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20 December 2001

British government to appeal court ruling limiting overnight flights

Associated Press

The British government is to appeal a court ruling that night flights at London's Heathrow Airport violate the human rights of nearby residents by depriving them of sleep, officials said.

20 December 2001

Plane-spotter's leader back in action

By David Sapsted

The organiser of the ill-fated plane-spotting trip to Greece is travelling abroad again today to visit a military air base.

16 December 2001

Unbowed spotters fly back to arms of the media

By Jenny McCartney and Jenny Booth

The early morning EasyJet Flight 452 from Athens descended upon a frostbitten Luton runway yesterday.

13 December 2001

Plane spotters in spying case to go free today

By Sean O'Neill in Athens and Neil Tweedie

The British plane spotters held in Greece for more than a month on suspicion of espionage are expected to be released today after being granted bail.

12 December 2001

Judges delay decision on British plane spotters

By David Millward

The fate of 14 plane spotters remained uncertain last night after a panel of three Greek judges adjourned their case without deciding if they should stand trial.

10 December 2001

Airport in battle to move old church

By David Sapsted

A regional airport says it faces closure unless it is allowed to move a church from the spot where it has stood for almost 1,000 years.

9 December 2001

Tory millionaire funds campaign against new airport

By Severin Carrell

A major Tory party donor and millionaire peer is bankrolling an environmental campaign to block plans for a new airport in Yorkshire.

7 December 2001

Boeing unveils new Concorde

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Plans for a successor to Concorde which would be three times cheaper to fly are being drawn up by the American manufacturers, Boeing.

4 December 2001

Release our people now, Greeks told

By Neil Tweedie, Paul Anast and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Britain finally lost patience with Greece yesterday over the treatment of 12 British plane spotters accused of espionage, calling for their immediate release unless evidence was produced.

3 December 2001

Plane spotters trial decision 'within days'

By Sean O'Neill

A decision on whether 12 British plane spotters will stand trial in Greece on espionage charges will be made within days, the Greek justice minister said yesterday.

1 December 2001

MEP joins campaign to free plane spotters

By Richard Alleyne

A Labour MEP met Greek officials yesterday to express concern over the predicament of a group of plane spotters held in prison for three weeks on suspicion of espionage.

1 December 2001

DVT flight alert to women on the Pill

By David Derbyshire

Women taking the Pill should seek medical advice before making plane trips to reduce the risks of potentially deadly blood clots, the Government said yesterday.

29 November 2001

Pressure grows over British plane 'spies'

By Neil Tweedie and Paul Anast in Athens

Greece faced growing pressure yesterday over the treatment of 12 British plane spotters held in prison for three weeks on suspicion of espionage.

28 November 2001

Crossland drops Airtours name for MyTravel Group

By Nigel Cope, City Editor

Airtours, Britain's second-biggest holiday company, is to change its name to MyTravel Group as part of a major rebranding exercise.

28 November 2001

Plane spotters sent back to jail in Greece

By Neil Tweedie in Kalamata

Twelve British plane spotters accused of espionage in Greece will have to spend at least another 10 days in prison after their case was referred to a higher court by a district judge last night.

26 November 2001

Nine live through Swiss air crash

By Toby Helm in Berlin

Nine people survived when a Swiss airliner crashed and burst into flames as it was landing at Zurich airport but 24 are feared dead.

23 November 2001

Heathrow's T5 poses risk of 'major crash'

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

The risk of a "major air crash involving many casualties on the ground" will be increased by the construction of the fifth terminal at Heathrow, according to the official report into the project.

22 November 2001

Ministers set to bail out air traffic control network

By Nigel Morris, Political Correspondent

The Treasury is ready to rescue Britain's air traffic control network from a financial crisis partly caused by the 11 September terrorist attacks.

22 November 2001

Jet crash inquiry focuses on rudder

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

A faulty rudder may have caused last week's crash of an American Airlines Airbus in New York, investigators believe.

21 November 2001

El Al and Boeing to sell airline security expertise

By Cahal Milmo

El Al, the Israeli airline widely considered to be the world's most security-conscious carrier, is in talks to sell its anti-terrorism expertise to governments and airlines in a joint venture with Boeing.

21 November 2001

Heathrow's £2.5bn fifth terminal wins approval

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

After the longest planning inquiry in British history, the Government finally approved the construction of a fifth terminal at Heathrow airport yesterday, amid condemnation from environmentalists and acclaim from business leaders.

21 November 2001

Flight limit is price for Terminal Five

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Airlines will be allowed only four per cent more flights to and from Heathrow as the price for approving a fifth passenger terminal, the Government said yesterday.

18 November 2001

Heathrow Terminal Five wins approval

By Jo Dillon, Political Correspondent

Heathrow's long-awaited Terminal Five is to get the go-ahead this week, sparking anger and threats of legal action.

18 November 2001

Break-up of airliner is captured on security film

By Charles Laurence in New York

Aviation investigators were examining a security camera video tape yesterday which appeared to have caught the break-up of the American Airlines Airbus A300 which crashed over New York on Monday as inquiries continued to focus on the failure of the tail section.

14 November 2001

DVT hits 1 in 20 high-risk passengers

By David Derbyshire, Medical Correspondent

Tens of thousands of passengers on long-haul flights unwittingly may develop potentially dangerous blood clots each year, a new study suggests.

14 November 2001

Airbus crashed after engine 'blew apart'

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

A catastrophic engine failure seconds after take-off was emerging last night as the most probable cause of the crash of the American Airlines Airbus in New York.

13 November 2001

Engine had a history of 'dramatic' failures, say experts

By Arifa Akbar and Barrie Clement

The type of engine which powered the A-300-600 airliner that crashed in New York has been hit by a series of "dramatic" failures.

13 November 2001

How air travel is a danger to those on the ground

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

The crash in New York illustrates only too well that a price society pays for the convenience of modern air travel is that the critical operations of take-off and landing often take place over very highly populated areas.

13 November 2001

REM star 'attacked cabin crew after 15 glasses of wine'

By Hugh Davies, Entertainment Correspondent

Peter Buck, guitarist with the rock band REM, became so drunk on red wine aboard a British Airways 747 jet that he tugged on a steward's tie in a scuffle, a court was told yesterday.

13 November 2001

Inquiry to focus on fire that engulfed engine

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The initial focus of the crash investigation will be on the mechanical performance of Flight 587's port engine.

