Kylie coup turns up the heat in the battle of the Gulf carriers

Kylie QatarAirways

Qatar Airways promised an IATA annual general meeting that nobody would forget in Doha and this was certainly the case as the world’s airlines executive met this week for their AGM. “Our friends at Qatar Airways wanted to ensure the full Qatar experience,” said IATA director general Tony Tyler, explaining why the airline had taken […]

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Newest addition to Heathrow airport opens for business

Fresh from this week’s opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 2, James Mellon from Flightglobal’s aviation research team reports on the newest addition to London’s biggest hub. The next chapter in Heathrow’s evolution has begun with the operational opening of the new Terminal 2. With an initial capacity for 20 million passengers per year, it is a […]

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Inside United’s first E175s

United Airlines’ new Embraer 175 took to the skies between Chicago O’Hare and Washington National on 17 May, the first route of many with the dual-class aircraft. “It’s a new era,” says Sandra Pineau-Boddison, senior vice-president of United Express at the Chicago-based airline, at an event in Chicago on 19 May. United will add two […]

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How much is a slot at Washington National worth?

Slots at the some of the USA’s most popular airports rarely come up for sale, with mergers or similar deals often being the only time when they do. With this the case, it is far from surprising that JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Virgin America scrambled to buy some of the 86 slots that American […]

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Hawaiian to Jetstar: you don’t scare me

Hawaiian Airlines is confident that the Brisbane-Honolulu market can support two carriers, even when the second carrier is the Australian low-cost giant Jetstar Airways. “I don’t think… we’re concerned about that,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, responding to questions on whether Brisbane could turn into a second Fukuoka with the entrance […]

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Remembering United’s Executive One on Earth Day

US presidents have cruised around the world on a dedicated aircraft since at least the 1940s, with a customised Boeing 747-200 doing the job since 1990. But one modern president flew commercial. President Richard Nixon flew on regularly scheduled United Airlines flight 55 from Washington Dulles International to Los Angeles International airport flown by a […]

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American’s concentrated A319, 777-300ER and E175 networks

Want to spot a legacy American Airlines Airbus A319? Head to Dallas/Fort Worth where the type remains almost exclusively based since its introduction to the carrier’s fleet at the Texas airport last year. The network for the type has varied little from what American outlined prior to its introduction of the aircraft in September 2013, […]

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Does Ex-Im credit support really hurt US airlines?

“There is no financing advantage that is given to a foreign carrier over a US carrier,” says US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) president Fred Hochberg. “That is simply an erroneous argument.” Hochberg was responding to claims by Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that Ex-Im’s loan guarantees for widebody Boeing […]

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PICTURE: Embraer rolls out United’s first E175

The first Embraer 175 bound for United Airlines rolled out of the factory in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on 12 March. The aircraft is also the first E175 enhanced variant, which boasts 6.4% lower fuel burn than the base E175 and includes a new winglet and aerodynamic clamps. Utah-based regional carrier SkyWest Airlines plans to […]

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Loyalty leaders get rewards with awards win

Virgin Australia and the Baltic Miles programme were among the loyalty programme initiatives recognised at this year’s Loyalty Awards held in Amsterdam last night. The awards, presented last night during the sixth Airline Business/Global Flight organised Loyalty event, recognise leading initiatives among loyalty programmes. Virgin Australia led the way in the technology category after being […]

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