daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old November 3rd, 2007, 04:41 PM   #321
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

British Airways weathering turbulent conditions well
3 November 2007
The Times

He may have shed some of the "Slasher" image from his Aer Lingus days, but Willie Walsh was always going to be judged in his first two years as chief executive of British Airways by his success in tackling costs.

Yesterday's half-year results show that despite countless controversies over the past 12 months, including the restructuring of the staff pension scheme, price-fixing fines, security chaos and mountains of lost luggage, BA is beginning to look that much leaner.

Even taking into account a burgeoning fuel bill, which could top Pounds 2 billion this year, costs were down Pounds 150 million in the six months to September 30, with total unit costs 2.6 per cent lower. Costs for the full financial year to the end of March 2008 are expected to be Pounds 100 million lower.

BA frayed a few nerves yesterday by cutting its revenue growth target for the second time on the back of the weakening dollar. About 20 per cent of its customers come from the US, whose ticket sales have to be converted back into sterling.

However, the airline is still forecasting that revenue will be at least 3 per cent higher this year in a market that is becoming tougher by the day as low-cost rivals lure away more of BA's economy traffic.

Fortunately for BA, growth in premium traffic -first and business class -has held up despite softness in the North Atlantic, the most lucrative premium market of them all. Yields across the business as a whole rose 0.5 per cent.

The challenge for Mr Walsh over the coming months will be to ensure that the airline hits its challenging 10 per cent operating margin target for 2007-08. This could trigger the first dividend payment from the airline since before the September 2001 terrorist attacks and lift a share price that is still 27 per cent below February's high.

The oil price looms large. BA has hedged 90 per cent of its current demand at $68-70 a barrel, insulating it from record $96 a barrel crude. However, the hedging cover drops to 45 per cent in the first half of 2008-09 and BA could face earnings downgrades if the oil price stays at the current record highs well into next spring.

There is also continued uncertainty over how "open skies" and the liberalisation of the North Atlantic market next March will affect BA despite congestion at Heathrow and the lack of landing slots for its rivals.

Mr Walsh will be crossing his fingers that Heathrow is not beset by any further operational problems in the five months that remain until Terminal 5 opens. BA has long promised that once in T5 the poor customer service suffered by passengers will be a thing of the past. Any upset before then will spark yet more negative headlines, and more importantly, yet more financial pain for an airline that can ill afford it.

Despite these concerns, and the strong fuel-related caveat, the shares, down nearly 3 per cent at 418p, are still trading on a relatively low multiple of eight times earnings, against a peer group that sits at ten times. Reason enough to hold on.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old November 15th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #322
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

UK to lift curbs on hand luggage from January

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Security restrictions on hand luggage carried onto passenger planes in Britain will be lifted starting in January, the British government said on Wednesday.

The restriction was introduced in August 2006 after British police said they foiled a plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners over the Atlantic using liquid explosives.

The tight security measures initially caused chaos at London's Heathrow airport and drew complaints from airlines. British Airways says that its business has been hit.

"Starting with several airports in the New Year, we will work with airport operators to ensure all UK airports are in a position to allow passengers to fly with more than one item of hand luggage," Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said because airports were so busy during the Christmas period, the earliest the lifting of the restriction could take effect would be January 7, 2008.

"This is not about relaxing security. It's about allowing airports to take advantage of smarter technologies," Kelly said.

Brown also said the government planned additional screening of baggage and passenger searches at large railway stations.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 7th, 2008, 05:43 AM   #323
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

British Airways says Dec passenger traffic up 1 pct

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - British Airways said on Friday its passenger traffic rose 1 percent in December, boosted by a 6.5 percent increase in premium first- and business-class traffic.

Europe's third-biggest airline said its passenger load factor -- a measure of how efficiently it fills its seats -- fell 0.7 percentage points from a year earlier to 73.5 percent.

"Longhaul premium markets remain strong, while shorthaul premium traffic is weak," it said in a statement.

"Our guidance on revenue of a 3-3.5 percent increase for the year remains unchanged."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2008, 10:20 AM   #324
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

UK rules against BAA on Stansted airport price caps

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Runway charges for airlines at London's Stansted airport will continue to be capped, the government said on Tuesday, a move that pleased the carriers but thwarted the ambitions of airport operator BAA.

