Qatar A330 Makes Emergency Landing at Manchester Due to Suspected Bomb Hoax

Qatar Airways Airbus A330
Qatar Airways Airbus A330

An RAF Typhoon fighter was scrambled to escort a passenger plane into Manchester Airport after the crew received a threat about a “device” on board.

In what turned out to be a suspected hoax, Greater Manchester Police launched a “full emergency” response as officers did not “know how genuine this threat is”.

The plane involved was a Qatar Airways Airbus A330-300 with 282 people on board and the RAF plane was a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
Sources said the alert began when cabin crew on the flight from Qatar were passed a note by a passenger. The note was passed to the captain, who alerted air traffic controllers and scrambled the quick reaction alert Typhoon jet.

Officers met the plane as it landed and police took a passenger off the plane. Matthew Cox tweeted the above picture of a man apparently being escorted off the plane by armed officers.

Less than hour after the first reports, Greater Manchester Police confirmed the arrest was related to a suspected hoax.

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Southwest Announces New Service between Dallas Love Field and The Bay Area

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 (file)
Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines today added new flights for Customers’ travel through early March 2015, bringing two additional destinations to the carrier’s complement of Cities with new nonstop service to and from Dallas (Love Field). Flights between the heart of Dallas and both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport begin Jan. 6, 2015, with introductory fares as low as $119 one-way for purchase today through Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 11:59 pm in the respective time zone of the originating city. Please see additional fare rules and restrictions below.

All flights offered between Jan. 6, 2015, and March 6, 2015, by Southwest Airlines across the country and to five near-international countries served by the carrier are now available for purchase at southwest.com.

“We continue to add new destinations, with ever-renewed excitement, to give our long-time Customers in Dallas more flight options that show how we value their time,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer. “We’re linking the Bay Area to North Texas with the value, convenience, and Customer Service that only Southwest Airlines can deliver to them.”

The carrier previously announced its post Wright Amendment offerings from Dallas (Love Field) which, along with the additions of Oakland and San Francisco, gives Dallas Customers access to a total of 33 destinations via nonstop service on Southwest Airlines by Jan. 6, 2015.

Beginning Oct. 13, 2014, Southwest will add nonstop service from Dallas (Love Field) to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Ronald Reagan Washington National.

On Nov. 2, 2014, Southwest will add additional nonstop city offerings from Dallas (Love Field) to Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, New York (LaGuardia), Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County/Santa Ana, and Tampa.

INTRODUCTORY FARE TERMS & CONDITIONS
Fares valid only on nonstop service. Purchase from Aug. 4–8, 2014, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel Jan. 6 through March 6, 2015. Travel valid every day except Fridays & Sundays. Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for one-way travel. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare’s rules apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines, so long as you cancel your reservations at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime Fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.

Passenger Dies at Gatwick Airport of Ebola

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport

Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board.

She died in hospital on Saturday.

Ebola has killed 256 people in Sierra Leone.

A total of 826 have died in West Africa since the outbreak began in February.

Tests were carried out to see if the woman had the disease.

The plane was quarantined as ­officials desperately tried to trace everyone who had been in contact with the woman.

Airport workers faced an anxious wait to see if the woman had Ebola. One said: “Everyone’s just ­petrified.

“We’ve all seen how many people have died from Ebola, especially in Sierra Leone, and it’s terrifying.”

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IAG Firms Up Order for 8 Airbus A350-900 Jets for Iberia

Airbus A350
Airbus A350

International Airlines Group (IAG) has converted eight A350-900 options into firm orders for Iberia. The airline becomes a new customer for the fast-selling A350XWB Family. The aircraft will be equipped with efficient Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines and will deliver huge operational benefits through Airbus’ unique family values.

IAG secured commercial terms for the A350 aircraft as part of the Group long-haul order announced in April 2013.

“We are very proud that IAG has chosen the A350-900 aircraft for Iberia. We welcome a new operator of the most efficient mid-size long-haul aircraft in the market,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A350XWB is the aircraft of choice in its category and set to become a reference among passengers for its unrivalled cabin comfort and quietness.” ‎