Airline Analysis

Fast-growing Aigle Azur carves niche in France to Algeria market

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisWith a fleet of 11 Airbus’ Aigle Azur serves North Africa and Portugal from various French airports. Passenger numbers have doubled in the last four years and new destinations have been added including Bamako in Mali.

Porter exploits downtown niche in Toronto; starts Thunder Bay services in June

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisPorter’s parent company also owns the only terminal at its base airport. With 10 Q400s it now serves two destinations in Canada and two in the US with high frequency flights. Where else might it be going next?

Vueling trims fleet by one-third; Ibiza becomes summer focus

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisAs Vueling is about to merge with former local rival clickair we look at how the airline’s network has evolved in recent times. Drastic cutbacks were made last year but which airports suffered most? Which countries has the airline studiously avoided and what’s happening in Ibiza this summer?

SAS cuts capacity across all three major bases; intercontinental services face uncertain future

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisSAS has handled around 25 million passengers for each of the last five years. That looks set to change dramatically this year as major network cutbacks are made. Which long-haul flights have been axed and which have survived, for now? What are the network aims of the new “Core SAS” plan?

Venice now #1 base for MyAir; also big in Bari, Bergamo and Bucharest

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisItalian LCC MyAir has struggled to develop a coherent network strategy since it launched four years ago. Many routes have been started and stopped again after short periods. What are its current strengths and what aircraft does it have at its disposal? A base at little-used Foggia is an interesting recent development.

Vietnam Airlines trebles passengers in last decade; currently serves just three European destinations but not London

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisFrom two main bases at Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Airlines operates a wide-range of domestic and regional services. But it only serves five long-haul destinations. Which ones? Having ordered both Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s the airline is hedging its bets for the future.

Allegiant Air heads for Hollywood! Blockbuster profits continue as airline grew 30% last year

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisApparently Allegiant Air doesn’t like being written about. Sorry guys, but your network development is much too interesting for us to ignore. We provide a handy file summarising the airline’s 130 routes serving 70 airports this summer including Los Angeles.

Russia’s second biggest international airline, Transaero, grows by 50% in 2008

Article ThumbTransaero’s fleet of over 40 mostly Boeing aircraft include 747s and 777s. These have helped it to rank #2 after Aeroflot among Russian airlines for international traffic. How seasonal is demand for the airline and what are its network priorities for 2009?

airberlin’s ‘virtual’ hub at Nuremberg currently serves 33 destinations

Article Thumbairberlin operates over half of all capacity at Germany’s 10th busiest airport where traffic grew less than 1% in 2008. It serves over 30 destinations but how does the hub work? We look at a day’s operation to see how the airline manages its flights. Which new destinations are coming this summer?

easyJet still #2 in France; Paris network will reach 35 routes this summer

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysiseasyJet has now spent nearly seven years gradually increasing its presence in the French market, especially Paris. How has its network developed, split across both Paris airports? Which routes have been dumped along the way? And which two destinations are served from both airports?

Virgin America adds Boston as 8th destination

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisIn just 18 months Virgin America has grown to a fleet of almost 30 aircraft, but just 10 routes and seven airports. This week Boston became #8 and two more routes were added. Which airline competes with Virgin America on 11 of its 12 routes? On which routes does Virgin America face the least and the most competition?

Albanian LCC Belle Air focuses on Italian routes and link to Pristina

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisFrance may not have any indigenous LCCs but Albania does. Belle Air has been operating since 2006 with a varied fleet and a focus on Italian routes. What is its share of traffic at Tirana airport and which route did it recently start and then quickly drop? Which are its newest routes?