Archive | August, 2011

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The only (other) way to travel?

I spent my two-week August break cruising across the Med at an altitude of around 100ft (amsl) at a speed of 21.5kt on board Cunard’s latest piece of hardware – the Queen Elizabeth. “Getting there is half the fun” was Cunard’s slogan back in the 1960s, as the dawn of the jet age threatened to […]

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The Godfather Speaks

For some reason I’ve got it in my head that US Airways chief Doug Parker needs to be crowned the godfather of US airline consoliation that was jump started during the last decade. I’m winding down from the Boyd Group’s International Aviation Forecast Summit in Albuquerque and I’m thinking about the opening montage video aessing […]

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In pursuit of Scoot…

If Singapore Airlines isn’t naming some new airline company ‘Scoot’ then a lot of effort is going into throwing nosey hacks off the scent. Not only is there apparently a Scoot-related website domain registration linked to SIA, but a trawl through the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s trademark database turns up the following entry, listed on 20 June, under […]

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UK air traffic projections: where has all the growth gone?

But this, together with other factors such as the soon to be applied EU emissions trading scheme, rising oil prices and continued economic woes, has had a pretty dramatic impact on projected growth.

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Depardieu finds Armavia willing to accommodate his needs

Armenian airline Armavia has given an able demonstration of how to turn crisis into opportunity by using Gerard Depardieu’s most recent controversy about a CityJet flight to Dublin to promote its own services. In a television commercial a hostess for the airline enquires whether the French actor is okay, to which he replies: “Everything is […]

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For Delta, the price tag rules

Delta’s decision to opt for the Boeing 737-900ER instead of the re-engined version unveiled by the airframer as part of the massive order announced by American last month might leave some scratching their heads.  My colleague Jon Ostrower has broken a superb piece in which sources indicate the re-engined options from both Boeing and Airbus were […]

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Fernandes joins the Premiership jet-set with QPR

Fresh from his company’s high profile link-up with Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia founder, Lotus F1 team principle and all-round entreprenur Tony Fernandes has joined the English football premiership jet-set by today formally completing a deal to buy west London football club Queens Park Rangers.

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Depardieu pissed on flight

Gerard Depardieu, French cinema’s ageing enfant terrible was causing controversy once again, while allegedly drunk on a flight from Paris to Dublin. With the seat belt sign on for take-off and the lavatories closed, the 62-year-old was heard to call out by a fellow passenger named Danièle: “Je veux pisser, je veux pisser” (I need […]

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Low-cost innovator Fernandes set to join the establishment

The proposed co-operation between AirAsia, its long-haul unit AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines, including minority cross-shareholdings, could bring network carrier and low-cost rivals together in a way seldom seen in this industry before.

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Stelios creates uneasiness on board

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has been making things very uneasy for executives at the airline he founded by calling for a shareholders’ meeting to vote on the removal of Easyjet deputy chairman Sir David Michels.    Michels, who is the airline’s senior independent director, is to step down anyway at the end of 2011, but EasyGroup is […]

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