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2008-09-25 09:00:36

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has called upon key players to hopefully clinch a last-minute deal to rescue Alitalia, as Italy's civil aviation authority ENAC has threatened to scrap the struggling airline's operating license. Alitalia is close to bankruptcy and could see around 19,000 staff being laid off. Concurrently, Mr Berlusconi's close aide Gianni Letta has held talks with union leaders, the CAI investor consortium and the former CEO of Alitalia, Francesco Mengozzi, who now...

2008-09-19 17:02:55

Slowly but surely airlines are edging into online social networking, giving air travelers an opportunity to share experiences and maybe score some discounted airfares. In return, the airlines are developing a marvelous new marketing tool. A win-win? Maybe. As usual, U.S. carriers - which are preoccupied with battling high fuel prices and slackening demand for travel - face the fact that innovation is coming from overseas, where most major airlines are still solvent, if not...

2008-09-15 12:00:22

By Andrew Picken THOUSANDS of passengers at Edinburgh Airport are set to speed up their journey through check-in with the delivery of new self- service kiosks. Airport bosses have installed ten of the terminals in a bid to tackle the queues. British Airways and BMI already have check-in machines for their own customers, but the GBP 300,000 terminals installed by airport operator BAA will be open to all airlines. Air France, KLM and Flybe have all signed up to use the machines, but...

2008-09-05 06:00:14

Franco-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM has announced reductions in fuel surcharge on the flights operated by its subsidiaries, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, as oil prices have fallen over a significant period. Air France has reduced its fuel surcharges to E2 per segment on domestic flights, E4 per segment on medium-haul flights, E10 per segment on long-haul flights and E14 per segment on very long-haul flights. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a subsidiary of Air France-KLM, has...

2008-09-05 06:00:14

Lufthansa Systems, a full-service IT provider for the airline and aviation sector, has announced that Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will optimize their revenue accounting processes using its Sirax AirFinance Platform. According to Lufthansa Systems, the integrated IT solution will enable the two airlines to speed up their financial management processes and increase productivity. KLM is already a long-standing customer for Lido OC, the flight planning system from Lufthansa Systems....

2008-09-03 06:00:17

By Martin Hannan TRAVELLING is often a serious problem for business people with disabilities. If you have impaired sight or hearing, or wear a prosthetic limb or use a wheelchair, you will find life much more difficult than someone who is not disabled. Some businessmen such as Rangers chairman Sir David Murray, who lost his legs in a car crash in his twenties, go on to enjoy a glittering career, but there are many, many more stories of people put off a life in business because of their...

2008-08-29 00:00:29

By Nick Clark; Sarah Arnott The beleaguered airline industry was rocked by more crises yesterday as the Italian government was forced to change the law to save its national carrier and Aer Lingus reported losses for the first half and predicted worse to come. At an emergency cabinet meeting yesterday, Silvio Berlusconi reshaped bankruptcy and anti-competition rules to save Alitalia from almost certain collapse. A group of 17 investors propose splitting the airline in two - with the...

2008-08-28 09:00:55

The Italian government is seeking to attract Air France-KLM to buy into the restructured national airline Alitalia, after the previous deal between the two airlines fell apart, reported Reuters. The Italian government has assembled a consortium of 16 domestic companies to invest in the restructured Alitalia to keep it operational but is looking to attract the interest of a foreign partner such as Air France-KLM or Lufthansa for the long-term viability of the Italian airline. The news...

2008-08-20 18:00:37

BAGGAGE handlers and check-in staff at Manchester Airport have voted for two 24-hour strikes on August 27 and September 1. Unite the Union says they will hit most airlines, including Virgin Atlantic, Monarch, KLM, Air France, Emirates and some smaller operators. The action is over a pay dispute with employer Swissport. Mick Whitley, Unite regional officer at Manchester, said: "Swissport's intentions to cut our members' sick pay and offer a paltry wage deal is unacceptable." (c) 2008...

2008-08-20 12:00:41

A PASSENGER jet was lucky to avoid disaster when a laser device was targeted at the pilot as he approached Durham Tees Valley Airport. The KLM flight from Amsterdam was three and a half miles fromthe airport when the green light was shone at the cockpit. Although the plane and its 40 passengers touched down safely, the British Airline Pilots Association today said the "extremely dangerous" behaviour could have caused a "disaster". The blinding beam was also aimed at a Cleveland...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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