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  • Feb 3- United Airlines has offered to re-assign pregnant flight attendants concerned about contracting the Zika virus from routes to Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a memo seen by Reuters. "We have immediate concern about our members' health," said Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, when asked for...

  • NEW YORK— Richard Anderson, who oversaw Delta Air Lines' transformation into one of the world's most profitable airlines, will retire this May. His right-hand man, airline president Ed Bastian, will take over as CEO, the Atlanta- based airline said Wednesday. Delta also purchased a 49 percent ownership stake in Virgin Atlantic to gain much-needed access to London...

  • UPDATE 1-British Airways to resume flights to Iran Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 12:20 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 3- British Airways will resume direct flights from London to Tehran from July, renewing links with the Iranian capital after sanctions were lifted. The British airline followed Air France-KLM in confirming its intention to restart flights to Tehran after Iran curbed its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of U.S., EU and United Nations...

  • British Airways to begin flying to Iran from July 14 Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:22 AM ET

    Feb 3- British Airways will begin direct flights from London's Heathrow airport to Tehran from July 14, International Consolidated Airlines Group SA said on Wednesday. The company, which operates British Airways and Iberia Airlines, said it would will launch the route as a six-per-week service before moving to daily flights from winter 2016..

  • Baltic index falls to a further record low Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 9:14 AM ET

    Feb 3- The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, tumbled to another fresh low on Wednesday on worries about vessel oversupply and slowing global demand. Average daily earnings for capesize vessels, which typically transport 150,000- tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, decreased by $47 to...

  • MADRID— A large cargo ship that went adrift last week in the Bay of Biscay is nearing the northern Spanish port of Bilbao following a towing operation that has lasted days. The crew on the Panama- registered vessel was evacuated after issuing a distress call last Tuesday. Authorities had feared it would run aground in southwestern France.

  • *Could lead to joint venture to restore flights with Russia. CAIRO, Feb 2- An Egyptian airline plans to buy up to 10 Russian-made jets in a deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft that could also see the creation of a tour agency to restore flights between the two countries that were suspended after a plane crash last year. An Egyptian source said the deal included the...

  • Tuesday's decision by Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the hurdles that passengers can face in holding carriers liable for travel snags, including when foreign laws or code-sharing arrangements are involved. In the first case, the appeals court said Deutsche Lufthansa AG owed nothing to a California man who arrived in...

  • The Atlanta- based airline does not expect further delays due to the issue, and no flights already in the air were affected, spokesman Michael Thomas said in a statement. The delays prompted concern from travelers on social media, including journalists who were in Iowa to cover the caucuses there ahead of the U.S. presidential election in 2016..

  • LOS ANGELES— City officials are acknowledging for the second time in recent months that the Port of Los Angeles failed to meet requirements to reduce pollution at a shipping terminal. An audit by the city-owned port found that the TraPac terminal near Wilmington did not comply with measures to improve air quality that were adopted years ago, the Los Angeles...

  • ROME, Feb 2- Italy's Meridiana Fly held talks with the country's development minister on Tuesday about the ailing airline's future, its CEO said after the meeting, but did not comment on speculation Qatar Airways could come to the rescue. I can't say more at this stage, "Meridiana Chief Executive Marco Rigotti said when asked about potential talks with Qatar...

  • Feb 2- The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped to another all-time low on Tuesday on worries about vessel oversupply and slowing global demand. Average daily earnings for capesize vessels, which typically transport 150,000- tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, increased by $16 to...

  • ROME, Feb 2- Top executives of Italy's Meridiana Fly are meeting with the development minister in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the future of the ailing regional airline, amid speculation Qatar Airways could come to the rescue. "Talks are going on with Qatar Airways to let the carrier enter into capital," one source close to the matter said. Qatar Airways declined to...

  • The Chilean Health Ministry says all three Zika cases reported Tuesday were contracted outside Chile. It says one person was infected while traveling in Venezuela, one in Colombia and one in Brazil. The World Health Organization says Zika is likely to spread to every country in the Americas where the Aedes aegypti is found.

  • Iran signs deal to buy 20 more airplanes Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 4:36 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran's national carrier has signed an agreement to buy 20 new passenger airplanes with an option for 20 more from French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR, Iranian media reported Tuesday. The purchase comes a week after Iran Air signed a deal to buy 118 planes from the European consortium Airbus, signaling a major effort to develop the civilian...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 1- Outer Harbor Terminal LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, two weeks after terminating its lease held in a joint venture with Ports America. Last month, Ports America, one of the largest marine cargo operators in the country, said it was shifting its business from the Oakland port to other cities along the West Coast, including...

  • ATLANTA— Delta Air Lines is apologizing to passengers after a confrontation between two flight attendants last month led pilots to make an unscheduled landing halfway through the trip. The Aviation Herald, a website that tracks accidents and other incidents involving planes, said Delta flight 2598 was headed from Los Angeles to Minneapolis on Jan. 22 when two...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 1- Brazilian airline Azul SA may sell its mileage program TudoAzul in a private placement due to a challenging market for initial public offerings, according to a Bradesco BBI analyst report citing an interview with Azul's chief financial officer John Rodgerson.

  • NEW YORK— United Airlines is trying to bring back a bit of the friendly skies, allowing families with young children to board early. The move, which takes effect Feb. 15., lets families with children age two and under get settled in their seats before the rush of other passengers clamoring for overhead bin space. It has forced families to board with everybody else...

  • BERLIN, Feb 1- Budget airline Ryanair is set to fly more passengers than Lufthansa for the first time this year, heaping pressure on the German carrier to make a success of Eurowings, its latest attempt to crack the low-cost market. The Germanwings experiment didn't work because it wasn't sufficiently low-cost, but Eurowings should have greater labour...