Airline Analysis

Frontier in Denver: Caught between the Rockies and a hard place

Frontier in Denver: Caught between the Rockies and a hard placeNow in Chapter 11 Frontier’s single-base strategy is beginning to make them look vulnerable since Southwest started flying from Denver in 2006. How much competition does Frontier face at DEN on its top routes? What new destinations are its partner airlines starting with much smaller aircraft?

Exeter: Flybe helps Exeter join the “millionaires” club

Exeter: Flybe helps Exeter join the “millionaires” clubExeter airport joined the “million” club in 2007 thanks to Flybe and its range of routes. When did Flybe start to make the most of its home airport and which routes have been abandoned along the way? Which are the airline’s busiest routes and what new routes are being started next month? Which are the airport’s nearest competitors?

China Southern: Joins world top 10, expands globally with alliance membership

China Southern: Joins world top 10, expands globally with alliance membershipChina Southern is one of the world’s top 10 airlines and China’s biggest, and last November it joined the Skyteam alliance. Its main base is at Guangzhou close to Hong Kong and Macau but it also has a major presence in Beijing. International growth is outstripping domestic growth but which are its only European and North American routes to date?


Northwest uses dominance at MSP to keep fares high

Northwest uses dominance at MSP to keep fares highNorthwest’s two biggest hubs at MSP and Detroit are very similar in size. We take a closer look at Northwest’s network from MSP and see what competition they face. How much has traffic grown in recent years? What role do partner airlines play? And which relatively unknown local independent airline is the second largest at MSP?

LOT gets tough on Centralwings

LOT gets tough on CentralwingsLCCs set up by legacy carriers have had little success over the years and LOT appears to be despairing of its own attempt, Centralwings. Last week the summer schedule was radically revamped with many routes axed. The Polish LCC market is highly competitive and Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet make for tough competition.

Spicejet eager to launch international routes

Spicejet eager to launch international routesIndia’s fifth largest domestic airline is growing rapidly and now operates 18 aircraft across 18 destinations. Last year it received its first 737-900s and carried around 3.5 million passengers. Delhi is the country’s busiest airport and nearly all routes are operated at least daily. International routes are on the cards as soon as the government will permit them.


Aer Arann plans more ‘long-haul’ flights with franchise arrangement

Aer Arann plans more ‘long-haul’ flights with franchise arrangementYes, Ryanair and Aer Lingus aren’t the only successful Irish airlines. ATR operator Aer Arann carries over one million passengers per annum and operates from four bases. This summer a franchise arrangement will enable it to offer new routes to France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain from Irish regional airports. It also has a thriving charter business.

FlyGlobespan consolidates network after challenging 2007

FlyGlobespan consolidates network after challenging 2007Scotland’s first and so far only LCC will be celebrating its fifth birthday next month having carried over two million passengers in 2007. Last year was tough for the airline for various reasons. How has its network strategy developed? Which bases have been axed and which short-haul routes failed to deliver? How is the long-haul network developing?

Jet4you: TUI’s Moroccan-based LCC is focused on France

Jet4you: TUI’s Moroccan-based LCC is focused on FranceAs carriers take advantage of Morocco’s ‘open-skies deal with the EU, local TUI-supported LCC jet4you is developing its network. Focussing primarily on France the airline operates four aircraft including one based in Paris. Which other European markets has it ventured into and where is it avoiding? What is its share of Moroccan international traffic?


easyJet helps Luton reach 10 million milestone

easyJet helps Luton reach 10 million milestoneeasyJet has helped London Luton airport develop traffic from under two million passengers in 1995 to over 10 million in the last 12 months. It may not be easyJet’s biggest base anymore but it still serves over 30 destinations from the airport. Which routes have bitten the dust along the way and what competition do other LCCs provide at the airport?

Iberia puts focus on Latin America to defend MAD hub from LCCs

Iberia puts focus on Latin America to defend MAD hub from LCCsEurope’s fastest growing major hub is home for Iberia. How much competition does Iberia face on its routes? On which destinations does it compete with four other carriers? Iberia’s strength is on routes to Latin America which represent half of Iberia’s ASKs at the airport. But where are the routes to Eastern Europe?

Etihad racing to catch up with Emirates and Qatar Airways

Etihad racing to catch up with Emirates and Qatar AirwaysPassenger numbers at this ambitious airline grew by nearly 70% in 2007 to 4.6 million as routes were launched to nine new destinations. Which markets achieved better than average load factors and what is growth likely to be in 2008? What makes Brussels and Dublin interesting for Etihad and why is 2009 going to be a big year from a PR point of views?