Archive | April, 2011


VIDEO: Southwest chief Kelly on AirTran

US low-cost giant Southwest Airlines, which turns 40 in June, has moved a step closer to completing its merger with fellow budget operator AirTran after the US Department of Justice cleared the planned merger. The deal is now set to complete on 2 May.

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Who’s selling those 777s? Giza clue…

If the unnamed carrier mentioned in a Flight International advertisement this week was hoping for anonymity then it probably should have checked the small print. The advertisement covers the auction of five Boeing 777-200ERs, all with Pratt & Whitney PW4090 engines, and aged between 10 and 14 years. It doesn’t identify the seller, just describes […]

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O’Leary suddenly gets all reserved

Passengers booking Ryanair between Dublin and Malaga and Gatwick can now pay a £10/€10 supplement to reserve a seat. This is an interesting break with tradition – albeit a trial at the moment – for the airline’s boss and ”low-cost fundamentalist” Michael O’Leary that means it offers a “frill” not yet available on its local rival easyJet. […]

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Dreamliner coming closer to reality for ANA pilots

Good things, they say, come to those who wait…and wait. After more than three years of delays, All Nippon Airways is now confident enough in Boeing’s latest schedule that it has finally started training its pilots to fly the Dreamliner. The airline, which expects to receive its first 787 during the third quarter, began training […]

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Another airport code that sucks…

Kirsch Municipal Airport carries an unfortunate IATA identifier code and, if this comment to the Google Maps forum is genuine, it’s starting to wind up the local jet charter firm. ‘IRS’ is the common abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service but, in Google’s geographic database, a search for ‘IRS’ doesn’t bring up the US Government’s […]

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Oman Air shows off new Embraer 175

Middle East carrier Oman Air has been showing off its new Embraer 175 regional jet at a ceremony in Muscat today. The airline has just taken delivery of the first five of the type it placed firm orders for in November 2009, as part of efforts to develop domestic routes within Oman.

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Remember REDjet?

You know the upstart Caribbean airline that aimed to launch last December?  Well they’ve now officially said their launch is a go for 8 May, and tickets go on sale 13 April.  Here’s an email sent out by CEO Ian Burns today. The Management team and staff of REDjet are pleased to announce that as […]

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A320 prototype prepares for one last big test

Airbus’s venerable A320 development hack is being prepared for one of its last major test programmes before retirement – the Sharklet trials.  A320 “MSN0001″ was the first of its kind to fly on 22 February 1987 and after completing a large portion of the original flight-test and certification programme has spent the last 24 years as the […]

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Why is Leahy so keen for Boeing’s “me-too” neo?

Airbus’s chief salesman John Leahy at “full chat” is like poetry in motion. If anyone was put on this planet to sell aeroplanes, Leahy was, and there’s no hiding his excitement now he’s got his hands on his latest gizmo, the A320neo.  A bit like Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull F1 car, Leahy clearly […]

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Culinary and comfort delights at US Airways

I grabbed some quick video of the new first class seat being installed on US Airways Express CRJ700/900s and E-170s/175s at the carrier’s “unplugged” event (previously known as media day) here in Tempe. The seats are being supplied by C&D Zodiac, and are offering 37-38 inches of pitch. Here’s a bit more about the first […]

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