Archive | December, 2010

Arise, Sir Martin…

That’s Sir Martin Faulkner Broughton, chairman of British Airways, of course, one of a few civil aviation personalities who’ve survived the torturous nominations process for a New Year Honour.   Airbus’ deeply-Scottish executive vice-president of programmes, Tom Williams, is named a CBE, while the chief executive of Belfast City Airport, Brian Ambrose, becomes an OBE. […]

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Turboprops and Politics

While most of the attention in the aircraft business this week has been focused on the draft deal reached by the OECD on new financing terms for export credit, it appears controversy is brewing in the Caribbean over an ATR order Caribbean Airlines placed earlier this year. Caribbean orders nine ATR 72-600s with Armonia cabinsMary […]

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Growing up and rewriting the playbook

It’s been a staple at Southwest’s 39-year history. Keep it simple and cost effective by operating a single fleet type. But that tune’s being sung less and less by the carrier these days as it comes to the realization that the venerable 737 just can’t make money in every market.  It only takes a few […]

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Why Asian airlines are the new leader of the pack

Bisignani notes four of the five largest airlines in the world by market capitalisation are from Asia – Air China leading the way followed by Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and China Southern

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New livery but the same ‘F’ in Finnair

Perhaps it’s coincidence that the publicity pictures accompanying Finnair’s livery overhaul all show its aircraft from the left-hand side, but I suspect a bit of visual spin.   When Finnair last repainted its fleet, and started featuring a stylised ‘F’ on the vertical fin, it quickly became apparent that the design wouldn’t easily work on […]

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Airline Business 25th anniversary reflections from Tony Fernandes, Forbes Asia businessman of 2010

Malaysian low-cost carrier pioneer and founder of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, has picked up the Forbes Asia vote as businessman of the year

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Cathay’s Tyler to succeed Bisignani at IATA: read their reflections here

IATA has confirmed that Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler has been nominated by its board of governers to succeed Giovanni Bisignani as director general and chief executive of IATA

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AB25 poll: You vote Herb as most influential airline leader of the past 25 years

Southwest founder Herb Kelleher comes top of Flightglobal/Airline Business poll

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Airline births, deaths and marriages over the last 25 years

As part of Airline Business 25th anniversary issue we’ve been going through the archives and trawlilng our memories to produce a births, deaths and marriages section for the airline industry over the last quarter century. We think we managed to get most of the major ones – but are there any big ones we missed?

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