News Listings for Berlin Schoenefeld

  • Under the wing: germanwings' Joachim Klein and Andreas Bierwirth

    News | 24 May 2006 23:00

    <P><STRONG><STRONG>By Jackie Thompson and Mark Pilling in London&nbsp; Photography&nbsp;by Etienne de Malglaive</STRONG></STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Although the leaders of germanwings insist they are not Lufthansa puppets, it is clear there are strong links between the low-cost carrier and its parent </STRONG></P> <P>Only a handful of carriers have tried to make the jump from the regional to the low-cost model. Some are flourishing, but others have failed. The UK’s flybe and Ireland’s Aer Arann are making a decent job of it, but US player Independence Air collapsed. Another notable European experiment is more than holding its own in a toughening market. That experiment is the brainchild of German regional Eurowings, with its germanwings offshoot and with Lufthansa as its mothership.</P> <P> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=445 bgColor=#ffffff align=center> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG border=1 alt=IT13_W445 src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=12783" width=445 height=343>
  • Berlin charges unfair

    News | 01 Dec 2004 00:00

    <p>Leisure carrier Air Berlin has won a court case against easyJet and Berlin Schoenefeld airport over alleged unfair charges for the UK low-cost airline. Schoenefeld management must now either increase easyJet's charges or reduce those of Air Berlin to ensure equal treatment.</p>
  • Terminal case case

    News | 01 Dec 2004 00:00

    <p>More airports are making the argument to segregate their traffic by building low-cost terminals, but can they be profitable and what is the effect on network carriers?</p> <p>For an increasing band of airports, the introduction of a low-cost terminal is seen as the most positive strategy to capture low-fare carrier business. However, it is a strategy that has its detractors. Some airport operators have been criticised by their incumbent mainline carriers - such as Air France at Geneva - for cross-subsidising the development of these new terminals with revenue from the existing ones. Others allege that an airport may be in danger of undermining its core network by encouraging low-fare airlines to develop at the risk of losing some full-service flights.</p> <p>But for airports that are taking this route the motivation is simple. They want to offer a lower-cost product that attracts new customers as market conditions change. "We don't see any reason why airports should be the unique
  • Ryanair threatens fight over Charleroi

    News | 01 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>Ryanair has come out fighting as it confirmed a leak from the European Commission (EC) that Brussels will almost certainly rule that the carrier benefited from illegal state aid when setting up a base at Brussels Charleroi. </p> <p>Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary warns he will shut down the carrier's Charleroi base pending an appeal if the EC comes down heavily against Ryanair. Virgin Express, the low-cost carrier based at Brussels International, says it will happily replace Ryanair if this happens. </p> <p>O'Leary says he will also enter into talks with Charleroi airport and its owner, the Walloon regional government, with a view to privatising the airport should the decision go against Ryanair. A deal could then be struck along similar lines to the original deal drawn up in 2000, but bypassing the issue of state subsidy. </p> <p>O'Leary believes, however, that Ryanair has grounds for an appeal on the basis that Charleroi complied with the market investor principle tha
  • Raising cain

    News | 10 Nov 1999 00:00

    <p>The paperless cockpit and passenger cabin will soon be a reality if the Rockwell Collins/Condor-led Integrated Information System (I²S) programme shows the future of airline communications. </p> <p>A marvellous but obvious idea - applying the universal components of the ground-based computer industry to airline communications. Such information management systems linking an aircraft-based intranet to airline terminal area databases could be the must-have solution to growing airline communication problems. </p> <p>The potential for wireless gatelink-type technology is huge, with applications in all areas - from cockpit, cabin and maintenance operations to ground handling, passenger communications and in-flight entertainment. The technology's proponents make big promises for the systems, ranging from greater operational efficiency to more enjoyable flights for passengers, thanks to new entertainment and communication options. </p> <p>Applying ground-based information technology to t
  • Rockwell Collins heads for I²S first

    News | 10 Nov 1999 00:00

    <p>Rockwell Collins and Lufthansa affiliate Condor expect to receive German certification of the Integrated Information System (I2S) by mid-November. Certification, which follows a successful test flight on a Condor A320 in September, will pave the way for the launch of a year-long operational trial of the advanced information management system from next month. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Rockwell Collins and Condor were demonstrating the system to Lufthansa's fellow Star Alliance members on 4 November with a view to expanding airline involvement in the programme. </p> <p>Two Condor A320s are already equipped and a third has been wired for I2S, while the rest of the eight-strong A320 fleet will undergo installations from next March. </p> <p>The Condor Aircraft Integrated Network (CAIN) project, which is in conjunction with Lufthansa, is designed to test technologies linking an aircraft-based intranet to airline terminal area databases. I2S technology offers flight crew, cabin crew, maintenan