Airline Analysis

Ryanair's winter growth down to 4% from 13% last winter; France #1

Ryanair’s winter growth down to 4% from 13% last winter; France #1

Winter 2019 sees Ryanair grow by just 4%. The #1 country market for growth is France with three new bases, and the east also stands out this winter.

Spirit Airlines sees hope in troubled Cancun and announces five routes

Spirit Airlines sees hope in troubled Cancun and announces five routes

Spirit Airlines is to start five routes to Cancun, taking its total to 11. 47 other US cities have a median 41,000 indirect passengers to Cancun.

Air Senegal changes from purely P2P to P2P + connections amid growth

Air Senegal changes from purely P2P to P2P + connections amid growth

Air Senegal will add eight international cities in W19, including in Europe. Sensibly, it redesigned its schedules to enable two-way connections over Dakar.


Part two: Volotea sees strong rise in competition with big LCCs

Part two: Volotea sees strong rise in competition with big LCCs

41% of Volotea’s seats now have competition with easyJet, Vueling and Ryanair, up from 15% in 2015. Meanwhile, Volotea is becoming less seasonal.

Back to the future, part one: 767 still 3rd by transatlantic capacity, and Boeing's future NMA?

Back to the future, part one: 767 still 3rd by transatlantic capacity, and Boeing’s future NMA?

This week saw rumours of a re-engining for the Boeing 767. We look at how, 37 years after EIS, one of the most used types in the transatlantic market could evolve into the perfect New Mid-market Aircraft.

Armenia becomes Ryanair's 40th country served

Armenia becomes Ryanair’s 40th country served

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?