Archive | January, 2007

Italian teacher makes to buy Alitalia

As the bidders lined up for Alitalia on Monday – there were 11 in total – an intrepid journalist at Reuters digging into their backgrounds found to his surprise that a humble Italian school teacher had sneaked his way onto the shortlist.The teacher, Fabio Scaccia, described his fake plan to buy Alitalia as a “citizen’s […]

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The pursuit of Delta: US Airways falters

Going? Gone? The US Airways hostile pursuit of Delta Air Lines seems to be losing altitude. Chief executive Doug Parker said on a conference call that US Airways would drop its $10 billion bid for Atlanta-based Delta on 1 February if the Delta creditors committee does not move to force the bankrupt carrier’s executives into […]

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Jet2 enters in-flight entertainment fray

UK-based Jet2‘s claim that its roll out of Mezzo Movies‘ hand-held in-flight entertainment system is “a first for the low-cost industry” will be met with some surprise by fellow carriers that have been providing a similar service for some time.Airlines currently offering rival Digecor‘s portable video device include Australia’s low-cost Virgin Blue, and European no-frills […]

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Class act: Japan Airlines takes premium economy plunge

Japan Airlines has joined the slowly swelling ranks of carriers offering a premium economy class. From the autumn, the new seats will be available on its international services. The seats will be in a 2-4-2 configuration with a 38in pitch, which is 20% more than its regular economy seats. They will feature on JAL’s Boeing […]

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You want a stake in Alitalia – are you mad?

In every interview they conduct at the moment, airline chiefs are being asked with monotonous regularity who they would like to buy, team up with, or be acquired by. But the ever thoughtful Wolfgang Mayrhuber, head of Germany’s Lufthansa, has sounded a cautious word: “The damage a wrong decision can cause is greater than the […]

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Power and prerogative: US Airways’ hard day on Capitol Hill

US Airways chairman Doug Parker may well be glad that the Senate doesn’t get to decide airline mergers, given the buzz-saw of hostility that Parker ran into in defending his $10-billion unsolicited bid for Delta Air Lines. It’s easy to stack a congressional panel for or against whatever pleases or displeases a committee chair, given […]

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Making the best of bad news

Here in the northern hemisphere inclement winter weather is with us again, putting the topic of aircraft delays back on the media’s agenda. But while it’s all doom and gloom to some, German carrier Lufthansa is putting a positive spin on weather concerns (see picture). The first snow of winter in Frankfurt has prompted the […]

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Zooming in on longer flights, lower fares

Zoom, the Canadian-flag carrier offering low fares across the North Atlantic to the UK and to Paris, may be going south: it has told US regulators that it wants to bring its brand of discount service to the UK-US market, which it intends to do through a UK-based subsidiary it set up in 2006. Zoom […]

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Europe to get tough on airports?

With little fanfare, and only after a small delay, the European Commission has released its long-awaited proposal on airport regulations. It was partly prompted by IATA’s rantings on airport charges, which grew in volume in recent years. Airline Business will analyse the proposal in its March issue, but you will see the February issue first, […]

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No crumbling cookie: Delta opens China bid early

You can never be too early. That’s the belief at Delta, which has applied for an international route right that won’t come up for competition until late in the year. It’s a route to China, and Delta, still steamed that it couldn’t join in the competition for a China route that just ended with a […]

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