Archive | May, 2012


New seat opens sky to disabled children

European safety authorities are testing an upgraded passenger seat specifically designed to provide postural support to physically disabled children on board aircraft. Known as the TravelChair 2012, the seat has been developed by the children’s disability charity MERU and was unveiled at the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s offices at London Gatwick in May. Virgin Atlantic […]

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AirAsia premier dishes out the red cards

Niall O’Keeffe, managing editor of sister title Flight International, sends this report: Few were spared when jovially combative AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes addressed Airbus’s Innovation Days event in Toulouse yesterday.Once Fernandes had exhausted his reserves of magnanimity with a fulsome tribute to outgoing EADS chief Louis Gallois – after whom AirAsia has named its 100th […]

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ALTA CCMA checks in to Cancun

Check out our special Airline Business edition for the event examining some of the key issues facing the maintenance sector in Latin America and the strategies of key players in the region, including

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What’s not to love about Farnborough?

The countdown to the Farnborough 2012 Air Show has begun

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Six decades at FL360 – plus ca change…

…plus c’est la même chose. This month marks the 60th anniversary of the first jet passenger service – operated, as I’m sure we all know, by a beautiful BOAC de Havilland Comet. And while I could use this anniversary as an excuse to drone on about the Comet and all that it promised for British […]

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IAG and a tale of two cities

First quarter results from British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group really underscored the tales of two cities in the group; London and Madrid.

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Another rugby crazy airline chief

With Harlequins and Manchester City both in pole position in the England’s rugby and football premierships, Etihad Airways’ sports sponsorship investments look to be very prudent. While Manchester City, owned by an Abu Dhabi-based oil magnate, was already rising to prominence and is a natural fit with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, the reasons behind the […]

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité and Air France-KLM

Like his predecessors, newly-elected French president Francois Hollande has the right to free business-class travel on Air France-KLM flights. However the durability of this arrangement could be tested not only by Hollande’s unwillingness as a socialist to be seen as exploiting the privileges of his office, but by his level of interference with the group’s […]

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Jumbo evolution – the Lufthansa way

Lufthansa celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 747-8I on Wednesday in a hangar at Frankfurt airport, where 1,200 invited employees – and a few journos – got a chance to preview the latest iteration of Jumbo Jet. Clockwise from top left: 747-200B, -200B (new colours), -8I and -400  Lufthansa will have the honour of […]

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Everything you wanted to know about low-cost carriers but were afraid to ask #1

Its been another year of growth and expansion for low-cost carriers. 2011 saw double-digit revenue growth almost across the board. Southwest Airlines completed its acquisition of AirTran to underline its position as the biggest budget carrier by a distance, while organic growth remains strong among other low-cost carriers. And while high fuel prices took the edge of low-cost carrier profits, the sector largely remained profitable for the year.

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