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

Bumper pay deals from a bygone era threaten BA's future

Since the no-frills revolution began, the airline's extravagant cost base has been exposed

Kicking off the celebrations: South Africa's Sun City turns 30

Once the most controversial tourist resort in the world, South Africa's Sun City turns 30 this month – and with England's first World Cup match to be played nearby, it has cause for celebration

Branson unveils his spaceship

Billionaire Richard Branson yesterday unveiled the first commercial passenger spaceship, a sleek black-and-white vessel that represents an expensive gamble on creating a commercial space tourism industry.

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BA targeted – by an airline it part owns

Flybe uses bigger rival's impending strike to entice travellers to switch

Space tourism still has 'a long way to go'

When a private spaceship soared over California to claim a $10 million (£36.2 million) prize, daredevil venture capitalist Alan Walton was 68 and thought he'd soon be on a rocket ride of his own.

BA challenged over transatlantic alliance plan

British Airways faces a battle to go ahead with its planned alliance on transatlantic routes with giant US carrier American Airlines (AA), it was revealed today.

Virgin reach for the stars with Manor

Branson's group take over Formula One's new kids on the grid with space tourism executive at the controls

The plot that changed the way we fly

The airliner plot is the reason why millions of air passengers are now restricted on how much liquid they can take on board a plane.

Three, two, one ... lift-off for Branson

A cash injection from Abu Dhabi turns Virgin Galactic from a flight of fancy into a serious business; and space tourism is just a part of it.

Virgin shows off 'space plane'

Hundreds attending an air show got to see an airplane built to launch a ship into space, with the eventual goal of launching commercial space travel.

Branson set to pump extra £40m into Australian budget airline Virgin Blue

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group is set to inject A$80m (£40m) into the Australian budget airline Virgin Blue after the carrier warned of looming full-year losses.

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