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2008-07-04 00:00:19

By Saurabh Sinha NEW DELHI: The relentless rise of crude prices has led Kingfisher Airlines to relook at its proposed non-stop flights to US as the airline prepares to fly abroad on Deccan's licence from August-end. It is now evaluating whether a one-stop flight that allows it to pick jet fuel at much cheaper rates and more passengers makes better economics than flying non-stop to US by tanking up expensive fuel from India. An airline needs to lift nearly 150 tonnes of fuel for a 16 to...

2008-06-27 09:02:49

Thai Airways has announced that it will suspend its service between Bangkok and New York, effective July 1, 2008, due to the continually increasing cost of jet fuel. The airline said that, while it will discontinue its New York operations, the company will retain service on the return Bangkok-Los Angeles route, which will utilize Airbus A340-500 aircraft until September 2008. Thereafter, the carrier will utilize Boeing 777-200ER aircraft to and from Los Angeles at five flights per week....

2008-06-26 12:02:54

Menzies Aviation, a provider of ground handling of airfreight for freight forwarders and airlines, has been awarded a passenger and ramp ground handling contract by Virgin Atlantic Airways at the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport in Australia. Virgin Atlantic operates a daily A340-600 service between Hong Kong and Sydney with double daily connections to the UK out of Hong Kong. Alistair Reid, director Australia for Menzies Aviation, said: "We have provided a tailored operation...

2005-08-05 16:17:02

By Rachelle Younglai TORONTO (Reuters) - Flight recorder data from the Air France plane that crashed in Toronto this week is intact despite the fire that gutted the aircraft, and investigators said on Friday the data should help them pinpoint the cause of the crash. All 309 people on board survived after the Airbus A340 tore off the end of the runway at almost 100 mph (160 km/h) during a severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, plunging into a ravine and burning to a charred and twisted hulk. The...

2005-08-04 10:04:55

By Janet Guttsman TORONTO (Reuters) - The Air France jet that crashed in Toronto this week was traveling at almost 100 mph (160 km/h) as it careened off the end of the runway during a storm and toppled into a ravine, investigators said on Thursday. They said the brakes and steering of the Airbus A340 were among items being examined in an investigation that could take months. But it was unlikely a single factor caused the fiery accident Tuesday that was survived by all 309 people aboard....

2005-08-03 18:40:08

By Rachelle Younglai TORONTO (Reuters) - Investigators recovered the black box flight recorders on Wednesday from the Air France plane that crashed and burned in a violent Toronto thunderstorm but -- in what officials called a miracle -- took no lives. All 309 passengers and crew survived after the Airbus A340 overshot the runway and burst into flames as it landed in extreme weather conditions at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday. A tour of the site showed the plane had...

2005-08-03 16:36:35

Please read in first paragraph ... that crashed in heavy thunderstorms ... instead of ... that crashed on Wednesday in heavy thunderstorms A corrected story follows By Rachelle Younglai TORONTO (Reuters) - Investigators recovered the black box flight recorders on Wednesday from Toronto's "miracle" plane that crashed in heavy thunderstorms -- a possible factor behind the fiery accident. All 309 passengers and crew survived after an Air France Airbus A340 overshot the runway and burst...

2005-08-03 16:46:59

By Rachelle Younglai TORONTO (Reuters) - Investigators recovered the black box flight recorders on Wednesday from Toronto's "miracle" plane that crashed in heavy thunderstorms -- a possible factor behind the fiery accident. All 309 passengers and crew survived after an Air France Airbus A340 overshot the runway and burst into flames as it landed in extreme weather conditions at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday. Some 42 people were taken to the hospital with minor...

2005-08-03 16:35:00

By Rachelle Younglai TORONTO (Reuters) - Investigators recovered the black box flight recorders on Wednesday from Toronto's "miracle" plane that crashed in heavy thunderstorms -- a possible factor behind the fiery accident. All 309 passengers and crew survived after an Air France Airbus A340 overshot the runway and burst into flames as it landed in extreme weather conditions at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday. Some 42 people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries,...

2005-08-03 16:54:45

By Rachelle Younglai TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian investigators on Wednesday recovered the black box flight recorders from Toronto's "miracle" plane that crashed and burned in heavy thunderstorms -- a possible factor behind the accident. All 309 passengers and crew survived after the Air France Airbus A340 overshot the runway and burst into flames as it landed in extreme weather conditions at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday. A tour of the site showed the plane had been...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'