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When slot changes and maintenance throw a kink in Christmas travel

Volaris flight 813 was scheduled to depart Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International airport bound for Tijuana International at 08:55 on 22 December, the last Sunday before Christmas. All that changed about nine hours before departure. Passengers were notified of an “itinerary modification” via email, text message and phone, according to the Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC). […]

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Interjet’s Superjets take flight

Prior to a riding aboard one of Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet’s Sukhoi Superjet 100s, Flightglobal took a peek inside the airline’s third aircraft in a hangar at Mexico City Benito Juarez International airport on the eve of its entry into service. The aircraft, registration XA-JLV, arrived from Venice on 7 November and still had the […]

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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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How are network carriers facing up to the LCC threat

Are network carriers faring any better this time round in their attempts to restructure their operations to counter the budget sector threat on short-haul traffic? As part of this year’s Airline Business interactive low-cost carrier special, published in association with CFM International, we chart the distinctly mixed track record of network airlines’ own attempts to launch budget operations and look at the different approach across the regions.

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How is Spring Airlines hoping to break the low-fares model in China?

But there is plenty more to the story of Spring Airlines, which is attempting to adapt the hugely successful no-frills carrier model to the emerging Chinese market. So how is the airline faring with its ambition of bring low fares to the Chinese market?

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Can Frontier succeed in Trenton?

Frontier Airlines will have 10 routes from Trenton-Mercer airport from April – barely six months since it began service to the airfield. The Denver-based low cost carrier began flights to Orlando in November 2012, is adding flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, New Orleans and Tampa later this month and in February, and announced flights […]

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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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Vueling takes a new flight course with expansion plans

Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling – or as its chief executive Alex Cruz describes it, an airline that happens to have low operating costs – held a futuristic event at Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art in a room mocked up as an aircraft cabin to outline its future growth plans.

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Where will Southwest Love?

Columbus Day 2014 will be an exciting day at Southwest Airlines. That Monday, 14 October, the Wright Amendment will be repealed and the carrier will be able to launch flights from its home base at Dallas Love Field airport to anywhere in the USA for the first time since 1974. Where those flights will go is […]

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A cake for JetBlue

Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport must really want JetBlue Airways.  A four-tier cake arrived at the low-cost carrier’s New York headquarters from the Virginia airport decorated with JetBlue aircraft and New York icons, including the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, a few days ago. JetBlue says that it has no plans to launch service […]

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