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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Singapore wins airline of the year

Singapore Airlines is named as winner of the prestigious Airline of the Year title, top honour of the 2007 World Airline Awards.

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Air NZ soars on currency highs

Air New Zealand continues to fly high, filling more seats and gaining enormous benefits from the high NZ dollar.



Northwest Airlines flight cancellation rate soars

Northwest Airlines Corp. canceled an unusually high number of flights over the weekend, blaming a spike in pilot absenteeism for the disruption. (page not found)

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Northwest cancels flights for lack of pilots

Northwest Airlines Corp. cancelled as many as 200 flights over the weekend, pointing to empty cockpits as the culprit.

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EU to send team to observe Indonesian airlines

Transportation Minister Jusman Syafei Jamal said the European Union would send a team to observe directly the conditions of Indonesian airlines in connection with its ban on Indonesian airplanes from flying to its airspace.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Air India May Buy 60 More Planes to Tap Travel Demand

Air India Ltd., which is already buying new planes to spruce up its fleet, plans to order another 60 aircraft to meet rising demand for air travel in the world's second-fastest growing major economy.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Singapore Airlines raises fuel surcharge

Singapore Airlines, the world's biggest airline by stock market value, said on Thursday that it would raise the surcharge on tickets due to rising jet fuel prices in recent months.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Work is hell at airline Italians love to hate

Working for a failing airline many Italians love to hate is never easy, but some harassed Alitalia staff say a dud privatisation has pushed their working lives to a new low.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Airline offers $1 Sydney-Melbourne fares

Australia's airfare wars continued today with budding South Pacific carrier Norfolk Air announcing $1 fares from Sydney to Melbourne - including taxes.

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Singapore Airlines to Auction Seats Online for Inaugural Airbus 380 Flight

The clamor for seats on board the world's biggest passenger aircraft - the Airbus A380 - has prompted Singapore Airlines to auction seats on the Internet for its inaugural flight later this year.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Qantas launches new international passenger class and logo

Qantas has launched a new class for economy passengers travelling on long-haul flights and revealed a new version of its iconic flying kangaroo logo.

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New low-cost airline may offer $11 London fare

New long-distance budget airline Air Asia X says it will announce its first Australian destination within days. Promotional fares would include $US10 ($11.30) flights to London on selected flights, but regular fares would still be significantly cheaper than full service carriers.

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Australia's Jetstar eyes major Airbus order

Qantas Airways Ltd's low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, said on Tuesday it was looking at making a large order for Airbus A320 aircraft to meet its growth plans for Australia and Asia.

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X marks the spot for AirAsia

AirAsia X plans to announce its first international destination tomorrow, amid growing speculation Avalon Airport near Geelong could be the first port of call for the new long-haul arm of Asia's largest budget airline.

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Virgin Blue launches US flights

Virgin Blue today launched the name of its new long haul international airline, V Australia, which it plans will take to the skies by the end of next year.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Qantas' new logo revealed

Qantas' new logo has been revealed, with some subtle but clear differences to the existing tail design, in use for more than 20 years.

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£40 Green charge looms for flights after airlines 'fail over carbon footprints'

Passengers should pay a "green tax" on airfares to combat the damage to the environment caused by increased flying, an influential Westminster committee said last night.

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The Singapore air rights debate

AirAsia Bhd boss Datuk Tony Fernandes believes Malaysia has more to gain than Singapore if the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air sector is open to competition.

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Jetstar makes emergency landing in Bali

A Jetstar flight from Bangkok to Melbourne has been forced to make an unscheduled landing at Bali's Denpasar Airport. (page not found)

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MPs attack British Airways for 'risible' attitude to carbon offsetting

The airline industry has "a diverse and generally unsatisfactory attitude" to carbon offsetting, a report from MPs says today.

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UK removes Iran airline's licence

The UK has suspended Iranian airline Mahan Air's operating permit on safety grounds, the Department for Transport (DfT) has said.

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A new era in first class travel

The Indian airline Jet Airways wants to become a top-five carrier; so it's just launched the world's most extravagant first class.

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Plane from NYC lands safely in Virginia despite problem

An American Airlines plane from New York landed safety at Norfolk International Airport early Friday after having hydraulic problems. (page not found)

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Pilots' protest disrupts Olympic Airlines flights

Flights by national carrier Olympic Airlines were delayed by up to two hours Friday, following industrial action by the company's pilots, the airline and Athens International Airport said.

