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Iberia Lets Flyers Cancel Flights After Delays

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Spanish airline Iberia (IBLA.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday it would allow customers flying over the Christmas period to cancel or change their tickets after days of flight delays and cancellations during a dispute with pilots. The Spanish flag carrier said customers with any kind of fare, flying between Dec. 15 and [...]

Airline Payrolls Hit Lowest Level In 15 Years

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Airline employee payrolls are on the decline. The Dallas Morning News writes “with more layoffs yet to come, U.S. passenger airlines employed 394,300 people in October, the lowest total in 15 years, the federal government said Thursday. October’s numbers are down 5.6%, or nearly 24,000 jobs, from a year earlier.” The Dayton Daily News says [...]

Drinking On Board Of Air Mauritius Flight

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There is an issue with the number of drunken passengers on Air Mauritius flights, says the Minister of Tourism and External Communication, Mr. Xavier Luc Duval. “They cause problems to other passengers and staff and now Government wants to put into place preventive measures. We intend to have a law that will allow us to [...]

Man Arrested On JetBlue Flight Talks To KSL

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A flight from New York to California was diverted to Salt Lake City Monday night because a passenger, who police say was drunk, interfered with the flight crew. KSL News spoke exclusively with that passenger.
We have two very different versions of what happened aboard that flight. One that a drunk man was wandering the [...]

Travelling with Air France over the Holiday Season

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Chocolates, always a hit with everyone, are a must during the festive season; Air France will be offering over 200,000 chocolates to its passengers during the festive period, with over 100,000 chocolates offered on the short-haul network alone.
On 24 and 31 December 2008, Air France will be offering all its long-haul passengers chocolates on [...]

British Airways Threatened With Staff Strike Action For Pay Cuts

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The staff of British Airways may go on strike following a memo leaking that showed that the airline is planning major salary cuts during the New Year, as well as base pay off of performance. The details of “Project Columbus”, the codename of the shake-up, are in a confidential document that the Daily Mail came [...]

Airline Offers 100,000 Free Tickets To Thailand

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Budget carrier AirAsia on Wednesday offered 100,000 free seats to Thailand to lure back foreign visitors after a siege of Bangkok’s airports by anti-government protesters.
The airline said the seats would be available between Wednesday and Friday and cover services from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jakarta, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as [...]

Delta Rolls Out In-Flight Internet Service

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Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Tuesday the launching of an in-flight Internet service onboard six of its aircraft.
The offering, called Gogo, will eventually be rolled out to 300 domestic aircraft.
Initially the Internet service will only be offered on five MD-88 aircraft flying Delta Shuttle routes between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Boston’s Logan and Washington’s [...]

Emirates Airline Brings Jobs, Controversy

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The flight on Emirates Airline from Dubai to San Francisco took nearly 16 hours.
The cost of a seat on coach is about $1,700; first class is significantly higher at $15,000
For SFO, the flight represents a direct link to the middle east, not to mention jobs and revenue locally.
“So this would create about [...]

Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. A contrast In Styles, But Trapped In The Same Market

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Each airline is a true network operation, progressively over the years developing its home base point to point product also. So, when one part of the system weakens there is often the opportunity to redistribute capacity to better performing markets. Each targets a premium market, as well as carrying a substantial proportion of cargo in [...]

US Airways Pilot Drop Participation In Safety Program

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The US Airline Pilots Association said Monday it “has allowed the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program to expire.”
That’s the voluntary program among employees, an airline and the Federal Aviation Administration to let employees report safety problems or violations and not get punished, assuming they weren’t too negligent.
American Airlines pilots let their ASAP program lapse in [...]

Continental To Test Flight Powered By Biofuel

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Continental Airlines Inc. said Monday it will test the use of a biofuel blend to power one of its jetliners on a flight that won’t carry any passengers.
Airlines are studying the use of alternative fuels to help deal with volatile jet fuel prices that spiked to record highs this summer, and to reduce emissions of [...]

Singapore Airlines Adopt NUUO’s IP Video Surveillance Solution

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Singapore Airlines (SIA), with over 100 destinations in 41 countries, is the first to service its customers with the world’s largest aircraft A380. In 2008, SIA has chosen to use NUUO’s SCB-IP+64, an IP+ video surveillance system at all SIA buildings and airport entrances.
Ensuring safety for several millions of passengers
In order to ensure its service [...]

Delta To Launch Gogo Tomorrow; Details Equipage Plan For Northwest

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Delta Air Lines has unveiled plans to launch Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet service tomorrow and laid out a strategy for equipping merger partner Northwest Airlines’ fleet.
The US major will initially offer Gogo on five Boeing MD-88s that operate shuttle service between New York LaGuardia, Boston Logon and Washington National as well as on a single [...]

China Moving To Merge China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines

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China Southern Airlines Group Chairman Liu Shaoyong was appointed as the new chairman of China Eastern Airlines parent China Eastern Air Holding Co. Friday, appearing to pave the way for the merger of CEA and Shanghai Airlines.
In an effort to boost Shanghai’s status as an international aviation hub, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission [...]

Singapore Airlines Traffic Falls Most In Five Years On Recession

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Singapore Airlines Ltd., the world’s largest carrier by market value, reported its biggest slump in traffic in more than five years as a global recession cuts travel demand.
Passenger numbers slid 6.1 percent in November to 1.54 million, the airline said in a Singapore stock exchange statement today. That’s the biggest drop since a 7.6 [...]

Emirates Airlines’ Flying To S.F. Raises Issues

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San Francisco is rolling out the red carpet for Emirates Airlines, which starting today will be flying nonstop from SFO to Dubai and back three times a week – and the East-West link sure makes for some interesting politics.
The airline, which is run by the government of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, operates by rules [...]

Angola: National Airline Taag Launches Flights To Beijing

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Angolan airline TAAG Saturday launched direct flights to Beijing, a company spokesperson said.
The charter flights will be offered twice a week with a Boeing 777-200 ER.
A source from TAAG said that, if the route was profitable and the reaction to flights favourable, the airline would make the flights scheduled.
Last year the Angolan authorities issued over [...]

Finnair Planning Huge Staff Cuts

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Finnair, the national carrier of Finland, has announced plans to lay off nearly 1,700 cabin crew in a bid to cut costs and maintain profitability. Airline officials told the AP news service that the layoffs will happen in April and May 2009, but will only be temporary and staggered to last about two weeks each. [...]

Qantas Involved In Global Conspiracy

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New Zealand’s competition watchdog has accused a host of airlines, including Qantas, of a global conspiracy to raise the price of freighting cargo.
The Commerce Commission in New Zealand on Monday said it had begun High Court proceedings against 13 airlines and seven staff, including senior executives.
Up to 60 airlines globally and many individuals were potentially [...]

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