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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.

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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

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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.


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