Analysis SpiceJet CEO has fascinating interview with Skift

SpiceJet CEO has fascinating interview with Skift

Ajay Singh, the CEO of Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet, has given an interview to the team at Skift, and he had some pretty interesting comments to make. But first, some quick background: Singh helped start SpiceJet in 2005 and sold it – while profitable – in 2010. The airline’s new buyers ran it into the …

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Reviews Review: JetBlue A321 Mint Suite New York JFK – San Francisco

Review: JetBlue A321 Mint Suite New York JFK – San Francisco

JetBlue Mint Suite JFK-SFO Earlier this year I was planning my August trip home to the States and decided to spend a couple days in New York before heading home to San Francisco. This would give me the opportunity to see my East Coast friends (a region I avoid like the plague during thewinter) and …

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Analysis The US airlines are in a Renaissance period

The US airlines are in a Renaissance period

I know, it sounds crazy. The US airlines are in a Renaissance period (and yes, I’m employing the theory of relativity). In the last couple years they’ve addressed long-standing problems with both traditional and creative solutions, all of which has helped them gain revenue and enhance the overall passenger experience. There has been consolidation from …

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Unsolicited Thoughts BA appealing to Home Office over long immigration queues

BA appealing to Home Office over long immigration queues

British Airways has finally contacted the Home Office to ask that the long wait times at UK immigration be addressed. Business Traveller reports that the carrier expressed serious concerns over the amount of time its passengers spend waiting to clear immigration. They noted that of the 29 e-gates at T5, only a third are usually …

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Unsolicited Thoughts ANA to serve Ichinokura sake in economy

ANA to serve Ichinokura sake in economy

Great news! Japan’s ANA will start serving sake in economy class. The Star Alliance airline said it was responding to requests from its passengers to make the Japanese rice wine available down the back as well. ANA has existing sake services in the first, business class and premium economy cabins. The new service for economy will …

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Reviews Review: Cathay Pacific A350-900 Business Class Hong Kong – Singapore (Return)

Review: Cathay Pacific A350-900 Business Class Hong Kong – Singapore (Return)

Cathay Pacific A350-900 Business Class Hong Kong – Singapore (CX691) Singapore – Hong Kong (CX736) In late June I had two high-quality flights – from Hong Kong to Singapore and back – on Cathay Pacific’s A350-900. The only drawback (on both sectors) were technical issues with the seat, which – I’m told – the airline is …

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Analysis IdeaWorksCompany: ancillary revenues can exceed base revenues

IdeaWorksCompany: ancillary revenues can exceed base revenues

A new study from IdeaWorksCompany has found that airlines’ revenue from ancillary fares (checking luggage, seat selection, buy-on-board food & beverage, etc.) can sometimes exceed revenue from the base ticket fare. The study was flagged by Business Traveller, which notes, “Spirit Airlines, known for its low fares, also collects the most ancillary revenue per passenger of any …

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Analysis Winners & losers: Grandmagate & the changing landscape

Winners & losers: Grandmagate & the changing landscape

On 29 June, thanks largely to Grandmagate, American Airlines cancelled their codeshare relationships with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, effective 25 March 2018. Grandmagate While speaking at a private dinner in Dublin, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Office Akbar Al Baker said, “You are always being served by grandmothers at American carriers.” He also noted that …

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Analysis Iran Air appoints female CEO, a novelty for airlines

Iran Air appoints female CEO, a novelty for airlines

A few days ago news broke that Iran Air, the state-owned airline of Iran, had appointed Dr. Farzaneh Sharafbafi as Chief Executive Officer. Outgoing CEO Farhad Parvaresh will represent the country at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Sharafbafi has a PhD in aerospace – reportedly the first woman in Iran to obtain …

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