Airline Analysis

Lufthansa leverages dominant position at Frankfurt; US routes account for 30% of ASKs

Lufthansa leverages dominant position at Frankfurt; US routes account for 30% of ASKsWith flights to over 150 destinations and over 60% of scheduled seat capacity Lufthansa enjoys a dominant position in Frankfurt. Only two other carriers have at least a 2% share of capacity and little LCC competition. What is the significance of the airline’s US routes and how many new routes has it started in 2008?

Airblue now has 20% share of domestic traffic in Pakistan – looks to Scandinavia for further western expansion

Airblue now has 20% share of domestic traffic in Pakistan - looks to Scandinavia for further western expansionjetBlue lookalike airblue is based in Pakistan and has a growing share of the domestic market. It also serves Dubai and Manchester (via Ankara) with half a dozen Airbus aircraft. How vibrant is the Pakistan market and what other routes does airblue have its eye on? And how many aircraft has it ordered to aid growth?

S7 maintains Russian domestic leadership while branching out internationally

S7 maintains Russian domestic leadership while branching out internationallyThe former Siberian Airlines has a distinctive corporate identity and a fleet of over 60 aircraft. And it is growing at almost 40% this year thanks to its increasing use of Western aircraft. Where are its main bases, and what destinations does it serve outside the former Soviet Union?


Southwest pushes on with Denver expansion

Southwest pushes on with Denver expansionSouthwest launched six new routes this week from its Colorado base, adding further pressure to Frontier. And there are more routes to come. How does Southwest’s schedule compare with that of Frontier and United and how much market share does Southwest now have at Denver?

Blue1 breaks into Heathrow to serve Helsinki

Blue1 breaks into Heathrow to serve HelsinkiFormerly known as Air Botnia, SAS’s Finnish subsidiary has done some spring cleaning on its route network. Several capital city routes have been axed in the face of stiff competition. It still has to compete with Finnair on every route and a few other carriers as well. But at least it now has access to Heathrow.

Spanair, #2 in Barcelona and Madrid, on the lookout for a new owner

Spanair, #2 in BCN and MAD, looks for new ownersFrom its charter roots in the late 80s Spanair has grown to become the second biggest airline at Spain’s two biggest airports. Last year owner SAS announced the airline was for sale. What will a new owner get for their money? We take a look at the airline’s network from its two biggest hubs.


Zoom expands horizons by embracing Italy

Zoom expands horizons by embracing ItalyZoom was created five years ago to serve the Canada to UK market but has now diversified by creating a UK subsidiary. How does it serve so many thin routes with its modest fleet? How many of its scheduled markets are seasonal? And which other non-UK, non-Canadian markets does it serve?

Wizz Air not chicken in entering Kiev market with one aircraft

Wizz Air not chicken in entering Kiev market with one aircraftEU-based Wizz Air is setting up a subsidiary in the Ukraine and starting seven domestic routes in July. How has it managed to achieve this with just one aircraft? How hard will the aircraft be worked and what competition will it face on the routes it has chosen?

clickair at Barcelona: over 85% of flights are on former Iberia routes

Click Air at Barcelona: over 85% of flights are on former Iberia routesOver 85% of clickair’s flights from Barcelona are on routes it has inherited from Iberia, one of its major shareholders. However, the airline has started some new routes of its own with mixed success. How much of its route network is domestic? In 16 months, it has become Barcelona’s leading carrier but what have its monthly load factors been?


Emirates: new long range 777s enable American expansion

Emirates: new long range 777s enable American expansionThanks to the new ultra long-range 777-200LRs, Emirates is beginning to make inroads into the Americas. It started Houston, Sao Paulo and Toronto last year and has California in its sights for this summer. But how does the Dubai hub work? When are the peak arrival and departure periods, and which country markets are the airline’s biggest?

Iceland Express: Warsaw and Gatwick are only new routes in 2008

Iceland Express: Warsaw and Gatwick are only new routes in 2008This tiny LCC has been operating for five years now and will operate four aircraft this summer. Where did it serve last year that no other LCC had previously tried? Which new routes is it starting this year? And how important are the UK and Danish markets to this member of the NTH group?

Frontier in Denver: Caught between the Rockies and a hard place

Frontier in Denver: Caught between the Rockies and a hard placeNow in Chapter 11 Frontier’s single-base strategy is beginning to make them look vulnerable since Southwest started flying from Denver in 2006. How much competition does Frontier face at DEN on its top routes? What new destinations are its partner airlines starting with much smaller aircraft?