Archive | February, 2007

SIA talks up A380 and environment

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has becoming one of the first Asian carriers to join the growing debate over the aviation industry’s impact on the environment. At SIA’s annual parliamentary reception at the House of Commons in London yesterday, general manager of UK and Ireland Marvin Tan told politicians, reporters and industry partners that SIA advocates “an […]

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Ageing pilots, clever administrators

You gotta’ admire Marion Blakey, the FAA chief in the U.S. of A. She’s always been what the call a ‘steel magnolia’, all Southern charm beneath which lies a mind like a steel trap and a firm personality that takes no gruff from nobody. She wended her way to the National Press Club in Washington […]

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It’s cheaper to land at Vancouver

The bigger and heavier you are (or at least, the aircraft you are operating) the greater the savings you are going to make from Vancouver International Airport Authority’s decision to cut landing fees for international passenger and cargo flights to match charges for domestic services. Vancouver is bucking the general trend of airport fee increases, […]

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Merger madness: US Airways’ sobering withdrawal

‘Coincidence? You be the judge’, the announcer would boom in conspiratorial tones on the radio ortelevision programs heralding the latest unidentified flying objected or other phenomenon.Two flash headlines from the other day brought this to mind: ‘US Airways Ordered to Stop Serving Alcoholic Drinks’ and US Airways Withdraws Bid for Delta’. Not to put too […]

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EasyJet boss gets into fancy dress

Normally reserved easyJet chief executive Andy Harrison does not usually go for the sort of publicity stunt favoured by Virgin‘s Richard Branson or Ryanair‘s Michael O’Leary. Such is the strength of his carrier’s antipathy to the doubling of the UK’s air passenger duty, however, that he is obviously prepared to ham it up to make […]

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