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Michael O’Leary: I was the one who was slow to move. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary admits he was last to get on board with the company’s new policy of being nice to customers and had no idea “just how (...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

Stephen Kavanagh: he stressed that becoming part of the group that owns British Airways (BA), Iberia and Vueling would accelerate the growth Aer Lingus is experiencing on its long-haul services. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Aer Lingus will grow more slowly and face higher risks if it opts to remain independent instead of accepting the €1.36 billion takeover offer from In(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the Government would look at any offer for Aer Lingus from the perspective of its value and potential impact on the Republic’s links with the rest of the world. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Aer Lingus’s institutional investors believe there is scope for International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) to increase its €1.3 billion-plus o(...)

International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh: covets Aer Lingus’s 23 Heathrow slot pairs and more transatlantic traffic. Photograph: Alan Betson

So Willie Walsh wants to acquire Aer Lingus, despite numerous protestations to the contrary over the past nine years. His timing looks good. Aer Lingu(...)

CityJet is to increase its flights from Dublin to London City Airport by 25 per cent.

CityJet’s parent company has sold VLM, the regional carrier bought by the Irish airline eight years ago, to its management who want to re-establish t(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

A year ago, Michael O’Leary admitted the airline he did so much to shape over two decades was a little on the abrupt side. He promised his charges would stop doing things to “unnecessarily piss people off”. He has been as good as his word. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It seems a leopard might be able to change its spots after all. A year ago Michael O’Leary admitted the airline he did so much to shape over two decad(...)

Boeing is just one of the aviation companies to welcome the Irish Stock Exchange’s new dedicated aviation finance exchange.  Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) has announced plans to create a specialist debt listing platform to enhance Ireland’s status as a global centre in avia(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Ryanair’s 29.8 per cent stake in Aer Lingus and its three unsuccessful attempts to take over its rival helped prompt the European Commission to propose expanding mergers law. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The seven-year ownership battle between Aer Lingus and Ryanair has prompted a proposed shake-up of mergers law that could allow State and EU authoriti(...)

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