Archive | February, 2013

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Virgin pair and Baltic Miles take the plaudits at 2013 Loyalty Awards

Baltic Miles, Virgin America and Virgin Australia have all been recognised for frequent flyer programme initiatives in the Loyalty Innovation Awards, presented during this week’s Airline Business/Global Flight-organised Loyalty 2013 forum in Dubai .

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Kingdom’s prince gives up Airbus’s queen

If Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has truly sold his VIP Airbus A380, ordered in late 2007, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone paying close attention at last year’s Farnborough air show. Because Airbus’s demonstrator aircraft, MSN4, arrived at the show with a subtle amendment to the customer list on its fuselage – […]

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Does AA-US Airways deal signal final piece of US merger jigsaw?

So where does a merged American Airlines-US Airways sit on the global stage? Well second only to Lufthansa by revenues, based on data from the 2011 Airline Business World Airline Rankings

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What was Steve Ridgway’s biggest Virgin regret?

Virgin Atlantic boss Steve Ridgway was in London today, addressing the great and the good of the UK aviation industry at an Aviation Club lunch in London. Ridgway could be excused some nostalgia given that he has just handed the baton over to Craig Kreeger after more than a decade at the helm of the UK carrier.

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Case of the missing American tail

Browse to the Oneworld alliance’s homepage and you might notice something missing.Under the distinctive purple Oneworld globe, a line of member airline tails is prominently displayed with everyone from Air Berlin to Malaysia Airlines – who just joined on 31 January – even American. But wait, is that the iconic 1960s Massimo Vignelli tail for […]

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American steps up game with new interior

American Airlines impressed at least a few frequent travellers with its new interior on its inaugural Boeing 777-300ER flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to São Paulo Guarulhos.“It’s better than I expected,” says one frequent traveller in business class on the 31 January flight. Airline Business was impressed too.The cabin palette emphasises blues and greys with a […]

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