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Dubai Airshow: 'Gulf Three' deals will strike fear into rival airlines

Dubai Airshow: 'Gulf Three' deals will strike fear into rival airlines | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
The fact that Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airlines bought more than $150 billion worth of commercial planes on the first day of the Dubai Airshow has surprised no one, but at the same time worried just about everyone in the airline industry -- well,...
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Wow. Frightening for all industry watchers. 

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Frequent Fliers Hunt for Loopholes in New Mile Award Programs

Frequent Fliers Hunt for Loopholes in New Mile Award Programs | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
As Delta and United are set to change the way they reward members of its frequent-flier programs, travelers are looking for loopholes, in part by flying partner airlines that still operate under the old rules.
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The first thing this is going to do is make the Middle-Eastern carriers a lot more attractive on the long-haul. It will also confirm the eventual move towards treating Economy-class and non-Premium (by fare and class) travel as a "commodity". Lots of other impact, not the least of which is unhappy frequent fliers.

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Let’s Fix It: Travel Wasn’t Always This Horrid. Where’s the Compassion? | LinkedIn

Let’s Fix It: Travel Wasn’t Always This Horrid. Where’s the Compassion? | LinkedIn | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
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This was an enjoyable read about the lack of empathy and compassion in travel. I think it's driven quite a bit by the whole drive towards "personalization"; everyone has a story and when airline margins are now peanuts, that individual story becomes a little more difficult to believe or make exceptions for. It's a pity, but it's one thing I remember my old company was superb at - I was with them for about 12 years and remember that a premium was placed on customer satisfaction. 

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Singaporean photographer snaps rare pictures onboard North Korean aircraft

Singaporean photographer snaps rare pictures onboard North Korean aircraft | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Asia East Asia - SINGAPORE - Singaporean Aram Pan, 38, is one lucky man. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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An interesting and rare glimpse into aviation in N. Korea. Good to know the service is warm. The aircraft though is something from a few decades ago!

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MythBusters finds the fastest and most efficient plane boarding method

MythBusters finds the fastest and most efficient plane boarding method | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
The popular television series MythBusters found that the boarding method used by most carriers is the slowest and least efficient of six possible seating techniques, clocking in at more than 24 minutes.
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Something light-hearted but interesting nonetheless for aviation and travel enthusiasts!

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Aviation: The Invisible Highway | a film by Brian J. Terwilliger | narrated by Harrison Ford

Aviation: The Invisible Highway | a film by Brian J. Terwilliger | narrated by Harrison Ford | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Aviation: The Invisible Highway. A film by Brian J. Terwilliger. Narrated by Harrison Ford.
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Can't wait for this to be released. Looks stylishly done!

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The rarefied air at the front

The rarefied air at the front | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
"THE rich even get better air than the rest of us," proclaims Mother Jones's Kevin Drum, riffing off an American Prospect story on "the airlines' war on the 99%". Mr...
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Interesting perspective on the front-end and how it relates to society and "wealth". The point remains though - more can happen at the back if the economics make sense.

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airlinetrends.com » India’s low-cost carriers get creative with their buy-on-board food packaging

airlinetrends.com » India’s low-cost carriers get creative with their buy-on-board food packaging | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
As airlines are starting to approach the passenger experience in a more holistic way, they are also starting to pay attention to details such as the packaging of meals and drinks as an extension of their brand. Two great examples of attractive and fun food packaging can be found in India, where low-cost carriers JetKonnect and IndiGo have come up with fun and quirky buy-on-board ranges.
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Interesting view on the creative packaging of the LCCs in India.

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Ryanair: We’ve done everyone a favour by reshaping passenger behaviour

Ryanair: We’ve done everyone a favour by reshaping passenger behaviour | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Ryanair's David O’Brien reveals to FTE when the new app and mobile boarding passes will be launched, and why the LCC is trying to “un-differentiate” itself.
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Turning differentiation on its head.

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Socialising in the sky

Socialising in the sky | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
SOCIAL media is nothing new for the airline industry. Most carriers understand that peer-to-peer social networks like Facebook and Twitter offer a cost-effective and...
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Hmm. Social networking in-flight somehow doesn't seem all that exciting. In what is probably the last "location" on this planet where we can claim the lack of connectivity, this is troubling. Not simply because of the connectivity, but because sometimes, all you want to do is message, not actually meet :)

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Latest airline perk: Safe distance from the masses

Latest airline perk: Safe distance from the masses | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime
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SQ was at least a decade ahead of its time then - reading this. Way back in '98, they opened up the First Class curbside checkin and other perks. Looks like others are playing catch-up :)

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14 Global Trends That Will Define Travel in 2014

14 Global Trends That Will Define Travel in 2014 | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
2013 was a year of big stories in travel, but what will drive the world’s largest industry in 2014? How will the megatrends in travel intersect with the ground realities of economies-in-upheaval and
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Some interesting trends identified for 2014. We are now starting to talk about the "effective" personalisation of travel; we are starting to see the blurring of lines between business and leisure; we are talking now about metasearch and metadata. Interesting times ahead!

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Should airlines redesign your boarding pass to look like this?

Should airlines redesign your boarding pass to look like this? | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Almost everything has changed for the better in the world of travel – perhaps it’s time for boarding passes to do likewise? A US designer has taken a fresh look at the standard boarding...
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Maybe we should have frequent AND infrequent travellers redesign the boarding pass, not a designer :) I don't believe this adds any significant value in terms of better communication - do you?

