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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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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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Delta loss shows availability key to Boeing’s widebody strategy

Boeing stretches 777-9X fuselage from 76.5m to 76.7m: exclusive Airlines, most likely Emirates, asking for more seats on 777X: sources Boeing to announce more seats on 777-9X in Q2 2015: sources 777X de-icing can only take place at Code F stands with FWT down 787-9 OEW 277,000lbs is 11,000lbs lighter than A330-900neo’s 288,000lbs 787-8 OEW […]

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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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IAG’s performance augurs well for industry

While Ryanair paints a gloomy picture of the future of aviation out of London, warning that the market will soften resulting in dip of profits despite expected falls in fares, British Airways (BA) all but dispels that as a myth. International Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh even went as far as suggesting that it was a publicity ploy

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It’s the age of mega carriers: Will Air France-KLM raise its stake in ailing Alitalia?

Alitalia is fighting bankruptcy as its shareholders initiate efforts to raise funds in light of its main fuel supplier threatening to cut off supply. The Italian postal service will contribute €75 million (US$101.6 million) to the rescue package of €500 million.

Meanwhile, Air France-KLM – already the biggest shareholder of the beleaguered airline – waits to see if it should increase,

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Third time lucky for Singapore Airlines’ pursuit of Indian dream

At last, some excitement from Singapore Airlines (SIA) which appears to have been for too long biding its time on the sideline. The airline announced its joint venture (JV) with Tata Sons to set up a new airline to be based in New Delhi, India. SIA will own 49% and Tata Sons the rest of the proposed full-service airline. The

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