Airline News - Europe.


Sep 1, 2008


Alitalia sought bankruptcy protection on Friday after nearly two years of looking for a buyer, paving the way for its rescue by a group of Italian investors in a coup for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The long-awaited move by the national airline after 61 years of flying popes and movie stars during Italy's "Dolce Vita" glory days sets it up for a less glamorous rebirth as a smaller airline focused on domestic and European routes. Aug 29, 2008


Bmi will double its London Heathrow-Moscow Domodedovo service to twice-daily on Oct. 26. The airline has served the Russian city daily since October 2006, but this additional service will firmly position the carrier as a key player on the lucrative route, previously dominated by British Airways and Russian airline Aeroflot. bmi operates two cabins on its Airbus A320 with 20 business class seats and 108 in economy. Business class passengers will benefit from a 127 cm seat pitch (41 cm more than other carriers on the route according to Bmi), 49cm seat width and 31cm / 35 degree seat recline. For more information on BmiAos new service visit Sep 5, 2008

British Airways

British Airways has now confirmed that it will begin Heathrow-Hyderabad flights on December 6 following Kingfisher Airlines introducing Heathrow-Bangalore last week, and Mumbai from the start of the winter season 26 October. he UK-India is certainly heating up. British Airways says the Indian market is now its second largest long haul after the United States. Besides Hyderabad the airline flies to Bangalore, Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay). It competes on various routes with a number of carriers including Air India, Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic, besides the new Kingfisher operation. bmi introduced a short lived Mumbai route in 2006, and the airlines of the Gulf offer non-direct competition but only on a price basis. British Airways will operate Boeing 777 equipment on the route five times per week, with a four-class layout. Flight time is around nine hours. For more information visit Sep 6, 2008

Emerald Airways

UK regulators have tightened their processes for detecting safety-related problems with operators, after an overrun incident involving a freight carrier showed that close scrutiny had failed to reveal the full extent of operational deficiencies. The Civil Aviation Authority suspended Emerald Airways' air operator's certificate in May 2006, but...

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