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Monarch Airlines collapse: UKs biggest peacetime repatriation under way

Civil Aviation Authority says it is taking action to get 110,000 people back to UK, with 300,000 future bookings cancelled The UKs biggest peacetime repatriation is under way after Show Hide What happens with Monarch Airlines now? Monarch hasgone into administration after failing to gain a renewal of its Air Travel Organisers Licence(Atol) from the Civil Aviation Authority. This meant it was no longer able to sellAtol-protectedholidays from midnight on Monday and, accordingly, it announced it had appointed KPMG as liquidators. The CAA hastaken over Monarch’s websiteand the Department for…

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How Crazy Is Elon Musks Hypersonic Space Rocket Airline?

For whatever reason, some of the world’s smartest and most eccentric people tend to be drawn toward airlines. Elon Musk is the latest, but with a twist—rockets. Tacked onto a detailed explanation Friday of how SpaceX intends to land cargo on Mars five years from now—a farcical schedule that Musk conceded was “aspirational”—the space, car, solar, and battery entrepreneur segued into an audacious proposal to harness the speed of space-travel for faster earthly flights. In essence, Musk wants to fly you even when you’re going merely to London, not Mars. Flying at a…

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Disabled passenger forced by Japanese airline to crawl up stairs to board plane

Vanilla Air apologises after staff prevent friends from assisting member of a disability non-profit organisation An airline in Japan has apologised to a disabled passenger who was forced to crawl up a flight of stairs to board his plane. Hideto Kijima, who uses a wheelchair, had to hoist himself from the runway at a tiny airport on the resort island of Amami up to the aircraft door, after staff at Vanilla Air refused to allow his friends to carry him aboard. Kijima, who is paralysed from the waist down, has…

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Delta and Bank of America boycott ‘Julius Caesar’ play starring Trump-like character

Production of Shakespeare epic in New Yorks Central Park shows a suited, blond-haired Caesar with a Slavic-accented wife dressed in designer clothes Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled their sponsorship of a Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in New York over a portrayal of the assassinated Roman leader that resembles Donald Trump. The contemporary staging of Shakespeares tragedy, by the nonprofit Public Theater, portrays Caesar as a blond-haired, powerful man wearing a business suit with an American flag pin, while his wife, Calpurnia, has…

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Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany

Pilot on flight from Ljubljana made unscheduled stop after learning of men talking about terrorist matters and baggage was later destroyed Three male passengers have been detained in Cologne after their easyJet flight bound from Ljubljana in Slovenia to London made a diverted landing, German police have said. The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported that the men were talking about terrorist matters, according to the statement. The men were not identified. Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 on board were…

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