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Icelandic saga

The possibility of Iceland‘s FL Group making a bid for easyJet is back on the agenda after the company increased its stake in the low-cost carrier from 14% to just over 16%. “It is an indication of interest,” admits Stefan Vilner, director of marketing and sales at Scandinavian low-cost carrier Sterling. Vilner has more than a passing […]

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Oneworld’s coup

JAL’s decision to join oneworld is a major coup for the alliance, and will see the group leapfrog SkyTeam in terms of revenue and more-or-less level pegging in terms of revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs). A quick glance at 2004 figures suggests that, with JAL included, oneworld would have been around the 650,000 million RPK mark, just shy […]

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Open skies: Congress needs convincing

Delta Air Lines has become the latest US carrier to state its support lifting ownership levels beyond 49%.  Its managing director for the Atlantic region, Loren Neuenschwander, makes clear that the carrier is prepared to see this restriction lifted as part of an EU-US open skies deal. “If you look at Singapore International Airlines’ 49% […]

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Up in smoke

Good news for smokers – a proposed German long-haul start-up is looking at the possibility of putting a container in the hold to cater for their needs. Hapag-Lloyd pilot Tobias Kloss is working on a project to start direct flights from Hannover to North America after being approached by the German airport 18 months ago. […]

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