Archive | September, 2006

ERA AGM: complaints echo over security

Security and who pays was not surprisingly the hot topic at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in Barcelona this week, writes Airline Business deputy editor Brendan Sobie. ERA president and Aegean Airlines chief operating officer Antonis Simigdalas said there was “an endless discussion during the presidents meeting” on security costs and a […]

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ERA gives you plain fares

In an odd move, the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) is leading an initiative to improve the transparency of prices on airline websites. The ERA board approved at its annual general meeting in Barcelona on 28 September a resolution urging member and non member airlines to adhere to its recommendations for making clear on their […]

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Low-cost connections

One day, perhaps sometime soon, travellers wishing to transfer seamlessly from one low-cost carrier to another may be able to do so. The key word here is seamlessly. At present, do-it-yourself travellers who want to connect from say Canada‘s Zoom Airlines to Ryanair or easyJet at London Stansted Airport have to collect their bags after […]

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Ryanair sells its seats shock

Seat backs that is. Europe‘s low-cost giant Ryanair is exploiting yet another opportunity for ancillary revenue generation by selling advertising on the seat backs across its fleet.     It has announced a deal with a company called InviseoMedia to install seatback advertising on its entire current and future fleet of 239 Boeing 737-800s. The […]

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Lufthansa feels the lure of China

“We talk about the Far East – it’s not the Far East any more – it has come very close to us.” This was Lufthansa chief executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber addressing assorted local dignitaries, ex-pat customers and European journalists in Beijing (seen below), during a three-day tour to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the German carrier’s […]

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India’s low-cost plummet

The much hyped Indian low-cost airline industry could be in for a period of major contraction and consolidation rather than more explosive growth.  Some in the aviation industry have been questioning for months the realistic size of the Indian low-cost market, which has seen explosive growth with several start-ups and mega aircraft orders over the […]

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Blue blog or Blue log?

So, is Dave Neeleman, the ever-loquacious cofounder of JetBlue, taking to the blogosphere or not? The airline just redesigned its website and on it Dave has a page called David’s log, with a word from the chief. No airline executives have yet taken the leap into full blog-dom, unlike some of the big shots […]

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Cuppa coup

Their cups runneth, er flyeth, over Southwest, like most airlines, wants two things: to save money and to be liked. In that sense, perhaps, airlines aren’t that different from normal people except that Southwest is very good at letting people know why they should be liked. They’re clever that way. Their latest trope is a […]

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Jebel Ali to give Dubai low-cost platform

Low-cost carriers will finally be welcomed with open arms at Dubai when the ambitious Jebel Ali airport complex – branded Dubai World Central – opens in early 2008. At present, a lack of capacity at over-crowded Dubai International Airport means that low-cost services are not possible.     “We have turned away low-cost carriers because […]

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Routes 2006: lighting up the Gulf

The world of airline networking planning is gathering this week in Dubai as the World Route Development Forum touches down for its annual get together. Over 2,000 airlines, airports, suppliers and interested parties are here. These include Airline Business with a daily newspaper – Routes Daily News. Naturally the region’s airport groups are making a […]

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