Airline Analysis

Qatar Airways confirms 49% purchase of Meridiana; anna.aero analyses the Italian carrier’s current network; 59% of capacity on domestic links

Qatar Airways confirms 49% purchase of Meridiana; anna.aero analyses the Italian carrier’s current network; 59% of capacity on domestic links

On 14 July Qatar Airways said it would purchase a 49% stake in Italy’s Meridiana, days after it announced plans to buy 10% of LATAM Airlines Group. anna.aero takes a closer look at the Italian carrier’s current network, fleet breakdown and most popular routes.

Liverpool is easyJet’s second oldest base but only one new route added since 2013; 21 routes served this winter as flights up 10%

Liverpool is easyJet’s second oldest base but only one new route added since 2013; 21 routes served this winter as flights up 10%

Liverpool was easyJet’s second ever base when it began flights there in late 1997. We reveal how the network has evolved in the last decade, which routes have been dropped and how much overlap there is with Ryanair’s operation at the same airport.

Air Astana traffic up over 160% since 2006; operates dual hub strategy from Astana and Almaty; Iran becomes latest country market

Air Astana traffic up over 160% since 2006; operates dual hub strategy from Astana and Almaty; Iran becomes latest country market

Air Astana last year carried nearly 3.9 million passengers compared to just 1.5 in 2006. anna.aero takes a closer look to see how the carrier has expanded over the past decade, and to investigate its dual hub network even further.


Ryanair set to grow by over 20% this winter in Bristol; has launched over 50 routes since making it a base in November 2007

Ryanair set to grow by over 20% this winter in Bristol; has launched over 50 routes since making it a base in November 2007

Ryanair is the second biggest airline at Bristol after easyJet. We reveal how the ULCC’s network has evolved since it became a base in late 2007, how much overlap there is with other airlines and which destinations have been dropped.

Copa Airlines nearly quadruples in size from Panama City since 2006; six routes gained and two dropped in past year

Copa Airlines nearly quadruples in size from Panama City since 2006; six routes gained and two dropped in past year

During the past 12 months Copa Airlines has linked Panama’s capital city to Belize City, Chiclayo, Holguin, Rosario, San Francisco and Villahermosa. However, not all of last year’s destinations have made it onto 2016’s route map. See what routes have been cut and find out the most popular routes from Panama City for the Star Alliance carrier.

airberlin now operating just one quarter of all routes it has served from Cologne Bonn in the last 10 years

airberlin now operating just one quarter of all routes it has served from Cologne Bonn in the last 10 years

For airberlin Cologne Bonn is its eighth busiest airport this summer, but it operates just 15 routes, of which three account for over 80% of the airline’s flights. We look at how its operations have developed since 2006.


Blue Air adds 14 airports to network; 43% increase in weekly seat capacity; first airline to launch non-capital Romanian domestic links

Blue Air adds 14 airports to network; 43% increase in weekly seat capacity; first airline to launch non-capital Romanian domestic links

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford recently went to Bucharest to meet Blue Air’s Revenue Management & Planning Director George Rizica. While there, Ford asked Rizica about what Blue Air looks for in an airport, and to find out why Wizz Air’s and Ryanair’s expansion in Romania helped push the carrier to grow more rapidly on its home turf.

Virgin Atlantic Airways focussing ever more on US flights; many non-US routes dropped, as well as domestic Little Red operations

Virgin Atlantic Airways focussing ever more on US flights; many non-US routes dropped, as well as domestic Little Red operations

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways is the second biggest carrier between the UK and US and with Delta Air Lines now heavily involved in the carrier more US route are planned. We look at the airline’s growth during the last 20 years and its biggest routes by ASKs this summer.

Solaseed Air has 3% of Japan’s domestic market ranking it eighth; operates 10 routes with a fleet of 12 174-seat 737-800s

Solaseed Air has 3% of Japan’s domestic market ranking it eighth; operates 10 routes with a fleet of 12 174-seat 737-800s

We look at Solaseed Air’s position in the Japanese domestic market, which routes it operates and what competition it faces on each route. Plus a look at the airline’s schedules in terms of early and late flights.


Air France still dominates at CDG and Orly, but easyJet and Vueling continue to eat into its share

Air France still dominates at CDG and Orly, but easyJet and Vueling continue to eat into its share

Air France is still clinging on to having more than 50% of seats and frequencies at its main Paris CDG hub, despite the LCC onslaught. Seven years since our data elves last looked under the hood at the SkyTeam carrier’s biggest operations, they check the oil and kick the tyres again.

GoAir, India’s fifth largest airline, continues generic growth rather than adding new routes; Delhi #1 airport and no international flights ‒ yet

GoAir, India’s fifth largest airline, continues generic growth rather than adding new routes; Delhi #1 airport and no international flights ‒ yet

The last route launches we can find in the anna.aero New Route Database for GoAir were way back in November 2014, and with none planned. Despite that fact, the LCC is flying smart and is expected to grow its ASKs by 11% this year. anna.aero investigates India’s fifth largest carrier.

Icelandair introduces 767s to its fleet; launches Montreal as latest North American destination; Boston #1 route for ASKs

Icelandair introduces 767s to its fleet; launches Montreal as latest North American destination; Boston #1 route for ASKs

Icelandair has reported double-digit growth for each of the last six years. It now serves 40 destinations non-stop, with Montreal its newest route. We reveal the airline’s top routes by ASKs and which routes have been added since 2014.