Archive | July, 2009


BA’s Walsh eyes product unbundling

During British Airways’ first quarter conference call this afternoon, chief executive Willie Walsh said: “We are looking at opportunities in the future to raise revenue through very limited unbundling of our product.” While stressing that BA will retain a clear focus on being a premium airline, Walsh said there may be some changes to its “current customer […]

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Wild Frontiers

While Southwest’s initial $113 million bid for Frontier triggered a flurry of speculation over Frontier’s future, and upped compeititon with the first bidder Republic, in reality Frontier’s reorganization process has drawn lots of singificant interest. Republic’s CEO Bryan Bedford made that comment on an earnings call yesterday before Southwest dropped the news of its bid. […]

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Turning passengers into fans

Spanish budget carrier Vueling is embracing the emerging social media phenomenon head-on, calling on its Twitter, Facebook and website users to name five of the 18 ex-clickair Airbus A320s which have joined its fleet. Quite a few airlines have jumped on the social media bandwagon, but it’s the language that Vueling uses which is interesting. In […]

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Turbulence subsides at easyJet

With the finalisation of easyJet’s fleet plan through until 2012, it appears that board relations are now returning to normal in the wake of the well-publicised spat between founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou and his fellow board members. Last November easyJet admitted that a “far-reaching debate” had broken out over its strategy. Stelios urged the board to […]

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EasyJet to sponsor Luton Town

EasyJet has joined the ranks of airlines sponsoring English football teams, and the difference between budget and full service carriers has perhaps never been so clear

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AFRAA chief Folly-Kossi to step down

Long-standing African Airlines Association (AFRAA) secretary general Christian Folly-Kossi is to step down when his current term comes to an end in November. Folly-Kossi has run AFRAA since 2000 but, after serving two consecutive five-year terms, he is planning to hand over to a new secretary general at AFRAA’s annual general meeting in November. Prior […]

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US Airways E-190s — A bit of history

The decision by US Airways to potentially cut 25 Embraer E-190s from its fleet is a seemingly logical move by a carrier looking to trim capacity through the elimination of a small sub-fleet that also creates some efficiency gains in its fleet management. But it’s interesting to take a brief look at just how those 100-seaters […]

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Godfrey to leave Virgin Blue

Brett Godfrey, who heads Australian carrier Virgin Blue, is to leave in 2010 after a decade with the carrier which he co-founded. Godfrey will “retire from the company during the course of 2010″, says Virgin Blue. “The board has ample time to manage the succession planning and is confident of appointing the right person to lead […]

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News from Ryanair: first quarter round-up

Interesting insight into the long-term Ryanair thinking from deputy CEO and chief financial officer Howard Millar during a first quarter results press conference in London today (27 July).

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Conrad Clifford to join Emirates

Former Virgin Nigeria chief Conrad Clifford is returning to the UK to take up the role of Emirates UK and Ireland vice-president from September. He is replacing Vic Sheppard, who is retiring after 13 years with Emirates. Clifford, 51, has just spent four years with Virgin Nigeria, but 49% shareholder Virgin Atlantic is now looking to withdraw Virgin Nigeria’s group branding and its day-to-day […]

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