03/05/2012

Can Swiss rival the cheap airlines?

The airline Swiss is doing well at the moment and has a new service to China. Can it keep doing well in the face of the low prices for flights to Asia, and if so then how?

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02/23/2012

Marie Colvin : Death of a reporter

Watched a baby die today. Shrapnel, doctors could do nothing. His little tummy heaved and heaved until he stopped. Feeling helpless... Will keep trying to get out the information.

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02/20/2012

Zurich to Beijing: cheaper via Geneva!

Since Saturday 11 February Swiss Airlines runs a flight to Beijing. According to an article in this paper, it will be cheaper to fly from Geneva, via Zurich, than from Zurich directly!

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02/19/2012

Swiss jet sold to Iran

In 2010 a Falcon 2000 jet aircraft of Dasnair SA was sold to someone in Slovakia, who then immediately sold it to the Iran Civil Aviation Organization. Certainly perfectly legal ,but !

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02/16/2012

Prices in Geneva airport tax-free shops: a rip-off

A TV consumer defence programme investigated prices in the duty-free shops inside Geneva airport, and found many items neither tax-free nor cheaper than elsewhere!

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02/11/2012

Airports, banks and other shopping places

After having a shopping mall with an attached airport and a flying restaurant, we will soon have a commercial arcade with a bank HQ attached. What might we have next?

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02/09/2012

Rafale/Gripen/Eurofighter ?

Supposedly, both the Rafale and the Gripen fighter planes are being offered at a discount. The arrival in Geneva of a French Air Force Falcon jet could be related!

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02/01/2012

A spy thriller story?

When a private jet has the identification of a Saudi aircraft but uses the callsign of an aircraft of the German Intelligence service, we can wonder what is really happening!

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01/29/2012

Les Verts et l'aéroport

Après leur échec aux élections de l'année dernière, le parti des Verts doit se repositionner. Quelle sera leur attitude sur l'expansion continuelle de l'aéroport de Genève?

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01/28/2012

Rich and poor private jets

On Thursday 26 January, two interesting private jets came to Geneva: one big Airbus 318 from the Gulf region and one Embraer Legacy 600 from Greece.

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01/26/2012

How green is my airport?

After their relatively poor showing in the last elections, the Green Party needs to redefine itself. Next Monday, Yvan Rochat will say how the Green Party views Geneva airport.

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01/24/2012

Another airline drops Geneva

In the plethora of gloomy predictions in "Le Temps" today, 24 January, was the news that Gulf Air is to stop its Geneva-Bahrain service. Hard times coming?

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01/20/2012

Noise pollution and happiness

Last Tuesday, 17 January, the Times newspaper did not arrive in Geneva. Pity, because you could have read a journalist's 5 steps to happiness (and they don't cost a penny).

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01/19/2012

Meryl Streep: then and now

Yesterday, 18 January, TSR2 showed the beautiful film "Out of Africa", including some exquisite aerial photography. Meryl Streep was fantastic then, and still is now.

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01/16/2012

Berlin and Djerba: a tale of two cities!

Berlin and Djerba need tourists for their economy, but in both places there are objections to the behaviour of these tourists: debauchery in Berlin and bikinis in Djerba!

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