Airline Analysis

easyJet's new Doncaster/Sheffield base will offer five routes; Spain and Poland are airport's leading markets

easyJet’s new Doncaster/Sheffield base will offer five routes; Spain and Poland are airport’s leading markets

easyJet’s newest UK base will require just a single aircraft when commercial flights in the UK finally resume. How has the airport developed since it opened in 2005 and how is easyJet’s aircraft scheduled?

New Spanair owners restructure airline; domestic still dominates; will serve niche international markets

New Spanair owners restructure airline; domestic still dominates; will serve niche international markets

As Star Alliance member Spanair has come under new controlling ownership, the airline changes network strategies and launches a large number of new routes this year. Which are Spanair’s new country markets? How important is the domestic market? And what is going on with the airline’s old MD80s?

Copa Airlines grows 150% in five years; US market leads; where will all the new planes go?

Copa Airlines grows 150% in five years; US market leads; where will all the new planes go?

Panama-based Copa has exploited its location in Central America to create an impressive hub-and-spoke network. How fast is it growing and what are its leading country markets? Where might its next new routes be to?


airBaltic planning 100 routes for summer season; expanding in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden; Q400s arriving

airBaltic planning 100 routes for summer season; expanding in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden; Q400s arriving

One of the more amazing airline stories of recent years has been the development of Latvian-based airBaltic which has nearly doubled passenger numbers to 2.76 million in three years while evolving from a point-to-point airline into a hub-and-spoke carrier (all while losing SAS as a major shareholder). In addition to a raft of route launches reported in this edition, 13 new services to Europe and the Middle East are planned for this summer alone.

Gothenburg's City Airline more than trebles fleet capacity; launches Mediterranean flights and expands regionally

Gothenburg’s City Airline more than trebles fleet capacity; launches Mediterranean flights and expands regionally

anna.aero has met with City Airline’s CEO and got some insight into the airline’s aggressive expansion. Which aircraft has the airline opted for and why? What have the load factors been like so far? Why is the airline launching short domestic routes? And which is the airline’s new leading country market?

Ryanair launches 14 new routes from Leeds/Bradford; several will compete head-to-head with Jet2.com

Ryanair launches 14 new routes from Leeds/Bradford; several will compete head-to-head with Jet2.com

Ryanair’s latest UK base sees it going head-to-head with a local LCC on several routes. How do frequencies compare and how many routes are likely to be year-round? What might happen in winter?


Aer Lingus Regional launches with 12 routes; only three not previously operated by either Aer Arann or Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Regional launches with 12 routes; only three not previously operated by either Aer Arann or Aer Lingus

What happens when you combine Aer Lingus with Aer Arann? You get Aer Lingus Regional operating from Dublin and Cork, and three new UK – Ireland routes all of which Ryanair used to serve, two of them up until last June.

Hainan Airlines #5 within China; growing intercontinental network features Africa; Shanghai next long-haul base

Hainan Airlines #5 within China; growing intercontinental network features Africa; Shanghai next long-haul base

Hainan Airlines operates a number of international routes but to where? Who does it partner with to help provide feed? How fast is the airline growing and which are its main bases across China?

Charter traffic helps LOT grow in 2009; US is second biggest of 28 country markets; four new routes starting in 2010

Charter traffic helps LOT grow in 2009; US is second biggest of 28 country markets; four new routes starting in 2010

Poland’s LOT serves the biggest country in Central Europe but how critical is its domestic network? How big and varied is its fleet and how many non-Warsaw routes does it operate? And what’s new in 2010?


Royal Brunei Airlines to re-launch Shanghai flights; London only European destination as airline waits for 787s

Royal Brunei Airlines to re-launch Shanghai flights; London only European destination as airline waits for 787s

Brunei is a tiny country but has a significant airline. What is its current route network and which routes have been tried and found wanting in recent years? Where might it be starting new routes before the end of 2010?

Berlin Tegel still airberlin's #1 base; domestic routes dominate but Gdansk, Reykjavik and Venice new for 2010

Berlin Tegel still airberlin’s #1 base; domestic routes dominate but Gdansk, Reykjavik and Venice new for 2010

airberlin is now Europe’s fifth biggest airline based on European seat capacity. By how much is Berlin Tegel still its biggest base and how extensive is its route network? What’s new for 2010 and which major routes has it dropped?

SunExpress: Booming Lufthansa/Turkish JV grew 32% in 2009!  Will it grow by frequency or routes in 2010?

SunExpress: Booming Lufthansa/Turkish JV grew 32% in 2009! Will it grow by frequency or routes in 2010?

A rapidly growing carrier based in Turkey? Is it Turkish Airlines? Is it Pegasus? No it’s SunExpress. And the carrier plans to grow a further 25% this year. Which are its biggest Turkish bases?