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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Into the lists

  The US is not about to sign up to list banned airlines, with Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey says that blacklists “are not the answer, as we see it it now”. She told an international safety conference near Washington that “action by government agencies to oversee airlines is the answer”. Public demand for disclosure […]

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Final frontier

       They call Denver the Mile High City because of its Rocky Mountain surroundings. It could be also called that because it’s one of the very last remaining fortress hubs. Now though the enemy is at the gates or will be soon when Southwest takes on Denver early next year. Denver had long been […]

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Open skies: Congress needs convincing

Delta Air Lines has become the latest US carrier to state its support lifting ownership levels beyond 49%.  Its managing director for the Atlantic region, Loren Neuenschwander, makes clear that the carrier is prepared to see this restriction lifted as part of an EU-US open skies deal. “If you look at Singapore International Airlines’ 49% […]

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Going boldly, or not so boldly, where airlines have gone before

Delta has been true to its word: It said it would fly where there might be profits. Now it is poised to move dramatically into international service where profits can still be made and where low-fare rivals can still be avoided. Delta claims it will be the largest carrier flying across the Atlantic by next […]

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Hope, less ‘Open Skies Lite Plus’

  The latest round of EU/US aviation talks may have opened with publicly flouted high hopes but for some insiders the hope is tempered. Just hours before he got on a plane from Washington to Brussels to head up the US delegation at the talks, State Department aviation negotiator John Byerly told a small group […]

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Reinvention by necessity

It may not have been exactly unexpected but the news that Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlink feeder, had gone into Chapter 11 bankruptcy certainly tells a sorry tale. It had been almost entirely dependent on Northwest for its revenue, and since Northwest went into its own Chapter 11 on 14 September and withheld about $30 […]

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