Archive | September, 2009

World Low Cost Airlines Congress 09: Toilet idea goes down the pan

Ancillary revenues has been one of the hot topics at the congress this year, with much discussion given to the respective opportunities through both unbundling and creating new streams

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World Low Cost Airline Congress 09: Spring Airlines – still standing

Spring were in Barcelona for the Congress, insist the half-standing idea is feasible and are calling for the low-cost carrier industry to come together to look further into its development

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World Low Cost Airline Congress 09: VIDEO Stelios on Ryanair and life

EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou wished his arch rival Michael O’Leary “the best of luck” as part of a candid keynote speech which compared easyJet with Ryanair. Speaking at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in Barcelona, Stelios claimed that the easyJet model is “more resilient, safer and lower risk” than Ryanair’s. He said risk is […]

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World Low Cost Airline Congress 09: Stelios puts case for modest growth

EasyJet founder and shareholder Stelios Haji-Ioannau outlined his belief more modest growth during current conditions offers a better return for shareholders than chasing market share,

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World Low Cost Airline Congress 09: Connectivity key says AirAsia X CEO

AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman Rani was in good form at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in Barcelona. He not only vigorously defended the long-haul low-cost business model, but suggested short-haul carriers that did not address connectivity with long-haul passenger did so at their peril.

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Out and about in Barcelona

As the World Low Cost Airlines Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Flight journalist Chris Hall shares his tips on what to do and see in this vibrant Spanish city…  Barcelona is one of those cities that reveal more and more of themselves on repeat visits. Home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture, museums and scenery, not […]

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Out and about in Barcelona

As the World Low Cost Airlines Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Flight journalist Chris Hall shares his tips on what to do and see in this vibrant Spanish city…  Barcelona is one of those cities that reveal more and more of themselves on repeat visits. Home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture, museums and scenery, not […]

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World Low Cost Airlines Congress 09: First to arrive at the party!

This week, the great and good in low cost airlines are coming to Barcelona for the snappily titled World Low Cost Airlines Congress 2009, which to save my fingers I’ll call WLCAC for short. As a team that prides itself on being first to the news, the Airline Business/Flightglobal team are here already. Unfortunately, it […]

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Environment: The need for a unified front

Earlier this week, I caught up with Finnair vice-president for sustainable development Kati Ihamaki in London (in the midst of a hotel evacuation, but that’s another story!). Coincidentally, our meeting happened just as BA made a dramatic pledge on behalf of IATA to slash carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050 and to achieve carbon-neutral […]

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BA’s unlikely business guru: Darth Vader

He’s not your average role model, but that hasn’t deterred British Airways from flagging up Darth Vader’s leadership qualities. Darth is the first to be profiled in a new series of “unlikely business gurus” which is being run by British Airways’ business life publication. In the piece, BA celebrates Darth’s more positive attributes, which include decisiveness, […]

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