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.

Ayling declares BA has turned the corner despite 80% profits slump

BRITISH AIRWAYS declared yesterday that it had started to turn the corner despite reporting a drop of more than 80 per cent in profits for the second quarter - traditionally its most profitable period of the year.

Outlook: Ayling fights to pull BA's shares out of tailspin

BRITISH AIRWAYS' share price is suffering from the same problem as its giant ferris wheel on London's South Bank. As Richard Branson pointed out yesterday with characteristic cheak, Bob Ayling just cannot get it up. In the space of the last five months BA's shares have gone into such a tailspin that the chairman of Virgin Atlantic is thinking of resurrecting plans to acquire a minority stake in his arch rival.

US airline staff ran drugs racket

AIRLINE FOOD trays and items of baggage were used to smuggle drugs into the United States through Miami airport, according to police in the city. The drugs ring responsible was allegedly operated by ground crew of American Airlines.

BA to cut seats to US

BRITISH AIRWAYS will an-nounce a 12 per cent cut in the number of seats available on its transatlantic flights over the next three years in a bid to shore up profits and comfort investors.

The Investment Column: John Menzies

JOHN MENZIES has pulled off a textbook lesson in business strategy. Its skills as a retailer were insufficient to see it compete successfully in the high street, so it found new markets for its related abilities in distribution. That market - yet another beneficiary of the outsourcing craze - has better prospects.

Travel: A land fit for giants

Can't face the suffocating crush of New York's museums, but still want to see world-class art? Then head off for the tranquillity of the Appalachians and the Storm King Art Center, where huge sculptures dot the landscape Traveller's Guide

Greeks ask BA to manage Olympic

BRITISH AIRWAYS is to take over the running of the ailing state- owned Greek carrier, Olympic Airways, as a prelude to the privatisation of the business.

Classical: Handel in youth and age

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MBA: Time to invest in your future

More and more people are choosing to go back to school in order to succeed at work.

Smart Moves: How to learn in a global classroom

Today's Tuesday, this must be Hong Kong. No, not the bemused mutterings of a jet-lagged traveller, but the words of an international executive on a business management course.

Budget airlines face shake-out, says Bishop

THE HEAD of the UK's second-largest scheduled airline yesterday predicted a bloodbath between the low-cost carriers.

Consumer Travel: Flight 2000: ready for take-off?

Most airlines seem confident they can deal with Y2K, but some are taking no chances.

Investment: Menzies profits set to drop

JOHN MENZIES, the news and logistics business, yesterday warned full-year profits would drop in 1999 because of management and systems problems which have hampered its attempt to refocus the company.

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