Archive | December, 2005

RNP, RNAV, FMS, GPS and the Proud Eskimo on the Potomac

Sometimes the acronyms on which aviation depends make real sense. As they did the other day when the FAA showed off how the RNP function of RNAV works in the RW-the Required Navigation Performance that is part of Area Navigation in the Real World. The aviation agency showed how a high-end bizjet equipped with the […]

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Boeing’s bumper year

Boeing’s commercial aircraft team are heading into the festive break in their best mood for years. Sales of the 787 mid-sized widebody are booming, as are those of the 777; the 747-8, the successor to the jumbo jet, has finally been launched with significant orders; production of the 767 has been reprived; and 2005 looks […]

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Low-cost A380 services – imagine that

The prospect of high-flying Emirates using some of its Airbus A380s in a high-density layout to operate what would be medium or long-haul low-cost carrier-style services is enough to send a shudder down the spine of many of its competitors. But it is a thought on the mind of the carrier’s vice-chairman and group president […]

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A Virgin (America) birth nears

Just in time for Christmas, there is a virgin birth, of sorts.After more than a year of road shows with investors, and after months of “news any day now”, followed by pregnant pauses, Virgin America has come up with real money, or at least real vows of money, to start founder Richard Branson’s long-promised US […]

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Airlines and airports: Milton, Tilton and the Taj Mahal

No mild-mannered Canadian, that Robert Milton, the former Yank who took Air Canada from near death to profits; as host of the latest Star Alliance chief executive board meeting in Montr饌l in early December, Robert, as Milton is called by all, has rallied at least one Star ally to his fight against rising airport fees […]

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Yotel: small but perfectly formed?

iPod Nanos, micro miniskirts, the relaunch of the Mini. It would seem everything’s going small. And now airport hotels have their very own small but perfectly formed offering in the shape of Yotel – a no-frills but high-design hotel. The people behind UK’s trendy Yo! Sushi restaurant are bringing their high design concepts to the […]

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Southwest: Love fest with trinkets and big toys

So far it’s been almost a love fest, the battle over Love Field in Dallas and the limits that the 1979 Wright Amendment put on flights to and from the close-in airport to protect the then-new DFW International airport. In its Set Love Free, Wright is Wrong campaign, Southwest has used its characteristic humour and […]

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Tilton shrugs off United’s legacy

“My ambition post exit is never again to be referred to as a legacy anything,” said United Airlines chairman Glenn Tilton, speaking at a press briefing in London following a robust defence of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection process at an Aviation Club lunch. There should be no more legacy, he said, before answering the […]

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IACA in expansive mood

The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) welcomed its first fully-fledged non-European member at its annual general meeting in Palma de Mallorca this week, with the addition of Nouvelair. The latter is is a Tunisian carrier with seven Airbus A320s and two A321s that operates on routes between the North African country and Europe. IACA, the trade body […]

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The making of a serial entreprenuer

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of UK low-cost carrier EasyJet and a host of other “Easy” branded products, has an intriguing business card. The job title he gives himself is Serial Entreprenuer. And, after a lunch time chat at an Aviation Club event in London with Economist transport editor Ian Carson, Airline Business learnt where Stelios got […]

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