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Bringing you the latest airline news and airline industry insights. Get the need-to-know developments in passenger experience, ancillary services, revenue management, and loyalty and technology.

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SpiceJet tries to stand apart with personalized names for each of its aircraft

Naming planes is a practice that started with Viking’s ships, but the tradition, when still carried out today, is part of social media strategy with frequent flyers sharing which quirky names they’ve ticked off the list.

SpiceJet tries to stand apart with personalized names for each of its aircraft

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African airlines look to consolidation to take back control of their continent’s airspace

Global alliances are considered a necessity these days, but Kenya Airways wants to take care of business at home first, as it seeks a merger with two other African airlines.

African airlines look to consolidation to take back control of their continent’s airspace

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Chinese-language shopping concierge the new new thing at international airports

And why not, if that's the fastest growing and biggest customer base in the coming years. Spending on building Chinese-language and culture-related services may be the cheapest and best investment airports may ever make.

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Profits are up at U.S. airlines, which means labor contract renewals will become interesting

While U.S. airlines have got costs under control, it has been at the cost of very aggressive labor relations. The employees at nearly every U.S. airline are working out contract grievances, but management is unlikely to update contracts - despite recent profitability - unless pushed by mass labor movement.

Profits are up at U.S. airlines, which means labor contract renewals will become interesting

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Male-dominated airlines forget females are frequent fliers too

There’s nothing Mad Men about flying today except for loyalty programs’ continued courting of male passengers. Both sexes will take note when a brand adds touches that titillate their distinctive tastes.

Male-dominated airlines forget females are frequent fliers too

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American Airlines’ board gets a thumbs down from its leading bondholders group

The leadership at AMR sees a hefty payday ahead for itself if they can exit bankruptcy independently, but with its biggest bondholders opposed to an independent way if said leadership is intact it's going to be an uphill battle for Horton and crew.

American Airlines’ board gets a thumbs down from its leading bondholders group

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Maldives cancels major airport project at the last minute sending a negative signal to investors

Despite the Maldives’ reputation as popular leisure destination, internal cultural conflicts and an unpredictable government will push foreign investors away from the Indian Ocean islands.

Maldives cancels major airport project at the last minute sending a negative signal to investors

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The United and Continental merger isn’t going as well as they’d like you to believe

Continental and United did not learn much from the mistakes of Delta and Northwest. Its unequal contracts, incompatible systems, and divergent work cultures are signs of an arrogant, unwieldy management that can't rally the troops behind a common cause.

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Airlines want FAA to rethink new higher-training pilot rules

The answer can't be either or, right? The mandatory training and hours requirement is too low now, but the FAA limit is going to completely break the back of the current system. There has to be an in-between answer.

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U.S. carrier consolidation is decreasing domestic routes and passenger numbers

Domestic flyers in small cities are feeling the squeeze from U.S. carriers’ consolidation as short-haul routes get cut in a trend that shows no signs of stopping.

U.S. carrier consolidation is decreasing domestic routes and passenger numbers