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Everything you wanted to know about user engagement with travel content in one report

Everything you wanted to know about user engagement with travel content in one report | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
How users engage with travel content is the topic of the latest research, showing how important compelling content is across devices for travel companies.
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Some real scoops here, especially with the data sets presented. Worth a read and analysis if you're in the travel business.

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The New 3-D Seat Design That Would Make Flying So Much Cooler

The New 3-D Seat Design That Would Make Flying So Much Cooler | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Global travel industry intelligence: News, info, data and analysis on airlines, hotels, tourism, cruises, startups, tech and more.
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Really interesting design of future airplane seating.

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These five charts underscore why IndiGo just bought 250 jet planes

These five charts underscore why IndiGo just bought 250 jet planes | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Most of India's airlines are struggling, but IndiGo is flying in the opposite direction. India's biggest airline by market share, the company announced on Wednesday that it was buying 250 single-aisle jets from Airbus, in what is the European planemaker's biggest deal ever. IndiGo's president Aditya Ghosh yesterday told Quartz that the $25 billion deal—which eclipses its...
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This is a lot less about Indigo and more about India as an under-penetrated aviation market. The numbers of course paint a fairly simplistic picture, one designed to support the clickbait headline. For serious thinkers, bear in mind that "orders" do not equal "deliveries", and therein lies the source of Iindigo's profits. In any case, the other stats on various markets in this article are illuminating.

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How airports are leveraging technology to drive revenue

How airports are leveraging technology to drive revenue | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Airports, for the most part, have invested heavily in the past years in self-service technology that keeps travelers informed and improves the experience.
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Very interesting article and these are the airports that are stealing a march on the likes of Changi. As the Internet of Things increasingly becomes a reality, these tech applications will only become more ubiquitous. And pax will get more demanding. Watch this space! 

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Out of Office: The Words No Business Traveler Wants to Hear

Out of Office: The Words No Business Traveler Wants to Hear | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers and members share their business travel advice and stories from life on the road. Read all the posts here.The contest I don’t want to enter
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Great tips for road warriors!

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Nobody Expected A Flight Attendant Could Do THIS. And It Was Caught On Video!

Nobody Expected A Flight Attendant Could Do THIS. And It Was Caught On Video! | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
I've been on a lot of flights but I've NEVER seen anything like this!
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This was amazing! Highly recommended that you listen for more than a few laughs :)

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Take flight into the future

Take flight into the future | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Cutting-edge technology is helping airports respond to new logistical challenges
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A very interesting look into how and where technology is being used to improve the entire travel and airline experience.

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Would you pay to cut in line for the toilets on a flight?

Would you pay to cut in line for the toilets on a flight? | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
According to a new Fly.com survey, there are some fees passengers hate, and some they'd happily pay for.
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Interesting infographic and stats.

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Samsung’s pax experience plans and Virgin Atlantic Google Glass update

Samsung’s pax experience plans and Virgin Atlantic Google Glass update | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
View our picture round-up of FTE Europe 2014 and find out the latest passenger experience visions from the likes of Samsung, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair.
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Interesting round up of innovative thinking related to airlines, aviation and travelling.

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Onboard innovation: Viva La Evolucion!

Onboard innovation: Viva La Evolucion! | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Mary Kirby, founder of Runway Girl Network, explores the latest onboard innovations, including second-screen tech, inventive cabin design and PED-friendly trays.
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Innovation on-board. Some good observations about why it lags innovation on ground.

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Airline Ratings

Airline Ratings | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Airlineratings.com provides an A-Z on the global aviation industry including a world class rating system, safety ratings, crash investigations, videos and facts/statistics from our very own team of first-rate international editors and experts.
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Check for your favourite airline! Kudos to the winners.

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Singapore Airlines joins Cathay Pacific in upgrading regional subsidiary airline product | APEX Editor's BlogAPEX Editor's Blog

Singapore Airlines joins Cathay Pacific in upgrading regional subsidiary airline product | APEX Editor's BlogAPEX Editor's Blog | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
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Interesting to see the different approaches to the upgrades between Silkair and Dragonair. What's not stated here is the influence exerted by the largely China-focused Dragonair, versus the broader Southeast Asia-focused Silkair. In other words, give it 5-7 years and the next round of product upgrades from Silkair will look markedly different.

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Secret of IndiGo's consistent profits: What makes it prosper despite a troubled industry - The Economic Times

Secret of IndiGo's consistent profits: What makes it prosper despite a troubled industry - The Economic Times | The Internal Consultant - Airlines & Aviation | Scoop.it
Aviation has always been a thorny industry, but Indian aviation has stood out as notoriously brutal owing to high taxes and costly airport charges.
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Finally, an article on Indian aviation with analysis worth reading. Aviation industry insiders in India have known this for years. Seeing the numbers here lends credence to what was hitherto just "belief". Why can't other airlines do this? It boils down to what my Corp Accounting professor used to say was Rule No. 1 of business - "Cash is King"! Many airlines do not generate sufficient cash flow today to do what Indigo does. Additionally, many of them cannot operate profitably on a consistent basis (core operations). Given this double whammy, is it any surprise airlines struggle? 

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