BAA, owned by Spain's Ferrovial, said it still wanted the price caps removed but welcomed the government's support for a second runway there.

Ferrovial shares had fallen 6.4 percent to 43.1 euros by 1621 GMT, versus a 3 percent fall in Spain's blue-chip Ibex index.

"In making my decision on Stansted, I have taken into consideration the fact that the airports in the south-east are now operating at almost full capacity," said Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly. "This is bad for passengers in terms of delays, congestion and lack of choice."

She said price caps were needed to protect passengers who had little choice of going elsewhere. But caps were lifted at Manchester airport where competition from other airports is stronger.

Budget airline easyJet welcomed the move, but said airport regulation in the UK was "fundamentally flawed" and needed a rethink.

"Without regulation, customers would be at the mercy of a highly-indebted infrastructure owner seeking short-term profit maximisation at the expense of air traveller," said easyJet Planning Director Andrew Barker.

Irish rival Ryanair said the airlines had lost faith in Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after it recommended the caps be lifted.

"The fact that it was the CAA who proposed this crazy de-designation idea in the first place shows how completely out of touch they are," said Ryanair's Jim Callaghan.

"The only solution to the BAA monopoly is to break it up and allow each airport to develop additional capacity, which will enable them to compete with one another," he added.

The Stansted Airline Consultative Committee (ACC), which represents airlines, also said the CAA had abandoned its duties.

"While the CAA was busy attempting to de-regulate Stansted, BAA doubled passenger charges, which is driving traffic away from the airport and depriving consumers of choice," said Stansted ACC's David O'Brien.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2008, 04:30 PM   #325
SLion
:)
 
SLion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 159
Likes (Received): 7

British Airways plane landed short of the runway injuring three passengers.
_____________________________
There! I said it FIRST! XP
__________________
Free al-Quds
SLion no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #326
SLion
:)
 
SLion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 159
Likes (Received): 7

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080117/.../britain_plane
__________________
Free al-Quds
SLion no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2008, 04:32 PM   #327
SLion
:)
 
SLion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 159
Likes (Received): 7

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/7194086.stm
__________________
Free al-Quds
SLion no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2008, 04:39 PM   #328
SLion
:)
 
SLion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 159
Likes (Received): 7

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7194201.stm
__________________
Free al-Quds
SLion no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 19th, 2008, 01:02 PM   #329
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Airlines: Drop in flights through British airspace
13 August 2008
The Guardian

The number of flights through British airspace has fallen for the first time since the post-September 11 downturn, as high fuel costs force airlines to cut back services.

NATS, the company that handles Britain's air traffic, said it dealt with 1,401 fewer flights in July compared with the same month last year. The latest proof of sweeping flight cutbacks follows a recent announcement that the global airline industry will fly nearly 60m fewer seats in the final three months of the year.

The fall in flights comes during the peak summer season, when the airline industry is supposed to be at its strongest. Ian Hall, director of operations at NATS, said: "The aviation industry has always been a barometer of the wider economy so it should not come as any surprise to see a slight slowdown, particularly since the airlines have signalled some cutbacks to services."

NATS said its two largest customers - Heathrow and Gatwick - broke monthly records, but the overall trend was nega tive. The number of transatlantic flights fell by 457, while the number of domestic flights fell by 201, though green campaigners credit the resurgence of the rail industry for much of that decline. Other flights, including services to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, dropped by more than 1,200. Although the figures show a slight increase in the year to date, growth between January and July has more than halved since last year, indicating a tailing off as the year has progressed.

Britain's leading airlines have announced plans to slash growth or reduce capacity over the past few months. British Airways is reducing the number of seats it is flying this winter by 3%, including the termination of several routes out of Gatwick. Ryanair, Europe's largest budget airline, is grounding 20 planes over the same period and easyJet is halving expansion plans.

Global airline capacity will fall by 7% between October and December, according to travel information company OAG, representing a deeper cut in flights than in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. One of the fastest-growing markets, Asia, will see a 13% reduction in the number of seats flown, in effect taking that market back to where it was three years ago. However, the biggest cut is in US domestic flights, the world's biggest airline market. The OAG report added that routes will be cut at 275 airports around the world.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #330
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

BA offers severance to 1,400 managers
By Kevin Done, Aerospace Correspondent
13 September 2008
Financial Times

British Airways is offering voluntary redundancy to up to 1,400 managers, as it seeks to cut costs.

