Archive | June, 2011

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Christoph Mueller takes Aer Lingus back to the middle ground

His approach has been a mix of stemming its losses and repositioning the carrier – after its move into the low-cost carrier terriotory – back up towards a hybrid model to provide an Irish alternative to Ryanair, helping to keep revenues stable despite cutting capacity.

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How I survived #PAS11…just

Like more than 60 of my Flightglobal colleagues, I’ve just managed to survive another Paris air show. This one was my thirteenth successive Paris as a professional (I started young!), but it still has the ability to excite, entertain and depress me in equal measure. This one ended slightly early for me as I headed […]

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LOT 787 model shows new paint scheme

Fresh from its appearance at the Paris air show, the Boeing 787 has arrived in Warsaw, the home base of Polish flag-carrier LOT - one of the first European operators to sign up for the twinjet. Plenty of images of its arrival on the Gazeta Wyborcza website, although possibly the most interesting – featuring a different […]

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How Boeing felt ‘the need for speed’ @ #PAS11

Okay, before I get started I’ll come clean and admit this is probably a blatant miss-use of the Airline Business blog. But I’m sure regular visitors will have noticed a petrol-head theme creeping into an unhealthy number of my posts, so another one won’t do any harm!   Anyway, for those out there that like […]

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“Very big jet” country, #PAS11 style

This year’s Paris air show has seen an invasion by the big jets on an unprecedented scale, with almost 2,000 tonnes of Airbus and Boeing “jumbo” heavy metal on display.   The Le Bourget museum’s long-serving Boeing 747-100 exhibit has been joined by two of its younger, but larger siblings, a 747-8F and 747-8I passenger […]

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Air France Brings the A380 To Washington, DC

After announcing the launch of the route in November, Air France’s inaugural A380 flight to Washington, DC arrived at Dulles International Airport on 6 June. The A380 aircraft flying to Washington feature 516 seats – 9 first, 80 business, 38 premium economy, and 389 economy. Air France’s original A380s were not equipped with the airline’s premium […]

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#PAS11: Boeing’s new queen vs the queen mother

The shiny new Boeing 747-8 made its air show debut today at Paris, and parked up just opposite an elder sibling – a 1972 vintage Air France 747-100 (F-BPVJ) which is an exhibit at the Le Bourget museum. No doubt Airbus wags won’t be able to resist the temptation to point out that the 747 […]

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PAS 11: A homage to Joe Sutter

Boeing pays tribute to 747 designer Joe Sutter at Paris air show

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About that Indian super-dense A380 rival…

We’ve all been there. One misheard quote and suddenly your journalistic creativity runs riot while your common-sense filter is out on a tea-break. Even on a publication as venerable as The Times of India. Can’t say I was at the press conference, but a quick check of other Indian papers suggests minister Ashwani Kumar actually said […]

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AB’s chat with Gary Kelly

Here’s a plug for the June cover story of Airline Business — I had the chance to sit down with Gary Kelly as Southwest was on the verge of closing its high profile acquisition of AirTran. Kelly is not blind to the formidable tasks that lie ahead during the next couple of years as AirTran […]

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