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Hawaiian to Jetstar: you don’t scare me

Hawaiian Airlines is confident that the Brisbane-Honolulu market can support two carriers, even when the second carrier is the Australian low-cost giant Jetstar Airways. “I don’t think… we’re concerned about that,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, responding to questions on whether Brisbane could turn into a second Fukuoka with the entrance […]

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United’s 787 playground in Asia

If you want to fly on a United Airlines Boeing 787, your best bet is to fly to Asia. Of the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier’s six international Dreamliner routes, five will be across the Pacific from 8 April 2014 when it downgauges its San Francisco-Osaka Kansai flights to the aircraft from a Boeing 777-200. United […]

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A tale of airport rail connections on two sides of the Pacific

Australia and the USA are similar in many ways. Both are large, developed countries with air travel-centric national transportation systems and automobile-oriented cities. Rail transit connections to their respective airports are also similar – notably that they are few and far between. Only airports in Brisbane and Sydney are connected to rail networks – defined […]

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San Diego’s big year for new routes

San Diego International airport had a big year in 2012. It landed its first nonstop to Asia on Japan Airlines (JAL), made possible by the Boeing 787, and began to look like a new focus city for Alaska Airlines. “We had the largest Asian community in the USA without a direct service to Asia,” says […]

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The battle for Haneda redux

US airlines love Asia. Well, at least the slots to fly there.Mainline carriers are once again posturing against one another for a slot pair at Tokyo’s close-in Haneda airport from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The one-upmanship brings back memories of the battle for the four available pairs back in 2010 and for the […]

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Goodbye to an old Singapore Girl

At the Singapore air show this weekend the country’s flag carrier is giving one of aviation’s iconic airliners a worthy send-off. For SIA will retire the Boeing 747 from its passenger fleet on 6 April after almost four decades of faithful service. Although the Jumbo will continue to haul freight for SIA’s cargo arm for […]

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“Ladyboys” provide marketing boost for new Thai carrier

A new Thai low-cost carrier is set to “fascinate and confuse” the likes of Alan Partridge by hiring four transsexual flight attendants.  Start-up PC Air, whose debut flight took between Bangkok and Surat Thani in Thailand in December, has gained publicity through awarding some cabin crew positions to “ladyboys”, after receiving more than 100 candidatures […]

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The Qantas A380 drama – QF32 a year on

This time last year Europe awoke to images of a rather second-hand looking Qantas Airbus A380 on the runway at Singapore’s Changi airport. The big jet, operating Flight QF32 from London to Sidney via Singapore on 4 November 2010 with 469 souls on board, had made an emergency landing back at Changi after suffering a […]

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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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In pursuit of Scoot…

If Singapore Airlines isn’t naming some new airline company ‘Scoot’ then a lot of effort is going into throwing nosey hacks off the scent. Not only is there apparently a Scoot-related website domain registration linked to SIA, but a trawl through the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s trademark database turns up the following entry, listed on 20 June, under […]

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