PARIS (Reuters) – Airlines already know how to pack ‘em in,
but in future they may be able to pile ‘em high thanks to a
blueprint for split-level seating invented by planemaker Airbus.
The company that introduced the double-decker A380 jetliner
says in a patent filed on Oct. 1 that having two storeys of
seating inside the same cabin would help airlines make best use
of space at a “high level of comfort”.
PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – In 2008, air passenger demand was dipping, Gulf countries were building up their national fleets, and easyJet set up shop in Paris. Other European airlines cut routes and jobs in response. Air France did not. It has not made a profit since.
The timing of its attempt to catch up seven years later plays into the hands of aggressive competitors, former airline executives, analysts and union officials say, and its decision to slash long-haul routes by 10 percent leaves unsolved the problem of a bloated cost base.
HELSINKI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Australian carrier Qantas
is looking at ways it can expand its partnership with
Emirates Airline, such as on new routes into
Australia, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday.
“We would like to see Emirates flying into more Australian
destinations, which they’re keen on,” Alan Joyce said on the
sidelines of the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Helsinki.
BERLIN, Sept 18 (Reuters) – It’s squat, ungainly and showing
its age, but Berlin’s Tegel airport is still defying retirement.
Built in the 1970s, the concrete hexagonal hub should have
shut down years ago, but embarrassing delays to the city’s new
international airport have forced its owners to resort to
stop-gap measures to keep it going.
ESSEN, Germany, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Ryanair expects
to be operating one in every four European short-haul flights
within the next eight to 10 years, driven by expansion in
countries such as Germany as some of its rivals retreat, its
chief executive said.
The Irish carrier, which has around 380 Boeing planes on
order, has a market share of about 14 percent in Europe, serving
about 100 million passengers a year and aims to increase that to
160 million passengers by about 2024.
ESSEN, Germany, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Lufthansa is
stepping up its cost-cutting overhaul with a streamlined
management structure it said will boost profit by 500 million
euros ($564 million) a year and provide a new boss for the
Eurowings budget brand that has raised tensions in its
long-running dispute with pilots.
The German airline, long known for a focus on business
customers, is expanding budget operations as it battles the
likes of Ryanair and easyJet on European
short-haul routes, but parallel measures to cut costs have met
determined resistance from pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit.
BERLIN/NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Airlines are trying to
draw passengers away from low-price comparison sites and back to
their own home pages, seeking to boost profits by selling them
extra services such as additional legroom or access to airport
Airlines across Europe and the United States are
experimenting with strategies to bring travellers back to their
own websites. These range from improving the booking process to
adding fees for tickets booked using third-party distributors,
which themselves charge airlines for their services.
ESSEN, Germany, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Air Berlin
needs more of an “anti-establishment” attitude to take on bigger
rivals, its chief executive said on Wednesday, as the airline
nears the end of a fleet review to stem losses and reduce debt
after an acquisition spree.
Germany’s second largest airline, 29 percent owned by Abu
Dhabi-based Etihad, has made operating losses in four of the
last five years. It is reviewing routes and its fleet of 140
planes as part of its efforts to return to profit in 2016.
ESSEN, Germany, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S.-based Sabre Travel
Network, part of Sabre Corp, is planning to double its
market share in Europe by signing up more online travel agents
and corporate travel firms to its system that distributes
airline, hotel and car rental prices.
Set up by American Airlines and IBM as a
passenger reservations system in 1960, the travel technology
firm is one of the world’s three major global distribution
system (GDS) providers alongside Amadeus IT Holding SA
and Travelport Worldwide Ltd.
FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa
hit back at striking pilots on Tuesday, taking their
long-running dispute to the courts and saying it would no longer
hire new pilots under generous German labour contracts.
Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) had warned Lufthansa
that further action was possible after it forced the airline to
cancel 84 of about 170 long-haul flights planned for Tuesday
from Frankfurt, Munich and Duesseldorf. Hundreds more
cancellations are expected when the strike continues on