Airline Analysis

Volotea's summer sizzler as 41 new routes announced

Volotea’s summer sizzler as 41 new routes announced

Volotea has put on sale 41 new routes, with all but one domestic. Almost all start in early July, and 66% will have direct competition.

Bangalore – Shanghai key unserved; RDC’s Apex shows low breakeven for IndiGo & China Eastern

Bangalore – Shanghai key unserved; RDC’s Apex shows low breakeven for IndiGo & China Eastern

With 39,000 existing passengers and a decent average fare, we look at the breakeven performance of one LCC and one FSC on Bangalore – Shanghai using RDC’s Apex tool.

Air France immediately & permanently withdraws A380s; a very sensible decision

Air France immediately & permanently withdraws A380s; a very sensible decision

Air France phasing out A380s also means the end of its quads. We look into why this is very good, together with exploring its A380 operations.


Bamboo Airways to serve USA next year? Los Angeles likely, but with big problem

Bamboo Airways to serve USA next year? Los Angeles likely, but with big problem

As Vietnam’s very fast-growing carrier says it’ll serve the US next year, Los Angeles stands out with 193,000 passengers. We look into the opportunity.

Consultants' Corner: Ultra-long-haul: An emerging business model in the post-COVID-19 era?

Consultants’ Corner: Ultra-long-haul: An emerging business model in the post-COVID-19 era?

While there are enormous challenges and few ‘golden opportunities’, ultra-long-haul may have an increased role post-COVID-19. Linus Benjamin Bauer looks at why.

Brussels Airlines to start 3 new routes as it ends 27, amid intensified transformation

Brussels Airlines to start 3 new routes as it ends 27, amid intensified transformation

Will these additions and cuts, together with a 30% fall in fleet size and a 25% reduction in staff, be enough for it to achieve its 8% EBIT target in 2022?


Australia’s Rex considering 737s/320s for thick routes; clever move or risking everything?

Australia’s Rex considering 737s/320s for thick routes; clever move or risking everything?

As Rex, with 57 operational Saab 340s, considers acquiring narrowbodies, far beyond its comfort zone, we look at what it’s considering. Much is at stake.

Virgin Atlantic grows Tel Aviv to 2 daily; big market with $441 avg. one-way fare

Virgin Atlantic grows Tel Aviv to 2 daily; big market with $441 avg. one-way fare

As Virgin Atlantic says it’ll double Heathrow – Tel Aviv, which helps with core US connections, we look at the size & performance of this important market.

TUI plans Lille – Fes this winter; France – Fes had 14 routes last year

TUI plans Lille – Fes this winter; France – Fes had 14 routes last year

We look at the France – Fes market, which grew strongly pre-coronavirus with a CAGR of 6.5%. This coming winter, the two main airlines are down just 6% YOY.


Delta to retire MD-88s & MD-90s on 2 June; only one operator remains

Delta to retire MD-88s & MD-90s on 2 June; only one operator remains

With Delta retiring its MD-88s/90s on 2 June, we explore their last routes, the remaining operators of all ‘mad dogs’, and the enormous reduction in seats.

Vietnam Airlines to begin Hangzhou, a key unserved market; where's next?

Vietnam Airlines to begin Hangzhou, a key unserved market; where’s next?

Vietnam Airlines announces Ho Chi Minh City – Hangzhou, a market of 43,000 in 2019, up 19% YOY from a 9% fare drop. We look at this market and where’s next.

Wizz Air announces 14 new routes from this summer

Wizz Air announces 14 new routes from this summer

As Wizz Air discloses 14 more new routes from July, on top of 12 announced in the past week, we look into what it plans and why.