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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

EasyJet eyes expansion at Brussels airport

Budget carrier EasyJet is planning to expand its operations at Brussels Airport after starting a service to Geneva at the end of June.


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EADS board agrees on Airbus restructure

The board of the European and Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has approved the Power8 restructure plan for Airbus, which it says will lead to EBIT contributions of 2.1 billion euros ($A3.5 billion) in 2010 and additional 5 billion euros of cumulative cash flow from 2007 to 2010.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Snow Forces JetBlue to Cancel 66 Flights

JetBlue has cancelled 66 flights due to snowfall, putting its new customer bill of rights to the test. (page not found)

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

EU to ban Pakistan airlines planes

The European Union is set to block all but seven of Pakistan International Airlines' 40-plane fleet from flying to Europe because of safety concerns.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Budget airline grounded after plane cracked

The Indonesian government has grounded low cost airline Adam Air's Boeing 737-300s after one cracked through the middle of the passenger section during a hard landing.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Decks cleared for Air India-Indian Airlines merger

The merging of Air India and Indian Airlines sets the stage for the creation of a mega airline that could take on the likes of Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

BA chooses Boeing for new planes

British Airways will purchase four 777-200s to add to its fleet of long-haul aircraft after choosing Boeing over Airbus.

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Frills add substance for Virgin

Virgin Blue's shift from being purely a low cost carrier is proving to be a lucrative move, with the airline predicting a 60 per cent rise in annual profits.

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New airline hub proposed for Central Australia

Alice Springs could become Australia's international air hub under a proposal to alleviate congestion at existing capital city airports.

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'Unlucky' airline logo grounded

Brussels Airlines has changes its logo of 13 dots that made up the letter 'B' after a flood of complaints from superstitious passengers.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Virgin Blue considers new low cost model

Virgin Blue is set to launch an international carrier in the face of intense competition in the aviation industry.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

JetBlue cancels flights, to present 'Bill of Rights'

After cancelling nearly a quarter of its weekend flights and with more flight disruptions to come, JetBlue says it plans to install its own customer 'Bill of Rights', penalising itself and rewarding passengers if it doesn't adjust to cancellations.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Indian Airlines to start Melbourne Australia route

Indian Airlines will fly to Melbourne Australia from November 1 2007. India's largest airline will fly from five cities - New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Calcutta and Bangalore - to Melbourne via Singapore.

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Vote for the world's best Frequent Flyer Program

The Freddie Awards ranks airline, hotel and credit card loyalty programs. Voting is open to the public. The awards are considered by the airline industry as the most important one of its kind.

Vote online for the world's best airline loyalty programme. Voting is open from January 15 until February 28, 2007.

Winners will be announced on April 26, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Qatar Airways 'Best Airline in Middle East'

Qatar Airways has been voted Best Airline in the Middle East by readers of the prestigious Global Traveller magazine.

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Tiger Airways Australian Expansion

Singapore based low cost airline Tiger Airways is about to expand its opeations to Australia. The airline is conducting a survey on their website to find where to fly to in Australia. Vote for your selection here:

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

For sale: the airline that loses £1m a day

A shortlist of potential buyers for the struggling Italian national carrier Alitalia is expected to be revealed today by the Italian treasury.

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BA grants passengers temporary baggage reprieve

Economy passengers on British Airways flights were today granted a temporary reprieve from the £240 excess baggage charge announced by the airline last week.

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Australian airports queue up to catch Tiger

Tiger Airways has applied to become the Australia's next domestic carrier, and the country's airports are scrambling for the right to host the low-cost airline.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Aer Lingus Links Up With Jet Blue

Aer Lingus has announced it will form an online partnership with US budget carrier Jet Blue which will be available to passengers from late September. (Page not found)

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Jetstar booking deal melts down website

A '22,000 Seats for $22' online special sent Jetstar's website into meltdown after the sale was announced to the airline's 300,000 email subscribers.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

BA to charge £240 for extra bag

British Airways is planning to charge passengers up to £240 for checking in an extra bag on a return long-haul flight, a move that some commentators say could damage BA's image as a full-service carrier.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

EasyJet predicts 50% growth in profits

EasyJet's first quarter revenues have risen 15 per cent, with passenger numbers rising by 10 per cent, as it joins its close rival Ryanair in predicing a strong financial performance this year.

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Ryanair threatens pilots with sack

Ryanair has issued a statement reinforcing its commitment to safety after reports that pilots had made dangerous approaches to airports.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

BA cabin crew accuse T&G union boss of 'selling out' over strike

British Airways cabin crew are reportedly furious over what they see as the failure of union negotiators to extract sufficient concessions from the airline's management.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Russian low cost airline Sky Express commences operations

Sky Express, Russia's first low cost airline, has commenced operations on the 29th of January with a flight from Moscow to Sochi.

Fares are currently being advertised on their website starting from 500 roubles, including tax (approx 14.50 euros).

Sky Express

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Qantas in $200m price fix case

A $200 million class action will be brought against Qantas, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, JAL and British Airways for an alleged global price fixing cartel in the international freight industry.

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