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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Up in smoke

Good news for smokers – a proposed German long-haul start-up is looking at the possibility of putting a container in the hold to cater for their needs. Hapag-Lloyd pilot Tobias Kloss is working on a project to start direct flights from Hannover to North America after being approached by the German airport 18 months ago. […]

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Deluxe, demanding

It seems counterintuitive: in an age when the only airlines making money seem to be low-fares mass-marketers, why would someone start an all business-class carrier? Well, in the lucrative skies between London and the US, the discriminating flyer has always demanded more, and next month two US-based business class-only ventures will be offering it. Eos […]

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A 19-year-old’s airline dream

Start-up UK regional carrier Alpha One Airways will take to the air by the end of October, founder Martin Halstead, a 19-year-old entrepreneur trying to fulfill his dream of launching his own airline, told Routes Daily News today in Copenhagen. Airline Business is producing its daily during the annual network planning event. From his seat […]

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Small, medium or large

The Airline Business delegation travelling to Routes in Copenhagen – the annual route planning forum that brings airline planners and airport marketing teams together – found an intriguing brand initiative underway at Danish low-cost carrier Maersk Air. We were puzzled to find each seat labelled M, L or S on the headcovers, seemingly randomly scattered throughout […]

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Aloha, Investors

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Aloha is a Hawaiian word that covers greeting, farewell, good wishes, and general welcoming warmth. It’s also the smaller of the two major carriers native to the Islands and Aloha is saying hello to a major new infusion of equity that should take it out of bankruptcy reorganisation in short order. The airline went into […]

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Raiders of a Lost Art

It’s a bad word in the lexicon of trade unionism, not far from ‘scab,’ but ‘raids’ are a fact of labour life. At Northwest Airlines, where unions stand to lose even more ground to the powers the airline gains while in bankruptcy, one union is fighting another for the loyalty, votes, and dues of the […]

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