Archive | May, 2006

Lufthansa hitches a ride on the football express

A recent trip through Germany‘s Munich airport revealed a country in the grip of football fever as it prepares for the 2006 World Cup in June. And the host nation’s flag carrier Lufthansa has joined the frenzy by painting a football motif on the nosecones of 40 of its aircraft (pictured). But if you were […]

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Podcast travel guides a first for Virgin Atlantic

It’s almost a year since Virgin Atlantic introduced podcast destination guides that travellers can download onto their computers and MP3 players. And now they’re adding Sydney to their list of city guides, which includes Cape Town, Cuba, Dubai, Johannesburg, Las Vegas, London, New York and Shanghai. Since launching the podcast guides, over 100,000 have been […]

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Beau Thai

Thai Airways has become the latest in a line of carriers to reinvent its premium classes, as the industry moves firmly into its biggest investment in the in-flight product and cabin environment cycle since the downturn caused by the terror attacks of September 2001. Eager to show off its new Royal First and Royal Silk […]

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SAS shakes off embarrassing past

As SAS faces increasing pressure from its flight deck and cabin crew unions for wage rises, its president and chief executive Joergen Lindegaard (pictured) is happy to listen to reasonable demands provided productivity improvements are part of the negotiation. “I need more hours,” he told Airline Business last week in an interview in London. “I don’t […]

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Air traffic tools with a political return

It won the seal of approval from the Air Transport Association the other week as key to replace the FAA’s ageing infrastructure of ground-based radars and other vacuum-tube era terrestrial technology. Now this new navigation and surveillance system, dubbed ADS-B, which relies on GPS satellites, has a firm commitment from the FAA itself. With ADS-B […]

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Qantas and the economy class police

Amid all the hustle and bustle of carriers unveiling new first and business class products we are pleased to report that at least one – Australia‘s Qantas Airways – is investing in its economy cabin. By definition, in these times of tight budgets, the investment is modest, but it’s a good sign. For its international […]

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Foreign affairs, delayed

Manoeuvring to avoid a collapse in US/EU Open Skies efforts, Bush administration officials ‘revised’ their proposal to encourage foreign investment in US carriers – a change that the Europeans have insisted on before agreeing to any larger liberalisation of the regime for transatlantic flights. Saying it was “mindful of the strong interest in the proposal […]

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Etihad’s 30-30 vision

Etihad Airways surely gets the award for the most prolific issuer of press releases over the past year. Hardly a week seems to go by without a new route starting up or a new aircraft being delivered. The latest is worth mentioning because it documents the fact that the Abu Dhabi upstart has brought on […]

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Environmental concerns – a lot of hot air?

The irony of delegates flying in from all over the world to attend last week’s conference on aviation and the environment in Geneva was not lost on Ken McAnergney, manager of airport planning at New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport, who added that the volume of paperwork he had been given while at the conference would be adding […]

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IATA sees French Government in court

Giovanni Bisignani slipped the revelation that the world’s airlines have taken none other than the French Government to court on page 5 of his recent speech to the UK‘s Aviation Club. This piece of remarkable news was somewhat buried in a typically robust plea for more efficiency from suppliers and states alike. However, buried or […]

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