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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

US Airways withdraws Delta Bid

US Airways has withdrawn its $9.8 billion takeover bid for Delta Air Lines after creditors endorsed Delta's plan to remain independent.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Alitalia boosted by sell-off news

Alitalia shares have risen by 3.56 per cent with news that 11 potential buyers have expressed interest in the troubled Italian airline.

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Fears over inflation-busting BA pay deal

British Airways have agreed to an inflation-busting pay rise for its cabin crew to avoid strike action, which may be causing concerns at the Bank of England whose Governor last week warned pay negotiators against seeking 'self-defeating' wage increases.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

BA strike cancelled

A 48-hour strike by British Airways cabin crew planned for Tuesday and Wednesday has been called off with BA and the Transport & General Workers Union agreeing to a settlement. (page not found)

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Ryanair retracts emissions claim

Budget carrier Ryanair, which describes itself as Europe's greenest, cleanest airline, has retracted a claim that it had cut emissions of carbon dioxide by half over the past five years.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Result of BA strike talks awaited

The outcome of last ditch talks between British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh and Transport & General Workers Union boss Tony Woodley will be revealed on Friday morning.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

BA strike shuts down Heathrow Gatwick

No British Airways passengers will be able to fly out of Heathrow from 12.01am Tuesday January 30 to 11.59pm Wednesday January 31, with BA canceling 1300 flights after talks to avert strike action failed. (page not found)

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Silverjet begins London - New York route

Business class only carrier Silverjet began its first route between London and New York today, offering passengers a check in time of just 30 minutes while also introducing a mandatory carbon contribution within its fares to offset emissions.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Virgin lures home buyers with free-flight offer

Home buyers who take out their mortgage with Virgin Money will be entitled to two economy airfares with Virgin Blue.

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United Air earnings experience turbulence

UAL has reported a quarterly loss of $61 million, or 55 cents per share, after snowstorms affected operations in its Chicago and Denver hubs. (page not found)

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Air France KLM snub Alitalia report

Air France KLM had 'absolutely no comment' in response to reports it had decided against making a bid for struggling Italian carrier, Alitalia.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

BA cabin crew to strike

Up to 11 000 British Airways cabin crew workers will stage a three-day strike after negotiations with BA management broke down.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Delta Seeks OK for Atlanta-China Route

Delta Airlines has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to launch nonstop flights between Atlanta and China. (page not found)

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Singapore Girl ready for a new look?

Singapore Airlines has invited bids from agencies to update their advertising campaign, which could spell the end of the iconic 'Singapore Girl'.

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Northwest apologises to Hajj pilgrims

Northwest Airlines has apologised to a group of Hajj pilgrims who were barred from a flight to Detroit, but has denied its actions were discriminatory.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Qantas reduces fuel surcharge

Qantas passengers will benefit from the 25 per cent drop in jet fuel prices, with the airline announcing today that it would pass on fuel savings to its customers on Australian and New Zealand flights, and some international flights.

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HLX and Hapagfly merge to become TUIfly

German low cost airlines HLX and Hapagfly have merged to become TUIfly. TUI now operates the third-largest German fleet after Lufthansa and Air Berlin.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Iberia to open Washington and Boston routes if labour talks succeed

Spanish flag carrier, Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA has announced it will open routes to Boston and Washington DC if it can successfully negotiate productivity and salary agreements with its pilots union.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

BA staff vote for strike action

British Airways employees have voted in favor of strike action in a dispute over sick leave, pay and staffing.

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Investors back Japan Airlines business plan

Shares of Japan Airlines closed on a six month high after it revealed plans to ask banks for 60bn yen to help pay debts.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Tiger Airways to fly Perth to Singapore

Singaporean budget carrier Tiger Airways will fly between Singapore and Perth starting March 23 with return fares from $300.

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Strike in the wings at BA as relations hit 'worst for a decade'

British Airways' pension deficit row is still unresolved, and with staff angry at the 'imposition' of new working terms the airline faces potential strike action in the coming weeks. (page not found)

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

US Airways raises bid for reluctant Delta by 20%

US Airways has raised its hostile takeover for rival carrier Delta by 20%, moving closer to a deal that would create the world's largest airline.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

SAS stocks rise on rumours of Lufthansa takeover

Shares of Nordic airline owner SAS have soared with talk that German airline Lufthansa is interested in purchasing the carrier.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Government yet to decide on Qantas

Australia's acting Prime Minister Mark Vaile has said that no decision has been made on whether the Government will attach specific conditions to the $11 billion takeover bid for Qantas.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Long-haul budget airline unveiled

A new budget long-haul airline has been unveiled - a joint venture between Air Asia and Fly Asian Express - to be launched in July to destinations in India, China and Europe.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Italian Investor Alazraki to Discuss Alitalia Bid

Italian businessman Paolo Alazraki has confirmed that he is leading a group of investors ready to bid for troubled airline Alitalia.

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Delta Air Seeks to Buy 30 Bombardier Regional Jets

Despite its bankruptcy status, Delta Air Lines, the third largest mainline carrier in the United States, plans to buy 30 76-seat CRJ900 jets to feed its hub airports as it moves closer to exiting court protection.

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AirAsia shares fly high

Shares in budget carrier AirAsia have surged more than seven per cent after speculation it is to launch an alliance with Virgin and EasyJet.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ryanair sues France over work law

Ryanair is suing the French government, claiming new labor laws are restricting its operations.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Virgin, EasyJet, AirAsia forging long-haul alliance

Three of the world's best known budget airlines are in discussions to form a Malaysian based low cost global alliance.

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