Airline Analysis

Indonesia’s Batik Air eyes Australia for international expansion; already ranked third in domestic market with 40-plus aircraft fleet

Indonesia’s Batik Air eyes Australia for international expansion; already ranked third in domestic market with 40-plus aircraft fleet

The full-service carrier from the Lion Air Group, Batik Air has grown quickly since launching service in 2013. We reveal the airline’s share of the domestic market, the leading airports for flights and the average weekly frequency of routes.

Volaris grows by 25% in 2016; fleet of 69 aircraft flies over 15 million passengers; three million on international (mainly US) services

Volaris grows by 25% in 2016; fleet of 69 aircraft flies over 15 million passengers; three million on international (mainly US) services

Now into its 11th year of operation, Mexican LCC Volaris has been growing rapidly in recent years. We reveal the airline’s top airports by ASKs. Plus analysis of which new airports were added in 2016 and the LCC’s top 10 routes and what competition it faces on these services.

easyJet closes in on 50 routes from Amsterdam Schiphol; capacity up 20% in 2016 and 2015 as Budapest and Lanzarote routes added

easyJet closes in on 50 routes from Amsterdam Schiphol; capacity up 20% in 2016 and 2015 as Budapest and Lanzarote routes added

Among easyJet bases Amsterdam currently ranks fifth with 41 destinations being served in 2017. We look at how the airline’s Dutch network has evolved over the last 20 years and which country markets grew fastest in 2016.


SAS to establish bases in London and Spain in order to compete with the likes of Ryanair, Norwegian and easyJet

SAS to establish bases in London and Spain in order to compete with the likes of Ryanair, Norwegian and easyJet

SAS announced this week that it is planning to open new bases in London and Spain. anna.aero takes a closer look at the airline’s operations to the UK capital and Spain, and establishes what it thinks the airline is planning for its first non-Scandinavian bases. 

bmi regional route churn slows down; Bristol and Munich biggest bases

bmi regional route churn slows down; Bristol and Munich biggest bases

bmi regional appears to be finally finding its niche in the European market, operating routes for large corporations and complementing those by finding city pairs with high levels of business traffic to sustain its regional jet fleet. We investigate the slowdown in the airline’s route turnover and where its operations are focused. 

AirAsia X grows passenger numbers by 30% in 2016; now serves 11 countries from Kuala Lumpur base with 22 aircraft; US access granted

AirAsia X grows passenger numbers by 30% in 2016; now serves 11 countries from Kuala Lumpur base with 22 aircraft; US access granted

AirAsia X has been a pioneer in the low-cost long-haul (LCLH) market and celebrates its 10th anniversary in November. We look at the airline’s recent rapid growth, fleet plans and biggest country markets, as well as taking a closer look at all the routes that have failed to deliver.


Air Arabia Maroc is Morocco's third largest carrier with 6.7% of seat capacity; Casablanca remains #1; four new airports join network

Air Arabia Maroc is Morocco’s third largest carrier with 6.7% of seat capacity; Casablanca remains #1; four new airports join network

Air Arabia Maroc sits behind Royal Air Maroc and Ryanair as the third largest airline in Morocco this winter. During the past year, four new airports have joined the airline’s network, while seat capacity has grown 18%. We take a closer look at the development of the seven-year-old airline. 

Royal Jordanian cuts weekly seats by 5.5%; double-digit capacity growth to Heathrow and Bangkok

Royal Jordanian cuts weekly seats by 5.5%; double-digit capacity growth to Heathrow and Bangkok

Like many small- and medium-sized national carriers around the world, Royal Jordanian seems to stagger from one period of navel-gazing to the next, not really seeming to know its role in the industry. We investigate the oneworld carrier’s progress (or lack of) over the last decade, as well as its biggest airports and country markets.

Vistara sets new records in December; over 300,000 passengers, 85% load factor and 3.2% of India’s domestic market

Vistara sets new records in December; over 300,000 passengers, 85% load factor and 3.2% of India’s domestic market

The joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines is gradually making its presence felt in the Indian market. We reveal its monthly passengers and load factors since launch and what share of the domestic market it has at the airports it serves. We also identify the biggest Indian airports the carrier does not currently serve.


Southwest Airlines is Las Vegas' #1 carrier with 41% of seats in S17; 2.3 million more passenger flown annually when compared to a decade ago

Southwest Airlines is Las Vegas’ #1 carrier with 41% of seats in S17; 2.3 million more passenger flown annually when compared to a decade ago

Southwest Airlines is the largest airline in Las Vegas, with the Nevadan city being the carrier’s third largest airport operation. In 2015, the airline flew 17.6 million passengers from Las Vegas, just under 16% more passengers than it flew from the city in 2006. We take a closer look at its traffic development, the airline’s top routes and its daily operations from Sin City.

Saudi Arabian Airlines still the Middle East's second largest airline; robust domestic growth to battle newcomers

Saudi Arabian Airlines still the Middle East’s second largest airline; robust domestic growth to battle newcomers

Saudi Arabian Airlines is a bit of an enigma when compared to its more media-hungry neighbours, the MEB3 – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Eithad Airways. With a vast domestic network, something that the MEB3 do not have, the Saudi national carrier is bigger than you might expect when compared to its Middle Eastern peers. We take a look at the SkyTeam carrier’s annual growth and broad network.

Flybe announces London Heathrow as its fifth London airport, but will its various operations from the UK capital in S17 be sustainable?

Flybe announces London Heathrow as its fifth London airport, but will its various operations from the UK capital in S17 be sustainable?

In December Flybe announced that from 26 March it will start multiple daily flights to London Heathrow from Aberdeen and Edinburgh, becoming the airline’s fifth UK capital airport. In the same week, the regional carrier announced an advanced agreement with Stobart Air to operate 12 new routes from London Southend. We look at Flybe’s various operations in London to see if it is a sustainable business model.