12 November 2001

Plane-spotter Britons face spying charge

By Paul Anast in Athens

Twelve British plane spotters are to appear in a Greek court today charged with espionage after allegedly taking photographs of a military air base.

12 November 2001

Hundreds dead as passenger jet crashes in New York

More than 250 people died when a passenger jet crashed in a residential area of New York. One of the Airbus A300s engines is said to have fallen from one of the wings.

10 November 2001

Debt forces Canadian airline to stop flying

By Terri Judd

Hundreds of travellers were stranded at UK airports yesterday as Canada's second largest airline became the latest corporate victim of the 11 September terrorist attacks.

9 November 2001

Britons aim to fly balloon to edge of Space

By Robert Uhlig, Technology Correspondent

Two British adventurers yesterday unveiled their record-breaking plan to fly the biggest manned balloon in history to the edge of Space and back.

9 November 2001

Crews ready to shoot down passenger jets

By Ben Fenton six miles above the American Mid-West

It was a long four minutes for the US Air Force sergeant and the Luftwaffe captain, hunched over large screens in the back of the Awacs airborne radar aircraft: the emergency beacon of a commercial airliner, within easy range of a nuclear power station, was signalling hijack.

8 November 2001

Frost helps underline the message: supersonic flight is back in business

By Simon Kelner on board Concorde

It was a journey, we were told, of enormous symbolic importance. And what could be more symbolic than the sight of Sir David Frost taking his seat on BA001 yesterday morning? Only now could we be sure: Concorde was back in business.

8 November 2001

New York hails Concorde return

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

A British Airways Concorde landed at JFK airport yesterday at the end of the first passenger flight since an Air France aircraft crashed near Paris 16 months ago.

7 November 2001

British Airways admits losing £2m a day but says it has cash to survive

By Saeed Shah

British Airways yesterday admitted that it was looking at a "significant" operating loss this year as the carrier was forced to try to prove to the City that it had enough cash to survive the current downturn.

7 November 2001

Concorde returns with style - and plastic cutlery

By Cahal Milmo and Charles Arthur

The lobster will be served on the finest bone china and the Krug champagne poured into crystal flutes, but only when the passengers pick up their cutlery will they see how much has changed since Concorde last roared into the skies.

7 November 2001

Concorde carries passengers across the Atlantic again

By Peter Woodman and Robert Westhead, PA News

Concordes operated by British Airways and Air France crossed the Atlantic to New York today carrying passengers for the first time since last year's crash.

6 November 2001

Stricken BA heading for £775m loss

By Saeed Shah and Andrew Grice

British Airways is heading for a loss of £775m this year, which suggests the impact on the airline industry from the 11 September terrorist attacks has been even more damaging than first predicted.

3 November 2001

Byers faces fresh crisis as air traffic firm heads for £50m loss

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

The Government is coming under intense pressure to bail out the public-private partnership running the air traffic control system, which is understood to be heading for a £50m loss instead of a previously predicted £60m profit.

3 November 2001

Controller watched as eight died in aircraft

By Auslan Cramb

An air traffic controller told an inquiry yesterday that he watched in horror as a small plane carrying airline staff crashed minutes after take-off, killing eight people.

1 November 2001

Secure cockpits put passengers at risk, warn pilots

By Paul Peachey

The pilots' union is criticising a security measure being introduced by Virgin Atlantic and BA in response to the 11 September terrorist attacks, claiming it threatens the safety of passengers.


27 October 2001

French jet intercepts British tourist flight

story by David Graves

A British airliner was intercepted by a French air force Mirage fighter, armed with air-to-air missiles, after it lost radio contact with air traffic controllers during a flight from Malaga to Stansted.

26 October 2001

Peer urges rethink on Heathrow's Terminal 5

By Steve Boggan

Lord Desai, the Labour peer, has called on the Government to "mothball" plans for Heathrow airport's fifth terminal after the disclosure in The Independent that ministers planned to approve it while the military strikes on Afghanistan were dominating headlines.

25 October 2001

Labour to give Terminal 5 plan clearance for take-off

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

The Government is poised to give the go-ahead for the fifth terminal at Heathrow, a decision that will intensify accusations that the war on terrorism is being used to "bury" difficult announcements.

24 October 2001

Aer Lingus in urgent quest to find private partner

A private partner is being sought by Aer Lingus, the Irish state-owned airline.

23 October 2001

Concorde flies to New York

By David Graves

A British Airways Concorde took off from Heathrow in a cloud of spray yesterday for its first transatlantic flight since the supersonic fleet was grounded in July last year after the Paris air crash that killed 113 people.

22 October 2001

Concorde's transatlantic return due to boost morale in airline industry

By Athalie Matthews

Concorde is due to give the beleaguered airline industry an important boost today by making its first full transatlantic test flight since the British and French fleets were grounded in August last year.

22 October 2001

New, improved Concorde's 'maiden' flight to New York


Concorde took off from London this morning, headed for New York on its first full transatlantic flight since being grounded in July last year.

21 October 2001

'I was smiling: I had dropped my bombs. They hit'

By Martin Bentham and Adam Lusher

It is an astonishing Girl's Own story: how a sporty pupil from a leading British public school who once dreamed of becoming an air stewardess grew up instead to be a hot-shot American pilot, flying daily bombing raids on Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

20 October 2001

Drastic airline action pays off

By Thomas Harding

British airlines have taken drastic measures to survive the crisis brought on by plummeting passenger numbers.

20 October 2001

Rolls-Royce cut 5,000 jobs as travel crisis deepens

By Sophie Barker

Rolls-Royce, the world's second-largest aircraft engine maker, is to cut 5,000 jobs as the crisis in the aviation industry deepens after last month's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

18 October 2001

CCTV will be installed on new aircraft

By Cahal Milmo

Boeing and Airbus, the world's largest aircraft manufacturers, yesterday announced measures to improve on-board security including closed-circuit television surveillance and reinforced cockpit doors.

17 October 2001

Concorde flights boom

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Concordes first commercial flight for 15 months was almost sold out within hours of bookings opening yesterday.

16 October 2001

Concorde to resume service in November

By Charles Arthur Technology Editor

Concorde is to fly again from early November, 15 months after the Paris crash that prompted wide-ranging modifications to the supersonic airliner, British Airways and Air France said yesterday.

