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Jun 5, 2014

Germany’s Henkel expands laundry brands with $1.3 billion French deal

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – Henkel & Co plans to buy French household cleaner maker Spotless, for 940 million euros ($1.28 billion) cash, its second purchase in a week as the German consumer goods company builds its presence in large, profitable, mature markets.

Henkel is buying Spotless from London-based private equity firm BC Partners, adding Eau Ecarlate and Dylon laundry products to a portfolio that already includes Persil detergent, Loctite adhesives and Schwarzkopf hair products.

Jun 3, 2014

Airlines’ summit highlights shift of power to Gulf carriers

DOHA/DUBAI, June 3 (Reuters) – Qatar sealed its position at
the centre of a new aviation map this week as host to the annual
meeting of the global airline industry’s International Air
Transport Association (IATA), but the Gulf country and its
neighbours drew criticism from rivals about trade and investment
policies.

Senior representatives of over 200 airlines attended the
IATA meeting in Doha, making Qatar the first Gulf country to
host the summit, which was attended by its fiercest critics.

Jun 3, 2014

Airlines debate costs of aircraft tracking after Malaysian’s loss

DOHA (Reuters) – Moves by airlines to keep track of their aircraft in real time following the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 could push up ticket prices for passengers – but governments should also foot part of the bill, airline industry leaders said on Tuesday.

Senior executives attending the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual meeting in Doha this week said they needed to install a tracking system to ensure no more airliners could simply vanish as the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER did in March.

Jun 3, 2014

Air cargo carriers battle competition from seas, passenger planes

DOHA, June 3 (Reuters) – As more cargo shifts to passenger
planes and back onto the seas, airlines are having to rethink
their cargo operations or risk the freighter plane becoming a
thing of the past.

While some carriers have already reduced the number of
freighter planes they operate, more drastic changes to shorten
transport times and regain ground lost to the shipping industry
are needed, delegates at an annual airline meeting in Doha said.

Jun 2, 2014

Bombardier ‘narrowing cause’ of engine hitch on new CSeries jet

DOHA, June 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s Bombardier has
narrowed its investigation of an engine failure on its new
CSeries shorthaul airliner to a few possible causes and hopes to
understand more later this week, the head of its aerospace
operations said on Monday.

The test aircraft suffered an “engine-related incident” on
its newly developed Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine
during stationary maintenance testing last Thursday.

Jun 2, 2014

Airlines look for ways to swiftly adopt aircraft tracking system

DOHA (Reuters) – Mystified by the loss of Malaysian jetliner MH370, some airlines will not wait for an industrywide solution to keeping track of their aircraft flights in real time, provided products are offered at the right price, industry executives said on Monday.

The disappearance of Malaysian Airline Systems’ flight MH370 almost three months ago has prompted calls for real-time tracking of planes and even continuous streaming of black box data.

May 30, 2014

Lost Malaysian jetliner to dominate industry meet as tracking row goes on

DOHA/KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Reuters) – Global airlines are
gathering in Doha for an industry summit intended to celebrate
100 years of commercial air travel, but now darkened by the
disappearance of Malaysian jetliner MH370.

The International Air Transport Association, which
represents about 80 percent of the aviation industry, has
pledged to find new ways to track aircraft as the international
search for MH370, now three months old, hits fresh obstacles.

May 23, 2014

Alarmed by anti-EU surge, Airbus chief urges staff to vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – Alarmed by a surge of anti-EU populists, the chief executive of European aerospace firm Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has taken the unusual step of writing to the group’s 144,000 employees to urge them to vote in this week’s European Parliament elections.

“I didn’t tell my colleagues what to vote, but I said ‘Go and vote’,” Tom Enders told Reuters in an interview, saying he hoped radical, anti-European parties would “get as few votes as possible”.

May 23, 2014

Exclusive: Airbus may cut more defense jobs in German export row

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany faces defense industry job cuts beyond those already planned and could even see factories closed or moved abroad if the government insists on toughening restrictions on arms exports, the head of Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) told Reuters.

The company’s defense and space division already plans to shed some 2,000 industrial jobs in Germany.

May 23, 2014

Airbus CEO urges radical shake-up of space launcher industry

BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has urged European countries to carry out a fundamental overhaul of the space rocket launcher industry and give companies a bigger role to avoid becoming “irrelevant” in the $6.5 billion global rocket-launch club.

His call for a bigger industry say in the public and private partnerships behind Europe’s Ariane space rocket is a response to the arrival of low-cost U.S. based Space Exploration technologies (SpaceX), run by electric car mogul Elon Musk.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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