Archive | April, 2010

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Is the short-haul business cabin dead? Your views

  A while back, I asked you whether the short-haul business class cabin was dead. I posed this slightly provocative question via the Airline Business Blog, my VictoriaOnAir Twitter account and through the Interactive section of our April print edition.   I want to say a huge thank you to the readers who took the […]

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Volcano latest: Here’s the good news

Nothing like a few geological pyrotechnics to keep a lid on European delay figures.   Image: Eurocontrol Central Flow Management Unit

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Icelandic volcano causes chaos over British skies

UK travel thrown into chaos as volcanic ash cloud descends from Iceland

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JAL and American move away from dollars to sharing sense

After his first formal meeting with his fellow oneworld Alliance chiefs Japan Airlines’ new president Masaru Onishi has concluded it would be diffcult for most carriers to withstand current operating conditions without being a member of one of the leading global airline alliances. It’s an endorsement oneworld, led fiercely by American Airlines, has worked to […]

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All right – so they’re talking

You’d have to be suspended in another dimension to have avoided the frenzy set off by The New York Times reporting that United and US Airways were in “deep” discussions about a potential merger.    The flurry of speculation triggered by two carriers that most likely routinely talk merger largely failed to acknowledge the fact […]

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VIDEO: China Airlines chairman Philip Wei

A video interview with China Airlines chairman Philip Wei

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Qatar Airways to join Star Alliance. Maybe.

Hard to tell precisely what German model-maker Schabak has printed just behind the cockpit windows of its Qatar A380, but it looks suspiciously like the Star Alliance logo.   If it is, then Qatar Airways isn’t biting. “Artistic licence,” scoffs a source in the sandpit.        

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Southwest’s April Fool’s fun

Breaking news: Southwest is attaching a trailer to its aircraft to handle all that free checked luggage!    

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Check in? Over my dead body

In early December a fairly reliable source pointed me in the direction of London Gatwick where, he suggested, a wheelchair-bound EasyJet passenger had been denied boarding by a gate agent on account of being unavoidably deceased.   The passenger’s lack of responsiveness at check-in, for the flight to Morocco, had allegedly been attributed by his […]

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Southwest plays defense

So it all started with Delta and US Airways offering WestJet five pairs of slots at LaGuardia as part of a strategy to approve their massive slot swap at LaGuardia and Washington National Airports. Then new WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said the carrier could forge ahead with a Delta codeshare before launching its long-awaited and […]

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