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30 December 1999

BA to move sales on to internet

British Airways said it was planning to move a "substantial" amount of its sales on to the Internet

21 December 1999

Labour MPs say sale of air traffic control could put passengers at risk

By Sarah Schaefer, Political Reporter

John Prescott sought to avert an embarrassing backbench rebellion over controversial plans to privatise part of the National Air Traffic Services (Nats) last night, pledging that safety would continue to be an over-riding priority.

21 December 1999

Prescott resists rebels over air traffic sell-off

John Prescott last night called the bluff of Labour MPs threatening one of the biggest backbench revolts of the Parliament over the Government's plans to sell the National Air Traffic Service.

9 December 1999

Partial sell-off will delay passengers, say air officials

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Air travellers face mounting disruption if the government presses ahead with the part-privatisation of air traffic control, executives with the service said yesterday.

8 December 1999

BA chief attacks Prescott over 'profits first' air traffic sell-off

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

John Prescott suffered another political blow yesterday when it emerged that British Airways had warned that passengers should be "deeply concerned" at plans to part-privatise UK air traffic control.

6 December 1999

Virgin vows to launch low-cost US airline if open-skies deal is agreed

By Jake Lloyd-Smith

Richard Branson will this week make a firm commitment to launching a low-cost Virgin airline in the United States if the UK and US governments are able to conclude an "open-skies" deal.

2 December 1999

Prescott signals possible climbdown on air traffic

By Colin Brown and Barrie Clement

John Prescott was under fire on three fronts last night, over his plans partly to privatise Britain's air traffic control, his retreat on Railtrack's involvement in the London Underground and hints of a compromise on plans for 1.1 million new homes in south-east England.

19 November 1999

City centre tolls not compulsory, insists Prescott

By Sarah Schaefer, Political Reporter

John Prescott was accused of a "climbdown" over traffic congestion charges yesterday after he said it was up to local authorities to introduce the controversial levy.

16 October 1999

Air controllers slam ‘Railtrack of the skies’ plan

Some of the country's most senior air traffic controllers today warn of their grave concern over safety if ministers press ahead with the part-privatisation of the service.

12 October 1999

British Airways orders £600m jets from Airbus

By Roland Gribben, Business Editor

An extra door has helped Airbus win a near £600m order from British Airways for 24 100-seater jets from under the nose of Boeing, its American rival.

8 October 1999

Air traffic dangers

Sir: We rightly raise the issue of private profit versus public safety in rail travel, and shudder at the news that dozens of "near-misses" have apparently occurred, and recall the warnings from unions and rail professionals. We are right to condemn the political myopia, the gambler's instinct, that leaves disaster waiting.

31 August 1999

Eurostar fares a fifth higher in UK

British Eurostar passengers are charged up to 20 per cent more than their continental counterparts, Eurostar admitted yesterday.

28 August 1999

Britons shun millennium holiday deals

As one and a half million British travellers leave the country for the last bank holiday weekend before Christmas, plans by Britain's travel industry to cash in on the millennium are in disarray.

8 August 1999

BA to get smaller for bigger profits

By Neil Bennett

British Airways will this week announce dramatic new targets to shrink its network as it struggles to improve profitability.

8 August 1999

BA to cut seats to US

By Hilary Clarke

British Airways will announce a 12 per cent cut in the number of seats available on its transatlantic flights over the next three years in a bid to shore up profits and comfort investors.

2 August 1999

Jets 'flying on empty' report suppressed

The British and Malaysian governments have refused to release details of a dozen incidents in which foreign jumbo jets have flown over crowded British cities with dangerously low levels of fuel. This follows allegations in May that Malaysian airlines 747s had flown into London up to dozen times with nearly empty tanks.

28 July 1999

Safety fear over air traffic sell-off

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

John Prescott brushed aside warnings about safety as he announced the part-privatisation of Britain's air traffic control services yesterday.

21 July 1999

Air traffic plan will go ahead

John Prescott is backing the semi-privatisation of the National Air Traffic Control Services (Nats) despite protests by Labour backbenchers.

15 July 1999

BA fined £4m for unfair competition

British Airways yesterday vowed to appeal after being fined £4.4m for rewarding travel agents that sold seats on BA flights at the expense of rival carriers.

8 July 1999

Open skies

The UK and US governments should have been sitting down in Washington today in an attempt to thrash out an open skies agreement to liberalise air travel across the Atlantic. However, the talks were postponed last week after the UK decided it needed more time to work out its negotiating position.

