Airline Analysis

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.


Air Southwest at Plymouth – supporting a local economy

Air Southwest at Plymouth - supporting a local economyNot to be confused with Southwest (you know, the big Texan LCC), this UK regional airline operates five Dash-8-300s on primarily domestic routes. What is its relationship with the airport and how important are its services to London? And which unlikely foreign destination will it serve this winter?

Qantas cutbacks mean zero growth 08/09; landing in Buenos Aires from November

Qantas cutbacks mean zero growth 08/09; landing in Buenos Aires from NovemberIt’s been a strange fortnight for Qantas. Resolving strikes, emergency landings and announcing a new CEO amid significant job cuts. But how is the Qantas Group developing in Australia? What competition does it face and what role does Jetstar play? Roll on A380 flights!

Interjet has grabbed 10% share of Mexican domestic market; has applied for California and Texas flights

Image: Interjet has grabbed 10% share of Mexican domestic market; has applied for California and Texas flightsWith a dozen A320s based in Toluca Interjet has grabbed 10% of the Mexican market in less than thee years. It competes head-to-head with Volaris on several domestic routes. Now, after abandoning flights to Guatemala the airline is targeting the US.


Sardinian bases help make Meridiana Italy’s #3 airline; international routes focussed on Florence

Image:Sardinian bases help MeridianaBeginning life as Alisarda in the early 1960s, this Aga Khan funded airline carried 4.6m passengers in 2007 on 22 aircraft (mostly MD80 series). International routes are only 15% of the network. Three routes account for 25% of its capacity. Which ones?

Condor and Air Berlin break off ‘engagement’; Condor offers major presence in Frankfurt and Spain to potential partner

Logo: CondorWith over seven million annual passengers and a fleet of 34 aircraft Condor is a significant player in the German market. At which German airports does it have a major presence and how broad is its network? Where is it growing this winter?

New Star Alliance member Egyptair’s strong domestic network differentiates it from regional rivals

New Star Alliance member Egyptair’s strong domestic network differentiates it from regional rivalsThe 21st member of the Star Alliance has seen traffic grow 20% in the last year. Its Cairo hub serves 59 international destinations in 43 countries but where are its network strengths? And where are there notable gaps? We take a closer look.