13 October 2001

Ukraine admits it shot down Russian airliner

By Ben Aris in Moscow

Ukraine finally admitted yesterday that its military shot down a Russian airliner that crashed into the Black Sea last week, killing all 78 passengers and crew.

13 October 2001

Air rage passenger jailed

By Nigel Bunyan

A drunken airline passenger who became so violent that he had to be held down by five people was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

10 October 2001

2,500 jobs face axe at Aer Lingus

By Sean O'Neill

Aer Lingus, the Irish national airline, is to cut more than a third of its workforce in a drastic effort to recover from a severe slump in business since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

10 October 2001

Missile parts found in crash jet

By Ben Aris in Moscow

Missile parts have been found in the wreckage of the Russian passenger jet that crashed into the Black Sea last week killing nearly 80 people, investigating officials said yesterday.

9 October 2001

Aer Lingus cuts fares by 70 per cent

Aer Lingus slashed its fares yesterday in an attempt to win back bookings after the September 11 attacks.

9 October 2001

114 killed as planes collide at airport

By Bruce Johnston in Rome

At least 114 people were killed yesterday when an airliner hurtling towards take-off from Milan's Linate airport collided with a private jet crossing the runway, hit a building and exploded in flames.

8 October 2001

114 dead in Milan plane crash


At least 114 people died after an SAS airliner collided with a Cessna light aircraft on the runway of Milan's Linate airport, bursting into flames after ploughing into a baggage handling depot.

7 October 2001

British engine test heralds 5,000mph flight

By Robert Matthews, Science Correspondent

Scientists from Britain are about to begin trials of a revolutionary aircraft engine capable of reaching speeds more than three times faster than Concorde.

6 October 2001

Russia sticks to terror theory on jet

By Ben Aris in Moscow

Russia yesterday stuck to the theory that terrorists brought down the passenger plane that exploded over the Black Sea.

5 October 2001

Dawn jet signals reopening of airport

By Ben Fenton in Washington

A Boeing 737 of Delta Airlines flew into Reagan National Airport at dawn yesterday, as the last American airport still closed after September 11 was reopened.

5 October 2001

Airliner blasted out of sky

By Alan Philps in Tel Aviv and Andrew Sparrow in Moscow

A Russian airliner exploded and plunged into the Black Sea yesterday killing all 78 people on board.

4 October 2001

Russian jet explodes in mid-air

A Russian airliner flying from Tel Aviv to Siberia has exploded in mid-air before crashing into the Black Sea with at least 77 people on board.

3 October 2001

Airline crisis hits bmi, BA and Sabena


The crisis in the European airline industry deepened as bmi british midland planned to cut up to 600 jobs, Sabena, the Belgian national airline, sought bankruptcy protection and British Airways reported a big reduction in passenger numbers.

3 October 2001

Night flights violate human rights, court rules

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Anti-noise activists won an historic European court judgment yesterday which could mean a ban on night flights from airports throughout Britain and the Continent.

3 October 2001

Air fares could rise after ruling over night flights

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Consumers were warned yesterday that they could face higher air fares and later mail deliveries if the Government outlaws night flights to comply with a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

3 October 2001

Swissair grounded by debt

By Alistair Osborne, City Correspondent

Swissair, the Swiss flag-carrier renowned for its punctuality and service, was forced to halt all flights indefinitely yesterday after running out of money.

2 October 2001

Britons 'grounded' as Swissair stops all flights

By Danny Kemp, PA News

Hundreds of British airline passengers were thought to be stranded abroad today after troubled Swissair said it was suspending all flights.

2 October 2001

Key ruling could reduce Heathrow night flights

By Peter Woodman, Air Correspondent, PA News

An anti-noise group protesting against overnight flights at Heathrow has won a ruling at the European Court of Human Rights that could lead to the banning of all such flights.

28 September 2001

BA drops 190 flights in schedule shake-up

By Michael Harrison and Tom Barton

British Airways dropped 190 flights from its weekly schedule yesterday and scrapped a number of routes altogether.

28 September 2001

BA chiefs take 15pc pay cut as flights axed to halt losses

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The senior directors of British Airways are to cut their own salaries by 15 per cent for the next six months as the airline struggles to survive the slump in demand brought on by the terrorist attacks in America.

28 September 2001

Generals can now shoot down airliners

By Toby Harnden and Ben Fenton in Washington

President Bush has given two senior US air force officers the right to order the shooting down of civilian airliners if they threaten American cities, the Pentagon said yesterday.

27 September 2001

Pilots back new system for screening passengers

By Barrie Clement

Leaders of the 7,000 British airline pilots will today back a new security system for preventing terrorists and potentially disruptive passengers boarding flights.

27 September 2001

BA cuts transatlantic flights

By Alan Jones, PA News

British Airways today announced big cutbacks in the number of flights to the US and Europe in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

26 September 2001

CBI chief urges business as usual

By Sarah Womack, Political Correspondent

Digby Jones, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, urged people to "get on an aeroplane and be seen to get on an aeroplane" yesterday in the aftermath of the New York attack.

26 September 2001

Airline pilots demand guns in the cockpit

By Ben Fenton

Airline pilots want to carry weapons on the flight deck to prevent a repeat of the terrorist attacks. The Airline Pilots' Association of America asked Congress yesterday to change regulations forbidding guns.

25 September 2001

Ryanair to 'fly its way out of a crisis' with a cut-price bonanza

By Michael Harrison, Business Editor

The budget airline Ryanair put one million tickets on sale at a set price of £9.99 yesterday, hoping to restore passenger confidence in air travel.

23 September 2001

What is the future of air travel?

By Sonia Purnell

Sir Richard Branson appeared on the TV bulletins last week in his trademark open-necked shirt but without his usual perma-grin.

22 September 2001

EU ministers agree new cockpit security measures

By Stephen Castle in Brussels

Europe moved to tighten its airline security last night when heads of government called for a new raft of anti-terrorist measures, including improvements in cockpit security among EU carriers.

21 September 2001

Insurance threat to airlines as BA cuts back 7,000 jobs

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Airlines have been threatened with the indefinite grounding of their fleets from next Tuesday because insurers are unwilling to continue providing war cover following last week's terrorist attacks on the United States.

20 September 2001

BA to cut 7,000 jobs and reduce services

By Michael Harrison, Business Editor

British Airways announced 7,000 job losses and a 10 per cent reduction in services today because of the impact of last week's terrorist attacks on America.

