79 new airlines begin life in 2017; 25 go out of business – Europe has the highest number of start-ups, but also the most failures

79 new airlines begin life in 2017; 25 go out of business – Europe has the highest number of start-ups, but also the most failures

Here at anna.aero we love the pioneering spirit which surrounds those brave individuals and organisations which take the momentous decision to start a new airline. Thanks to our data-munching friends at ch-aviation, we look at the types of carriers being launched, where they are beginning their fledgling existences and the best (and worst) locations to start an airline.

Royal Air Maroc turns 60 years old; latest reports suggest passenger traffic growth of 10% to 6.7 million; average load factor of 65%

Royal Air Maroc turns 60 years old; latest reports suggest passenger traffic growth of 10% to 6.7 million; average load factor of 65%

Royal Air Maroc is the national carrier of Morocco and between November 2015 and October 2016 the carrier flew 6.7 million passengers with an average load factor of 65%. We take a closer look at the development of the carrier’s annual capacity, and which airports are seeing the greatest gains. 

Tampere-Malaga is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with over 16,000 searches; Finnair's next regional route??

Tampere-Malaga is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with over 16,000 searches; Finnair’s next regional route??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last year over 16,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Tampere and Malaga ‒ but the route is unserved!? With Finnair adding a Palma de Mallorca to Oulu service in S18, could this airport pair be the next route linking ‘little Finland’ in Spain and Finland??

Thai Airways returns to growth after 2014 cuts; THAI Smile leads the way with 8% growth in 2017

Thai Airways returns to growth after 2014 cuts; THAI Smile leads the way with 8% growth in 2017

Thai Airways has faced a challenging few years following a period of political upheaval in its home country and growing regional competition from expanding LCCs. In 2014 it launched a new wholly-owned subsidiary, THAI Smile, with an all A320 fleet and a focus on regional flying. Thai’s network developments over the past 10 years are analysed here.


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Battle for second spot in inter-regional Arch of Triumph competition hots-up as Asia and North America slug-it out

Battle for second spot in inter-regional Arch of Triumph competition hots-up as Asia and North America slug-it out

Although Europe effectively won its fourth consecutive inter-regional Arch of Triumph title in the summer, the tussle for runner-up still has a way to go it would seem. Will 2013 overall champion North America succeed in securing second spot from Asia, which has taken this slot every year since 2014?

Argentina–Chile is South America's fastest-growing intra-country market; Brazil's domestic sector leads despite 0.3% capacity cut in 2017

Argentina–Chile is South America’s fastest-growing intra-country market; Brazil’s domestic sector leads despite 0.3% capacity cut in 2017

The South American market overall has seen capacity fluctuate between 3.8% growth and 4.9% cuts in recent years, but despite this, many country markets are thriving. We take a closer look at South America’s leading intra-country markets and see how capacity has grown in recent years.    


LATAM Airlines proclaims Route of the Week victory for its new Melbourne connection as Tampa celebrates Cake of the Week win

LATAM Airlines proclaims Route of the Week victory for its new Melbourne connection as Tampa celebrates Cake of the Week win

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Cobalt is named as the best start-up airline at the 2017 CAPA Awards while it also announces a new route to Moscow Sheremetyevo. More news also from Wizz Air which has confirmed it will begin serving Athens from 2018, Blue Air, Qatar Airways Cargo and Cardiff Airport.  

30-Second Interview - Juha Järvinen, CCO at Finnair

30-Second Interview – Juha Järvinen, CCO at Finnair

Last week, anna.aero’s Chief Analyst Nick Preston met with Finnair CCO Juha Järvinen on the fringes of the CAPA-ACTE Global Summit in London, to discuss the carrier’s capacity growth and the strategies that will drive its future network expansion plans.

New Zealand's top 10 airports showing 42% growth in seat availability when compared to 2007; Queenstown fastest-growing major airport

New Zealand’s top 10 airports showing 42% growth in seat availability when compared to 2007; Queenstown fastest-growing major airport

New Zealand’s top 10 airports in 2017 are offering a combined 48.72 million seats, up from 34.33 million 10 years ago. We look to see which are the nation’s fastest growing airports and country markets during the past few years, and see how tourist numbers are growing to one of the world’s leading leisure destinations.

Montreal is Air Canada's fastest growing hub in S17; mainline and Rouge indicating double-digit growth while Express shows capacity cuts

Montreal is Air Canada’s fastest growing hub in S17; mainline and Rouge indicating double-digit growth while Express shows capacity cuts

While Air Canada has shown significant growth from Montreal during the past few years, its additional capacity has not been distributed evenly among the domestic, transborder and international sectors. anna.aero investigates where the focus of the airline’s growth has been, and highlights what routes are being launched next.  


Frontier Airlines' route droppings revealed; 23 airport pairs no longer served with O'Hare and Atlanta seeing biggest changes

Frontier Airlines’ route droppings revealed; 23 airport pairs no longer served with O’Hare and Atlanta seeing biggest changes

We love to see airlines celebrate route launches, but route droppings are also a fact of life, though less publicised. In a week that has seen US ULCC Frontier Airlines launch a significant 30 routes, we got our data elves to rummage through its schedule data to see what routes the airline has said goodbye to this summer.

Cologne Bonn-Belgrade is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with over 20,000 searches; Eurowings' 11th CEE route??

Cologne Bonn-Belgrade is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with over 20,000 searches; Eurowings’ 11th CEE route??

Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that in the last 12 months over 20,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Cologne Bonn and Belgrade ‒ but the route is unserved!? Eurowings flies to 10 destinations in Central and Eastern Europe from the German airport, but the Serbian capital is presently not one of them.

Iberia rebuilds capacity from its Madrid hub over the last three years

Iberia rebuilds capacity from its Madrid hub over the last three years

Iberia is the largest operator at Madrid Airport. Services provided by its mainline operation, Iberia Regional and Iberia Express account for 42% of all departing seat capacity from Madrid during the week commencing 10 October 2017. The next largest carrier is Air Europa which will provide 15% of the departing seats from the Spanish capital.

Middle East makes it win #2 in 2017 Arch of Triumph competition

Middle East makes it win #2 in 2017 Arch of Triumph competition

Its been a long time coming – since the second week of this year’s competition to be exact – but finally the Middle East has claimed its second victory of 2017. Find out which of the region’s airports has fought off entries from Australasia, Europe, North and South America to claim this week’s title.