.O> and JetBlue Airways <JBLU.O> said they plan to end agreements covering ticketing, baggage handling and frequent flyer programs. The companies currently have a so-called interline agreement that allows customers to buy connecting flights on each other's planes on one ticket. Such agreements help increase revenue as airlines can offer more destinations without having to service all the planes themselves.

Japan Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Honolulu

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japan Airlines- operated Boeing 787 made an emergency landing at Honolulu Airport after oil pressure in its right engine dropped, the Japanese carrier said. The two-engined jetliner en route to San Francisco from Tokyo diverted to Honolulu, landing at 1343 local time Saturday with 160 passengers on board, a spokesman for JAL said. No one was injured in the incident. "We are investigating the cause of the drop in oil pressure," the spokesman said. The Dreamliner is still parked in Hawaii, he added.
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