Archive | November, 2006

Maxjet shows Rogliano the door

Gary Rogliano, who led all-business class Maxjet into the high-end transatlantic luxury airline wars, left the year-old Washington Dulles-based carrier after an apparent dust up with his board of directors. The airline said he was “leaving to pursue other opportunities”, which is press release for “shown the door”. Rogliano left shortly after the carrier began […]

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Cancun inspires the Dubai feeling

Cancun, Mexico’s fast growing tourist mecca, is half a world away from the development miracle of Dubai but they have a similar buzz: the buzz of commerce, construction and fun.The Airline Business team are here in Cancun publishing a daily newspaper at the Latin American Airline Leaders Forum. Driving from the airport – an efficient […]

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Easyjet adds more frills

EasyJet is moving further away from the pure no-frills model with an initiative to enable passengers to pay an extra fee for early boarding.Dubbed the “Speedy boarding” initiative, the first 20 passengers making an online booking are given the option of paying between 」2.50 ($4.90) and 」7.50 to board the aircraft ahead of other passengers, […]

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Premium pampering at Doha International

Qatar Airways, which operates Doha International Airport, has built its first and business class passengers a shiny new terminal.It offers a range of services to pamper premium passengers – from duty free shopping, restaurants and spa treatments, sauna and jacuzzi to conference rooms and secretarial services.Let’s not forget the children and nanny who will be […]

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Texas (Pacific) fever: David Bonderman changes his tune

The Airline Business leader in our December issue was entitled “Merger mania” on the back of the move by US Airways to acquire Delta Air Lines. Just days after the magazine came out two other potential deals have been aired: a takeover of Australia’s Qantas by a partnership of Macquarie Bank and the Texas Pacific […]

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John Leahy: The Airbus quote machine

Looking none the worse for recent heart surgery, Airbus chief salesman John Leahy was in London today (22 November) launching the European manufacturer’s Global Market Forecast, it’s first for two years.Just as our recent blog with Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker showed, Leahy is a quote machine. So here are the highlights from […]

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Caribbean Airlines blog 2: mottos and retail therapy

Caribbean Airlines chief exec Peter Davies is drawing inspiration for himself and his staff in the run up to launching the new carrier in the New Year from an old British railway company motto: “The passenger is our business, not an interruption to our service”, was used by a rail provider in 1930s, explains Davies.The transfer […]

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Caribbean Airlines blog 1: in a spin about London service

The bold move to create Caribbean Airlines out of the ashes of serial loss-maker British West Indies Airways (BWIA) took another step today with the announcement that the new carrier (launches 1 January) will axe its daily service between its Trinidad & Tobago base and London Heathrow.The Airbus A340 route has been a flagship link […]

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Youthful ambition: US Airways’ Parker bids on Delta

The youthful, or at least soon-to-be formerly youthful Doug Parker (45) has always been an upbeat kind of fellow, and his optimism held him steer America West through its own troubles and into a merger with US Airways that has by all accounts been a strong success. Now Parker is attempting to smile his way […]

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Africa’s crash course on safety

It was inevitable that safety became a topic of heated discussions during November’s Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Cairo. While it is true that cold statistics clearly show the safety record among airlines on the continent to be considerably worse than that in other, more developed regions of the world, […]

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