Archive | February, 2007

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easyJet waves goodbye to easyLand

Remember back in 1997 when British Airways opened its new Waterside headquarters in Harmondsworth near London Heathrow airport? Back then, it cost a cool £17 million (equivalent to £22 million today) to develop and was one of the UK’s largest building projects, featuring a health centre, hairdressing salon, florist, travel centre, supermarket, bank, restaurants and […]

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EVA Air: camp, crazy and quintessentially Asian

Remember last year when we had a giggle at the expense of EVA Air’s Hello Kitty jet? I mean, just look at this picture! Well, now it seems EVA Air is having the last laugh. Not only is the Hello Kitty livery an out and out success with passengers – flights on the Hello Kitty […]

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Southward Spirit: Lower Fares, Farther South

Spirit Airlines seeks South Florida-Peru routes

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Virgin America’s Sacrifice: Fred Reid on the Block

Fred Reid came to Washington the other day to offer to quit. Reid, who used to be the number two at Lufthansa and then was the number two at Delta, now is the number one at Virgin America, where he overseas a fleet of 11 Airbuses that aren’t allowed to fly anywhere. That’s because the […]

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Air Berlin returns to the black

Thank goodness for that, Air Berlin has made a profit. After an initial public offering last May that, to put it mildly, didn’t get off to a flying start, amid some financials that revealed the German scheduled/charter hybrid was somewhat lacking on the profitability front, Air Berlin is feeling rather pleased with itself, reporting that […]

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Spain’s Vueling Airlines doubles up

Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines is making money

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Tiger on the loose

Has Tiger Airways lost its mind? Clearly that is what some industry insiders are thinking following Tiger’s announcement that it plans to launch a domestic carrier in Australia around mid-year. At first glance it seems there are already enough low-cost carriers in Australia given the size of Australia’s domestic market and the country’s small and […]

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Rights, wrongs and left passengers

The airline passenger bill of rights is what’s caught the imagination, as several very powerful members of Congress, from the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee to a pair of senators, one Democratic and one Republican and one from California and one from the state of Maine, to various outraged and angered members of congress, […]

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American’s Gotham Goals

American moves deeper JetBlue, Continental turf in New York City expansion

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JetBlue sings the blues

And he thought the ice storm was bad….Stuff keeps falling on JetBlue chief Dave Neeleman’s head and he keeps apologising. Perhaps rightly so, after an operational foul up during a snow and ice storm stranded dozens of JetBlue planes on its New York JFK tarmac for as long as 10 hours, outraging 130,000 passengers and […]

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