The airline's profits have plunged this year in the face of the surge in its fuel costs and weakening demand in its main markets, in particular n the UK and the US.

Willie Walsh, BA's chief executive, has warned the group is "in the worst trading environment the industry has ever faced."

The airline said yesterday: "We must take action to offset the combined effects of the continuing global economic downturn, weakened consumer confidence and high fuel prices."

One of the first big cost-cutting moves taken by Mr Walsh after becoming BA's chief executive in autumn 2005 was to axe more than a third of the airline's managers with the loss of 597 positions. The number of senior managers was halved.

BA's first-quarter pre-tax profits for the three months April to June fell by 88 per cent forcing it to take drastic action to try to avoid falling into loss in the full year.

The company has already announced plans to cut flights during the winter, to raise air fares, reduce capital spending and slash jobs through natural attrition.

It said yesterday it had decided to give managers and senior managers the option to apply for voluntary severance.

BA said it expected a rise of £1bn in fuel costs to more than £3bn for the financial year to the end of March in spite of an extensive fuel hedging programme.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 18th, 2008, 04:20 AM   #331
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

BAA puts London's Gatwick airport up for sale
17 September 2008

LONDON (AP) - London's Gatwick was put up for sale on Wednesday following pressure from government regulators who believe the owner controls too many airports.

BAA Ltd., which also owns Heathrow and Stansted airports, said it decided to sell following the Competition Commission's provisional report on Aug. 20, which recommended that the company dispose of two of its three London airports.

Virgin Atlantic Airways quickly declared its interest in buying Gatwick. Other potential bidders reportedly include Global Infrastructure Partner, the GE-Credit Suisse Investment fund, Australia's Macquarie Group and Hochtief of Germany.

BAA has previously said it would not sell Heathrow, and it added on Wednesday that it was determined to hold on to Stansted, north of London.

BAA also operates airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland, and Southampton in England. The Competition Commission recommended that it sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Gatwick, the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom, handles 35 million passengers a year.

"Gatwick has long been an important and valuable part of BAA and the decision to sell was not taken lightly. We believe that the airport's customers, staff and business will benefit from the earliest possible resolution of current uncertainty," said Colin Matthews, the company's chief executive.

At Stansted, he added, "we believe that a change of ownership would interfere with the process of securing planning approval for a second runway, which remains a key feature of Government air transport policy."

Virgin Chief Executive Steve Ridgway said the company "would relish the opportunity to bid for Gatwick as part of a consortium and inject our customer service expertise into any future running of the airport."

"But Gatwick doesn't just need a new owner, it needs a much tougher regulatory system."

A union representing airport workers was dismayed by the news.

"It simply beggars belief that a 'for sale' sign can be hung across the country's second largest airport," said Steve Turner, national officer of the Unite union.

"Gatwick is a core component of the national infrastructure and an essential part of the UK's aviation sector yet it is to be flogged off with little care for the wider social impact."

BAA was formed from the privatization of the British Airports Authority in 1986. The company was taken over in 2006 by a consortium led by Spain's Grupo Ferrovial.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 20th, 2008, 09:25 AM   #332
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

When breaking up is right to do
The sale of BAA-owned airports should benefit consumers

19 December 2008
Financial Times

The prospect of three independently run London airports is close to securing clearance. The UK competition watchdog's proposed break-up of BAA, including the sale of Gatwick and Stansted, is welcome. While divestments are not a complete solution to the problem of too few runways, competition should raise the airports' performance. Passengers should benefit from a more efficient service.

If the process can be managed without it becoming a firesale for Ferrovial, BAA's debt-laden owner, the Competition Commission's case for the break-up is compelling. The airports operator has been rightly criticised for being unresponsive to the needs of airlines and passengers. Separate owners would have more incentive to meet those needs.

