Archive | November, 2006

BA unveils new business class

British Airways chose the centre of one of its main customer bases – London’s Docklands close to the financial heartland of the UK – as the venue to launch its new Club World business class.BA is following hard on the heels of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific in unveiling its next generation business class flat […]

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Qatar’s Al Baker on top form

There is nothing better the Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker likes to do, it seems, is spar with the press.He was positively beaming as he took his seat at the airline’s annual press conference at World Travel Market in London the other day. The room was packed, for Al Baker is good value. He […]

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Ambitous African Airports

How long does it take to design and build an airport? 
If you ask an airport operator in Europe, North America or Japan, most will tell you 10 to 20 years. But if you ask the airport operator in South Africa, it claims only three years. And it is serious. South Africa does not plan […]

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Sharing the China

Hungry to share in their carrier’s new profit-rich diet, American’s pilots have told their employer in no uncertain terms that it needs their okay if it is to begin one of the new routes between the US and China and that American is fighting for. The American bid, which many have tipped as possible winner […]

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Duty Free Discrimination

New security regulations, in particular a European Commission (EC) restriction on liquids in hand luggage, are the hot topic at this week’s Airport Council International (ACI) annual general world assembly in Cape Town. ACI members approved a resolution today calling for governments to work together to harmonise security restrictions. Specifically, they are urging the EC […]

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KLM marks 70 years of the DC-3

KLM is celebrating 70 years of the Douglas DC-3 Dakota and has launched a new website which looks back at aviation pioneers to mark the occasion. On 13 November 1936, KLM operated the DC-3 on its first scheduled service. The website celebrates this aeronautical milestone with pictures of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as it was in […]

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Free A380s for Qatar – some strings attached

“We have a very strong compensation clause with a limited excusable delay beyond which Airbus will have to give me loads of money and the aircraft as a gift,” said Akbar Al Baker (centre), with only a hint of pathos, speaking at his annual press conference at London‘s World Travel Market show yesterday about discussions […]

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Bmi and Transaero link on London-Moscow

The co-operation agreement signed back in July by the UK’s bmi and Russia’s Transaero to operate a daily codeshare service between London Heathrow and Moscow Domodedovo took off on 29 October.It has been nine years since bmi first attempted to gain a foothold in the Russian market – the previous attempt ended in failure in […]

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Maxjet gambles on the Elvis touch

Maxjet, the year-old all-business class carrier that plies its trade across the atlantic, launched its latest service – between London Stansted and Las Vegas – with all the razzmatazz you would expect with the world’s gaming and fun capital at one end of the route. And none other than the King himself was tempted to […]

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Sun, fun – and snow – with bmi in Moscow

When journalists get invited on inaugural flights to new destinations, they can usually pack shorts and suncream. This week’s new route for bmi was a departure in more ways than one -  to the chilly city of Moscow. Although Moscow is in many aspects just like other major cities, full of teenagers walking the streets […]

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