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A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

The Russians bring Ajax down to earth

Ajax, the newly crowned world club champions, left for home for the second time yesterday after their original flight from Tokyo was refused permission to fly over Russia, an airport spokesman said.

Legion bug at Heathrow

Heathrow airport yesterday assured passengers they were not at risk after the case of a KLM baggage handler who spent 10 days in hospital fighting the potentially lethal Legionnaire's Disease, writes Elaine Fogg.

Travel: Bumpy ride

EVEN if you have a ticket costing pounds 5,000, it seems there is no certainty you will get to your destination. I was to fly from Heathrow to Amsterdam on British Airways, with a confirmed ticket which had cost about that much. Yes, I know you can fly there and back for pounds 79, but this was an Air Miles ticket: it had cost around pounds 5,000 to earn the required points.

Travel: Being up so long can get you down: Roll up for the mystery tour] The bizarre surprise packages on offer from KLM seduced Simon Calder. He had a day to forget

I closed my eyes and counted to 10. When I opened them the aeroplane's information screen was still glaring at me. It bore the disquieting information that I was flying over London at 30,000ft. Momentarily, I was only six miles from home, but the Boeing 747 that had been my residence for most of the previous 24 hours was flying on for another 40 minutes, and then I would be 200 miles further away and even more tired. There was nothing magical about this mystery tour.

Jumbo near-miss

Air investigators were studying an 'air-miss' in which a KLM Boeing 747 jumbo jet carrying nearly 300 passengers had to climb to avoid two military jets east of Stornoway in the Western Isles on Saturday.

Bodycote down 13% for year

RATIONALISATION in its Dutch subsidiary and the malaise in the world aviation industry pushed full-year pre-tax profits at Bodycote International down 13 per cent to pounds 11.8m, below analysts' expectations, writes Glenda Cooper.

KLM in new scare

AKLM-operated Saab aircraft on a flight to Cardiff was forced to return to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after a warning light showed the aircraft's de-icing system had failed. On Monday, a similar KLM aircraft operating the same route crash- landed killing three people.

Crash pilot reported engine trouble: British woman among three dead as KLM aircraft comes down soon after take-off from Amsterdam

THREE PEOPLE died and 13 were seriously injured yesterday when an aircraft carrying 21 passengers, mostly British, from Amsterdam to Cardiff crash-landed at Schiphol airport shortly after take-off.

Air UK flies back to profit after three years in red

AIR UK, the country's third biggest scheduled carrier, returned to profit last year after losses of pounds 31m in the previous three years.

Future of airlines in doubt after failure of Alcazar plan

THE COLLAPSE of talks on the Alcazar European airline merger shook the four airlines involved yesterday, sparking concerns about their financial strength, Reuter reports.

Airline merger talks crash: Plans for European fortress founder over US partner

FRANKFURT (Reuter) - Alcazar, the most ambitious airline merger ever attempted, was grounded yesterday when four European carriers abandoned talks because of a dispute about which US partner they should fly with.

Merger in trouble

The planned merger of KLM, Swissair, Scandinavian Airline System and Austrian Airlines to create a new super-airline 'Alcazar' looked close to collapse yesterday. The four airlines were expected to break off talks after 10 months, because of a dispute about the choice of a US partner. KLM wanted to retain its link with Northwest Airlines, but the other three favoured Delta Air Lines.

Swissair claims agreement on global airline is close: Alliance forecast to add 760m pounds to bottom line of partners

SWISSAIR, one of the four European carriers involved in talks to create a new global airline force, said yesterday that agreement was close.

Airlines complain over handling monopolies

SEVERAL airlines - including British Airways, SAS, KLM and Air France - have complained to the European Commission about alleged abuse of ground-handling monopolies at some European airports.

KLM and Northwest merge operations

NORTHWEST Airlines and KLM, the Dutch flag carrier, began integrating their international operations yesterday, announcing plans to merge their schedules and operate joint transatlantic flights.
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