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VIDEO: Lufthansa gives 747-8 a smooth debut

Lufthansa enjoyed a smooth debut of the Boeing 747-8I – and its new business class – on 1 June between Frankfurt and Washington DC and is now looking forward to receiving the remaining four aircraft it has slated for delivery this year to enable it to expand the stretched jumbo’s network. The inaugural flight (LH416) […]

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New seat opens sky to disabled children

European safety authorities are testing an upgraded passenger seat specifically designed to provide postural support to physically disabled children on board aircraft. Known as the TravelChair 2012, the seat has been developed by the children’s disability charity MERU and was unveiled at the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s offices at London Gatwick in May. Virgin Atlantic […]

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What’s not to love about Farnborough?

The countdown to the Farnborough 2012 Air Show has begun

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Six decades at FL360 – plus ca change…

…plus c’est la même chose. This month marks the 60th anniversary of the first jet passenger service – operated, as I’m sure we all know, by a beautiful BOAC de Havilland Comet. And while I could use this anniversary as an excuse to drone on about the Comet and all that it promised for British […]

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IAG and a tale of two cities

First quarter results from British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group really underscored the tales of two cities in the group; London and Madrid.

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité and Air France-KLM

Like his predecessors, newly-elected French president Francois Hollande has the right to free business-class travel on Air France-KLM flights. However the durability of this arrangement could be tested not only by Hollande’s unwillingness as a socialist to be seen as exploiting the privileges of his office, but by his level of interference with the group’s […]

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Jumbo evolution – the Lufthansa way

Lufthansa celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 747-8I on Wednesday in a hangar at Frankfurt airport, where 1,200 invited employees – and a few journos – got a chance to preview the latest iteration of Jumbo Jet. Clockwise from top left: 747-200B, -200B (new colours), -8I and -400  Lufthansa will have the honour of […]

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The curtain comes up as the countdown begins at Berlin Brandenburg

Air Berlin used the occasion of its accession into Oneworld this week to showcase its new home airport – or what will become its home 73 days from now. The new Berlin Brandenburg International airport will finally unify the city’s airport system which has been split across three sites for much of the time since the city’s division after World War II

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Malev continues European airlines’ winter of discontent

This is rapidly looking like it might become a winter of discontent for Europe’s airlines

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Things you didn’t expect to see for sale onboard an aircraft #1

Somewhere in the streets of Latvia there is Mini Cooper in AirBaltic colours driving around, bought onboard one of the airline’s flights

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