Since his appointment last year, Air France chief executive Alexandre de Juniac’s role has not seemed dissimilar to that of his compatriot Philippe Petit, a high-wire performer famous for his remarkable balancing routine. In his efforts to reduce labour costs as part of a restructure de Juniac has walked a tightrope between appeasing shareholders and […]
Archive | July, 2012
We’ve been busy pulling together our annual World Airline Rankings for the latest issue of Airline Business – and our designer Gareth Burgess has brought to life the maps from the print magazine into a cool interactive graphic to provide a region by region breakdown of the year.
Whatever price Middle East Airlines negotiated for those newly-ordered Airbus A320neos, it probably didn’t involve part-payment in fruit. Which wasn’t the case in 1966 when BAC was desperately trying to flog a batch of Super VC10s to MEA in a bid to attract sales from other overseas customers – even Czechoslovakia. “If…we lose the Middle […]
There was much excitement and anticipation at Farnborough around Boeing Commercial’s return to the air-display circuit after almost three decades. And rightly so, as Capts Mike Bryan and Randy Neville flew excellent displays with the Qatar Airways 787 that – dare I say – upstaged the superb manoeuvres we’ve all got accustomed to from Airbus at […]
Malaysia Airlines’ shiny new Airbus A380 made its debut this morning at Heathrow’s Terminal 4, after introduction on the carrier’s flagship Kuala-Lumpur-London service. The new 494 seater is operating one of the airline’s two daily services between the cities on an initial three-times weekly frequency. The A380 will go daily from mid-August when the second […]