Archive | January, 2012

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Mr Pasionado speaks

Latin aviation pioneer Bobby Booth was recently honoured in Miami by Boeing and ALTA for his numerous contributions to the powerhouse Latin market that according to IATA’s estimates recorded a 10.4% jump in traffic for the 11 months ending November 2011, up from 9% the year prior. Booth’s deep roots in Latin America date back to his birth […]

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Why the CSeries faces a crunch year

Few would dispute that the Bombardier CSeries has all the potential to re-benchmark short-haul flying. But, arguably, a decade ago so did the Fairchild Dornier 728. And we all know what happened to that That, of course, is not the only similarity between these two short-haul twinjets. Both were launched by Lufthansa. Fifteen years ago, […]

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Things you didn’t expect to see for sale onboard an aircraft #1

Somewhere in the streets of Latvia there is Mini Cooper in AirBaltic colours driving around, bought onboard one of the airline’s flights

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Celebrating the Ground Gripper’s big five-oh

Half a century ago today at a small airfield north of London, de Havilland launched its best and final attempt to recover the lead it lost a decade earlier with the disastrous crashes of its pioneering Comet jet airliners. At 12:14 on 9 January 1962 DH chief test pilot John Cunningham flew the first DH121 […]

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“Ladyboys” provide marketing boost for new Thai carrier

A new Thai low-cost carrier is set to “fascinate and confuse” the likes of Alan Partridge by hiring four transsexual flight attendants.  Start-up PC Air, whose debut flight took between Bangkok and Surat Thani in Thailand in December, has gained publicity through awarding some cabin crew positions to “ladyboys”, after receiving more than 100 candidatures […]

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