Archive | October, 2012

From Flight to facepalm

So which muppet managed to write an inadvertent howler in the opening line of this Germanwings story, only for some wise-guy to send it to a BBC comedy quiz? (Listen to the clip here, if you must)

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Alaska’s Virgin headache

Alaska Airlines has a problem in San Francisco. The hometown start-up Virgin America is encroaching on its turf, which has created some challenges for the Seattle-based legacy carrier.“Our San Francisco network, for lack of a better word, is completely covered now by Virgin,” said Andrew Harrison, vice-president of planning and revenue management at Alaska, during […]

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Airline election jitters

The USA is about to make a big decision. Voters will choose largely between the continuation of the economic policies of president Barack Obama or those of challenger former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in a neck-and-neck race on 6 November. US airlines, for their part, are expressing concerns. Executives at Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines […]

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Amman (For All Seasons)…

…really ought to be the name of Jordan’s new year-round unified time zone after the country’s government, in a fantastic demonstration of impulsive decision-making, gave everyone two days’ notice that it’s cancelling winter, at least chronologically. Jordanian standard time is two hours ahead of UTC but, instead of reverting back to this time zone on 26 […]

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Vueling takes a new flight course with expansion plans

Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling – or as its chief executive Alex Cruz describes it, an airline that happens to have low operating costs – held a futuristic event at Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art in a room mocked up as an aircraft cabin to outline its future growth plans.

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‘The Republic Airlines Story,’ by Terry Love

The name ‘Republic’ was once synonymous with the largest, by destinations, domestic airline in the USA, and not the regional airline of today. The carrier dominated travel in the upper midwest and was a strong competitor in the south with a network that stretched from coast to coast. Formed by the combination of three local […]

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Playing planner with United’s 787s

With United Airlines’ first Boeing 787-8 (N20904) in Houston for a month of training and certifications, we can start thinking more about the carrier’s strategy for the aircraft. We know that it will use the 787 to launch new international routes where a Boeing 777-200 is too big and a 767 does not have the range, […]

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VIDEO: Routes to manoeuvre at the World Route Development Forum

The Airline Business team have been exceedingly busy this week breaking exclusive news and producing some fantastic daily magazines from the 18th World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi.But what is it about this event that makes it so vital to airlines and airports? Graham Dunn investigates this and how the Gulf region is so […]

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