Archive | January, 2011

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So long Horizon, sort of

Last August when Alaska Air Group announced its subsidiary Horizon Air would be moving to a full-fledged capacity purchase model the company’s execs said they were taking a ”fresh look at the cost versus benefits of maintaining the Horizon brand from an external perspective”. Well the the outcome of the fresh-eyed look was unveiled today. Alaska […]

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New-look for British Midland short-haul business

Lufthansa’s UK carrier British Midland International has begun rolling out a business class revamp on its short-haul fleet, which features new leather seats

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7up for SkyTeam as it heads into Middle East

MEA is one of seven carriers in the process of joining SkyTeam which will see membership jump from 13 member airlines today to 20 in 2012

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Network disconnect danger – ideas please!

(Photo credit: Rex Features) Is the airline industry at risk of a network disconnect, as the relationship between short- and long-haul operations evolves and airlines look to maximise their profits? Low-cost carriers have aggressively taken short-haul market share, putting intense pressure on legacy airline yields and pushing their focus on to long-haul routes. For a long-haul […]

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I’m packing my bags – at the terminal!

Packing and repacking bags at the airport is becoming a common sight as travellers seek to avoid high charges

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Berlin Airports update: I was passing through

An update on the status of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which is scheduled to open in June 2012

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Spain puts Ryanair in the dock over boarding card charge

Ryanair is are in the news again, this time after a Barcelona court ruled the airline could not charge a €40 fee to passengers who forget to bring their boarding card to the airport

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ANZ’s ‘All Black’ A320 (but someone else’s green ones)

Not wishing to take the shine off Air New Zealand‘s promotion of its resplendent ‘All Black’ Airbus A320, but perhaps the editing of the build-and-paint time-lapse video could have been a touch tighter. One Airbus looks pretty much like another when they’re being put together. But not quite. Cheekily cutting to a shot of the […]

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Shaving it off in cyberspace

Spirit has broken new ground it the ultra low cost realm — by shaving three letters off its url. To book your ULCC (ultra low cost carrier) experience now just type in spirit.com, instead of the tiresome spiritair.com. And Spirit’s reasoning? Well, here you go — Following numerous studies, Spirit concluded that it can increase […]

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Caribbean tides

Just when it appears Caribbean Airlines settles one controversy, the carrier has now had to handle another small storm. Days after the government of Trinidad and Tobago gave the okay for Caribbean to move forward with its order for nine ATR 72-600s, Caribbean is once again on the defense to dispell rumors it’s going to abandon its acquisition […]

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