Tag: Airlines

Poor Cockpit Air Quality Puts Pilots and Passengers at Risk

That poorly ventilated conference room isn’t the only place with the potential for sick-air syndrome. Airliner cockpits can also have levels of carbon dioxide elevated enough that in simulations it causes pilots to fail test maneuvers at higher rates than normal, a new Harvard University study has found. The first-of-its-kind research suggests that current regulations […]

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British Airways Owner Still Thinking Over Norwegian Deal

The CEO of British Airways parent company IAG said he has not spoken to Norwegian airline executives since April but that his airline group is still weighing its options over a potential acquisition. IAG bought a small stake in Norwegian earlier this year with the intention of discussing a full takeover. Nothing concrete has materialized […]

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Aimia Refuses to Sell Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program Back to Air Canada

Aimia, which owns Air Canada’s loyalty program, has rejected the airline’s $250 million (C$325 million) cash offer to buy it back, Aimia said Thursday, just as the offer was scheduled to expire. Air Canada and three partners, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Visa Canada Corporation, said July 25 they sought to […]

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Norwegian Air to Rent a Superjumbo as It Sorts Out Rolls-Royce Engine Issues

Some Norwegian Air passengers flying this month from New York to London are in for a superjumbo upgrade. The European discounter, which has a shortage of aircraft because of problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787s, temporarily will rent an Airbus A380 from Hi Fly, a charter operator, an airline spokesman confirmed Thursday. For […]

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Qantas Hired This Professor to Help Flyers Beat Jet Lag

Every month Skift will profile someone working in the quirkiest, most incredible and surprising jobs in travel and restaurants. Skift’s relentless curiosity about our industries extends to every corner of the labor market. Who knew jobs like this even existed? Most flyers have felt it in one form or another: the incredible drag of jet […]

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Overheated Laptop Could Bring Down a Commercial Airplane, Says New Study

A single personal electronic device that overheats and catches fire in checked luggage on an airliner can overpower the aircraft’s fire suppression system, potentially creating a fire that could rage uncontrolled, according to new government research. Regulators had thought that single lithium battery fires would be knocked down by the flame-retardant gas required in passenger […]

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Argentina’s Flyers Pounce on Fares as Low as $7 as Government Loosens Regulations

Cheap travel has arrived in Argentina. Airlines are offering major discounts on domestic flights after Argentina’s pro-business government, in an effort to boost tourism, scrapped a regulation that set a minimum price that carriers were required to charge their clients. Aerolineas Argentinas website crashed Wednesday morning as customers rushed to grab flights for 499 pesos […]

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Truly Intelligent Airline Retailing Needs to go Beyond Customer Segmentation

Customers today are more empowered than ever before. They expect the digital experiences they engage with to be immediate, consistent, functional, and relevant to their individual needs. Customer segmentation is one strategy that retailers, both within the travel industry and outside of it, have increasingly used to meet these demands. But those that are truly […]

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Report Finds Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Manually Steered Off Course

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since 2014, was probably steered off course deliberately and flown to the southern Indian Ocean, according to the Malaysian government’s safety report into the disaster. MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. Investigators have never been able to explain […]

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Skift Marks 6 Years With This Digital Book Celebrating Business Longevity

Skift today not only celebrates its sixth anniversary, but also the business strategy that allows us to mark this landmark date. Half of all startups fail after five years, and nobody should be surprised by that. But at Skift, we try to embrace a patience across the company that is a rarity in an era […]

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Ryanair Wields a Club When Managing Labor Relations

You might have thought Michael O’Leary was mellowing with age when he agreed last year to recognize trade unions at Ryanair, the low-cost carrier he’d built into Europe’s most valuable airline. You’d have been wrong. As Ryanair this week faced the biggest walkouts in its history, with more than 600 flights cancelled from Ireland to […]

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