Business Industrials

  • Dec 6- U.S. luxury homes builder Toll Brothers Inc's revenue increased more than expected for the fifth straight quarter, boosted by higher home sales and average selling prices, and the company also gave an encouraging outlook. Toll Brothers, whose homes can cost upwards of $2 million, on Tuesday also introduced a new line of homes to cater to affluent...

  • LONDON, Dec 6- Liverpool's new container terminal expects to ramp up transatlantic shipping as British companies look to deepen business ties despite concerns that the U.S. election of Donald Trump could hinder free trade, the port operator's chief said. Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said Liverpool, on England's northwest coast, already had 45...

  • CHICAGO— Mechanics at United Airlines have approved a six-year labor deal, the latest in a string of pay-raising contracts in the now profitable industry. The contract with the Teamsters union covers more than 9,000 employees at United Continental Holdings Inc. It covers employees of United and the former Continental Airlines; the two merged in 2010..

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Union mechanics at United Continental Holdings Inc on Monday ratified a six-year joint collective bargaining agreement with the airline, marking the end to several years of contract talks between the two parties. "This contract represents the largest contract for a mechanics group in airline industry history," the director of the Teamsters...

  • DALLAS— Hawaiian Airlines is raising its fourth-quarter forecast for a key revenue figure and ordering more planes. At an investor conference Monday, executives said leisure trips and spending by foreign visitors to Hawaii are both rising. Those planes will mostly fly between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, and they will help Hawaiian speed up retirement of its...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Union mechanics at United Airlines on Monday ratified a six-year joint collective bargaining agreement with the airline, marking the end to several years of contract talks between the two parties. "This contract represents the largest contract for a mechanics group in airline industry history," the director of the Teamsters airline division,...

  • Backed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, maintenance technicians at Chicago- based United, the No. 3 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, will see pay hikes that will put their compensation packages "2 percent above the highest compensation in the industry every two years."

  • DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 5- Tanzania plans to revamp its cash-strapped national carrier by buying new planes as part of plans to boost tourism and transport sectors, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Monday. Home to the famous Serengeti National Park and Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, Tanzania relies heavily on revenues from tourism- its biggest...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Frontier Airlines says one of its planes flying from Chicago to Florida was diverted to Indianapolis after an issue was reported with its fuel system. WRTV-TV says flight 1334 left Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Sunday for Palm Beach with 205 passengers and seven crew members aboard and landed late Sunday in Indianapolis.

  • BERLIN— German airline Air Berlin says it is selling its stake in Austrian carrier NIKI to Etihad for 300 million euros. Air Berlin says the sale marks "an important milestone in the implementation of the company's restructuring plan announced in September." Air Berlin said Monday that it would concentrate on business travel in Germany, Italy, the Nordics and...

  • *To start flying to U.S. from Cork, Dublin. Norwegian Air is working on new transatlantic routes from Irish cities like Cork, Dublin and Shannon, and plans to double its staff in the United States, he said. "We expect to start flying from Cork and Dublin already next summer with at least four weekly routes," said Kjos.

  • San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward says that when the plane landed Sunday afternoon its nose gear collapsed. Skywest Airlines said Skywest Flight 5588 operating as United Express from Houston to Monterrey, Mexico, diverted to San Antonio after the crew got a gear indication. Skywest says there were 51 passengers and four crew members...

  • EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— The union representing approximately 2,600 Pratt& Whitney employees in Middletown and East Hartford has ratified a new labor contract. Members from two locals of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved the deal Sunday, the jet engine manufacturer announced. The Hartford Courant reports that workers...

  • Ghislain Wattrelos joined half a dozen relatives of some of the 239 people aboard Flight 370 on a weeklong visit to Madagascar to ask coastal residents to look out for debris from the missing plane that may have washed up after drifting across the Indian Ocean. "It's been 1,000 days and we still have no clue of what happened— what happened to my family," Wattrelos, a...

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travelers across the Atlantic. While Norwegian is already flying to New York and other U.S. cities, its ability to expand globally has been limited to the air rights that Norway...

  • WASHINGTON— Discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has won permission from federal authorities for its disputed plan to expand flights to the U.S. The Transportation Department said in a regulatory filing Friday that it approved a foreign air-carrier permit for the subsidiary, which is called Norwegian Air International. Norwegian Air Shuttle already...

  • WASHINGTON— United Airlines is paying $2.4 million to settle civil charges stemming from allegations the airline reinstated a direct flight from New Jersey to South Carolina as a personal favor to an official with a nearby vacation home. The SEC said that Continental Airlines had dropped the route before its 2010 merger with United, and another analysis by...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- United Airlines' parent company will pay $2.4 million to resolve civil books and records violations after it reinstated an unprofitable flight route to accommodate the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. securities regulator said. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said United Airlines' decision in...

  • BERLIN— Lufthansa's budget unit Eurowings says it has come to an agreement with its cabin crew to settle a pay dispute. The airline said Friday it had agreed with the Ver.di union on a raise package over three years. Regular cabin crew will receive a 2.5 percent increase this year backdated to October 1, another 2.5 percent a year later, and 1.25 percent more on...

  • LAS VEGAS— A little glitz and a sampling of a Las Vegas Strip dance and acrobatic performance marked the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas. Area elected and tourism officials, a Hainan Airlines executive, and Luo Linquan, the consul general of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, attended a Friday...