Market Trends

Channel Islands to UK market returns to growth; Flybe is the largest carrier, Jersey has most departing capacity

Channel Islands to UK market returns to growth; Flybe is the largest carrier, Jersey has most departing capacity

The market from the Channel Islands to the UK is one of the most mature in the world for commercial air services. From 2016 to 2017 the non-stop seats available in this market increased by 1.5%, representing a third consecutive year of growth. Non-stop capacity trends over the past 10 years for airlines and airport pairs are discussed here, although inter-island services are not considered.

Airbus and Boeing handed over 133 aircraft in September, the third best month of the year so far; Airbus opens A330 factory in China

Airbus and Boeing handed over 133 aircraft in September, the third best month of the year so far; Airbus opens A330 factory in China

Airbus handed over 55 aircraft in September, while its North American rival Boeing distributed 78. Of the 133 aircraft delivered, 73% were narrow-body and 27% wide-body. By delivering 23 more units than Airbus in month nine of 2017, Boeing has extended the lead over its European rival to 100 aircraft in the 2017 delivery race. 

Franco-German market returns to growth after several years of decline, Lufthansa is the largest carrier but LCCs lead the charge

Franco-German market returns to growth after several years of decline, Lufthansa is the largest carrier but LCCs lead the charge

The market for air services between near neighbours and European heavyweights France and Germany is one of the most mature on the continent. Seat capacity between the two countries increased by 3% from 2016 to 2017. Franco-German network development trends are analysed here, with the fastest growing airlines and airports identified.


German domestic capacity could drop 25% in 2018 with loss of airberlin, Transavia and People's Viennaline; Cologne Bonn leading domestic airport for growth

German domestic capacity could drop 25% in 2018 with loss of airberlin, Transavia and People’s Viennaline; Cologne Bonn leading domestic airport for growth

airberlin in 2017 offered over 8.59 million seats on domestic routes in Germany. With the loss of Transavia’s route between Munich and Berlin Schönefeld plus People’s Viennaline ceasing is Friedrichshafen to Cologne Bonn service, the German domestic market could shrink by 25% in 2018.  

Argentina–Chile is South America's fastest-growing intra-country market; Brazil's domestic sector leads despite 0.3% capacity cut in 2017

Argentina–Chile is South America’s fastest-growing intra-country market; Brazil’s domestic sector leads despite 0.3% capacity cut in 2017

The South American market overall has seen capacity fluctuate between 3.8% growth and 4.9% cuts in recent years, but despite this, many country markets are thriving. We take a closer look at South America’s leading intra-country markets and see how capacity has grown in recent years.    

Airbus and Boeing report a 6.7% slowdown in productivity in the eighth month of this year; Hong Kong Airlines became latest A350 operator

Airbus and Boeing report a 6.7% slowdown in productivity in the eighth month of this year; Hong Kong Airlines became latest A350 operator

In August, Airbus and Boeing delivered a combined 112 aircraft, with 76% of units being narrow-body and 24% wide-body. The result is 6.7% worse than both achieved in the same month of 2016. By handing over 20 more units in August, Boeing has advanced its lead over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race to 77 aircraft.  


Kelowna was Canada's fastest growing major airport during H1 2017; top airports handled an extra 3.8 million passengers

Kelowna was Canada’s fastest growing major airport during H1 2017; top airports handled an extra 3.8 million passengers

Between January and June this year, Canada’s top airports transported over 61.9 million passengers, up 6.6% when compared to the same period of 2016. We look to see how each airport has developed during the first half of 2017, and where the majority of growth is taking place.

Boeing opens gap over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race to 57 units; flydubai becomes first Middle East carrier to operate the 737 MAX 8

Boeing opens gap over Airbus in the 2017 delivery race to 57 units; flydubai becomes first Middle East carrier to operate the 737 MAX 8

Airbus and Boeing in July delivered 105 aircraft between them, up seven units when compared to the same month of 2016. However, the results for July are lower than the 139 units delivered in June. Among the delivery highlights of July were flydubai’s first 737 MAX 8 and Airbus distributing its 100th A350. 

Chinese airlines growing twice as fast on domestic routes in 2017 than international services; 28 airports seeing 10+ million annual passengers

Chinese airlines growing twice as fast on domestic routes in 2017 than international services; 28 airports seeing 10+ million annual passengers

Between January and May 2017 Chinese airlines achieved an average monthly increase in traffic on domestic routes of over 14%, twice as much as the growth seen on international services, which are reporting a 7.1% rise. We look to see how this growth has developed and which airports are thriving.  


Portugal leads European traffic growth in Q1 2017; Russia and Poland also reporting strong increases; Turkey starting to recover

Portugal leads European traffic growth in Q1 2017; Russia and Poland also reporting strong increases; Turkey starting to recover

With Portugal recording an average monthly increase in traffic for Q1 2017 of over 20%, it means that the country is the fastest-growing in Europe for that period. Along with Q1 analysis, we have also examined the 10 nations that have also posted Q2 2017 results to see how the growth has changed heading into S17. 

US airlines seeing greater traffic growth on international services in 2017; domestic expansion driven by ULCCs with Spirit Airlines leading

US airlines seeing greater traffic growth on international services in 2017; domestic expansion driven by ULCCs with Spirit Airlines leading

Between January and May this year, international passengers carried by US airlines grew by 3.3% to 43.15 million, while domestic sector traffic increased by 2.6% to over 294 million. We look to see which are the leading airlines in each sector and identify the ones growing faster than others. 

Boeing has a 46-unit advantage over Airbus in regards to deliveries for the first half of the year;  easyJet welcomes its first of 130 A320neos

Boeing has a 46-unit advantage over Airbus in regards to deliveries for the first half of the year; easyJet welcomes its first of 130 A320neos

Airbus and Boeing in June delivered 139 aircraft between them, down three units when compared to the same month of 2016. However, the results for June are much better than the 116 units delivered in May. Among the delivery highlights of June were easyJet’s first A320neo and Norwegian’s first two 737 MAX 8s.