20 September 2001

BA cuts 7,000 jobs

British Airways is to cut 7,000 jobs and ground 20 aircraft in the wake of the US terrorist attacks, the company has announced.

19 September 2001

Government says it will provide aid for airlines facing massive losses

By Michael Harrison, Business Editor

The Government indicated yesterday that it would provide financial aid to Britain's airlines to rescue them from the worst crisis in the history of commercial aviation.

19 September 2001

Boeing forced to cut 30,000 jobs


Boeing, the world's biggest planemaker, plans to lay off as many as 30,000 commercial airplane workers by the end of next year as a result of an expected slowdown in orders caused by last week's terrorist attacks.

19 September 2001

Boeing to cut 31,000 jobs

Boeing has announced that it is to cut more than 30,000 jobs, blaming a market slowdown due in part to the terrorist attacks in America last Tuesday.

17 September 2001

Flights return to normal amid tightened

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Transatlantic flights were getting back to normal yesterday, despite tight security and deep concern that airlines might face serious difficulties filling aircraft when the emergency is over.

17 September 2001

Pilots demand funding to save airlines

Pilots’ leaders have called on the Government to give financial aid to British airlines to safeguard jobs and services in the current crisis.

17 September 2001

Virgin Atlantic to shed 1,200 jobs

By Alan Jones, Industrial Correspondent, PA News

Virgin Atlantic is to cut 1,200 jobs and reduce flights to America in response to the "exceptional circumstances" following the terrorist attacks in the US, the airline announced today.

17 September 2001

Virgin Atlantic sheds 1,200 jobs after US attacks

Virgin Atlantic says it will cut 1,200 jobs, and reduce its transatlantic flights schedule by a fifth, in the wake of last Tuesday's attack on the World Trade Centre.

16 September 2001

Passenger jets may carry armed guards

By Charles Arthur and Colin Brown

Armed guards could be deployed on high-risk flights as part of a new era in aircraft security heralded by the US suicide hijackings, British ministers said yesterday.

16 September 2001

Byers proposes 'sky marshals' on airliners

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

Armed guards could be posted on aircraft to deter terrorist hijacks, Stephen Byers, the Transport Secretary, said yesterday.

15 September 2001

Airline collapses amid $10bn industry losses

By Michael Harrison, Business Editor

Australia's second biggest airline, Ansett, has collapsed, sparking fears that more carriers may fail because of a slowdown in air travel.

15 September 2001

Hijackings will hit thousands of airline jobs

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Thousands of jobs in Britain's aviation industry are likely to be lost in the next few months as airlines struggle to overcome the dire financial consequences of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

15 September 2001

Seven pilots were among 19 hijackers

By Ben Fenton and Toby Helm

Nineteen men, including seven trained pilots, were named by the FBI yesterday as being responsible for hijacking the four American airliners to destroy the two World Trade Centre towers and damage the Pentagon.

15 September 2001

US demands use of Pakistani air space

By Ahmed Rashid in Lahore and Rahul Bedi in New Delhi

America has demanded unprecedented assistance from Pakistan, adding to growing evidence that Washington is planning a punishing military strike against Afghanistan.

14 September 2001

Military closes Islamabad airport

Pakistan closed Islamabad International Airport to commercial flights for more than two hours before dawn Friday for movement of military equipment.

14 September 2001

Hijacked passengers 'go down fighting'

By Ben Fenton in Washington

The widow of a passenger who led an attack on hijackers, preventing them from crashing an airliner into a Washington landmark, spoke yesterday of her pride in her husband.

14 September 2001

Planes' black box recorders found

Investigators have found the two black box data recorders from the hijacked plane that devastated the west end of the Pentagon and one from the jet the which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

13 September 2001

US reopens airspace

The United States Transportation Department reopened its airspace at 11.00am EDT (3.00pm GMT).

12 September 2001

Worldwide chaos as airlines struggle to maintain services

Cancellations and diversions choked airports around the world after US air space was closed in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

12 September 2001

Terror in America

The most murderous onslaught

By Rupert Cornwell

It was the day America's luck ran out. The day you suspected might one day come but could not comprehend when it did, neither the dimension of the tragedy nor the motives those who did it, and above all, perhaps, how they did it.

12 September 2001

Nation's airline traffic is grounded

By Ben Fenton in Washington

America ground to a halt yesterday. Airports, railway stations and even the interstates that criss-cross the country may never be the same again.

12 September 2001

Death in the towering inferno

By Philip Delves Broughton

The silver streak of an American Airlines jet was flying unusually low over Lower Manhattan. People buying their morning coffee on the street pointed upwards. The plane tilted, homing in on its target, flashing its red logo at the city below.

12 September 2001

Man escapes tower as sister dies on jet

One survivor fled the World Trade Centre as it was hit by a hijacked aeroplane with his sister and young niece on board.

12 September 2001

'Hundreds of Britons could be dead'

The number of Britons killed or injured in yesterday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon could run into hundreds, Downing Street said tonight.

11 September 2001

US under terrorist attack: explosions at World Trade Centre, Pentagon on fire, thousands feared dead

Two planes crashed into the upper floors of both World Trade Centre towers minutes apart today, causing both of the buildings to collapse, in the world's worst act of terrorism. Both planes belonged to American Airlines.

11 September 2001

Twin towers 'built to withstand plane crash'

A combination of catastrophic events caused the downfall of the towering landmark that was built to withstand plane crashes.

11 September 2001

US shuts all airports

World travel was thrown into chaos today after America was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks.

11 September 2001

Hijacked planes devastate World Trade Centre and Pentagon

Thousands are feared dead after terrorists launched an astonishing and brutal attack on the American nation, demolishing the twin towers of New York's World Trade Centre and striking at the heart of the US military machine.

6 September 2001

New laws demanded on DVT

By Stephen Castle in Brussels

The European Parliament demanded yesterday that airlines give passengers warning information before travel on the risk of contracting potentially fatal blood clots on long-haul flights.

6 September 2001

Concorde will fly to New York from next month

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Concorde will resume commercial services next month after the supersonic plane was finally cleared to fly yesterday.

6 September 2001

Concorde clear for take-off

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Concorde is poised to return to passenger service next month after the Anglo-French air authorities gave final approval yesterday to safety modifications designed to prevent any recurrence of last summer's Paris crash.

