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Branson’s nautical Trans-Atlantic express returns

Back in the mid-1980s when Richard Branson was trying to make a name for his new airline venture in the important US market, he and some shipmates came up with a cunning plan to steal back the Blue Riband from the Americans. The first attempt ended with Branson and his crew bobbing up and down […]

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What’s trending in airline IT?

Two weeks from now the glitterati of the airline technology world will congregate in the countryside outside Brussels for the industry’s IT event of the year, the SITA Air Transport IT Summit.The assembly takes place on 18-20 June, and one of its regular highlights is the revealing of the top line results of the Airline […]

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Airline Business on the iPad

Airline Business has joined the tablet brigade with the launch of our iPad edition, which is now available to download.Following on from the success of the Flight International tablet introduced last year, the Airline Business version incorporates all the content produced in the print monthly – but it’s not just a facsimile of the print […]

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When the school bus turns into an Airbus

Thanks to Monarch, 600 British kids got to swap their school bus for an Airbus recently and jet off on the ultimate geography field trip. As a 70s’ school kid, I dreamed of a trip like this! The best we could hope for was our form teacher borrowing the school minibus and taking us for […]

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How do you solve a problem like Heathrow?

The world’s premier international airport celebrated its 66th birthday this year and, amazingly, succession planning has been in motion for more than half its life. So forgive me for finding the latest “will they/won’t they” Heathrow third runway speculation somewhat tiresome!Regarding succession planning, more than four decades ago Flight International reported on “plans for a combined […]

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28 years later: A Boeing “7″ displays at Farnborough

There was much excitement and anticipation at Farnborough around Boeing Commercial’s return to the air-display circuit after almost three decades. And rightly so, as Capts Mike Bryan and Randy Neville flew excellent displays with the Qatar Airways 787 that – dare I say – upstaged the superb manoeuvres we’ve all got accustomed to from Airbus at […]

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VIDEO: MAS shows off its A380 at Heathrow

Malaysia Airlines’ shiny new Airbus A380 made its debut this morning at Heathrow’s Terminal 4, after introduction on the carrier’s flagship Kuala-Lumpur-London service. The new 494 seater is operating one of the airline’s two daily services between the cities on an initial three-times weekly frequency. The A380 will go daily from mid-August when the second […]

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VIDEO: Lufthansa gives 747-8 a smooth debut

Lufthansa enjoyed a smooth debut of the Boeing 747-8I – and its new business class – on 1 June between Frankfurt and Washington DC and is now looking forward to receiving the remaining four aircraft it has slated for delivery this year to enable it to expand the stretched jumbo’s network. The inaugural flight (LH416) […]

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Six decades at FL360 – plus ca change…

…plus c’est la même chose. This month marks the 60th anniversary of the first jet passenger service – operated, as I’m sure we all know, by a beautiful BOAC de Havilland Comet. And while I could use this anniversary as an excuse to drone on about the Comet and all that it promised for British […]

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Jumbo evolution – the Lufthansa way

Lufthansa celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 747-8I on Wednesday in a hangar at Frankfurt airport, where 1,200 invited employees – and a few journos – got a chance to preview the latest iteration of Jumbo Jet. Clockwise from top left: 747-200B, -200B (new colours), -8I and -400  Lufthansa will have the honour of […]

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