Archive | May, 2011


@tonyfernandes and the #monaco Lotus position

This weekend there will again be the puzzling sight for non-Formula 1 fans of four cars circulating in a Grand Prix carrying the name Lotus. Thanks to AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes’ success in the High Court, his F1 team has been cleared to keep using the name “Team Lotus” after a challenge from Lotus Cars, […]

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IATA11: Giovanni’s decade

This year’s meeting is also significant for IATA, given it marks Giovanni Bisignani’s last AGM as director general

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EasyJet’s “big orange” marks a double century

Toulouse had a distinctly orange tinge today when Luton Airport’s favourite child celebrated the delivery of its 200th Airbus, which sort of also brings the EasyJet fleet to the double-century mark. I say “sort of” because like all sensible LCC fundamentalists, the EZY fleet is in a constant state of flux. As new aircraft arrive, […]

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Low-cost airline survey revisited: strong year for Ryanair

Taking a snapshot of a global industry, with differing financial years, is always something of a moving target. The picture will vary slightly depending on when the music stops

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Cool Britannia – Hawker and Lotus get together

At last week’s EBACE business aviation show in Geneva, Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced a strategic alliance with Group Lotus which will see the two companies collaborating on engineering initiatives. But more importantly for customers, a Lotus road car is being given away with each aircraft purchase made until the end of next month! Customers for […]

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Southwest starts Traxing

Southwest has made the first move to an AirTran technology platform by adopting the Trax enterprise resource system used by AirTran’s maintenance department. Back in October Southwest  vice president of maintenance and engineering Brian Hirshman told me Southwest was giving Trax a lot of consideration, explaining the “Wizard” platform used by the carrier as an […]

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EBACE 2011: Aircraft model builder heaven

The build-up at Geneva’s EBACE show features some of the world’s largest aircraft model kits

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Avoid turbulence by consulting the stars

Can’t recall a more imaginative way of detecting turbulence than this one, which suggests using astronomical observations to pinpoint areas of rough air. The patent document, which lists Boeing as an applicant, describes a method of capturing images of celestial features – lunar craters, sunspots, or stars – using cameras mounted on a platform, such […]

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More on China and its airline growth ambitions

Chinese airlines are expected to carry 450 million passengers in 2015, with passenger traffic growing at an annual rate of 11% from now until 2015.

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Innovata helps ERA create interactive route map

Schedules specialist Innovata has helped regional airline lobby group the ERA create a funky interactive online route map of its members’ networks. The ERA says that the map uses the latest version of the mapping service from Innovata, which incidentally also supplies schedules data to Flightglobal. The service has been specially configured so that routes, schedules, and timetables […]

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