Airline Analysis

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. 

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.

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.  


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.

Kuwait Airways grows summer seat capacity by 33%; now operating nine 777-300s; expecting to pass the three million passenger barrier in 2017

Kuwait Airways grows summer seat capacity by 33%; now operating nine 777-300s; expecting to pass the three million passenger barrier in 2017

Kuwait Airways is undergoing a fleet overhaul, with it expecting to welcome its tenth and final 777-300 in Q3 this year. By 2019 it will also have A320neos and A350s, meaning Kuwait Airways will have one of the youngest fleets in the Middle East. We look to see how the new additions are impacting the airline’s current network of 39 routes.   

South African Airways continues to cut capacity as future remains uncertain; SA Airlink sees double-digit growth as SA Express shrinks

South African Airways continues to cut capacity as future remains uncertain; SA Airlink sees double-digit growth as SA Express shrinks

South African Airways in FY2016 carried 6.92 million passengers with an average load factor of 74%. However, South Africa’s national carrier is in turmoil at the moment with regards to its future. We look to see how the carrier has adjusted its network in recent years to maintain its operation so far.  


Frontier Airlines traffic grew by 76% from Orlando in 2016, with Q1 2017 passenger count up 28%; home to 18% of the airline's passengers

Frontier Airlines traffic grew by 76% from Orlando in 2016, with Q1 2017 passenger count up 28%; home to 18% of the airline’s passengers

Orlando is Frontier Airlines’ second largest airport operation, with it welcoming 2.63 million passengers with the airline in 2016. This is particularly impressive given that in 2009 only 110,000 passengers used the ULCC from Orlando. We look behind the airline’s expansion from the Floridian gateway in recent years.   

Oman Air traffic grows 21% in 2016; 32% of traffic connecting on 50-destination network from Muscat; 11 more destinations by 2023

Oman Air traffic grows 21% in 2016; 32% of traffic connecting on 50-destination network from Muscat; 11 more destinations by 2023

In 2016 Oman Air welcomed 7.7 million passengers, with the airline recording an average load factor of 74%, up from 71% in 2015. We take a closer look at how the Omani national carrier has phenomenally grown in recent years, what destinations have been added, and what it will achieve in 2017.   

JetSMART takes flight from Chile; initial network shows 11 routes and eight destinations; LATAM Airlines already serving 73% of network

JetSMART takes flight from Chile; initial network shows 11 routes and eight destinations; LATAM Airlines already serving 73% of network

JetSMART is a new Chilean ULCC based in Santiago. Launching services on 25 July between the capital and Calama in northern Chile, the carrier has a planned network of 11 domestic routes, with four not involving Santiago. anna.aero takes a deeper look behind the operations of the world’s latest airline. 


Primera Air gears up to join the low-cost transatlantic market – anna.aero analyses the demand behind the carrier's new venture

Primera Air gears up to join the low-cost transatlantic market – anna.aero analyses the demand behind the carrier’s new venture

Primera Air recently confirmed that from S18 it will enter the low-cost long-haul sector across the Atlantic, with the carrier planning six new routes from bases at Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris CDG to Boston and New York Newark. We check the numbers to determine if the airline’s new venture is viable.  

American Airlines' international capacity drops 41% from Chicago O'Hare; shifts to domestic growth; strengthening against United

American Airlines’ international capacity drops 41% from Chicago O’Hare; shifts to domestic growth; strengthening against United

American Airlines is Chicago O’Hare’s second largest airline after United Airlines, with the oneworld member operating 35% of weekly seat capacity from the US hub this summer. Overall the carrier has increased its seats from O’Hare by 3.4% this year, however the level of growth varies in different sectors.  

Air Algérie seat capacity up 7.5% in 12 months; Budapest and Porto among new destinations; 31% of traffic flown on domestic routes

Air Algérie seat capacity up 7.5% in 12 months; Budapest and Porto among new destinations; 31% of traffic flown on domestic routes

Air Algérie is the national airline of Algeria, operating to destinations across Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. Its biggest airport operation is Algiers, with the capital airport occupying 34% of the airline’s weekly seat capacity. We take a closer look at the carrier’s development and growth in recent years.