News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

48 Hours In: Potsdam

The home of Prussian royalty, with its castles, gardens, museums and a profusion of international architecture, is rich in atmosphere and sights.

Up in the air: Why frequent flyers are losing out

George Clooney may covet frequent-flyer miles in his latest film, but what do these schemes really offer?

The year starts here: With new heights, new horizons and even new nations to explore, take the plunge into 2010

Adventure, culture or indulgence: whatever you seek in the coming year, let James Tennet, Ben Ross and Simon Calder inspire you.

Threat to 600 jobs in airline shake-up

Airline bmi today announced a restructuring involving a reduction in planes and routes and the possible loss of at least 600 jobs.

Lufthansa buys final 20% of BMI

Lufthansa has bought the final 20 per cent of British Midland (BMI) for £19m, paving the way for sale of the UK airline and potentially sparking a bidding war between rivals British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic.

BA looks to seal Iberia deal by Christmas

British Airways could wrap up a merger deal with Spanish flag carrier Iberia by the end of the year, according to its chief executive Willie Walsh.

'No wheels' jet makes emergency landing

A passenger jet made an emergency landing today on a protective layer of foam at Germany's Stuttgart airport after having problems with its landing gear.

Fasten your seatbelts – there is even more turbulence ahead

As BA reports its first ever summer season loss, the lean winter months look worse than ever for the industry, reports Sarah Arnott

Lufthansa wins BMI sale battle with £115m to spare

Sir Michael Bishop is selling his BMI airline to Lufthansa for £115m less than expected after withdrawing a lawsuit against the German carrier.

Lufthansa set to take control of BMI

Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa was today set to take control of a UK carrier for the first time after agreeing to buy a majority stake in British Midland in a deal costing £223 million.

Lufthansa downgrades profit expectations

Lufthansa has warned investors it would not be able to post an operating profit as planned this year without further cost cuts.

BA and American push for decision on tie-up

British Airways and American Airlines have asked Europe's Competition Commission to formalise any objections to their proposed tie-up by the end of July, and remain confident the scheme will go ahead by the end of the year.

Manon, Theatre Royal, Glasgow<br>Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, St John's Smith Square, London

Its gaudy sets may be courtesy of Ferrero Rocher, but fortunately Scottish Opera's 'Manon' is a feast for the ears'

Michael Church: Does a voice have a sex?

Every voice has its own colour, but sometimes they’re hard to tell apart – and when the singers are not of the same sex, things get interesting. On successive days I heard counter-tenor Iestyn Davies in the Lufthansa Festival performance of Handel’s ‘Athalia’, and mezzo Marijana Mijanovic singing in Handel’s ‘Agrippina’ - and I could have sworn it was the same voice.

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