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Delta Air Lines Buys 49 Percent Stake in Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines said it will buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market. Landing rights at London's Heathrow Airport are limited, and the deal is a way for Delta to expand its foothold there.

How to Outwit the Airlines and Score a Cheap Flight

Plane tickets are costing 12% to 15% more this summer, and that's before you tack on luggage fees, taxes, charges for on-board meals, and other extras. But with a little flexibility and creativity, you can still land a good deal.

Will Higher Airfares Ground More Flyers?

Cathay's Tony Tyler explains that when airlines last raised fares in 2008, most travelers kept right on flying. But as Mideast upheavals send oil prices skyward and airlines hike fares again to compensate, the impact on the industry's bottom line could be quite different.

British Airways Reports First Quarterly Profit in Two Years

British Airways (BAIRY) posted its first quarterly profit in two years thanks to higher ticket prices. The company reported earnings of 229 million pounds ($365 million) for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of 111 million pounds a year earlier, according to Bloomberg News.

British Airways to Begin Joint Venture with American Next Month

British Airways (BAIRY) will begin a joint venture next month on flights across the Atlantic with American Airlines (AMR), after nearly 13 years of planning. The carriers will align their frequent-flier programs, allowing travelers to earn and use miles on the two airlines, Bloomberg News said. They will coordinate their schedule in 2011, then add new destinations in the U.S. and Europe.

British Airways Strike Looms

British Airways crews will likely go on strike Monday after a court order lifted a ban prohibiting airline employees from walking off the job.

Europe Braces for More Canceled Flights, and Frustrations Mount

With air travel restrictions still crippling most of Europe, national governments and businesses are starting to bridle under the unprecedented shut-downs. Losses are now reaching more than $200 million a day. A U.K. pilots group says: "A number of airlines are now staring bankruptcy in the face."

British Airways and Iberia Announce Merger Plan

British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia announced their planned merger Thursday, a further consolidation in the struggling airline industry, and one that comes as word is spreading of similar talks between United Airlines and US Airways.

British Air Strike Fouls Global Air Traffic

British Airways' cabin crews began a three-day strike this weekend that caused the UK carrier to cancel over 1,000 flights over the weekend. The the airline said it would try to accommodate 49,000 passengers, is redirecting many more to other airlines.