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A fond farewell to Rod

It was a testament to the genuine popularity and indeed affection that Rod Eddington has won among the British air transport industry that his final public engagement – an address to the UK’s Aviation Club on 22 September – had a waiting list. The club even squeezed an extra seat onto each table to enable […]

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AirAsia teams up with Manchester United

When Airline Business first received the news that AirAsia, the Asia-Pacific’s pioneering low-cost airline brand, was to become the official low-fare airline for UK Premier League football team Manchester United, we were, as the slang phase goes: “Gob-smacked.” Just what is a carrier with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore doing in bed with a […]

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EasyJet gets its man

The word on the street was right – UK low-cost carrier easyJet has gone outside the airline industry to recruit its new chief executive. In fact it seems it wasn’t really interested in hiring an “airline” person at all. But the new man does have a transport background. From 1 December, Andrew Harrison, 48, who […]

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Cutting GDS costs

After months of wrangling, SAS has finally presuaded Amadeus to lower its distribution costs in exchange for full access to all SAS fares. The Scandinavian carrier has been a vehement critic of the Global Distribution System (GDS) model whereby travel agents receive several dollars per ticket in kickbacks to book with a particular GDS. The […]

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How can they tell?

Northwest Airlines went through the second week of a mechanics strike with flying colours, or colours flying. The airline is fulfiling more than 98% of its schedule and operating at about industry average punctuality. The union, AMFA or Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, half-heartedly disputes the airline’s on-time performance data but says the real effects of […]

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One-way tickets to ride

SAS has become the latest European carrier to go for one-way fares on its short-haul route network, following in the footsteps of Aer Lingus and the UK’s bmi. The Irish flag carrier became the first network major to follow the example of low-cost players and offer cheaper one-way fares, and do away with the much-hated saturday night […]

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A thinned out Team

Delta and Northwest Airlines will have to work the corridors of power through the dog days if they are to get what they want in Washington. In addition to the usual laundry list – pension reform, tax relief, help on security mandates – they have a new task. These two of the three US players […]

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North by Northwest

It would have seemed a hollow boast when an airline seemed proud about getting “most” of its flights off the runway, much less on time. But Northwest Airlines is making the boast and people are listening as the airline enters the first full week of a strike by a union representing most of its plane-fixers […]

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Management moves at easyJet

The retirement of Ed Winter, easyJet’s chief operating officer (COO), makes this an opportune time to discuss the make-up of the management team at Europe’s second largest low-cost carrier as it continues its search for a new chief executive to replace Ray Webster. Webster announced he was stepping down in May. In early August the […]

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