This year's opening of Heathrow's fifth terminal improved the experience of those who had come to dread its clogged runways and tatty baggage halls. But, assuming that the world emerges from the current economic downturn, a projected doubling in passenger traffic at UK airports by 2030 from 2005 levels means it may not be long before the airport is struggling to cope again.

Different operators at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted would mean more sources of investment for these airports and the ability to focus on more than one big project at once. Another benefit is that regulators would be able to use one operator as a benchmark for others.

But there are limits to what competition can achieve. Gatwick and Stansted cannot seriously challenge Heathrow as international hubs. Beyond divestment, the regulatory regime must change. The present system allows the Civil Aviation Authority to intervene only once every five years when it revises price controls. This is too blunt an instrument. The commission's plan for a licence-based regime, similar to that used for some other regulated utilities, would give the watchdog a broader and so more flexible basis on which to intervene. It could set performance standards or address financing.

Nor has the fundamental question of how to meet the need for additional runway capacity in the south-east been answered. Stronger political will for a third runway at Heathrow is needed. It is hard, otherwise, to see how the airport will compete as a hub with European rivals. A policy of neglect would hurt London's status as a financial centre.

Five years have passed since ministers set out a vision for the expansion of Heathrow and Stansted. Cabinet dithering has clouded that thinking. A clear government policy is all the more important now that BAA faces break-up.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2009, 01:21 AM   #333
philipman2000
Registered User
 
philipman2000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 64
Likes (Received): 1

Quote:
Go-ahead for new Heathrow runway




The government has given the go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow, saying it is "right" for the UK but opponents have vowed to fight the plans.
Environmental campaigners, residents and many MPs attacked the decision but business groups and unions welcomed it.
Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon told MPs that strict measures would be put in place to limit noise and emissions.
The debate was halted and local MP John McDonnell thrown out after he grabbed the mace and shouted "disgrace".
Alongside the commitment to a new runway and a sixth terminal, Mr Hoon also announced increased investment in public transport, including the possibility of new high-speed rail links from the airport.
In an effort to appease critics he said airlines using the new runway would be required to use the newest, least-polluting aircraft.
He told MPs the government was satisfied environmental targets could be met, as it would put an initial cap on additional flights from the new runway of 125,000 a year, would ensure new slots were "green slots" used by only the "cleanest planes" and would set a new target on aircraft emissions - that they would be lower in 2050 than in 2005.
"Taken together this gives us the toughest climate change regime for aviation of any country in the world," he told MPs.
He also announced he would set up a company to look into creating a high-speed rail line between London and Scotland - adding there was a "strong case" for a new high speed rail hub at Heathrow.
A feasibility study carried out in 2007 concluded that this could cost up to £30bn.

Heathrow 'hub'

Mr Hoon also announced plans to spend up to £6bn increasing motorway capacity across the country, through widening and allowing drivers to use the hard shoulder at busy times.
But he ruled out ending "mixed mode" use of runways - where planes land on one runway until 3pm then the other for the rest of the day to give residents a break from noise.
However, he said the Cranford agreement, which limits planes taking off to the east of the airport, would end, which he said would benefit Windsor to the west of the airport and Hatton and North Feltham to the east.
He told MPs Heathrow was "our most important international gateway".
"It connects us with the growth markets of the future - essential for every great trading nation," he told MPs.
"But for too long it has operated at full capacity, losing ground to international hub airports in other countries and with relatively minor problems causing severe delays to passengers."
He said the construction of the new runway alone would create up to 60,000 jobs and would ensure "Britain remains a place where the world can come to do business".
The debate was halted when John McDonnell, whose constituency includes Heathrow, shouted "disgrace" as the transport secretary said MPs would not get a vote on the decision.

