Archive | July, 2006

US shock: carriers make money

What’s happening in the USA? Price rises are finally sticking as travel in America surges this summer. Airline Business Americas editor David Field discusses the situation with popular US radio station National Public Radio’s Business News anchor Renee Montagne. UAL Corp, the parent of United Airlines, is expected to report its first profit in six […]

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A380 touches down in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways has become the second Middle East carrier after Emirates to welcome the A380 to its home base. An A380 test aircraft flew into Abu Dhabi for hot weather testing on the 24 July and Etihad used the occasion to show off the aircraft (see the pictures below). The arid Gulf provides an ideal […]

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Aircraft naming Spanish style

Barcelona-based Vueling, which was only launched in February 2004 but is making a name for itself in Spain, is another quirky low-cost player on the publicity front. Its latest efforts have seen it running a contest to name its new Airbus A320s. A remarkable 20,000 people sent in their suggestions, says Vueling. The full list […]

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Kingfisher boss tracked down by Airline Business

Airline Business editor Mark Pilling presented Kingfisher chairman Dr Vijay Mallya with a framed copy of the July issue of the magazine at last week’s Farnborough Airshow. The July issue featured the flamboyant Indian entreprenuer on the cover and contained an in-depth interview inside the pages of the magazine. Mallya received the framed cover in the […]

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McCarthy sees explosive growth for AirAsia

AirAsia co-founder Conor McCarthy interrupted his holiday last week to make a quick stop at the Farnborough airshow and sign a $2.6 billion order for 40 additional Airbus A320s. He is seen below celebrating the signing the deal with Airbus sales chief John Leahy. McCarthy, who showed up for a brief press conference at the […]

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Anti-terror cutlery brings back civilised on-board eating

A UK cutlery manufacturer is doing its bit for aviation security with a new range of knives and forks that are too short to be used as weapons, but long enough to usefully eat with.     The “anti-terror cutlery” is a world-first says Arthur Price, a century old cutlery making firm, and follows guideline […]

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Farnborough Blog 5: Freighter orders rack up

Freighter orders were to the fore at this year’s Farnborough, with two start-ups and one established carrier booking major orders for Boeing aircraft. Kuwaiti start-up operator LoadAir Cargo signed an order for two Boeing 747-400 Extended Range Freighters at the show yesterday. The order is the first part of the company’s ambitions to create a […]

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Farnborough Blog 4: Whoops wrong Farnborough

Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) managing director Juhani Pakari missed a Farnborough air show press conference organized with ATR after his driver embarrassingly took him to the wrong Farnborough. Amazingly, the English driver ATR arranged to take Pakari to a 9:30am aircraft contract signing event thought the Farnborough air show was in the town of Farnborough […]

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Farnborough Blog 3: From burgers to Boeing

Six years ago Rusdi Kirana was eating a burger with his wife sitting on the grass overlooking the Farnborough runway. He was at the show looking to acquire his first aircraft for Indonesian start-up carrier Lion Air. The contrast with this year could not be more stark: yesterday Kirana was having lunch with Boeing chief […]

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Farnborough Blog 2: A350 it is

After the phoney war of the Farnborough airshow build-up, the real thing began today (Monday 17th July). The best coverage is available via Flight Daily News, for which the Airline Business editor is working during the early part of the show. Today’s news centred around Airbus coming clear with its all-new A350 and Boeing resisting […]

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