Lufthansa waits in Air Berlin’s wings.
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Is national pride the only thing that can save struggling airlines like Air Berlin and Alitalia from market forces?
An illustrated look inside.
The U.S. is considering expanding a ban it imposed in March on several Middle Eastern countries to all flights from Europe. A close look suggests the meager benefits just aren't worth the high costs.
Government regulations require airlines to say and do certain things before any flight.
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United Airlines' recent stumbles suggest its culture is too 'tight' and constrained by rules, leaving employees little room to make judgement calls.
But standards of service are so low across the US airline industry that United may well get away with it.
The not so friendly skies?
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Videos of a United passenger being involuntarily dragged off a plane went viral, creating a PR disaster for the company – one that could have easily been avoided.
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By responding to passenger violence by training staff, airline management fail to address fundamental issues with their low cost profit model.
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Despite performing the same job, one of BA's three cabin crew fleets earns far less than their colleagues.
It's not just European travel that will be affected, but transatlantic flights too.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use.
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Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
Looking back in languor? Cullen in the north of Scotland.
Holiday making accounts for almost a tenth of the British economy. Here's how it might be impacted by a vote to leave the EU.
Up, up and away.
When you consider the market Ryanair is entering, there is every reason to believe its private jet service will be popular.
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The renowned aviator's name became synonymous with Concorde and the era of supersonic flight.
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Demand for the A380 appears to have stalled, but it's still the best Very Large Aircraft out there.
Moonshot. Enough reward points to take a longer trip?
It's a collosal business. But who gets the most out of 'rewards'? And what if we all used ours at once?
After a wave of mergers, few large US airlines remain.
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The Justice Department is investigating whether airlines are colluding over airfares, but high prices may simply be a consequence of industry consolidation.
Debate over potential pollutants calls for better tools to measure air quality.
Health effects from contamination on planes is controversial, not least because we don't measure on-board air quality during 'fume events'.
Bag it up. Is airport security at risk?
When reports surface that a drugs syndicate might control an airport's baggage handlers, it's time to look at the pressure points for what is a precarious job – and a serious security threat.
Hackers in seat 61? Not what passengers want to see in-flight.
If passengers are to be offered in-flight Wi-Fi, then airlines should add another black box to record what's happening on their networks.
Not as easy as flicking on autopilot.
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Cost cutting by commercial airlines has led to a worrying rise in inexperienced pilots.
Not bad for budget.
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Airline profitability is cyclical. The industry is extremely vulnerable to many factors outside of its control from terrorism, volcanic eruptions and economic downturns that reduce demand to wildly fluctuating…