Southwest Airlines is 2015 ATW Airline of the Year

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Published: December 20, 2014

Southwest Airlines is the recipient of the Air Transport World 2015 Airline of the Year Award, ATW announced today. Other winners of the 41 st Airline Industry Achievement Awards include Air Astana (Airline Market Leader of the Year), Ethiopian Airlines (Regional Airline of the Year); Spirit Airlines (Value Airline of the Year); Lufthansa (Eco-Airline of […]

American Airlines details plans for narrowbody fleet overhaul

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Published: December 20, 2014

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Airline Routes

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Published: December 20, 2014

Qatar Airways began 4X-daily Doha-Bangkok Airbus A380 service. It will also begin 2X-daily Doha-Istanbul SAW A320 service March 29.  South African Airways increased Johannesburg services: -Maputo from 17X- to 21X-weekly, -Harare from 18X- to 19X- weekly, -Kinshasa from 6X- to 7X-weekly and -Mauritius rose from 9X- to 10X-weekly. Hong Kong Airlines begins 2X-weekly Hong Kong-Changchun […]

SAS posts $94 million fiscal year net loss; raises cost cutting target

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Published: December 19, 2014

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has added another SEK2.1 billion ($ 273.5 million) to its cost savings target after swinging to a SEK719 million full-year net loss compared with a SEK1.4 billion prior-year net profit. Despite the weaker performance , SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson said he is expecting to deliver “slightly positive” earnings before taxes for the […]

Inmarsat prepares for second satellite launch in early 2015

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Published: December 19, 2014

Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has confirmed that its second Global  Xpress (GX) satellite—Inmarsat-5 F2—has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in anticipation of its launch early in 2015. Inmarsat-5 F2 is the second of three satellites that will form Inmarsat’s GX fleet, providing seamless, globally available, high-speed broadband services on land, sea […]

Chinese airlines double November net profit

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Published: December 19, 2014

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Strikes by TAP staff, UK airport workers could disrupt holiday travel

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Published: December 19, 2014

Portugal’s government has moved to reduce the effects of a strike by employees at national airline TAP over the holiday period, and ground staff at several UK airports also plan industrial action in the busy run-up to Christmas. The Portuguese Council of Ministers announced Thursday it was instituting a “civil requisition,” which enables it to […]

Blue1 to replace Boeing 717s, likely with 737-600s

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Published: December 19, 2014

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced plans to “reboot” its Blue1 subsidiary by replacing its nine Boeing 717s, most likely with 737-600s, and using it as a wet-lease provider. Speaking during a phone briefing on Thursday, SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson said the 717s would be divested by the end of 2015. “The 717 is a bit […]

EgyptAir contracts Sabre to help implement transformation plan

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Published: December 19, 2014

EgyptAir has appointed US technology company Sabre to help develop and implement a transformation program for both its mainline operation and its EgyptAir Express regional subsidiary. The state-owned carrier is initiating a major transformation strategy to increase revenues, develop new revenue streams by June 2016 and improve efficiencies. It has been badly affected by dips […]

Alaska Airlines flight attendants ratify five-year labor contract

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Published: December 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines flight attendants have ratified a new five-year contract . Included in the new contract are quality of life enhancements and pay increases that rank Alaska’s 3,400 flight attendants among the highest paid in the industry at every pay step. Under the Railway Labor Act, which governs collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry, […]

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