5 September 2001

Air on planes blamed for spreading diseases

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Viral infections are easily spread on aircraft because of poor air quality, a leading scientist warned yesterday.

5 September 2001

Concorde cleared for take-off


British and French officials cleared Concorde for take-ff today, laying out a series of safety modifications that will enable the world's only commercial supersonic jet to return to service a year after the crash near Paris killed 113 people.

2 September 2001

Celebrities await the return of Concorde

By Jonathan Thompson and Chloe Rhodes

Celebrity members of the unofficial "Concorde Club" are queuing up to get back on board the supersonic jet as the CAA prepares to give the green light for it to return to the skies.

2 September 2001

'Baby' Concordes will banish the boom

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

It will be the ultimate status symbol for the super-rich - a private jet that flies faster than the speed of sound. Aviation engineers and designers are drawing up blueprints for the supersonic executive jet.

30 August 2001

Four die in crash on airport road

By Tim Brown in Madrid

Four people were killed yesterday and nearly 30 injured - three of them critically - when an aircraft flying from North Africa to the Costa del Sol crashed short of the runway at Malaga international airport.

29 August 2001

BA regrets to announce further delay to Concorde

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

Air regulators have unexpectedly delayed Concorde's return to the air by at least a week, which means British Airways will not be able to start passenger services with the supersonic plane until October.

29 August 2001

Paris delays the return of Concorde

By David Millward

Hopes that Concorde would be cleared to resume commercial flights a year after the crash that killed 114 people were dashed by French air regulators yesterday.

26 August 2001

New 'green' plane is threat to ozone layer

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

Earth's ozone layer, which is only just beginning to recover from the ravages of recent decades, faces a devastating new danger from a new generation of "environmentally friendly" aircraft, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

26 August 2001

Boeing's 45,000ft cruise to ozone disaster

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

High above our heads in the upper atmosphere lies a thin, lifesaving shroud of poison. Near ground level it is a troublesome pollutant: but high in the stratosphere it screens out ultraviolet radiation that would otherwise sterilise the surface of the planet.

26 August 2001

Concorde will regain licence to fly this week

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

Concorde will be given a licence to fly this week, paving the way for the resumption of commercial flights to New York next month, The Telegraph can reveal.

21 August 2001

Concorde 'will be allowed to fly again next month'

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

Concorde will win back its licence to fly next week, after an Anglo-French group of aviation experts reviewed the latest safety data yesterday from the modified supersonic aircraft.

21 August 2001

Helicopter ambulance trapped on railway line

By Stewart Payne

A helicopter ambulance which landed on a main railway line to recover a man struck by a high-speed train became stuck for more than two hours yesterday, leading to widespread disruption to services.

2 August 2001

Buzz censured over £50 flight

By Chris Gray

Buzz, the "no frills" airline, has been censured by advertising watchdogs for promoting fares that were available on as few as 2 per cent of seats.

30 July 2001

Skies are full, struggling flight controllers warn

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Britain's Air Traffic Controllers warned yesterday that they were being forced to deal with more flights than they could physically handle.

29 July 2001

New Manchester airport runway halted by newts

By Severin Carrell

Plans to extend the controversial new runway at Manchester airport are under threat from a newt.

29 July 2001

Conran facelift to help restore shattered image of Concorde

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

Concorde is undergoing a £14 million facelift in time for the resumption of commercial flights in September.

28 July 2001

Airport delays 'will last for years'

By Paul Marston and Rosemary Behan

Warnings of air traffic delays and terrorist activity in popular holiday centres overshadowed a record exodus of more than 1.8 million Britons yesterday as the summer getaway reached its peak.

25 July 2001

Drunk passenger bit air steward during struggle

By Nigel Bunyan

A 22-stone passenger who drank a bottle of gin before boarding a flight from Venice to Manchester faces jail after admitting biting a cabin attendant.

24 July 2001

BA set to resume Concorde flights in September

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

British Airways plans to resume Concorde passenger flights in September and Air France aims to resume supersonic services a month later.

24 July 2001

Concorde ready for take-off in four weeks

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Concorde’s return to passenger service could be approved within four weeks, British and French aviation officials decided yesterday.

18 July 2001

Concorde: A familiar silhouette returns to the skies

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

One of the British Airways staff punched the air. "Yes! We've done it!" he exclaimed as Concorde took off from Heathrow Airport at 2.18pm on Tuesday.

18 July 2001

Concorde flies again one year after crash

By Paul Marston

A British Airways Concorde took to the skies yesterday nearly a year after one of its French counterparts crashed claiming 113 lives.

17 July 2001

On a wing and a prayer

It's less than a year since a spectacular air crash outside Paris shocked the world: 113 people died, and experts said that Concorde would never fly again.

17 July 2001

Modified Concorde to return to skies for supersonic test

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

A British Airways Concorde is scheduled to take off today on the first test flight aimed at bringing the supersonic aircraft back into passenger service in September.

16 July 2001

Glider pilot dies after mid-air collision with light aircraft

By Anna Whitney

A man died after two gliders and a light aircraft collided yesterday afternoon.

15 July 2001

One dead in air collision

One person has died after a collision involving two gliders and a light aircraft.

15 July 2001

Concorde to make first flight from Heathrow since crash

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

Concorde will fly from Heathrow for the first time since last year's fatal crash "within the next couple of weeks", according to British Airways officials.

13 July 2001

Ryanair joins Edinburgh fares battle

A new service between Dublin and Edinburgh was announced by Ryanair yesterday in response to the decision of its no-frills rival Go to operate on the same route.

13 July 2001

Hoon scraps Britain's last ever warplane

By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent

Britain will never design and build another combat aircraft as a result of a decision by Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, to stop funding for the RAF's future fighter-bomber, senior defence sources said yesterday.

10 July 2001

My prayers were answered, says crash pilot rescued from Pacific

By Marcus Warren in Moscow

A pilot described last night how he survived his engine seizing at 26,000 feet, crashing into the bitterly cold north Pacific and spending 15 hours in a liferaft waiting to be rescued with his three passengers.

4 July 2001

Air crash kills 143 in Siberia

By Ben Aris in Moscow

A Russian passenger aircraft crashed in Siberia last night, killing all 143 people on board.

25 June 2001

Government likely to back new Heathrow runway

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Secret plans for another runway at Heathrow are expected to be approved by the Government in a decision that will anger environmentalists and enrage the hundreds of thousands of people who will live under its flight path.

