Airline Analysis

Porter Airlines turns 10 years old – now offers nine international routes while growth plans are in limbo

Porter Airlines turns 10 years old – now offers nine international routes while growth plans are in limbo

On 2 February 2006 Porter Airlines was founded, with operations commencing in the October of that year. During the last month of 2015, the carrier launched its ninth international destination from Toronto City to Melbourne (Florida). In commemoration of the airline’s 10th anniversary and its latest launch, anna.aero decided to take a look to see how the carrier has developed over the past decade, and look at why the carrier’s future growth strategy is currently on hold.

China Eastern Airlines poised to smash 100 million annual passengers; Xi’an is biggest route from Shanghai Pudong

China Eastern Airlines poised to smash 100 million annual passengers; Xi’an is biggest route from Shanghai Pudong

China’s second largest carrier, China Eastern Airlines is likely to pass the 100 million passenger milestone in 2016 if its recent annual growth is anything to go by. Our data elves reveal the airline’s biggest routes and country markets, including Australia, from its biggest base at Shanghai Pudong.

TUIfly consolidates its flying after years of tears; home base Hannover still #1 German airport

TUIfly consolidates its flying after years of tears; home base Hannover still #1 German airport

Last time we looked at TUIfly was over seven years ago, 18 months after the airline had been created through the merger of Hapag-Lloyd Express and Hapagfly and 30% capacity culls were the order of the day. anna.aero takes a look to see how things have moved on since then.


BinterCanarias on growth trail again in 2016; home base Gran Canaria still #1 airport

BinterCanarias on growth trail again in 2016; home base Gran Canaria still #1 airport

Far from dynamic when it comes to new routes, Gran Canaria-based BinterCanarias opened its last new routes in 2013, including the link from Tenerife South to El Hierro. Our data elves investigate the regional carrier’s biggest bases and routes.

Air India carried 18 million passengers in 2015; UAE is still leading country market while San Francisco is latest long-haul route

Air India carried 18 million passengers in 2015; UAE is still leading country market while San Francisco is latest long-haul route

India’s flag-carrier operates over 100 aircraft across a network of almost 90 airports. We look at its share of domestic and international operations, its biggest routes (by ASKs) and leading country markets.

Pobeda goes international serving Bratislava and Milan/Bergamo; Aeroflot’s LCC looking for other international destinations in 2016

Pobeda goes international serving Bratislava and Milan/Bergamo; Aeroflot’s LCC looking for other international destinations in 2016

Aeroflot’s in-house LCC started almost 50 new routes in 2015 including its first two outside of Russia. We reveal what share of the Moscow market the carrier has and which are its 15 biggest routes (by ASKs) from Moscow.


Vistara reaches one million passengers just before first birthday; serves 12 destinations with fleet of nine 148-seat A320s

Vistara reaches one million passengers just before first birthday; serves 12 destinations with fleet of nine 148-seat A320s

India’s Vistara launched back in January 2015 and now commands just under 2% of the Indian domestic market. We look at the airline’s passenger and load factor development in 2015, its route network and its first dropped route.

Debrecen Airport becomes Wizz Air base #22; six destinations now served including London Luton with daily flights

Debrecen Airport becomes Wizz Air base #22; six destinations now served including London Luton with daily flights

Wizz Air started three new routes to Belgium, France and Sweden from its newest base in Hungary last week. It now offers 21 weekly flights across six destinations. We have pictures of the celebrations.

WestJet now serves more destinations from Toronto Pearson than from anywhere else; London (UK) services set to start next May

WestJet now serves more destinations from Toronto Pearson than from anywhere else; London (UK) services set to start next May

It may not offer quite as many flights and seats as it does in Calgary, but WestJet’s Toronto Pearson base offers the most extensive network of any of the airline’s hubs. We reveal what competition it faces on the busiest routes.


Air Nostrum comes of age – 21st birthday analysis reveals the importance of Madrid and Balearics

Air Nostrum comes of age – 21st birthday analysis reveals the importance of Madrid and Balearics

It was 21 years ago on 15 December, that Iberia franchisee Air Nostrum took to the air with its first flight ‒ a Fokker 50 service between Valencia and Bilbao. The Spanish domestic market remains critical to the airline’s operations, as we look into its network today.

Japan Airlines rebuild continues although weekly seats falling; Haneda-Fukuoka still # 1 route

Japan Airlines rebuild continues although weekly seats falling; Haneda-Fukuoka still # 1 route

Resuming routes after a 14-year break, like Tokyo to Dallas/Fort Worth, is a sure sign of route network recovery for Japan Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier and second largest airline. anna.aero jumps into JAL’s data to find out its most important operations and city pairs.

anna.aero meets with airBaltic as it celebrates 20 years in the air

anna.aero meets with airBaltic as it celebrates 20 years in the air

While on a recent visit to Riga, anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford met with airBaltic’s VP of Corporate Communications, Janis Vanags, to discuss the carrier’s current and future strategies, especially in the light of the recent closures of Estonian Air last month, and Air Lituanica at the start of S15.