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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A fond farewell to Rod

It was a testament to the genuine popularity and indeed affection that Rod Eddington has won among the British air transport industry that his final public engagement – an address to the UK’s Aviation Club on 22 September – had a waiting list. The club even squeezed an extra seat onto each table to enable […]

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How Washington Works (Or Doesn’t)

They’re keeping us safe on Capitol Hill and they’ve got two homeland security committees to make sure. One of them on the House side has had no chairman since chair Cox, the California Republican (and spouse of a Continental Airlines lobbyist), was tapped by Bush to head trading watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission._Since spring […]

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Popstars, cocktails and lie-flat beds

  As part of Air New Zealand’s in-flight product relaunch, its crack marketing team converged on London recently to promote the charms of its new services to assembled journalists, travel agents and frequent fliers. And, after quaffing the rather good sparkling wine, who were we to contradict them? So glitzy was this event that even […]

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AirAsia teams up with Manchester United

When Airline Business first received the news that AirAsia, the Asia-Pacific’s pioneering low-cost airline brand, was to become the official low-fare airline for UK Premier League football team Manchester United, we were, as the slang phase goes: “Gob-smacked.” Just what is a carrier with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore doing in bed with a […]

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