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  • *Airbus expects 3,500 A320neo sales by year end. TOULOUSE, France, Sept 25- Airbus successfully staged the maiden test flight on Thursday of an upgraded passenger jet on which it expects to generate hundreds of billions of dollars of revenue, buoyed by an increase in the company's jet demand forecast.

  • Western train makers fight back with hi-tech interiors Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Alstom, Bombardier battle cheaper Chinese manufacturers. BERLIN, Sept 25- Trains are likely to become more like long-haul planes, with customised carriages and tablets embedded into hi-tech seats, as Western manufacturers fight back against cheaper Chinese rivals and Europe's railways open up to greater competition.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 25- Pakistan plans to split ailing national flag carrier PIA into two companies and sell control of the core business to a global airline over the next 18 months, but political opposition to the sell-off will be intense, the country's privatization czar said.

  • PARIS, Sept 24- Air France offered on Wednesday to withdraw plans to expand the low-cost operations of its Transavia brand and called on pilots to end their strike over the proposals. "This proposition addresses the concerns of the social partners and brings a new guarantee that there will be no delocalisation," the airline said in a statement.

  • Montclair, N.J., Sept 24- The New York City suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, may be picturesque, but its roads are a mess. Just paving them would cost $9 million, not including curbs and other features, Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson told state lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • Air France to suspend Transavia Europe plans Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    Air France denied comments by a French minister that it had abandoned plans for its Transavia Europe unit, saying the project was suspended.

  • Airline slammed for flight attendants in lingerie Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 4:09 PM ET
    Ground crew check a VietJet A320 airplane before departure at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi.

    A Vietnamese airline is under fire for a purported ad campaign featuring women dressed in skimpy lingerie acting as cabin crew, according to a report.

  • Are grain farmers losing to oil for rail service? Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    A record harvest will likely cause financial hardships on grain farmers due to a lack of rail service. Some point the finger at the oil industry for the problem.

  • It's official: US joins fight against Asia pirates Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    A map inside the IMB's (International Maritime Bureau) Piracy Reporting Centre (located in Kuala Lumpur) shows where pirate attacks have been occurring in recent years.

    The U.S. formally joined ReCAAP, a Singapore-based, multinational organization battling piracy at sea.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 22- The Canadian government is looking at extending the insurance burden for crude-by-rail disasters beyond just railways and is weighing the idea of a special fund similar to one once set up for maritime oil spills, a government official said.

  • The letter was sent to the heads of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the FCC, and urged a comprehensive review of policy across jurisdictional lines.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 22- The Canadian government is looking at extending the insurance burden for crude-by-rail disasters beyond just railways and is weighing the idea of special fund similar to one once set up for maritime oil spills, a government official said.

  • Sir Richard Branson's latest push: Efficient trucks Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 11:50 AM ET
    Richard Branson

    Sir Richard Branson estimates the North America trucking industry could save up to $40 billion a year through new technologies.

  • Japanese firm to build space elevator by 2050 Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    A NASA rendering for a space elevator of the future.

    Japanese firm Obayashi says its space elevator may be ready by 2050 as developments in carbon nanotechnology make stronger cables.

  • The lure of fall travel despite rising hotel prices Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    As hotels prices rise through fall, travelers are expected to hit the road, lured by new hotels, Ferrari driving packages and upgraded attractions.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- American Airlines Group Inc said on Friday it struck a tentative contract agreement with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, an important step in finalizing a deal with 24,500 U.S.-based stewards at the airline.

  • The link between illegal fishing and piracy Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    A trawler moored in Dakar on Jan. 5, 2014.

    Fishery poaching is wiping out shoreline stocks and pushing poor fishermen from some countries toward piracy.

  • Sept 18- JetBlue Airways on Thursday named Robin Hayes, its current president and a former British Airways executive, to succeed Dave Barger as chief executive, sending the airline's shares up in after-market trading.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 18- Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, will sign a contract to build and lease a floating production ship for its giant Libra offshore project this month, company Chief Executive Maria das Gracas Foster said on Thursday.

  • Sept 18- Mercedes-Benz, the luxury brand of Daimler AG, has received one of the first California licenses for self-driving cars, the company said on Thursday.

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