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Airline Analysis

Don't pull my Arm-enia: the country becomes Ryanair's 40th

Don’t pull my Arm-enia: the country becomes Ryanair’s 40th

Ryanair is to serve Armenia, its 40th country, with four routes. Will Armenia be the next Georgia for LCCs?

Alitalia adds San Francisco, a major unserved market

Alitalia adds San Francisco, a major unserved market

Alitalia will begin a three-weekly service from Rome to San Francisco in S20, with this the second-largest unserved route from the USA to Western Europe.

Part 1: Volotea grows strongly, with Italy and France responsible for 93% of its capacity

Part 1: Volotea grows strongly, with Italy and France responsible for 93% of its capacity

Volotea focuses on unserved routes on a low-frequency basis. It has added 4.6 million seats since 2015, and now operates 322 routes using 36 aircraft. 


Mexico's VivaAerobus: the 'super low-cost' is to be even more super

Mexico’s VivaAerobus: the ‘super low-cost’ is to be even more super

95% of VivaAerobus’ capacity is dedicated to the domestic market, which is in stark contrast to its Mexican competitors’ network strategies. VivaAerobus has grown strongly since 2015. And with 66 aircraft on order – including 40 A321neos – this ‘super low-cost’ will be even more super.

Does it make sense?  LAM Mozambique announces Maputo-Lisbon

Does it make sense? LAM Mozambique announces Maputo-Lisbon

LAM Mozambique Airlines is to begin service from Maputo to Lisbon, supplementing TAP Air Portugal’s three-weekly service. 99,000 passengers flew Mozambique – Portugal in the past year, not a large volume.  At the same time, the pro rata airfare to Lisbon is not high. It seems like a politically motivated decision.

Please be seated: can BA's new A350 make a dent in Air Canada's formidable London - Toronto market position?

Please be seated: can BA’s new A350 make a dent in Air Canada’s formidable London – Toronto market position?

As British Airways launches A350-1000 services to Toronto this week, we take a look at whether this can help the carrier compete with Air Canada’s formidable segmentation of the route – from almost LCC density 777-300ERs to smaller 787-8s – and hold off upstart WestJet.


Saudia: the giant awakes, adding 11 million seats since 2015

Saudia: the giant awakes, adding 11 million seats since 2015

High costs, 42,000 staff, loss-making and heavily subsidised. It’s a wonder Saudia’s first foreign CEO wanted the top job. Saudia has grown very strongly in the past few years from the country’s Vision 2030. VFR markets remain crucial for Saudia, and always will. With Jeddah’s new terminal and coming A321LR/XLRs, what is the role of Saudia?

Melting pot of intrigue: American announces London-Boston soon after Delta

Melting pot of intrigue: American announces London-Boston soon after Delta

Yesterday, American announced it’ll restart a daily Boston-London/Heathrow. This follows Delta’s Boston-Gatwick announcement in August. London-Boston has seen strong traffic growth following fare declines from Norwegian. With market share reductions and JetBlue coming, London-Boston is a melting pot of intrigue.

The profound network impact of ANA’s 787s

The profound network impact of ANA’s 787s

ANA made headlines recently with the launch of two new types. One, the A380, culled by Airbus and living out its twilight years with most operators, and the other – Boeing’s 787-10 variant – promising a revolution in “A-Market” (under 8 hours) long-haul economics. anna.aero investigates the rationale behind, and the potential of, this fleet overhaul.


Royal Jordanian sees green shoots of sustainable growth with turnaround plan and 266 additional flights in S19

Royal Jordanian sees green shoots of sustainable growth with turnaround plan and 266 additional flights in S19

Royal Jordanian Airlines has faced a decade of uncertainty with fluctuating demand on certain routes and profits tumbling. anna.aero looks into how the Oneworld member is tackling these issues, amidst an extensive turnaround plan for the future.

La Compagnie celebrates its fifth year of operation, enters phase of fleet renewal with A321neoLR

La Compagnie celebrates its fifth year of operation, enters phase of fleet renewal with A321neoLR

Good company: La Compagnie, Europe’s youngest but very much established all business class player has already made a name for itself in the Paris – New York market, and is set for a renaissance with the launch of A321LR operations. James Davis examines the market position of this carrier, and assesses its future prospects.

Wizz Air flies 200 millionth passenger, but over 100 million have been transported since 2015; Q1 2019 traffic up 11%, load factor 2.0%

Wizz Air flies 200 millionth passenger, but over 100 million have been transported since 2015; Q1 2019 traffic up 11%, load factor 2.0%

Wizz Air recently passed the milestone of carrying its 200 millionth passenger and 15 years of operation since its first flight in 2004. anna.aero looks at how the carrier has transformed in recent years, including its ever improving load factor, and which leading airports are seeing the fruits of the carrier’s success in 2019.