A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

KLM joins air battle to take stake in British Midland

KLM, THE Dutch national carrier, confirmed yesterday that it has joined the dogfight to take a stake in British Midland Airways.

Outlook: Low-cost airlines

MOST AIRLINE passengers would settle for a flight that was safe, relaxing and stress-free. Not so those party-animals around at KLM, who think flying should be "fun, exciting and energetic". To that end the Dutch flag-carrier plans to launch its own low-cost airline from Stansted next year. Just to make sure that no-one mistakes Buzz for all the other no-frills airlines queuing up to use the airport, its fleet will be painted a garish mixture of sunflower yellow, purple and lime green.

KLM launches no-frills airline Buzz

THE DUTCH airline KLM yesterday unveiled plans to launch a new low-cost airline next year called Buzz. The carrier will initially fly from Stansted airport to seven European destinations using a fleet of eight BAe 146 aircraft.

Obituary: Bob Nelson

BOB NELSON was completely committed to aviation.

Travel: Big deals, small print

In the first of a series of monthly articles, Simon Calder, the senior travel editor of `The Independent', gives consumers the hard facts

Monday book: An unhealthy addiction to quizzes


Airline killed 440 squirrels in `giant shredder'

HAND-FEEDING more than 400 live squirrels into a giant shredding machine may sound like a plot from a straight-to-video horror movie, but to the airline KLM Royal Dutch it was a normal procedure.

Air miles devalued by extra charges

BRITAIN'S FIVE million Air Miles collectors face sharp increases in the amount they must pay to redeem "free" flights.

Air France shares rise 15% in debut

Air France shares rise 15% in debut

Win a trip to Amsterdam

It's a fact: drinking Grolsch can give you Dutch courage!

Business Travel: Web holds the key to cut price travelling

BUSINESS TRAVELLERS may think that the internet provides an easy gateway to the cheapest flights available.

Ryanair profits take off

INTERIM PROFITS at Ryanair, the budget airline, soared to record levels despite a bitter price war in the European market and the recent weakness of sterling against the Irish punt.

Letter: Traveller's fare

Sir: There is far more to complain about in the way our airlines treat their customers than the inexcusable over-booking antics mentioned by Professor Peter Mathieson (letter, 6 November).

Bank prepares for year 2000 cash crisis

THE BANK of England plans to provide emergency help to the banking system in the run-up to 1 January 2000 to cope with an expected surge in demand from the general public for cash.


NO, IT'S not Andy Warhol. He eulogised commercial design; these paintings degrade it. Look closer. Whereas Warhol painted meticulously precise copies of consumer products such as the Campbell's soup can, celebrating them as art, Peter Liversidge copies advertisements for precision products such as Rolex watches in a clumsy way that destroys confidence in them.
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A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction
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Demba Ba (right) celebrates after Besiktas win on penalties
footballThere was no happy return to the Ataturk Stadium, where the Reds famously won Champions League
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Natural beauty: Aidan Turner stars in the new series of Poldark
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Mia Freedman, editorial director of the Mamamia website, reads out a tweet she was sent.
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The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy
arts + ents...begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
Image from a flyer at the CPAC event where Nigel Farage will be speaking
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

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'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

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The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

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Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

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Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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