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Kylie coup turns up the heat in the battle of the Gulf carriers

Qatar Airways promised an IATA annual general meeting that nobody would forget in Doha and this was certainly the case as the world’s airlines executive met this week for their AGM. “Our friends at Qatar Airways wanted to ensure the full Qatar experience,” said IATA director general Tony Tyler, explaining why the airline had taken […]

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Newest addition to Heathrow airport opens for business

Fresh from this week’s opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 2, James Mellon from Flightglobal’s aviation research team reports on the newest addition to London’s biggest hub. The next chapter in Heathrow’s evolution has begun with the operational opening of the new Terminal 2. With an initial capacity for 20 million passengers per year, it is a […]

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Loyalty leaders get rewards with awards win

Virgin Australia and the Baltic Miles programme were among the loyalty programme initiatives recognised at this year’s Loyalty Awards held in Amsterdam last night. The awards, presented last night during the sixth Airline Business/Global Flight organised Loyalty event, recognise leading initiatives among loyalty programmes. Virgin Australia led the way in the technology category after being […]

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Emirates chief Clark knighted in New Year honours

It’s been a good start to the year for Emirates Airline president Tim Clark after he was knighted in this year’s UK New Year honours. (Picture: Billypix.com) In recognising Clark for the honour, he is described as an “outstanding British business leader and premier airline strategist” who has opened up UK/UAE business opportunities. It follows […]

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Jim French ends long service at Flybe

The transition in management at UK regional carrier Flybe has now been completed after the Exeter-based carrier named Simon Laffin as its new non-executive chairman in succession to Jim French, who steps down after a 23-year career at Flybe. I first interviewed Jim French in a portacabin at the airline’s Exeter home back in the […]

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How are network carriers facing up to the LCC threat

Are network carriers faring any better this time round in their attempts to restructure their operations to counter the budget sector threat on short-haul traffic? As part of this year’s Airline Business interactive low-cost carrier special, published in association with CFM International, we chart the distinctly mixed track record of network airlines’ own attempts to launch budget operations and look at the different approach across the regions.

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How is Spring Airlines hoping to break the low-fares model in China?

But there is plenty more to the story of Spring Airlines, which is attempting to adapt the hugely successful no-frills carrier model to the emerging Chinese market. So how is the airline faring with its ambition of bring low fares to the Chinese market?

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O’Leary donates own prize to injured jockey fund

If you only know Michael O’Leary from his cost-control obsessed side running low-cost carrier giant Ryanair, this might be a side to him you are less used to seeing. The horse-racing mad airline boss this weekend donated €200,000 to the fund set up for injured jockey JT McNamara – who suffered serious neck injuries after a fall at the recent Cheltenham Festival.

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Ireland looks to Aer Lingus chief for help on turning postal round

Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller has obviously been impressing the Irish Government with his turnaround skills, as they are looking to tap his expertise to help turnaround the state-owned Irish postal service An Post as well.

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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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