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  • Flight editorial calling for open incident reporting culture wins David Learmount ERA Hank McGonagle Journalism Award

    <P><EM>David Learmount</EM>, the Operations and Safety Editor for <EM>Flight International</EM> magazine has won a prestigious journalism award for an editorial encouraging an open reporting culture about safety-related flying incidents.</P> <P>He was presented with the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) Hank McGonagle Journalism Award - which “seeks to recognise clear and objective journalistic reporting through analysis of a strategic issue facing the intra-European air transport industry” - <A href="">for his opinion article entitled Just Culture, published on 18 April</A>.</P> <P><IMG style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 10px; BORDER-TOP: 1px solid; FLOAT: left; OVERFLOW: auto; BORDER-LEFT: 1px solid; WIDTH: 200px; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px solid; HEIGHT: 300px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=14973" border=0>ERA director general Mike Ambrose, who chaired the judging, said: “David’s edi

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  • Join hands: Star carriers prepare to switch over to common IT platform

    News | 15 Jun 2007 15:12 | Colin Baker

    <P><STRONG>Star Alliance carriers are teaming up to switch over to its long-awaited common IT platform</STRONG></P> <P>Few IT projects in airline history have promised as much as the <A href="">Star</A> Alliance common platform. It was originally conceived early this decade with the aim of producing 10%-plus annual savings, increased flexibility and adaptability, as well as reduced legacy costs. </P> <P>After a slow start, not helped by the industry downturn, it was finally launched in late 2005, with <A href="">Lufthansa</A> and <A href="">United Airlines</A> signing for a system based on the Amadeus Altea IT suite. It covers reservation systems, pricing calculations, ticketing, flight schedules and availability, customer databases, inventory, revenue management, departure control, check-in and rebooking.</P> <P><A href="">Air
  • Checking in: use of kiosks, the internet and mobile telephones is on the rise

    News | 15 Jun 2007 15:12 | Colin Baker

    <P><STRONG>The use of check-in kiosks, the internet and mobile telephones, as well as older technologies such as barcodes,are gaining widespread adoption across the industry, according to the 2007 Airline IT Trends Survey</STRONG></P> <P>Not for the first time in the history of the Airline Business/SITA IT Trends Survey, yesterday's leading edge technology is fast becoming today's industry standard. This is best demonstrated by web check-in. The number of airlines that have already adopted this technology has risen from 43% last year to 53% (see chart 2). What is more impressive, perhaps, is that a further 36% of the airline industry expects to adopt web check-in over the next two years. </P> <P>Paul Coby, <A href="">SITA</A> chairman and chief information officer at <A href="">British Airways</A>, says this is something that has really caught the public's imagination. "We know from BA that people lo
  • Centre stage: IT trends survey 2007

    News | 15 Jun 2007 15:12 | Colin Baker

    <P><STRONG>IT unit costs have fallen in recent years with the introduction of new technology, but investment remains strong in areas where IT is a critical business differentiator </STRONG></P> <P>This year's Airline IT Trends survey comes at a rare time when the wider industry is enjoying a relatively prolonged period of good fortune, in contrast to many of the early years of the survey's history. The survey, produced by Airline Business and SITA, achieved 100 respondents this year and continues to offer the most comprehensive industry research of its kind.</P> <P>Since it was launched nine years ago, the survey has tracked how IT has moved closer to the centre stage in airline strategic thinking. "Technology is increasingly a differentiator," says Paul Coby, chief information officer at <A href="">British Airways</A> and chairman of <A href="">SITA</A>. </P> <P>Ed Nicol, director of information manag
  • Wizz Air plans public offering

    News | 21 May 2007 00:00 | Colin Baker

    East European budget carrier Wizz Air is planning an initial public offering (IPO), raising the stakes in its battle with SkyEurope for low-cost dominance in the fast-growing region.
  • Norwegian buys FlyNordic

    News | 21 May 2007 00:00 | Colin Baker

    Budget carrier Norwegian has significantly increased its Scandinavian footprint with the acquisition of Finnair low-cost subsidiary FlyNordic.
  • KLM targets Martinair

    News | 21 May 2007 00:00 | Colin Baker

    KLM is considering launching another attempt to buy the 50% of Martinair it doesn't already own.