Alitalia to go low-cost on short-haul routes

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first_imgAlitalia plans to cut costs by 1 billion euros ($US1.07 billion) over three years, cut its single-aisle fleet by 20 aircraft and move to a domestic low-cost model in the latest plan to turn around its fortunes.Losing money in an environment where low-cost carriers make up almost half the market and shape consumer habits,  the airline’s board has put forward an ambitious restructuring plan aimed at making it profitable by 2019.The plan is subject to the airline’s fractious trade unions agreeing to job cuts and new work agreements.It will see the Italian carrier fit extra seats to its single-aisle planes, increase aircraft utilisation and cut short- and medium-haul air fares as it tries to boost revenues while reducing costs.  It will also charge for ancillaries such as seat selection, checked luggage and food.But it will stay a full-service carrier on its long-haul markets.Also in train are plans to grow the number of flights from Italy to the Americas by increasing frequencies on existing routes and adding new cities as well as to build a bigger presence in Milan Linate, Sicily and Sardinia.“In the short and medium-haul markets – domestic flying in Italy and throughout Europe – passengers will be able to personalise their journey.’’ Alitalia chief executive Cramer Ball said. “We will simplify air fares and offer customers the opportunity to purchase products such as seat selection, checked-in luggage and priority boarding throughout the booking process, and all the way up to the airport gate.“On flights that are four hours or less we will introduce the buy-on-board concept that is not only commonplace with low-cost carriers but is happening more and more at traditional, network airlines.’’On the long-haul front, the airline said its wide-body intercontinental flights would be based on a full-service model but maintain “an intense focus on costs and efficiency”.The airline will fit new in-flight entertainment and wi-fi to its Boeing 777s and said its new flagship, a 382-seat Boeing 777-300ER, would join the fleet in August.Alitalia, which has been 49 per cent owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad since 2014,  has lost passengers as low-cost rival Ryanair grew strongly in the market. According to one analyst quoted by The Wall Street Journal, it is losing 1.5 million euros a day.The airline did not reveal in its announcement how many jobs would go as a result of the change but said it present details of the board-approved plan, including “head-count” measures to the Italian government and then unions. It said the plan’s funding by shareholders was subject to the airline’s trade unions agreeing to a new collective works agreement and the job cuts.The three-year cost reduction plan would be accompanied by a push to boost revenue by 30 per cent to 3.7 billion euros by 2019, when the airline would be expected to be profitable. This included renegotiating contracts in areas such as aircraft leasing, global distribution, in-flight catering, airport ground handling and airports.Ball said the airline had rebuilt its brand and invested heavily in staff training and technology. “The aviation industry is ferociously competitive and never stands still,’’ he said. “Only through radical change will Alitalia’s fortunes be turned around,” he said. “We must transform this business into a dynamic entity that is attractive to customers who have plenty of choice for their air travel needs.”The Alitalia chief expressed confidence the next stage of the airline’s industrial plan would be successful “provided that all interested parties play their part”.“The radical and necessary measures across the entire airline will secure our long-term sustainability which will only materialise if the airline is the right size, the right shape and with the right productivity and cost base,’’ he said.“We must do this, especially in our short and medium haul business in order to provide a platform to grow our profitable long-haul business further in the future.“This is a critical aspect because most of our customers fly on our short and medium-haul planes to connect onto our long-haul services.’’Other parts of the airline’s “four pillar strategy” include plans to build on a 200 million euro investment in technology to develop new sales channels to help boost revenue as well as to improve efficiency and productivity.last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Board of Trustees elected officers for 2015-2016 during the September board meeting. These executive committee positions include the offices of president, first vice president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.The immediate-past president continues to serve on the executive committee as chairman of the board. Individuals in these positions are responsible for the implementation of board policies and procedures, as well as carrying out the roles for their respective offices.Adam Graham of Logan County was elected president of OSA. This is Adam’s third term on the executive committee after previously serving as secretary and first vice president. He has taken on multiple leadership roles on the board and committees. He holds a degree in agriculture from Wilmington College and currently grows soybeans and corn on his farm in North Lewisburg and Marysville.Elected first vice president was Todd Hesterman of Henry County. This is Todd’s second term on the executive committee, previously serving as treasurer. Todd holds a degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University (OSU) and is a Certified Crop Advisor and board member of the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District. Todd grows soybeans, corn and wheat on his farm in Napoleon.Also elected to his second term on the OSA executive committee as vice president was Allen Armstrong. Allen previously served as secretary on OSA and is a member of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA), Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and a former board member of the Ohio Soybean Council. He is also active in the Ohio 4-H program. Allen grows soybeans and corn on his farm near South Charleston.Scott Metzger of Ross County was elected to his first term on the OSA executive committee as treasurer. Scott is a former ASA/DuPont Young Leader and graduate of the OFBF AgriPower program. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau and is a member of OCWGA. Scott holds a degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University and grows soybeans, corn and wheat on his farm near Williamsport.Elected to his first term to the executive committee as secretary was Jeff Adams of Champaign County. Jeff is a former ASA/DuPont Young Leader and the first Beck’s Young Farm Leader of the Year. He is a graduate of OSU where he majored in Agricultural Business with a minor in Crop Science. Jeff currently grows corn and soybeans on his farm near Urbana and operates a custom fertilizer business.Immediate-past president, Tommie Price of Putnam County, assumed the position of chairman of OSA. Tommie served last year as president and previously as first vice president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. He operates T&D Farms in Ft. Jennings where he grows soybeans and corn. Tommie is a member and past officer of the Putnam County Farm Bureau and Putnam Electric Cooperative, and was previously a Putnam County Commissioner.last_img read more