8 July 1999

British Midland to campaign against ‘exorbitant’ air fares

British Midland, the country's second biggest scheduled airline, is to launch a high-profile campaign backed by leading business organisations and individuals, to persuade the UK and US governments to phase in an open skies agreement across the Atlantic.

5 July 1999

Airlines shun new technology

Airlines are loathe to become involved in new technology generally, according to a new survey.

17 June 1999

BA disposal brings £150m

By Roland Gribben, Business Editor

British Airways yesterday booked a £150m profit from the sale of its remaining stake in Galileo International, the airline reservation system.

5 June 1999

Air travel 'is a threat to climate'

By Charles Clover, Environment Editor

Air travel will increase at five per cent a year for the foreseeable future, despite a legally-binding agreement made by the industrialised world in Kyoto to cut emissions of gases responsible for global warming, a United Nations report says.

17 May 1999

BA launches bank services

By Roland Gribben

British Airways is launching a financial services package for business travellers with £10,000 to deposit, in the latest attempt to attract more premium-paying customers.

3 May 1999

Heathrow passengers don't need a ticket to ride

By Michael Harrison

The Heathrow Express - the fast rail service between central London and the world's busiest international airport - has become a victim of its own success.

29 April 1999

Virgin denies bug to blame for no-fly Millennium

Virgin Atlantic Airways will not put its jets in the sky over the Millennium. The airline announced yesterday that it was planning to ground its entire fleet of 24 aircraft from Dec 31 until the afternoon of January 1.

27 March 1999

Aircraft noise threat to 'open skies' accord

By Philip Thornton, Transport Correspondent

Vital talks between Britain and the United States to open up the transatlantic air market will collapse unless Europe backs down over plans to ban planes equipped with US-made anti-noise kits, the US administration warned yesterday.

1 March 1999

Jets 'miss by 100ft' close to London

By Adam Lusher

A passenger plane bound for Heathrow came within 100 feet of a business jet over Essex in what may have been the closest British near miss, air traffic control sources said yesterday.

21 February 1999

New talks on Gatwick

By Steven Solomon in Washington and Hilary Clarke in London

US airlines are pinning their hopes on a conference at Gatwick airport next week - on allocating airline landing slots - to break the deadlock over a new US-UK agreement for free trade in the skies.

15 February 1999

US and UK meet to break 'open skies' stalemate

By Philip Thornton, Transport Correspondent

The British and United States governments are to hold "talks about talks" this week in an attempt to diffuse the simmering row over flights between the two countries.

3 February 1999

BA accused over 'tax' on air fares

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Travel agents accused British Airways of introducing a concealed rise in fares yesterday under the guise of new industry procedures intended to show passengers the cost of airport facilities.

2 February 1999

BAA set for Terminal 5 decision

By Nigel Cope, Associate City Editor

BAA, the airports operator that controls Gatwick and Heathrow, said yesterday that it expects the public inquiry on proposals for a controversial fifth terminal at Heathrow to be completed in the next few months.

1 February 1999

Nomura aims for the skies

By Dan Roberts

Japanese investment bank Nomura will today launch a 1 billion bid to buy Britain's air traffic control system from the Government via a specialist fund set up with facilities management group Serco.

10 January 1999

New start on open skies

By Steven Solomon in Washington and Peter Koenig in London

Open skies talks between the UK and US aimed at liberalising transatlantic air travel will resume next month after ending abruptly in October, when the US delegation stormed out claiming insufficient progress was being made.

8 January 1999

Bright sparks aim for more efficient jet planes

By Jon Pratty

Aircraft that fly further on the same amount of fuel and warplanes that survive longer under fire may be the outcome of a test project to fly a jet plane using electric motors, not hydraulic rams, to move the control surfaces.

3 January 1999

RAF bases to be turned into airports

By Philip Thornton, Transport Correspondent

Private developers have discovered a way of opening extra airports by the back door by snapping up former military airfields for conversion to commercial use. The Ministry of Defence has put 25 properties up for sale, including at least four that developers want to turn into airports - some in areas of natural beauty or scientific interest.

3 January 1999

Tony Benn tried to kill Concorde

By Julian Kossoff

Harold Wilson's Labour government desperately tried to back out of the deal with France to build Concorde, the world's first and only supersonic airliner, formerly secret cabinet papers have revealed.

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