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What capacity cuts?

This past weekend I flew through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport twice and I struggled to find any signs of DFW’s recent double-digit drop in traffic. In fact, two things occurred which would normally point to growth rather than contraction.

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United’s new business class: still one step behind

US majors are slowly closing the gap with their Asian, European and Middle Eastern rivals when it comes to business class products but don’t expect them to win any awards.

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Rock concerts: the latest new ancillary revenue opportunity?

Volaris hosts a rock concert onboard an A319.

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Photos: Barack Obama zips through Europe with North American Airlines 757

US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has been making the headlines here in Europe this week, with a speech yesterday in Berlin which drew a crowd of more than 200,000. Obama, which was in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and Jordan earlier this week, continues his presidential-like whirlwind trip today with stops in Paris and London. But as he isn’t president yet (the […]

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Mallya shows off Kingfisher’s new long-haul premium product

Vijay Mallya unveiled Kingfisher Airline’s new long-haul product at a small low-key event on board the carrier’s new A330 at the Farnborough air show.

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L’Avion says au revoir

British Airways’ acquisition of L’Avion means there are no more independent all-premium carriers operating across the Atlantic.

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Air France’s environmental commitment

Air France flew in 150 journalists earlier this week for a conference to outline its environmental commitment.

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Does Lion really need 178 737-900ERs?

Lion Air has increased its 737-900ER order to a 178 aircraft. Does it really need that many aircraft?

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Barger shuns Mannion for Mayruhber

JetBlue’s new tie-up with Aer Lingus has been overshowed by Lufthansa’s decision to buy a 19% stake in JetBlue.

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US carriers fail again at international business class

American’s new business class still pales in comparison to the product of leading carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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