Exciting Interesting times for the air industry

These are exciting times in the air industry….well, okay perhaps ‘exciting’ is not quite the right word, but certainly these are ‘interesting’ times. Sometimes sitting down to write this column I’m confronted by the blankness of not only the screen, but a dearth of interesting things to write about. This time, however, it’s the exact […]


These are exciting times in the air industry….well, okay perhaps ‘exciting’ is not quite the right word, but certainly these are ‘interesting’ times. Sometimes sitting down to write this column

I’m confronted by the blankness of not only the screen, but a dearth of interesting things to write about. This time, however, it’s the exact opposite.

The Italian saga of Alitalia will undoubtably make a great book one day, but personally I’ll wait for the movie…maybe Sophia Loren will star, after all, that’s about the era Alitalia’s unions seem to be stuck in. But be forewarned, your next flight may forsake the standard aerobridge in favour of a scooter trip across the apron.

And then of course there is the global economic situation that seems likely to get much, much worse before it gets better. The usually unflappable Warren Buffet spoke with almost amusing hyperbole barely a week ago when he described the current US-led crisis as an “economic Pearl Harbour”. We didn’t realise the US economy was under ‘foreign’ attack.

But best of all, there are two unique characters – both from the UK – and both, by a twist of absurd fate, have been thrown together. On one hand there is London Heathrow and on the other there is the irrepressible mayor of London, Boris Johnson.