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IACA in expansive mood

The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) welcomed its first fully-fledged non-European member at its annual general meeting in Palma de Mallorca this week, with the addition of Nouvelair. The latter is is a Tunisian carrier with seven Airbus A320s and two A321s that operates on routes between the North African country and Europe. IACA, the trade body […]

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Malaysian independence

Malaysia Airlines says it is in no hurry to follow many of its peers into global alliances. The carrier’s regional manager for the UK and Europe, CH Lim, talking to Airline Business at this year’s World Travel Market event in London, was playing his cards pretty close to his chest. He said, however, that the […]

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Air Berlin’s brave move

Air Berlin‘s announcement that it plans to set up a low-cost transfer hub at London Stansted is a potentially ground breaking development in the European low-cost sector. It is an extremely aggressive move – and a brave one too, given that Stansted is home to both Ryanair and easyJet. Low-cost carriers in Europe have tended to […]

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Star finally commits to IT platform

It’s been a long time coming, but the Star Alliance has finally given the nod to the common IT platform, which will be built by travel IT provider Amadeus. The go ahead for this project is a significant milestone in the development of alliances, which have tended to rely on communication between the different IT […]

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A bid for easyJet: Could it happen?

It is not often that an airline stock sets the market alight, but that is exactly what the surge in easyJet’s share price since the third quarter of last year has done. Back then, it was trading at just above the 120p mark. It is now changing hands at around 300p. The reason for this […]

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Rod leaves BA on a high note

Rod Eddington, it seems, will leave British Airways on something of a high. Financials for the June quarter, the last that he will deliver as chief executive, were fairly impressive, with net profits doubled on the back of some strong revenue gains. See related article There are still some challenges ahead for BA, but Rod is […]

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JetStar Asia gets its man

“We’ll get them in the end!” So Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon told us a few weeks back, talking of JetStar Asia’s bid to absorb fellow Singaporean start-up Valuair. It seems that he was right. His low-cost subsidiary has indeed taken over its erstwhile competitor: That should come as little surprise. Singapore’s low-cost market was […]

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Coming home to roost

Ever seen a chicken handling revenue management? Then you need to visit http://www.skyhighairlines.com. The site was launched a couple of years ago and has probably peaked by now, but if you haven’t been there then take a look – there are some real gems. The radio ads are definitely worth a trawl, with the painfully familiar […]

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DING! The sound of retail at Southwest

The other week at our Airline Business Awards we were talking with Richard Sweet, marketing director at Southwest Airlines, about DING!, the suitably cool new web download launched earlier this year that lets customers see latest fare offers on their desktop. If you haven’t seen it yet take a look at http://www.southwest.com. What impressed us most was […]

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Right tax or wrong tax?

Some people may argue that there is no such thing as a ‘right tax’, but I think that in our society they are a legitimate way of funding government. However, the plan by the European Finance Ministers to create an airline tax to fund development aid (they are meeting today) is of course plain lunacy. Obviously […]

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