Archive | May, 2009

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The gloves are on in fight against swine flu

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) cabin crew that have worked in the same section of an aircraft later found to have carried people infected with swine flu are now required – by the airline – to be taken off the roster for seven days, SIA’s spokesman tells me today. The airline has also implemented a […]

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Gopinath’s Deccan 360 takes off

Last night I received some pics from Deccan 360, India’s newest cargo carrier and the brainchild of Capt GR Gopinath. He’s the one wearing the jeans in the pics. Gopinath first came to fame a few years go as the founder of Air Deccan, India’s first low-cost carrier. Yesterday he formally launched Deccan 360 with a flight […]

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Airlines in Asia Pacific the most adversely affected by the downturn

Today I met with Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines to discuss the impact the global economic downturn has had on the region’s airlines. Must have spent about 30 minutes interviewing him. But interestingly – and this often happens with media interviews – the best bits of the interview came […]

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Rusdi looks for lion’s share of Indonesian market

Earlier this week I interviewed Lion Air’s president director Rusdi Kirana and I must say I was impressed with how Lion Air has been growing its business. Lion Air is the largest privately-owned carrier in Indonesia and is arguably the airline that all the Indonesian carriers – including Garuda – are trying to beat. The […]

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Airlines in Australia dropping like flies

  Australian charter airlines OzJet has gone into voluntary administration. I spoke today to the airline’s CEO, Willie O’Neill, who told me that the carrier’s chairman put the carrier into administration on Wednesday 20 May. The chairman is Nicholas Leach who is also CEO of HeayLift Cargo Airlines which bought OzJet last May from Paul […]

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Hainan’s move to rebrand Grand China Express a sign that not all is well at the regional carrier

Hainan Airlines (HNA) Group has suddenly, and quite by surprise to some, decided to turn Tianjin-based regional carrier Grand China Express into Tianjin Airlines. But the real interesting thing about this change is that the Tianjin Government and the Tianjin Free Trade Zone will be investing money into the business. It sounds like all is not well at […]

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Virgin Blue’s navel gazing

< Today I received a press release announcing a new ad campaign from Virgin Blue. I was hoping I could write something positive in light of the fact that I still think Virgin Blue’s ad agency Cummins & Partners is a great ad agency and one of the best in Australia. But I really can’t think […]

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PICTURES: The first Chinese assembled A320 has its maiden flight

  An historic day in China today with the first flight of the first Chinese assembled A320. The aircraft took off at 10:42 and landed back at Tianjin airport at 14:56, Airbus says in a statement. The A320 assembly plant is next to the airport. I called Airbus Tianjin’s general manager Jean-Luc Charles about 5 […]

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V Australia’s advertising is stuck in the 80s

  V Australia’s TV commercial looks a lot like a Robert Palmer video from the 1980s which is not surprising because the creative team that came up with it are probably circa 1980s. The 1980s were also a very important time for Richard Branson but I think there is a very real danger that V Australia’s TVC will be […]

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Why India’s Dr Mallya is no Richard Branson

India’s Dr Vijay Mallya is often described as the Richard Branon of India. His flamboyant lifestyle and penchant for pretty women leads some to draw the comparison. The other reason for the comparison is because Dr Mallya, like Branson, is so high profile in the aviation industry. But really the two men’s upbringing and approach to business are so […]

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