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Can an Emirates tie-up save Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed a mega codeshare deal with Emirates Airline. The commercial partnership will allow the former access to more than 90 locations in the United States, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa via Emirates Airline’s Dubai hub. MAB will terminate its own direct flights to Paris and Amsterdam along with codeshare agreements […]

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Delta Air Lines extends its wings

The saga of Japan’s bankrupt Skymark Airlines has shifted attention from the plight of the damsel in distress to the competition among prospective white knights in waiting. Delta Air Lines has emerged as the frontrunner to the rescue of the beleaguered carrier, strongly favoured by Skymark’s creditors, Airbus Group SE and aircraft leasing firm Intrepid […]

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Malaysia re-strategises: Too little, too late?

Malaysian aviation authorities are implementing new strategies to revive the fortune of the country’s beleaguered national flag carrier and its air hub standing in regional competition. Recent developments include the appointment of a new chief executive to head Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and the launch of a new airline – flymojo – to be based in […]

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Is budget long-haul but a pipe dream?

Only days after announcing plans to launch transatlantic flights in five years, Ryanair retracted its position, abandoning the plans. In a statement, it said it “has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.” This ran contrary to the earlier announced approval by its board to mount budget flights […]

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Tigerair not out of the woods

At last Tigerair is making a profit. The Singapore budget carrier reported a positive FY2014/15 third-quarter with a profit after tax of S$2.2 million (US$1.76 million), compared to a hefty loss of S$118.5 million in the previous year. The improved performance was achieved on the back of a reduction in costs by 1.5% and capacity by […]

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Is Qantas robbing Peter to pay Paul?

Qantas thinks it has found a way to respond to the pressure to reduce airfares in light of the hefty fall in the oil price (“A conscionable call as oil price plummets: Will airlines reduce airfares?“, 26th Jan, 15). Logically, and to be expected, fuel surcharge should go down. So Qantas will axe fuel surcharges […]

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Jetstar Hong Kong’s long and costly wait to fly

Twenty-one months after Qantas announced the birth of its fifth Jetstar venture in March 2012, initially in partnership with China Eastern Airlines, the airline , Jetstar Hong Kong, has yet to receive approval from the Hong Kong authorities to fly. No doubt it is a costly affair waiting, with 3 remaining Airbus A320 aircraft sitting in […]

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The big challenge of overhauling Malaysia Airlines

Whatever form it takes, change at the beleaguered Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is inevitable. The airline suffered two tragic disasters within four months of each other. The first concerned the mysterious disappearance of MH370 in March, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, resulting in a loss of 239 lives. The second involved an aircraft brought down […]

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Competing to be the best: How reliable are survey readings?

Skytrax has named Cathay Pacific as the world’s best airline in 2014, displacing last year’s winner, Emirates. In second and third place are Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines (SIA) respectively. Asian and Middle East carriers dominated the ranks of the top ten: Emirates being the 4th, Turkish Airlines 5th, All Nippon Airways 6th, Garuda Indonesia […]

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Tata-SIA Airlines: Silver lining in a dark cloud?

Two big names joining hands – Indian conglomerate Tata and internationally renowned Singapore Airlines (SIA) – cannot go wrong. So it must seem. Besides, both organisations are not new to the aviation business. The Air India that the airline industry has come to know today started as Tata Airlines in 1932. It was renamed in […]

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