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Flybe boss: Decision to cut 300 jobs 'not taken lightly'

I am extremely disappointed that many valued and hard-working colleagues may have to leave the organisation.

It's a decision the board and I have not taken lightly; it's one we have tried to avoid and it is the first time in almost 30 years of business that we have had to take such action.

– Jim French, chairman and chief executive of Flybe

UK-based airline Flybe to axe 300 jobs

Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

The Exeter-based carrier announced plans to cut around 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce and is considering outsourcing further support functions, including ground handling and onboard catering.

Flybe plans to cut 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Support and production roles such as human resources and IT will be affected by the jobs cull, while around a fifth of its management team is being cut.

The group is also putting its network of 13 UK bases under review and will give further details in the summer.


US F-16 fighter crashes off Japanese coast

A US F-16 fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean over 1,000 km (621 miles) off the coast of northern Japan, according to the Kyodo news agency, who cited the Japan Coast Guard as a source.

The jet crashed around 11:00 a.m. Japan time (0200 GMT). It had set off from the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture. No one at the US armed forces in Japan was available for comment.

Delta investigating needles in sandwiches

The US airline Delta is working with the FBI and officials in the Netherlands to find out how sewing needles entered in-flight meals.

The needles were found in sandwiches on four US-bound flights that left Amsterdam on Sunday.

Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly said in an email to Reuters that the sandwiches were prepared by the airline's Amsterdam caterer, Gate Gourmet.


Fighter jets called into action after airliner bomb scare

A U.S. F15 takes off from the air base of Cervia in the northern Italy in this April 2, 1999 Credit: Reuters

Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort flight 787 with 179 passengers and nine crew on board, after a woman handed a flight attended a note saying that she had a bomb surgically implanted in her.

Passengers were not aware of the two fighter jets because they were advised to keep their shades down during a film, said Stuart Frankel, from Baltimore.

US jet diverted after bomb threat

Law enforcement officials stand near a jet bridge next to the passenger jet on the tarmac Credit: PA

A jet on a flight from Paris to North Carolina was diverted over security fears after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant saying she had a surgically-implanted device.

An examination by doctors aboard the US Airways plane found that the passenger, a French citizen born in Cameroon, had no scars, an official said.

The woman was travelling alone without any checked baggage and intended to stay in the US for 10 days.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department warned airlines last summer that terrorists were considering hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.

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