Airline Analysis

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?

OLT celebrates reaching 50 by acquiring its first jets for Airbus ‘shuttle’ flights

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisNorth German airline OLT has recently celebrated its 50th birthday by acquiring a couple of Fokker 100s. It operates primarily Saab turboprops and Metroliners and is (relatively) big in Bremen. But which LCC did it drive off which route last year?

Air Europa #3 in Madrid; operates mix of domestic, long-haul and some EU services

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisUnlike other Spanish airlines, Air Europa’s future ownership seems unlikely to change. Its fleet of over 40 aircraft carried almost 10 million passengers last year. Madrid is its biggest base and it operates several unusual routes to Central and South America.

KLM still growing at Amsterdam; UK and Norwegian markets important; three new routes in 2008

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisKLM flies non-stop to 119 destinations in 58 countries from Amsterdam. How significant are its UK and Norwegian services and which country market has most ASKs? And which three new routes were added by KLM in 2008. And which significant short-haul route is it axing?

Lufthansa-owned Air Dolomiti focused on feeding MUC hub; new Malpensa base planned for 2009

Thumb: Base Analysis Air DolomitiAir Dolomiti’s fleet of 19 regional aircraft is used primarily to connect Italian airports with Lufthansa’s Munich hub. But the airline also operates some other flights. The 146s will be replaced by Embraer 195s which may also appear at a new MXP base.

US Airways defying US trends with healthy growth at its main Charlotte hub

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisCharlotte is one of the world’s top 30 airports for passengers and US Airways dominates the airport with over 85% of capacity on more than 120 routes. But on which trunk routes does it face competition and which routes is it dropping (temporarily or permanently). And what are fares like?

Fort Lauderdale’s Spirit in the sky*

Base AnalysisUS ULCC Spirit is now the biggest carrier at Fort Lauderdale in Florida though it faces competition from just about every major US airline, including Southwest and JetBlue. Nearly two-thirds of its routes at FLL are to international destinations but which are its biggest routes and who are its biggest competitors?

Dominant new-look Czech Airlines bucks trend: starts six new routes this summer

Base AnalysisTraffic at Prague airport has doubled in four years and CSA Czech Airlines has managed to maintain its dominant position with almost 70 non-stop routes, six of which are new for this summer. It has a monopoly on 31 routes but faces three competitors on flights to Copenhagen.

Air France dominates domestic routes from regions; international markets mostly served by foreign carriers

Image: Base AnalysisFrance’s regional airports are mostly dominated by Air France, but mostly they are operating domestic services. If you want to leave the country chances are you’ll need to use a foreign carrier. We look at airline market shares on international routes.

Royal Jordanian growing at 20% in 2008; new route to Kiev starts this month

Logo: Royal JordanianRoyal Jordanian may be based in the centre of a fairly volatile region but its traffic is growing at 20% per annum. Its fleet of Airbus and Embraer will (one-day) be complemented by 787 Dreamliners. A new route to Kiev begins next week.