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Egyptair struggles to fully recover; launches four new destinations this week, including Manchester and Toronto
Egyptair’s slow recovery includes double-digit capacity growth in Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, as well as new long-haul destinations like Osaka Kansai and Toronto Pearson.
We investigate how by using its low-cost regional brand PAL Express to fight its corner against the encroaching LCCs, while Philippines Airlines itself is readjusting its own network strategy by seeking out longer, more profitable routes – like Darwin in Australia.
DAT Dreamteam. These three people, husband and wife Kirsten (centre) and Jesper (right) Rungholm, who created the airline in 1989, along with MD, and now co-owner, Lars Høeg (left), have plotted a path for Danish Air Transport which has gradually seen it focus its scheduled activity on its home market of Denmark.
Mesa Airlines affected by changes to the network philosophy of US majors; Capacity cuts give better LFs
Mesa Airlines, one of the largest US regional airlines, has certainly been affected by the volatile economic conditions in the last decade. Just over a year after its emergence from Chapter 11, anna.aero examines the airline’s network.
Mahan Air, has grown-up in the shadow of Iran Air and is not afraid of going toe-to-toe against the MEB3, yet still after 20 years of flying and having carried over 30 million passengers, Iran’s first privately owned carrier continues to post some enviable growth statistics.
Running scared: Like Speedy Gonzales, Aeromexico is still outrunning its competitors when it comes to maintaining its position as Mexico’s biggest airline. However, it increasingly needs the capacity of its regional subsidiary Aerolitoral (branded as Aeromexico Connect), to hold this position under growing pressure from LCCs InterJet and Volaris.
Citilink, Indonesia’s fast-growing LCC, handled 3.8 million passengers in 2012; eyes 100 new routes in 2013
Initially created as Garuda Indonesia’s alternative low-cost airline in 2001, Citilink became a fully independent airline last year. Ambitious plans for 2013 include the doubling of passenger throughput and 100 new routes.
airberlin is second biggest carrier in Zurich after Swiss; adding new routes to Cagliari, Naples and Sylt this summer
Zurich is airberlin’s eighth busiest airport in terms of weekly seats, and its biggest non-German, non-hub airport this summer serving over 30 destinations across Europe and North Africa. But capacity is down compared with 2011, after the ending of multiple daily flights to Hamburg and Hannover.
Tunisair sees traffic rebound 20% in 2012; plans long-haul flights to America, Canada and South Africa
After the ‘Arab Spring’ of early 2011, Tunisia’s national airline has seen passenger demand surge by 20% in 2012. The airline revealed to anna.aero that it plans new long-haul services to New York and Montreal when it receives its first A330s.
Norwegian may have doubled the size of its route network from London Gatwick by basing its first aircraft there, but the new non-Nordic services (primarily to Spain) represent less than one-fifth of the airline’s operations there.
Aegean Airlines plans major international expansion this summer; 30 new routes will result in ASK growth of 14%
It’s not easy being a Greek airline, but Aegean Airlines is doing pretty well. We list the airline’s almost 30 new routes for this summer, while also noting what has been dropped. We also solve the ‘mystery’ of why the airline is operating two fewer daily flights to Heathrow this summer.
Air Seychelles’ partnership with Etihad last year opened up new possibilities for the airline, which now – for the first time in four years – turned a profit.