Archive for May, 2008

Silverjet, the Biritsh all-business class airlines based at London Luton Airport, has stopped flights as of today, May 30th 2008.

From Bloomberg

“The airline, whose last flight left Dubai today for the
company’s base at London Luton Airport, appointed administrators
after failing to get $5 million in emergency funding from Middle
Eastern investor Viceroy Holdings LLC, it said in a statement.”

This is the third business-class only operator between London UK and US to file for bankruptcy after Eos Airlines and MAXjet Airways.

Facts about Silverjet

  • Created in 2004 by Lawrence Hunt.
  • They used to fly all business Boeing 767-200 aircrafts between
    London Luton Airport-Newark Intl Airport and London Luton Airport -Dubai Intl Airport.
  • It offered a private passenger terminal
    at London Luton Airport and also had a private check-in area at Newark
  • Fleet consisted of 3 Boeing 767-200 aircrafts

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Naomi Cambell has been charged on the incidence assaulting two police officers during a luggage incidence at Terminal 5 of London’s Heathrow Airport. The incidence happened during the infamous chaotic opening week of Terminal 5.

From Associated Press

The Crown Prosecution Service said Campbell faced six charges — three
counts of assaulting a constable, two counts of using threatening,
abusive words or behavior to the cabin crew and one count of disorderly
conduct. Police said the assault charges related to two officers.”

“She arrived at the police station Thursday in a chauffeur-driven
Mercedes. She left without speaking, but her lawyer said the supermodel
was “bitterly disappointed” that she had been charged.”

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Impact of rising fuel costs has found a new victim, the free blue and white pretzel pack on US Airways.

From bizjournals –

” The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline said the cost-cutting measure stems from the impact of rising fuel costs.”

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United Airlines and US Airways are reported to have again failed to reach an agreement. Both the companies have been rumored to be in talks about a possible merger which would help both the companies fight their survivals which has been endangered due to the increase in jet fuel price.

From CNBC article

United Airlines
Jacquelyn Martin / AP
United Airlines

has been little to no contact between United Airlines and US Airways in
recent days and the internal teams of senior executives at both
companies as well as external bankers and lawyers assigned to the
project have put it on “permanent hold,” one person involved in the
talks said. While it remained possible the talks could be revived,
people involved in the most recent discussions said they had never
advanced to final negotiations.

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The new international airport at Bangalore (the famous silicon valley of India), Bengaluru International Airport started its operation on Saturday at 12:05 a.m. Indian Standard Time with the Air India’s flight IC 957 to Singapore with 144 passengers. The airport is situated in Devanahalli, outskirts of Bangalore.

From Hindu Business Line

“The airport has arrived after a nine-year tumultuous journey and a
55-day wait to take off. Hours before the first flights, the lights
along the trumpet flyover into the airport gave it a dazzling fairytale
look while the terminals were business-like.”

I did seem to set a record for an Indian Airport –

The Bengaluru International Airport on
Saturday handled 341 air traffic movements, including 172 arrivals and
159 departures, setting a record of sorts on the inaugural day of
commercial operations.”

“The Rs 2,500-crore public-private venture is promoted by Siemens,
Unique Zurich Airport, L&T, Airports Authority of India Ltd and the
Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation Ltd.”

Though, since the airport is 35 km from the center of Banglore, people seem to prefer the fast train connection between Chennai and Banglore.

From Times of India

“With flights being delayed at Chennai airport and poor road connectivity from the new Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to the city centre, many travellers are finding that taking the train to Silicon Valley is faster. The new airport at Devanahalli in Bangalore is about 35 km from the centre of the city.”

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At the annual shareholder’s meeting in Amsterdam, Louis Gallois, the chief of European Aeronautics Defence and Space (EADS), told shareholders that “There are still significant levels of execution risk”.

A380 and A400M, both the plane programs have been hit by delays which are reported to be worth a loss of billions of Euros. Obviously, the shareholders are not happy.

From New York Times

faces risks in the development and stepped-up production of two new
plane programs, the superjumbo A380 and the A400M military transport
aircraft, the chief executive of Airbus’s parent EADS said Monday”

From Seattle Times

“In November, Airbus said a delay to its A400M military transport could
cost as much as 1.4 billion euros ($2 billion) in penalties and other

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George Best Belfast City Airport, an airport in Belfast (Northern Ireland), has been put up for sale by the Spanish Ferrovial Group.

From BBC Article

In 2003, ownership of the airport passed to Ferrovial, which has its headquarters in Madrid. It bought the airport for £35m.”

“Airport management have stressed that there will be no impact on the day to day operations of the facility.”

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