from Raw Japan:

Highway to the stranger zone

September 14, 2009

Not so long ago, once proud Japan Airlines had few friends besides the government, which threw it a $1.1 billion bone in the form of emergency support in June to keep the national flag carrier in the pink, if not the black, as Asia's largest airline by revenues continued to bleed money -- about $1 billion in the last quarter -- and painfully restructure.

from DealZone:

Lufthansa flies into Ryanair’s sights

June 3, 2009

You’ve got to admit that when Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary (left) told journalists in London on Tuesday that the low-cost airliner was studying a bid to buy Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa, he must have meant it as a joke.

from From Reuters.com:

Graphic: Air France disappearance

By Reuters Staff
June 1, 2009

from Tales from the Trail:

The First Draft: End of an era for GM

June 1, 2009

AUTOS/Even though it was expected, it was still a jolt: GM declared bankruptcy this morning, the third-largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and the biggest ever in U.S. manufacturing.

from Summit Notebook:

Audio – Air France-KLM CEO sees some unfriendly skies ahead

March 2, 2009

The state of the airline industry and travel overall is not poised for a rapid takeoff in 2009 and looks like it will remain in rough shape until next year, said Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, chief executive of Air France-KLM, on Monday at the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit.

from DealZone:

European airlines merging, U.S. talks to take off next?

February 3, 2009

airfrance-alitaliaEuropean airline mergers, long expected, are now taking wing.

Air France-KLM in January bought a 25-percent stake in Alitalia after a failed attempt at buying the entire carrier last year. The airline fought it out with Lufthansa, which lost the battle but didn't sit around moping. It quickly launched Lufthansa Italia, which took its maiden flight a few days ago.

from Italian elections:

Alitalia, Manzoni perde quota

April 4, 2008

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La trattativa con Air France è in terapia intensiva e la cordata italiana per acquistare Alitalia promessa da Silvio Berlusconi ancora non c'è. Solo Orlando Corradi, presidente di Mondo Tv, ha risposto all'appello del Cavaliere con una fiche di 2 milioni di euro. Ancora un po' poco per rilevare un'azienda che 2 milioni li perde quasi in un giorno.