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Branson’s nautical Trans-Atlantic express returns

Back in the mid-1980s when Richard Branson was trying to make a name for his new airline venture in the important US market, he and some shipmates came up with a cunning plan to steal back the Blue Riband from the Americans. The first attempt ended with Branson and his crew bobbing up and down […]

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Norwegian bets on low-cost, long-haul with 787

Norwegian took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, registration EI-LNA, today – a day after celebrating the deal with International Lease Finance (ILFC) and Boeing executives in Seattle. Flightglobal Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of the Oslo-based carrier, says that he anticipates success on its new long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York as a result […]

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Lufthansa’s New York switcheroo

Lufthansa has two big partners in New York – the city’s hometown airline JetBlue Airways and its long-standing partner United Airlines. JetBlue became a partner in 2008 after the German carrier invested $300 million in the airline in order to fill the gap in United’s network, while the latter became a big player in the […]

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When the school bus turns into an Airbus

Thanks to Monarch, 600 British kids got to swap their school bus for an Airbus recently and jet off on the ultimate geography field trip. As a 70s’ school kid, I dreamed of a trip like this! The best we could hope for was our form teacher borrowing the school minibus and taking us for […]

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BA A380: Thatcher would have (probably) approved

If you think the British Airways Airbus A380 looks resplendent in its new livery, you probably ought to thank, at least in part, the late former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher openly disapproved of BA’s bold decision to abandon its Union flag colours in favour of a multitude of ethnic designs intended to reflect its global […]

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What was Steve Ridgway’s biggest Virgin regret?

Virgin Atlantic boss Steve Ridgway was in London today, addressing the great and the good of the UK aviation industry at an Aviation Club lunch in London. Ridgway could be excused some nostalgia given that he has just handed the baton over to Craig Kreeger after more than a decade at the helm of the UK carrier.

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What next for Italian airlines?

After attempts to consolidate the local airline sector last year, Italian airlines are back in the news this year

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From Flight to facepalm

So which muppet managed to write an inadvertent howler in the opening line of this Germanwings story, only for some wise-guy to send it to a BBC comedy quiz? (Listen to the clip here, if you must)

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How do you solve a problem like Heathrow?

The world’s premier international airport celebrated its 66th birthday this year and, amazingly, succession planning has been in motion for more than half its life. So forgive me for finding the latest “will they/won’t they” Heathrow third runway speculation somewhat tiresome!Regarding succession planning, more than four decades ago Flight International reported on “plans for a combined […]

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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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