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Airlines

Planes become billboards

A southern Chinese airline has done a deal that will allow an advertisement for a TV set to be painted on the side of Boeing 737, a news report said yesterday. Shenzhen Airlines has accepted the advert from Chinese electrical company Konka, and will have a picture of a TV set along with Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (張曼玉), who promotes Konka goods, painted on the nose and the tail of the aircraft. The airline would not say how much Konka had paid for the advertise-ment, according to the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily.

Automobiles

Last VW Beetle made

The last Volkswagen Beetle was scheduled to roll off the assembly line yesterday at VW plant here after a celebrated life as a cute, affordable car for the masses. The last Beetle is one of 3,000 nostalgic editions of the car produced by VW to finish off a car that was designed and developed in the 1930s. Worldwide more than 21 million VW "Bugs" were made, 1.7 million in Mexico. The assembly of Beetles ended in Europe in 1978. Mexico has been the only place in the world where they have been made since 1996.

Airlines

BA gives in to strikers

British Airways Plc provisionally agreed to scrap the imposition of a new electronic timecard system that provoked strikes by ground crew in London this month, the Independent said, citing unidentified airline negotiators. They were ready to give 2,500 workers at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports a 3 percent pay rise without them agreeing to the new system, which had previously been a condition.

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