Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
Fledgling African LCC fastjet started its first international route last week, flying from its Dar es Salaam base in Tanzania to Johannesburg in South Africa. anna.aero catches up with Ed Winter, the airline’s CEO and acting Chairman, on the day of the route launch at its London Gatwick offices.
30-Second Interview with Yevgen Treskunov, EVP Strategy and Development, Ukraine International Airlines
In the first of our two 30-second airline interviews in our Ukraine special edition, we talk to the establishment, the incumbent – namely Ukraine International Airlines, about its market position following the demise of AeroSvit.
In the second of our two 30-second airline interviews in our Ukraine special edition, we talk to the new order, the encroaching ULCC – namely Wizz Air Ukraine, about its battle to establish itself in a highly regulated market where bilaterals still determine who can fly and how many times they can fly.
With an aircraft delivery schedule offering a wealth of new route opportunities for any airport within six hours flying time of Istanbul, Turkey’s other fast-growing carrier, Pegasus Airlines certainly has the scope to become a significant European force. Our 30-second interview with Guliz Ozturk, Senior Vice President (Commercial) tells you all you need to know about Pegasus’ network strategy.
Want a new long-haul service to your airport? Of course you do. Thomas Cook Airlines Group has three long-haul aircraft spare in W14/15 and five in the S15 season. Our 30-second interview with Jens Boyd, Head of Group Long-Haul for the group, tells you how to get a new route.
Simonas Bartkus, Air Lituanica’s CCO, found some time to talk to anna.aero’s associate editor Tadas Juozonis before the airline’s first scheduled flight between Lithuania and Belgium.
30 Second interview – Dr Temel Kotil, President and CEO Turkish Airlines (plus some comments from Ryanair’s Cawley)
In his first industry appearance, speaking at the ACI EUROPE-ACI World Annual Congress in Istanbul, Dr Temel Kotil clarified that Turkish Airlines will not be launching direct services from Europe to Australia – he will use a hub like Singapore instead.
AirEuropa, the emerging South American specialist carrier from Spain, launched its sixth route to the continent last week. anna.aero caught up with the airline’s Colin Stewart, GM UK, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of AirEuropa’s niche operation.
Aer Arann is now operating more flights than ever on behalf of Aer Lingus. We caught up with the airline’s CCO to ask about the working relationship with Aer Lingus, route developments, new aircraft, connecting traffic and the main challenges the airline faces.
anna.aero was invited to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport last week to celebrate the arrival of Turkish Airlines’ new base, which will result in 13 international routes this summer. We got to talk to the airport’s CEO about competition, the new planned airport for Istanbul, the growth in Turkish air travel and the chances of Istanbul winning the right to host the 2020 summer Olympics.
30-second interview: easyJet Head of Sales UK, Ruth Spratt has a slice of route launch cake with anna.aero
easyJet launched its second new service to Moscow Domodedovo in 9 days, this time from Manchester. anna.aero’s Marc Watkins witnessed this momentous event – and brought cake!!
anna.aero had the opportunity to spend 30 seconds with Heathrow Airport’s Executive Commercial Director Fidel Lopez as well as CCO, Guy Stephenson from competing hub London Gatwick – just 55km across town. Both want more runway capacity for their respective airports, but seemingly only one will get it.