Archive | November, 2011

Timeline: A decade of North American airline restructuring

American Airlines move to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday ended the Oneworld carrier, and its chief executive Gerard Arpey’s, lengthy resistance to following its peers into restructuring under Chapter 11.

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UPDATE: Airline Business dailies from the ALTA Airline Leaders forum

If you can’t get to the show, a digital version of the first issue is available now – including ALTA’s battle cry to governments to keep pace with the industry’s development and a look at the readying of Brazil’s airport system for the 2014 football world cup, the Mexican market and the growing role of Gulf carriers in the region.

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Ryanair taught a valuable lesson?

Ryanair has used a cartoon image of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on its Italian website to promote its services. The cartoon Berlusconi is picture clutching a copy of Ryanair’s 2012 calendar featuring a picture of some of its air hostesses wearing bikinis with the message: “Dear Silvio, another chance to escape with Ryanair”. Ryanair […]

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More rugby crazy airline chiefs

Talking to more airline chief executives at the Airline Business World Air Forum it emerged that Nico Bezuidenhout of Mango and Peter Davies of Air Malta are also keen followers of the oval ball game. During his playing days as a number 8 for Twickenham rugby club, Davies even lined up against the All-Blacks! In […]

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British Airways Boeing 747-8F

BA goes down memory lane with new cargo weight-lifter

British Airways World Cargo has just taken delivery – through cargo wet-lease specialist Atlas Air – of its first Boeing 747-8F freighter. Based at London Stansted, the 747-8F is due to enter service on Tuesday (8 November). Unlike the 747-400Fs Atlas has previously operated on wet-lease for BA, this aircraft is in the airline’s full “Union […]

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IAG agrees preliminary deal to buy BMI

The big news of the morning:IAG agrees preliminary deal to buy BMI British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group (IAG) has reached a deal in principle with Lufthansa to buy British Midland. Read the full story.Followed by the response by Virgin Atlantic:Virgin still aims for BMI despite preliminary LH/IAG deal After International Airlines Group […]

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The Qantas A380 drama – QF32 a year on

This time last year Europe awoke to images of a rather second-hand looking Qantas Airbus A380 on the runway at Singapore’s Changi airport. The big jet, operating Flight QF32 from London to Sidney via Singapore on 4 November 2010 with 469 souls on board, had made an emergency landing back at Changi after suffering a […]

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London Heathrow No Third Runway

Heathrow’s runaway runway saga

Latest twist in the saga around a third runway for Heathrow – UK opposition party, Labour, has dropped its backing for an extra runway. Shadow transport secretary said the party has taken the third runway off its agenda because of the “local environment impact”. The move sends a worrying signal to those people who had […]

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