19 June 2001

Aircraft noise threat to children

Aircraft noise may affect children's reading skills and quality of life, according to a Government-sponsored study published yesterday.

18 June 2001

Airbus seeks to curtail safety tests on giant jet because of the dangers

By Kim Sengupta in Paris

Airbus is planning to launch the world's biggest passenger airliner without running internationally recognised evacuation tests because it fears they are too dangerous and could lead to serious injuries.

18 June 2001

Germany cannot pay for planes to carry Euro-army

By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent

The European Union's rapid reaction force was struggling to get past first base yesterday as Germany said it could not afford to pay for the 73 transport aircraft it has offered to contribute.

14 June 2001

'Air rage' man jailed after threat to open aircraft doors

By Jason Bennetto

An abusive holiday-maker who threatened to open the doors of a packed holiday jet at more than 30,000 feet was jailed for a year yesterday.

13 June 2001

Heathrow jumbo was a split second from disaster

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Air safety chiefs were warned yesterday that they were courting disaster after a report revealed that two airliners, with a total of 470 passengers on board, came within a split second of a devastating collision.

13 June 2001

Jets 80ft from disaster at Heathrow

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

One of the most dangerous near-collisions in British aviation history was caused by a series of misjudgments by an air traffic controller, the official report on the incident concluded yesterday.

12 June 2001

Passenger jets within 100ft of colliding

By Martha Linden, PA news

Two British passenger planes came within around 100ft of colliding with each other while an air traffic controller was supervising a trainee, a report found today.

8 June 2001

Jumbo pilot avoided crash by defying air controller

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

A heavily laden jumbo jet arriving at Manchester airport with 219 people on board came "exceptionally close" to crashing with an airliner carrying more than 100 passengers, according to an official report published today.

8 June 2001

New tyre offers hope for Concorde

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent, in Paris

A new Concorde tyre thought to be immune to the kind of rupture that led to last year's Air France disaster is expected to be approved by aviation safety officials today.

4 June 2001

Nasa abandons jet speed-record run

By Toby Harnden in Washington

Nasa aborted an attempt to set a new speed record for an aircraft at the weekend when a rocket that was to help to launch the unmanned X-43A jet had to be shot down after it veered off course.

2 June 2001

Nasa to test the 5,000mph surfboard that could lead to hypersonic travel

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

It will be the world's fastest plane, travelling at seven times the speed of sound, and could lead to super-high-speed piloted aircraft in about 20 years.

28 May 2001

Foot and mouth wash 'a serious risk to aircraft'

By A J McIlroy

Disinfectant used at foreign airports to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease from flights out of Britain "could pose a serious safety risk", the Civil Aviation Authority warned yesterday.

21 May 2001

'Air rage' flights go to same airport

By David Graves

Three British passengers have been arrested and charged in America after two separate "air rage" incidents in which transatlantic flights were forced to divert to the same airport within four hours of each other.

18 May 2001

Briton makes record flight around world

By Maurice Weaver

Polly Vacher touched down in her small single-engined Piper Dakota at Birmingham airport yesterday to become the first woman to fly solo around the world via Australia and the Pacific in such a small aircraft.

17 May 2001

British company is asked to rescue US spy plane

By Ben Fenton in Washington

A British company has been approached to rescue the American spy plane stranded in China.

16 May 2001

BA lands high-flier Macdonald to give uniforms a touch of glamour

By Hilary Alexander Fashion Editor

The designer, Julien Macdonald, who dresses some of the world's most glamorous women, has been chosen to "revamp" British Airways uniforms.

15 May 2001

No-frills airline throws down 'free flights' gauntlet

By Cahal Milmo

First, they attracted cost-conscious passengers by taking away their free sandwiches and fizzy drinks. Now, budget airlines are going all the way in the battle for the skies, by ditching fares altogether.

15 May 2001

Airlines warned over fuel gamble

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Airlines will be grounded if they force pilots into taking off without adequate fuel reserves, the Civil Aviation Authority said yesterday.

12 May 2001

Branson wants Sonic Cruisers

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Virgin Atlantic made an early declaration of interest in Boeing's planned 720mph aircraft yesterday, predicting that it would create a market for day trips to New York.

11 May 2001

Holiday jet in split-second near miss

By David Sapsted

A United States Air Force jet came within a fraction of a second of crashing into a holiday plane carrying 234 passengers, a report revealed yesterday.

11 May 2001

BA restores Union flag design to all tailfins

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

British Airways is to restore the Union flag to its entire fleet of 290 aircraft, four years after embarking on a £60 million experiment with "world images" that were widely disliked by passengers and crew.

11 May 2001

Blood clots may affect one in 10 air travellers

By David Derbyshire Science Correspondent

Up to one in 10 airline passengers may develop small blood clots in the leg during long-haul flights, British doctors have found.

10 May 2001

Airlines pay price for dearer fuel

By Roland Gribben

Dearer fuel and tougher competition took its toll yesterday on the results of two aggressive airlines.

8 May 2001

US resumes spy flights off China

By Toby Harnden

America has flown its first surveillance flight off the coast of China since the mid-air collision five weeks ago, the Pentagon said last night.

6 May 2001

Cockpit fumes check on BA jets

By Heather Tomlinson

British Airways is making urgent safety checks on 29 of its Boeing 757s after seven recent incidents when engine fumes leaked into cockpits.

29 April 2001

Flying suit to combat deep vein thrombosis

By Douglas Watson

A specially designed suit that massages the legs with a balloon could be handed out to passengers on long-haul flights to prevent deep vein thrombosis, or Economy Class Syndrome.

29 April 2001

Para alert over safety flaw in new Hercules

By Macer Hall

Senior officers in the Parachute Regiment fear that their ability to launch rapid air assaults will be undermined by safety concerns about parachuting from a modernised version of the RAF's Hercules aircraft.

27 April 2001

Boeing predicts end of economy class bargains

By Barrie Clement in Seattle

Bargain air fares on intercontinental routes could be scrapped as part of a new 2-tier system of air travel, according to the world's biggest manufacturer of airliners.

26 April 2001

Air passengers can surf while they fly

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Air passengers will soon be able to watch live television, use the internet and send emails in mid-flight thanks to a technological breakthrough supported by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

24 April 2001

Guitarist 'sorry' over air rage case

By Linus Gregoriadis

Peter Buck, guitarist with the American rock group REM, apologised yesterday after being charged over an "air rage" incident.