Labour unease

After marching from the backbenches to the despatch box he picked up the ceremonial mace and placed it on an MPs' bench - he refused requests to end his protest, was ordered out of the Commons and suspended for a week.
The government has long argued, in principle, that it is in favour of the scheme, subject to pollution limits and access concerns.
But there has been deep unease within Labour ranks, with several cabinet members reported to be unconvinced and more than 50 Labour MPs openly opposed.
At a press conference in Berlin ahead of the Commons statement, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wanted to "protect the economic future of the country while, at the same time, meeting the very tough environmental conditions we have set ourselves".
Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers told BBC Radio 4's Today any government environmental promises would be shown "to not be worth the paper they are written on" and said her party would cancel the project if they win the next general election.
In the Commons she said: "This is a bleak day for our environment and for all those of us who care about safeguarding it."
The Liberal Democrats also oppose the third runway and have urged ministers to invest in high-speed rail links instead.
Their spokeswoman, Susan Kramer, told the BBC the arguments in favour of expansion were "glib" and south west London would become a "pretty miserable" place to live.
"There's this conventional wisdom amongst business that you must grow the airport ... it just isn't held up by the reality. Actually Heathrow has been serving fewer destinations over the last ten years."
The statement to MPs marks the start of the planning process which would be a lengthy one, even without the opposition and legal challenges expected.
Work on a new runway is unlikely to start until 2015 and it is not expected to be operational for at least a decade.
About 700 homes will have to be demolished to make way for the runway, which will increase the number of flights using Heathrow from about 480,000 a year now to 702,000 by 2030.

'At risk'

Environmental campaigners say the decision leaves the government's legal commitment to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 in tatters.
Energy Secretary Ed Miliband told the BBC the plans represented "constrained expansion" with strict rules on air quality and noise.
But Greenpeace director John Sauven said: "If Gordon Brown thinks this is a green runway then he must be colour-blind.
"This package is designed to patch up a cabinet split and will do very little to reduce the huge environmental impact of an expanded Heathrow, which will now become the single biggest emitter of carbon-dioxide in the country."
Barbara Reid, spokeswoman for an all-party group of local authorities, said they were discussing mounting a legal challenge against the government.

"We are talking to our lawyers," she added.

Supporters of the runway say the UK economy will lose business to the rest of Europe if it does not go ahead, pointing out that rival airports such as Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam already have at least four runways.
Former Labour MP Lord Soley, campaign director of Future Heathrow, which represents groups in favour of expanding the airport, said Heathrow brought jobs and "prosperity" to west London and the Thames Valley that was "at risk".
The boss of British Airways, Willie Walsh, said he was "very pleased" by the decision and welcomed the fact the scheme would be subject to "very strict environmental conditions".
Richard Lambert, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said: "This approach to expanding Heathrow's capacity makes real sense. It will create the integrated transport system necessary for an economy that needs to grow in an environmentally sustainable fashion."
source from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7829676.stm
philipman2000 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 4th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #334
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

26 May 2009
nine new destinations go on sale
Press Release

bmi, London Heathrow’s second largest airline, has added nine new destinations to its growing codeshare route network from London Heathrow after expanding its codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic.

Under the agreement, which commences today, bmi can sell direct flights between London Heathrow and the USA gateways of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, Boston and Miami, as well as the cities of Dubai, Nairobi and Delhi, with a bmi marketing codeshare flight number (BD) on flights operated by Virgin Atlantic.

Katherine Gershon, sales & marketing director, said: “We are delighted to be extending our network through this codeshare deal with Virgin Atlantic, offering our customers an even greater choice of international destinations. The new codeshare agreement will offer seamless connections between the USA and our growing Middle East and Russia and CIS network as well as giving bmi customers in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland the ability to book bmi all the way to the USA.”
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 13th, 2009, 04:07 PM   #335
Go Ahead Eagles
Registered User
 
Go Ahead Eagles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Deventer
Posts: 4,070
Likes (Received): 1171

Bmibaby launches Mediterranean flights for summer 2010

Bmibaby, the low-cost subsidiary of bmi, has announced that it is launching an early sale on flights to some of its most popular Mediterranean destinations for summer next year.

The carrier confirmed that the first phase of its summer 2010 flying programme was being made available from East Midlands, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff airports for travel between 19 April and 23 October 2010.

Travellers can make early bookings for flights to Alicante, Malaga, Faro and Palma, as well as some other popular destinations in Spain and Portugal.

Bmibaby is the first low-cost airline to put its 2010 flying programme on sale.

In another early move, the airline announced last month that it was putting some of its destinations for Easter 2010 on sale, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Prague and Edinburgh.

