Archive | July, 2011

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Stansted Wars: Episode VI – Return of O’Leary

A press release from Ryanair inviting journalists to hear about “future legal actions by Ryanair” on 27 July in London turned out to be about the legal challenge by the airline against perceived overcharging by BAA at Stansted Airport. Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary played to the crowd, mixing ebullient charm with carefully aimed snipes […]

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Why 737RE could be bad news for A350-1000

The fact that Boeing has decided to go derivative rather than all-new for its competitive response to the Airbus A320neo will have been greeted with relief in Toulouse, but it could actually create headaches elsewhere in the airframer’s product line-up. Okay, so the threat of the A320neo being obseleted almost before its paint has dried […]

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Will and Kate decline BA compensation

Despite the disappointment that must have arisen from missingThe Tourist starringAngelina Jolie or the cartoon, Gnomeo andJuliet, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge declined the compensationoffered by British Airways when in-flight entertainment onboard their flight failed. The couple had been returning to the UK from a 10-hour flight from Los Angeles after their tour of Canada and California.BA offered the affected […]

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Sizzling Sarasota celebrates best beach accolade

Siesta Key Beach wins best beach of the Americas award

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Atlantis returns, and ends our “spacelines” dream

“This is the world’s greatest flying machine, I’ll tell you that!” 30 years ago, those words from  STS-1 commander John Young ushered in what many thought would be the era of routine spaceflight after he had flown Space Shuttle Columbia to a smooth touchdown at Edwards AFB in California. For Young, along with “co-pilot” Bob […]

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#ABStrats 2011 – oh what a night!

I know it’s only July (although the weather in London makes it feel more like October), but I think I might have just enjoyed the best moment of my first year as Airline Business editor. For on Sunday night, I hosted my first Airline Strategy Awards (that’s me mid-flow, below) - in the magnificent Great Hall […]

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De Havilland and the jet age – end of

This month’s final flight by a BAE Systems Nimrod marked the end of an era in more ways than one. The last Nimrod to fly, an R1 (XW664) was ferried from its old base at RAF Waddington to East Midlands Airport for preservation on 12 July, touching down after a flypast. That final flight came […]

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Tim Clark and 3 Airline Business editors

TIm Clark wins a major honour at the annual Airline Strategy Awards

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The sting of scope

No doubt pilots at St Louis-based Trans States Airlines are welcoming a tenative argreement boosting salaries for captains by nearly 12% while first officers are set to enjoy a 14.5% rise. But what I find most interesting was this quote planted in the release issued by ALPA. “Trans States pilots provided Trans States Holdings the financial […]

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