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Emirates bolsters its commercial leadership team

Emirates has announced a number of management changes in its Commercial Operations department that will see two UAE Nationals assuming new roles to support the airline’s growth in the Middle East and Far East. The Commercial team promotions are also a further testament to the airline...

Amadeus says IATA's NDC has 'wasted time and energy'

Amadeus vice president industry affairs Svend Leirvaag, speaking at the CAPA World Aviation Summit 2015, said (07-Oct-2015) IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) has "wasted time and energy" and "derailed" industry discussion. He said: "IATA has wa...


McCullough shows Wright Brothers’ success was family affair

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Wright brothers, who changed the world when they took to the skies on a bleak winter day in 1903 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is the familial support and devotion that enabled them to pursue wholeheartedly what sounded to most people back then like a delusional fantasy. David McCullough’s carefully crafted account, The Wright Brother...

New United chief Munoz ready to ‘act’

United Airlines new chief Oscar Munoz will act soon to address some of the issues that he is hearing about from employees and customers, says the carrier’s chief revenue officer Jim Compton. “You’re going to see him act,” says Compton on the sidelines of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Fall Conference in New York today. “Some things you&rs...

Another CAAC Officer Under Investigation

Another CAAC officer was taken away for investigation by the Communist Party's discipline inspection department, yicai.com reported on Saturday.  Wei Hong, director of the International Air Transport Division of the Transport Department, CAAC, was taken away Friday by the Communist Party's discipline inspection department for anti-corruption. Officials have intensified efforts t...

Schiphol’s chief commercial officer to leave

The Schiphol Group has announced that Maarten de Groof will leave his role as chief commercial officer on 1 April next year. He has held the position since 1 February 2008, and has worked on various projects for the group and at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Schiphol Groups chief executive officer and president, Jos Nijhuis, says: “Maarten de Groof has been of great value for Schiphol. H...

Jet Aviation Singapore names F.Khan new FBO senior manager

Jet Aviation Singapore is pleased to announce the appointment of Faizal Khan to FBO senior manager, effective October 1, 2015 As senior manager, Khan will be responsible for Jet Aviation Singapore’s day-to-day FBO operation, Aircraft Parking and Tenancy services. He is succeeding Bernard Loo, who has left the company. Khan and his team will ensure continued premium customer experience whi...

Brégier: Airbus confident of A320neo delivery in 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier is confident the European manufacturer will meet a year-end deadline to bring its A320neo into commercial service. The statement followed last week’s “minor damage” to one of the test aircraft’s engines. MSN6101, the first A320neo prototype equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G, was affected. The A320neo test plane wa...

Five talking points from the week in UAE business

Emirates makes its point The world had its first look at the new Emirates advert featuring Friends star Jennifer Aniston this week. The majority of feedback we’ve received has been positive, as the Dubai carrier’s ad notched up nearly a million YouTube views in its first day and is now approaching 1.5 million - reaching people being its primary objection. And, as well as inf...

Equiom appoints new Managing Director

Equiom has appointed Aidan Davin their new Managing Director. Davin has served as Equiom’s Group Client Services Director for the past two years but steps into his new role on 1st October 2015. Davin said: “I am looking forward to taking up the position of Managing Director at Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited. Paul has done a fabulous job and leaves the business in great shape....

Jennifer Aniston’s Emirates Advertising Debut Is a Passenger Experience Nightmare

Jennifer Aniston has made her debut as the face of Emirates Airlines’ latest campaign with a quirky and humorous video that highlights the nightmare of air travel in anything but luxury. In the video, Aniston dreams that she’s on a plane with no shower or bar, and is mocked by flight attendants for asking. Fortunately, she wakes up in First Class on an Emirates A380, so all is well...

Qantas’s Joyce named airline CEO of the year

Aviation consulting house CAPA – Centre For Aviation has recognised Qantas and its chief executive Alan Joyce for the airline’s recent revival. Qantas received the airline turnaround of the year award, while Joyce was named airline chief executive of the year, at the World Aviation Summit held in Helsinki. CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison described Qantas’s retur...

A Conversation with Media Mogul Bob Pittman

The man who gave us MTV and now heads the largest radio-station company in the U.S. doesn’t like to waste a minute. That’s one of many reasons why he loves business jets. Bob Pittman’s resume testifies to his obsession with productivity. Perhaps best known for having led the team that founded MTV, he has also been CEO of AOL, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Re...

Lufthansa announces new United States sales director

Lawrence Ryan has been appointed director of sales, USA for the Lufthansa Group. He is responsible for sales and promotional activities, overseeing corporate, retail, online travel agencies, group sales and leisure/specialty sales segments for key account management and field sales teams. Ryan succeeds Don Bunkenburg, who will take over the role of general manager for Japan, Lufthansa German...

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