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A fond farewell to Rod

It was a testament to the genuine popularity and indeed affection that Rod Eddington has won among the British air transport industry that his final public engagement – an address to the UK’s Aviation Club on 22 September – had a waiting list. The club even squeezed an extra seat onto each table to enable […]

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Management moves at easyJet

The retirement of Ed Winter, easyJet’s chief operating officer (COO), makes this an opportune time to discuss the make-up of the management team at Europe’s second largest low-cost carrier as it continues its search for a new chief executive to replace Ray Webster. Webster announced he was stepping down in May. In early August the […]

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A bid for easyJet: Could it happen?

It is not often that an airline stock sets the market alight, but that is exactly what the surge in easyJet’s share price since the third quarter of last year has done. Back then, it was trading at just above the 120p mark. It is now changing hands at around 300p. The reason for this […]

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Rod leaves BA on a high note

Rod Eddington, it seems, will leave British Airways on something of a high. Financials for the June quarter, the last that he will deliver as chief executive, were fairly impressive, with net profits doubled on the back of some strong revenue gains. See related article There are still some challenges ahead for BA, but Rod is […]

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Right tax or wrong tax?

Some people may argue that there is no such thing as a ‘right tax’, but I think that in our society they are a legitimate way of funding government. However, the plan by the European Finance Ministers to create an airline tax to fund development aid (they are meeting today) is of course plain lunacy. Obviously […]

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