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[BBC News] A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after military jets were called to escort a passenger plane to Manchester Airport.

Officers boarded the plane and arrested a passenger. Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates

The Qatar Airways plane was escorted in to land by the Royal Air Force (RAF) following information received by the pilot.

Greater Manchester Police said it was treating it as a “full emergency”.

Armed police boarded the Doha to Manchester plane and arrested a passenger on board. All flights in and out of the airport were suspended for about 25 minutes.

The plane involved was an Airbus A330-30, which had 269 passengers and 13 Qatar Airways crew on board. It was escorted by Typhoons from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

Operations at the airport resumed at about 14:00 BST after the plane landed at a terminal. Passengers have been disembarking from the plane “as normal”, an airport spokesman said.

Josh Hartley, who boarded the plane at Doha in Qatar, said: “Well when the escort came it was very scary – I’m pretty shook up now.”

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5th Aug, 2014



[Meridian] The world’s newest passenger plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its first crossing across the Atlantic from Heathrow in February.

The plane is set to revolutionise air travel with a host of new features.  Photo: United Continental Holdings

The plane is set to revolutionise air travel with a host of new features. Photo: United Continental Holdings

United Airlines will make the first flight from to Houston from Heathrow  in February. It will also fly from Amsterdam in December.

The Dreamliner was partly developed at Farmborough and some of its components are built in Hampshire, Dorset, Kent and Sussex.

Around one thousand are on order for the plane that burns less fuel and has many passenger benefits including bigger windows, more space and a new clean air system and lighting aimed at reducing jet lag.

Dreamliner cabin interior.  Photo: United Continental Holdings

Dreamliner cabin interior. Photo: United Continental Holdings

Qatar Airways also plan to operate a 787 from Heathrow later this year and both Virgin Atlantic and BA have ordered the plane.

Thomson will be the first UK airline to fly the plane from Gatwick early next year.

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ITV News
30th Aug, 2012



[Gulf Daily News] DUBAI: Abu Dhabi‘s rapidly-growing Etihad Airways has bought a four per cent stake in Virgin Australia, its fourth overseas deal since December as the airline tries to compete with Gulf rivals.

Etihad said it had acquired the 3.96pc Virgin Australia stake for $35.6 million via market purchases over the past few weeks. Photo: Wikipedia

Etihad said it had acquired the 3.96pc Virgin Australia stake for $35.6 million via market purchases over the past few weeks. Photo: Wikipedia

The airline, founded eight-years ago, has already bought stakes in three other carriers in a push to chase the big Gulf state-backed airlines like Dubai’s Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Etihad said it had acquired the 3.96pc Virgin Australia stake for $35.6 million via market purchases over the past few weeks.

“At a point in time, we would like to take it (stake) to a minimum of 10pc, if we get the necessary approvals,” Etihad chief executive James Hogan.

“This is a long game. There’s no race here. We have a 10-year commercial relationship with Virgin Australia. This is just step by step building.”

The Virgin stake shows Etihad’s willingness to make acquisitions to compete with its larger Gulf rivals, which are increasingly challenging European, Asian and Australian carriers on long-haul routes.

Hogan said that the growth strategy is designed to make it the Gulf’s top carrier. He said the airline would take delivery of 100 aircraft over the next eight years but still would not be the biggest airline in the Gulf.

“We believe that by investing and partnering it enables us to extend our network,” he said.

In December, the unlisted airline raised a stake in Air Berlin to nearly 30pc from just under 3pc, for about 73m euros. Last month, it bought a 3pc stake in Irish airline Aer Lingus as a precursor to a commercial tie-up that could…….

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Gulf Daily News
Wednesday, June 06, 2012



The CEO of Qatar Airways has said he is struggling to secure more landing rights to boost services to Canada.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. (AFP/Getty Images)

Akbar Al Baker said in a speech in Montreal that Canadians deserved a better airline service to the Middle East but government restrictions were hindering progress.

“Qatar is of course interested in forging even closer ties with Canada but we are struggling with being granted additional landing rights,” he said in comments pubished by Canada’s Globe and Mail.

“You Canadians deserve that. It clearly shows the need for more flights. More capacity and more frequency drive greater competition and have only positive economic impact for the benefit of both countries.”

Already, the three weekly flights launched last June are running ahead of expectations and travelling 85 percent full, he said. He added that that Qatar’s expansion efforts were not designed to undermine Air Canada, which has previously opposed any additional flights from Middle East-based rivals.

The Canadian carrier has complained that the partially state-owned Middle Eastern carriers benefit from an unfair advantage.

“Air Canada should not get worried of competition. Competition makes other airlines very strong,” Al Baker said.

Montreal is Qatar’s fourth North American gateway, in addition to Houston, New York and Washington. Last month, it was reported that relations between Canada and the UAE were back on track following a spat over airline landing rights two years ago.

Relations between the oil-rich UAE and Canada deteriorated rapidly after Canada’s transport agency refused to give Gulf carriers Etihad and Emirates new landing rights.

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By Andy Sambidge – Arabian Business News
Saturday, 14 April 2012



Qatar Airways plans to start flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and Detroit within the next year, doubling its US network, as the carrier begins receiving Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

“Qatar Airways is in the midst of a very aggressive expansion plan," said CEO Al Baker.

“Qatar Airways is in the midst of a very aggressive expansion plan," said CEO Al Baker.

A daily New York service will also be increased to three flights a day, with the addition of links via cities in Eastern and Western Europe, CEO Akbar Al Baker said yesterday (April 12th) in Montreal. The airline has daily flights to Washington and Houston.

“Qatar Airways is in the midst of a very aggressive expansion plan.”  Mr Al Baker said, “The only thing that stopped us from going earlier is the delayed delivery of the 787s,” he said about the US flights.

The carrier has placed orders for 60 Dreamliners as it works toward boosting its global network to 170 destinations from 113 over three years. Like Dubai-based Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, the carrier is using a Middle East hub to link markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Qatar Airways also plans to resume services to Rangon, Myanmar in October, Mr Al Baker said. The carrier’s order backlog also includes 60 A350s and 10 A380s made by Airbus SAS.

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By Bloomberg‘s Frederic Tomesco in Montreal
Sunday, 15 April 2012