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Air China expansion to include Washington this summer; almost 78 million passengers carried in 2013 at 81% load factor

Air China expansion to include Washington this summer; almost 78 million passengers carried in 2013 at 81% load factor

The flag-carrier of China has control of a fleet of almost 500 aircraft and saw its group passenger numbers grow by 7.3% to almost 78 million last year. We examine which are the leading airports for Air China (and how quickly the airline is growing them), and which new international services were added in 2013.

UNI Air looks to China for future international growth

UNI Air looks to China for future international growth

Following the defrosting of relations between China and Taiwan, cross-strait services have become a focal element of UNI Air’s international growth strategy. anna.aero investigates the airline’s expansion in China since the restoration of air links in December 2008.

TAP Portugal to launch 10 new routes in 2014; biggest carrier by far for European World Cup fans heading for Brazil

TAP Portugal to launch 10 new routes in 2014; biggest carrier by far for European World Cup fans heading for Brazil

TAP Portugal may be based in one of Europe’s economically challenged southern countries but that hasn’t stopped it reporting record passenger numbers in 2013. This year promises to be even more exciting, with 10 new destinations from Lisbon (including four in the Americas), and a great opportunity to benefit from Brazil’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup.


airberlin cuts 30 routes, nine airports; dual-brands A320 with Etihad Airways

airberlin cuts 30 routes, nine airports; dual-brands A320 with Etihad Airways

anna.aero was in Berlin this week to hear what the CEOs of airberlin and Etihad Airways had to say about their partnership, and see the unveiling of a newly-branded A320. But our analysis looks at what they didn’t talk about: the routes (and airports) that have been dropped, and how the airline’s major seasonality problem is undermining profitability.

Czech Airlines starts breathing again thanks to the cooperation with Korean Air

Czech Airlines starts breathing again thanks to the cooperation with Korean Air

Czech Airlines, one of the oldest carriers in Europe, celebrated its 90th anniversary in June. The loss-making carrier, which has been fighting for its survival, is showing signs of a revival, thanks to its partnership with Korean Air. anna.aero investigates the carrier’s future prospects. 

Eastar Jet of South Korea grows international network

Eastar Jet of South Korea grows international network

South Korean LCC Eastar Jet will celebrate its fifth birthday in January and now operates nine 737s. It has recently been expanding its international network from Seoul Incheon Airport, but 60% of its weekly flights are still allocated to a single domestic route; Seoul Gimpo-Jeju.


Vueling's Barcelona Airport network to pass 110 destinations next summer; faces competition on over 60 routes

Vueling’s Barcelona Airport network to pass 110 destinations next summer; faces competition on over 60 routes

Vueling’s on-going expansion at Barcelona means it is now Europe’s second best connected LCC hub after Ryanair at London Stansted. We analyse how quickly the base has grown, what new destinations have been added (and dropped) for S14, and how much competition Vueling faces on each of the 114 destinations currently on sale for next summer.

Air Arabia turns 10; over 60 destinations served from Sharjah Airport

Air Arabia turns 10; over 60 destinations served from Sharjah Airport

The Middle East’s first low cost turns 10. Aiming “to serve all the Arab world from the Atlantic to Indian Ocean” we look at its longest and shortest sectors.

Afriqiyah Airways focuses on rebuilding Libya’s connectivity; international capacity up 74% in October

Afriqiyah Airways focuses on rebuilding Libya’s connectivity; international capacity up 74% in October

Libya’s economic recovery brought about a new start for the country’s national carriers – Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines. However, as the two struggle to merge, they also face increasing competition from foreign operators.


AirEuropa vs Iberia: My passenger numbers are bigger than yours...or are they? anna.aero investigates...

AirEuropa vs Iberia: My passenger numbers are bigger than yours…or are they? anna.aero investigates…

Who’s the biggest? It’s an argument that mankind has wrestled with since we evolved from apes. Airlines are no different. This week its AirEuropa claiming to be bigger than Iberia – anna.aero investigates.

Regent Airways welcomes two 737-700s in 2013; offers two international destinations this October

Regent Airways welcomes two 737-700s in 2013; offers two international destinations this October

Two international destinations have been launched by the Bengali Regent Airways already this year, but its CEO has appetite for even more growth. anna.aero investigates the airline’s growing operations.

Allegiant Air - the world's second most profitable airline

Allegiant Air – the world’s second most profitable airline

Allegiant Air may only rank as the 13th biggest airline in the US domestic market, but its profitability is second only to another US LCC. We examine the airline’s extraordinary day-of-week driven operations, its biggest airports, and which destinations have been added to the network in the last 12 months. We also reveal what’s coming next for the airline’s network and fleet.