Air France KLM, SNCF
Air France KLM is in preliminary talks with state rail company SNCF about high-speed train cooperation even before the liberalization of rail travel by 2010, Liberation newspaper said on Tuesday. The French paper said SNCF has offered Air France to set up a special joint unit for the rail link between airport hubs. Air France last week confirmed its interest in high-speed train travel and said it was in talks with Veolia Transport, which does not currently have a high-speed train service. Air France and SNCF had no immediate comment on the report. High-speed rail links have already taken traffic from short distance air links. With existing or upcoming high-speed rail links between Paris, Amsterdam or Frankfurt, airlines could transport long-distance air travellers to their hubs -- boosting the load factor and cutting costs. 7/15/2008
British Airways is launching an advertising campaign to try to rescue the reputation of Terminal 5, its new home at Heathrow Airport, which opened to chaotic scenes of lost baggage and canceled flights in March. Walsh said the performance of the terminal had "very significantly improved", and he was receiving letters and emails on a daily basis praising the GBP4.3 billion pound (USD$8.6 billion) facility. A union leader told a parliamentary committee last week an average of 932 bags a day were still not connecting with passengers transferring at Terminal Five. 7/15/2008
British Airways said it expected to reduce capacity by 3 to 5 percent in its winter season. British Air chairman Martin Broughton said the airline is looking at extra fuel costs this year of more than 1 billion pounds, which is more than last year's record profit of 875 million pounds. 7/15/2008
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