And now it’s three

Facing wage and work-rule concessions demanded by the bosses at bankrupt Northwest Airlines, the airline’s flight attendants face another dilemma. The nation’s major union for the trade, the Association of Flight Attendants, has been trying to bump the local and in-house Professional Flight Attendants Association as the union for the 10,000 cabin crew, but now, […]

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Gas setback

Delta has quietly cancelled its plan to cancel selected off-peak flights that have light loads as a tactic to save on the fuel that’s been harder to get since the hurricanes hobbled oil refineries in Delta’s southeastern home territory. The airline says fuel supplies are reliable again, if reliably expensive; cynics say that the plan […]

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Right size

Sometimes when airlines downsize or shrink they call it ‘right-sizing’. But a big move by jetBlue with its new smaller airplanes may be just the right way to use phrase. The low-cost leader has come out with the first routes for its Embraer E-190s and these are no small plans for the small planes. The […]

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Swiss goes back to the future

There is no bucking the trend it seems when it comes to regional operations at Europe‘s mainline carriers. Swiss is the latest major to hive its regional flying into a separate unit with the launch of Swiss “European” this week. It will put all of its fleet of 18 Avro RJs and seven Embraer ERJ-145s […]

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BA spins new web

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Turning the undoubted opportunity of extracting greater sales from the airline’s best-in-class website is a top priority for new British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh (below left at BA’s Waterside HQ with Paul Coby, the carrier’s CIO). Opening the carrier’s IT Fair this week at its headquarters near London Heathrow, Walsh plans significant investment in […]

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Wings, prayers (multi-denominational)

A wing and a prayer. That’s a phrase that comes up a lot whenever an airline is in deep trouble, as Delta has been for months. The carrier marked its third week in bankruptcy reorganisation with the announcement of a new route, this one to Tel Aviv, Israel, starting in March. The airline already goes […]

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The future is free flights

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is predicting free airline travel as a standard business model within a decade. He claims that eventually “the spend on board will be so high that the flight will be free”. Speaking at a recent industry event, O’Leary was enthusiastic about the revenue-generating opportunities available to low-fare airlines. He foresees […]

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Grounded for gas

You don’t have to be bankrupt to pull down routes or park planes. Even ‘healthy’ carriers do it, which may be part of the point as to why they’re not bankrupt. But it’s happening as the cost of jet fuel forces airlines to cast a cold eye on the economics of each route and each […]

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Sort of sad

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Visiting US airways the other day for a farewell luncheon was sort of sad. Quite, actually. The hallways were empty, the offices were empty and behind some of the glass doors you could see that whole departments just weren’t there any more. The airline had invited some journos over before the headquarters flew to Arizona […]

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Luxury rush

November First was to have been a big day for the upwardly mobile outward bound. Two new carriers with all-luxury cabins, Eos and MAXjet, each planned to start their premium New York (JFK) -London Stansted services that day. Both emphasise large amounts of personal space and in-flight service that gives a new meaning to raising […]

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