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United Airlines plans daily nonstop flights between China, California

United Airlines will apply to begin daily, nonstop air service between China and two California cities, said the company's Beijing office.

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Air China Plans to Add Routes, Staff on Olympic Travel Demand

Air China Ltd., the nation's largest international carrier, will add routes and staff as the 2008 Olympic Games fuel demand for travel to its hub, Beijing.

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Italy looks for rescue plan to save national airline

The Italian government scrapped the planned privatisation of loss-making national airline Alitalia on Wednesday and said it would look for other solutions to rescue the ailing carrier.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

African Airlines decry random bans

African aviation officials say European Union member states should consult international bodies before issuing warnings against airlines from the continent.


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Delta profit beats Street forecast

Delta Air Lines Inc. cited a 5.5 percent gain in sales as it reported today that it swung to a profit in the second quarter, which saw it emerge from bankruptcy after shaving billions of dollars in costs. (page not found)

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Asian no-frills airlines woo fliers from south India

South-East Asian airlines are getting more aggressive. Value carriers, such as Nok Air, AirAsia, Tiger Airways and Lion Air, have either started betting big on destinations in south India or are planning to do so.

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Ryanair breached rules with Brown ads

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints against two of four Ryanair advertisements which criticised Gordon Brown over air passenger duty.


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Body found in nose of United Airlines plane at SFO

San Francisco International Airport personnel this morning discovered the body of a man in the wheel well of a 747 recently arrived from Shanghai, an airport official said.

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Southwest Airlines hit by labor costs, fuel prices

Southwest Airlines reported a 17 percent drop in second-quarter profit Wednesday and blamed high fuel prices and labor costs for the disappointing results. (page not found)

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Alitalia will be placed in liquidation if sale fails: minister

Italian loss-making airline Alitalia will be placed in liquidation if the planned sell-off fails, Economy Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa said on Thursday.

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Virgin to fly between NY and California

Virgin America Inc. began selling tickets Thursday in preparation for starting service next month from San Francisco to Kennedy Airport. (page not found)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

US airlines apply for new China nonstop service

Several U.S. airlines said Monday they will compete to fly new direct routes between the U.S. and China, eager to get a foothold in the fast-growing Chinese market.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

War in the air as Tiger challenges Jetstar

The jostling to be deemed the leading budget airline in Australia continues, with Jetstar bettering Tiger Airways' low fares to Tasmania and Virgin Blue revealing it will set up a $61 million headquarters to further its expansion.

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Air France-KLM May Be Interested in Buying Iberia

Air France-KLM Group, Europe's biggest airline, said it may be interested in buying Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA, Spain's largest carrier.

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Virgin Blue buys new Australian HQ

Budget airline Virgin Blue has purchased a $61 million Brisbane site for its new national headquarters.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Air NZ's gamble looks like a winner

When Air New Zealand became one of the first airlines to order the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner three years ago, it was betting that the future of air travel was to fly direct and to fly more often.

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Plans to privatise Biman Bangladesh Airlines

The Bangladesh Cabinet approved plans to turn state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines into the country's biggest public limited company, facilitating it to run its business without government control.

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Ryanair and Easyjet lose French battle

Easyjet and Ryanair must apply French employment laws to staff operating from the country after a court threw out an attempt by the two budget airlines to bypass local rules.

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LAN Airlines to Invest $3.2B in Planes

Chilean carrier LAN Airlines SA said Friday it will add 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliner long-haul aircraft to the company's fleet between 2011 and 2016, marking the largest investment in the company's history. (page not found)

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Maxjet lands at No. 2 on Travel & Leisure list

Singapore Airlines remains the most popular international airline among readers of Travel & Leisure, but startup Maxjet Airways debuted just behind the perennial favorite.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Tiger chews into Jetstar's cheapest airline vow

Tiger Airways is to offer one-way fares between Perth and Melbourne for $59.95 in a move that has prompted Jetstar to abandon its vow to remain Australia's lowest priced airline.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

SkyTeam Offers Slots to Settle EU Dispute

Delta Air Lines Inc., Air France-KLM Group and seven other carriers in the SkyTeam alliance offered airport landing slots to competitors to resolve a European antitrust case, two people with direct knowledge of the case said.



