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Cancun inspires the Dubai feeling

Cancun, Mexico’s fast growing tourist mecca, is half a world away from the development miracle of Dubai but they have a similar buzz: the buzz of commerce, construction and fun.The Airline Business team are here in Cancun publishing a daily newspaper at the Latin American Airline Leaders Forum. Driving from the airport – an efficient […]

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Caribbean Airlines blog 2: mottos and retail therapy

Caribbean Airlines chief exec Peter Davies is drawing inspiration for himself and his staff in the run up to launching the new carrier in the New Year from an old British railway company motto: “The passenger is our business, not an interruption to our service”, was used by a rail provider in 1930s, explains Davies.The transfer […]

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Caribbean Airlines blog 1: in a spin about London service

The bold move to create Caribbean Airlines out of the ashes of serial loss-maker British West Indies Airways (BWIA) took another step today with the announcement that the new carrier (launches 1 January) will axe its daily service between its Trinidad & Tobago base and London Heathrow.The Airbus A340 route has been a flagship link […]

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Maxjet gambles on the Elvis touch

Maxjet, the year-old all-business class carrier that plies its trade across the atlantic, launched its latest service – between London Stansted and Las Vegas – with all the razzmatazz you would expect with the world’s gaming and fun capital at one end of the route. And none other than the King himself was tempted to […]

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Web 2.0 goes north, and midwest

Alaska Airlines, one of the first carriers to offer e-tickets and to rely on the web for in-house communications, has advanced into the collaborative community outreach of the next-generation of the web with a site that lets passengers share memorable travel stories. The ‘Your Alaska Stories‘ site invites flyers to share stories and experiences, post […]

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No Love losses

Who says George Bush can’t change things? Just hours after President Bush signed a bill phasing out Dallas Love Field restrictions under the 1979 Wright Amendment, Southwest set a major expansion there. The discounter plans to fly to 25 previously prohibited airports from Love, although flights will involve an intermediate stop or change of plane. […]

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Caribbean Airlines – a new look emerges

From January a new name and new carrier will take to the Caribbean skies as the aptly named Caribbean Airlines rises from the ashes of BWIA, or British West Indies Airways. The rather attractive livery is seen here.     Peter Davies explained his plan for the transition from BWIA to Caribbean Airlines recently to […]

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Can a pan-Caribbean airline ever happen?

For years the prospect of the Caribbean‘s multitude of island nations, and other interested neighbours, clubbing together and creating a pan-Caribbean carrier has been the topic of debate. Seldom has the debate got past the “in principle that sounds like a good idea” stage. As Peter Davies, the chief executive of BWIA West Indies Airways, […]

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A tough day for recall

This September eleventh is almost as difficult a day for airline execs as the first September 11 – five years ago. In a sense it’s a harder day, because five years ago, events controlled what airlines did and said, and this time around it is airline guys and their spokescreatures who have control. Most are electing […]

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Fighting over China

The US is about to choose carriers for new US-China routes, stirring aggressive bidding, but this Transportation Department  competition is different than most: it has drawn airlines into innovative marketing campaigns to win public support for their proposals in a level of public activity not seen since the early US/China route selections or the anticipated […]

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