Archive | May, 2010

VIDEO: Virgin Atlantic president Richard Branson

Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic launched services between London Heathrow and Ghana. Before the inaugural flight took off, I caught up with Virgin Atlantic president Richard Branson to discuss his African strategy and Virgin’s prospects for consolidation.  

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Icelandic humour

Yesterday a newsletter arrived in my inbox from Iceland Express and, for the second month running, their quirky and entertaining style made me laugh. This is why: Here’s an extract from their latest update: No Icelandic Word for Please Learning Icelandic is like getting a tattoo on your bum. It’s time consuming, painful and you rarely […]

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Virgin Ghana inaugural

This is your captain speaking. Apologies for the flight delay…we’ve run out of air

Seriously, this was one of the announcements on my eventful Virgin Atlantic flight last night.   Flight VS658 was Virgin’s inaugural flight from Accra, Ghana to London Heathrow. The celebratory trip was a glitzy affair and the front end of the aircraft was packed with journalists and members of Virgin’s PR and management team (Richard […]

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Aircraft Interiors 2010 cover day 3

Aircraft Interiors: Read Flight Daily News here

Flightglobal was at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg last week putting together three daily papers giving all the news and flavour from the show. You can read the papers online by following the links below.

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Ryanair steps out of the shadows in Barcelona

Ryanair, as previously speculated, has today announced plans for a base at the Spanish airport. It is to base five aircraft and operate 20 routes from El Prat as of September this year.

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Virgin arrives in Ghana

Virgin Atlantic has touched down in Ghana for the first time, launching its new thrice-weekly service between London Heathrow and Accra in a timely fashion just days after the apparent demise of Ghana International Airlines.   Fresh in from a screening of the new Harry Potter film at Universal Studios in the States, Virgin Atlantic […]

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Spanair pilots to strike for half an hour. Yes, really.

SEPLA Spanair members to strike for half an hour

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Emirates Clark on why the business can’t always be a bed of roses

Emirates president Tim Clark was at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg last week, fresh from the Middle East carrier revealing a five-fold increase in profits for its financial year just ended

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British Airways & Unite: Kiss and make up, please

British Airways strikes rumble on

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Clicking into place – catching up with Vueling’s Alex Cruz

This month for the June issue of Airline Business I interviewed Vueling chief executive Alex Cruz for our cover interview. It was an interesting time to catch up with Cruz, nearly a year a since Vueling merged with the fellow Barcelona budget carrier Clickair

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