Volareweb at Milan Linate. Only three years ago Volareweb was Europe’s third largest LCC with 18 aircraft and 71 routes. Then it all went wrong. It relaunched in June 2005 with four aircraft and since then the airline has been in limbo as its future is debated in the courts. Alitalia wanted to buy it but AirOne objected. What routes does it operate and what does the future hold?
In just 18 months Volaris has grown from nothing to be Mexico’s largest LCC and Mexico’s fourth biggest domestic airline. What routes does it operate from its Toluca base and how does it schedule its current fleet of 12 A319s? Which other airports does it fly to? What impact has rapid growth had on the airline’s load factor?
easyJet’s base in Berlin has grown rapidly since it started in 2004. easyJet’s other German base, started at nearly the same time, has a rather lower profile. Which routes have been dropped since operations began? How seasonal are the route load factors? Which other carriers are competing for passengers at the airport? What are current fares like?
Bmibaby only started operations from Birmingham in January 2005. Less than three years later it is the #1 carrier at the UK’s sixth busiest airport. How was this achieved? How many aircraft are based there this summer and how are they scheduled? How competitive are fares for late-bookers compared to early-bookers?
Saudi Arabia has not just one but two LCCs now operating in the domestic market. We take a closer look at Sama, whose management has considerable experience of UK LCCs. How is it scheduling its four Dammam-based aircraft to offer five routes out of Riyadh? How many passengers currently fly on the routes operated by Sama?
SkyEurope is on a mission to make Vienna its number one base. This winter it will treble its fleet there to six aircraft. What do current fares on the summer routes tell us? Which new routes is it starting this winter and which routes will go double-daily to target the business market? And why is the new Lisbon route unusual? We take a closer look.
AirAsia may be Asia’s biggest and most successful low-cost carrier, but its Indonesian operation has had more than its fair share of troubles recently. How does it schedule its fleet and what are average fares like in this market? Which new destinations have been added most recently?
Wizz Air may be based in Hungary but it has more aircraft based in Poland than anywhere else. Katowice is home to four A320s this summer as the airline flies to over 20 destinations. Which are the biggest routes, how does the airline schedule the aircraft and what fares are available for imminent travel? anna.aero investigates
Ryanair chose Bremen as its second base in Germany after Frankfurt Hahn. anna.aero reveals how the routes performed in their first month and what action Ryanair has already taken. Which routes have the lowest and highest fares for imminent travel? How much has Ryanair stimulated new traffic and how much has it taken from other carriers?
America finally gets its own Virgin airline. And many people are not happy. Which routes will it be starting and who will be its main competitors? What are the current fares in its key markets and what features will Virgin America offer to attract customers.
India’s fastest growing LCC now has 11 aircraft having ordered 100 two years ago. How is it developing and which are its core routes? How good is aircraft utilisation and just how early are some of its departures? And where has it got its management experience from?
Southwest’s legendary ability to stimulate traffic in new markets is well known. But what happened when Southwest entered United’s backyard in Denver, America’s 5th busiest airport? Does the ‘Southwest Effect’ still work in such big markets? We look at the evidence so far.