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Who wants to be a millionaire?

Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s billionaires is out and it’s badnews for India’s flamboyant airline tycoons, Jet Airways’ Naresh Goyaland Kingfisher Airlines’ Vijay Mallya. Both have been downgraded to the rank of multi-millionaire.A year ago Forbes estimated Goyal’s (pictured right) net worth at $1.4 billion but itsays this has fallen by around $1.1 billion […]

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Cathay says sorry over missed-flight breakdown

Cathay Pacific Airways has admitted that one of its employees took the now-famous video of the female passenger who had a breakdown at Hong Kong airport last month after missing her flight. If you haven’t already seen the video you can find it by reading on. It had been widely assumed that a Cathay employee […]

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PICTURE: AirAsia to sponsor Man U jersey?

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia may become Manchester United’s next shirt sponsor.Here is a photo of what it could look like, care of AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes who posted the snap on his personal blog after being approached by the EPL team. Fernandes suggests on his blog that a deal is unlikely to take place but […]

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Siam Sunray

Thailand’s tourism authority and its hotel association have launched a national drink called the Siam Sunray in an effort to boost the country’s travel and tourism sector, which has been taking a beating. With ongoing political troubles that have led to revolving door governments starting with a military coup in 2006, many foreigners have been […]

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VIDEO: Anger management – interpreted

For those who couldn’t understand what the Youtube star who went nuts after missing her flight at Hong Kong airport was saying, here is a version with English subtitles. Enjoy.

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It could have been me

Singapore Airlines celebrated the carriage of its one millionth Airbus A380 passenger yesterday and I’m not bitter that it wasn’t me. Really, I’m very pleased for Mr Royston Pollard, who along with his wife Eileen won an upgrade to business class, a three-night stay at Singapore’s famous Raffles Hotel and plenty of other nice gifts. […]

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Anger management

I thought I got upset once when I missed a flight but this lady takes the cake. She missed her flight at Hong Kong International Airport and her breakdown is now a Youtube hit. It’s all in Cantonese but even if you don’t understand what she’s saying you’ll get the message.

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When an airline route cut hits home

We journalists often have to relay bad news and of late the bad news on the economic front has been piling up. Generally though, we don’t feel the effects of, say, an airline route cut – or spend even a moment to consider its real-life impact on those affected.That changed for me this weekend as […]

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Chinese consolidation talks begin

It’s happening. After months of speculation that more consolidation is set to come to the Chinese airline market, Air China has confirmed that its parent company is in talks to acquire some or all of much smaller East Star Airlines. (For more see the story below from our on-line news service Air Transport Intelligence). East […]

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AirAsia hits back

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia is fighting back. The airline has been embroiled in controversy since last month when it was revealed that the government had quietly given it and local conglomerate Sime Darby approval to build an all-new airport outside Kuala Lumpur. Many, including Malaysia’s former prime minister, have questioned whether it is necessary, as […]

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