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Flightglobal celebrates 12th Airline Strategy Awards

Airline Strategy Awards

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Not quite the gourmet

Turkish Airlines, Temel Kotil

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Spinetta hangs up his boots after offloading to de Juniac

Yesterday, Jean-Cyril Spinetta confirmed hints he’d been making that he would not see out the rest of his contract which runs to April 2014 and will step down as head of Air France-KLM in the summer on 1 July. Similar to the manner in which his beloved French rugby team turned to a trusted pair […]

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By the low-cost book

In his cover interview with Airline Business, Wizz Air chief executive József Váradi explains how he believes adherence to the low-cost rulebook has been crucial to the rapid rise of the airline and feels this strategy will help it gain further ground in the current economic climate.  He says some of this expansion will be […]

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Airline Business covers online

Every month, Airline Business features an in-depth cover interview and profile of one of the airline industry’s top leaders. These cover features can be viewed online in an interactive format, which contains the full magazine article combined with additional media, including video interviews, image galleries and background data about the personality.  These easy-to-use landing pages […]

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Alliance CEOs hint at who might be most likely to accept large Gulf carrier as member

With both Qatar and Etihad linked to entering one of the three global airline alliances and Emirates connected to the creation of a fourth alliance, the chief executives of Oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam say that one or more could join.Speaking at the Airline Business Alliances, Joint Ventures and Partnerships conference in Istanbul, Bruce Ashby, […]

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Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil to deliver keynote speech at Alliances conference

Airline Business is delighted to announce that Temel Kotil, chief executive of Turkish Airlines, will make the keynote presentation at day two of Alliances, Joint Ventures and Partnerships 2012 conference taking place in Istanbul from 24-25 September.  Anyone wishing to see further details of the programme, speakers or book to join other industry insiders at […]

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Man on Wire

Since his appointment last year, Air France chief executive Alexandre de Juniac’s role has not seemed dissimilar to that of his compatriot Philippe Petit, a high-wire performer famous for his remarkable balancing routine. In his efforts to reduce labour costs as part of a restructure de Juniac has walked a tightrope between appeasing shareholders and […]

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Weight of the world

With weight savings on aircraft an important issue at the moment due to the current high fuel prices, Rolls-Royce has calculated that if every passenger lost 1kg in weight, it would save the airline industry a total of approximately $1 billion per year in fuel costs. Yet a report published in the journal BMC Public […]

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AirAsia premier dishes out the red cards

Niall O’Keeffe, managing editor of sister title Flight International, sends this report: Few were spared when jovially combative AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes addressed Airbus’s Innovation Days event in Toulouse yesterday.Once Fernandes had exhausted his reserves of magnanimity with a fulsome tribute to outgoing EADS chief Louis Gallois – after whom AirAsia has named its 100th […]

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