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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ryanair ups stake in Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus chief Dermot Mannion has confirmed that rival Irish airline Ryanair has increased its stake in his firm from 19% to 25%.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Vietnam Airlines to get more planes and try e-ticket

Vietnam Airlines has said that it expects to add 21 more planes to its fleet and will trial e-ticketing on its Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route.


Saturday, November 25, 2006

BA will review uniform policy after crucifix row

British Airways is set to review its uniform policy in the face of a public outcry over its refusal to allow a Christian check-in worker to wear a crucifix over her uniform.


Friday, November 24, 2006

Airlines must give snacks if flight delayed

The Indian government has instructed airlines to provide refreshments to passengers whose flights are delayed by winter fog.


Southwest Airlines boosts one-way fares

Southwest Airlines has raised the price of one-way tickets from $3 to $10 in an effort to offset higher fuel costs. (page not found)

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Leaders discuss Alitalia future

French President Jacques Chirac and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi will discuss the future of the loss-making Italian airline, Alitalia.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

International group makes a move for Qantas

Qantas Airways has announced it has been approached by a consortium that includes the Macquarie Bank and Texas Pacific Group, driving the share price up by more than 20 per cent.


New blow for Ryanair takeover bid

Ryanair's takeover approach of Aer Lingus has effectively been ended by a key shareholder group's decision to reject the rival airline's offer.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Airlines shower perks on big spenders

Lufthansa is one of several airlines providing additional perks to those offered in the usual airline loyalty programs.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Jetstar approved for flights to Asia

Low cost airline Jetstar has been cleared to begin flights into Asia this week after gaining approval to fly its Airbus A330-200 internationally.


Virgin Blue denies flirting

Virgin Blue has denied seeking an alliance with Air New Zealand after the Kiwi carrier's failed trans-Tasman deal with Qantas.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Air France mulls budget service

Air France is mulling over plans for a French launch of, the budget airline currently operating out of the Netherlands.


Air Canada Shares Decline in First Day of Trading After IPO

Air Canada shares have dropped by as much as 5.2 per cent after the company raised C$200 million in the largest public offering by a North American carrier in three years.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

US Airways bid spurned despite Delta blues

US Airways has made a hostile bid to merge with Delta Airlines.


JFK-DC jet has 100 percent late record

Comair Flight 5283 from JFK to Washington Reagan National Airport had a 100 per cent late record in September, with Comair delays worsening as its parent company, Delta descends into deeper financial turmoil.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

EasyJet profits take off

European budget carrier EasyJet has announced that it will expand its fleet with more Airbus planes after it posted a 56 per cent jump in annual profits. (page not found)



Austrian becomes first European airline to fly to Iraq

Austrian Airlines will be the first European airline to operate services into Iraq, with flights scheduled from 11 December 2006.

Monday, November 13, 2006

BA ups stakes in bed wars

British Airways will spend £100 million on installing wider beds, improving in-flight entertainment and revamping its interior design in business class cabins

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Air Zimbabwe suspends London flights over debt

Air Zimbabwe has suspended flights to Britian amid concerns that its planes will be seized in order to recover a $2.8 million debt.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Emirates soars 29% in first half

Emirates Airlines has reported a 29 per cent jump in profit to $421 million for the six months to September 30.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Emirates 'to debut mobile calls'

Passengers flying with Emirates will be able to make in-flight mobile phone calls from as early as January 2007.


Ryanair ad goes back into hangar

The Advertising Standards Authority has grounded a Ryanair advertisement offering £0 flights for failing to include non-optional extra taxes and charges.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express becomes Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines, the new airline resulting from the merger between SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express, will take to the skies from March 2007.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Mango sales equal 430 airplanes

African budget carrier Mango has sold 80 000 tickets in five days - the equivalent of 430 aircraft at capacity - quickly achieving its goal of 'stimulating competition in the domestic air travel market', the group said.



Saturday, November 04, 2006

Aer Lingus vows to resist any offer from Ryanair

Aer Lingus has vowed to remain independent in the face of a hostile takeover bid from Irish rival Ryanair.

Friday, November 03, 2006

BA in headlong retreat from UK airports

British Airways has sold its regional carrier BA Connect to low cost rival Flybe, cutting its services from Birmingham, Bristol, Inverness, Belfast, Southampton and Isle of Man airports. (page not found)

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Virgin Blue order Brazilian Embraer jets

VIRGIN Blue have ordered 20 new jets from Brazilian supplier Embraer in a AUD$950 million deal.

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