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International Airlines Group partnership works

The success of International Airlines Group (IAG) in the last two to three years is proof that its strategic partnership works. The group, made up originally of British Airways (BA) and Spanish carrier Iberia and subsequently Vueling which is a budget operator, was joined by Aer Lingus in August this year. Excluding Aer Lingus, IAG […]

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What conclusions can one draw in an airlines survey?

The industry continues to be fascinated by rankings of the world’s best airlines, although the results of most surveys – take away some bias here and there – are quite predictable and almost similar across the board. The winners by and large boast excellent cabin service, great food, comprehensive in-flight entertainment and innumerable choices, more generous […]

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Making sense of ultra long-haul flights

Once upon a time, the honour of flying the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight belonged to Singapore Airlines (SIA). That was in June 2004 when SIA launched its non-stop service from Singapore to New York Newark, a journey of 19 hours on the Airbus A340-500 jet covering a distance of 9,535 miles. SIA had earlier […]

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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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A conscionable call as oil price plummets: Will airlines reduce airfares?

As the oil price plummets – some 55% since June last year – the question top most in the mind of the consumer must be: Will airlines reduce airfares? Many of them have chosen to be silent on the subject, the reason being that the historical volatility of the market is such that the trend can […]

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Boeing eyes 2018 launch for New Small Airplane

2018 launch, 2024/25 entry into service: internal target CFM, Rolls-Royce & Pratt & Whitney started work: sources “No moonshots”: CNRP not an option, CFRP fuselage eyed Out-of-autoclave (OoA) technology key enabler for NSA 4,000nm, 200-seat mission for NSA 737 MAX 9’s 286 orders lag A321neo’s 709; 737-900ER’s 515 lag A321ceo’s 1,545 737 MAX has 2,412 […]

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Air India joins Star Alliance: How will it benefit?

No more pussy-footing. Air India becomes a member of Star Alliance from July 11, 2014, joining a global network of 26 airlines that include founders Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International and Untied Airlines. Other airlines that have since joined the alliance include Air China, Air New Zealand (ANZ), All Nippon Airways (ANA), […]

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ANA aims to soar on the wings within

ANA’s network rebalancing key to narrowing gap with JAL Fuel costs increased by ¥66.2 billion for ANA in FY2013, only ¥37 billion for JAL ANA’s maintenance & depreciation cost significantly higher than JAL’s Negatively impacted operating profit by ¥89.1 billion in FY2013 ANA’s new plan places its CASK at ¥8.22, below JAL’s ¥8.3 by FY2016 […]

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Interview: Song Hoi See, chief executive of Plaza Premium Lounge

There was a time when only first and business class passengers were privileged to be pampered at airport lounges before their flights. These were managed by the airlines themselves. The Plaza Premium Lounge has extended that privilege to all passengers who wish to avail themselves of a similar facility, whatever class of travel and whichever […]

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High costs, shifting demand driving United’s Cleveland de-hubbing

Earlier this month, Chicago-based United Airlines announced that it would be de-hubbing its operation at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, finally following through on a move that had been expected by analysts since the carrier merged with Continental Airlines in 2010. The de-hubbing will see Cleveland lose 36% of its capacity and service decline from roughly 200 […]

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