Archive | January, 2006

Furry frequent flyers

Virgin Atlantic Airways has taken the concept of the Frequent Flyer programme to new heights with its Flying Paws scheme. Globe-trotting pets are presented with their own passport that gets stamped with a paw print each time they fly, redeemable against future airfares or a range of animal gifts such as bowls or toys.   […]

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Dave’s take on Independence Air’s failure

Airline Business Americas Editor David Field has been busy this week commenting to a hungry US media on the failure of Independence Air. See his interview on the popular PBS channel and listen to his comments on National Public Radio. The London office has also been receiving calls from European-based media, which seems mainly interested […]

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Journey’s end

When is a strike over? By one union’s measure, it’s not over until the last picket leaves. And by that measure, the mechanics strike against Northwest Airlines may never end, even though the airline has replaced many members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which walked off the job in August, about a month before […]

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No easy road to independence

It’s gone. Independence Air, an experiment in low-fares that either was brave or foolhardy, is no more. The carrier, once known as Atlantic Coast, makes its last flight Thursday night after less than two year as a regional jet discounter in the bargain-hungry Northeast. Its sad story raises some familiar questions, most universally this: can […]

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Aviation’s booming job market

Lufthansa’s announcement at the turn of the year that it will take on 2,400 new employees during 2006 is a good indicator of the relative health of the air transport business. As the carrier notes, most of the jobs will be in operational areas, with 1,420 new flight attendants and 220 ground staff being sought. […]

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