Singapore Airlines Ltd. is missing the party in its own home. Tourist spending in the city jumped by half since 2008, aided by two new casinos and a 23 percent rise in passenger traffic through Changi Airport.
Qantas Airways Ltd., seeking to revive unprofitable international operations, is counting on five different airline units to win travelers in China, a country 60 times bigger than its home market of Australia.
Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. , the Australian carrier backed by Richard Branson , unveiled a new name, livery and cabins as it challenges Qantas Airways Ltd.’s 90 percent share of the nation’s business-travel market.
Japan Airlines Co. Chairman Masaru Onishi still feels a burning sensation in his stomach each time he climbs Osutaka Ridge, where 27 years ago he helped man a make-shift morgue after one of the carrier’s jets plowed into the mountainside.
Delta Air Lines Inc., the only major U.S. carrier without a Japanese partner, is pushing for more landing slots at Haneda airport near central Tokyo as United Continental Holdings Inc. seeks its first foothold there.
Japan Airlines Co. and ANA Holdings Inc.’s fight over additional slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, Asia’s second-busiest, is widening to include global airline partnerships seeking access to fly businesspeople right into the heart of the city.