DUBLIN (Reuters) – The aviation industry is stepping up efforts to enlist coordinated international support in the battle against the threats posed to airlines and passengers by hackers and those seeking to exploit IT systems
The security of commercial airlines and whether the systems crucial to fly planes are vulnerable to cyber attacks hit the headlines in April after a security researcher claimed that he had been able to hack into flight controls via his underseat entertainment unit.
HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Airlines want to keep their passengers better informed from the moment they leave home, going beyond simple flight delay information to try to ease travel stresses and ensure customer loyalty.
The industry must offer a more seamless journey for travelers, especially with the number of people flying expected to double from an annual level of 3.5 billion in 20 years, delegates at this week’s World Passenger Symposium in Hamburg said.
BERLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Berlin’s
much-delayed international airport still hopes for it to be
completed in the second half of 2017, even though the deadline
is getting increasingly tight.
The 5.3 billion euro-airport ($6 billion), meant to replace
the capital’s three Cold War-era hubs, has been under
construction since 2006 and was originally planned to open in
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.