Airline News - Europe.


Mar 10, 2008


Aeroflot on the occasion of its 85th birthday said it intends to double its annual passenger numbers by 2015 to approximately 16 million and acquire at least one European competitor. It bid for Alitalia last year and in recent weeks has expressed an interest in CSA Czech Airlines and Jat Airways. Mar 4, 2008

Air France

Air France could cut a quarter of the 4,000 jobs in its domestic network by 2016 due to increased competition from TGV fast trains, a spokesman said on Friday. A number of regional connections could be cancelled or reduced in frequency. Meanwhile Air France, part of Air France KLM, is considering running fast train services itself. The TGV is a brand name owned by state rail company SNCF and uses trains made by Alstom. Alstom recently unveiled the AGV, a new generation of fast trains that have a commercial speed of 360 km per hour instead of 320 km/h for the current generation. Mar 7, 2008

British Airways, OpenSkies

British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies revealed several product features for the transatlantic 757 service it plans to launch in June. The three-class, 82-seat Boeing 757-200s will have 24 business class seats, MD Dale Moss wrote on the startup's website. The cabin, dubbed Biz, will feature lie-flat seats, on-demand IFE with more than 50 hr. of programming and an expanded menu with "more fresh, healthy, a la carte selections. . . and a service style that is modeled from a fine dining restaurant." A Biz ticket also will include dedicated check-in and private airport lounges. Mar 6, 2008

Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines will fit out its nine Boeing 767-300ERs with a new premium economy cabin featuring 35 seats with 36-in. pitch. Installation, which is scheduled to be finished by November, will necessitate the reduction of Condor's Comfort Class business cabin to 18 seats from 24. Mar 7, 2008

CSA Czech Airlines

CSA Czech Airlines will add four new Airbus A319s and...

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