Europe to force airlines to clear up ticket pricing

Airlines will need to include all taxes and other charges in their published prices, after European Union lawmakers voted to adopt new measures to regulate the industry.

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U.S. certifies Virgin America Airlines for service

Virgin America Airlines, the low-cost carrier with ties to British entrepreneur Richard Branson, received its operating license on Wednesday from U.S. aviation authorities and announced plans to sell tickets.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Air India to fly Mumbai-NY non-stop

Air India will introduce a daily, non-stop flight from New York's JFK International Airport to Mumbai from August 1.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Branson eyes Virgin buyback

British billionaire Richard Branson says there is a "possibility" he will buy back a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways from Singapore Airlines.

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Southwest Airlines to Accept PayPal

Southwest Airlines Co. is letting travelers buy their plane tickets with PayPal, the electronic-payment system owned by eBay Inc. (page not found)

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Ryanair to sue EC in row over state aid to rival airlines

Ryanair has announced its intention to sue the European Commission for allegedly failing to investigate complaints over state aid to national airlines.


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China Southern Airlines to buy 45 jets from Airbus, Boeing

China Southern Airlines Co. said late Monday it agreed to buy 20 A320 jets from Airbus and 25 B737-800 planes from Boeing Co. to increase its operating capacity.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

One-dollar fares signal airfare war

One-dollar flights, happy-hour specials, flight combos and email-only deals. Welcome to the new emerging new landscape of Australian aviation.

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Singapore Airlines mulls Virgin sale

Singapore Airlines is reviewing ownership of its 49 per cent stake in Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic amid a sell-down of assets considered non-strategic to the airline.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Qantas-Boeing deal may extend routes

Qantas has flagged the possibility of establishing long-haul operations through its two Asian budget franchises - Singapore's Jetstar Asia and Vietnam's Pacific Airlines - to complement the already aggressive international expansion of Jetstar.

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Boeing unveils Dreamliner plane

US plane manufacturer Boeing has unveiled its 787 Dreamliner - the firm's first all-new jet since 1995.

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Air-India plans hub in Germany

After merging domestic carrier Indian Airlines with itself, state-owned airline Air-India is keen on creating a hub in Germany for wider international presence.

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Qantas flexes muscles over Boeing 787

Qantas is set to become the world's biggest airline operator of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and a major player in shaping the future of aviation after ordering as many as 40 more planes with a pre-discount market value of up to $US8 billion.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Boeing prepares for 787 premiere

Excitement is building among plane enthusiasts as Boeing prepares to premiere its new 787 Dreamliner at its plant in Seattle.

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Japan airline's ban on bulldogs

A Japanese airline has banned bulldogs from all its flights after a number of them died while in transit.

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Flights between N.Y., London Stansted set for October

American Airlines will start flying between New York and London's Stansted Airport, becoming the only major airline offering U.S. flights from the facility. (page not found)

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Union rejects talks with Turkish Airlines

A Turkish airline workers' union has rejected an offer by Turkish Airlines for talks aimed at avoiding a strike, the airline said on Friday.

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Kingfisher, Continental Airlines ink pact

Continental Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines on Thursday announced that they had entered into a comprehensive partnership for frequent flyer and airport lounge access reciprocity and future code-sharing, providing better service to customers who travel between India and the United States.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Emirates aims to redraw world aviation map

The chairman of Emirates Airlines - Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum of the ruling family of Dubai - has grand ambitions, and a bankroll to match. He wants to make Dubai, a sheikhdom by the sea, the busiest airline hub in the world, overtaking London, New York and Singapore.

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Low-cost airline from Indian govt to start soon

The first state-run low cost domestic airline is all set to take wings from October 1 with two brand new Boeing 737-800s and the existing fleet of Alliance Air.


Qantas coy on foreign owners

Qantas has taken two months to respond to an "urgent" Federal Government request to declare whether the level of foreign shareholding in the airline had breached the 49 per cent cap enforceable under Australian law.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Virgin seeks clearance on Australia-US flights

Virgin Blue has stepped up plans to launch flights to the US by November next year by formally asking the Australian Government to renegotiate its US air transport treaty.

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Oz airlines to collect fingerprints

Australian airlines will be required to collect fingerprints from customers travelling to the US so they can be matched against a database of potential terrorists.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Air India set to join Star Alliance

According to sources, the state-run carrier Air-India is all set to join the Star Alliance in the coming few weeks.

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