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Bishop goes to court to force Lufthansa to complete BMI buy

Sir Michael Bishop, the chairman of BMI British Midland, launched High Court proceedings against Lufthansa yesterday to try to force the German airline to complete its purchase of BMI.

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Multiple anti-trust investigations question transatlantic agreements

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German strike hits flights

Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job today at Germany's busiest airport to press their demand for higher wages.

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Just like the steam billowing from a manhole on Broadway, Breslin's prose reeks of New York. His staccato style is well suited to this mug's gallery of Mafia nogoodniks, such as Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso (so called because he used one "to break heads") and the foul-mouthed John Gotti, aka The Teflon Don. Breslin rubbed shoulders with the real Sopranos, but claims that "I chased stories not beatings". Many of his stories come from McGuire's bar in Queens, where Jimmy Burke (who was famously played by De Niro in GoodFellas) paid his tab from $6m stolen from Lufthansa. Checking Breslin's unlikely yarns, Abe Rosenthal, the editor of the New York Times, visited the bar and found a man cleaning an automatic.

Lufthansa takes ailing BMI under its wing in €400m deal

Virgin Atlantic pitches for tie-up with carrier to rival BA's alliance with American

David Prosser: Airlines learn to love each other

Outlook Another day, another nail in the coffin of independent airlines. The hundreds of passengers who turned up at Gatwick yesterday hoping to board flights with the now defunct Sterling Airways hadn't even made it home again before news was breaking of Sir Michael Bishop's decision to sell his stake in BMI to Lufthansa.

Philip Hensher: Alitalia flies into the sunset, and not before time

Alitalia, the hilarious national airline of Italy, is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. The Italian government has been trying to find a buyer for the airline for two years now, without any success. Now it looks almost certain to go under. Following the collapse of Swissair, and the Belgian Sabena, Alitalia's situation makes one wonder why on earth any nation state wanted to own an airline in the first place. It just doesn't seem like a very good idea at all.

Behind-closed-doors plan to rescue XL was shot down by lenders

After tour operator goes into administration leaving 90,000 stranded, details emerge of attempts to secure a deal with two failing airlines

Alarm as passenger jets bump at airport

Two planes carrying a total of 287 passengers collided today on the ground at Manchester airport. The aircraft touched wings as they were taxiing to the first runway.

Simon Evans: If you think things look bad on the ground, it's even worse in the sky

Airlines are in crisis. Expect a merger frenzy and the end of cheap flights

Lufthansa says flights escape strike

A strike by Lufthansa ground and cabin staff over pay has so far barely disrupted flights to and from German airports, the airline said today.

Mecklenburg: Fairy-tale land of lakes

In a corner of Germany cloaked from the West for 40 years lies a fairy-tale land of lakes and castles. Ray Kershaw steers through Mecklenburg

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