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It’s cheaper to land at Vancouver

The bigger and heavier you are (or at least, the aircraft you are operating) the greater the savings you are going to make from Vancouver International Airport Authority’s decision to cut landing fees for international passenger and cargo flights to match charges for domestic services. Vancouver is bucking the general trend of airport fee increases, […]

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EasyJet boss gets into fancy dress

Normally reserved easyJet chief executive Andy Harrison does not usually go for the sort of publicity stunt favoured by Virgin‘s Richard Branson or Ryanair‘s Michael O’Leary. Such is the strength of his carrier’s antipathy to the doubling of the UK’s air passenger duty, however, that he is obviously prepared to ham it up to make […]

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Jet2 enters in-flight entertainment fray

UK-based Jet2‘s claim that its roll out of Mezzo Movies‘ hand-held in-flight entertainment system is “a first for the low-cost industry” will be met with some surprise by fellow carriers that have been providing a similar service for some time.Airlines currently offering rival Digecor‘s portable video device include Australia’s low-cost Virgin Blue, and European no-frills […]

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Global warming debate heats up

As the argument rages as to the relative merits of the European Commission’s proposed Emissions Trading Scheme versus the UK’s Airline Passenger Duty charge, due to double next month, transatlantic premium startup Silverjet has come up with another idea. In an open letter to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Silverjet chief executive Lawrence Hunt outlines […]

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Virgin boosts beauty bank

While other fast-growing carriers are busily recruiting flight crew – in some cases poaching them from rival carriers – Virign Atlantic is advertising for 100 in-flight beauty therapists to join the 250 currently working alongside the cabin crew in the carrier’s Upper Class cabin. Passengers enjoying the Upper Class experience with Virgin can choose between […]

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Transatlantic cargo challenge

The yawning gap between high-cost air and low-cost sea freight is set to be bridged if the FastShip transportation system is all it claims. Advertising to sell capacity on its proposed service in the January issue of Airline Business, the company is planning a high-speed transatlantic link between the ports of Philadelphia in the USA […]

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Silverjet offers a new transatlantic temptation

The recent pain felt by travellers leaving from London’s major airports should make premium start-up carrier Silverjet‘s proposal sound particularly tempting. It is offering passengers a service whereby they can arrive at the carrier’s planned dedicated terminal at London Luton Airport just 30 minutes before departure, leave their baggage with a concierge and relax in the […]

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Christmas spirit reappears at Sea-Tac

A dozen Christmas trees are today hastily being put back up at Seattle-Tacoma Airport after being taken down last week under threat of a federal lawsuit. Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky had threatened to sue the airport after complaining that the decorations did not include a Jewish menorah. He had written to ask the airport to add […]

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Easyjet adds more frills

EasyJet is moving further away from the pure no-frills model with an initiative to enable passengers to pay an extra fee for early boarding.Dubbed the “Speedy boarding” initiative, the first 20 passengers making an online booking are given the option of paying between 」2.50 ($4.90) and 」7.50 to board the aircraft ahead of other passengers, […]

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Premium pampering at Doha International

Qatar Airways, which operates Doha International Airport, has built its first and business class passengers a shiny new terminal.It offers a range of services to pamper premium passengers – from duty free shopping, restaurants and spa treatments, sauna and jacuzzi to conference rooms and secretarial services.Let’s not forget the children and nanny who will be […]

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