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Fuel above USD130 (plus margins). But thats only part of the story


Last year was perhaps one of the few in history where the stars were aligned for the global airline business – a “sweet spot” that delivered almost decent returns for many companies. The world experienced a harmonious synchrony of economic conditions, so that demand for travel was strong, oil prices were still well below USD100 a barrel, there was no pandemic of bird flu, nor major terrorist attack to undermine travel confidence and the conditions looked basically serene. This year offers a stark contrast. [713 words]

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