Archive | January, 2008

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That Vulcan again, two ladies and their dads, and a lady and her husband, a pilot, a Tornado, and lots of well-wishers

You remember the tale of Sarah Bennett who innocently asked on Pprune “Does anyone remember my Dad?” He died in a Vulcan accident. (You can refresh your memory here.) Well, today was the day of the anniversary and below is the remarkable story of what happened.

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Reports of my injuries in the British Airways 777 crash have been greatly exaggerated

As a journalist I’m usually the one being accused of misquoting, quoting out of context, making up quotes, etc, etc, generally by people who said something to me that they afterwards regret. Well, I’ve got reasonable shorthand and I don’t often get a quote wrong – but once in a while I have misunderstood what […]

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Pictures of British Airways Boeing 777 crash at Heathrow

London-based tabloid The Sun has got hold of a remarkable picture of the moment of the impact of the British Airways 777 as it touched down short of the runway at Heathrow last week. The story that goes with it will give you a chuckle.

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Will British Airways pilots strike over OpenSkies?

I very much doubt it. You can read all about it at this special BALPA site. The boring reason is that there is considerable room for compromise, and the interesting reason is that I don’t think the pilots are up for it. (This is all about merging – or not – seniority lists; and the […]

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Remember those British Airways cool characters?

Way back in my early blogging days I wrote about the BA crew who suffered a near total loss of flight instruments in an Airbus A319 near London and happily carried on to their destination in Budapest when the fault mysteriously fixed itself. British investigators were, ahem, a mite surprised by the decision and even […]

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Analyst 1 Silverjet 1 (Extra time being played)

I think it’s fair to say that Mike Stoddart was not the highest-profile analyst in the UK before Monday this week, and in aviation nobody knew him at all. But they do now. Mr Stoddart, of Daniel Stewart Securities, is the man who this week knocked more than a quarter of the value off premium-class […]

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I’m thinking of quitting…in Spanish

Iberia at Bilbao. Tengo control! Whole sequence of pictures at DEIA.com

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I quit…in Austrian

Press release heading from Austrian Airlines: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER THOMAS KLEIBL TAKES INITIATIVE IN AMICABLE CANCELLATION OF HIS BOARD OF MANAGEMENT CONTRACT So that’s cleared that up then.

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Airbus loses 2007 orders war – but is there a PR truce?

I confess to being genuinely surprised by this, Airbus’ 2007 numbers are out and they’ve come in at 1,341 net orders versus Boeing’s previously announced 1,413. The gross figures are 1,458 for Airbus and 1,423 for Boeing – but presumably the detail that will shortly be available will show that all the jiggery-pokery with the […]

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BA’s OpenSkies blog off to a cracking start

Choosing to launch its mainland European subsidiary OpenSkies through the medium of a blog looks to be paying off nicely for British Airways – a day later they’ve got 53 comments! And they’re virtually all positive, some wildly so.

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