Airline Analysis

Austrian focuses on exploiting eastern connections

Austrian focuses on exploiting eastern connectionsAustrian promotes Vienna as the natural hub to connect West and East Europe. It has recently ditched a lot of long-haul flying but passenger numbers in 2007 were still up 4%. How much competition does it face on its network and which new routes did it open last year? What are its plans for 2008 and how much pressure is SkyEurope now applying?

Dallas is getting more Love from Southwest

0802011_southwest_01.gifSouthwest is still the benchmark by which all other LCCs are judged. Dallas Love Field is where it all began for the airline in 1971. The Wright Amendment has made life complicated but finally its days may be numbered. Which cities does Southwest serve from its ancestral home and who is providing a bit of competition at the airport?

Ryanair passes 50 destination landmark at its Girona base

0802012_ryanair_01.gifRyanair more than doubled the number of routes it operates from Girona during 2007. Partly to counter Click Air’s expansion at Barcelona, Ryanair has responded and now has nine aircraft based at the Costa Brava airport. Which were its busiest routes last year and which had the best (and worst) load factors? We reveal all!


Nas Air follows JetBlue model by using Embraer jets to complement Airbus fleet

Nas Air follows JetBlue model by using Embraer jets to complement Airbus fleetSaudi Arabia has two LCCs – Sama and Nas Air. Nas Air has recently ordered some Embraer jets to complement its Airbus fleet thus following in the footsteps of JetBlue. It has also taken on its share of PSO routes from Saudi Arabian Airlines. How many domestic destinations does it now serve from Riyadh and where else does it serve?

LTU acquisition gives Air Berlin routes to China and USA

LTU acquisition gives Air Berlin routes to China and USAIt may now be owned by Air Berlin but the LTU brand lives on. LTU’s A330s already serve a range of long-haul destinations including the USA, South Africa and Cuba. Which are the top long-haul destinations this winter? Next, Air Berlin plans to launch routes to China. Who will it use as its regional strategic partner?

Doncaster/Sheffield: Thomsonfly drops city-breaks in favour of sun and ski

Doncaster/Sheffield: Thomsonfly drops city-breaks in favour of sun and skiThomsonfly is yet another airline that mixes scheduled and charter services. In 2005 it set up a base at the UK’s newest airport at the former RAF Finningley. Which routes have succeeded and which have been consigned to the dustbin of history? What role do medium-haul ‘charter’ destinations now play at the airport?


Swiss continues to re-establish Zurich base

Swiss continues to re-establish Zurich baseIt may not be as big as it once was at Zurich but Swiss has now firmly re-established itself as the premier carrier at the airport. What competition does it face on its network and on which routes does it have a monopoly? Just how competitive are routes to London and Germany? Which LCCs provide a threat at the airport? And let’s not forget the football!

Scheduled services now account for 60% of Monarch’s passengers

Scheduled services now account for 60% of Monarch’s passengersLike Transavia last week Monarch has evolved from a charter airline into a successful, solid, hybrid focussing on Spain and Portugal from four main bases across the UK. Which new destination did it focus on last year and what happened to Granada, Lisbon, Madrid and Naples? With a Mediterranean focus just how seasonal is its scheduled demand profile?

Jetstar Asia welcomes chance to enter SIN-KUL market

Jetstar Asia welcomes chance to enter SIN-KUL marketJetstar’s Singapore based subsidiary is three years-old but still has just five aircraft. However, it starts two new routes in February to Macau and Kuala Lumpur. The new Malaysian route will see it compete head-to-head against local rivals Tiger and AirAsia. Which other routes does the airline serve and how much competition does it face?


Transavia: the low-profile ‘LCC’ that’s #2 at Amsterdam

Logo: TransaviaTransavia’s hybrid charter/LCC business model continues to be a financial success despite modest traffic growth of just 7% per annum and no high-profile fleet order. What are its main routes and how does it mix charter and LCC destinations? What are fares like for Dutch late-bookers wanting to undertake a quick city-break in January?

Allegiant: America’s lowest cost airline?

Logo: AllegiantA profitable US airline with 3 million annual passengers that operates low frequency services from obscure US airports to Las Vegas and Florida using ancient MD-83s sounds like a strange mix. It is. We take a closer look at this fast growing niche airline which appears to break most of the LCC ‘rules’ and how it has found a new home in Arizona.

Milan Malpensa most vulnerable if Alitalia collapses

Milan Malpensa most vulnerable if Alitalia collapsesWe know it’s probably never going to happen, but what impact would the demise of Alitalia have at Italy’s three main airports? How many routes would be ‘lost’ and which airports would be most (and least) affected. On which routes does Alitalia compete with four other airlines and where does it have lots of monopoly routes?