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Amazing how Chapter 11 concentrates the mind

Well it didn’t take long for the people now running Delta Air Lines to conclude that including a “low-cost” airline in their plans wasn’t a great way to get themselves back out of Chapter 11. Whatever else about that much maligned process, it does confront managers with the reality of what they’ve been doing wrong. […]

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Aeroflot’s big prize

Every so often major airlines find themselves in an immensely powerful position: they have a purchase choice between the aircraft of two manufacturers, either of which would do the job, but both of which have serious politics riding on them. Right now that’s Aeroflot. Next week the Russian flag-carrier is due to commit the best […]

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Blogging from 25,000ft

Flight International Senior Reporter Justin Wastnage posts from a Connexion by Boeing demonstration… At 25,000ft your correspondent has had his second experience of Connexion by Boeing live internet. sure the glitches from last October’s flight above the puget sound have been ironed out, but live TV took about six downloads to get to work. The […]

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Vie with Dubai

[Flight International Editor Murdo Morrison writes:] Like some create your own city state computer game, Dubai is building at a breathtaking pace: the Gulf sheikdom is constructing the tallest tower block, awesome resort hotels, a theme park bigger than Disneyworld, a new motorway, a “media city” and a second international airport, and all in the […]

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Trading places?

[Flight International Editor Murdo Morrison writes:] Which Western airline chief wouldn’t fancy being Akbar Al-Baker for a bit? The Qatar Airways boss has no stroppy unions, press or city shareholders to contend with, one of the shiniest new fleets in the world and is adding routes at the rate of almost 10 a year. When […]

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The valediction of Rod the god

So many people wanted to be there for Sir Rod Eddington’s farewell speech at the UK’s Aviation Club lunch at London’s Institute of Directors last Thursday that they had to squeeze in an extra place at each table. Someone joked that this was probably the first time the airline executives in attendance had experienced what […]

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Jetblue in the goldfish bowl

Well, it finally happened. Passengers on the JetBlue A320 that landed with a cocked nosewheel in America yesterday were able to watch live TV coverage of themselves during virtually the whole incident. Fittingly enough this quintessentially 21st century event took place in the entertainment capital of the world - Los Angeles. For sheer in-flight weirdness this […]

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European Commission needs clearer thinking on passenger rights

I absolutely support European Commission moves to protect the rights of passengers – it’s good for the passengers and good for the airlines. The fact is that entry hurdles to the airline industry are amazingly low, which is why so many go bust. It’s true that the constant flow of new entries keeps fares down, […]

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BA’s perfect storm

Everybody is surprised at how this tiny dispute was able to leap from one little-known company to a major flag-carrier in a few hours and then bring the giant to its knees within minutes – rather like a computer virus. But it doesn’t take much. Behind the Gate Gourmet dispute is the chronically deficient business […]

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Air France 358 and the media

It has been a while since a major world airline operating a state-of-the art aircraft has been involved in an accident sufficiently telegenic for the 24h news media to stay with it for a day. Telegenic maybe, but thankfully the Air France flight AF358 accident was not tragic – nobody on board or on the […]

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