Archive | January, 2006

Don’t mention the F-word

The air was blue the other day when Airline Business went for an exclusive interview with the senior management team from Air Malta. One minute we were discussing the airline’s restructuring efforts and their culture of change. The next minute we ventured the question, how has the price of fuel affected Air Malta? “Don’t mention […]

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Baseler boasts a big grin

Boeing’s chief marketing guru Randy Baseler could afford to be a little smug, but he resisted the opportunity – just. On a stopover in London this week he called a last-minute press briefing to cast the rule over last year’s record order year and the manufacturer’s evolving product line. Arch rival Airbus may have pipped Boeing […]

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Capitol losses: Ken Mead Quits

He was no monument, but Ken Mead cast a long shadow around the nation’s Capitol, first as the head of transportation investigations for the major congressional watchdog and then, after 1997, as the watchdog for the US Transportation Department itself. And as the Department’s inspector general, the post he resigned this week, Ken Mead became […]

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Talking survival in Belgium

By the end of 2006 Belgium should finally have a quasi-national carrier capable of taking on Ryanair at something like it’s own low-cost game. The full integration of SN Brussels and Virgin Express is unlikely to be completed within the year, but if newly appointed chief executive of the two carriers Neil Burrows (above) has […]

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Jet Airways: An Indian force to be reckoned with

When Airline Business Asia-Pacific editor Nicholas Ionides interviewed Naresh Goyal late last year, the ebullient founding chairman of Jet Airways stressed that while he is expanding fast overseas, the focus is still very much on the Indian domestic market. With last week’s announcement to the Bombay Stock Exchange that Jet is to buy domestic rival […]

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BA chair: Europe on sale

Or at least the continent’s airlines are. And that For Sale sign is in stark contrast to what’s on offer in the States, says British Airways chairman Martin Broughton. Travelling to New York City to address the Wings Club, long-standing aviation organisation, Broughton said the US offer to liberalise ownership and control of US-flag airlines […]

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Live TV in for the long haul

Long-haul carriers are catching on to the idea of providing passengers with live television – an idea pioneered by US low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways. And now Japan Airlines (JAL) and Lufthansa are closing in on Singapore Airlines (SIA) in the race to extend their in-flight entertainment offering. All three carriers were early customers of Connexion […]

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Virgin America: Friends in low-lying places

Friends are good to have wherever you can get ‘em, and Richard Branson’s would-be US venture, Virgin America, has few so far. But one has emerged from the bayous and wetlands of Louisiana: Air Gumbo, which calls itself a “starting-up airline our self”. Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, one of the centres of Cajun music, Air […]

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Romano leads Mexican wave

A keynote presentation by Mexicana boss Emilio Romano will be one of the highlights of Network 2006, the route planning event for the Americas. Hosted by Airline Business, Network will bring together over 200 airline and airport delegates in San Antonio in early March (visit for more information).Mexican aviation is a hot topic at […]

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Singapore’s new Budget Terminal keeps it simple

Heathrow’s new terminal has the pithy moniker T5. Marseille has adopted the name mp2 for its new terminal. So what does Singapore Changi airport call its new budget terminal? None too surprisingly, they’ve called it Budget Terminal. You certainly can’t accuse them of being overly flowery with the title. It’s almost as if they’ve taken […]

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