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  • French gendarmes and police carry a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015. France's BEA air crash investigation agency said it was examining the debris, in coordination with Malaysian and Australian authorities, to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.

    Plane debris is part of a Boeing 777, aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

  • LONDON, July 31- IAG, owner of British Airways and Iberia, said on Friday it will continue to focus on driving down costs as competition intensifies both within Europe and as rivals put on more capacity on its all-important transatlantic routes. IAG, which is buying Aer Lingus to add to a portfolio comprising BA, Iberia and Vueling, said its unit revenue per...

  • LONDON, July 31- British Airways- owner IAG reported a forecast-beating 40 percent rise in quarterly profit on Friday, putting it on track to hit annual targets and confirming its position as one of the strongest airlines operating in Europe. The group, which reiterated its full-year profit forecast, also signaled it was close to sealing its takeover of Aer...

  • BRISBANE, Australia— Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14- hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney. James Bassos, of Brisbane, is suing the Abu Dhabi- based airline in the Queensland state District Court over a permanent...

  • SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion— A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the...

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas— No injuries were reported after a tire on a landing gear on a Spirit Airlines jet caught fire while landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Airline spokeswoman Paul Berry says Spirit Flight 407 was arriving shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday from a three-hour flight from Orlando, Florida, when the tire on a landing gear ignited.

  • Hercules recalls 90,000 SUV tires Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 3:39 PM ET
    Hercules Tire and Rubber Co. recalls All Trac A/T tires made from June of 2008 to May of 2010.

    Hercules Tire & Rubber is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires that can tear, causing loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash.

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas— Three passengers were slightly hurt while evacuating an American Airlines jet after smoke was detected in the plane as it prepared to leave Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the crew of Flight 1658 deployed the emergency slides during Thursday's incident. Huguely says American officials...

  • Big names from Silicon Valley team up on drones Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:47 PM ET
    A drone on display at the NASA UTM drone exhibit in Mountain View, California.

    NASA hosts a gathering of companies to map out an air traffic management system for unmanned aircraft.

  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy...

  • Vice president of flight operations Greg Baden and director of flight safety Michael Wuerger were at the controls of the July 23 flight with 144 passengers on board, the airline said. The plane left Las Vegas more than an hour behind schedule, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. The airline said that's because a passenger had a medical emergency in...

  • Senate approves long-term highway funding bill Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 12:41 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol building

    The U.S. Senate approved a long-term highway bill with three years of funding for roads, bridges and rails on Thursday.

  • July 30- European private equity firm PAI Partners said on Thursday it had agreed to sell Swissport International to China's HNA Group, a deal that will help the Swiss air cargo handler broaden its reach in Asia. HNA Group, the owner of China's Hainan Airlines, will pay 2.7 billion Swiss francs for Zurich- based Swissport. "The acquisition by HNA will enable the...

  • Lufthansa profits take off despite strikes and crash Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    The oil price fall helped airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG post better-than-expected Q2 earnings, in spite of the Germanwings crash and labor disputes.

  • Highway bill's Friday deadline looming for Senate Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 10:12 AM ET
    Members of the house depart the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

    The Senate plans to consider the House's highway bill before a Friday deadline, when spending authority for states will expire.

  • July 30- Earning and using airline miles used to be simple. One key change: Delta Air Lines' announcement in mid-July that its SkyMiles rewards will be based on what you spend, rather than on the distance you travel, and the cost will be based on demand rather than a fixed amount. Experts like Brian Kelly, known as The Points Guy, expect more major airlines to follow suit.

  • Virgin America's 2Q profit beats Wall Street forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    Virgin America's second-quarter profit beat Wall Street expectations on cheaper fuel, and the airline plans to grow at a double-digit rate next year after it starts flying to Hawaii. For example, he said, Virgin will resume flights between San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and offer an additional daily flight to New York from both San Francisco and Los...

  • NAIROBI, July 30- Kenya Airways sunk deeper into the red in the year through March, sending its shares plummeting on Thursday, but CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the tourism slump that sparked the losses may have bottomed out. The carrier, one of Africa's largest, said its pretax loss widened to 29.71 billion shillings for 2014/ 15, from 4.86 billion shillings a year earlier,...

  • Lufthansa's Austrian ready to expand services to Iran Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    VIENNA, July 30- Lufthansa unit Austrian Airlines is ready to expand its services to Iran to include flights to Isfahan and Shiraz, as soon as a good opportunity presents itself, the Chief Financial Officer of the Austrian group said on Thursday. Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa's Vienna- based platform into Eastern Europe, already offers daily flights to Iran's...

  • UPDATE 1-Bombardier profit dips, delays new jet Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:47 AM ET

    July 30- Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc posted a 19.4 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt by weaker sales at its transportation and commercial aircraft unit. The company's net income fell to $125 million, or 6 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $155 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. Bombardier's shares closed at C $1.95 on...

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