VIENNA, May 24 (Reuters) – Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow won the
final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Sunday,
beating Russia and Italy in the world’s biggest international
The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter, who had been a
bookmakers’ favourite, performed the winning electro-pop ballad
“Heroes,” dancing in front of a black screen with animated
VIENNA (Reuters) – A slice of Swedish electro-pop, Italian ‘popera’ and a pop star from Australia, about as far from Europe as you can get, are among the favorites for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
The annual kitsch-fest, watched by more than 195 million people in 40 countries — more viewers than the Superbowl — was won last year by Austria’s bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, bringing the show to the Austrian capital better known for its classic elegance.
VIENNA, May 22 (Reuters) – Vienna hopes the final of the
Eurovision Song Contest will show a new liberal and
light-hearted side to the opulent Austrian capital when the
jamboree of glitter, capes and power ballads hits town this
Tourists associate Vienna with classic architecture,
composers, traditional coffee houses and the Blue Danube Waltz,
composed in 1866 – conservative images which the city is now
trying to move beyond.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Within 40 minutes of Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashing in the Alps in March French accident investigators from the BEA authority were on the phone to plane tracking website Flightradar24.
“BEA called us and we of course passed the information over to them right away,” the website operator’s chief executive Fredrik Lindahl said.
LONDON/BERLIN, May 13 (Reuters) – TUI Group, the
world’s largest leisure and tourism company, expects annual
profit growth of more than 10 percent over the next three years
and said it will retire the Thomson brand in Britain as part of
its post-merger shake-up.
In its first strategy update since last year’s merger of
London-listed TUI Travel and German owner TUI AG, the
company said it is also confident of meeting this year’s target
for profit growth of up to 15 percent.
BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Postal and logistics group
Deutsche Post DHL said it would review the
restructuring at its freight division, which has proved tougher
and more costly than expected, after reporting a
lower-than-expected first-quarter operating profit.
“We saw a moderate start to the year, as we expected,” Chief
Executive Frank Appel said on Tuesday after the company reported
earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of 720 million euros
($805 million), against forecasts for 751 million euros.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Fraport said the weak euro had encouraged travelers to spend more on shopping at Frankfurt airport, helping it to report slightly better than expected first-quarter results and lifting its shares.
The airport operator said on Thursday net retail revenue per passenger rose 6.5 percent to 3.93 euros, driven by an increase in the number of intercontinental passengers from places such as China, Korea, Turkey and Brazil.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), rocked by a fatal plane crash at the end of March and trying to end a long-running dispute with its pilots, struck a cautious tone on 2015 profit expectations despite reporting a smaller first quarter loss.
Like Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which also reported a smaller first-quarter loss last week, Lufthansa is trying to lower costs to better compete with rivals from the Gulf and Turkey as well as low-cost carriers in Europe.
BERLIN, May 5 (Reuters) – Lufthansa joined
European rivals in reporting improved first-quarter earnings
helped by cheaper fuel, but said on Tuesday further action was
needed to lower costs, especially in light of a rising pension
burden and staff-related expenses.
Lufthansa is in a long-running dispute with its pilots over
retirement benefits and the expansion of low-cost services.
Talks with pilots and strike action were suspended after the
crash of one of its Germanwings planes at the end of March.
BERLIN (Reuters) – European aviation safety regulators introduced new training requirements on Monday to help prevent accidents by pilots losing control of planes in-flight, such as during a stall or in bad weather.
The International Air Transport Association said that while these incidents were rare, they were deadly.