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From Bland to orange: GB Airways acquisition will make easyJet #1 at Gatwick

Logo: GB AirwaysDespite a franchise agreement with British Airways until 2010, the Bland Group, easyJet andBA have come to an arrangement that sees easyJet acquire GB Airways. This will give it even more power at London Gatwick. Where does GB Airways fly and how does it compare with easyJet’s network?

First commercial flight of A380 heralds start of Winter 2007 season

Lead Story: A380’s first commercial flight launches exciting winter seasonThe successful inaugural flight of Singapore’s A380 from Singapore to Sydney may be the highest profile aviation event for a while but it’s not the only interesting thing about this winter. We analyse the over 200 new routes starting this winter which include the opening of a new bases for Ryanair in Valencia and Volareweb in Milan Malpensa, and the launch flight of AirAsia X, the latest and possibly most high-profile low-cost long-haul LCC.

Huge potential for growth in ‘New Europe’ as LCCs take on national carriers

Lead: LogoEU membership has many consequences for countries and that includes airline liberalisation. Which of those Central European countries which have joined since May 2004 are benefiting most? Which national carriers are best defending their home territory? Where have LCCs set up bases and which airports are growing fastest?

Air Berlin abandons London hub concept

Lead Story: Air Berlin abandons UK domestic marketAir Berlin’s attempts to create a UK hub at London Stansted appear to have been abandoned. The three domestic routes to Belfast City, Glasgow and Manchester have all been dropped for the coming winter season. So what impact did they have in the market and how good were the connections to Germany?

BA’s new aircraft – what it means for long haul routes

Image: BA’s new aircraft - what it means for long haul routesBA has finally ordered some new big aircraft and has made both Airbus and Boeing happy. We look at which long-haul routes are BA’s busiest at Heathrow and when local residents can currently see/hear long-haul aircraft at Heathrow. Plus, we speculate which destinations BA might serve in future with its B787s.

Stockholm Syndrome

Image: Lead StoryJust how much Abba music can the human mind put up with over a three day period? Delegates at the 13th World Route Development Forum found out for themselves. After Milan Linate bizarrely won an airport marketing award (yes, we were there) has come up with its own virtual awards, The Annies. Which great award did Budapest win?

Q400s: Europe’s regional airports continue to benefit despite this week’s grounding

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryTwo landing gear failures in four days in Europe have resulted in a temporary grounding of older models for inspection. Which airlines in Europe will be most affected by this? What sort of routes does the aircraft operate and what are the shortest and longest sectors on a Q400 in Europe?

UK joins Europe’s high-speed rail network – Paris and Brussels traffic to fall further?

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThis week saw the fastest ever rail journey between London and Paris at just over two hours as a Eurostar train finally enjoyed high-speed travel through the UK. What impact has Eurostar already had on air travel between London and Paris and why have Ryanair and the UK ASA fallen out about Brussels?

Big week for California as Southwest, Virgin America and MaxJet launch new services

Article Thumbnail: Lead StorySouthwest returns to San Francisco, Virgin America links LAX to JFK and MAXjet starts all business class service to London Stansted. Not your average week in California. Who is Southwest taking on and what fares are currently being charged in the LAX-JFK market? And what happened to Frontier?

The transatlantic market: ready for a shake-up?

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryAfter many years of on-off negotiating the US and EU have finally agreed a form of ‘open skies’ across the Atlantic. British Airways is gearing up to start services from mainland Europe from next summer. We look at the current situation and reveal which carriers on each side are leading the way and which EU countries have the strongest links to the US?

Aer Lingus targets easyJet with cross-border move to Belfast

Article Thumbnail: Lead StorySuddenly Belfast is the place to be. First Ryanair announces services at Belfast City, now Aer Lingus plans to base three aircraft at Belfast International. How is it finding slots for its planned Heathrow service? Who will it be competing against on its other routes? And what makes the new Budapest route unusual?

UK market lacklustre despite awful weather

Lead story thumbnailDespite dreadful summer weather the UK air market is in stagnation. Traffic at London Heathrow and Manchester traffic is down around 2%. Smaller regional airports are doing better but not well enough. What’s the problem? Is it APD, enhanced security measures, interest rates or concerns about the planet?