Etihad passenger numbers up 11pc
ABU Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways said it carried 3.3 million passengers in the first half of 2010, an 11pc increase compared to the first six months of 2009.
Total revenue rose 59pc, according to the airline, which didn't release specific monetary data.
BA workers reject final airline offer
BRITISH Airways cabin crew yesterday rejected the company's final offer aimed at ending the long-running dispute at the airline. The Unite trade union made no recommendation on whether or not to accept the deal, and while the 2-1 majority in favour of industrial action was less than in previous ballots, the result still raises the threat of fresh strikes.
England dropped by Nationwide
NATIONWIDE, the UK's biggest building society, has decided not to renew its sponsorship of the England football team, following its disappointing showing in the World Cup. The FA had declined an offer made by Nationwide before the finals, in the hope that an impressive showing would result in a better deal.
BP's 'upstream assets' for sale
BP said it has entered into several agreements to sell "upstream assets" in the US, Canada and Egypt to Apache. The deals, worth a total of $7bn, comprise BP's Permian Basin assets in Texas and New Mexico, its Western Canadian upstream gas assets; and the Western Desert business concessions and East Badr El-din exploration concession in Egypt.
Setanta to launch in high definition
SETANTA Sports, the Dublin-based operator of sports channels, said Setanta Sports Canada will launch in high definition in August this year. The company, which has provided sports television in Canada for three years, sells access to soccer and rugby games from Europe and elsewhere.
Mortgage lending at six-month high
NEW figures show that UK mortgage lending bounced back to a six-month high during June as the market enjoyed its traditional season boost.