23 April 2001

REM guitarist arrested after air-rage incident

By Nick Allen

Peter Buck, the guitarist with rock group REM, has been arrested following an air-rage incident on a British Airways flight.

20 April 2001

Forget Concorde, Nasa's latest can fly to New York in just 40 minutes

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington

There will be no in-flight movie, there will be no little bags of salty pretzels to go with the gin and tonic as the plane gains altitude.

20 April 2001

Beijing spy plane talks are stalled

By David Rennie in Beijing

Talks between the United States and China over the April 1 spy plane collision ended in stalemate yesterday, with both sides vowing to avoid a major rift in relations, but remaining as far apart as ever on who caused the fatal crash.

19 April 2001

Airline buys half a million Airogym devices to stop blood-clot deaths

By Simon Calder, Travel Editor

A leading airline has bought half-a-million inflatable footpads intended to prevent long-haul passengers suffering deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), the fatal condition better known as economy-class syndrome.

18 April 2001

Air France offers £93m to victims of Concorde

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

The families of the 100 German passengers killed when an Air France Concorde crashed last July have each been offered about 1.5 million euros (£935,000) as compensation for the death of their loved ones.

12 April 2001

Passenger plane diverted as crew fall ill

Thirteen flight attendants taken to hospital

A United Airlines flight from Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted to London's Heathrow Airport after all its flight attendants fell ill.

12 April 2001

Pilot union rejects random breath tests for air crew

A pilots’ union rejected random alcohol breath tests for flight crews yesterday.

11 April 2001

Passenger's aerial exit was no joke

By Sean O'Neill

Air traffic controllers thought the pilot who asked permission "to come overhead at 1,500 feet and throw one of our passengers out" was joking.

10 April 2001

Aer Lingus acts on soaring losses

Aer Lingus announced a series of steps last night aimed at "stabilising" the position of the company amid reports of losses totalling IR£8 million [about £6.6m] during the past six weeks.

7 April 2001

Airline puts cameras in holds of aircraft to stop thefts

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

British Airways is to become the first airline to install security cameras in the holds of all its aircraft to counter the massive worldwide increase in thefts from planes.

7 April 2001

Surviving Chinese pilot hits out at US aircrew plane

By Calum MacLeod in Beijing and Andrew Buncombe in Washington

Chinese authorities produced the surviving pilot of a collision with a US spy plane, who angrily accused the US plane of smashing into his colleague's fighter, as intense diplomatic efforts continued yesterday to ease the stand-off between China and America.

6 April 2001

Flocks of geese at Heathrow pose risk to air safety, experts warn

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Canada geese, long regarded as a nuisance in public parks, are becoming a serious danger to planes at Heathrow airport.

4 April 2001

China 'strips' spy plane as row over US crew grows

By David Rennie in Beijing and Ben Fenton in Washington

The crisis over the fate of 24 crew from a United States spy plane held in China deepened yesterday, despite diplomats finally being allowed to see them.

31 March 2001

Airbus pledges to stay the course on its giant A380

By our City Staff

Boeing's decision to focus on smaller, faster aircraft instead of a super-jumbo did not make any difference to Airbus Industrie's planned A380, Sir Dick Evans, the chairman of BAE Systems, said yesterday.

28 March 2001

Creaking system in dire need of cash

By Barrie Clement

Few would deny that Britain's air traffic control system is in dire need of the £1bn worth of investment, which will be released following yesterday's decision.

27 March 2001

Searchers find body where F-15s disappeared

Following the launch yesterday of a land and air search after two United States F-15 fighter jets went missing during a low-flying mission over the Cairngorm mountains, rescue teams searching in the Scottish Highlands have found a body and wreckage near the summit of Ben Macdui.

26 March 2001

Mountain search for US fighter jets

Two US jet fighters were today reported missing over a Scottish mountain range.

20 March 2001

Pilots may face tough drink and drug rules

By Ben Russell

Tough new rules to discourage pilots drinking before flying were proposed yesterday.

14 March 2001

Long-haul DVT link admitted by airlines

By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent

Airlines have accepted a potential link between long-haul flights and potentially fatal blood clots.

13 March 2001

Government to study risks of air travel

The effects of flying on passengers' health - including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - are to be the focus of a Government study.

9 March 2001

Train and Airbus in airport 'near miss'

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating a "near miss" incident between a wide-bodied jet and a train.

8 March 2001

British Airways pays £78m for regional airline group

British Airways is buying airline group British Regional Air Lines for £78 million.

3 March 2001

One-jet airline is voted third best in world

By Richard Savill

A tiny British airline whose chairman waves off every departing flight has been voted the third best in the world by the Consumers' Association.

26 February 2001

Passengers have a say on safer Concorde

By William Greaves

The British Airways pilot who will take charge of the first Concorde to fly the Atlantic since the 32-year-old airliner was grounded last year has promised not to take off until his most loyal former passengers are happy to fly along with him.

20 February 2001

The deadly cost of economy class

Deep vein thrombosis is thought to kill 2,000 British aeroplane passengers each year. Now major airlines are facing accusations of negligence for not telling us about the risks

By Trevor Gardiner

17 February 2001

School is closed after powder 'fell from sky'

By Auslan Cramb, Scotland Correspondent

Children at a primary school in the Highlands will have a second day off school on Monday while tests are carried out on a white powder which they claim fell on their playground from a low-flying aircraft.

17 February 2001

Air traffic union warns passengers of summer delays

By Robert Uhlig, Technology Correspondent

Holidaymakers face a summer of flight delays worse than last year and the threat of a strike at Easter, air traffic controllers warned yesterday.

14 February 2001

McCartney says animals suffer to make BA's leather seats

By David Lister, Media and Culture Editor

Stella McCartney is challenging British Airways to remove leather seats from its first-class cabins because of the cruelty to animals involved in the production of leather.

10 February 2001

Squash champion suffers blood clot after flights

By Celia Hall, Medical Editor

A squash champion is being treated for blood clots in her lungs possibly caused by deep vein thrombosis after a heavy schedule of transatlantic flying last month.

8 February 2001

Exercise track is fitted on jumbo to cut DVT risk

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

A jumbo jet specifically adapted to reduce the risks of deep vein thrombosis is being made available to long-haul tour operators.

