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  • Air France ponders Damascus, Amman routes

    News | 16 Oct 2001 16:57 | Updesh Kapur

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Air France is reviewing the future of its Paris flights to Damascus and Amman following a slump in demand following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The airline admitted to low passenger numbers on the two routes, operated by Airbus A320s in a three-class configuration. An Air France spokeswoman says a decision would be taken on whether to continue the services or suspend them. The airline serves Amman four times a week from the French capital with a further three weekly flights to Damascus.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Another operator, British Airways franchise carrier British Mediterranean Airways – which has an extensive Middle East operation -
  • R-R board meets this week amid job cuts speculation

    News | 15 Oct 2001 18:26 | Updesh Kapur

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>UK aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce (R-R) is to hold a board meeting on 18 October amid speculation that up to 4,000 job losses could be announced as part of a cost-cutting programme in the wake of the US terrorist atrocities.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>The tough operating environment, compounded by the events of 11 September, has forced the aerospace and defence engine giant to review its global business strategy. Already a string of manufacturers have announced job cuts in the light of the decline, but a company spokesman is not commenting on speculation in UK newspapers yesterday that the manufacturer will be forced to cut some 3,000 to
  • Slowdown drags Hong Kong traffic down

    News | 15 Oct 2001 17:18 | Updesh Kapur

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Passenger and cargo traffic at Hong Kong International Airport declined steeply this September, though the airport authority attributes declining passenger numbers to the economic slowdown rather than as a result of last month’s terror attacks in the USA.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Figures released by Hong Kong’s airport authority reveal passenger numbers fell 7.2% to 2.59m and cargo fell 10.1% to 182,000 tonnes compared with the same month last year. However it reveals that aircraft movements increased 6.9% to 16,590 during the same period.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The authority suggests that the US attacks had only a “minor effect” on its business, despite US airports being closed f
  • Air France, BA confirm resumption of Concorde flights

    News | 15 Oct 2001 15:25 | Updesh Kapur

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde operators British Airways (BA) and Air France have confirmed that they are to resume supersonic passenger flights to New York on November 7.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>While the carriers are relaunching Concorde operations simultaneously, BA’s first commercial passenger flight will actually be on 9 November. Corporate customers and media will be invited on the flights on 7 and 8 November. The French carrier says its customers will be able to buy tickets for the 7 November flight from Paris to New York.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Air France suspended Concorde operations after the fatal crash of one of its New York-bound Concordes soon after take-off from Paris in July last year, while BA
  • BA, Air France quiet on 7 November Concorde return

    News | 15 Oct 2001 12:21 | Updesh Kapur

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>British Airways (BA) and Air France are not commenting on widespread reports that the two carriers will resume commercial BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde flights on November 7, though the French company says an announcement regarding its plans is imminent.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Air France stopped operating Concorde flights following the fatal crash of one of its aircraft in Paris in July last year, while BA suspended its Concorde services shortly before the UK CAA withdrew the aircraft’s certificate of airworthiness (CoA).</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>BA would not confirm that Concorde flights will resume on 7 November, while a spokeswoman for Air France said only that both airlines would resume supersonic service
  • Virgin upgrades onboard security

    News | 15 Oct 2001 11:53 | Updesh Kapur

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Virgin Atlantic Airways has unveiled plans for sweeping improvements to onboard and airport security in a direct response to last month’s terrorist attacks in the USA.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Additional cockpit doors with digital locks, closed circuit television and enhanced baggage and passenger screening are to be implemented. Virgin says the new security doors would be fitted from early next year and would also be bullet, heat and shock proof.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>But as an interim measure, the airline is pressing the UK Civil Aviation Authority to follow the lead of its US counterpart the FAA, and allow the immediate fitting of security bars on flight deck doors.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNorm