Archive | October, 2006

As the cookie crumbles

Finally, food for thought from the DoT. In their hunger for a new route to China, airlines are trying almost any publicity tactic they can get their hands on. But sink your teeth into this: its yen for a route between Shanghai and its Newark hub near New York was such that Continental handed out […]

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Windy City, no blues

JetBlue has gamed the system well, winning four landing slots at Chicago O’Hare and someone how getting its hands on three more, marking the six-year-old discounter’s deepest foray into a legacy-dominated hub. JetBlue, which had earlier sought eight slots, cut its official request in half after vociferous opposition emerged from legacies such as United, but […]

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No Love losses

Who says George Bush can’t change things? Just hours after President Bush signed a bill phasing out Dallas Love Field restrictions under the 1979 Wright Amendment, Southwest set a major expansion there. The discounter plans to fly to 25 previously prohibited airports from Love, although flights will involve an intermediate stop or change of plane. […]

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Mangoes for sale in South Africa

South African Airways (SAA) has taken the wraps of its new low-cost airline subsidiary, Mango, which will launch on 15 November. Mango aims to be the first airline that makes air travel affordable to most South Africans. South Africa already has two low-cost carriers, Kulula and 1time, but Mango claims it will be the first […]

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Qantas boosts sorry Airbus

A true salesman always tries to make something positive come out of adversity. The Airbus team that has managed to not only ensure that one of its launch A380 customers – Australia’s Qantas Airways – is staying with the programme, but is in fact ordering more of the superjumbos, can be forgiven for popping the […]

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Around the world for 801 pounds

Remember the days of glamorous air travel when a passenger could fly around the world with one airline? Air New Zealand (ANZ) is giving passengers another chance to experience a true around the world journey. ANZ today became the first scheduled passenger carrier to operate an around the world service since 2001, when United Airlines […]

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UK’s regulatory body enters liberalisation debate

“The intellectual battle is over – open skies is the way forward.” So says Alex Plant, head of economic policy and international aviation at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). But he admits the battle is still being fought over restrictons on ownership and control that are the other elements to a totally liberalised industry.Speaking at […]

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Bumpy start

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, which could become the poster child of the until now untested long-haul/low-cost model, finally got off the ground yesterday, much to the relief of chief executive Stephen Miller. The carrier, which originally aimed to launch in November 2005, has encountered a series of delays over the last year but the last […]

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This is your captain meowing

Next time you fly EVA Air don’t be alarmed, but your flight could be piloted by a cartoon cat called Daniel. But rest assured, your Airbus A330-200 will be well maintained by Daniel’s friends Teddy and Joy. The cartoon characters are part of EVA Air’s specially liveried jet, which features the Hello Kitty theme both […]

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Get married, take off

Looking for a wedding with a difference? Aviation enthusiasts can now tie the knot at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and escape for their honeymoon straight after. From this month, Schiphol is offering four different ceremony options to choose from: Ready for take-off: billed as a “contemporary aviation-style wedding ceremony”. Say “I do” with a view of […]

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