Archive | March, 2011

Video: Japan crisis and fuel costs test Asia-Pacific airlines

I had an interesting chat with CNBC’s Oriel Morrison this morning on the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific airlines, and she had some great questions about how they are affected by the crisis in Japan and rising fuel costs. The importance of Japan to the airline industry cannot be over-stated – it is a major leisure […]

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China Southern’s 506-seat A380 cabin plan released

The configuration of China Southern’s A380 has reportedly been leaked on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. A seating diagram (below) shows the carrier will operate its A380 with 8 first class seats, 70 in business, and 428 in economy for a total of 506.Of the eight carriers whose seating plans we know (see above […]

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Rico and Snoop Dogg get with it….

The marketing guys at Air New Zealand are certainly creative, and must have pretty big budgets. This is the latest in the fantastic series of videos featuring Rico. Have fun watching him rap with Snoop Dogg – it sure looks like they’re having a great time together.

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Emirsyah Satar gets his hands dirty at Garuda

I wrote about my impressions of Emirsyah Satar, and the changes he is implementing at Garuda Indonesia, a few weeks ago. Here is the full Airline Business cover interview with Satar and I sure hope you like it. I found his points interesting and refreshing – but the reality is that there are plenty of challenges […]

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Slosar steps up at Cathay

Cathay Pacific are one of the world’s best run airlines. Their recovery from the financial crisis and measured approach to growth has allowed them to post record full year net profits, and it is amid this scenario that John Slosar takes over as CEO this week. He replaces Tony Tyler, who joked at the airline’s […]

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What’s that New York mention, AirAsia?

AirAsia this morning is raising eyebrows with the above image it posted on its Facebook fan page. The photo carries the caption “What’s your interpretation of East meets West? To be revealed on 29th March 2011.” That begs the easy reply that AirAsia will fly to New York City through its long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X. […]

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Thailand’s Nok Air cabin crew dance

If Philippines Cebu Pacific cabin crews danced to Lady Gaga in their “Safety Dance” video, Thailand’s Nok Air joined in the dance craze with a video of its own.  Except that theirs wasn’t a “safety dance” but more of random dancing to a Thai song titled “Too Much So Much Very Much“. Oh, Nok Air’s […]

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The Garuda Indonesia model for state-owned airlines

Speaking to Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar (above) in Jakarta, I was struck by the transformation underway at the carrier. An airline was once famous for flying dodgy aircraft and dodgier service now operates dozens of new Airbus A330s and Boeing 737-800s (below). The in-flight experience and service is comparable to some of the best […]

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An aircraft for the living room

At last week’s Asian Aerospace show the Flight Daily Newsteam was tasked with covering the big news (Air China 747-8I orders, forexample) as well as filling the paper with stories about goings on in the hall. One of the individuals I met was Matteo Bulletti of DeltaInterior Design, an Italian firm that specializes in installing […]

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VIDEO: Japan’s F-2 fighters damaged in earthquake and tsunami

It appears as though up to 18 of Japan’s F-2 fighters may have been damaged in last week’s earthquake and tsunami, according to news reports. These are from the 21st Fighter Squadron, located at Matsushima Japanese Air Self Defence Force base in Miyagi prefecture. The F-2, which is manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is the […]

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