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VIDEO: SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela

South African Airways chief executive Siza Mzimela will be the cover interview for the October issue of Airline Business. But if you can’t wait that long, here’s sneak preview into her insights into the challenges facing SAA with a video interview.

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Changing guard at the top of low-cost carriers

Some change at the top of the two of the most established low-cost carriers, which will see new chief executives at Malaysia’s AirAsia and Brazilian carrier Gol taking on the airlines created by budget operator pioneers Tony Fernandes and Constantino de Oliveira Jr respectively.

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IATA Annual Meeting 2012 – best of the quotes

A selection of the best quotes from the 67th International Air Transport Association held recently in Beijing, China

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AirAsia premier dishes out the red cards

Niall O’Keeffe, managing editor of sister title Flight International, sends this report: Few were spared when jovially combative AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes addressed Airbus’s Innovation Days event in Toulouse yesterday.Once Fernandes had exhausted his reserves of magnanimity with a fulsome tribute to outgoing EADS chief Louis Gallois – after whom AirAsia has named its 100th […]

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité and Air France-KLM

Like his predecessors, newly-elected French president Francois Hollande has the right to free business-class travel on Air France-KLM flights. However the durability of this arrangement could be tested not only by Hollande’s unwillingness as a socialist to be seen as exploiting the privileges of his office, but by his level of interference with the group’s […]

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Kenya Airways set for gear change

In a wide-ranging interview at the carrier’s Nairobi headquarters, Naikuni talked about the growth opportunities for the airline – notably within Africa and longer-haul towards Asia

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Word up: Tyler’s change in tone at IATA

for something less scientific, but a bit more colouful, judge the change in tone for yourself with these two word-clouds – one representing Tyler’s speech to the journalists yesterday and the other from Giovanni Bisignani to the same audience a year ago.

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More rugby crazy airline chiefs

Talking to more airline chief executives at the Airline Business World Air Forum it emerged that Nico Bezuidenhout of Mango and Peter Davies of Air Malta are also keen followers of the oval ball game. During his playing days as a number 8 for Twickenham rugby club, Davies even lined up against the All-Blacks! In […]

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Malaysian carriers go home and away with QPR

Interesting deployment of dual brand management from low-cost carrier guru Tony Fernandes now he has a foot in both airline camps following the ground-breaking tie-up between AirAsia and network carrier Malaysian Airlines.

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Fernandes joins the Premiership jet-set with QPR

Fresh from his company’s high profile link-up with Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia founder, Lotus F1 team principle and all-round entreprenur Tony Fernandes has joined the English football premiership jet-set by today formally completing a deal to buy west London football club Queens Park Rangers.

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