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Nov 13, 2006

Assn. of European Airlines said the punctuality of European carriers fell during the third quarter owing to the Aug. 10 terrorist scare and subsequent security measures. On long-haul services, just 62.3% of flights departed within 15 min. of schedule, a drop from 69% in the year-ago period. Short/medium-haul flights departed on time at a 77% rate, a decline from 79.9% last year. Baggage irregularities were measured at 18.9 missing bags per 1,000 passengers, up from 15.6 in the 2005 quarter. Nov 10, 2006

Aer Lingus, Ryanair

Ryanair, whose bid values Aer Lingus at EUR1.48 billion (USD$1.9 billion), has said it would remain a long term investor in its rival if the bid failed. It holds 19.2 percent already. If we don't make it, well then we can continue to be a minority stakeholder and we can hold our position and in a year's time we can make another bid if we so wish," he said later in an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE. O'Leary said Ryanair planned to return some of its cash pile to investors by the end of 2007 either with a special dividend or share buyback, regardless of whether the offer succeeds. Nov 6, 2006

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines announced in January that it would start regular flights to Arbil but cancelled its plans a month later following a review of the circumstances. Partly state-owned Austrian was the first European airline operator to start services to Sarajevo and Pristina in the wake of the war in former Yugoslavia. Nov 9, 2006

Austrian Airlines

Austrian To Launch Regular Iraq Flights. Austrian Airlines said on Thursday it would start regular flights from Vienna to the northern Iraqi city of Arbil twice a week from December 11, nine months after it abandoned a similar plan. Austrian, the first European carrier expecting to launch scheduled flights to Iraq, said it saw the capital of the country's Kurdistan region as a secure destination. Arbil would serve as an access point for Mosul and the oil-rich region around Kirkuk while the United Nations also planned to establish a major base in the city, Austrian said. Nov 9, 2006

British Airways

European carriers scale back on food, drink. Several European carriers are cutting food and beverage service to lower their costs. British Airways, for example, has stopped serving full meals on mid-morning and mid-afternoon flights. Spain's Iberia has eliminated meals from the economy cabin on shorter flights. Nov 8, 2006


Finnair will launch four-times-weekly service from Helsinki to Gdansk, its third Polish destination, in April aboard Embraer 170s. Nov 6, 2006


Take Off, Light Up On Smokers' Airline. "We would like to remind passengers that smoking is permitted on this flight." It has been a long time since most European air travellers heard anything like this, but a German entrepreneur has set up an airline that will give its customers the freedom to chain-smoke from take-off to landing. Alexander Schoppmann, the 55-year-old founder of Smoker's International Airways -- Smintair -- said he got the idea for a smokers' haven in the heavens after he'd had enough of expensive non-smoking long-haul flights with poor service. Once Smintair flights begin in October 2007, smoking will be allowed in all 138 seats aboard a spacious Smintair Boeing 747. Normal airlines fit up to 559 passengers in a 747. Nov 8, 2006


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