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first_imgAs the winter sets in, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is looking for another accommodation to lodge 34 political detenues, currently in the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar, as it lacks proper heating arrangements, officials said.Also read: Fear, cold and lack of work prod migrant workers to leave KashmirThe winter chill has already started taking a toll on the health of the detenues that include National Conference, People’s Democratic Party and People’s Conference leaders and prominent social activists, as well as the security personnel guarding them.They have been lodged at the hotel on the bank of the Dal Lake since August 5 when the Central government announced its decision to dilute Article 370 of the Constitution and split the State into two Union Territories.Also Read Kashmir Valley: Three months after the decision on Article 370Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:1102:11  According to the officials privy to the development, Centaur Hotel, owned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), has submitted a bill of ₹2.65 crore to the Home Department for 90 days of boarding and lodging of the detenues.The administration has, however, rejected the claims of Centaur Hotel, and argued that the facility was converted into a subsidiary jail on August 5 and therefore, only the government rates would be paid.The rates sanctioned by the administration would be around ₹800 per day as against ₹5,000 charged by the hotel, the officials said.During the winter, temperature in Srinagar dips below the freezing point.The seat of administration in the newly created Union territory has moved from Srinagar to Jammu for the winter months.The officials said steps would be taken soon to shift the detenues.The MLA hostel on Residency Road in the heart of the city could have been an alternative accommodation, but it is now occupied by former MLAs hailing from Jammu and newly elected councillors.Unwilling to dislodge the former MLAs and councillors, the administration has started looking for a state-run or private hotel for shifting the detenues, they said.They said talks are on with a private hotel in the high-security cantonment area, where some detenues, including Sajjad Lone of People’s Conference (PC), Ali Mohammad Sagar of National Conference (NC), Naem Akhtar of the PDP and former IAS officer Shah Faesal, could be accommodated. Watch | Kashmir Valley: Train services remain suspended months after dilution of Art.370 New Indian map shows UTs of J&K, Ladakhlast_img read more



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first_imgBruins, Blues set to clash in bruising Stanley Cup Final Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Once that bill goes through both levels of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and gets signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to become a Republic Act then, Brownlee can officially say he’s a Filipino.Brownlee, who won three titles with the Gin Kings, had said that he would love to play for the Philippines and that stance has not change one bit.“I’d definitely be honored to play and represent the country, that’s definitely been a dream of mine since I’ve been here in the Philippines. Connecting with the Philippine culture and the people, it’s been unbelievable,” said Brownlee.“Hopefully, the [legislative] process is still going forward and it’s not standing still or going backwards, I’m still excited for it,” added Brownlee who had 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks against the Bolts.Cone said that Brownlee’s impact goes beyond basketball and that the prolific 31-year-old’s personality alone gives a team wonders.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows just how good Justin Brownlee is that he wants his trusted forward to one day don the Philippine national team colors.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Brownlee started playing in the PBA in 2016 as a replacement import for Paul Harris and has since become entrenched in the local basketball culture even playing hoops with fans he comes across while driving.“Justin can change a team, not just by his play, but by his personality,” said Cone. “He’s an amazing player and human being, he really is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cone didn’t discount the capabilities of current naturalized player Andray Blatche, but if it were him he’d vote for Brownlee to represent the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino in international competition.“Isn’t Justin amazing?” said Cone after Ginebra’s 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I tell you, I know that Andray is a great player, and I know all these guys, I really don’t have any say in that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“But I tell you my vote goes for Justin, for the national team.”Mikee Romero, the 1-Pacman party-list representative and NorthPort governor, filed House Bill No. 8106 endorsing Brownlee’s naturalization in the lower house of the Philippine Congress back in August 2018. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more




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first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Good Morning San Diego auto expert and New York Mike showed off some Harley-Davidson motorcycles ahead of special fundraiser Sunday, March 3rd.The San Diego Harley-Davidson “Live To Ride” Special Fundraiser is at San Diego Harley-Davidson. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a ride to Mt. Soledad at 10:30 a.m.There will be the National Color Guard and speeches and the ride ends with a party at San Diego Harley that includes Lunch, Music, Raffles & fun for the whole family, according to organizers .Proceeds help men’s mental wellness as suicide prevention.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, March 1, 2019 Posted: March 1, 2019 Dave Stall: Live to Ride fundraiser Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more




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