Archive | March, 2006

Aer Arann: Ireland’s other airline

Refreshingly honest is the only way to describe Aer Arann chairman Padraig O’Ceidigh. “What you see is what you get with us,” he says, addressing the Airline Business/UATP Airline Distribution conference here in Dublin yesterday (29 March). What you do get is one of Europe’s fastest growing regional airlines which O’Ceidigh’s team has turned around […]

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The truth about Ryanair

With all the recent hullabaloo about Ryanair, following a UK television programme in mid-February about safety lapses, there can only be one way to find out the real truth behind what really goes on during a flight with the Irish low-fares giant – try it yourself. That’s what I have just done for the first […]

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Asian airports battle for low-cost business

Low-cost terminals are becoming a reality in Asia with the opening of two separate facilities within the space of three days. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last week opened its low-cost carrier terminal, just beating rival Singapore Changi’s Budget Terminal to the cutting of the ribbon. The fact that two Asian airports have opened low-cost […]

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SCF and the bad joke beat: or, so narrow an airline niche

It’s the stuff that journalists love, and so do lager louts, college boys, and wiseacres around the world, but Hooters Air may be about to go bust. (Ho ho.) The carrier, related to the restaurant chain of the same name, is premised on the appeal of the SCF, or scantily clad female, as its young […]

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A CFO loosens up

It is perhaps rather appropriate that chief financial officers (CFO) are generally pretty somber chaps. I mean who wants a bean-counter that’s cracking the funnies when there’s the fuel hedging programme or the latest yield figures to discuss?So, the assembled German media (plus the odd interloper from the airline press corps) were initially baffled and […]

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Booking and cooking

Delta called in European journalists to talk up its planned transatlantic expansion, but the scribes and scribblers focused more on short-term matters such as the increasingly public pilot rhetoric threatening a strike if the Number Three carrier and the Air Line Pilots Association can not reach a new concessions deal by 15 April. Chief executive […]

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Emirates: a monster airline coming to your town soon

This is a photograph guaranteed to scare the life of most mortal airline chief executives worried about the market power of Emirates. And it doesn’t contain any potentially game-changing 500-plus seat Airbus A380s yet. The carrier, shown here with a large chunk of its fleet gathered at its Dubai hub and powerbase, recently took delivery […]

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O’Leary’s horse comes in

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary was a happy man on Friday 16th March (quite appropriately St Patrick’s Day) as his horse War of Attrition won the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in one of the UK’s richest races. O’Leary says he was given the horse by his brother Eddie four years ago and it has gradually been […]

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At home with the Goyals

An invitation to an airline chief executive’s home for a press reception is a rare thing. So it was with relish that I accepted the kind offer of Naresh Goyal, the irrepressible founding chairman of India’s Jet Airways, to attend a little soiree at his house in London earlier this week. At the behest of […]

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Keeping blue green, OR, Pass the collection plate

JetBlue founder and chief executive David Neeleman has a become something of an apologist now that the darling of the low-cost, low-fare airline industry has shown its feet or landing gear of clay by racking up a major deficit for 2005 and predicting another for this year. Out in Las Vegas at a Citigroup-sponsored investor […]

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