It was also announced at the time that bmibaby will be launching a new route from Manchester to Faro, the gateway to the Algarve.



http://news.opodo.co.uk/articles/200...y-launches.php
__________________
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
CRK,318,319,320,321,332,333,388,732,734,737,738,739,77E,763,773, 77W, 744.
Go Ahead Eagles no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 07:20 PM   #336
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Willie's way off the radar in his flights of fancy about salary breaks
17 June 2009
The Daily Telegraph

ANOTHER day, another wheeze from Willie Walsh, the British Airways chief executive. Fresh from his latest bit of gesture politics - giving up one month of his own pounds 735,000-a-year salary - the man in the BA cockpit is now badgering all his 40,600 staff to follow suit. What next from "Slasher'' Walsh? Staff paying him for the pleasure of coming to work? With what must be presumed a straight face, Walsh this week unveiled in the staff newspaper "a new package of choices, designed to allow everyone to do something'' in what he dubs the airline's "fight for survival''. One option is four weeks of "unpaid work'', taken in one-week blocks "spread over three to six months'', presumably to minimise the pain.

What a generous offer. Walsh seems to have forgotten that it's one thing for a boss to give up his own salary, but quite another to expect all staff to do the same.

Even after travel and other allowances, the average pay of a BA employee is pounds 39,500 a year, according to Civil Aviation Authority statistics. That's less than two-thirds of the pounds 61,500 Walsh earns in a month - a sum he can clearly afford to give up.

Times are admittedly tough, as BA's pounds 401m pre-tax losses proved last year, but Walsh appears to have overlooked that most people need a monthly salary to cover housing and other costs.

Nor, at last look, was BA a registered charity. Moreover, with BA in cost-cutting talks with the unions, Walsh must be careful not to create a culture where people fear that if they don't forgo part of their salary, they will be first in line for the chop.

A bigger issue is that this sort of salary sacrifice does nothing to deal with the main problem. Two decades after it was privatised, BA has still not tackled its chronic over-manning and the archaic working practices that go with it. Rather than exhort his staff into footling gestures, Walsh needs to use the downturn to produce a leaner, fitter airline - including closing to existing members a final-salary pension scheme that BA can no longer afford.

All this may be painful. But it would deliver a legacy far longer-lasting than gimmicks to encourage staff to work gratis for BA. Or Bugger All - as the unions now call it.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 11:07 AM   #337
Go Ahead Eagles
Registered User
 
Go Ahead Eagles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Deventer
Posts: 4,070
Likes (Received): 1171

Virgin Atlantic in talks for 50 Airbus planes

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL] is in talks with European planemaker Airbus (EAD.PA) to buy 50 A350 aircraft from 2014, a company spokesman said on Monday.

The spokesman told Reuters it considered the A350 a "strong competitor" to the Boeing 787 (BA.N). He added it was not yet clear how many of the aircraft would be replacements for older planes.

Virgin earlier said it would take delivery of 10 Airbus A330s in a $ 2.1 billion deal. [ID:nLM711546] (Reporting by John Bowker; Editing by Gary Hill)
__________________
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
CRK,318,319,320,321,332,333,388,732,734,737,738,739,77E,763,773, 77W, 744.
Go Ahead Eagles no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 12:18 PM   #338
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Lufthansa wins BMI sale battle with £115m to spare
23 June 2009
The Independent

SIR MICHAEL Bishop is selling his BMI airline to Lufthansa for £115m less than expected after withdrawing a lawsuit against the German carrier.

The disputed sale, first agreed in 1999, has been junked in return for a one-off payment by Lufthansa of £175m. Under an entirely new contract, Sir Michael's 50 per cent-plus one share of BMI is being bought by a Lufthansa-controlled UK holding company - LHBD - for £48m.

The combined proceeds of £223m compare with Lufthansa's original option to buy, which matured this year, with an expected price of $400m (£338m). But a row erupted over the state of BMI's finances, and last month Sir Michael, right, who has chaired the former British Midland Airways since 1978, launched court proceedings to force Lufthansa to close. With the sale now settled, Lufthansa will begin the task of renegotiating BMI's bilateral agreements. Until all the countries to which BMI flies have agreed to the routes being taken over by an airline of a different nationality, BMI will remain the property of LHBD. To satisfy strict rules on ownership nationality, Lufthansa has only a 35 per cent stake in LHBD, and the remaining 65 per cent is held by British nationals. Once new bilateral agreements are in place, Lufthansa will take over 100 per cent of the group.

