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2008-09-20 15:00:31

XL Airways planes were flown home empty after the air carrier became insolvent, leaving the British government to rescue its stranded passengers, pilots say. The British Airline Pilots Association has demanded an inquiry into the affair, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The union maintains XL never even considered bringing its stranded passengers home. "Pilots thought this was ridiculous, the aircraft could have brought back around 4,000 people," the group's spokesman said....

2008-09-20 12:00:37

By Simon Calder Stranded: a word that, over the past week, has acquired some interesting new meanings. Because I am presently stranded at my desk, unable to reach a real dictionary without getting out of my chair, let me see what my word processor offers: "aground, ashore, beached, grounded, marooned, wrecked". Yet, since the collapse eight days ago of the XL Leisure Group, certain sections of the media have used "stranded" to describe people who are on holiday. If a stranding merely...

2008-09-17 15:00:25

By DEBORAH ANDERSON SCOTS couple Janice and Billy Black were today due to return home after a 48hour ordeal. They were among thousands left stranded after airline XL collapsed and feared they would never get home. After checking in at Cyprus's Larnaca airport on Sunday evening, they hoped to be back a few hours later. They had been told they were on a special flight to Gatwick and relatives booked them on easyJet flights back to Glasgow. However, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)...

2008-09-16 21:00:20

Most of the estimated 90,000 tourists hit by the collapse were covered by the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (Atol) scheme run by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).But the CAA said yesterday that XL's Atol bond of about 42m was unlikely to be enough to cover the cost of repatriation and refunding.Consequently the CAA is going to have to dip into its back-up fund, the Air Travel Trust fund.It said about 55,000 tourists were covered by XL's Atol and a further 25,000 who travelled with XL...

2008-09-16 18:00:23

By Shahid Naqvi Up to 1,000 people due to fly with travel firm XL from Birmingham International Airport this week had to cancel their holiday. The operator, which went into administration on Friday, was set to fly six planes charted from Air Malta from BIA between yesterday and Thursday. Each craft carries 180 passengers and according to a BIA spokeswoman the majority of them were likely to be flying with XL. Following collapse of the operator, people booked to travel have been...

2008-09-16 18:00:23

UP TO 1,000 holidaymakers due to fly with travel firm XL from Birmingham International Airport this week have had to cancel. The operator, which went into administration on Friday, was set to fly six planes chartered from Air Malta from Birmingham by Thursday. Each aircraft carries 180 passengers and, according to an airport spokeswoman, the majority were likely to be fly with XL. Following the collapse, clients have been told their holiday is no longer available. This week's...

2008-09-15 18:00:25

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad has approached Midlandbased bmi over a possible merger that would value the UK carrier at up to pounds 600 million, it was claimed yesterday. Etihad - the national carrier of the United Arab Emirate - is understood to have held initial talks with bmi and the airline's major stakeholder Lufthansa about a deal, according to a national newspaper. The airline, which is backed by the Abu Dhabi royal family, is said to be keen to snap up potential bargains as the...

2008-09-15 18:00:25

By WILLIAM TINNING THOUSANDS of British tourists were stranded at airports around the world for the third day yesterday as news broke of another British tour operator going bust. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) yesterday said it had arranged the repatriation to the UK of 22,090 customers of failed travel firm XL Leisure Group, most of whom are expected back in the country by the end of today. The aviation authority said it was trying to replicate the XL flight programme over the next...

2008-09-15 09:00:35

By Jeremy Watson HUNDREDS of passengers caught up in the XL tour company crash were last night back in Scotland as part of "the most challenging" emergency airlift ever undertaken by airlines. Two flights arrived at Glasgow Airport early yesterday morning carrying holidaymakers from Dalaman in Turkey after being switched from a grounded XL plane to Freebird, a Turkish airline. Last night, other stranded XL passengers from Tenerife were flown by Monarch Airlines into Manchester before...

2008-09-15 06:00:28

By Michael Howie Home Affairs Correspondent THE largest ever airlift of British holidaymakers stranded by a collapsed travel company was in full swing last night, as nearly 100 emergency flights were put in place to bring 22,000 people home. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) organised the repatriation of more than one quarter of the 85,000 holidaymakers who booked their foreign breaks through XL Leisure, which went bust on Friday. As another 200,000 Britons saw their holiday plans...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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