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  • ADDIS ABABA, Aug 20- Ethiopian Airlines is powering ahead with a plan to expand its fleet and route network after exceeding its profit target for the 2014/ 15 year, its chief executive said in an interview. Ethiopian Airlines flew six million passengers in the prior year, up from 5.22 million in 2012/ 13.. Ethiopian Airlines plans to increase revenue to $10 billion by...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a first-in-the nation initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of SeaTac should apply to thousands of workers at the airport. SeaTac was the first city in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum wage, but it only applies to transportation and hospitality workers.

  • SYDNEY— Qantas Airways Ltd. posted a 557 million Australian dollar full-year profit on Thursday in a dramatic turnaround since it recorded a $2.6 billion loss in the previous year. Australia's largest airline said in a statement that the profit for the fiscal year through June reflected strong performances from all business segments, including its...

  • Tianjin's deadly blasts expose China's work safety woes Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 1:18 AM ET

    BEIJING— By official data, China is becoming safer from accidents year after year. But the explosions over the Tianjin port last week are a stark reminder that it has far to go in preventing workplace disasters— from blasts on factory floors to leaks of oil pipes and warehouse fires. The blasts that started at a hazardous material warehouse in the eastern city of...

  • TORONTO, Aug 20- Regulators threatened to ground Canada's Porter Airlines over safety problems in 2008, according to documents reviewed by Reuters, but the matter was kept secret for years- a sign, some critics say, of how little the public is told about the safety of Canadian airlines. Reuters got access to the documents in June from Transport Canada, the nation's...

  • Uber New York

    The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles filed an amended complaint against Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday, which said "systemic failures in Uber's background check process" came to light after their initial December filing. The San Francisco- based Uber could not immediately be reached for comment, but the company said in a statement to the...

  • Qantas makes super-fast turnaround to profit Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 8:26 PM ET

    Qantas Airways posted one of the quickest turnarounds in Australian corporate history, with a return to full-year profit.

  • OAKLAND, Calif., Aug 19- California Governor Jerry Brown told state legislators on Wednesday that they needed to get past political infighting and develop a plan for long overdue and much needed repairs to the state's roads, bridges and other infrastructure. He was joined by the state assembly's top Democrat at a news conference in Oakland on Wednesday where...

  • SYDNEY— Qantas Airways Ltd. posted a 557 million Australian dollar full-year profit on Thursday in a dramatic turnaround since it recorded a $2.6 billion loss in the previous year. Australia's largest airline said in a statement that the profit for the fiscal year through June reflected strong performances from all business segments, including its...

  • *Underlying profit of A $975 mln vs loss of A $646 mln. SYDNEY, Aug 20- Qantas Airways Ltd posted one of the quickest turnarounds in Australian corporate history on Thursday with a return to full-year profit and announced it will exercise options to buy eight Boeing Co 787-9 Dreamliner jets. That was slightly under analyst consensus for a A $982 million profit but a...

  • Is Delta shaming its passengers into upgrades? Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 7:39 PM ET
    Eric Migicovsky, founder of Pebble, and James Patten, a TED senior fellow, at their Delta boarding gate.

    A strategy by Delta to highlight what comes with cheaper tickets could shame customers into upgrading, reports the L.A. Times.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told the Kansas aviation industry leaders during a forum in the Wichita suburb of Park City that his agency has received some 3,000 comments regarding proposed rules governing drone use. Foxx's comments come a week after the Federal Aviation Administration reported that drones had been spotted 650 times this year as...

  • Old airports, congestion add to flier frustration Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 2:52 PM ET
    A passenger attempts to check himself in from a self-service kiosk at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

    Two big culprits behind flier frustration are the country's aging airports and growing congestion in the skies.

  • Large sinkhole closes interstate in New Hampshire Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 2:02 PM ET
    A section of I-93 in New Hampshire closed due to a sinkhole.

    A large sinkhole opened on Interstate 93 in New Hampshire on Wednesday, causing closures on parts of the highway.

  • WRAPUP 2-Airline fares dampen U.S. consumer prices in July Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 12:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 19- U.S. consumer prices rose only slightly in July as airline fares recorded their biggest drop since 1995, but tame inflation will probably not discourage the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates this year amid signs of an improving economy. They just need to have reasonable confidence it will return to mandate, "said Michelle Girard,...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Aug 19- Britain's air safety investigator on Wednesday blamed a short-circuit involving a lithium-metal battery for a 2013 fire on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner parked at London's Heathrow Airport and called for further scrutiny and testing of lithium batteries on all aircraft. Boeing shares fell 1.3 percent to $142.66 on the New York Stock...

  • Agency: Stores must stop drone sales at New Jersey airport Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    "The Port Authority shares the aviation community's safety concerns about the growing presence of drones around the region's airports and is strongly opposed to the sale of drones at terminal shops," Ron Marsico, a Port Authority spokesman, said in a statement. The Federal Aviation Administration said last week that drones had been spotted 650 times this year...

  • MINEOLA, N.Y.— The Federal Aviation Administration is moving too slowly to implement rules requiring drone manufacturers to install technology that would prevent the aircraft from entering "no-fly zones" like airports, U.S. Schumer told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he will propose an amendment to legislation funding the FAA this fall that would...

  • Airfares see sharpest monthly decline in 20 years Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 10:28 AM ET
    A United Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) during take-off in Los Angeles, California.

    Airfares in July declined by the largest amount seen in 20 years, but will the savings continue for travelers?

  • JAISALMER, India, Aug 19- Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in India's western Rajasthan state, stands empty. India has spent more than $50 million since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights- white elephants that are a reminder of the...

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