• *Investors agree to share issue of up to 250 million euros. ROME, July 25- Alitalia shareholders on Friday approved a share issue of up to 250 million euros to keep the Italian flag carrier flying as it seeks to finalize a life-saving tie-up with Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways plans to buy a 49 percent stake in the Italian carrier.

  • BRUSSELS, July 25- When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

  • Air Canada plane told to circle Tel Aviv airport Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    Arthur says the return flight to Toronto departed Tel Aviv about two hours later. The airline plans to operate this evening's flight to Tel Aviv. Flights by Air Canada and other airlines to Tel Aviv resumed Thursday after a suspension Tuesday following a Hamas rocket strike nearby.

  • Turkish high-speed rail opens between main cities Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey inaugurated a high-speed rail service Friday linking Ankara to Istanbul which will cut travel time between the country's main two cities by half.

  • Plane crash deaths set a grizzly new record Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    The last 10 days have been some of the deadliest in aviation history, setting both recent and historical records in the process.

  • *Investors asked to agree to cash call for up to 250 mln euros. ROME, July 25- Alitalia shareholders are meeting on Friday to vote on a share issue of up to 250 million euros to keep the Italian flagship carrier flying as it attempts to finalize a life-saving tie-up with Etihad Airways.

  • The licence for New Kansai International Airport, which will be bundled with the operating rights for smaller Osaka International Airport, should fetch at least 2 trillion yen, Keiichi Ando, the chief executive of the government-owned New Kansai International Airport Co, told reporters.

  • Lufthansa, Air France to resume Tel Aviv flights Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    BERLIN— Air France and Germany's two biggest airlines decided Friday to resume flights to Tel Aviv after canceling operations for several days over safety concerns. Air France said its first flight to Tel Aviv would leave Paris on Friday night. Germany's second-biggest carrier, Air Berlin, said that it would start flying midday Saturday.

  • Air travel a leap of faith for passengers Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    But we also shouldn't worry too much, "says Phil Derner, founder of the aviation enthusiast website NYC Aviation. Then you would say there's a systemic problem here, but each event is unique, "said Jon Beatty, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, an airline industry-supported nonprofit in Alexandria, Virginia, that promotes global aviation safety.

  • Final Glance: Airlines companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Delta Air fell $1.08 or 2.8 percent, to $38.07. JetBlue Airways Corp. fell$. 22 or 2.0 percent, to $11.06. United Continental Holdings Inc. fell $1.08 or 2.3 percent, to $44.92.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:05 p.m. EDT Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    Burkina Faso official says wreckage, remains from missing Air Algerie flight found in Mali Fewer and fewer US layoffs mean job security is as strong as it's been in more than 8 years Obama calls anew for limits on US company mergers overseas, says it's a question of patriotism Amazon shares fall on bigger-than-expected 2nd- quarter loss Starbucks profit rises as new food, drinks help drive sales Growth in payments volume helps drive Visa's 3 Q profit higher; outlook misses Street view Stocks end little changed as investors work through earnings and economic reports IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US, Russia and emerging markets Oil falls near $102, erasing previous day's gains, amid concern about US gasoline demand Revenue increases lift 2 Q profits at airlines, which share the bounty with investors

  • Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    He noted that the FAA ban came on the heels of last week's downing of a passenger jet by a missile in eastern Ukraine. Obama says that before lifting the ban, the FAA worked with Israel on a "checklist of concerns and mitigation measures" to ensure the safety of U.S. airlines. The FAA said the ban was imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Less than one in 2 million flights last year ended in an accident in which the plane was damaged beyond repair, according to the International Air Transport Association.

  • Facebook and Uber plot potential integration Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:32 PM ET
    Facebook Messenger screens

    Mark Zuckerberg held preliminary talks with Uber about possibly integrating the rideshare service with Facebook Messenger. Re/Code reports.

  • Airlines report big 2Q profits on strong demand Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    American Airlines announced Thursday that it would pay its first dividend in 34 years, and both American and United Airlines announced big plans to buy back their own stock, a strategy designed to boost the value of remaining shares.

  • United Continental Holdings also said it would repurchase $1 billion in stock. Delta Air Lines resumed a dividend and buyback last year and Southwest Airlines also pays dividends. Among the smaller carriers, Alaska Air Group pays a dividend.

  • Delta Air Lines to resume Tel Aviv flights Thursday Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    July 24- Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it plans to resume service to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv two days after halting flights amid hostilities in the region. United Airlines earlier said that it was resuming flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • Midday Glance: Airlines companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    Delta Air fell$. 30 or. 8 percent, to $38.85. JetBlue Airways Corp. rose$. 02 or. 2 percent, to $11.30. Southwest Airlines Co. fell$. 01 or percent, to $28.86.

  • Air Canada resumes flights to Tel Aviv Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    TORONTO— Air Canada is resuming flights to Tel Aviv after a two-day halt prompted by security concerns over rocket attacks near Israel's main airport. The airline says Flight AC84 is leaving Toronto for Tel Aviv at 6:10 EST p.m.

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:14 p.m. EDT Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    US stocks rise at midday on stronger earnings IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014 Official: Air Algerie flight' probably crashed' GM profit 2 Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs Ford 2 Q net profit up 6 percent to $1.3 billion US new-home sales plummet in June Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit Markets solid amid mixed US economic news Wal-Mart names new CEO of US discount division American Airlines boosts profit on higher revenue

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