Airline Analysis

flydubai sees capacity fall for first time in 2017 after seven years of growth; Saudi Arabia is top destination market

flydubai sees capacity fall for first time in 2017 after seven years of growth; Saudi Arabia is top destination market

flydubai provided more than 15 million seats across its network in 2017, representing a marginal 2.0% reduction compared to the previous year. The Middle Eastern LCC has enjoyed a rapid rise since commencing services in 2009. Nick Preston examines the carrier’s development, including its fleet and network trends.

Alliance Airlines reports capacity boost due to additional Fokkers from Austrian Airlines; will fly for FlyPelican from Adelaide to Newcastle

Alliance Airlines reports capacity boost due to additional Fokkers from Austrian Airlines; will fly for FlyPelican from Adelaide to Newcastle

Alliance Airlines is based in Brisbane, the host city of Routes Asia 2018, operating a fleet of F50s, F70s and F100s throughout Oceania. While it is mainly known for its charter operations, it does fly scheduled services for a number of airlines in Australia. Jonathan Ford discovers more about the operator. 

Ukraine International Airlines withstands external factors to up capacity by over 400% since 2008; Israel tops international market table

Ukraine International Airlines withstands external factors to up capacity by over 400% since 2008; Israel tops international market table

Ukraine International Airlines offered over 7.9 million seats across its network in 2017, an increase of 24% versus 2016. During the past decade, the carrier has moved to the top of the charts, becoming the leading airline in its home market, plus it has maintained growth for eight consecutive years despite challenging external factors. Nick Preston takes an in-depth view at the airline’s latest network development trends.


Thomas Cook Group carriers grow seat capacity 11% in two years as US market more than doubles; Birmingham biggest base without long-haul

Thomas Cook Group carriers grow seat capacity 11% in two years as US market more than doubles; Birmingham biggest base without long-haul

The Thomas Cook Group operated just under 19.93 million seats in 2017, up 11% from its offering in 2015. With long-haul growth high on the agenda, will the carrier expand this strategy to more of its bases? Jonathan Ford looks to see where the airline has focused its capacity, and where it’s expanding in 2018.  

Alaska Airlines offering 27 million seats from Seattle-Tacoma; growth rate slows in 2017 as it prepares to open second point in city

Alaska Airlines offering 27 million seats from Seattle-Tacoma; growth rate slows in 2017 as it prepares to open second point in city

Alaska Airlines is certainly a carrier expecting to take more from Seattle, with the airline confirming its first flights from Paine Field to an initial eight cities. Not surprisingly, these sectors are all flown from Seattle-Tacoma, with 600 weekly departures being offered by Alaska Airlines, plus nearly 470 weekly competing services.  

SWISS grew annual traffic by 19% between 2010 and 2017, however it is still losing home market share to easyJet despite increased capacity

SWISS grew annual traffic by 19% between 2010 and 2017, however it is still losing home market share to easyJet despite increased capacity

SWISS transported 16.9 million passengers last year, up 2.3% on 2016. Yet despite enhanced capacity, plus rising passenger numbers, the carrier is still losing market share to easyJet. We look in more detail at the Star Alliance member to see how it has developed in recent years.   


Kenya Airways grows traffic 71% in 10 years to 4.46 million annual passengers; load factor back above 70%; confirms New York JFK launch

Kenya Airways grows traffic 71% in 10 years to 4.46 million annual passengers; load factor back above 70%; confirms New York JFK launch

Kenya Airways’ announcement of non-stop flights to New York JFK is one of the most significant route developments in its history. With the news, anna.aero has looked at how the carrier has development in recent history, with numbers showing that the carrier has been busy enhancing its passenger numbers. 

Spring Airlines doubles capacity over past five years; Shanghai airports dominate route network, Thailand is leading international market

Spring Airlines doubles capacity over past five years; Shanghai airports dominate route network, Thailand is leading international market

There were more than 18.5 million two-way seats available on Spring Airlines’ services in 2017. The Chinese LCC has experienced rapid growth over the past 10 years, during which time it introduced its first international destinations. We take a look at the Asian airline’s fast developing network, including its largest airports and routes.

Georgian Airways is taking advantage of visa-free EU travel by planning a wealth of routes for S18 from Tbilisi; capacity grows by 47% in 2017

Georgian Airways is taking advantage of visa-free EU travel by planning a wealth of routes for S18 from Tbilisi; capacity grows by 47% in 2017

Georgian Airways increased its annual seat capacity from over 425,000 in 2016 to just under 625,000 last year, with it opening new services from its leading hub in Tbilisi to Kiev Boryspil, London Gatwick and Prague. We take a closer look at Georgia’s national carrier to see how it has evolved in recent years. 


Vietnam Airlines mulling US flights for 2019; 10% growth expected for 2018; anna.aero travels to Hanoi to meet the airline's EVP Le Hong Ha

Vietnam Airlines mulling US flights for 2019; 10% growth expected for 2018; anna.aero travels to Hanoi to meet the airline’s EVP Le Hong Ha

Vietnam Airlines tells anna.aero that it expects to carry around 21.5 million passengers this year, with the airline planning for 10% growth in 2018. The SkyTeam member also tells anna.aero about its initial plans to serve the US market in 2019, and its current thoughts about its next potential fleet order. 

Jetstar Pacific Airlines carrying five million passengers a year; anna.aero travels to Ho Chi Minh City to meet airline's COO Leslie Stephens

Jetstar Pacific Airlines carrying five million passengers a year; anna.aero travels to Ho Chi Minh City to meet airline’s COO Leslie Stephens

Jetstar Pacific Airlines is expecting to carry 14%-15% more passengers this year when compared to 2016, which is in-line with the current growth being seen in Vietnam’s aviation market. To find out more about the LCC, anna.aero travelled to Ho Chi Minh City to meet the airline’s COO Leslie Stephens. 

Wizz Air's seasonality report – could do better; traffic to whizz past 28m passengers in 2017

Wizz Air’s seasonality report – could do better; traffic to whizz past 28m passengers in 2017

Wizz Air has added over nine million passengers to its traffic statistics in the last two years. Its loads have not just remained robust, they have continued to grow, outstripping its capacity increases over the last 12 months. We take a peek under the hood of the airline engine of Central and Eastern Europe.