Airline Analysis

AirTran helping Atlanta cope with Delta’s downsizing

AirTran helping Atlanta cope with Delta’s downsizingAtlanta is the world’s busiest airport and AirTran’s base there is the biggest low-cost base anywhere in the world. How quickly has the airline grown there in recent years and how does demand vary by month? What are its top routes and what competition does Delta provide? What are the airline’s future fleet plans?

Estonian Air widens international network to Rome and Munich

Estonian Air widens international network to Rome and MunichEstonia joined the EU in 2004. With a population of just 1.2 million people the airport at Tallinn handled around 1.5 million passengers in 2006, double the number in 2003. National carrier Estonian Air is also growing quickly, but not that quickly. How is the airline performing and what new routes is it adding next year?

Aegean looking to capitalise on Olympic’s on-going problems

Aegean looking to capitalise on Olympic’s on-going problemsA well-run, profitable, efficient airline based in Greece? We’re clearly not talking about Olympic then. Aegean only started in 1999 but could overtake Olympic soon in passenger numbers. Its strength is the domestic market, but its international network is growing fast. What are its fleet plans and where will it expand to next?

Calgary still #1 for Westjet after 11 years

Westjet in CalgaryCanada’s only remaining LCC started off in Calgary on a leap day nearly 12 years ago. How is Westjet performing these days? Is Calgary still the airport’s number one airport? Is it bigger than Air Canada in Calgary, and on which routes do both airlines compete. Which new international routes is Westjet about to start?

Ryanair ready to take advantage of Charleroi’s new terminal

Ryanair in Brussels CharleroiIt’s now over 10 years since Ryanair first put Brussels Charleroi on the map. Since then it has carried over 11 million passengers through the airport. How many aircraft are based there this winter and what routes are operated? Which routes have been abandoned along the way and which one recently made a spectacular comeback?

Qatar Airways needs to find 10 new routes per year to fill aircraft on order

Base Analysis:  Qatar Airways in DohaIt’s trying hard to keep up with Emirates and wins industry awards for on-board service. It dominates its home airport (which it also owns) and has become the first Middle Eastern carrier to serve Scandinavia. And an even bigger airport is nearing completion. How many aircraft has it ordered and how many new routes will it have to start each year?

easyJet’s dominance at Bristol under threat from Ryanair

Logo: easyJey in BristoleasyJet inherited a base at Bristol when it acquired Go. Since then it has trebled the route network and now accounts for around half of all traffic at the airport. What are its latest routes and which have fallen by the wayside? How come it now has a monopoly on all its domestic routes? And what threat does Ryanair’s new base there pose?

Cologne/Bonn: Germanwings’ low frequency summer routes widen peak/off-peak gap

Image: Base Analysis for Germanwings in CologneMainland Europe’s busiest airport for low-cost airlines, and Germanwings is the leading airline with its new HQ at the airport. How has the airline grown its network since operations began in late 2002? Which routes has it dropped and how much overlap is there with other airlines at the airport? Which destinations have fallen out of favour this winter?

Sterling consolidates #2 position at CPH with continuing route expansion

Sterling in CopenhagenNow that the ownership of the airline has settled down, Scandinavia’s biggest LCC is inching towards profitability. How is it competing with SAS at this key European hub airport? What share of the market does it have and which destinations has it recently added to its network. How much of the Maersk Air network that it inherited has survived?

Kingfisher fights for market share at India’s biggest airport

Kingfisher fights for market share at India’s biggest airportMumbai is India’s biggest airport. Kingfisher is India’s most ambitious airline. So what are its operations like at this key airport? On which routes does it have a monopoly and on which does it have to face eight (yes, eight) other airlines? Which are Kingfisher’s other main bases? And what risky venture has Kingfisher’s boss just taken on?

AirBerlin continues to use Palma as Spanish gateway

Air Berlin continues to use Palma as Spanish gatewayA German airline has its biggest base in Spain, operates it as a hub but doesn’t base any aircraft there. How does it do this? How hectic are its three ‘waves’? Who are its biggest competitors at Spain’s third busiest airport and who is growing fastest? How seasonal is overall demand compared to Air Berlin’s demand?

JetBlue is the BOSs in Red Sox city

Iceland: a great place to film car commercialsFor the second time since JetBlue arrived in Boston the Red Sox have won the World Series. Are these events connected? JetBlue is now the leading domestic carrier at Logan but which are its core routes and how does it mix-and-match its A320s and Embraer 190s. Which international routes has it recently started and which market is it pulling out of afterjust over a year?