7 February 2001

Ministers push for air traffic sell-off

By Sarah Schaefer

The Government is facing a clash with air traffic controllers after ministers said yesterday they were determined to go ahead with the controversial part-privatisation of National Air Traffic Services (Nats).

7 February 2001

Internet bookings boost for easyJet

Eighty five percent of sales now online

4 February 2001

Age catches up with VC10s as flights for VIPs are axed

By Macer Hall and Paul Beaver

The RAF aircraft which carried the Queen and a succession of prime ministers around the world has flown its last VIP flight, The Telegraph has learned.

4 February 2001

BA plane makes unscheduled landing after fumes reported in cabin

A British Airways plane made an unscheduled landing on Saturday evening after crew members reported fumes in the cabin.

2 February 2001

Airports soar as rail chaos strikes

By Andrea Babbington

Last autumn's rail chaos has driven up the number of travellers using UK airports by 6.5 per cent, operator BAA announced today.

29 January 2001

Alcohol identified as trigger for air rage

By Thomas Penny

Most cases of air rage are fuelled by excessive drinking and on-board incidents are becoming more severe, researchers have discovered.

28 January 2001

First-class passenger victim of thrombosis

By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter

The chief executive of J. Walter Thompson, the advertising agency, has resigned at the age of 45 after almost dying from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which occurred while flying from New York to Switzerland.

27 January 2001

Air traffic controllers threaten Easter walk-out over privatisation

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Easter holiday flights from British airports face severe disruption. Air traffic controllers are threatening to take industrial action over privatisation and management plans that "undermine safety".

27 January 2001

Airline dumps 'British' tag in image update

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

British Midland is to downgrade the word "British" in its aircraft livery in a corporate makeover intended to increase its appeal to younger passengers.

26 January 2001

Porritt calls for anti-pollution tax on airline fuel

By Charles Clover, Environment Editor

The Government was criticised by its chief environmental adviser yesterday for failing to tackle traffic growth, allowing the railway network to collapse, and moving too slowly to promote "green" energy.

25 January 2001

Air travel prices should rise to meet pollution costs, study warns

By Barrie Clement and Terri Judd

Air tickets should cost up to 25 per cent more to pay for pollution emitted by the airline industry that may cause cancer, research published yesterday suggested.

23 January 2001

Pressurised cabins 'could cause DVT

By Carole Cadwalladr and Rosemary Behan

The pressurised air in aircraft could play a significant role in causing Deep Vein Thrombosis, an investigation by The Telegraph has shown.

19 January 2001

Concorde begins tests for comeback

By John Lichfield in Paris

An Air France Concorde lifted off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris yesterday for the first time since the disaster that claimed 113 lives in July last year.

18 January 2001

Call for delay in air traffic control sell-off until new centre is working

By Sarah Schaefer

The government suffered further embarrassment over its plans to part-privatise the National Air Traffic Services yesterday when an influential committee of MPs called for the sell-off to be postponed.

18 January 2001

Testing time as Concorde takes to skies

By Jocelyn Gecker, AP

An Air France Concorde took off from Charles de Gaulle airport today and headed to a military base in southern France for two weeks of rigorous testing aimed at returning the grounded supersonic fleet to commercial service.

18 January 2001

Britain signs up for new supersonic fighter in £1bn deal with Pentagon

By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent

Britain agreed to pay more than £1.3 billion towards the development costs of the new US Joint Strike Fighter yesterday in a move that may well have kept the £270 billion project alive.

17 January 2001

BA spends £17m on bulletproof skin for Concorde

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

British Airways is adding a bulletproof lining to the inside of the wings of its seven Concordes to prevent any repetition of the crash near Paris last July, and have the aircraft flying again by the spring.

17 January 2001

Concorde to fly again 'by April'

By Paul Marston

Concorde is likely to return to the skies in April without changes to a fire alarm system that misled the pilots of an Air France aircraft which crashed last summer, engineers said yesterday.

16 January 2001

150,000 more travellers take flight

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Travellers took to the air in a big way last month amid the massive disruption of the rail network in the wake of the Hatfield crash.

16 January 2001

Concorde airborne by the spring, say BA

Safety tests to start on supersonic jet after Paris crash

Concorde could be airborne by April after a massive modernisation programme following July's Paris crash disaster, it was announced today.

15 January 2001

Telegraph readers save Vulcan

By Peter Almond

The last of Britain's Vulcan nuclear bombers has been saved from sale to American buyers, thanks largely to support from Daily Telegraph readers.

12 January 2001

Olympic officials suffered blood clots on flight to Australia

By Barbie Dutter, and David Derbyshire

Three members of the British Olympic team were treated for serious blood clots after arriving in Australia for the Sydney 2000 Games, a surgeon revealed yesterday.

10 January 2001

Black box shows how pilots averted disaster

By Paul Marston Transport Correspondent

The British Airways jumbo that almost crashed two weeks ago after an intruder entered the cockpit rolled so far out of position that its wings became vertical, the flight data recorder has shown.

10 January 2001

Long flights 'cost 2,000 lives a year

By David Derbyshire, Medical Correspondent

At least one long-haul passenger dies every month from a blood clot within minutes of landing at Heathrow Airport, a study into "travellers' thrombosis" has revealed.

7 January 2001

Passenger dies after nine-hour US flight

By Thomas Penny

A woman has died after collapsing at the end of a nine-hour flight from the United States.

7 January 2001

BA to keep cockpit doors open despite attack

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

British Airways has decided against locking the cockpit doors of its aircraft during flights, despite the recent incident when 400 passengers almost died after a mentally ill man attacked the pilots of a jumbo jet at 37,000ft.

6 January 2001

Concorde fuel leak that caused Paris disaster 'had happened before'

By Hugh Schofield in Paris

Burst tyres and wheel problems on British Airways and Air France Concordes caused "perforations" of the aircraft's fuel tanks on six occasions before last July's fatal crash...

5 January 2001

Boys' eight-hour air trip lasted four days

By David Graves

An eight-hour journey from Manchester to Dubai turned into a four-day epic for three public schoolboys travelling to spend the Christmas holiday with their parents.

1 January 2001

Jet crew were warned about cockpit invader before flight

By David Sapsted

Police warned cabin staff to monitor the man who came within seconds of causing a British Airways jumbo jet to crash when he stormed the cockpit, it emerged yesterday.

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