Lufthansa's aggressive consolidation plans also include Swiss Air, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines. But the German giant has its own problems, warning on Friday that it is heading for a loss in 2009. Yesterday, Moody's dropped its rating on Lufthansa from stable to negative.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2009, 04:32 AM   #339
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

AIRLINES COULD GO BUST, SAYS BRANSON
23 June 2009
Daily Mail

VIRGIN Atlantic supremo Sir Richard Branson gave the gloomiest warning yet about the state of the airline business, predicting that a major airline could soon go bust.

His stark prediction comes just a day after he riled British Airways by saying the ailing flagcarrier should not be rescued by the government.

BA insisted it has not asked for a bailout, and does not need one. A spokesman said: 'The whole scenario is complete fantasy.'

Sir Richard said BA had brought the matter on itself when chief executive Willie Walsh said that BA was in a 'fight for survival', and asked staff to work without pay for a month.

The Virgin boss said: ' Lossmaking and inefficient airlines should be allowed to go the wall, no matter how big or prestigious they were. The government should not intervene to stop companies going bust. Big inefficient companies which have let their overheads grow should not necessarily survive for ever.

'If they do disappear it will allow new and more efficient companies to take their place Ö As old trees come down, new saplings start growing.'

Transport secretary Lord Adonis insisted there had been no contact with BA about a rescue.

And he was adamant that the government, which has its own problems managing the country's parlous finances, would not rescue ailing airlines.

He said: 'We are not in the business of giving bailouts. Nor would the public expect us to. We don't see any public interest to be served by giving public subsidy.'

The speculation took place as rumours emerged that BA (down 11.8p, or 8.6pc, at 124.6p) has clashed with its pension trustees over a higher-risk investment strategy that it believes has hammered its final salary schemes.

BA's pension deficit is likely to have ballooned from £1.7bn to about £3bn, and the group has hinted it may have to close its final salary retirement schemes.

There has been concern about BA's financial stability since it reported a record annual loss of £401m last month. Walsh has added to the uncertainty by asking staff to work for free.

In the latest edition of in-house newspaper BA News, Walsh said its cash position would be an important factor in helping it through the downturn.

He said: 'Cash is king. Cash gives us time and time gives us options. If we run out of cash, we run out of time and we run out of options.'

BA had a cash balance of just under £1.4bn at the end of March, when it was burning through this at a rate of about £2.7m a day.

It is thought the rate of cash usage has slowed since then.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 10th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #340
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

BAA UK Airports Carried 12.7M Passengers In June
10 July 2009

LONDON (Dow Jones)--BAA PLC, which is owned by Spain's Grupo Ferrovial S.A. (FER.MC), an airliner, announced Friday U.K. airports handled a total of 12.7 million passengers in June, a reduction of 5.9% on the same month last year.

MAIN FACTS:

-Declines continue to reflect difficult economic circumstances, but underlying airport traffic trends improving

-Best underlying group figures since September 2008

-Edinburgh Airport traffic grows for third consecutive month

-Heathrow's network strength remains evident

-Traffic volumes remain in decline, but the latest figures represent the best underlying Group result since September 2008

-Although all key markets were lower in June than a year earlier, all except the European Charter market improved on their performance for the last six months

-Domestic traffic was 8.1% down in June and European Scheduled by 2.8%

-North Atlantic traffic was 9.4% lower, but Other Long Haul was almost level with last year at -0.2%

-Heathrow recorded a decline of 3.1%, stronger than the other airports because of its hub status and the resultant growth in transfer passengers.

-Gatwick was 7.6% down on last year

-Stansted was 11.5% down

-Southampton was 7.9% down

-For the third consecutive month, Edinburgh Airport (+1.4%) recorded growth

-Glasgow and Aberdeen recorded decreases of 10.9% and 9.8% respectively

-In total the number of air transport movements at BAA's U.K. airports was 6.3% lower in June

-The decline in cargo activity continued but for the second month in succession there was a marked shrinkage in the rate of decrease

-This had been 21.8% in April but was 13.7% in June
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 08:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium