News The third test flight of the commercial spaceship took it to a record 71,000 feet

The firm hopes to take first ever tourists to space later this year. Onboard cameras were able to capture its rocket-powered engine, the first time it has been used

BA price-fixing trial collapses

The trial of four senior British Airways executives over price-fixing allegations with Virgin Atlantic collapsed today after prosecutors offered no evidence.

Trial opens of four accused of price-fixing at BA

The trial of four former and current British Airways executives for alleged price fixing started at Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday.

Ex-BA chiefs face price-fixing charges

Four British Airways executives fixed the price of fuel surcharges in a secret deal with Virgin Atlantic, a court heard today.

David Prosser: Too much time off for good behaviour

Outlook For the Office of Fair Trading, the policy of offering whistleblowers total immunity from prosecution in cases of market abuse seems to be paying off. The allegations of price fixing it made against Virgin Atlantic yesterday – and remember that the case is not yet proven – were prompted by Cathay Pacific turning grass. The biter bitten, you might say, since Virgin itself once did exactly the same thing to British Airways.

Virgin in price-fixing inquiry as Cathay turns whistle-blower

Office of Fair Trading opens investigation into airline after rival confesses to four years of collusion

Call of the wild: Hitting the heights in Utah's most dramatic national park

The US gave us the world's first national park and the country now has 58 to choose from, including Zion in Utah, where natural wonders coincide with a new respect for the environment

BA blames Iberia merger delay on 'technical issues'

British Airways' merger with Iberia of Spain will not take place in the first quarter of this year as planned because of "technical issues", the UK flag carrier said yesterday.

Consuming Issues: Don't ask a bank for advice

Of the seismic events in my lifetime, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the death of Princess Diana and the attack on the Twin Towers, none has surprised me more than the banking collapse.

Branson's US budget airline plans to fly up to Canada

Virgin America, the low-cost airline set up in the US by Sir Richard Branson, has unveiled ambitious plans for expansion after financial disappointments and wrangling over its ownership structure stymied its first two years in operation.

Virgin air service centre to create 200 jobs

Virgin Atlantic Airways is to create more than 200 jobs over the next two years following the opening of a new customer service centre.

Branson takes BA tie-up fight to Europe

Virgin founder attacks rival's efforts to smooth sign-off of American deal

Travel Agenda: Aer Lingus launches Gatwick to Cork; Brooklands Hotel opens in Weybridge; Virgin Atlantic to fly to Accra

Today: Aer Lingus launches a twice-daily service from Gatwick to Cork, which will be in addition to its service from Heathrow and will muscle in on Ryanair's monopoly on the route ( aerlingus.com ).

Travel challenge: A beach holiday in Barbados

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a week's holiday in Barbados. Prices are for two people travelling together and include non-stop flights from Gatwick...

Simon Calder: No laughing matter for BA's cabin crew

The man who pays his way

Branson attacks US anti-trust move on BA tie-up

Virgin Atlantic president says British Airways' merger with American Airlines will 'stick two fingers up' at consumers
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Poldark star Heida Reed

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn