The Greatest Gig In The Sky 2008 Part II


In our earlier post we started a year-end poll about the biggest things that happened in the airline industry in 2008.

In the first poll we aksed your opinion about the best A380 interior design.

Now it’s fun time. Let’s see who was the biggest looser of the year.

The nominees are:


  • A cow hit by an aeroplane during landing.

The weird accident happened earlier this year. You can read the short story here.

Both Boeing and Airbus had problems with their new wonder machines. Boeing was in a much better situation about 2 years ago, but in the meantime Airbus delivered the A380 and Boeing is still stuck in the middle of the Dreamliner project.

  • British Airways and British Airport Authorities for screwing up the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5.

When it comes to success, it is always about one-man-shows. But when failure is coming, it is always team work. Here you can read about what went wrong during the Terminal 5 project, but one thing is clear: that was a huge failure.

  • Ryanair in the dispute with Mr Sarkozy

To keep a long story short, Ryanair used French president, Mr Sarkozy and his newly wed wife without their permissions for an advertisement in a French daily paper. Then Mr Sarkozy sued them and said he did not want any money, and if he wins, he will give it to charity, but it was not fair what Ryanair did. You can read the full story here.

  • Mr Sarkozy in the dispute with Ryanair

Finally Mr Sarkozy won the case, and Ryanair had to pay EUR 60 000, but in the end accorsing to Ryanair they won about EUR 5 million in the form of free publicity. You can read more about it here.

Now it is your turn to tell us:

Who is the biggest looser of the year?

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