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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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Customer service the Ryanair way

Did I detect some unlikely words cropping up in the Ryanair patter during the airline’s recent third quarter results

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What next for Italian airlines?

After attempts to consolidate the local airline sector last year, Italian airlines are back in the news this year

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Airlines keep faith with CEOs in 2012

After recent years of a number of changes at the top of airlines, in part driven by consolidation and struggling performance, 2012 was a relatively quiet year for boardroom moves at leading carriers

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Vueling takes a new flight course with expansion plans

Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling – or as its chief executive Alex Cruz describes it, an airline that happens to have low operating costs – held a futuristic event at Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art in a room mocked up as an aircraft cabin to outline its future growth plans.

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Who will follow the Ridgway at Virgin?

Few other chief executives have lasted the course with one European airline over the same, pretty tumultuous period.

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Bye bye baby: Bmibaby no more

Bmibaby operated its last flight yesterday evening, ending just over a decade of flights by the UK low-cost carrier.

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VIDEO: SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela

South African Airways chief executive Siza Mzimela will be the cover interview for the October issue of Airline Business. But if you can’t wait that long, here’s sneak preview into her insights into the challenges facing SAA with a video interview.

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What next for airline alliances and partnerships?

It is against this backdrop that airline management consultancy Booz & Company has launched a short survey looking at the future of partnership models in the airline industry.

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