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MEB3 carriers experience network slowdown in 2017; US, Australia and UK remain biggest country markets by ASKs

MEB3 carriers experience network slowdown in 2017; US, Australia and UK remain biggest country markets by ASKs

Emirates is catching Qatar Airways in terms of the number of destinations served by the big three Middle Eastern airlines (MEB3). We reveal the routes added (and dropped) by the MEB3 carriers in the last 12 months, and which are the top 15 country markets for the combined carriers.

A350 focus: Qatar is the largest operator and Hong Kong has the most departing seats; sectors vary from intra-regional to ultra-long range

A350 focus: Qatar is the largest operator and Hong Kong has the most departing seats; sectors vary from intra-regional to ultra-long range

The A350 family is Airbus’ latest generation and most efficient long-haul, twin-engine, wide-body product, designed to compete with Boeing’s 787 and challenge the 777 family. From 2016 to 2017 the number of seats available on A350-operated flights more than trebled. We take a look at how the A350 has been deployed since entering service in 2015, including the largest operators and airports.

The US and China have largest domestic networks in 2017, but Australia offers more seats per capita and Middle East markets are growing fast

The US and China have largest domestic networks in 2017, but Australia offers more seats per capita and Middle East markets are growing fast

Global domestic capacity grew by 7% from 2016 to 2017 with more than 6.2 billion seats on sale this year. While the US remains the largest domestic market, it is being outgrown by other developing networks. anna.aero has trawled through the schedules to reveal the largest domestic markets, and which are growing at the fastest rate. 


German goldrush! Cologne Bonn Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 Part II; Frankfurt Airport takes Arch of Triumph W17/18 Part II

German goldrush! Cologne Bonn Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 Part II; Frankfurt Airport takes Arch of Triumph W17/18 Part II

With 39% and 44% of the votes over the last seven days, Cologne Bonn and Frankfurt airports have triumphed in Part II of the W17/18 public votes, beating 14 and 12 airports respectively from around the world. We also have photos of last week’s winners of the Cake of the Week and Arch of Triumph competitions posing with their certificates.

London Southend Airport wins W17/18 FTWA public vote Part I; pick your Arch of Triumph from the 15 entries in Part II

London Southend Airport wins W17/18 FTWA public vote Part I; pick your Arch of Triumph from the 15 entries in Part II

Having effectively mobilised their followers on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat, London Southend Airport won Part I of the Arch of Triumph W17/18 vote. There are another 15 FTWAs to choose from in Part II of this bi-annual competition this week.

London Southend Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 public vote Part I; pick your winner from the 13 cakes in Part II

London Southend Airport wins Cake of the Week W17/18 public vote Part I; pick your winner from the 13 cakes in Part II

With London Southend winning last week’s Part I for the cake it made for Flybe’s three new routes, it is now time for Part II of the W17/18 public vote. With another 13 entries this week, which will be your choice for Cake of the Week?? 


Vote for your favourite Fire Truck Water Arch ‒ W17/18 Part I

Vote for your favourite Fire Truck Water Arch ‒ W17/18 Part I

There can be no greater addition to your airport fire station walls than an anna.aero Arch of Triumph certificate. Even better than that is knowing that the public helped you win ‒ yes its Part I of the W17/18 Fire Truck Water Arch vote. You get to decide the best of the 20 entries from around the world.

Vote for the best Cake of the Week – W17/18 Part I

Vote for the best Cake of the Week – W17/18 Part I

The biggest new route cake in Riga Airport history (it weighed 16kg and measured 1m x 1m) is just one of the 28 entries in the W17/18 Part I Cake of the Week competition. And yes you, the humble anna.aero reader, has the chance to select which one of these baked beauties scoops this top airport marketing prize.

Xiamen Airlines and China Southern lead the carrier charge for W17/18 growth; China, India and the US front country market growth

Xiamen Airlines and China Southern lead the carrier charge for W17/18 growth; China, India and the US front country market growth

With 12 airlines and 21 airports in the top 40 for growth at the start of W17/18, it is no wonder that China is growing three times faster than any other nation. anna.aero has crunched the numbers to highlight the leading airlines, airports and country markets for growth heading into the start of the winter season.  


79 new airlines begin life in 2017; 25 go out of business – Europe has the highest number of start-ups, but also the most failures

79 new airlines begin life in 2017; 25 go out of business – Europe has the highest number of start-ups, but also the most failures

Here at anna.aero we love the pioneering spirit which surrounds those brave individuals and organisations which take the momentous decision to start a new airline. Thanks to our data-munching friends at ch-aviation, we look at the types of carriers being launched, where they are beginning their fledgling existences and the best (and worst) locations to start an airline.

Frontier Airlines' route droppings revealed; 23 airport pairs no longer served with O'Hare and Atlanta seeing biggest changes

Frontier Airlines’ route droppings revealed; 23 airport pairs no longer served with O’Hare and Atlanta seeing biggest changes

We love to see airlines celebrate route launches, but route droppings are also a fact of life, though less publicised. In a week that has seen US ULCC Frontier Airlines launch a significant 30 routes, we got our data elves to rummage through its schedule data to see what routes the airline has said goodbye to this summer.

Altitude East 2017 – Atlantic Canada's airports and airlines gather to discuss region's aviation challenges and opportunities

Altitude East 2017 – Atlantic Canada’s airports and airlines gather to discuss region’s aviation challenges and opportunities

Last week anna.aero was in Halifax for the Altitude East conference, the largest and most significant forum of the year for Atlantic Canada’s airport, airline and tourism professionals. Taking place between 12-14 September, and hosted by Halifax International Airport Authority, 138 delegates attended the two-day event highlighting the key issues facing Atlantic Canada airports.