Airline Analysis

TAM to get Star treatment as international network expands supported by increasing domestic dominance

Article Thumbnail: Base analysisTAM is the latest airline to be welcomed by the Star Alliance and is increasing its leading position in the Brazilian domestic market, though competition will increase in 2009. Where does it fly to outside of Brazil and who are its main competitors?

Air One number two (and growing) in Italian domestic market; international routes being cut back for winter

Article Thumbnail: Base analysisAir One grew by over 20% in 2007 and plans to grow again this winter even though its longer-term future is far from clear as it gets ready for possible merger/integration with Alitalia. What market share does it have at key Italian airports?

Indian LCC GoAir attracts BA’s interest; Mumbai-Delhi route represents almost 50% of winter capacity

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisGoAir recently celebrated its third birthday but is not growing as fast as originally planned. Its network is dominated by one route (the most competitive in India!) and its fleet consists of just seven aircraft. Since the BA bid appears to have failed where does the airline’s future lie?


Flybe adds Loganair routes to growing UK network; Southampton still biggest base

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisFlybe has pensioned off the last of its BAe 146s and now operates just Q400s and Embraer jets. The integration of BA Connect makes Flybe the UK’s biggest domestic airline if measured by flights. Which other markets does it serve and which are its biggest and fastest growing UK bases?

Ryanair closes Valencia base; nine routes added to “Routes Recycle Bin” but 12 routes may have escaped axe

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisAfter a row with the local authority Ryanair has carried out its threat to close its Valencia base. Nine routes have been axed but others served from other bases have survived. How did the dropped routes perform in 2008?

“Old” Olympic faces increasing competition in Athens; “new” Olympic will be 35% smaller

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisAlitalia is not the only European flag carrier trying to rescue itself from oblivion. Olympic of Greece is trying (again) to engineer a new beginning with some private capital. How competitive is life at Athens? Which carriers are adding to Olympic’s misery?


easyJet cuts routes, frequencies as Berlin competition intensifies

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisSince opening its base in Berlin in April 2004 easyJet has launched a total of 37 routes from SXF. This winter its network consists of 24 routes. Which routes have failed, which are seasonal, and which have had the best (and worst) load factors during 2008?

Aer Lingus facing increasing direct competition from Ryanair in Dublin; UK and US routes account for over 40% of capacity

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisAer Lingus is now a low-cost airline, though not as low-cost as arch-rival and investor Ryanair. Aer Lingus now faces direct or indirect competition from Ryanair on over half of its European routes. But where does it still have a monopoly?

Gulf Air adds new routes to China and India; increasing capacity to Europe this winter

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisGulf Air is older than any of the region’s ‘megacarriers’ and is now 100% Bahrain-owned. It is using sport to help promote its brand across the globe but its route network is limited in Europe and North America. But it now serves eight destinations in India. Which ones?


Turkish Airlines still growing at 15%; Baghdad and Birmingham new for this winter

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisA lack of EU membership has not stopped Turkey’s national airline from growing profitably at 15% per annum in recent years. This year it has already received 11 new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. But which new routes has it started and how seasonal is demand?

Singapore Airlines revs up for more A380 action; first F1 Grand Prix this weekend will boost global awareness

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisSingapore Airlines serves just 57 destinations non-stop from its home base. Which are the busiest and which does it serve with all-Business Class A340s. Which other destinations does it serve via a stop? On what routes does it operate its A380s?

GOL forced to re-think network expansion strategy; abandons VRG’s European routes and long-haul 767s

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisNot so long ago GOL was generating operating margins of greater than 20% making it one of the world’s most profitable airlines. Last quarter its operating margin was minus 20%. How much of this is down to its acquisition of Varig and the mix of airline networks?