Archive | September, 2005

Star finally commits to IT platform

It’s been a long time coming, but the Star Alliance has finally given the nod to the common IT platform, which will be built by travel IT provider Amadeus. The go ahead for this project is a significant milestone in the development of alliances, which have tended to rely on communication between the different IT […]

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Fighting on many fronts

It’s a plane. No, a train. And Northwest Airlines’ striking mechanics are picketing it. Yes really. In the second week of a strike largely ignored by the flying public, the union formerly known as AMFA picketed a railroad marshalling yard about 60 miles from the airline’s Detroit hub to draw attention to its grievances. An Aircraft […]

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Red Letter Day

The first of the month is a red letter day for most US airline observers. That’s when Continental Airlines issues a revenue report. It’s all the more closely watched because Conti is the only major to break out revenue from traffic on a monthly basis. For August, unit revenues were up by about 4.5%, based […]

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Told ya so

When they struck Northwest on 20 August, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association said the airline was going to go into bankruptcy anyway and would just blame the union. Amost two weeks into the AMFA strike, the airline said it may well be forced into Chapter 11 soon - but not because of the union. The strike […]

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EasyJet gets its man

The word on the street was right – UK low-cost carrier easyJet has gone outside the airline industry to recruit its new chief executive. In fact it seems it wasn’t really interested in hiring an “airline” person at all. But the new man does have a transport background. From 1 December, Andrew Harrison, 48, who […]

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