Independence declares dim 50-seat future

If any confirmation of the limited outlook for 50-seat regional jets were needed, long-troubled Independence Air has given it with its long-awaited bankruptcy reorganisation filing on Monday. Its parent FlyI gave in to pressures months after most airline observers gave up on its strategy of low-fares on very frequent 50-seater flights. It has lost more […]

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Open Skies: Less than meets the eye

The foreigners are coming, the foreigners are coming. Well maybe next year.  At least not just yet if they’re here to buy US airlines. That’s despite a big blast by US transportation officials that made a lot headlines about the US lowering barriers to foreign investment in airlines. It comes at an interesting time: the […]

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Saving the planet

Doom and gloom predictions that the anticipated boom in air travel will be a major factor in climate change are wide of the mark, according to UK aviation technology group Greener by Design. It insists that advances in airframe and engine technologies will, in fact, contribute to a drop in aviation emissions by 2050 to well […]

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The train finally arrives at London City Airport

A mere 18 years after it opened, London’s fourth airport, and the only one that is actually really close to the city itself, is poised to be served by a rail link. From 15 December, the over ground Docklands Light Railway will extend to London City Airport. This will mean travellers to the airport, which […]

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Worldspan woes

Worldspan, the number four of the four major Global Distribution Systems or GDSs, has long had one indisputable boast: it may not be visible universally but that’s because it’s in the back office everywhere. Worldspan is the power behind many of the best-known consumer sites, and travellers and buyers are often using Worldpsan when they’re […]

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No swans

Delta’s plans to wrap Song, its discount “carrier-within-a-carrier” into mainline – “grown-up” – Delta may have led to false joy in some quarters. For nearly a decade, the airline had gone back and forth on attempts to fend off expanding low-fares East Coast competition with such attempts as the ill-fated Delta Express, and this week, […]

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Icelandic saga

The possibility of Iceland‘s FL Group making a bid for easyJet is back on the agenda after the company increased its stake in the low-cost carrier from 14% to just over 16%. “It is an indication of interest,” admits Stefan Vilner, director of marketing and sales at Scandinavian low-cost carrier Sterling. Vilner has more than a passing […]

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Final frontier, Part Two

Giving a new meaning to the concept of ‘terminal’, a Belgian mortuary firm’s latest undertaking, as it were, has brought a new niche to airport customer service. The firm, Sophia, has opened an upscale facility at the Brussels airport for coffin and casket shipments. Seems that large numbers of North African immigrants to Belgium want a […]

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Oneworld’s coup

JAL’s decision to join oneworld is a major coup for the alliance, and will see the group leapfrog SkyTeam in terms of revenue and more-or-less level pegging in terms of revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs). A quick glance at 2004 figures suggests that, with JAL included, oneworld would have been around the 650,000 million RPK mark, just shy […]

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Rank, but no file

    The union that struck Northwest Airlines last August, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, has changed its tune again. A week ago, it said that it would let its members vote on Northwest’s last offer, a step that was universally seen as a sign of weakness, that the union was the first to blink. […]

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