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Kingdom’s prince gives up Airbus’s queen

If Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has truly sold his VIP Airbus A380, ordered in late 2007, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone paying close attention at last year’s Farnborough air show. Because Airbus’s demonstrator aircraft, MSN4, arrived at the show with a subtle amendment to the customer list on its fuselage – […]

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Amman (For All Seasons)…

…really ought to be the name of Jordan’s new year-round unified time zone after the country’s government, in a fantastic demonstration of impulsive decision-making, gave everyone two days’ notice that it’s cancelling winter, at least chronologically. Jordanian standard time is two hours ahead of UTC but, instead of reverting back to this time zone on 26 […]

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VIDEO: Routes to manoeuvre at the World Route Development Forum

The Airline Business team have been exceedingly busy this week breaking exclusive news and producing some fantastic daily magazines from the 18th World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi.But what is it about this event that makes it so vital to airlines and airports? Graham Dunn investigates this and how the Gulf region is so […]

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When selling VC10s was a core business

Whatever price Middle East Airlines negotiated for those newly-ordered Airbus A320neos, it probably didn’t involve part-payment in fruit. Which wasn’t the case in 1966 when BAC was desperately trying to flog a batch of Super VC10s to MEA in a bid to attract sales from other overseas customers – even Czechoslovakia. “If…we lose the Middle […]

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Kenya Airways set for gear change

In a wide-ranging interview at the carrier’s Nairobi headquarters, Naikuni talked about the growth opportunities for the airline – notably within Africa and longer-haul towards Asia

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Rugby crazy airline chiefs

I don’t know whether there it’s been by design or coincidence that in my time on Airline Business most of the airline chief executives and other industry bigwigs I have been dispatched to interview seem to be similarly enthusiastic about rugby to me.  Aside from general discussion about the world cup, I’ve recently learned interesting […]

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#ABStrats 2011 – oh what a night!

I know it’s only July (although the weather in London makes it feel more like October), but I think I might have just enjoyed the best moment of my first year as Airline Business editor. For on Sunday night, I hosted my first Airline Strategy Awards (that’s me mid-flow, below) - in the magnificent Great Hall […]

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Emirates advert builds an A380 in 30 seconds

Emirates might already have 90 Airbus A380s on order but it built a 91st – or at least gave a computer-enhanced impression that it had – on a film set in South Africa, to promote the economic benefits of the Dubai-based carrier’s fleet programme. In a 30-second advertisement actor Maxim Deluc, playing a flight attendant, […]

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IATA11: Giovanni’s decade

This year’s meeting is also significant for IATA, given it marks Giovanni Bisignani’s last AGM as director general

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A bit more on cross-border airline investments

A quick footnote to our recent article on the challenges facing airlines in cross-border investments (Finding a new Frontier Airline Business May 2011) – here are some thoughts on the subject from Brian Havel – director of the International Aviation Law Institute at DePaul University Chicago

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