Archive | June, 2006

Speak up I’m on the plane

It seems remarkable that business types, a group of travellers with the most compelling reasons to stay connected, are railing against mobile phone use on board aircraft. But that is exactly what they are doing according to a suvery by the International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA). The group, which represents frequent flyers, but is possibly […]

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Stelios bags a knighthood

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the self-styled “serial entreprenuer”, better known in this industry as the founder of UK low-cost carrier easyJet, has an even broader smile than ever following the announcement in the Queen’s birthday honours list that he is to receive a knighthood. Check out Wikipedia, the online encylopedia, for a detailed description of what being […]

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bmi’s business briefing

You might not automatically think of bmi as a logical partner for the UK’s well-known Economist publishing house, but for chief executive Nigel Turner it makes perfect sense. Several members of the Airline Business editorial team received a copy of The Economist Business Miscellany – a collaboration beween the carrier and the Economist – this […]

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Norman conquests: Mineta resigns

Norm Mineta, the longest serving US transportation secretary, resigned after a 5 1/2 year tenure that encompassed the 2001 attacks, the reshaping of aviation security and the airlines’ financial crisis. Mineta, 74, one of three remaining members of President George W. Bush’s original cabinet and the only Democrat in the group, served two presidents, taking […]

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The proper shade of heritage

US Airways rolled out its new and improved heritage jet with an Airbus A319 in the livery of a Piedmont Aviation Pacemaker, as the North Carolina-based Piedmont called its jet planes until the old USAir took it over in 1989. To honour its predecessors, the new US Airways, also known as the old America West […]

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Aw, shucks, no cussin’. Peace has broken out at Love Field

The recent deal among all the feudin’ Texas good ole’ boys (and gals) to settle their little ole’ spat about Dallas Love Field has brought out the best in all: diplomacy from airport and airline figures, praise of the power of compromise from the mayors of both Fort Worth and Dallas (her honor’s a lady), […]

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See, be seen, and hindsight

About the oldest rule in the book is see – and be seen. The only change is that pilots now have highly sophisticated ways of seeing each other, as the FAA’s recent advances in ADS-B show. In fact, the agency has finalised an agreement with a helicopter trade group to start using the Automatic Dependent […]

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Take care when reversing your A330

It is following a recent bitter experience that UK leisure carrier Thomas Cook is rolling out an education campaign to reduce accidental damage to aircraft when they are on the ground. Ground accidents to aircraft are nothing new, and ramp safety has long been an issue addressed by industry bodies like IATA and ACI. But […]

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A380 – a touch of class

With the possibility of first- and business-class passengers boarding the double-deck Airbus A380 direct from their own lounge via airbridge to the upper deck, premium passengers can pay for the privilege of not having to mix with their economy-class fellow travellers at all. This concept is being taken one step further by Airbus. Journalists visiting […]

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Airport advertising – big, bright and bold

Giant advertising “spectaculars” are nothing new at main hubs across the globe. In the UK, for instance, huge suspended phones have been communicating their brand message at London Heathrow for ages. But appropriately enough, the latest big new idea is giant 3D coloured light bulbs, which have been erected at the entrance to Heathrow’s Central […]

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