Archive | 2009


TSA and Twitter

One of the most interesting by-products of the failed attempt on Christmas Day to destroy a Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 is learning about rules issued and reneged by TSA through Twitter. On 27 December TSA published vague guidance on its website, cautioning passengers that additional security measures were in place, but never specified the exact […]

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Kellner’s departing words

As Larry Kellner winds down his tenure at Continental Airlines he is sharing some reflections on the industry he’s departing and suggesting changes to its framework. Kellner joined Continental in 1995 and became CEO in 2004. In July he announced he’d be leaving at the end of the year to start a new private investment […]

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What was 2009 all about? And how about 2010?

As another year passes, and a pretty awful one for the airline sector, the Airline Business editors take a look back at some of the key moments and stories of the year just gone and look at some of the stories that might make the headlines in the year ahead.

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Probably the best Michael O’Leary interviews in the world

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary laid bare

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A year later Anderson weighs in on consolidation

During Delta’s recent investor day carrier CEO Richard Anderson had some interesting things to say about the climate for consolidation in the US. The comments are timely given Delta closed on its merger deal with Northwest about 13 months ago, and anticipates receiving a single operating certificate by year-end. Responding to a question about consolidation […]

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Not everyone is happy the BA strike is off…

Why does Jeremy Clarkson bemoan the fact that BA’s flight crew cannot strike after all?

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Ancillary madness or genius?

Ryanair has announced that it will display third-party advertising on its boarding cards from early 2010. My first thought was: fair enough, why not? But then I twigged that Ryanair will be raking in revenues from all angles and outsourcing all of the costs – no surprises there then. Think about it. Ryanair passengers have to […]

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Flyglobespan: shocking mistreatment?

Last night 2009 claimed another airline casualty: Scottish carrier Flyglobespan’s parent went into administration and the airline is ceasing operations today. In a touch of irony, last year Flyglobespan was at the centre of a spat when Irish gambling website PaddyPower offered odds on a variety of airlines going under. Flyglobespan was its 6:4 favourite as the next carrier […]

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The Boeing 787 flies!

And she’s off. The Boeing 787 has just taken to the skies for the first time at around 1830 GMT. Keep an eye on Flightglobal for our latest coverage.   To see the moment in photos, take a look at these early images which we’ve collected, along with a bit of background on what it took to […]

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Alitalia: Art for art’s sake; money for God’s sake

If you needed any reminder that airlines are operating in a different world now, look no further than the recent auction of paintings and artwork collected by Alitalia in the 1950s and 1960s at Rome’s Finarte Casa d’Aste auction house.

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