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Young and cheap: Singapore’s low-cost terminal

Happy birthday to Singapore’s Budget Terminal, which has just turned one. Hip hip hooray! More than 1.36 million passengers have passed through its doors in the past 12 months, with the average number of passengers handled per month up 80%. Two low-cost carriers serve the terminal: state-backed Tiger Airways and Cebu Pacific Air. As these […]

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Low-cost Cessnas?

Nok Air and JetBlue have forged unusual deals with operators of tiny passenger aircraft.

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Learning from the past

Japan Airlines has opened an unusual museum to promote safety.

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EVA Air: camp, crazy and quintessentially Asian

Remember last year when we had a giggle at the expense of EVA Air’s Hello Kitty jet? I mean, just look at this picture! Well, now it seems EVA Air is having the last laugh. Not only is the Hello Kitty livery an out and out success with passengers – flights on the Hello Kitty […]

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Tiger on the loose

Has Tiger Airways lost its mind? Clearly that is what some industry insiders are thinking following Tiger’s announcement that it plans to launch a domestic carrier in Australia around mid-year. At first glance it seems there are already enough low-cost carriers in Australia given the size of Australia’s domestic market and the country’s small and […]

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India’s airline playboy on why Kingfisher is upmarket

The ever entertaining Dr VJ Mallya, founder and chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, was in London yesterday giving an address to the Aviation Club. His first task was to explode a misconception about his home country that it is a poor, emerging nation. Not quite true, says Mallya, typically talking without notes. India is “incredible”, he […]

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Making money is hard for China’s airlines

The devil is in the detail it is said. A recent press release from IATA as it deepens co-operation with China‘s aviation authorities shows just how significant the country’s air transport business has become: 17 Chinese carriers are IATA members; China‘s airlines flew 138 million passengers and three million tonnes of cargo in 2005. Impressive […]

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The Jet Airways express alights in Amritsar

Jet Airways has launched its third service between the UK and India with a three times weekly Airbus A330 flight between London Heathrow and Amritsar. The carrier was originally going to serve the northwestern Indian city, which is just 50km from the Pakistan Border, from late June with a Boeing 767 from fellow Indian carrier […]

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Farnborough Blog 3: From burgers to Boeing

Six years ago Rusdi Kirana was eating a burger with his wife sitting on the grass overlooking the Farnborough runway. He was at the show looking to acquire his first aircraft for Indonesian start-up carrier Lion Air. The contrast with this year could not be more stark: yesterday Kirana was having lunch with Boeing chief […]

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Qantas and the economy class police

Amid all the hustle and bustle of carriers unveiling new first and business class products we are pleased to report that at least one – Australia‘s Qantas Airways – is investing in its economy cabin. By definition, in these times of tight budgets, the investment is modest, but it’s a good sign. For its international […]

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