Airline Analysis

Zoom expands horizons by embracing Italy

Zoom expands horizons by embracing ItalyZoom was created five years ago to serve the Canada to UK market but has now diversified by creating a UK subsidiary. How does it serve so many thin routes with its modest fleet? How many of its scheduled markets are seasonal? And which other non-UK, non-Canadian markets does it serve?

Wizz Air not chicken in entering Kiev market with one aircraft

Wizz Air not chicken in entering Kiev market with one aircraftEU-based Wizz Air is setting up a subsidiary in the Ukraine and starting seven domestic routes in July. How has it managed to achieve this with just one aircraft? How hard will the aircraft be worked and what competition will it face on the routes it has chosen?

clickair at Barcelona: over 85% of flights are on former Iberia routes

Click Air at Barcelona: over 85% of flights are on former Iberia routesOver 85% of clickair’s flights from Barcelona are on routes it has inherited from Iberia, one of its major shareholders. However, the airline has started some new routes of its own with mixed success. How much of its route network is domestic? In 16 months, it has become Barcelona’s leading carrier but what have its monthly load factors been?


Emirates: new long range 777s enable American expansion

Emirates: new long range 777s enable American expansionThanks to the new ultra long-range 777-200LRs, Emirates is beginning to make inroads into the Americas. It started Houston, Sao Paulo and Toronto last year and has California in its sights for this summer. But how does the Dubai hub work? When are the peak arrival and departure periods, and which country markets are the airline’s biggest?

Iceland Express: Warsaw and Gatwick are only new routes in 2008

Iceland Express: Warsaw and Gatwick are only new routes in 2008This tiny LCC has been operating for five years now and will operate four aircraft this summer. Where did it serve last year that no other LCC had previously tried? Which new routes is it starting this year? And how important are the UK and Danish markets to this member of the NTH group?

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.