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Nov 12, 2014

European probe lands on comet, but fails to anchor down

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The European Space
Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space
exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an
anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into
the origins of Earth and the solar system.

The 100-kg (220-pound) lander – virtually weightless on the
comet’s surface – touched down on schedule at about 1600 GMT
after a seven-hour descent from its orbiting mothership Rosetta,
now located a half-billion kilometres (300 million miles) from
Earth.

Nov 12, 2014

Moment of truth in Europe’s ten-year mission to explore a comet

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – European scientists
will on Wednesday make the first-ever attempt to land a probe on
the surface of a comet, the most nail-biting stage of a ten-year
mission to find out more about these time-capsules of the
universe.

The European Space Agency early on Wednesday gave the final
go-ahead for the Rosetta spacecraft, which has been orbiting
comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since August, to jettison a
lander to collect samples from the surface.

Nov 6, 2014

A decade on, airlines push for delayed European skies reform

PARIS/BERLIN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Airlines urged the European
Union on Thursday to press ahead with plans to merge national
air corridors, rekindling debate about a reform that risks
confrontation with air traffic controllers over safety and jobs.

The call came as EU transport ministers gathered in Rome for
informal talks to try to accelerate a plan to integrate some of
the world’s most crowded airways, which has drifted since the
so-called Single European Sky scheme was launched a decade ago.

Oct 30, 2014

Lufthansa cuts 2015 profit goal on weak economy and falling ticket prices

BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa has
lowered its profit guidance for 2015 for the second time this
year, due to a stuttering global economy and falling ticket
prices, and said any further strikes could also impact the
target for this year.

The airline, Europe’s largest by revenue, said it now
expected its 2015 operating profit to be “significantly above”
the 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) seen for 2014, compared with
a previous forecast for 2 billion.

Oct 24, 2014

Strike costs, oil effect in focus for Europe’s airlines

BERLIN/PARIS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Europe’s airlines will feel
the full benefits of lower oil prices only next year and third
quarter results from Lufthansa and Air France-KLM
will show the damage done by recent strikes.

After years of painful adjustment to high fuel costs, the
recent drop in oil prices may seem an obvious windfall for
airlines but hedging strategies and currency effects soften its
impact and some analysts fear it could herald an era of falling
yields.

Oct 23, 2014

Engine parts supplier questions case for Airbus A380 upgrade

BERLIN/PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The case for developing new
engines for a sales-boosting upgrade to Airbus’s A380 passenger
jet has been called into question by a partner in one of the
planemaker’s engine suppliers.

A lean sales patch has increased pressure on Airbus
to bow to the demands of its biggest customer – Dubai’s Emirates
airline – for new engines for the 525-seat A380, the world’s
largest airliner, to improve its efficiency after the recent
launch of rival Boeing’s 406-seat 777X.

Oct 21, 2014

Airbus offers long-range version of A321neo, targets Boeing 757

Oct 21 (Reuters) – Airbus Group NV said on Tuesday
that it has begun offering airlines a long-range version of its
A321neo jetliner, aimed at replacing Boeing Co’s 757
jetliner, a long-range single-aisle jet that is no longer in
production.

“The long-range version of the A321neo will be the ideal 757
replacement with true transatlantic range, 25 percent lower fuel
burn and true long-range comfort,” an Airbus representative told
Reuters.

Oct 21, 2014

Lufthansa pilots threaten more strikes as long haul hit

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Lufthansa pilots
threatened to call further strikes this week after the latest
stoppage in a dispute over retirement benefits grounded
two-thirds of its flights on Tuesday.

Pilots began a strike at lunchtime on Monday on short haul
flights and widened that to include lucrative long haul routes
on Tuesday in a protest scheduled to end only late in the
evening.

Oct 20, 2014

German strikes prompt calls to curb smaller unions

BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – A succession of strikes by German
pilots and train drivers has left companies, politicians and
travellers pushing for measures to curb the power of smaller
unions in Europe’s largest economy.

Following a 50-hour strike by train drivers leaving millions
stranded over the weekend, Lufthansa pilots followed
up with their eighth strike action of the year on Monday and
Tuesday, causing flight disruptions for hundreds of thousands of
travellers.

Oct 14, 2014

Airbus CEO says may shun Germany for helicopter programmes

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Airbus is seriously
considering building new helicopter programmes in France rather
than Germany in the future due to a restrictive export policy in
Europe’s largest economy, the chief executive of the group told
Reuters.

Airbus is currently considering a follow-up model to its
Super Puma helicopter, which can be used for military missions
as well as civilian operations, such as transporting workers to
oil rigs.

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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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